Photography by ssammedd…
Wow. What a week, eh? Nothing like a complete format change, handing over the keys, trying to get it all settled in, fixing up my amazing number of little screw-ups, finishing our next nudiezine (issue no. 4!!! this weekend bitches!!!) to keep ye ol’ juices a flowin’, eh? On top of that, a good 120 miles on the bike since Monday, and a rather hectic week at work……. oh my!
But… here we are, Friday Friday. My time slot, my beat. The plan? Every other Friday, bring you a brand spankin’ new mixtape for your aural & oral & orly satifaction! This weeks mixtape? Ah, inspiration abounds! Whether it be the AMAZING sunrises & sunsets on my rides (I ride into the sun on both parts of my commutes) — it’s absolutely overwhelming how a little sunshine could put a little pep in your pedalin’……
Ooo. A moment on the bike. So, cruising along Wednesday night at a good 20-25 mph, feeling good. Smiling. Got my shrunken REM mixtape on and “Ignoreland” comes on. About a block away, a stale green light. One of those lights I never get. That “Ignoreland” baseline and Stipe’s megaphone singing… I smile, put my hands and head down and pedal harder, harder, light turns yellow, I’m so close, Stipe sings that part before the last verse, “Someone’s got to take the blame!”, I’m FLYING! 30mph! Fly into the light, swing left, made it…. a second to spare.
Speaking of… REM’s new album leaked out thanks to npr and Spotify’s listening parties (thanks guys!) and my oh my is it a gem.
That fucking transition to the chorus on “Discoverer” punches you right in the gut! And man, “Oh My Heart”, more like Oh My Oh My! Swoooon……. Yep man-crush on Stipe firmly in place, you bald poet bastard!
nerd-rawr. I got something you can collapse into you!
Ah, and since we are on the subject of anticipated
leaks releases, Noah & The Whale’s new one, Last Night On Earth, finally came around. Finally. Ah, genre-hoppers, shape-shifters, I love ’em but lord knows people tend to hate ’em. You fall in love with a band’s sound, I know it can be hard to reconcile an about face, but as long as they are true and following their hearts, isn’t that what you should want, even if you don’t like it?
Yeah.. yeah, you should.
And yep, our beloved Whalerds and their Noahan leader have shifted shapes into something decidely more… uh… not “electronic”, well, I mean, its electronic compared to Peaceful, The World Lays Me Dow, but it’s not blips & bleeps and shit. Yeah, it takes a bit of getting used to, but I’m, as McDonald’s once (and by once I mean a million times) said, I’m lovin’ it.
love it or else, bitch!!!
So yeah, between amazing bike rides & albums filling my week with smiles I had enough inspiration there…. but then there’s this, the #pcc, the paper crane collective. I’ve never felt so lucky than when we emailed a bunch of people I’ve grown to love & respect all over this music bloggerin’ intertubes of super highway love canals, asking them to join a collective, something most bloggers have grown quite weary & leary of, and hot diggity damn if 92.53% said “fuck yeah, tsuru!”
Well. If that don’t fill your heart with love, then son… you broke.
Personally, I think our first week has been pretty epic, no?
The result of all this tenderness in my noggin? Today’s mixtape… and boy, this mixtape’s got you covered… Something old (actually, quite a few old timers on this one), something new (Mother Mother! Thanks WLFY!), something borrowed (looking at you Noah & The Whale, that’s a total Tom Petty rip of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and ya know it you sad saps), something blue (let’s say… Fleet Foxes), and even a fucking Radiohead song. Yeah, I know? Nuts right? Radiohead. I like, what, 2 of their songs?
But here we are.
Yeah. Here. Nice.
So what say you? Shall we do this? Yes, we shall as.
01 Danielson – Lil Norge
02 Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
03 Kurt Vile – Society Is My Friend
04 Oh No Oh My – You Were Right
05 David Lowery – Deep Oblivion
06 Iron and Wine – Biting Your Tail
07 Crash Test Dummies – You Said You’d Meet Me (in California)
08 Smith Westerns – Weekend
09 Mother Mother – The Stand
10 The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
11 Mister Heavenly – Mister Heavenly
12 R.E.M. – Discoverer
13 PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
14 Radiohead – Lotus Flower
15 Lykke Li – Love Out of Lust
16 Violent Femmes – Crazy
17 Ron Sexsmith – Love Shines
18 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
19 Okkervil River – Mermaid
Have a great weekend everyone! Go ride yer bikes! Go take nekkid pictures (then send them to me, ha!)! We’ll see you all next week… Oh, and we’ll have our updated program guide up for you ASAP!!! Until then… I got some nudiezines to make! SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!
Aaron aka Tsuru