Thursday, July 24, 2008


Taking a break from the oh-so-addictive-in-HD Olympics action, it's ... the latest in my awesome (self-proclaimed) mix tape series. Joy!

1. Beastie Boys - "Super Disco Breakin'"
This one sure knows how to introduce itself: "Well it's 50 cups of coffee and you know it's on."

2. Doomtree - "Game Over"
Here too: "Welcome to the future." (Read my review of Doomtree's first "official" debut here, in which I might've said: “Game Over (Go Big or Go Home Boy),” a summer blockbuster if I ever did hear one, is a testament to what hip-hop is capable of. With cuts by Turbo Nemesis and top-notch beats from Paper Tiger — in case you’re unfamiliar with Doomtree, each member traditionally serves a specific role within the context of the group, though members like P.O.S. have proven equally adept at rhyming and producing beats — the track is an ideal vehicle for Mictlan’s wildly exciting rhymes: “It’s all this coke, it’s all that liq / It’s all the fame / It’s all been done, it’s all been fixed / It’s all the same / I got no time for games, lames or dames.”)

3. Odawas - "Benjamin"
This sounds familiar and Canadian, but, in all actuality, it's A) not and B) only from Chicago. Regardless, this is dreamy lo-fi rock at its finest. Fans of Neil Young and Neutral Milk Hotel (at least Jeff Mangum's slower numbers) will find much to love here.

4. Leane Perius - "Dead Body"
So sad, Leane's going away. <- As are Brendan Flynn, David Mehling and Mary Bue.

5. Ayla Brook - "Wake Up Early"
A terrific Canadian singer/songwriter you should probably know by name. For real(sies).

6. The Motion Sick - "The Owls are Not What They Seem"
Great song, but the "Twin Peaks" reference all but secured its spot on this here mix tape.

7. Women - "Black Rice"
Recommended if you like the Zombies, old-timey (scratch that: vintage) exploration pop.

8. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Naomi"
One of my all-time favorites. If there's anything you take away from this mix tape, it should be that this track is brilliant. (I'm so dramatic, aren't I?)

9. Maudlin - "Low"
Look, my quote made Maudlin's MySpace page -- yay!

"Need a new favorite band? Try on St. Paul’s Maudlin for size. Raised on a steady diet of the Pixies (and every other Frank Black or Kim Deal side project, for that matter), you best believe the group’s twin vocalists, David and Priscilla Priebe, know a thing or two about post-punk and slightly off-kilter power pop. "
-- Matthew R. Perrine Budgeteer News

10. Dr. Pepper Family - "Cherise"
If you'll allow me one addendum to my Neutral Milk Hotel request, please let it be that this track piggybacks along.... Truly inspired post-punk from Belgium.

11. Dirty on Purpose - "Girls & Sunshine"
More appetizing than "Sunshine & Farts," I'm sure. (An explanation....)

12. DNA feat. Suzanne Vega - "Tom's Diner"
I've been hanging around my wayback machine, I'm afraid.

13. The Chap - "They Have a Name"
I seem to have forgotten why I was drawn to this song in the first place....

14. Willie Nile - "Police on My Back" [Clash cover]
It's hard to screw up this rollicking number.

15. Poster Children - "Clampdown" [Clash cover]
And this one too, though I'm glad they didn't try, because I really appreciate the Poster Children.

16. Elvis Costello and the Attractions - "Pump It Up"
"Rock Band 2," baby!

17. Cracker - "Ain't Gonna Suck Itself"
F------ hilarious!

18. Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel the Pain"
Speaking of my wayback machine, here's J. Mascis in all of his dreamy goodness (I'm referring to his sense of melody, of course ... man, I really need to work on my phrasing tonight).

19. Sloan - "If I Could Change Your Mind" [LIVE]
In case you don't know (you probably don't), LimeWire -- yes, that LimeWire -- recently opened up a music store and Canadian rock gods Sloan were one of the first groups to record a "Live at Lime" digital EP. Well worth your $5.94.

20. Brand New - "Mix Tape"
A little too emo for my tastes most days, but I like Brand New and, dammit, the world needs more songs about mix tapes!

21. Glen Hansard (of the Frames) - "Say It to Me Now"
I finally, finally, finally saw "Once" and, yes, Marketa Irglova is every bit as dreamy as you've most likely heard. (If only polygamy were legal....)

22. Nine Inch Nails - "Something I Can Never Have"
Mesmerizing through and through. A classic.

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

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