Archive for the ‘Mixes’ Category

Mon 29 Mar 2010 12:01 am   //   Posted in: Mixes, Movies, Music, Videos

Epic Stop Motion Monster Mashup

Here’s a video and a story. First, the video:

Now the story:

Earlier this month, my brother Gerritt and his wife Melanie hosted a party at their house. Gerritt made a playlist of party music, and I suggested we play a movie to serve as “visual noise” for people to talk about and smile at. I went on Netflix queued up the 1963 epic Jason and the Argonauts.


Tue 12 Aug 2008 8:00 am   //   Posted in: Mixes, Music

6 songs that have improved since the 80s

These songs were totally cheeseball on Lite FM radio in the 80s. But for reasons unclear, they now sound pretty great. Time has been good to this music. Or I’m turning into my parents.

  1. John Parr – “St. Elmos Fire (Man in Motion)”
  2. Howard Jones – “No One is to Blame”
  3. When in Rome – “The Promise”
  4. Corey Hart – “Never Surrender”
  5. Mike and the Mechanics – “All I Need is a Miracle”
  6. Steve Winwood – “Higher Love”

Thu 1 May 2008 12:00 pm   //   Posted in: Mixes, Music

May Mixtape: 10 Weirdest Cover Songs

Here’s a mix of exceptionally weird cover songs. As a reminder: Weird can mean good. Weird can mean bad.

Listen to this mix on Muxtape (while it lasts!)

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1. Proclaimers – King of the Road

2. Alanis Morisette – My Humps

3. Sean Connory – In My Life

4. Tom Jones f/ Ruby – Kung Fu Fighting

5. Fountains of Wayne – … Baby One More Time

6. The Cardigans – Iron Man

7. Paul Anka – Smells Like Teen Spirit

8. Leonard Nimoy – I Walk The Line

9. Richard Cheese – Fight For Your Right To Party

10. Joah Valley – Can’t Buy Me Love

Mon 31 Mar 2008 12:00 pm   //   Posted in: Mixes, Music, The suburbs

Top 10 underrated 90s songs

Friday night, 1994. Somewhere in the Baltimore suburbs, a 14-year-old kid is lying on his back in the dark, listening to WHFS’s “Top 11 at 11” on his Sanyo walkman.

Inspired by Sheena Beaston, here are my top 10 most underrated songs of the 90s. For no particular reason, I’ve limited my choices to modern rock songs.

Listen to the whole playlist at Muxtape (this link will not work forever).

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10. The Men – Church Of Logic, Sin, & Love (1992)
Anybody remember The Men? I love the lyric about Kennedy in Life magazine.

9. R.E.M. – Strange Currencies (1994)
Michael Stipe channeling Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.” This was from R.E.M.’s Monster CD.

8. Drugstore – El Presidente (1998)
That’s Thom Yorke from Radiohead on vocals. I got this song on a CMJ sampler, but it was on Drugstore’s White Magic for Lovers CD, apparently.

7. Son Volt – Windfall (1995)
I didn’t discover this song until I went through an alt-country phase in college. From the Trace CD.

6. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger (1995)
From What’s the Story Morning Glory? I once heard a guy playing this song in the subway and it sounded great.

5. Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine (1990)
The better of Midnight Oil’s two radio hits. (The other was “Beds Are Burning.”) From Blue Sky Mining.

4. Local H – All the Kids Are Right (1998)
A band apologizes to its fans for a poor concert. It’s an anti-rock song! From the CD Pack Up the Cats.

3. Superdrag – Sucked Out (1996)
Great hook. “Look at me, I can write a melody, but I can’t expect a soul to care.” From Regretfully Yours.

2. Elastica – Car Song (1995)
Elastica songs were so short, they were often the only thing that fit at the end of a mix tape.

1. Freedy Johnston – Bad Reputation (1994)
Listen to Freedy Johnston’s sublime self-confidence: “Don’t you think I’ve heard the talk? Nobody’s gonna tell me who to love.” From This Perfect World.