Submitted for the approval of the Mix Tape Appreciation Society, here lies ... "Of Punks and Paragons." Enjoy at maximum volume.
1. OK Go - "Antmusic" (Adam and the Ants cover)
A competent retelling.
Hilariously "reinterprets" one of Billy Joel's biggest hits....
3. Bibio - "Lovers' Carvings"
As heard on a Kindle commercial.
4. Minneapolis 1989 - "Up the Stairs"
What about Bemidji 1982?
5. Telekinesis - "Coast of Carolina"
Another solid-gold selection.
6. Bad Books - "Baby Shoes"
Today's phrase is "achingly beautiful."
7. Sleeping in the Aviary - "You Don't Have to Drive"
A quick shout-out to the fine crew down at Deaf Ear Records in La Crosse, Wis. I recently had my first taste. Well worth the mileage.
8. The Hotrats - "Big Sky" (Kinks cover)
One Kinks song I long to hear: "Australia" (as carefully mentioned in the Ben Stiller film "Greenberg").
9. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "O Children"
As romanticized in the latest Harry Potter movie.
10. Cloud Cult - "Son is Watching" (live)
I hope Craig Minowa finds better health.
11. The Parlotones - "Push Me to the Floor" (live)
As championed by likeZEBRA.
12. The Gleam - "Damn City Lights"
One thing I miss about Duluth is its strangely alluring "orange glow."
13. Phantom Tails - "The Surgeon General's Warning"
An aural frenzy.
14. Circus Devils - "In Madonna's Gazebo"
Robert Pollard seems like he'd be one of Marc Gartman's main inspirations.
15. Black Francis - "Six-Legged Man"
Mark Prindle made me laugh when he said Frank Black was just a "dorkier, chubbier Pixies," but this is still music that rocks.
16. Noah and the Whale - "Blue Skies" (YACHT remix)
The indie dance equivalent of [PICK YOUR FAVORITE ANTIDEPRESSANT].
17. The Sunshine Underground - "In Your Arms"
If your DJ handle is "fasten8," I will give you a nickel.
A delightful treatment of "Forgot About Dre."
19. Hadouken! - "Turn the Lights Out"
Let's be honest here, how many times have you wanted to pull out a "Hadouken!" on some slow-moving stranger?
For fans of Clem Snide.
21. The Black Swan Effect - "In the City"
Totally unrelated, but ... what are your thoughts on analogies penned by high schoolers?
Even though he hasn't had a regular radio gig since he was the program manager at Thunder Web Radio (now KDSU) in Fargo, former Budgeteer editor Matthew R. Perrine likes to make mix tapes like he's going to play them on the air someday.