TSURURADIO Presents… MIXTAPES WEEK!!! I Want To Be Your American Idol by, uh, me!!!

Illustration by Mike

Well, I said I’d try to get my Crane Buddy’s mixtape up if I had the time to conclude our quite epic MIXTAPES WEEK and, well, here we are!!!  I’ll try to be as coherent as possible as 1) after riding a beautiful 101 mile at the 38th Woodstock Budget Tour bike ride and 2) Paris-Roubaix is on in French in the bottom corner of my screen, I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I have cycling on my mind.

I’m pretty achy today, but it’s great to get that first century done, get over the hump — mental mostly, but physical too, though I must say, physically, the easiest 100 miles I’ve ridden yet, very strong like polar bear!!!

Anywhosaldoosal….. It’s Sunday, a beautiful Sunday, and we plan on taking advantage of it, so let’s get going with the good stuff, the tunes that will be soundtracking this gorgeous day ahead of us, our mixtape for gahrace, I Want To Be Your American Idol!!!

Photograph: Me – Model: Claudia

I really had fun with this one.  First I, literally, threw in a random hour of music, almost with my eyes closed, then pushed play to see what we had, to see if there was a commonality in the cards that the “hands of fate” had dealt.  And there was!  FUN!  Between Old 97s, REM, The Format, I found myself singing along, at the top of my lungs, just having a good old time, imagining myself in front of millions of people singing some of my favourite songs.

From there, we started to fill in the gaps, put it in the right order and before I knew it, I found myself with over 2 hours of music, flowing up and up, and then down and up, new songs making their way in, a few more, then some more older ones, and then something would pop in my head and I’d just HAVE to hear it, then it HAD to go on the mixtape (see: Len & Michael Jackson), and *POOF* out went one song and *BLOOP* in went a different.  After about a week & a half, this is what remained.

Call me proudish or egotastic, but I love it.  Burned it, made a cover, shipped it with some other local hand-made goodies & some candy to gahrace for Crane’s Day, and now, after her receipt and listening, it’s time to get up here for you.  So, let’s shut the fuck up and get on with it, eh?  I hope you enjoy as…

I Want To Be Your… American Idol!!!

(Full Zip) – removed until I find a replacement for Darwin Deez

Part I
01 R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious
02 The New Pornographers – Crash Years
03 Plants And Animals – Swinging Bells
04 Plants And Animals – American Idol
05 The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
06 Fang Island – Daisy
07 Old 97’s – Jagged
08 The Format – Inches And Falling
09 Lightspeed Champion – The Big Guns Of Highsmith
10 Bonnie  “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang – Troublesome Houses
11 Allo Darlin’ – The Polaroid Song
12 Bright Eyes – Four Winds
13 Drink Up Buttercup – Young Ladies
14 Nada Surf – Love And Anger (Kate Bush)
15 Here We Go Magic – Collector
16 CocoRosie – Lemonade

Part II
17 The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
18 Len – Steal My Sunshine
19 Darwin Deez – Constellation – REMOVED
20 Marching Band – Uncomfortably Numb
21 The Harlem Shakes – Carpetbaggers
22 The Pack A.D. – Everyone Looks Like Everyone
23 The Soft Pack – Mexico
24 Cake – Italian Leather Sofa
25 Adam Green – Stadium Soul
26 Eagle Seagull – I’m Sorry But I’m Beginning to Hate Your Face
27 The School – I Want You Back
28 Dr. Dog – Where’d All The Time Go
29 Light Pollution – All Night Outside – REMOVED
30 Delorean – Real love
31 Nicole Atkins – The Way It Is
32 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Mama don’t like my man
33 Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror

Cheers!!!  Lots of new music to come this week, been listening to some amazing music that I can’t wait to talk about with you!


8 comments for “TSURURADIO Presents… MIXTAPES WEEK!!! I Want To Be Your American Idol by, uh, me!!!

  1. April 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    “well, does he like butter tarts?”

    len, great canadian summer classic.

  2. April 13, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    who made the shirt with the mickey ears

  3. April 13, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Ah… wish I could tell you, but you’ll have to ask claudia!

  4. Jane
    April 24, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Thanks for these tunes. You made a drunk girl very happy.

  5. Kurt
    May 17, 2010 at 5:57 AM

    I consistently enjoy your choices! Wondering about a few of the tracks that aren’t playing, especially the track Troublesome Houses. Would love to hear the entire mix. Great! Just great!

  6. Kim
    June 2, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    this is such a bomb mix, thank you so much! i love it so much.

  7. erroneous flint
    January 2, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    This list of bands, who are pretty much untapped for me, is not a bad bunch of bands. What I find interesting is that I prefer songs by each of these bands that aren’t mentioned.

    For instance, I like The National’s You Were A Kindness, Adventures In Solitude by The New Pornographers … and so on. Anything along the vein of those send to erroneousflint@aol.com in text, not zip or any file. I listen to Bonnie Prince Billy, Calexico, Silver Jews, Jolie Holland, The Eels, Sparklehorse, Giant Sand … I think someone lout there may be picking up on the vibe. Any good thoughtful music, a short list of recommendations would be appreciated. Every season needs a new soundtrack.

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