springtime in california, etc. i'm trying really hard to come to terms with the fact that this will be my last ever full month living in the house that i've been living in for the past couple of years, with these people who've come to define my college experience.
eh, whatever, we had a good run.
you already know sufjan stevens real well - this is an old song of his that i'd somehow never heard until two or three weeks ago, and the energy it captures really basically sums up how this month feels. miles benjamin anthony robinson is a guy with a long name and a great voice, and this is off his recent album, "summer of fear". you remember the mountain goats.
constantines are basically a rock band, and i like this song very much - i listened to it as i watched one of the best sunsets of my life in inverness this past summer. "pursuit of happiness" is a very good cover of a song that you really wouldn't like, but this version of it is basically incredible. karl blau is supposed to be a pretty weird guy, i hear, but i really like the simplicity of this song.
foals are some folks who i listened to for basically the entirety of the summer of '08 - their music's usually a little bit more intense than this, but i really like the feel of this remix of one of their new songs. listened to it while driving around in oregon a couple of months ago - it goes really well with mountains and clouds. you'll remember the books from before, they're the "sound collage" guys - tokyo is a kind of weird song, like all of their music, but i think it really does a pretty awesome job of conveying what japan is like. frightened rabbit are some folks out of scotland who just came out with a new album, and are very good.
now, i almost hesitate to put "wagon wheel" on here because all of my friends have heard it hundreds of times already, but it's a song that's really been important to us all for the past few years, and it'll always make me think of this damned house whenever i hear it. so.
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.