Audio Mix: Listology Secret Santa: Dan's Mix: 2005

  1. The Go! Team - We Just Won't Be Defeated
  2. Rilo Kiley - Portions For Foxes
  3. Atmosphere - Get Fly (What If Jesus Forgot To Put You On The Guestlist?)
  4. Mike Doughty - Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well
  5. My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
  6. 3rd Bass - Portrait Of The Artist As A Hood
  7. Drivin' N' Cryin' - Around The Block Again
  8. Gorillaz - Feel Good, Inc.
  9. The Leeves - How Do You Spell Chunnukkahh
  10. Imani Coppola - Legend Of A Cowgirl
  11. The Go-Betweens - Was There Anything I Could Do?
  12. MC Lars - Mr Raven
  13. Tegan and Sara - I Want To Bad
  14. Jungle Brothers - Doin' Our Own Dang
  15. Gomez - Miles End
  16. Beastie Boys - Triple Trouble
  17. The New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant
  18. Antony and The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
  19. The Polyphonic Spree - The Beginning Stages, Part 9 (Reach For The Sun)
  20. The Cast of Rent - Seasons Of Love
  21. Rilo Kiley - Ripchord

"Portions for Foxes". Double-sweet.

I tried to write this in real time but I admit that eating pasta did seem to slow me down... just a bit. Thank you for this.
The Go! Team - We Just Won't Be Defeated
Have I told you how much I love crowd music? Cheers, sing-a-longs, drinking songs, music that everyone can (and does) sing... excellent. I'll admit it, I'll speak the truth since nobody else will: I loved "Hey Mickey" the first seven dozen times that I heard it (and not ever since.)

I have no idea what's being said but I love how the horns, drums and the cheer(s) interlock. Is there an actual The Go! Team group or is it one girl (or guy) sampling cheerleader competitions and that toy piano sound? I know that my pop music knowledge stops almost immediately after Toni Basil but why haven't I heard of this woman before? That was neato.

Rilo Kiley - Portions For Foxes
That's a great first line: "There's blood in my mouth 'cause I've been biting my tongue all week..." Nice guitar parts (and so many of them.) I enjoy songs about being addicted to a love that's bad for you. It makes me feel less alone.

Atmosphere - Get Fly (What If Jesus Forgot To Put You On The Guestlist?)
And here's another great line: "I'm coming, I'm coming, I'm coming of age." If that doesn't sum up adolescence I don't know what. For being assembled this song sounds very organic. When MC Hammer (or so I've heard) released "Do Not Pass Me By" I expected it to unleash a flood of rap and gospel music ("rapsel"?) but no such luck. The hiss and pop of vinyl (even if only present in a sample) makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I don't know when this was laid down but it's amazing how the war on Iraq has shifted the frame of reference, "Won't fight your wars 'til I'm finished with mine." In spite of the fact that the linking samples did eventually lead to a different section (much as I'd hoped) I still had to put it on pause to say that I wish the transition had been quicker. But that's quibbling.
[I just thought of my imaginary club name: DJ Quibble.]

Mike Doughty - Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well
I came so close to putting this into a mix. What a fine bunch of instruments combined into a mighty fine pop song. Even the techniques that I usually don't like were okay (too much crash/shimmer cymbal) to surprisingly cool (the cut out with the slide on silent strings leading to the re-entry... still hate the use of the echo effect.) I liked the flat timbre of Doughty's voice, although whoever edited the vocal track should be shot.

My favourite local commercial radio station put this into rotation and they're pretty off-beat (if occasionally in a conventional way) so I have no idea if everyone else knows this song. All I know is that when it came on in the car (when I had a car) it got turned up.

My Morning Jacket - Worldess Chorus
Boy did that alarm clock bell ringing in the background scare me. I thought the phone was ringing or that I was dreaming and oversleeping. This in spite of the fact that I can't remember a time when I didn't have the beep-beep-beep of my clock radio. I thinking that you like constructed music. Everything so far has been what I think are interesting assemblages of musical elements (samples, loops, overdubs, mixed in instruments... whatever, song's over.)

3rd Bass - Portrait Of The Artist As A Hood
Ah, 3rd Bass, wonderful allies in the pushback against the WMD that was Vanilla Ice. Pop goes the weasel 'cause the weasel goes pop!

Drivin' N' Cryin' - Around The Block Again
Whoops, I thought the conversational outro of 3rd Bass was the intro here. I can't get much sense from it either way. Any song with "a long way from Picadilly" in it can't be half bad. What's the religious deal with Mr. Christian here with his red book and Jesus leaving me off the guest list earlier?

Gorillaz - Feel Good, Inc.
Now I know that the laughter is the intro to this song. I'm going to look up the lyrics because I swear that one of the lines is "You won't get a mechanic 'cause you don't have brie." If that's not a mondegreen then it is one of the most brilliant lines I've ever heard. Who is that vocalist? I swear I've heard him somewhere before. I could do with much less of the laughing.

The Leeves - How Do You Spell Chunnukkahh
I just have to remember that there are two 'K's and I'm good to go. There's the ride cymbal that I so dearly love. Can't you hear how much better that is than the crash, splash or shimmer?

Imani Coppola - Legend Of A Cowgirl
This sample is going to make me go insane... I'd say it was "Bus Stop" only I'm sure that is wrong. "Ain't no thing like a chicken wing." Even after more than a decade as a vegetarian I can still (rarely) get fried chicken flashbacks. My only lasting regret is that there is something lacking in going out for pancakes without the side of nasty greasy bacon. It's Donovan. I think.
[I do eat fish because it's too difficult to eat enough protein otherwise. No sushi wouldbe a deal-breaker. But it's too difficult to tell people that I can eat fish so I usually leave it at that.]

The Go-Betweens - Was There Anything I Could Do?
Can I share my wide range of experience with anti-depressants? I'd like to say that I enjoyed this song in spite of the lyrics but I didn't. I couldn't.

MC Lars - Mr Raven
Loved the references to other artists including the afore-cursed Vanilla Ice, the Fugees and the now raven-cursed Fred Durst. I loved listening to this but if James Earl Jones and The Simpsons can't make me like "The Raven" then I'm probably not going to listen to it again.

Tegan and Sara - I Want To Bad
Do my ears deceive me or is the lead singer some mutant combination of Six Pence, None the Richer and that woman who married Paul Simon? I must say that I'm glad to see that at least 20% of the tracks have women out front. Frosty.
[Damn it, I know it's a medication side-effect but I hate it when I have word dropouts. Frustrating but I'm too lazy to look up that "What I Am" woman's name.]

Jungle Brothers - Doin' Our Own Dang
So this is what Jungle Brothers sounds like. Not very jungle is it? Next thing you'll be telling me that they aren't brothers. I'm sure that you know and have already formed an opinion but, from what I hear of the distinct use of elements and samples you might like De La Soul... I think everybody should.

Gomez - Miles End
Darn it! My cd player just died. I'm going off headphones at least until my batteries recharge (I love me my earth.) Perhaps because of this I have little to say about this track. And now I've said it.

Beastie Boys - Triple Trouble
As always with the Beasties the beat is infectious, the words are illin' and the voices make me ill.
The New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant
25%, give or take The Go! Team. I could've sworn that I knew what The New Pornographers sounded like but it didn't include women. Very nice.
[What is it with you and groups with "Go" in the title? And what do you have against "We Got the Beat"?]
[One of my imaginary friends plays in a Phish tribute band called Go Phish!]
[Allow me to share with you the perfect band name that I thought up within the past month: This Complete Breakfast.]

Antony and The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Seriously, right now I'm on Modafinil and Lamotrigine but that's just a fraction of the story. What a great voice and perfectly suited.

The Polyphonic Spree - The Beginning Stages, Part 9 (Reach For The Sun)
You have accrued a great deal of credit with me... and now you are squandering it. I refuse to admit that I loved this song the first seven times that I heard it (even though that is technically true.) The thrill is gone.
[Note to self: Must listen to B.B. King. Especially that album of Louis Jordan cover tunes.]

The Cast of Rent - Seasons Of Love
I do not care how great this song might be. I will be buried in the cold cold ground before you get me to go see a Chris Columbus movie. If that is Jesse L. Martin singing then oh-my-goodness-gracious! we have to stage a rescue mission to get him out of Law & Order. That's a huge squander.
[When going to see one of the Lord of the Rings movies we asked for "two tickets to Rings at 7:10 and can we not have two tickets to Harry Potter ever." Mr. Dwyer, my fifth year teacher, was right: Nobody thinks that's funny.]

Rilo Kiley - Ripchord
Two Rilo Kiley songs... well I'm gonna have to check her out then. That is unless you chose this song to Price is Right your disc. (The person closest to, without going over, eighty minutes wins a year's supply of Turtle Wax, the catamaran and the six day/five night visit to Belize.) "Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well" was a great song to listen to as I walked to my psychiatrist appointment. This song... not so much.
[Note to self: In the spirit of what I've written above I'm going to start with "Saturday Night Fish Fry."]

Thank you for the jam packed disc but the colour is really freaking me out. It looks like milk. There are a quite a few pieces of music that will metastasize in my listening rotation... is every The Go! Team track as good as "We Just Won't Be Defeated"?

Edie Brickell.

Funny, she just came up in conversation around the house a few days ago. God, how I hated that "What I Am" song...

It is so, so excellent that you are commenting so extensively on the mixes you've received! Having sent many a mix into the void (with no expectations of a response and certainly no hard feelings when my expectations were met) I know what a treat it is to hear something back!

I actually liked that song the first time I heard it (and not ever since.) I cannot imagine how Mrs Edie Simon née Brickell just comes up in conversation around the house.

Thank you for the compliment. It's nice to hear and have feedback. I do worry that I'll say something hurtful about someone's favourite artist/song but talking about music is the next best thing to listening to it. Especially so because this (these?) was the music that people specifically chose to present to others. People whose judgement, experience and taste I respect (you know... for the most part.)

I'm glad that there's no hard feelings because: your disc is next. I just have to set aside eighty minutes to write... make that an hour and a half plus pasta-time.

Well, unfortunately people seem to think it more trick than treat. I seem to have tamped down people's expression and gratitude. Just more logs to throw upon my guilt fire... and shame conflagration.

So let me apologize for gaming the system and my voluminous 10-year flood style of writing. Bipolar/mania does have its drawbacks... as does too much free time.

I will try to follow the adage of "Moderation in all things." (Although I have always thought it strange that it wasn't, "Moderation in most things.)

I'm not hearing any complaints! The Secret Santas has always been fairly muted in the feedback department, and I, for one, am thrilled you're bucking the trend.

0, I don't think you have anything to worry about. I'm still planning on posting my Secret Santa comments. I'm just incredibly busy with work and home of late.

Wow, 0dysseus! Thanks so much for your stream of consciousness feedback. I think I'm going to try the same thing with the mixes I received.

As to your questions...

I don't know much about The Go! Team but this is indicative of most of the stuff on their album. If I were to venture a guess I'd say it's a couple of guys (girls) creating in a studio with samples and that the Cheerleaders are not members of the group but instead sampled from another source. I'm glad you liked it!

Rilo Kiley is a band that I first saw online (a live video download to be specific) and then again saw on Austin City Limits. Their lead singer Jenny Lewis was a former child actress and also just put out a solo album.

The Atmosphere song I only recently discovered when compiling the music for my Listology mix. I hit me so hard the I had to include it. I haven't had much of a chance to listen to the rest of his album yet.

M. Doughty's song is a bit too polished for my normal tastes BUT I've been a big fan of his for a long time (since the first Soul Coughing album) and I felt I had to share since he's still creating.

It's weird that you say I like assemblages of music because I've never though of myself in that manner. I'll have to think about it a little more to see if that's an apt description of my tastes. I can say that this particular mix would've leant itself to assemblageness as I've pretty much alternated one guitar-oriented pop song with one alternative rap song throughout.

That vocalist for Gorillaz is Damon Albarn of Blur.

I think the sample is Sunshine Superman by Donovan.

The Jungles Brothers are very close compatriots of De La Soul. They and others were all part of the Native Tongue Collective. I think the Jungle Brothers are actually dissing De La Soul in this song.

The New Pornographers song actually has fellow Canadian Neko Case guest vocalizing.

The Polyphonic Spree would never be played on Columbus radio so to me it's still original. I tend to put songs at the end of my mixes which are sort of Guilty Pleasures so it wouldn't suprise me if your appreciation of my choices went downhill from here.

You're welcome for the jam-packed disc. Please feel free to colour it something less uncolourful. :-)

What I meant by "assemblages" was that you can see feel the individual threads that make up the whole. It's not a tangled ball of simultaneously recorded yarn. It a collection of distinct ingredients, not a bisque. I thought it was nice (and interesting and smart) to listen to.

You know what? I always think of Donovan as a One Hit Wonder even though I know he did songs aside from Mellow Yellow. (Do you remember the drink Mello Yello? It was like Decaf Mountain Dew. The best example that I'm aware of that negative 1 minus 1 can somethimes equal negative 5.)

Well, Mr. Dwyer was right: I just don't listen. Perhaps it was the subliminal De La Soul reference that made me think of them but anything explicit went in one ear and out the other as well as right over my head. Consider my hair mussed.

"Guilt" and "pleasure" should never have anything to do with each other... unless you, like me, has been brought up in a culture where they always have something to do with each other.

I'm too afraid of it to deface your disc... but I might put your name on it. And a track listing with numbers.

Their winning streak has lasted a quarter century and shows no sign of slowing. Wieden + Kennedy teams up with the Go! Team to help out Nike. I understand that things change after you sign with Sony but it makes me wonder who is Michael Roberts and what in the world was he thinking? And, yes, I hate myself for loving the fruits of swoosh-shop labour... among other reasons.

Love the Go! Team/Nike commercial. Have you noticed YouTube has a bunch of Nike commercials, including a Mike & Mars classic.

Some classics are from twenty-five years ago... some are from twenty-five centuries ago.
Liu Xiang is out of the Olympics. The chance to defend his gold medal in front of his country is gone.

Nevertheless, I'm excited about the way this came out. There are so many familiar personal themes woven together... the 2001 homage is easy to see but I wonder how many other strands of narrative people might miss. (The Minotaur, U2's "One" and cancer being some of them.)

See how many athletes you can identify. I always forget who the guy with the beard is but I do know this: Achilles is spoiled brat... and it can ruin an Olympics.

Fantastic. YouTube has a slightly larger, just as crisp version, although you have to click the "watch in high quality" link by the lower-right corner of the video.

I love the Olympics. So much agony and ecstasy playing out in front of you.

Achilles, the bastard. I've dealt with tendinitis, but never a rupture.

I have a tough time breaking down the YouTube vids frame by frame to see how far the rules of evil ysouub lkinmoiwn amle advertising can be pushed. It's really really difficult to pick out Tiger Woods (or his synecdochtic signifier.)

It's always nice to see Arthur Ashe. I'm fairly sure that he'd rather die than appear in a commercial for Nike. So that worked out.

It's that intoxicating brew of noble athletics and crass nationalism. The best thing in these Olympics was Old Man Lezak.

Michael Phelps is now the greatest Olympian in history. (Sorry, Al Oerter.) There will not be a single day in the rest of Michael Phelps' public life without the citation of Jason Lezak and what he did.

Acromioclavicular separation, torn anterior cruciate ligament, herniated Charybdisc, Siren cerumen and the Bulgarian hiccups. Plus I think his armour gave me a rash.

While we're on the subject of Phelpsian phootnotes, rules are rules and a win's a win, but it's still interesting.

That is interesting. Buuuht, even though William Saletan has backstroked on his position, I think the article is just trying to ride the wave of Phelps Phever by being provocative.

Saletan even says that the argument over who touched first is, "Bull. It's not who touches first. It's who triggers the sensor first." That's it exactly. Whoever stops the clock first is the (presumably indisputable) winner. Swimmers know that if they swim to the wall, haul themselves out of the pool and grab their towel without hitting the touchpad then even the slowest tortoise opponent will eventually win the gold.

If William Saletan wants to argue the semantic differences between "touch" and "trigger" with FINA, the IOC or Omega (an official sponsor of Michael Phelps) he ought to define what he means by "touch." Is it the first physical contact between skin and pad? The first instant that a swimmer can feel that contact? The moment that a caress of the cheek becomes a poke in the eye? It could be the moment that your brother hauls off and hits you while playing the backseat game of "I'm not touching you" (due to become an Olympic sport in 2024.)

To Bring it back to Achilles, William Saletan is trotting out Zeno's Paradox and throwing it in the pool River Styx. Fun though it may be, his article is all wet. The mind shudders at what horrific things he might write about Cullen Jones.