Monday, May 19, 2008

SYS5 :: Reinvented Nightly [A Mix Tape.]

If there's one complaint I have about Walt Dizzo's radio show, it's that it gets over too [gosh-darn*] late. See, when I'm listening to it, I get all jazzed about* doing another one of these awesome mix tapes but, seeing as I (typically) work 12 to 13 hours on Thursdays, I usually become a sleep-deprived zombie around 1 a.m. Therefore, these things pile up for weeks until I ... OK, fine, I am rambling -- here's the damn mix tape already:

1. THX movie intro
2. The Dust Brothers - "Stealing Fat" edit ["Fight Club" intro]
I can't imagine a better pairing.

3. Guided by Voices feat. Elliott Smith - "Skills Like This"
Following up one of the most explosive tracks ever conceived with one that's, ultimately, nearly as enthralling -- someone should put me on the air or something!

4. Grandaddy - "Hewlett's Daughter"
All right, we're gonna slow it down here for a tick* with another gorgeous melody from Jason Lytle and company.

5. Cars & Trucks - "No One's Gonna Save Me"
I'm still reeling over this group's splintering set at R.T. Quinlan's during Homegrown '08. In case you missed it, they're be sharing a bill with Manheat at Thirsty Pagan this weekend. Best of all, it's free.

6. Riddle of Steel - "Quiet Now"
Recommended if you like Cars & Trucks (as I've said before) and, weirdly enough, the Police.

7. Lifter Puller - "Roaming the Foam"
Here's what Craig Finn had to say about this track when he sat down with Cloak and Dagger: "An ode to foam dancing. I saw it on television and they were implying that the foam on the dance floor was a popular place for people to have anonymous sexual experiences. I liked the concept; the way something dirty was surrounded by soap suds. The line, 'You're kissing like you already came' was quoted by Slug on the new Atmosphere record, and I just saw 1000 kids scream it at the top of their lungs at Irving Plaza in NYC last week."

8. Nine Inch Nails - "Discipline"
Another month, another free NIN record.

9. Atmosphere - "Can't Break"
I hate to sound like a repeater, but: Another month, another two excellent Atmosphere records.

10. El-P - "Smithereens (Stop Cryin')"
If Wikipedia is to be trusted, this epic track -- with its "dramatic intro machine" (which just happens to sample Will Ferrell in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy") -- features cuts by Mr. Dibbs and add'l vocals by Hangar 18. Whatever the equation, it works.

11. Luckyiam - "The Best I Can"
This hip-hop "slow jam" leaves you with a peaceful, easy feeling.

12. She & Him - "Sweet Darlin'"
I know I'll be in the doghouse for this one, but ... Zooey Deschanel, won't you please marry me?!

13. Fancey - "Lost in Twilight"
R.I.Y.L. Sloan's love songs, the New Pornographers (Fancey's "mothership").

14. Ola Podrida - "Cindy"
Yeah, what Pitchfork's Stephen M. Deusner said: " It begins unassumingly, with an acoustic guitar playing a three-note alarm as (David) Wingo sings about a girl leaving her childhood home. After about a minute and a half, the song ignites when she sets fire to the house and walks nonchalantly away. As the volume increases, the melody becomes more insistent, the guitars pile up, and Cindy discovers she's forgotten her library books and runs inside to retrieve them. Leaving the resolution open-ended-- did she die (or, worse, get charged late fees?)-- 'Cindy' plays out like an oddly enthralling short film."

15. Nerf Herder - "Feeling Bad"
And, making sweet, sweet pop music in another dimension, it's Nerf Herder!

16. Carmine - "Your Biggest Fan"
Thank you, mammoth dollar store in Brainerd, Minn., for having the heart to introduce me to this excellent (and terribly under-appreciated) group. On my list of Best. Songs. Ever., this one would definitely make an appearance.

17. Tokyo Police Club - "In a Cave"
I try not to buy into the hype machine, but this track's pretty catchy -- even I must admit that.

18. Dr. Dog - "A Long Time Ago"
Somewhere between CSNY and Pavement. Beautiful.

19. Sloan - "Try to Make It"
If the Great White North can produce rock this amazing and '70s-rific, [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE PUNCHLINES ABOUT CANADA HERE].

20. The Apples in Stereo - "Same Old Drag"
Recommended if you agree with me comparing Fancey to Sloan earlier, and R.I.Y.L. Super Furry Animals.

21. The Black Hollies - "Paisley Pattern Ground"
'60s throwback rock never sounded this tight.

22. Adam Green - "Morning After Midnight"
Still mourning the loss of Frank Zappa? On his fifth solo album, the Moldy Peaches' Green has come to save the day.

23. The Dodos - "Fools"
A good stomper with that "big country" feel.

24. The White Stripes - "Little Cream Soda"
Pure, uncut RnR.*

Thus concludes your fifth dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES.

*Does anyone actually use these phrases anymore?

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