Submitted for the approval of the Mix Tape Appreciation Society, here lies "Buying Ink by the Barrel," another sweet compilation curated by Matthew R. Perrine. Per usual, enjoy this and all coming editions at maximum volume.
1. Tripping Daisy - "Pillar"
Just another interstellar mind flip. (I wanted to write "love song," but I'm not entirely sure that's accurate ... it's kind of a cryptic, take-from-it-what-you-will song.)
2. Foxy Shazam - "Wanna-Be Angel"
"And all you hipsters say I'm gay / Well, I'm not gay at all!" In one fell swoop, established.
"Psalmie" teams up with Brandon from Big Quarters for one of the finest -- truly -- hip-hop songs ever recorded. (Most memorable line: "Mama journalist, I don't read the papers....")
4. Bumblebeez 81 - "I Come with Water"
Equal parts early Beck and always-golden Beastie Boys.
5. Fire is Motion - "Smile, It Makes this Easier"
One of those songs that feels like it's been with you for a million years. (Especially recommended for fans of Drew Danburry.)
6. My Morning Jacket - "Outta My System"
And what, pray tell, do the readers of shake*your*shores need to get out of their systems?
7. The Pixies - "Something Against You"
The ultimate rock song, I've recently decided. (The 16-year-old, Who-obsessed incarnation of me weeps for "Baba O'Riley" sliding to No. 2.)
From the "Portal 2" soundtrack, one of the most enjoyably guttural electronic-death anthems ever assembled.
9. Two Hand Fools - "Green Light Go"
You can't beat that intro. (Just try.)
10. The Future Kings of Nowhere - "C is for Heartache"
A modern-day "Sunspot Baby"?
11. Aqueduct - "Hardcore Days and Softcore Nights"
What do you know ... the song that has made more appearances on my hundreds of awesome (my word) mix tapes than any other. Besides the musical quality, one reason for this is definitely "Don't ever ask me where I'm from / In six states that's considered dumb." B.A. to the end.
Anya Marina, I want to party with you.
Reminds me of a very particular weekend up at Lutsen Resort.
14. Holy Fiction - "Song Ten"
Should be optioned by HBO for a poignant love and/or "character finding himself/herself" scene.
15. Beastie Boys - "Johnny Ryall"
From the hip-hop world's "Pet Sounds."
16. Foo Fighters - "A Matter of Time"
Hate all you want, but you know this band can still be good.
17. Kenny Zimlinghaus feat. Aaron Wertheimer - "Birth Certificate" [FREE MP3]
If you're luck enough to have access to Sirius or XM satellite radio, no doubt you've heard the hilarious Kenny Z. on Cosmo Radio's "Wake Up with Taylor" morning show. He's a stand-up comedian who also happens to make fake rap songs that are eerily reminiscent of the late Eyedea.
18. The Static Jacks - "Girl Parts"
Good song, unfortunate name (when it's sitting on your desktop and your wife gets "confused").
19. The Impossibles - "(Never) Say Goodbye"
Another mix tape "hall of famer." Listen to understand. (Discovered this song while "babysitting" my best friend's wife at the Pawn America in Duluth ... and that statement sounds even stranger in print.)
20. American War - "Exit Uncertain and Beautiful"
Sounds like a good title for my first pretentious novel, no?
21. Karen Elson - "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Buddy Holly cover)
22. Buffalo Springfield - "Flying on the Ground is Wrong" (mono vers.)
I've learned this oh-so-valuable lesson of late.
23. The Beach Boys - "Here Today"
From the pop/rock world's "Paul's Boutique." (Aahhhh ... get it?! LOL)
24. Brandi Carlile - "That Year"
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius -- or at least the soundtrack to.
25. Paper Tiger - "The Bully Plank" [FREE MP3]
26. Eddie Vedder - "Light Today"
All things must pass.