i've been driving a whole lot for the past month. hell, for the past four years. i have dreams with my car in them. i'm gonna miss that car. anyway, like i've mentioned before, i listen to a lot of music while i drive; some of the songs i hear are old friends, some of them are completely new to me. this month's issue is mostly made up of songs that have been pretty important to me on this road trip.
this is the most serene republic's second appearance on himom - i don't remember if i mentioned it before, but their songs make you feel like you're submerged in an ocean of music (or a really big swimming pool at least), and this one's no exception. this steely dan song is an old song, but a ludicriously good one, and i guess i had to include it in the last issue that comes out before i grow up. galactic are a really, really good funk band, and this song seemed to come on every single time i crossed a bridge in portland. so.
i first heard erlend oye in his capacity as the lead singer of the kings of convenience. 'the whitest boy alive' is the name he goes by for his solo work, and this song keeps coming on shuffle while i wander in vancouver. we've heard the fleet foxes once before. they're really, i dunno, comforting. anyway, this song reminds me of the columbia river gorge. which is appropriate. martin dosh is a really awesome drummer who plays percussion for andrew bird, and also has his own band, which is called dosh. he makes some really nice, really chill electronic music. i spent most of the summer after my sophomore year listening to him, and can't hear one of his songs without thinking of the startup i worked at that summer. brains make weird associations.
why? are just something else. again, we've heard them once before; i heard this song for the first time when i was driving through the redwoods in northern california, and haven't been able to stop listening to it since. that dude really can write some great lyrics. even if they tend to not make much literal sense. anyway, we heard jamie lidell a year ago; this is another song of his off the same album as 'multiply'. we heard megafaun last month - this issue's song came on shuffle while we were driving around in china, looking for the Great Wall. which really shouldn't be that hard to find, if you think about it. anyway. 'this road' indeed. and their energy is just infectious as all hell. finally, i guess i just really like dr. dog.
every month, i'll put up a new mixtape on the right side of this inter net site, and some words having to do with that mixtape will run down the left side. some tapes will have more or fewer songs than others, and sometimes tapes will have themes. i hope that the one thing that they will all have in common will be that they are all made of good music, and that my mom and anyone else who cares to listen to them will find new music that they like by listening to these things.
which reminds me: this site is a birthday present for my mom. because, in the words of a wise otter, my mom should always get presents because she is my mom. for the technically inclined: this site is powered by php, duct tape, sheer force of concentration, and a modified version of opentape.
my name is jrheard.