Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thwacked in the Head by a 44

I've explained before that I still make mixed tapes. No, not playlists--mixed tapes. Those funny plastic things with stuff spooled inside. Sure, random is fun, but why not have a bit of control over things now and again? I especially like to make birthday tapes, so here's this year's, a bit more mellow than I would want to say is a reflection of me. At least I'm better off than last year, when it took me until July to make the birthday tape.

I Don't Care if Forever Never Comes

side A

Andrew Bird "Heretics"
New Pornographers "The Bleeding Hearts Show"
Portastatic "You Blanks"
Mott the Hoople "All the Young Dudes"
Drive-By Truckers "Gravity's Gone"
The Hold Steady "Hot Soft Light"
The Pooh Sticks "On Tape"
The Futureheads "Favours for Favours"
Gothic Archies "How Do You Slow This Thing Down?"
Dean and Britta "Words You Used to Say"
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?"
Camera Obscura "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken"

side B

Of Montreal "A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger"
Beck "Strange Apparition"
Yo La Tengo "The Weakest Part"
T Bone Burnett "Trap Door"
Guster "The Captain"
Neko Case "That Teenage Feeling"
Lucinda Williams "Mama You Sweet"
Handsome Family "After We Shot the Grizzly"
Lambchop "Crackers"
Eric Bachmann "Little Bird"
Peter Blegvad "Swim"
The Decemberists "The Crane Wife 3"

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Blogger Mike said...

Well, since I know one song from that entire list, I can't say much.

But it's cool (in theory) that you've made a cassette. Do you have a tape deck anywhere except at home?

3:57 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Nice set. I once played some Crooked Fingers for one of my punk rock students (Honest A's) and she called it Sad Bastard music. "Why do you always play sad bastard music? Put on some B-52s." Anyway, list's 'bout right for folks our age. Sip some of the WS pinot for me tonight (unless the HP, etc. is better), then sip some more. Cheers.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike's ahead of me, I've heard one artist from your b-day tape set (Lucinda Williams) but am not familiar with that particular Lucinda song.

But this is the first time (in my few months of INOTBB readership) that I'm familiar with any artist on one of your lists! Feels like sort of a victory somehow. Week after week I read your random picks and it makes me feel like I must have been living a strangely secluded or sheltered life -- I didn't think I had horribly conventional/pedestrian/mainstream music-listening habits, but apparently I do? Sometimes I'll read a name and recognize it as a band or musician, but until today it's never been anyone I could identify with a sound.

But we do have one thing in common -- I've been listening to cassette tapes since a car burgular recently took my CDs and left my decades-old cassette collection.

Do you listen to radio in Santa Barbara? What stations?

Happy Birthday, and thanks for blogging!

- K.

4:00 PM  
Blogger George said...


I still have a cassettte player in my car (a 2000), but Amy's new car doesn't have one, pretty much it's only drawback (in case anyone was wondering, A3's are very cool). I also have as crappy boombox at work into which I slam a cassette any time anything particularly dreadful comes on the LITE radio station my co-worker plays.


Sad Bastard I often am--last vestiges off being a poet. And the HP was good, and in a bigger bottle but the WS was better, especially the Allen Vineyard I opened late.


I don't listen to radio much. Some leftwing talk, some KCSB, a bit more KCRW. And then CDs and cassettes. And now, on drives together since the iPod is Amy's, that, too, but even there the shuffle often leaves me guessing. I am a bit acquisitive when it comes to music. And tend to like nothing that is popular and distrust anything I like once it becomes popular.

10:36 PM  

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