what with the past few weeks being prime tahoe-trip season, i've been doing a lot of driving, and have been able to spend a lot of time getting really well-acquainted with some songs i'd never really been that close to and other songs i hadn't heard in years. here are some of them!
this first track is a cover of a postal service song, which i wasn't aware of for at least three or four years. the original version of the song makes you sort of feel like you're in outer space, and is actually pretty good, but i like this re-imagining of it. mason jennings is a guy who plays really comforting-sounding guitar songs, and man, the lyrics to "ulysses" are really something, especially the second verse. speaking of great lyrics, "black river killer" is chock full of 'em: i really like the darkly optimistic "but they say it's never too late to start again" in the chorus.
i've been listening to the acorn off and on for about a year now. "crooked legs" came on shuffle while i was driving in the rain at the start of last month, and with the raindrops hammering on the roof of the car, it was like hearing it for the first time, because the drums in this song are really powerful, and i'd somehow never even noticed them. listen for them, especially near the end of the song.
you're real familiar with cloud cult by now, and this definitely won't be the last you hear from them. alien christ is a completely fantastic song, and i'll let it speak for itself. the octopus project are an electronic group that are usually entirely instrumental, but they just put out a new album a few months ago and i guess they're doing some lyrics these days. broken social scene, on the other hand, usually are huge fans of lyrics, but skipped out on them in "pacific theme". kind of a nice symmetry there, didn't even notice that until just now.
handsome furs are a married couple with a drum machine and a guitar, and not much else. i really like the distortion/chop they've got going on the background of this song around the four-minute mark, right after all the la-la-las. why? are a band i've known about for a couple of years, but have always had sort of a hard time getting into; i heard "fatalist palmistry" for the first time in a bunch of months a couple of weeks ago, though, and actually caught the lyrics for the first time. man, do these guys ever know how to write. great music and a distinctive voice, too.
finally: james husband is a guitarist for a band called of montreal, who'll maybe make an appearance on here eventually; they make really really good music, but i think we might need a few more months before we get there. anyway, "little thrills" is basically one big long awesome fantastic crescendo, and i like it very much.
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.