Project Mixtape: Remixed

by Jeff on June 15, 2009 · 2 comments

in Stuff I Like

The last Project Mixtape entry was a placeholder birthday gift for someone. The ‘real’ gift is still en route, and the old mix CD, which I deemed flawed, was never given to Intended Recipient. As I inferred last time, the old playlist was given a bit of a Six Million Dollar Man treatment in order to make it faster, stronger, yadda yadda. And so, disastrously belated and still in lieu of the ‘real’ gift, the 2.0 version of the disc will probably find its way into its future owner’s hands today.

If I had to pick a loose theme or mood to label this with, it would probably be “Songs You Can Dance Around To When Nobody Else Is Looking”.  Granted, that doesn’t work with all of the songs, but  I think it works with an overwhelming majority of them.  The rest are just good summertime music.

This time, a .zip of the contents will actually follow later today. The playlist (with notes) is as follows.

William Fitzsimmons – King of Wishful Thinking [I had to keep this track; I straight up love it. And, as Fitzsimmons geekily admits in the intro, the Pretty Woman soundtrack is a great soundtrack. I think that "King" is one of those songs that suffers due to the era it was first made in - it is inextricably 90s unless it is drastically reinterpreted like it is here. I feel the same way about a lot of Bruce Cockburn's back catalog, too - nobody needs synth-heavy protest-folk.]

Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You [I have been infected with this song to the point where I felt forced to watch Empire Records again a few days ago ever since hearing it on the radio during lunch a few weeks ago. I hadn't heard it in forever, and now want to hear it all the time.]

Jarvis Cocker – Black Magic [For me, this song is basically the essence of the perfect summer driving music. I love it so much.]

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Where’d You Go? [The plan in my original track listing was to segment the tracks into little groups of 3s, which holds together in the first half of the playlist but eventually couldn't keep its own continuity. "Where'd You Go?" was originally Track 2, square in the middle of a trio of 90s movie soundtrack staples (disastrously, I do not have a digital copy of Coolio's "Rollin' With the Homies"). Instead of the Clueless soundtrack, this is from Live At The Middle East.]

Booker T and the Drive-By Truckers – Hey Ya [You can never have too much organ.]

Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele – You Can’t Force A Dance Party [Yes, this song is kind of campy and silly. But I have been listening to Dent May in heavy rotation lately. It's good frivolous background music.]

Ben Folds Five – Kate

Josh Ritter – Wolves

Of Montreal – Don’t Stop Believin’

Rilo Kiley – Frug [I dare you to listen to this song and not have it improve your mood or cause you to dance around.]

The Mountain Goats – This Year

Tom Waits – Downtown Train [My favorite song in the entire world, which strikes me as ironic because although 1) I love cover songs and 2) the cover version of this is much more notable than the original, I cannot stand the cover.]

The Weepies – San Francisco [It's not really a cover because the original track is by Steve Tannen - the male half of the Weepies - but the slower tempo and Deb Talan's backing vocals give the song a more ethereal quality that really carries into the final portion of the track list.]

Lady Gaga – Poker Face (Piano Version) [As infectious as the original unfortunately is, this version of "Poker Face" is my favorite hands-down.]

Badly Drawn Boy – Cause A Rockslide [Between "You're the jive guru and I wanna sing along with you," and "Your sweetness could cause a rockslide," this song has the best lyrics.]

Paper Route – Be Healed [I've been listening to Paper Route a good deal in the last few weeks, and "Be Healed" is probably the best track on their debut album. I can't help myself from including it.]

Elvis Costello – Veronica

Download “Project Mixtape – 06.15.09” [.zip]

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Nikki June 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

This quite possibly is the BEST mixtape EVER. Hands down. Whoever is lucky enough to get their hands on it will, no doubt, be serindipituously the happiest person ever and be resorted to making up words like “serindipituously.” ;D

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