Monday, August 23, 2010

Mix Tape Appreciation Society No. 3 :: AMBITION KNOWS NO FATHER

Here lies a mix tape. Plays its contents at maximum volume.

1. Musab (Beyond) - "In My World"
Rhymesayers' most unfairly ignored MC?

2. Uffie - "Difficult"
"Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks."

3. Sticks N Stones - "Is it You?"
Brash garage rock from (not really) way back when. The Trashmen would be so proud.

4. The John Butler Trio - "Better Than"
A little "pop folk" never hurt anybody. Kind of catchy, if you ask me.

5. Backyard Tire Fire - "Ready or Not"
I was told to listen to this group by Cracker's whip-smart guitarist, Johnny Hickman, during an interview. I did, and I'm glad. "Modern rock" doesn't have to be a credibility death wish anymore.

6. Saint Anyway - "I'll Never Be the Same"
From my interview with Saint Anyway, everybody's favorite banjo-wielding (formerly from) Cloquet duo: Tony (Petersen) wrote this track on a ukulele in the back of Saint Anyway's crumbling-apart tour van — which has been lovingly dubbed “Emmylou” — while waiting for Jamie (Kallestad) to get done in a coffee shop. He was envisioning what it’d be like to be dumped by his girl and how that could forever change him.

A well-advised attempt to keep us hardcore fans calm while we wait for masterpiece No. 2 from this Australian "band" to drop. (The group is currently clearing samples for it. Damn laws....)

8. Hot Hot Heat - "21@12" (alt. vers.)
Single of the year? Most likely.

9. Girl Talk - "Give Me a Beat"
The more I listen to "Feed the Animals" (which has been quite frequently of late), the more I'm starting to think having ADD is A-OK these days. No fear, Gregg Gillis is here....

By the way, if you're looking for music geek fun tonight, check out that album's immense source material list.

10. Z-Trip feat. Slug and Lateef the Truthspeaker - "On My Side"
Not the most exciting Z-Trip composition, but Atmosphere's frontman has yet to let me down.

11. Black Kids - "I've Underestimated My Charms (Again)"
The best Bowie song never written and conceived by the Thin White Duke?

12. Gnarls Barkley - "Whatever"
Simply hilarious. (And, yet, catchy at the same time!)

13. Ed Harcourt - "Do as I Say, Not as I Do" (radio edit)
Don't ask me how I know this, but Zach Braff rolls around in his gold coins to this one.(Yes, like Scrooge McDuck.)

14. The Plus Ones - "Serve in Heaven/Rule in Hell"
For fans of Guided by Voices' most accessible recordings.

15. Nina Nastasia - "Moves Away"
So dreary ... don't attempt to listen to this one if you're having a good day. It will just bring you down.

16. Ee - "One Less Year"
Utterly beautiful. Download now.

17. Built to Spill - "Come Over"
The ad genuises over at BTS somehow took a really sick "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" bit and made it into an undeniable classic.

18. The Hold Steady - "Hurricane J"
Remember what I said about Backyard Tire Fire and "modern rock." Same goes here.

19. Bob Dylan - "One Too Many Mornings" (Live in Manchester 1966)
From that oh-so-infamous show: "Judas!" "I don't believe you."

Is it just me, or does Sam Wattrus, the creative force behind this up-and-coming Duluth act, sound like America's answer to Sondre Lerche?

21. The New Amsterdams - "A Beacon in Beige"
In case you're not a diehard fan of the Kansas indie rock scene: The guy behind this group, Matthew Pryor, is also the voice of the Get Up Kids. It's great stuff.

I don't, but I love this song. Something tells me the Mighty K.C. would too.

23. The Subways - "Kalifornia"
Miss "Volcano Girls"-era Veruca Salt (the band)? These Ash-worshiping, high-flying youngsters are just what you need then ... I reckon.

Even though he hasn't had a regular radio gig since he was the program manager at Thunder Web Radio (now KDSU) in Fargo, Budgeteer editor Matthew R. Perrine likes to make mix tapes like he's going to play them on the air someday. This here Mix Tape Appreciation Society is a continuation of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES, the awesome mix tape series formerly known as "Don't Tell a Soul." Enjoy!

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