Saturday, April 19, 2008

Introducing ... SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES (a new mix tape series)

Don't Tell a Soul is now SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES. No questions, please. (I have no answers....)

The contents for the first installment of this new awesome mix tape series:

1. Black Francis - "Seven Fingers"
Frank Black is (once again) back to using his Pixies moniker. Does it sound like the Pixies? Not necessarily, but it's my humble opinion that he's never released a bum album.

2. Reggie and the Full Effect - "Girl, Why'd You Run Away?"
Per Wiki: "Reggie and the Full Effect is a Kansas City-based American music project featuring James Dewees who was the former drummer for Coalesce, keyboardist for The Get Up Kids, and former touring keyboardist for New Found Glory and currently My Chemical Romance." It shouldn't work as well as it does -- Dewees approaches "Pinkerton"-esque highs time and time again -- but it just does.

3. Harvey Danger - "Oh! You Pretty Things" (David Bowie cover) [LIVE]
Mr. Bowie couldn't have said it better himself. (Read: One of the best damned covers these ears have ever heard. -> Well done, chaps.)

4. The Long Winters - "Ultimatum"
5. The John Sullivan Brigade - "Beyond this Sun"
Two of the most beautiful songs ever written. The first one is even wife-approved! (Unfortunately I can't say that about "Beyond this Sun," as it's never been put to "the test.")

6. Compulsion - "It's Great"
In all of its faux Wannadies glory....

7. Atmosphere - "The Old Style" (feat. cuts by DJ Plain Ole Bill)
Unbeknownst to me at the time, the clerk at the legendary Fifth Element store who was so friendly during my first visit there was none other than Plain Ole Bill. But that's not why this song is here; it's here because it's good. Damn good. (p.s. My copy of "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold" came in the mail today, and it is awesome!)

8. Mac Lethal - "Walkin' on Nails"
A classic from the outspoken Kansas City rhymesayer.

9. Frank Zappa - "We are Not Alone"
One of the most mind-bending instrumentals I've ever come across -- even though its parent album, "The Man from Utopia," is notoriously crap.

10. The Dames - "Only Half"
Recommended if you like Alice in Chains, Cars & Trucks (or any other splendid Anthony "Tony" Bennett project) and, to a lesser extent, the Melvins.

11. Does it Offend You, Yeah? - "Attack of the 60-ft. Lesbian Octopus"
Here's what I said in my album review of "You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into": "Stupid title, for sure, but it’s one of the most exciting tracks of 2008 so far. While it reminds me of a hyperactive B-52’s surf rock instrumental, you could take something else entirely away with your headphones."

12. The B-52's - "Hot Corner"
Speaking of those crazy kids....

13. Malibu - "Yesteryear"
Malibu = Roger Joseph Manning Jr. from Jellyfish/TV Eyes/Imperial Drag. He's remixed artists like Beck, Air and, most triumphantly, Felix da Housecat. Enough said.

14. Jim Noir - "Don't You Worry"
Listen to this description of Jim's music from Barsuk's site: "Imagine a Wurlitzer jukebox stacked with the hits of ELO, Super Furry Animals, Pepper-era Beatles, The Beta Band, The Beach Boys, early Pink Floyd and Supertramp. Now imagine blowing that jukebox up with a cartoon-style dynamite stick and making a record from the exploded fragments of vinyl and luminescent tubing." Spot. On.

15. Two Many Banjos - "Fathers and Sons"
Longtime readers know that I'm not shy about professing my admiration for everything Marc Gartman has a hand in, but this song is different: It's his finest hour yet. No joke.

16. Midlake - "Paper Gown"
A nice companion piece to Gartman's latest triumph.

17. AM/FM - "Call Me Up"
A quiet little piece before ...

18. The Hoosiers - "Goodbye Mr. A"
one of the most Matt-approved groups of all time (well, there's me, Pinfield and Suoja at least...). For fans of Supergrass.

19. Supermodel Stalker - "Speedbumbs & Airbags"
One of the funniest [EXPLETIVE DELETED] songs of all time. Google the lyrics for a good time.

20. Kaspar Hauser - "King Pop"
I was right about to set my latest issue of CMJ on fire until this mesmerizing indie rock gem wormed its way out of my speakers. Congrats, K.H., you guys singlehandedly saved New Music Monthly.

21. Dealership - "Just So"
Like I always say, indie pop just wouldn't be the same without Berkeley's finest.

22. The Breeders - "It's the Love"
Forget what I said last time, this is probably the closest we'll ever get to another Kim Deal-penned "single" in our lifetimes.

23. Ruth Ruth - "Condition"
See, I told you I would make it up to Ruth Ruth after Friday's silly little post!

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