Sunday, April 12, 2009


"Music doesn't change the world, but it can change the way you walk through it." Greil Marcus

1. Elastica - "Connection"
A New Year's Eve party some years ago — 7th grade most likely — this song on repeat ad nauseum. I was really driving everyone insane, but I was in love.

2. !!! - "Must Be The Moon" [Live on KEXP]
Spectacular fun from the worthy-cause compilation "Free Yr Radio" (benefits indie, non-commercial stations). [Download the original here.]

3. The Vaselines - "Son of a Gun"
Growing up on Nirvana, I thought "for sure" that the Vaselines originals couldn't possibly live up to my expectations. I was dead wrong.

4. Cracker - "Turn On Tune In Drop Out"
The gorgeous new single from one of my favorite bands. The new album, "Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey," drops May 5 on 429 Records.

5. Tickertape Parade - "Smile"
An emo-riffic barnstormer from some friends of the Format.

6. Bloc Party - "Signs" [Armand Van Helden Remix] [MP3]
Sounds a lot like "Must Be the Moon" at first, but this remix's nuanced waves of electronica will have you forgetting !!! in no time.

7. Marilyn Manson - "We're from America"
With frenetic bursts of dance-punk madness to fuel its "Our poor, pitiful, also-ran country" theme, this blows Green Day's "American Idiot" right out of the water.

8. White Williams - "Blue Steel"
Playful like Self, but arty like Arcade Fire = a winning combination.

9. Prince - "Crimson and Clover" [Tommy James cover]
A conversation I recently had with a "friend" on Facebook, after I posted something about being sad that Prince lost out to Keith Urban for Billboard's No. 1 spot: "Prince sucks." "You suck." (... And she says she's from Minnesota!)

10. Atmosphere - "Wild Wild Horses"
Though here's one Shannon and I can agree on. A beauty in all regards.

11. Tokyo Police Club - "Your English is Good" [K-Os Remix]
Got a thing for Lonely Island-leaning, '80s-romancing remixes? You'll [REMOVED] in your [REMOVED] when you hear this one.

12. Jimmy Eat World - "Ten" [Live]
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Clarity," Jimmy Eat World celebrated in a big way, taking it on the road and recording an original-rivaling live album.

13. The First Ladies - "Dirty House"
Thanks to DJ Starfire and his KUMD radio show for reminding me of this North Country rocker.

14. Street Sweeper - "Clap for the Killers" [MP3]
If the Coup's Boots Riley and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello (aka "The Nightwatchman") working together wasn't cool enough — sounding exactly as you'd expect it to — you can go to their tour page with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction and download multi-track audio to create your own Street Sweeper remixes!

15. Mates of State - "Beautiful Dreamer"
The aural equivalent of "Z."

16. Radar Bros. - "Warm Rising Sun" [MP3]
Always entertaining and ... always underappreciated.

17. The Shins - "Plenty is Never Enough" [Tenement Halls cover]
If you missed it, I gave the lowdown on "The Covers!" (the Merge Records compilation from which this came) last week on Fly High, Duluth! In case you don't feel like taking the two seconds to click on the lovingly provided link, here's what I said about this song: "Along similar lines to Les Savy Fav's Superchunk cover ('Precision Auto'), this single-in-waiting is full of enough bounce and pep to fuel any good-natured roadtrip."

18. Ben Lee - "Surrender"
The pure pop affectations continue with this romp down Traveling Wilburys way.

19. Lazlo Bane - "Buttercup"
A "Don't Tell a Soul" (see below) standard, featured oh-so-many times on these here mix tapes.

20. The Evening Rig - "The Hilltop Pines" [MP3]
Like local band Ben Durbin's Modern Antiques, sounds like these Cities kids grew up on a steady diet of mid-'90s rock. Not that that's a bad thing.

Thus concludes your forty-eighth dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES, the awesome mix tape series formerly known as "Don't Tell a Soul."

1 comment:

Kristi W. said...

Pretty good mix, Masta P.

Good Jimmy Eat World:

Can I request a special mix tape with a Klang theme? I could use some new music.