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How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Part One

Hello…how are you? Well, it’s been quite a long time. Perhaps there are two or three of you out there who still may read this. It’s been a landmark year for me in terms of the gigs I managed to see. Mainly because I kept leaving Winnipeg. In February, I got to see Gang of Four in Toronto, and they were one of the most exciting bands I’ve ever seen. Unlike The Buzzcocks, who I saw last year, GoF are still clearly passionate and earnest about what they do. Andy Gill was a badass, and Jon King was a maniac. And they continue to make excellent, thought-provoking music.

This past summer will be difficult to top, mind. My friend, Laura, and I went on a three-week backpacking trip to Europe built around the Wireless Festival. This was decided in a fevered panic after the Pulp reunion was announced in November of last year. It quickly became apparent that we had no self-control or sense of limits as we continued to plan the trip logistics. Not to mention this is the first time that I’ve had a travel buddy who actually enjoys the same things I do. When we found out that Lou Reed was playing in London the night after Wireless, we bought tickets. When we found out that Big Audio Dynamite was playing in London the night before we flew home, we bought tickets. When we found out that the Manic Street Preachers were playing the Wanaja Festival in Finland two nights before we flew home, we decided we could squeeze it in. Then we threw in the Feeling Gloomy club night on the same day we flew into London, which also happened to be the night before Wireless, just for good, psychotic measure. I don’t regret any of this, but as you will eventually see, it took its toll.

Under the poster of Morrissey with a bunch of flowers…

We attempted to stave off some jetlag by having a late afternoon nap at our hostel, which was perhaps one of the worst hostels I’ve ever stayed in (and I’ve been in ones with bedbugs before). However, exhaustion allowed us to sleep rather soundly for a couple of hours in the mouldering bedroom at the top of a stuffy, crowded building in Bayswater. Slightly refreshed, we then ventured off to Islington for dinner and to the O2 Academy for Feeling Gloomy.

Feeling Gloomy has been one of those mythical club nights I read about, like Stay Beautiful and Against Nature, that I’ve always wanted to go to, but have never had the timing right for, nor have I had a friend that wanted to go. It also seemed related to the mythical indie disco, which we don’t have over here, and for two indie-disco-deprived Canadians, Feeling Gloomy lived up to all expectations. We entered the club to Ultravox’s “Vienna” and were the last to leave as they played The Smiths’ “There is a Light That Never Goes Out.” While it didn’t necessarily stick to doleful melancholia as its title implies, it did fulfill all of my listening wishes, including indiepop, new wave synthpop, 60s girl groups, and post-punk. It was essentially a chance to dance around in a semi-dark room full of strangers and a giant painting of Morrissey to the very same songs already on my iPod. Subtract the strangers, and it’s much like a regular evening in my bedroom. In fact, I’m fairly certain I oscillated wildly between hopping about like Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club, twitching my limbs like Jarvis Cocker, and doing that “Barbarism Begins at Home” twist as performed by Morrissey and Marr. It had been such an amazing experience that it almost didn’t matter that we were stood at 4:00AM in the middle of Islington without a clue of how to get back to Bayswater. We luckily found a cab not driven by a rapist, and stumbled into our pitch-dark, crowded bedroom as the sun came up.

A few hours later, we stumbled back out of bed to wander over to Hyde Park for Wireless. Unlike nearly every other time I’ve visited and/or lived in the UK, there were absolutely no clouds and no rain. After eating small cups of pineapple and Sainsbury pasta salad and watching tourists next to the Marble Arch, we took our place in line with the most eager punters at the Wireless entrance. As much as we would have liked to see Fight Like Apes and Cut Copy at one of the other stages, we enjoyed the pre-Pulp line-up of Vintage Trouble, Devotchka, Metronymy, The Horrors, The Hives, TV on the Radio, and the utterly brilliant Grace Jones, who rode a very surprised security guard over to the crowd barrier. Frankly, we endured leg cramp, exhaustion, sunburn, and dehydration for only one band.

Sing along with the common people…

You could hear Jarvis’s laconic voice in your head as you read through each scrolling line of retro typeface projected on the massive black curtain.

Hello…how are you?
I can’t hear you.
I said!
Make some noise!!
Exciting stuff.
You’re looking good.
Especially you.
Is it nice out there?
Do you want to have a drink?
O.k. I will meet you at the bar.
Is this crazy talk?
Is this legal?
Do you remember the first time?
Is this a hoax?

Of course, the crowd was getting pretty antsy by the time the screen asked if we wanted to see a dolphin. To be fair, despite all of the teasing, they did show us a dolphin. Once the textual banter finally exited stage right, we heard the simulated sizzle and hum of the lurid magenta letters flickering into full glow behind the scrim. P…U…L…P. As expected, once the curtains came down, amidst the blast of confetti cannon, Candida, Russell, Steve, Nick, and Jarvis began with “Do You Remember the First Time?”

I don’t remember the first time, so to speak. The rush of nostalgia for Pulp’s first time round, and its attendant mid-nineties bliss, is a strange emotion for me since it belongs to a different, but no less powerful nostalgia. Mine came out of an imagined past rather than a lived past. I didn’t know of Pulp until three years after their triumphant, myth-making slot at Glastonbury. And I didn’t get heavily into them until they no longer existed. I don’t actually remember the first time, so like watching long-dead galaxies in the night sky, I had lived through the Britpop scene after it had gone supernova.

It’s hard not to get emotional at the impossibility of it. The fact that I had consigned Pulp to the bin labelled “missed opportunity” meant that I always thought they would remain a mediated experience, a forensic encounter patched together with hours of live footage, music videos, music press clippings, book accounts, and bootlegs. They had famously never really broken up, so somehow it paradoxically seemed even less likely they could reform. If there is a benefit to all of this late-noughties-reunion-nostalgia-jingoism hangover, this particular reunion was it. After all of those years, many of them pre-YouTube and pre-torrent, I had built up my memory bank of Pulp. Through their vintage pop melodies and Jarvis’s on-point (anti)social observations, I felt a part of something years after it actually happened. All those imagined moments of jubilantly jumping up and down in a crowd singing “Misshapes” or “Common People,” all of those dreamed and simulated moments of inclusion had collected in the grooves of my brain as a soundtrack to my own awkward bildungsroman.

After their first song, Pulp slipped into the first times of “Pink Glove,” which has one of the most deliciously malicious choruses in the Pulp canon, then “Mile End,” and on into the depths of A Different Class with slight diversions into This is Hardcore and We Love Life, and a double-back into “Babies.” In an effort to take it all in, my eyes flicked back and forth between all of the band members, the inscrutable shades of Russell Senior, the flash of white jacket from Steve Mackey, the sphinxy smile of Candida Doyle, the pumping arms of Nick Banks. But at the centre of it all was Jarvis. I think we all know how I feel about Jarvis by now. The corduroy dynamo was in full flight, specs strapped on, stomach in, chest out. At one point he stood atop a monitor and leaned back so far that his upper body was parallel to the stage floor, a breathtaking act of limbo. At other points, he raced to and fro across the front of the stage, hair streaming, joints articulating and gesticulating wildly. His dance moves are a feat of improv: immediate, ever-shifting interpretations of his lyrics. Some embarassingly literal, some as oblique as a Brian Eno strategy, all of them without a whiff of self-consciousness. And his banter was better and more self-assured than it had ever been, often evoking elements of his more recent incarnation as 6Music DJ.

After lying on his back and cycling his mantis legs in the air, taunting, “I’m coming to get you,” Jarvis grabbed a torch and walked down the stairs and runway to the front of the gaping crowd. As he spoke-sang the opening lines to “I Spy” several feet to the right of me, he shone his torch into the upturned faces of his fans, his voice juddering with intensity. By the time he had moved to directly in front of me, everything seemed to have shifted into a hyperreality of specific details, mundane and yet alien. I can distinctly remember the contracted pupils in the grey-green of Jarvis’s eyes as the torchlight reflected from my glasses into his glasses, and I can recall the shape his right hand made as it gripped the torch handle, each joint of his lengthy index finger and thumb tensed, his wrist cocked just campily so. I didn’t touch him. I didn’t say the lyrics along with him. I didn’t snap a photo in his face. I just stared back at him and smiled with my entire being. I was desperately trying to isolate and preserve the moment in my mind; it was perfect timing because it seems everything else had flown out of my mind during that minute.

Halfway through the set, Laura mimed that her feet were over there. “Over there” turned out to mean several feet to the left of the rest of her body. Shortly thereafter, my feet also ended up being over there. It seemed fitting that we were contorted in a gravity-defying, Cocker-like pose. We were being quite literally carried away by the buoyancy of the crowd. There was none of the grasping tackiness and hollow gesture of so many other recent reunions by other bands. In spite of myself, my vision actually went blurry with tears during the last half of finale “Common People.” Just like the emotion of impossibility realized, a lot of my emotional state was dependent on the transcendence of the crowd; I couldn’t help but get emotional when thousands were singing along with me like every word mattered as much as every gasped breath, especially when just five years ago, I was regarded with boredom and mild confusion as I sang a lonely version of “Common People” at a karaoke night in Winnipeg. With that many people willing the night to be special, it came to pass.

Two men in their forties were behind us in the crowd, and as the audience dissipated, they chatted to us for awhile. One of them felt ecstatically vindicated that he had finally gotten to see Pulp live after missing their 1995 Glastonbury performance due to illness. His eyes were wild with disbelief over what had just happened, and his voice was hoarse with shouting “Was that not the best fucking show ever?” into the night air. He had also told us about how his grandfather always told him to “take snapshots” for his memories; these “snapshots” weren’t stored on film or hard drives, nor were they obtained at the expense of placing a lens between you and reality. His grandfather meant taking photographs with your memory. This man we had met only two minutes ago then asked me if I had taken a snapshot. At that moment, I realized that that was what I had been doing when Jarvis stood within inches of me, pointing a torch in my face. A shred of paper streamer in my damp palm; the nausea that comes with having subsisted all afternoon and night on two jammy dodgers proffered by friendly strangers in the crowd; the shaky limb weariness of catharsis; the dizzy light-headedness and body fever of heatstroke; the dazing aftermath of the enormity of the event causing me to meander aimlessly through the park as I processed it. I finally had my truly first time with Pulp, and I’m so grateful that it came at a time when they were so experienced.

To be continued…

I’ve decided to split this gig-going European vacation into at least two parts, so I will be back at least once more in the near future to write about the rest of the trip.

After that, however, this blog will likely remain relatively dormant, but for good reason: Laura and I have decided to start a new blog called From a High Horse. It will mainly be an MP3 blog, but we may also write about non-musical things as well. I figure having one extra writer may make the endeavour more sustainable. So, if you’re so inclined, pop on over…exciting stuff.

At the Indie Disco – The Divine Comedy

Do You Remember the First Time? (Live at the 2011 Wireless Festival) – Pulp

I Spy (Live at the 2011 Wireless Festival) – Pulp


Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Year-End Round-Up Part 2

See here for Part 1 of this series. This second part includes mixes with themes of: senses, 80s film soundtracks, Australia/New Zealand, cover versions, robots, acoustic, London, New Wave, 2009, summer, dance/electro, Canada, France, and wit. Next weekend, the last of weekly mixes will make their appearance, and hopefully, at the end of the week, you’ll find out what my top eight albums of the year are.

Come Monday Night – God Help the Girl

St. Monday – Billy Bragg

Weekly Mix #62 – Why Can’t You Touch, Taste and Smell Evil? (Download)

It’s Your Touch – The Black Ghosts
Taste the Rust – The Vince Noir Project
Touch Too Much – Hot Chip
Sound and Vision (Live at Sony Studios) – David Bowie
The Smell of Bob – Kaji Hideki
See No Evil – Television
Stop and Smell the Roses – Television Personalities
See Emily Play – Pink Floyd
We See the World As Our Stunt Doubles – Fosca
Heard You Whisper – The June Brides
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before – The Smiths
Taste – Animal Collective
Sigh’s Smell of Farewell – Cocteau Twins
Taste the Floor – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Touch Up – Mother Mother
A Sucker For Your Sound – I Monster
The Smell of Outdoor Cooking – Arab Strap
Love at First Sight – Gist
The Bugle Sounds Again – Aztec Camera
Touch My Bum – Tom Rosenthal

Weekly Mix #63 – Hipster Kryptonite (Download)

Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals
Skid Row (Downtown) – Little Shop of Horrors Cast
I Am the Future – Alice Cooper
Light of Day – Joan Jett and the Black Hearts
Back in Time – Huey Lewis & the News
You’re the One That I Want – Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
Oh Yeah (Indian Summer Version) – Yello
Weird Science – Oingo Boingo
Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
(Don’t You) Forget About Me – Simple Minds
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) – John Parr
The Secret of My Success – Night Ranger
I Am the One and Only – Chesney Hawkes
I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man) – Kenny Loggins
Beetlejuice Theme – Danny Elfman
Underground – David Bowie
Never Ending Story – Limahl
I Will Never Love Again – Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

Weekly Mix #64 – The Band Down Under (Download)

Eucalyptus – The Presets
House Music – Kikumoto Allstars
Murder in the Daylight (Van She Tech Mix) – Mandy Kane
We Have Tomorrow – PNAU
Bright Neon Payphone – Cut Copy
No Accident – Car Crash Set
Twenty Thousand Leagues – Midnight Juggernauts
Come Back Lover – Charlie ASH
Another Runaway – Ladyhawke
Survive – Van She
We Are the People – Empire of the Sun
Kids in Space – So I’m Joe
Into the Chaos – Howling Bells
Happy As Can Be – Cut Off Your Hands
Fire Fire Fire – Dappled Cities
Streets of Your Town – The Go-Betweens
Devil Was In My Yard – The Sleepy Jackson
A Trick of the Light – The Triffids
You Don’t Have to Be a Prostitute – Flight of the Conchords
Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth – The Brunettes
Little Possessions – Andrew Keese and the Associates
Footsteps – Mercy Arms
Mr. Somewhere – The Apartments
From Her to Eternity – Nick Cave

Weekly Mix #65 – Don’t Steal Cookies From the Library (Download)

New Life – The Wannadies (Original: Depeche Mode)
Psycho Killer – Huw (Risque) with Pravda (Original: Talking Heads)
Jump Into the Fire – LCD Soundsystem (Original: Harry Nilsson)
Trash – Apoptygma Berzerk (Original: Suede)
Sound and Vision – Franz Ferdinand (Original: David Bowie)
A Forest – British Sea Power (Original: The Cure)
Mack the Knife – The Psychedelic Furs (Original: Kurt Weill)
Lions After Slumber – The Veils (Original: Scritti Politti)
The Jean Genie – The Dandy Warhols (Original: David Bowie)
Friday I’m in Love – Glo-Worm (Original: The Cure)
Suspended in Gaffa – Ra Ra Riot (Original: Kate Bush)
Girlfriend in a Coma – Noah & the Whale (Original: The Smiths)
Walk Away Renee – Elliott Smith (Original: Left Banke)
“Heroes” – TV on the Radio (Original: David Bowie)
Kangaroo – Bat For Lashes (Original: Big Star)
At Your Best (You Are Love) – El Perro Del Mar (Original: The Isley Brothers)
Oh! You Pretty Things – Au Revoir Simone (Original: David Bowie)
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Honeyroot (Original: Joy Division)
Mad World – Gary Jules (Original: Tears For Fears)
Borderline – The Flaming Lips (Original: Madonna)

Weekly Mix #66 – Lick My Battery (Download)

Tupac Robot Club Rock – Filthy Dukes
Laser Laser – Neo Tokyo
Dude, You Feel Electrical – Shout Out Out Out Out
Rotwang’s Party (Robot Dance) – Giorgio Moroder
Robot Rock – Daft Punk
Guitars Are Overrated (Neo Tokyo Remix) – The Robot Disaster
Naked – Alice in Videoland
Neon Generation – A-ux
The Girl and the Robot (Chateau Marmont Remix) – Royksopp
Electric People – Ruede Hagelstein
The Robots in My Bedroom Were Playing Arena Rock – Softlightes
Electric Barberella – Duran Duran
You Killed My Robot Friend – Nyhlin
Rodney’s English Disco – Helen Love
I Wish I Was a Robot – Das Wanderlust
Garden of Love – Clor
Electronic Germany – DJ Hell
I Love You (Miss Robot) – The Buggles
Robot Man (Hot Chip Remix) – The Aliens
Computer Love – Glass Candy

Weekly Mix #67 – Unplugged (Download)

Chains – Sons & Daughters
Meds – Placebo
Those Things I Do – Protocol
Flowers – Emilie Simon
Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins
The Magic Position – Patrick Wolf
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Bluebeard – Cocteau Twins
Grace – Jeff Buckley
You Love Us – Manic Street Preachers
Walk Away – Franz Ferdinand
Beware Our Nubile Miscreants – Of Montreal
Home – The Cinematics
Weightlifting – The Trashcan Sinatras
Spit It Out – IAMX
Don’t Know Any Better – Puressence
Skeletons – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Heroes – Twiggy Frostbite
Sun Gangs – The Veils
Monster Love – Goldfrapp
Help I’m Alive – Metric

Weekly Mix #68 – The London Underground (Download)

London’s Mine – White Rose Movement
Disappearing Act – Jonny Cola and the A-Grades
The Rest For the Wicked – Soho Dolls
Too Good For Hollywood – Simon Indelicate
Visitors (Stephen Hague Remix) – frYars
Anyone Fancy a Chocolate Digestive? – The New Royal Family
Round the Rim and Back to Him – The Firm
It’s a Kick – Monocle Rose
Pump Up the Volume – Art Brut
Fun is For the Feeble Minded – The Indelicates
I Love You – The Boyfriends
Supine on the Astro Turf – Fosca
City – Truck
Rambling – Small Crew
A Week Away – Spearmint
Chandelier – Morton Valence
Mise en Scene – The Melting Ice Caps
Ballerina – Kingfishers Catch Fire
Two of the Beatles Are Dead – Keith TOTP
Tesco is Evil – Tom Rosenthal
The Town – Vanilla Swingers

Weekly Mix #69 – Nouvelle Vague (Download)

See You Shine – Alcian Blue
Love Your Shoes – Furniture
Statue of Liberty – XTC
Reward – The Teardrop Explodes
Veronica – Wreckless Eric
Less Than Zero – Elvis Costello
Let Her Go (12″ Mix) – Strawberry Switchblade
One More Colour – Jane Siberry
Marcia Baila – Les Rita Mitsouko
Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
Away – The Bolshoi
City of Fun – The Only Ones
Into You Like a Train – The Psychedelic Furs
Waiting For a Miracle – Comsat Angels
Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) – The Icicle Works
No Tears – Tuxedomoon
Coitus Interruptus – Fad Gadget
The Wrong Road – The Go-Betweens
The Thief and the Bride – Mary Goes Round
Bringing Home the Ashes – The Wild Swans

Weekly Mix #70 – 2009 0.5 (Download)

Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Light Skips Cross Heart – Filthy Dukes
The Great Shipwreck of Life – IAMX
Fist of God – MSTRKRFT
Jump the Gun – Midnight Juggernauts
No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
1901 – Phoenix
Beautiful Losers – Stuck in the Sound
Young Adult Friction – The Pains of Being Pure of Heart
Wake Up – Sliimy
French Navy – Camera Obscura
You Can’t Get It Back – Gentleman Reg
Anything Other Than Kind – Butcher Boy
The Smack of Pavement in Your Face – Shirley Lee
Journal For Plague Lovers – Manic Street Preachers
Battle For the Sun – Placebo
Parallel Lines – Junior Boys
David – The Radio Dept.
Daniel – Bat For Lashes
When I Grow Up – Fever Ray

Weekly Mix #71 – Summer of ‘09 (Download)

English Summer Rain – Placebo
Summer – Shy Child
Rollercoaster – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Beach Party – Air France
Half Mast – Empire of the Sun
Summerdreamer – The Daysleepers
Barbecue – Orange Juice
Sound of Summer – Art Brut
Lorca and the Orange Tree – The Mummers
Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective
Honey in the Sun – Camera Obscura
You Wear the Sun – The Delays
Summerside – Adorable
Like a Summer Rain – Ladybug Transistor
Summer Shakedown – Slow Club
Last Summertime’s Obsession – Trembling Blue Stars
Summer Days – Euros Childs
Serenade – The Soda Stream
Sunshine Makes Me High – The Guggenheim Grotto
Summer Wind – James Dean Bradfield

Weekly Mix #72 – Let’s Dance the Blues (Download)

Zero (MSTRKRFT Remx) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I’m So L.A. – Mynx
Dance to Our Disco – Punks Jump Up
Kiss ‘n Fly – Surkin
Vulture – Patrick Wolf
Where Have the Club Kids Gone – The Mystic Underground
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Kissy Sellout Mix) – The Human League
Bulletproof – La Roux
Taken Away (Frederick Carlsson Remix) – Digitalism
Audacity of Huge – Simian Mobile Disco
1901 (Fabian Remix) – Phoenix
Body Packer – Love-Fine
See the Light (Calvin Harris Remix) – The Hours
Neo-Violence (Shazam Remix) – The Tough Alliance
Smack My Bitch Up – The Prodigy
Chinball Wizard (Cadence Weapon Remix) – The Wet Secrets
Listen to the Hiss (Tiefschwarz Remix) – DJ Hell
Beep Beep Beep – Tiga
Hazel – Junior Boys
Fixin’ to Thrill (Don Diablo Remix) – Dragonette
Tiptoe – Goldfrapp

Weekly Mix #73 – Souvenir of Canada (Download)

1000 Cigarettes – MSTRKRFT
Magic Fantasy – Dragonette
Bits & Pieces – Junior Boys
Untrust Us – Crystal Castles
A Century Old – Duchess Says
Young Hearts Spark Fire – Japandroids
Body of Years – Mother Mother
Mutiny, I Promise You – The New Pornographers
Benediction – The Weakerthans
Jagwagger – Archivist
Hate Then Love – The Dears
Solipsism Millionaires – The Most Serene Republic
Ocean of Noise – The Arcade Fire
Alive Until Saturday Night – Hexes & Ohs
Mimi on the Beach – Jane Siberry
Say It’s All Over – Paper Moon
Falling Back – Gentleman Reg
Counting Stars on the Ceiling – Stars
Corbeau – Coeur de Pirate
Nice to Know – Andrew Spice
Fish Water Desert Trapeze – Allegories

Weekly Mix #74 – Tous les garcons et les filles (Download)

One Minute to Midnight – Justice
Crescendolls – Daft Punk
Tie Me Up Tie Me Down – Huw (Risqué)
Polly (Chateau Marmont Remix) – Koko Von Napoo
Gwendoline – Housse de Racket
Maison Klaus – Chateau Marmont
Love Your Enemy (Kill Your Friends) – Birdy Nam Nam
Miss You – Thieves Like Us
Cool frénésie – Les Rita Mitsouko
Night – M83
Remember – Air
Zapruder – Stuck in the Sound
If It’s Not With You – Phoenix
Comme tu les aimes – Dani
Les sucettes – France Gall
Kiss and Kill – Mary Goes Round
Je n’attends pas plus personne – Francoise Hardy
L’antiquitié – Stone
Poupée mécanique – Die Form
Sandcastle – Little Nemo
Ces petits riens – Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve

Weekly Mix #75 – Hearing Double (Download)

Help! – The Damned (Original: The Beatles)
Punk Boy – Ash (Original: Helen Love)
You’re the One That I Want – Hyperbubble (Original: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
My Way – Polysics (Original: Frank Sinatra)
How Soon is Now? – The Psychedelic Furs (Original: The Smiths)
Are Friends Electric? – The Dead Weather (Original: Gary Numan)
Feels Like Heaven – Happydeadmen (Original: Fiction Factory)
Shoplifters Of the World Unite – The Black Tulips (Original: The Smiths)
Together in Electric Dreams – Nixon (Original: Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder)
Open Your Heart – Beki & the Bullets (Original: Madonna)
Train in Vain – Kirsty MacColl (Original: The Clash)
Sleepyhead – The Mummers (Original: Passion Pit)
Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself – The Killers (Original: Morrissey)
Young Parisians – The New Royal Family (Original: Adam and the Ants)
Open Your Eyes – Soho Dolls (Original: Lords of the New Church)
The Con – Popular Damage (Original: Tegan & Sara)
Straight to Hell – Emm Gryner (Original: The Clash)
Femme Fatale – Big Star (Original: The Velvet Underground)
Use Somebody – Bat For Lashes (Original: Kings of Leon)
Cosmic Dancer – Morrissey (Original: T.Rex)

Weekly Mix #76 – Magnetic Poetry (Download)

The Last of the Famous International Playboys – Morrissey
The Last Significant Statement to Be Made in Rock ‘n Roll – The Indelicates
What the Housewives Don’t Tell You – Luxembourg
Perfect Skin – Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
Fat Children – Jarvis Cocker
A Complete History of Sexual Jealousy (Parts 17 to 24) – Momus
The Past is a Grotesque Animal – Of Montreal
Secret Crush on Third Trombone – Fosca
Drum Machines Will Save Mankind – Mikrofisch
Interview – Simon Bookish
You Should All Be Murdered – Another Sunny Day
lit. – Archivist
Disneyfied – Eugene McGuinness
The Upper Classes – The Auteurs
Falling In Love With Myself Again – Sparks
Please Sir – Wild Beasts
Giant Bicycle – Tom Rosenthal
Midfielding – Midfield General and Noel Fielding
Rambling Through the Avenues of Time – Flight of the Conchords
A Third of My Life – Spearmint
My Chemical Romance Saved My Life – Esiotrot
Barricade – Stars


Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Year-End Round-Up Part 1

It’s a little difficult to believe another whole year has passed since I started this blog – in January, CTRR will hit its second birthday. Once again, I didn’t make a weekly mix for every week this year, though I tried to make up for as many as I could. In this part of the series, there are mixes with themes of: lullaby/sleep, Scotland, colours, John Peel, work/unemployment, Valentine’s Day, underdogs, cover versions, synthpop, Wales, Ireland, dance, spring, paranoia, and science fiction.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my friend, Roland, who has kindly allowed me to use his ftp for these mixes (you might have noticed that since Halloween, I’ve been posting zip files of full mixes – thanks to this ftp).

On a Sunday – The Orchids

Love is a Rainy Day Sunday – Monday Sinclair

Weekly Mix #47 – Lullaby (Download)

Violet Tree – M83
Chanson de Toile – Emilie Simon
La Valse d’Amelie (Orchestra Version) – Yann Tiersen
Sarah – Trevor Jones
Stay Awake – Asobi Seksu
Somewhere Around Here – Chairlift
Hope, You Know – Celestial
Chinese Whispers – Brett Anderson
Leave My Dreaming – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
I Love You, Sleepyhead – Lanterns on the Lake
Wall Poster Star – The Brunettes
Marine Thing – The Bridal Shop
A Sister’s Social Agony – Camera Obscura
Twilight At Carbon Lake – Deerhunter
Pink Shadow – Mary Goes Round
Falling Sky – Autumn’s Grey Solace
Space Whale Migration – The Daysleepers
The Experience of Swimming – Japan
Nothing Ever Dies – The Starlets
Andvari – Sigur Ros
Coast is Clear – Windermere
Not a Number – Apparat
Umbilical – Mazzy Star

Weekly Mix #48 – The Sound of Young Scotland (Download)

I Travel – Simple Minds
Burning Libraries – Stroszek
Blood In Your Eyes – The Retrosexuals
Number One – Salon Boris
Just Like Honey – The Jesus and Mary Chain
In the Gold Dust Rush – Cocteau Twins
Party Fears Two – The Associates
Sweet Suburbia – The Skids
The Greys – Frightened Rabbit
Blue Boy – Orange Juice
Sorry For Laughing – Josef K
Gunpowderkeg – The Close Lobsters
Profit in Your Poetry – Butcher Boy
Broken Bones – Sons & Daughters
These Wooden Ideas – Idlewild
Pillar to Post – Aztec Camera
Candyskin – The Fire Engines
Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying – Belle & Sebastian
Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? – Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
Maybe I Should Drive – Trash Can Sinatras
Fields of Fire – Big Country
All the Rage – The Royal We
Son of a Gun – The Vaselines
The Sun on His Back – Camera Obscura
Sidewinder – Teenage Fanclub
Breaking Lines – The Pastels
Real Toys – Altered Images
Cherubs – Arab Strap

Weekly Mix #49 – Synesthesiac (Download)

Colours – Calvin Harris
She’s a Colour Scientist – Robots in Disguise
Red Paint – The Sound
Turquoise Days – Echo & the Bunnymen
Indigo Eyes – Peter Murphy
Mr. Brown – Puressence
Red Sleeping Beauty – McCarthy
Grey Streets – Felt
Blue – Kicker
Orange Car – Mary Go Round
Silver Sands – Stereolab
Blackout – David Bowie
Tell Me When My Light Turns Green – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Gold Against the Soul – Manic Street Preachers
Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
Black White – The Raveonettes
Start Wearing Purple – Gogol Bordello
The Monochrome Set – The Monochrome Set
Silicone on Sapphire – The Clash
Blue Girls – Pulp
Saffron, Beautiful and Brown-Eyed – Trembling Blue Stars
Rainbow – Boris featuring Michio Kurihara
Bonus Track: Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog

Weekly Mix #50 – Long Live Peel (Download)

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Complete Control – The Clash
Boredom – Buzzcocks
Are Friends Electric? – Gary Numan and The Tubeway Army
She’s Lost Control – Joy Division
O Superman – Laurie Anderson
Requiem – Killing Joke
Eat Y’self Fitter – The Fall
This Charming Man – The Smiths
Kangaroo – This Mortal Coil
Never Understand – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Frans Hals – McCarthy
Suedehead – Morrissey
Kennedy – The Wedding Present
Therese – The Bodines
Sexuality – Billy Bragg
French Disko – Stereolab
Babies – Pulp
If Fingers Were Xylophones – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Abba on the Jukebox – Trembling Blue Stars
Windowlicker – Aphex Twin
Painting and Kissing – Hefner
Chinese Whispers – Melys
Green Grass of Tunnel – Mùm

Weekly Mix #51 – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (Download)

We Are All Prostitutes – The Pop Group
Take This Job and Shove It – Dead Kennedys
Seventeen (I’m a Lazy Sod) – Sex Pistols
Working For the Yankee Dollar – The Skids
Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep) – The Rakes
Model Worker – Magazine
Welcome to the Working Week – Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Bright Future in Sales – Fountains of Wayne
Town Called Malice – The Jam
Career Opportunities – The Clash (Sandinista! version)
Frankly, Mr. Shankly – The Smiths
We Are All Bourgeois Now – McCarthy
Step Into My Office, Baby – Belle & Sebastian
I’m Going Slightly Mad – Queen
Businessman – Snog
Slave to the Wage – Placebo
Careful in Career – Simple Minds
I’m Not Working – Manic Street Preachers
Shangri-La – The Kinks
Ernold Same – Blur

Weekly Mix #52 – Love Me, Leave Me (Download)

Be Mine – 120 Days
Valentine – The Moths
The Lovecats – The Cure
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Casanova’s Last Words – The Go-Betweens
Love You So What – Lloyd Cole
The Love Gang – The Raveonettes
Mansun’s Only Love Song – Mansun
Fall in Love With Me – Japan
V – The Soda Stream
My Funny Valentine – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Love Games – The Mighty Boosh
Love Turns to Hate – The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
My Last Girlfriend – Snow Patrol
The State of Your Heart (Shit End of the Deal) – Apoptygma Bezerk
I Wanted Your Heart – Magazine
Kiss You Off – Scissor Sisters
Mass Romantic – The New Pornographers
Here Comes That Feeling – El Perro Del Mar
Anti-Valentine – The Very Sexuals
The Broken Paper-Hearts Club – Princess Niko

Weekly Mix #53 – I Hope Jarvis Cocker is Right(Download)

Strange Ones – Supergrass
Casual/Glam – Nicky Wire
Bruise Pristine – Placebo
Mis-Shapes – Pulp
All the English Devils – Luke Haines
Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
Just For a Second – Orlando
(Here’s One For You) Underdog – Bedroom Eyes
The Boy With the Thorn in His Side – The Smiths
Outsider – Chumbawamba
One With the Freaks – The Notwist
Susan’s Strange – The Psychedelic Furs
Less Than Human – The Chameleons
Black Sheep – Sneaker Pimps
We Are the Pigs – Suede
You and I Are a Gang of Losers – The Dears
Single – Luxembourg
Spectators of Suicide (Heavenly Version) – Manic Street Preachers
“Heroes” – David Bowie

Weekly Mix #54 – Re-Make/Re-Model (Download)

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – David Byrne (Original: Whitney Houston)
Do the Strand – Scissor Sisters (Original: Roxy Music)
Wig Wam Bam – Gavin Friday (Original: Sweet)
Johnny and Mary – Placebo (Original: Robert Palmer)
Mama Told Me Not to Come – The Wolfgang Press (Original: Eric Burdon & the Animals)
West End Girls – We Have Band (Original: Pet Shop Boys)
Love Hangover – The Associates (Original: Diana Ross)
Relax – The Dandy Warhols (Original: Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Only You – Freezepop (Original: Yazoo)
All Tomorrow’s Parties – Japan (Original: The Velvet Underground & Nico)
Jump – Aztec Camera (Original: Van Halen)
Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? – Sandie Shaw (Original: Lloyd Cole and the Commotions)
Jolene – Strawberry Switchblade (Original: Dolly Parton)
Das Model – The Cardigans (Original: Kraftwerk)
Womanizer – Ladyhawke (Original: Britney Spears)
Party Fears Two – Heaven 17 (Original: The Associates)
Super Trooper – Camera Obscura (Original: ABBA)
Hoppipolla – We Are Scientists (Original: Sigur Ros)
Playground Love – Phoenix (Original: Air)
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Devendra Banhart (Original: Oasis)

Weekly Mix #55 – Run With the Dogs Tonight (Download)

Suburbia – Pet Shop Boys
Enola Gay – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
M.A.G.I.C. – The Sound of Arrows
Another Day – Strawberry Switchblade
Quiet Life – Japan
Send Me an Angel ’89 (Dance Mix) – Real Life
Be Near Me (Munich Disco Mix)- ABC
Sub-Culture (12″ version) – New Order
Jump For Joy – The Passions
Don’t Go (12″ version) – Yazoo
Underpass – John Foxx
The Magician – Secession
Fang – Los Electricos
Sanctuary – New Musik
Love Action (I Believe in Love) – The Human League
The Ballad of Sexor – Tiga
I Wanted to Tell Her – Ministry
The Rules I Broke – Tim Scott
Doot Doot – Freur
Venus – Indochine

Weekly Mix #56 – Bore Da (Download)

Last Exit on Yesterday – Manic Street Preachers
Icarus Smicarus – Mclusky
Does Your Heart Go Booooooom – Helen Love
Extra Sexual Terrestrial – Hemme Fatale
King of England – The Hot Puppies
Sexbomb – Tom Jones and Mousse T.
You’ll Need Those Fingers For Crossing – Los Campesinos!
Little Bird – Threatmantics
Desperados – Sibrydion
Shame On You – The Darling Buds
Happiness – Freur
Merched Yn Neud Gwallt Ei Gilydd – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Skank Bloc Bologna – Scritti Politti
Gwn Mi Wn – Gruff Rhys
Would You Settle For Less – Silver Gospel Runners
Tom Waits Rip Off – Sweet Baboo
Ready For Drowning – James Dean Bradfield with John Cale
Right Before You – Volenté
Y Dŵr Yn Y Môr – Melys
Time Away With You – Cymbient

Weekly Mix #57 – Emerald Audiophile (Download)

B.C.T.T. – The Japanese Popstars
Twenty Tens – Virgin Prunes
Wasps – Concerto For Constantine
Kung Fu – Ash
Jake Summers – Fight Like Apes
Forget Romance, Let’s Dance – We Should Be Dead
The Sunnyside of the Street – The Pogues
After All – The Frank and Walters
What Else Could You Do? – The Stars of Heaven
Fee Da Da Dee – The Guggenheim Grotto
Blinded – Whipping Boy
Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2
Glimmer – JJ72
Blown A Wish – My Bloody Valentine
Kansas (Yellow Brick Road Mix) – The Hedge Schools
Little Death – One Day International
Lille – Lisa Hannigan
A Bear in the Hermitage – Sunken Foal
Medals – Halves
Hands Swollen With Grace – Dakota Suite

Weekly Mix #58 – What a Feeling (Download)

Testcard Girl – White Rose Movement
Bonne Nouvelle – Birdy Nam Nam
Teknoir – Kindle
The Melting Moon – VHS or Beta
25 Seconds (Gary Numan and Ade Fenton Remix) – Mandy Kane
This Rhythm – Filthy Dukes
State of Alert – Radio 4
The Magnificent Romeo – 2 Many DJs
Ares (Villains Remix) – Bloc Party
20th Century Boy – T.Rex (Hoshina Anniversary Remix)
Into the Galaxy – Midnight Juggernauts
I’m Not Alone – Calvin Harris
I Feel Love – Donna Summer
Boy (Extended Mix) – Book of Love
The DJ’s Got a Gun (IAMX Remix) – Robots in Disguise
Turn It On – Ladytron
I Want Nothing – The Black Ghosts
Phantom Pt 2 (Soulwax Remix) – Justice
Extraball – Yuksek

Weekly Mix #59 – The Tulips Are Too Excitable (Download)

Run Into Flowers – M83
The Divides of March – Soundpool
Ouais – Stuck in the Sound
Country – Empire of the Sun
April Fools – Rufus Wainwright
Lisztomania – Phoenix
Language of Flowers – Pale Saints
Got Apprehension – The Close Lobsters
April and May – Eggstone
The Fallen Aristocracy – Northern Portrait
Printemps – Coeur de pirate
Frames on the Wall – We Swim You Jump
The Centre of My Little World – Another Sunny Day
Spring Came, Rain Fell – Club 8
Semi-Babe – Pop Levi
When You Walk, It Makes No Sound – Matt Kanelos
Maps – Peter Broderick
Hide and Seek (DVW Spring Remix) – Imogen Heap
In the Flowers – Animal Collective
Before the Storm – The Deer Tracks
Rain – Paniyolo

Weekly Mix #60 – Chicken Little Syndrome (Download)

I’m Afraid of Americans – David Bowie
Paranoiattack – The Faint
I’m Afraid of What’s There – Zombie Zombie
Price of Gasoline – Bloc Party
Panic Attack – The Sunshine Underground
Thoughts of a Dying Atheist – Muse
New Dark Age – The Sound
Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) – The The
London Calling – The Clash
It’s the End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.
Waiting For the End of the World – Elvis Costello
Panic – The Smiths
God Made the Virus – McCarthy
Tiny Apocalypse – David Byrne
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues – The Kinks
Agoraphobia – Deerhunter
Paranoid Android – Radiohead
It’s Only the End of the World – Black Box Recorder
Fear Made the World Go Round – The Dears
The End – The Doors

Weekly Mix #61 – Bigger on the Inside (Download)

Doctorin’ the Tardis – KLF
It’s Always Nighttime Somewhere – Los Electricos
Totem on the Timeline – Klaxons
Knights of Cydonia – Muse
Sands of Time – Cut Copy
Astroboy – Indochine
Timebomb – The Whitest Boy Alive
Alien Monsters – Mikrofisch
Replicas – Gary Numan
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Strange News From Another Star – Blur
Space – The Beta Band
Satellite – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Omelette From Outer Space – Adam and the Ants
Space Clown – Jobriath
Velvet Spacetime – Carter Burwell
Astronomy Domine – Pink Floyd
Space Cadet Apology – Birdy Nam Nam
On Planet Off – The Notwist
Alien – Japan
Satellite State – Jon Ryman
Invasion – Simon Bookish
Time Code – Bright Eyes
Breakfast on Pluto – Don Partridge


Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Weekly Mix #72


It’s been a long week, and I think we all need a little dance. And I will try to forget that I can’t be anywhere else more fun for the weekend. Especially at Glastonbury. Watching Blur. After reading glowing reviews of their recent gigs here and here, I’m feeling those common pangs of jealousy that I don’t live on that side of the Atlantic. Not to mention the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Echo & the Bunnymen, Ladyhawke, Bat For Lashes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Calvin Harris, 2ManyDJs, Art Brut, British Sea Power, The Japanese Popstars, The Mummers, Filthy Dukes, Bishi, Bloc Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are also performing chez Michael Eavis. I’m not even there to watch it on the live television broadcast this time. Oh well. At least I scored a pretty nice ticket for the Billy Bragg gig here in November.

This mix is called Let’s Dance the Blues.

Zero (MSTRKRFT Remx) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

I’m So L.A. – Mynx

Dance to Our Disco – Punks Jump Up

Kiss ‘n Fly – Surkin

Vulture – Patrick Wolf

Where Have the Club Kids Gone – The Mystic Underground

The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Kissy Sellout Mix) – The Human League

Bulletproof – La Roux

Taken Away (Frederick Carlsson Remix) – Digitalism

Audacity of Huge – Simian Mobile Disco

1901 (Fabian Remix) – Phoenix

Body Packer – Love-Fine

See the Light (Calvin Harris Remix) – The Hours

Neo-Violence (Shazam Remix) – The Tough Alliance

Smack My Bitch Up – The Prodigy

Chinball Wizard (Cadence Weapon Remix) – The Wet Secrets

Listen to the Hiss (Tiefschwarz Remix) – DJ Hell

Beep Beep Beep – Tiga

Hazel – Junior Boys

Fixin’ to Thrill (Don Diablo Remix) – Dragonette

Tiptoe – Goldfrapp

Weekly Mix #72 (Megaupload)


Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Weekly Mix #58

I wanna dance with somebody. I’m dancing for my life. Everybody dance now. Everybody cut footloose.

This one’s called What a Feeling.

Testcard Girl – White Rose Movement

Bonne Nouvelle – Birdy Nam Nam

Teknoir – Kindle

The Melting Moon – VHS or Beta

25 Seconds (Gary Numan and Ade Fenton Remix) – Mandy Kane

This Rhythm – Filthy Dukes

State of Alert – Radio 4

The Magnificent Romeo – 2 Many DJs

Ares (Villains Remix) – Bloc Party

20th Century Boy (Hoshina Anniversary Remix) – T.Rex


Into the Galaxy – Midnight Juggernauts

I’m Not Alone – Calvin Harris

I Feel Love – Donna Summer

Boy (Extended Mix) – Book of Love

The DJ’s Got a Gun (IAMX Remix) – Robots in Disguise

Turn It On – Ladytron

I Want Nothing – The Black Ghosts

Phantom Pt 2 (Soulwax Remix) – Justice

Extraball – Yuksek


2008 Wrap-Up and New Year’s Eve Mix

Well, here I am at the end of my first year doing this blog. I would love to be able to say something very profound at this point, but frankly, I’m just surprised I managed to keep it up for the entire year in a semi-regular fashion. Looking back at it now, I now realize why so many blogs litter the cyberspace as abandoned detritus – it can be pretty difficult to find something worth writing about on a regular basis. The bloggers who write daily or nearly daily are people to be admired. My sole aim when beginning this blog was to write about music I was passionate about and to write passionately about music. I may not have always achieved that goal, but I definitely tried. And for the most part (aside from a couple of rants and reviews of disappointments from artists I used to love), I’ve attempted to stick to the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” formula.

This blog has been an oddly apt support system during a fair bit of stress and strain this year; when I was a bit lonely and living in a different city for grad school, it became something to occupy my time and reach out beyond my small bedroom; when I was fretting and puzzling over my MA thesis over the summer, it became a way to refine my research and thoughts; and now while I’m desperately trying to find some sort of gainful employment, this blog is keeping me motivated, keeping me sane during the daily search through job ads. Through all this, I’ve truly met some extraordinary people, bands and fans, and they have made me feel less alone in my thoughts and tastes. They have also sometimes challenged me and made me think, which is just as great. I would like to thank all those artists and music lovers who have contacted me whether by email or by leaving comments behind, and I would especially like to thank a few regular commenters whom I now also consider my friends: Urban Gypsy, Rol, and of course JC, who has been a generous cheerleader from the day I got some hard-to-find Orange Juice off him. Your support has kept me at this when I’ve felt that I had no more words about music.

As my final gift to all of you for 2008, I’m leaving you with a New Year’s Eve mix – play it at a party, big or small, and dance around like a maniac. It’s called Party Like It’s A Prince Reference, and it comes in as the longest mix I’ve done this year, featuring many hits of 2008 along with some very danceable songs of yesteryear. To top it off, I’ve included a not-so-dancey bonus track from El Perro Del Mar, which you can play when the clock strikes midnight before heading back into the mix. In some ways, perhaps, this exercise fulfills some preposterous DJ fantasy I have, and that’s another thing that this blog has allowed me to do: fulfill some of my dreams for an audience that is larger than I would have ever expected back in January 2008.

Thank you, and good night.

Hallelujah (Club Mix) – Happy Mondays

One More Time to Pretend (Daft Punk vs MGMT) – Immuzikation

Wow – Kylie Minogue

Heart of Glass – Blondie

Blind – Hercules & Love Affair

Standing in the Way Of Control (Soulwax Remix) – The Gossip

Mercury (CSS Remix) – Bloc Party

Spit It Out (Alex Kowalski Remix) – IAMX

D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix) – Justice

I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You (The Twelves Remix) – The Black Kids

Relax (New York Mix) – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Ready For the Floor (LA Riots Remix) – Hot Chip

Lights & Music – Cut Copy

Money – Salon Boris

Love is My Drug (Remix) – Protocol

Radio Wolf – Kindle

Alsatian – White Rose Movement

Synthetiseur – Housse de Racket

The Sex Has Made Me Stupid (Stupid Sex Midfield General Mix) – Robots in Disguise

Kill Ya Stereo – Astra Moveo

Black Milk – Zeigeist

Kids (Pet Shop Boy Remix) – MGMT

Temptation – New Order

Kelly (Lifelike Remix) – Van She

Walking on a Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix) – Empire of the Sun

Paris is Burning (Cut Copy Remix) – Ladyhawke

Danger! (Mr. Pedro Remix) – The Sound of Arrows

Rebel Rebel (Soulwax Club Edit) – David Bowie

Personal Jesus (Boys Noize Remix) – Depeche Mode

You and My Pearldiver – TNT Jackson featuring Chris Corner

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Paris (Justus Köhncke Remix) – Friendly Fires

Girls on Film (Night Version) – Duran Duran

This Boy’s in Love – The Presets

Hearts On Fire (Hoshina Anniversary Remix) – Cut Copy

I Get Around – Dragonette

Bounce – MSTRKRFT featuring N.O.R.E.

Higher State of Consciousness – South Central

Crimewave – Crystal Castles

Love Song (Philadelphia Bluntz Remix) – Simple Minds

Love Shack (12″ Remix) – B-52’s

Repetition Kills You – The Black Ghosts

Debbie Does Montreal (Blondie vs Of Montreal) – team9 vs Stereogum

Apollo-Gize (Fred Falke Edit) – Digitalism

Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix) – Sneaker Pimps

Runaway – Ladytron

Dead Sound (80KIDZ Remix) – The Raveonettes

Paper Planes (DFA Remix) – M.I.A.

Embrace (Fred Falke Miami Horror Remix) – PNAU featuring Ladyhawke

Auld Lang Syne – El Perro Del Mar

Party Like It’s a Prince Reference (Megaupload)


Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Weekly Mix #38

In light of the fact my posting of MSTRKRFT’s remix of Wolfmother’s Woman seemed to attain a spot on the Popular Tracks list on The Hype Machine (a rather strange occurrence), and because I was feeling in a dancey mood, I decided that this week would be a sequel to Weekly Mix #11, meaning songs you can dance to. So, rather than do the predictable thing like a Thanksgiving Day post, I opted for these fun tunes that we can all be thankful for. I’ve included a couple of delightful mash-ups, including the funky Sexy Kiss Machine by 2 Many DJs (Soulwax’s other guise) and the moodier blend of Placebo, Kate Bush and Pet Shop Boys; I’ve also put in a few remixes and/or extended mixes, including the Shred version of Nine Inch Nails’ Down In It and featuring possibly my favourite extended dance mix ever – the one for Bizarre Love Triangle. Half of it has a rather laidback groove and the other half has a more hyperactive electro feel. I’m going to call this mix Versus. In the words of the glamourous Paul St. Paul and the Apostles, have a great time, and if you live in Canada, feel free to dance around the turkey. But please be careful.

Send Him Back (Pilooski Edit) – The Pointer Sisters

Sexy Kiss Machine – 2 Many DJs

Electric Feel – MGMT

Great Time – Paul St. Paul and the Apostles

Aerodynamic – Daft Punk

Love Comes Running Up That Hill Quickly – Placebo vs. Pet Shop Boys vs. Kate Bush

Digital Versicolor – Glass Candy

White Knight Two – Surkin

Steamulation – Justice vs. Gambit

Harshy Tasty Beats – Coin-Operated Boy

Something New vs. I Feel Space – The Black Ghosts vs. Lindstrom

Down In It (Shred) – Nine Inch Nails

Bizarre Love Triangle (Extended Dance Mix) – New Order

I Want Your Love – Chromatics

Don’t Go (12″ version) – Yazoo

Back of the Van – Ladyhawke

Charlotte – Booka Shade

Roar – Hercules & Love Affair

Sunrise – Yeasayer

Bloodsport – Sneaker Pimps


Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Weekly Mix #11

This week is all about dancing all night. I myself have never actually danced for an entire night – one of the main reasons is I’ve never found a place I would actually like to do so. My music tastes can be pretty picky so finding appropriate nightlife can be a problem, especially in my home city. I’m more likely to attend a late live gig rather than rave unto the sunlight. I’m also not going to pretend to be an expert on dance music and/or the myriad of electronic subcultures and/or who the best DJs are and/or the techniques behind creating and mixing electronic music. If I like it, I will dance to it.

I fully intend to go to the Stay Beautiful club night in Camden, London one day. Rather than an elitist club full of people that have to know the latest cutting-edge music of some obscure genre, Stay Beautiful plays music for fun and for the benefit of anyone who comes – a mixture of sleazy glam, new wave, punk, electro, and alternative anthems – and the people who go get dressed up as outrageously as they can, a 21st century-take on the patrons of Blitz. Of all clubs and club nights, it would probably be one of the most perfect ones for someone like me (ie: someone whose music tastes don’t match one particular subculture and someone who enjoys the fun in glamming up). I managed to miss it three times the last time I was over in the UK – because it only runs on the first Saturday of every month, it never fell within the parameters of my trip plans. I’m going to call this mix How to Survive in the Nightlife.

I’m not going to include a zip file of the mixes anymore because it seems I often don’t have enough time to get them up on time, and I don’t think there are too many people who will miss them. If anyone has any objections, let me know.

24 Hour Party People (Jon Carter Mix) – Happy Mondays

Nightlife – IAMX

The Girls – Calvin Harris

Night on Fire – VHS or Beta

Fancy Footwork – Chromeo

It’s the Beat – Simian Mobile Disco

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk

Pleasure From the Bass – Tiga

Love + Pain – Clor

Ready for the Floor – Hot Chip

I Wanna Be Your Slave – The Knock

Wake Up – The Sunshine Underground

I Need Your Love – The Rapture

Swastika Eyes – Primal Scream

Movement – LCD Soundsystem

Mandarine Girl – Booka Shade

Alala – CSS

Ooh La La – Goldfrapp

Tombstone – Midnight Juggernauts

Life After Sundown – Glass Candy

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Gigs Attended

Arcade Fire w/ Bell Orchestre + Wolf Parade (2005)

Arctic Monkeys w/ Reverend and the Makers (2007)

Austra w/ Young Galaxy + Tasseomancy (2011)

Big Audio Dynamite (2011)

Billy Bragg w/ Ron Hawkins (2009)

Billy Idol w/ Bif Naked (2005)

Bloc Party w/ Hot Hot Heat (2009)

Buzzcocks w/ The Dollyrots (2010)

Damo Suzuki (2012)

David Bowie w/ The Polyphonic Spree (2004)

Diamond Rings w/ PS I Love You + The Cannon Bros. (2011)

Diamond Rings w/ Gold & Youth (2012)

Dragonette w/ Ruby Jean & the Thoughtful Bees (2009)

Frank Turner w/ The Cavaliers (2010)

Frank Turner w/ Into It Over It + Andrew Jackson Jihad (2011)

Franz Ferdinand w/ Think About Life (2009)

Gang of Four w/ Hollerado (2011)

Good Shoes w/ The Moths + The Envelopes (2007)

Hot Hot Heat w/ The Futureheads + Louis XIV (2005)

IAMX w/ closethuman (2007)

IAMX w/ Coma Soft + The Hourly Radio (2007)

Interpol (2007)

Janelle Monae w/ Roman GianArthur (2012)

Joel Plaskett Emergency w/ Frank Turner (2012)

Jonathan Richman (2011)

Keane w/ Lights (2009)

Lou Reed w/ Buke and Gass (2011)

Manic Street Preachers w/ Fear of Music (2007)

Manic Street Preachers w/ Bear Hands (2009)

Manic Street Preachers at Wanaja Festival (2011)

Mother Mother w/ Old Folks Home (2009)

Mother Mother w/ Whale Tooth (2011)

Mother Mother w/ Hannah Georgas (2012)

MSTRKRFT w/ Felix Cartal (2008)

Muse (2004)

Nine Inch Nails w/ Death From Above 1979 + Queens of the Stone Age (2005)

of Montreal w/ Janelle Monae (2010)

Owen Pallett w/ Little Scream (2010)

Patrick Wolf w/ Bishi (2007)

Prince (2011)

Pulp w/ Grace Jones, TV on the Radio, The Hives, The Horrors, Metronomy, Devotcka, Vintage Trouble (2011)

Rufus Wainwright w/ Teddy Thompson (2010)

Snow Patrol w/ Embrace (2005)

Snow Patrol w/ OK Go + Silversun Pickups (2007)

Sons and Daughters w/ Bodies of Water (2008)

Stars w/ Thurston Revival (2006)

Stars w/ The Details (2008)

Stars (2010)

Steven Severin (2010)

Stroszek (2007)

The Antlers w/ Haunter (2012)

The Flaming Lips w/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (2010)

The Jesus and Mary Chain w/ Nightbox (2012)

The Killers w/ Ambulance Ltd (2004)

The New Pornographers w/ Novillero (2008)

The New Pornographers w/ The Mountain Goats (2010)

The Ordinary Boys w/ Young Soul Rebels (2006)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart w/ Suun (2011)

The Rakes w/ The Young Knives (2006)

The Raveonettes w/ Black Acid (2008)

The Stills w/ Gentleman Reg (2009)

The Subways w/ The Mad Young Darlings (2006)

Tokyo Police Club w/ Smoosh + Attack in Black (2008)

TV on the Radio w/ The Dirty Projectors (2009)

Yann Tiersen w/ Breathe Owl Breathe (2011)

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The only certain thing that is left about me

There is no part of my body that has not been used

Pity or pain, to show displeasure's shame

Everyone I've loved or hated always seems to leave


So I turned myself to face me

But I've never caught a glimpse

Of how the others must see the faker

I'm much too fast to take that test

The Smiths Queen is Dead

A dreaded sunny day

So let's go where we're happy

And I meet you at the cemetry gates

Oh, Keats and Yeats are on your side

A dreaded sunny day

So let's go where we're wanted

And I meet you at the cemetry gates

Keats and Yeats are on your side

But you lose 'cause weird lover Wilde is on mine

The Clash London Calling

When they kick at your front door

How you gonna come?

With your hands on your head

Or on the trigger of your gun


Charles Windsor, who's at the door

At such an hour, who's at the door

In the back of an old green Cortina

You're on your way to the guillotine

Here the rabble comes

The kind you hoped were dead

They've come to chop, to chop off your head


Then you came with your breezeblocks

Smashing up my face like a bus-stop

You think you're giving

But you're taking my life away


Won't someone give me more fun?

(and the skin flies all around us)

We kiss in his room to a popular tune

Oh, real drowners


Don't walk away

In silence

See the danger

Always danger

Endless talking

Life rebuilding

Don't walk away

Walk in silence

Don't turn away in silence

Your confusion

My illusion

Worn like a mask of self-hate

Confronts and then dies

Don't walk away


You don't want to hurt me

But see how deep the bullet lies

Unaware I'm tearing you asunder

Oh there is thunder in our hearts

Is there so much hate for the ones we love

Tell me we both matter don't we

The Associates Affectionate

I don't know whether

To over or under estimate you

Whether to over or under estimate you

For when I come over

You then put me under

Personal taste is a matter of gender


I wake at dusk to go alone without a light

To the unknown

I want this night inside of me

I want to feel

I want this speeding

I want that speeding


You'll never live like common people

You'll never do what common people do

You'll never fail like common people

You'll never watch your life slide out of view

And dance and drink and screw

Because there's nothing else to do

Vanilla Swingers

All I have is words, words that don't obtain

And I feel I'm a stain on your horizon

So I stay away - it's easier that way

And there won't be no-one I need to rely on

Is it him, is it me

Or is there something only I can see

How did I get here, why do we blow around like straw dogs on the breeze

I'm a special one, what they used to say

But I've to stay on, finish levels-A

You don't need exams when you've read John Gray

The Indelicates American Demo

And nobody ever comes alive

And the journalists clamour round glamour like flies

And boys who should know better grin and get high

With fat men who once met the MC5

And no one discusses what they don't understand

And no one does anything to harm the brand

And this gift is an illusion, this isn't hard

Absolutely anyone can play the fucking guitar

JAMC Darklands

And we tried so hard

And we looked so good

And we lived our lives in black


Plucked her eyebrows on the way

Shaved her leg and then he was a she

She says, hey babe,

Take a walk on the wild side

Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side


Hide on the promenade

Etch a postcard:

How I dearly wish I was not here

In the seaside town...that they forgot to bomb

Come, come, come - nuclear bomb


Back when we were kids

We would always know when to stop

And now all the good kids are messing up

Nobody has gained or accomplished anything

Wire Pink Flag

Prices have risen since the government fell

Casualties increase as the enemy shell

The climate's unhealthy, flies and rats thrive

And sooner or later the end will arrive

This is your correspondent, running out of tape

Gunfire's increasing, looting, burning, rape


Well, maybe there's a god above

But all I've ever learned from love

Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you

It's not a cry that you hear at night

It's not somebody who's seen the light

It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah


And what costume shall the poor girl wear

To all tomorrow's parties

For Thursday's child is Sunday's clown

For whom none will go mourning


My body is your body

I won't tell anybody

If you want to use my body

Go for it


Oh it's opening time

Down on Fascination Street

So let's cut the conversation

And get out for a bit

Because I feel it all fading and paling

And I'm begging

To drag you down with me

Mansun Six

And you see, I kind of shivered to conformity

Did you see the way I cowered to authority

You see, my life, it's a series of compromises anyway

It's a sham, and I'm conditioned to accept it all, you see

Japan Gentlemen

Take in the country air, you'll never win

Gentlemen take polaroids

They fall in love, they fall in love


We just want to emote til we're dead

I know we suffer for fashion

Or whatever

We don't want these days to ever end

We just want to emasculate them forever

Forever, forever

Pretty sirens don't go flat

It's not supposed to happen like that

Longpigs The Sun

There's no perfume I can buy

Make me smell like myself

So I put on perfume

To make me smell like someone else

In bed

Calvin Harris I Created Disco

I got love for you if you were born in the 80's, the 80's

I've got hugs for you if you were born in the 80's, the 80's


Does his makeup in his room

Douse himself with cheap perfume

Eyeholes in a paper bag

Greatest lay I ever had

Kind of guy who mates for life

Gotta help him find a wife

We're a couple, when our bodies double

Simple Minds Sons and Fascination

Summer rains are here

Savaged beauty life

Falling here from grace

Sister feeling call

Cruising land to land

No faith no creed no soul

Half a world away

Beauty sleeps in time

Sound and fury play

Bloc Party Silent Alarm

North to south


Running on


As if to say, as if to say

He doesn't like chocolate

He's born a liar, he'll die a liar

Some things will never be different


LCD Soundsystem

Well Daft Punk is playing at my house, my house

I've waited 7 years and 15 days

There's every kid for miles at my house, my house

And the neighbors can' the police

There's a fist fight brewin' at my house, my house

Because the jocks can't...get in the door

Johnny Boy

I just can't help believing

Though believing sees me cursed

Stars Set Yourself

I am trying to say

What I want to say

Without having to say "I love you"

Josef K Entomology

It took 10 years to realise why the angels start to cry

When you go home down the main

Your happy smile

Your funny name

Cocteau Twins Bluebell


Doesn't she look a million with her hairagami set

Hair kisses 'n' hair architecture

Yes, she's a beautiful brunette angel from heaven with her hairagami set

Hair kisses 'n' hair architecture

Augment a beautiful brunette

New Order Power Corruption

How does it feel

To treat me like you do

When you've laid your hands upon me

And told me who you are


You must let her go

She's not crying



Feeling like I'm waiting

Modern times



Hating to distraction

Just leave them alone


Girls in the back

Girls in the back

Puressence Don't Forget

They say come back to earth and start getting real, yeah

I say come back to earth and start getting real

I know I can't


So I walk right up to you

And you walk all over me

And I ask you what you want

And you tell me what you need


The problem of leisure

What to do for pleasure

Ideal love a new purchase

A market of the senses

Dream of the perfect life

Economic circumstances

The body is good business

Sell out, maintain the interest


Sitting in my armchair thinking again and again and again

Going round in a circle I can't get out

Then I look around thinking day and night and day

Then you look around - there must be some explanation

And the tension builds

Psychdedelic Furs

India, India

You're my love song

India, you're my love song

In the flowers

You can have me in the flowers

We will dance alone

And live our useless lives

Ladytron Light Magic

They only want you when you're seventeen

When you're twenty-one

You're no fun

They take a polaroid and let you go

Say they'll let you know


No consolation prizes

Spit out your lies and chewing gum

Cut off your hair yeah that's it!

If you look like that I swear I'm gonna love you more


All the neighbors are startin' up a fire

Burning all the old folks, the witches and the liars.

My eyes are covered by the hands of my unborn kids

But my heart keeps watchin' through the skin of my eyelids


Prince charming

Prince charming

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of

Don't you ever, don't you ever

Stop being dandy, showing me you're handsome