Friday, December 17, 2010

november 2010

it's almost the end of december. we're over half way through the month and once the christmas stuff starts all of a sudden it's going to be 2011. november was a strange month for me this year. lots of driving to detroit. hours and hours of driving, listening to "undertow" by warpaint. got to see some local acts like compartment and prussia. thanksgiving went well as it always does. school is wrapping up which is nice. november marked a very special time when kodaks got to play with bear hands of nyc. their debut album burning bush supper club might be my favorite release of 2010. the kodaks also have a new website. where you can listen to new tracks such as "untitled" and "lynn" and one can also download songs for free, or name your own price for a full album download. kinda like radiohead did ya know. did that work for them?

anyways, here is the playlist. december 2010 will be posted soon.

november 2010

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00 song - artist

01 undertow - warpaint
02 bombay - el guincho
03 heart in your heartbreak - the pains of being pure at heart
04 not in love (ft. robert smith) - crystal castles
05 tablasaurus - bear hands
06 the base of a dream is empty - yuck
07 mediator - prussia
08 backyards - broken social scene
09 heartbreaker - girls
10 drink drank drunk - a sunny day in glasgow
11 flaws - bombay bicycle club
12 pretend the devil isn't real - memory tapes
13 weekend - smith westerns
14 knoll demo - compartment
15 babies - pulp
17 fool's day - blur
18 get some - lykke li
20 mirrorage - glasser
21 rill rill - sleigh bells
22 take me somewhere - tennis
23 take me in - wild nothing
24 a picture postcard - the promise ring
25 journal of ardency - class actress
27 downhill express - coyote clean up
28 can we go wrong - hesta prynn
29 endless spring (new division fall remix) - houses
31 forget - twin shadow
32 sprawl II (mountains beyond mountains)

***this is an incomplete version of this mix- hence the missing numbers. an updated version will contain tracks by twin shadow, deerhunter and small black - all bands that have superb albums out right now.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

october 2010

yes, it is almost the end of november, i'm sorry for the lack of posts. this is a mix i made in october, the mix that have been making for november will posted very soon. october marks the release of bear hand's single - "crime pays" which is featured here. "crime pays" is one of my favorite songs on one of my favorite records of the year. bear hands debut record - "burning bush supper club" is available here.

the twin shadow record "forget" deserves all the good press it's been receiving, the album is almost perfect. i saw twin shadow play and they were great, their lead singer and guitar player can really play. in october i also saw the walkmen and dr dog, both very good performances. the drummer for the walkmen is still one of the best.

december 10th marks the release of the satin peaches new 7" single "red" on five three dial tone records. kodaks will be playing on that show with the peaches and we will also be playing even sooner at the lager house on november 28th with bear hands. come check out some show in the D, and until then here are some new tunes, i hope everyone enjoys.

october 2010

00 song - artist

01 crime pays - bear hands
02 when we're dancing - twin shadow
03 goons - small black
04 angela surf city - the walkmen
05 doncamatic (all played out) feat. daley - gorillaz
06 foolish - ra ra riot
07 earthquake - deerhunter
08 tip of your tongue - porcelain raft
09 things change - the new division
10 lucky 1 - avey tare
11 beach side - kings of leon
12 east van girls! - shimmering stars
13 since we last met (radio edit) - ndf
14 rococo - arcade fire
15 out, don't - gauntlet hair
16 we've been had - the walkmen
17 choice blanket - the sea and cake
18 dreaming of another world - mystery jets
19 inner city blues (makes me wanna holler) - marvin gaye
20 red - the satin peaches
21 lynn (demo) - the kodaks
22 animals & insects - the stills
23 desire lines - deerhunter
24 marriage - gold panda
25 futile devices - sufjan stevens
26 jackie wants a black eye - dr. dog
27 saltwater - beach house
28 nyc - interpol
29 home - lcd soundsystem
30 everyday is like sunday - morrisey

Saturday, October 30, 2010

september 2010

another playlist i just never got around to posting. i apologize for my tardiness. school has really been kicking my ass this semester. but now that i have finally adjusted to fall, i will continue to post playlists and my band the kodaks has several shows coming up. including one on nov. 28th at the lager house in detroit with one of my all time favorite bands of the now- bear hands. their album burning bush supper club comes out on nov. 2nd, you should pre-order it or get it. don't steal it, or at least try not to. bear hands are worth the money. anyways, this playlist got me through the start of school. the new albums by small black, twin shadow and deerhunter have all been being played on repeat. enjoy.

september 2o10

00 song - artist

01 echoes - klaxons
02 photojournalist - small black
03 too dramatic - ra ra riot
04 helicopter - deerhunter
05 sunbeam show - candy claws
06 white moon - beach house
07 golden haze - wild nothing
08 blue as your blood - the walkmen
09 you and i - washed out
10 slow - twin shadow
11 marathon - tennis
12 modern man - arcade fire
13 dilly - band of horses
14 home - glasser
15 heirloom - sufjan stevens
16 success - interpol
17 2010 - ps i love you
18 the girl is gone - mystery jets
19 what did my lover say (it always had to go this way) - wolf parade
20 people can do the most amazing things - kisses
21 eyesore - women
22 hollow hollow eyes - crocodiles
23 the new improved hypocrisy - the radio dept.
24 starfield - the new division

Friday, October 29, 2010

july 2010

never got to this when i should have. this summer was one of the best of my life. i made this mix in july and listened to it very much i just never got around to posting it. here it is now. "hanging with the wrong crowd" by ed harcourt is definitely one of my favorite tracks from this mix, and the summer. enjoy.

july 2010

01 dreams never end - new order
02 a forest - the cure
03 in lust w. you - bad cop
04 this must be the place (naive melody) - talking heads
05 boyfriend - best coast
06 peppergood - the samps
07 slow motion - panda bear
08 lady grey - mystery jets
09 barricade - interpol
10 beach club - future trends
11 while we're young - the dept of eagles
12 where i'm going - cut copy
13 super soaker - wavves
14 hanging with the wrong crowd - ed harcourt
15 blue beard - band of horses
16 tenderoni - kele
17 revival - deerhunter
18 we used to wait - arcade fire
19 you can call me al - paul simon
20 marathon - tennis
21 the party (9:15 p.m.) - bear (the ghost)
22 on melancholy hill - gorillaz

Monday, June 07, 2010

june 2010

made half of this mix with summer fun in mind. made the other half with the realization that i completely fucked my summer by breaking my right hand. but- it's my RIGHT hand. so i can still play guitar. fun fact.

plus THIS makes me a little less sad about it. but only a little. on the bright side tho: i think i'm becoming ambidextrous

i'm most excited about the new Bombay Bicycle Club track, and the new track from local (DETROIT) musician- Daniel. if you can't tell- i've been jamming to the Eclipse soundtrack- fuck everyone- the songs are there. ! there are old tracks and new tracks on this mix.

anyways- less is more. i'm done with words. and my hand is done trying to type them. enjoy the tunes. i'll be enjoying my medication.

June 2010

00 song - artist

01 so far we are - french kicks
02 wake up - the walkmen
03 you got yr. cherry bomb - spoon
04 ours - the bravery
05 our swords - band of horses
06 better times - beach house
07 the new american apathy (radio edit) - mazarin
08 black rice - women
09 how can you swallow so much sleep - bombay bicycle club
10 cartwheels - the reindeer section
11 stuck in the middle with you - steelers wheel
12 the rain, the park and other things - the cowsills
13 have you ever been (to electric lady land?) - jimi hendrix
14 beach queen - suckers
15 fader - the temper trap
16 leave everywhere - toro y moi
17 eyesite - daniel
18 jonathan low - vampire weekend
19 at or with me - jack johnson
20 FM - steely dan
21 call it off - lettercamp
22 narcolepsy - ben folds five
23 let's get lost - beck and bat for lashes
24 the truth sets in - avi buffalo
25 give up? - hot hot heat
26 the suburbs - arcade fire
27 cartoon music for superheroes - albert hammond jr
28 wheel (ON HIS OWN live in LA 2008) - john mayer

Friday, May 21, 2010

this week (MAY 2010)

has flown by.

almost too quickly. but despite being busy, i have enjoyed myself. summer is coming. i'm already out of class but the weather hasn't been full blown summer.. yet. but now we're nearing the end of may and those 80 degree days are becoming evermore common.

it's wonderful. life in general would be wonderful despite "work" and "problems" and the usual junk. but who wants to hear about that?

i'm going to busy as fuck this weekend.. but in a good way for once. SO to anyone who doesn't know, and that may (or may not) be intereted- my band THE KODAKS are playing this saturday at the belmont in hamtramck. click that last link there for deets. but fyi- i'm playing with a whole new lineup. mitch green is playing drums and i'm just saying- the dude can play. so, let's hope it goes well..

nOw! moving on. this mix. is intense. it's long. it's up, it's down. but every song (in chronological order haha) pretty much describes my week. there's going to be no posting in the next couple of days, so i figure i would let anyone who is going to be enjoying warm weather this weekend enjoy it with great music. summer fun, music in the sun. right?

outside has been inspiring me lately. just the idea of "outside".. despite everyone (including me) being poor as shit and always bitching about it, michigan is a beautiful place to live in the (late) spring.
green everywhere. fresh air. blue skies... when you're slightly away from detroit that is haha

anyways, enough words. as a wise friend JUST said to me- "less talk, more walk". so i'm going to do the real thing and stop just talking and... well... JUST DO IT. so yeah, forewarning: this mix is as excentric as my typing is right now. i guess i'm just happy lately. i feel alive.. !!!

hence all the (old school) rap, the variety of indie pop, random slow songs and other strange assortments from all over history. friends have been influencing my music lately- and i'm okay with that.. cause i still get my own picks.. the new wolf parade (GHOST PRESSURE) is amazing. and also- i know this is a long playlist- but the newest track by toro y moi is stupid good.. and it's completely different from anything off his debut. genius.

just as long as everyone enjoys this playlist, i'm okay with whatever. so HeRe wE GO

MAY 2010

00 song - artist

part one

01 ghost pressure - wolf parade
02 the changeling - the doors
03 crosstown traffic
04 pda - interpol
05 machine gun funk - notorious b.i.g.
06 beetlebum - blur
07 bill murray - gorillaz
08 aurora - foo fighters
09 peg - steely dan
10 alison - slowdive
11 you talk way too much - the strokes
12 head over heels - tears for fears
13 run into flowers - m83
14 something good can work for you (ted & francis remix) - two door cinema club
15 mr. brightside - the killers
16 the goodman of the house - deastro
17 poison - bell big devoe
18 crown on the ground - sleigh bells
19 roller - french kicks
20 home life - john mayer
21 like eating glass - bloc party
22 work - hockey
23 cut your hair - pavement
24 keep ya head up - 2pac
25 strange days - the doors
26 it wasn't me - shaggy

27 inaction - we are scientists
28 gender bombs - the stills
29 tired of being alone - al green
30 supersonic - oasis
31 elevation - television
32 smoke two joints - sublime
33 high - the cure
34 asleep at a party - memory cassette
35 lamplight - bombay bicycle club
36 the world at large - modest mouse
37 by the way - red hot chili peppers
38 for what reason - death cab for cutie
39 everything's alright (kimya dawson cover - DEMO) - the kodaks
40 bull in the heather - sonic youth
41 lost in the supermarket - the clash
42 d'yer mak'er - led zeppelin
43 let's dance - david bowie
44 nothing better - postal service
45 beast of burden - the rolling stones
46 isolation - joy division
47 boys don't cry - the cure
48 brand new start - little joy
49 get up - bone thugz n harmony
50 fences - phoenix
51 lovefool - the cardigans
52 sugar fish (will yates remix) - daniel
53 summer stage - the walkmen
54 where's summer b? - ben folds five
56 leave everywhere - toro y moi
57 the greatest - cat power

Monday, May 17, 2010

th3 e-mix

haven't done this in a while. it's late. i'm tired. i hate talking these days. actually... i've been saying TOO many words lately- but that's in real life. this here is the internet.. or something like that. but that, for me.. equals FAKE LIFE. really though. no more words. or at least less of them.

this is a mix i made for someone very special to me (just recently). she knows who she is. period. lots of great tracks from all different time periods of my life. and all of them seem to fit perfect for the (forthcoming?) nice weather. this mix also contains the special "garb, garb" by great lakes (a.k.a. my good buddy Adam Laidlaw)

TH3 e-mix

01 new man - french kicks
02 split screen sadness - john mayer
03 chase - the cinematics
04 call me - al green
05 this orient - foals
06 the greatest - cat power
07 bright young thing - albert hammond jr.
08 pull my heart away - jack penate
09 ready, able - grizzly bear
10 garb garb - great lakes
11 love you better - the maccabees
12 now that i miss her - elefant
13 what a drag - bear hands
14 grand opening - elephant parade
15 bermuda - kisses
16 excuses - the morning benders
17 minors - toro y moi
18 as far as i can see - phantogram
19 what you know - two door cinema club
20 kurgan wave number one - deastro
21 leif erikson - interpol

Thursday, April 29, 2010

april out-takes

this week is my hell week. they call this "finals" for us "college students". if you've never been through this finals thing, avoid it at all costs. it's terrible. i'm too tried to blog. and that is pretty fucking tired. this mix is self explanatory, the thing i'm most pumped is: the first track (LONG LIVE FRENCH KICKS) and the newest track by the new division and the new interpol track that JUST arrived but paul banks still sings like he did on their third record and i'm not sure about that yet... goodnight.

april out-takes (2010)

00 song - artist

01 a delicate hang - french kicks
02 the ghost inside - broken bells
03 total life forever - foals
04 midnight - bear (the ghost)
05 all i want - lcd soundsystem
06 rocket scientist featuring eve - teddybears
07 never follow suit - the radio dept.
08 ceo birthday - jj
09 after glow - foals
10 hide me - the golden filter
11 celestica - crystal castles
12 bright lit blue skies - ariel pink's haunted graffiti
13 texico bitches - broken social scene
14 sorrow - the national
15 walking through that door - future islands
16 brightest minds - department of eagles
17 i can do that - the futureheads
18 vaporize - broken bells
19 anyone's ghost - the national
20 true lies - the new division
21 david - the radio dept.
22 where'd all the time go? - dr. dog
23 lights - interpol
24 moon theory - miami horror

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bad Cop

listen to ---> Bad Cop

There are so many bands out there these days- so why give a fuck about just one?

This is a question that I have posed to myself many times. With all these bands out there, it’s literally becoming difficult for people to remember a band, let alone their name. But let me tell anyone whom reads my godforsaken Internet posts- remember the band name “Bad Cop.”

Adam Moult is one of the most honest, driven and down to earth men that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The best way to describe Adam is to say, “He is real.” Because the truth is, Adam is the real deal, and more importantly, Bad Cop is the real deal. Bad Cop is a rock band from Nashville, and they have recorded at some of the same places and with some of the same people that ran with Be Your Own Pet, JEFF the Brotherhood and Turbo Fruits. But the fact of the matter is that Bad Cop CANNOT get lumped in with those bands. Bad Cop is better than any categorization will give them credit for.

Bad Cop’s debut album is called “Harvest the Beast” and it will be arriving to the public (legally) by ROIR records later this year. When that album drops- collective minds will be blown. Bad Cop is the real deal rock band. Just take a visit to their myspace page ( to understand what I mean. “Daylight” is a rock song with real anima and depth that shows Bad Cop’s roots in post-punk as well as psychedelic rock.

My favorite track is “Amores Perros” because the music and the lyrics and the style come together to form one of the most beautiful pieces of art that I’ve heard this year.
Moult works as some sort of combination of Jim Morrison meets Ian Curtis, Alex Hartness provides a full on guitar attack (providing whatever he needs to provide and providing it well) and Karl Merkley and Dylan Rowe (drums and bass, respectively) deliver the kind of tight smart rhythm that makes Bad Cop tic.

Typically, I will not write over one paragraph on just one artist. But this is not just one other artist. If there was one band around right now that I could say sincerely, “They might have a fucking chance” then it is Bad Cop. No one makes money off music anymore but Bad Cop should because they are the type of real rock band that anti-whatever people would say, “we need.” Everyone needs Bad Cop. Because they are legit. So go listen.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

april 2010

HiPsTeR muzak

this mix has gone through so many different versions and revises. the actual "april 2010" playlist on my computer has about 70 songs in it. i was going to upload a bunch of different playlists, like april part one, part two, part three, yada yada. but i'm not going to.

just one playlist. one song by each band. i've gotten a shit ton of new records lately, as in leaks, FO FREE and i fucking love it. yeah i feel like a scum bag but hey the music industry hasn't done anything for me lately so fuck it. but really, some of the records i have are so good i will most likely be buying them on vinyl.

some albums that are new to my itunes and that everyone needs to get their hands on....

lcd soundsystem - this is happening
mgmt - congratulations
the national - high violet
foals - total life forever
ariel pink's haunted graffiti - before today
broken bells - broken bells
teddybears - devil's music
bear (the ghost) - that night
french kicks - roller ep

seriously. if you can find the downloads for any of those full albums- go do it. i've been listening to the new lcd and new foals back to back to back to back- i don't think there is a track on either of those records that i don't like.

i'm the hugest french kicks fan and the roller ep some how slipped passed me all these years and holy SHIT it's good. it's three tracks of pure french kicks glory.

my friend robby really IS the band called bear (the ghost) and he is so talented it's ridiculous i feel like his music is so pure and original. and so it justifies me loving it so much. i'm sure that pretty soon pitchfork will dig their claws into him and it will all be over but we'll see.

i'm really into the new mgmt record too and yes i know, i'm a huge douche bag because everyone else on the fucking planet seems to hate it but whatever. i'm so alt i'm the alt of alt. HiPsTeR d00d. srsly tho, "congratulations" is different and def darker than "oracular spectacular" but it's a lot more original and the record as a whole feels a lot more cohesive and shit, i like that kinda thing.

what else? the new ariel pink is fucking great, it makes me wish he had always gone for mid-fi instead of the shittiest of shitty lo-fi that every ariel pink record was before this one.

within the past month i saw both beach house and washed out live and let me first say that those are two of my favorite bands around right now because every song that comes from them seems to take my breathe away. nohomo. but needless to say, i love those bands and they blew me away live so i have a newer track by washed out and a sweet remix of a beach house track.

lots of good single tracks have been coming out of the internets lately too. the new track by health, the new track by band of horses, the new track by crystal castles, the new track from futureheads (yes i know, but it's actually good) and some other newer tracks i'm hearing are all really great.

and some new comers to take note of. the track on here by gauntlet hair is such a good jam, they sound very promising and i hope there is more good stuff to come from them. and i feel the same way about other new comers called kisses because their track "bermuda" gets me moving every time i hear it and i feel as if it might be one of my favorite songs this year (that and "round and round" by ariel pink). another band that is newer to me on this mix is elephant parade but their song on this mix "grand opening" is a wonderful pop gem.

also, gotta represent detroit. i'm just going to say right now, when the full length record by lettercamp gets released, collective minds will be blown. also, i'm very impressed by the debut of fellow detroit youngsters the pizazz.

alright that's all i'm going to say. this post is way too fucking long, sorry to anyone that just wants to get to the mp3s. this playlist really does speak for itself though, so i hope everyone enjoys.

***SHIT i thought i had it worked out so all my songs were going to fit in one mix but mediafire is getting to be more and more lame by the day and i can only fit 200 mb so i had to X out some songs, i'll still list them here (with an X instead of a number) but they aren't really in the download, sorry. if you want the X'd tracks that bad just email me. i'll be uploading an april out takes mix soon.

everyone enjoy---

april 2010

00 song - artist

01 usa boys - health
02 roller - french kicks
03 someday soon - harlem
04 someone's missing - mgmt
05 i was thinking... - gauntlet hair
06 call it off - lettercamp
07 #7 - washed out
08 bermuda - kisses
XX home - weird tapes
10 grand opening - elephant parade
XX texico bitches - broken social scene
12 stay close - delorean
13 doe deer - crystal castles
14 fright night (nevermore) - ariel pink's haunted graffiti
15 don't really know me (ep version) - snowden
16 on giving up - high places
17 asian pear - acrylics
18 the high road - broken bells
19 the party (9:15 p.m.) - bear (the ghost)
20 what you know - two door cinema club
21 dance yrself clean - lcd soundsystem
XX struck dumb - the futureheads
23 crafty maneuvers - the pizazz
24 burn bridges - dom
25 youth - beach fossils
26 black gold - foals
27 afraid of everyone - the national
28 factory - band of horses
XX flowers and a wreath - still life still
30 the greatest escape we ever made - wave machines
31 lately (troisieme) - memoryhouse
32 10 mili stereo (cough syrup remix) - beach house

Saturday, April 03, 2010

young clubs

new young pony cinema bicycle police club

within the last week i discovered this band called two door cinema club. honestly, they are really fucking awesome. they are young, they are irish (the lead singer looks like the little brother i never had) and they write some of the tightest, catchiest indie pop songs that i have heard all year. i've had a crazy week and i've been busy and this band has been fueling my fast paced life in the best way. it seems every song i have by this band is seriously amazing, and i promise you, they will be stuck in your head.

in about a week or within a week or whatever, i will upload my april mix. because it is officially april, as the warmer weather and torrential downpours indicate. but april is good, i love rain and rain brings life, so everything is becoming greener and greener all the time and i like it.

but back to the music. i've noticed there are a lot of younger, foreign, indie pop bands springing up all over the place, and it seems that all the best ones have the word "club" in their name. i think adding club to the title kind of emphasizes the youth of the band, like little kids forming a club. or forming a band that makes ridiculously catchy tunes.

honestly though, people might say these bands are real young or too poppy or whatever, but i love simple(r) accessible pop music with an edge, and that's just what these songs are. these bands definitely have LOTS of influence over my music. now i just need to work on being catchier, and i'm thinking about changing my band name to---> young kodak film club (seriously though, that's not band sounding, is it? haha)

all these young foreign indie club bands seem to be my favorites also, and they are perfect for warmer weather, specifically driving around in a car. so i'm offering downloads of all these beautiful songs by all these adorable little club bands so you can pick and choose your favorite tunes by each of these bands and then burn yourself a cd to drive around to. do it.

the bands i have chosen here are two door cinema club, bombay bicycle club, new young pony club and tokyo police club. this is a mix, but it features songs only by these four bands.

some note worthy things about this mix: it includes pretty much everything i have by two door cinema club (seriously, every song of their sounds like an a-side worthy single) including some remixes, (i actually included remixes of several songs by a couple of the bands), there are songs here from the new new young pony club album and there is also the new single by tokyo police club but really the only thing you need to know about this mix is that it includes every song that i really like by each of these bands.

happy friday. happy saturday. happy april. happy weekend.

listen to these young indie pop club bands and you will feel better, i promise, the quality of your life will improve once you have these songs pumping through your brain. esp anything by two door cinema club, i'm telling you, they are amazing.

i'm only going to list each band once, so from then on each track will be by that band until i list the next band, but really it's easy to figure out, there are only four bands, and plenty of songs.

young clubs

click here to download part 1 (two door cinema club & bombay bicycle club)

click here to download part 2 (new young pony club & tokyo police club)


00 song


two door cinema club

01 undercover martyn
02 i can talk
03 something good can work
04 costume party
05 what you know
06 do you want it all ?
07 cigarettes in the theatre
08 new houses
09 eat that up, it's good for you
10 you're not stubborn
11 this is the life
12 come back home
13 standing on ghosts
14 secret circus
15 we go forward
16 not in this town
17 impatience is a virtue
18 hands off my cash, monty (demo)
19 what you know (lightsoverLA remix)
20 something good can work (ted & francis remix)
21 what you know (redlight remix)


bombay bicycle club

22 how are you
23 lamplight
24 evening / morning
25 dust on the ground
26 always like this
27 magnet
28 sixteen
29 open house
30 dust on the ground (tanlines remix)
31 always like this (james rutledge remix)


new young pony club

32 ice cream
33 bomb
34 jerk me
35 get go
36 chaos
37 stone
38 the optimist
39 before the light
40 lost a girl
41 chaos (rory phillips mix)


tokyo police club

42 in a cave
43 juno
44 tessellate
45 nursery, academy
46 sixties remake
47 your english is good
48 the baskervilles
49 nature of the experiment
50 cheer it on
51 citizens of tomorrow
52 breakneck speed

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

runway delight

earlier today my friend wrote me an email and informed me that one of his good friends is doing a runway show. now i'm not sure if she is modeling, displaying clothes or just organizing the event, but long story short, my friend wanted me to find some music for his friend, for the runway.

the (most) ridiculous part about this whole thing was the criteria i was given to base my selection of songs off of:

1930s smoky jazz club/ tibetan landscape/ strong runwayish beat/ serious yet a little bit playful atmospheric sense/ preferably no lyrics.

so i tried my best anyways, and i pooled together about 50 songs to hand over to my friend so he could give these songs to his friend, for a runway. so i'm hoping that in the near future there might be some hot young woman strutting down a runway to the music i hand selected. but then again, that might be no where near what these songs are actually going to be used for.

i'm not even going to provide a song list here, there will be two downloads below that have around 23ish songs a piece that i felt slightly resembled the characteristics given above. but seeing as how all those things (30's jazz, 80's runway beat and no lyrics) do not exist in any one given song, i kind of just took pot shots. there is everything from holy fuck, to deastro, to spoon, to interpol, to broken social scene, to washed out, to french kicks and back again. so, sorry about not listing songs, i just actually have more important shit to do right now. but this should be fun. spice up your wednesday. surprise song selection from your favorite mix maker.

let me know how you think i did on matching the criteria i was given. enjoy:

runway delight

ps. for anyone that doesn't know, i got trapped in canada on monday night and saw the black lips last night, which was awesome because dudes from spoon and deerhunter showed up at the stick so that was rocking but over all the night was a shit show. in a good way. but now i'm feeling the effects from all this tom foolery on this blah of a wednesday. but then, I'M SEEING BEACH HOUSE TOMORROW NIGHT and right now "teen dream" has my album of the year for 2010 so i'm pretty damn excited. now i just have to go study and ace the exam before tomorrow night. you can follow more of my ridiculousness on here:

Monday, March 29, 2010

pop songs

i'm up really late, it's in the a.m. on monday morning. i'm in a bad mood, mainly because i have class tomorrow (amongst other things) but all i'm doing right now is listening to ostentatiously poppy indie rock music.

pretty much all i do is listen to music, if you haven't put that together yet, and tonight was no exception. but after getting in my usual brooding time in with interpol, i ventured outside the box for a second and i'm so happy with what i've found.

two door cinema club is a band of really young dudes from london or ireland or wherever, and they actually use artificial drums on most of their songs but they sound absolutely wonderful. i'm really into the fast, tight indie rock pop thing, especially when it's semi british. so to pass some time i put together a lovely playlist of all these glorious indie pop songs.

so yeah, that's pretty much it. little to no shpeele today. but these songs are really catchy, so if you have time before work/class/whatever, burn yourself these songs on a cd or put this playlist on your ipod so you can crank these jams and think about the warm weather ahead. instead of the long normal week ahead.

there is also a newer and improved (don't worry, i'll never leave this blogspot page) young authentic. the second version of y.a. is a tumblr so it's kind of like blogging for lazy/a.d.d. people and i think i fit both those categories so it works for me. pictures, videos, links, whatever, it's all right here (--->

anyways, i hope you enjoy these pop songs, and enjoy this monday, and enjoy life in general. april is almost here. oh oh mean april. take care.

pop songs (2010)

00 song - artist

01 undercover martyn - two door cinema club
02 first love - the maccabees
03 tessellate - tokyo police club
04 what you know - two door cinema club
05 lost a girl - new young pony club
06 always like this - bombay bicycle club
07 sleepyhead - passion pit
08 young love (ft. laura marling) - mystery jets
09 mouth full of bones - natalie portman's shaved head
10 this charming life - the smiths
11 hummer - foals
12 toxic crusaders - deastro
13 molly's vertigo - acrylics
14 hey hey girl - the virgins
15 i'm not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you - black kids
16 one life stand (edit) - hot chip
17 rawnald gregory erickson the second - starfucker
18 movie theatre (demo) - the kodaks
19 boys don't cry
20 the reeling - passion pit
21 tonight's today - jack penáte
22 lover of mine - beach house
23 surfin' - memory cassette
24 regret - new order

Sunday, March 21, 2010

spring revised

alright, so i've been uploading lots lately.

first a bunch of happy shit, then some sappy shit, then some angry/upset shit, then some happy stuff. then i did a movie review. yeah, i'm all over the place right now. it's the weather. it's crazy and it's all random so that's just how i am right now.

but anyways, i while back i posted 3 part download for a spring 2010 mix. if you missed those mixes or if you loved them so much that maybe you want to put the first one on a cd, here is your chance.

the first mix (aka part one) of the spring 2010 mix is what i've been playing esp obsessively lately. part one as the most newer tracks on it, so it really makes sense as the lead "spring 2010" mix, ya know?

plus part one has some tracks from the movie "remember me" which i've been talking about a lot lately, plus it has the new foals single which i am obsessed with, as well as one of my favorite interpol tracks, some new vampire weekend, lots of good shiz.

so basically, i re-edited spring 2010 part one so it would fit on a cd so i deleted some tracks and moved some other ones around. most notably, i moved the latest ariel pink song from part three to part one. the song is called "round and round" and i think it is so damn good. also, since i've made my original spring 2010 post i've been informed about this band from london called yuck and they are really awesome. ironically enough, yuck was founded by the brother of my cousin's best friend. yes, that sounds complicated but it's true. all you need to know is that yuck is really good indie rock. also i added a track by another uk band that i happened to see in detroit last week, they are called wave machines who have a real cool 80s-esque indie think going on and they kind of sound like the children of talking heads or something.

anyways, this is my revised mix, it's only 20 tracks and there are some down tempo, mid tempo and plenty of up tempo songs, so it's a nice diverse mix that will all fit on one cd. these songs were very anthemic for my spring break, which is now over. but either way, enjoy this mix, enjoy spring 2010. xo.

spring 2010 (part one - revised mixxx)

00 song - artist

01 neon blue - still life still
02 facelove - ps i love you
03 parasol - the sea and cake
04 sea of teeth - sparklehorse
05 when i'm small - phantogram
06 white sky - vampire weekend
07 two doors down - mystery jets
08 take pills - panda bear
09 rome - yeasayer
10 welcome to the world of the plastic beach (feat. snoop dogg and the hypnotic bass ensemble) - gorillaz
11 all of the fire - acrylics
12 girl in love - smith westerns
13 obstacle 1 - interpol
14 - spanish sahara - foals
15 keep the lights on - wave machines
16 hey lizzie - fair ohs
17 fake gold - tigercity
18 round and round - ariel pink's haunted graffiti
19 the wall - yuck
20 me and the moon - the drums

ps. i've been doing lots of internet perusing and shit of that nature, and i've been editing pages for my band, starting new ones, starting new blogs, editing old ones, whatever you wanna call it, if it's on the internet, i've been doing it. i think it helps me calm down when i'm in a bad mood. so anyways, i'm going to list some of my internets blow, so if you feel so compelled, you can go check them out.


movie review

so i already kind of wrote on this topic but i'm going to go there again. has anyone seen the movie called "remember me" yet? yes, that is the new movie with heart throb robert pattinson. but the truth is that the heart throb can act and the movie is amazing. the writing, the acting, the style, the tones, i loved everything about this film. so of course, critics trash it.

and when one disagrees with something, one should always speak up. so i am. go figure, i got bored and i just think that more people should give the film a chance. esp people who appreciate good movies like i do. just like movies likes "garden state" or "wicker park" or even "i heart huckabees" or whatever. these kind of indie movies with some bigger names but truly fabulous writing and even better soundtracks.

but yeah, anyways, i'm lame and i wanted to voice my opinion and hopefully make robert pattinson feel better about people talking shit on his great movie, ya know, if he ever finds that facebook page haha. yeah, go here and become a fan, or go see the movie, then voice your own opinion!

and also, i wrote a review on that facebook page, like i said i as bored and wanted to voice my opinion so hell, i write enough on music i love, i might as well write about movies i love.

so here it is. my movie review. of "remember me". go see it!!

along with other amazing movies such "wicker park" and "garden state" that came before it, i am afraid that "remember me" is going to be lumped solely into the romance category. when, in truth that people don't realize, the majority of the movie is being told from perspective of the male lead character. robert pattinson even narrates at points throughout the film.

even though critics hated this film and even stupid publications and zines like entertainment magazine tore "remember me" to shreds, it should be clear to everyone that this movie is incredible and all these bad reviews are just not true and that all this nay say is just hear say.

remember me is a truly fantastic movie that showcases the great acting skills of robert pattinson, who plays a role that allows him to express his talent in a role that more suits him. a smaller based movie with more intensity fits robert pattinson well, as does it to the rest of the cast, whom all act beautifully.

emilie de ravin has her biggest claim to fame through the tv show "lost" so, like pattinson, ravin may be looked upon as just an "it" person in Hollywood, so in turn it seems that "remember me" has the potential to just try and be an "it" movie with "in" people.

but really, robert pattinson, emilie de ravin, chris cooper, pierce brosnan and others fully deliver in the emotionally riveting and shockingly intense movie. not to mention the sound track is incredible, which also lumps it into that category of "great under rated movies" along with "wicker park" and "garden state".

some love movies are done well and focus more on issues deeper than love so that the story can just evolve without limits. remember me is one of those movies. so go see it. go see remember me. because you might be bored soon, and there is simply no reason not to see this amazing movie.

-adam smith, march 2010

also, you can go watch the trailer RIGHT HERE

Saturday, March 20, 2010


alright. i'm back. (already)

so the last couple posts i've made have been pretty happy. overly happy. but everyone, don't worry, the old adam is back, and with a vengeance.

the weather is getting shitty out again. just fyi. it's snowing and raining and freezing fucking cold. at the end of march... only in michigan. do they call this sleet? so anyway, it's perfect, this weather, it's just perfect for me right now. maybe my demeanor and the weather have some correlation but i more think it's just coincidence. sweet irony.

it's all dark out. i haven't seen the sunlight at all today. and it makes perfect sense. i'm in the worst fucking mood ever. i realized that while i've been lolli gagging and trying to be happy over my spring break, i really should have been in fucking texas for sxsw, which was what my original plans are.

oh and not to mention this is saturday, so my spring break is officially over. back to school next week. back to work. back to hell.

so it all makes sense i guess. my vacation is over. the nice weather is over. and throughout the past couple days (multiple) people have been proving to me again (and again) over and over (again) that they are shitty. people are shitty. people will disappoint you. the only guarantee i will ever make anyone is that people will let you down. logic will break your heart.

which reminds me. i was listening to that stills album at the gym today and that shit good. just so so good. it's definitely one of my favorite albums, as i'm sure comes across in my music. lots of stills and lots of interpol lately. early interpol. hopefully their new album is good. that is generally my favorite type of music. moody, sexual, kind of arty post punk with somewhat self depreciating somewhat fucked up lyrics and kicking guitars with a great rhythm section that comes together as just fucking amazing indie rock.

anyways, back to bitching. i hate everyone. that's pretty good for me. that'll be about enough. also, i illegally watched cop out and i thought it was hilarious but i love tracy morgan and i think bruce willis still kinda kicks ass. plus adam brody was in it, which is enough to make me watch any movie. i also want to see she's out of my league because i think that guy is pretty funny (esp in knocked up) and two dudes that i liked in cloverfield are in it. and the chick is hot. but no one would go see that movie with me tonight. i do hate everyone.

so onto the music. my mother was so gracious as to let me use her car today (just because my father was parked behind mine) and in my mom's car she was listening to a mix cd that i made her about two years ago. or maybe about a year ago? i'm not sure. but either way, it's a great mix with a generally sad(ish) demeanor. so it was great to drive around in the rain to and to listen to while i think about how much i hate everyone and in turn hate my own life.

and this mix in turn (since it was originally made for her) goes out to my mother, because i love her dearly. i truly believe that for the rest of my life i'll just never love any woman like i love my mom and my sisters. my family is usually always there for me, and i know my mom would be there for me, whenever, whatever, she's my mom and she is the greatest. i'll keep hating everyone else but just love my mom. that sounds good to me.

so i thought i would share this mix with everyone. share my sadness i suppose. my lameness actually. share whatever. just download the mix. listen to it. alone. then fall asleep.


00 song - artist

01 bookworm (labeled as "come home") - margot and the nuclear so and so's
02 the next time around - little joy
03 re: stacks - bon iver
04 flakes - mystery jets
05 english house - fleet foxes
06 you and i are a gang of losers - the dears
07 astronaut - beach house
08 the youth - mgmt
09 i stand corrected - vampire weekend
10 agoraphobia - deerhunter
11 ada - the national
12 flightless bird, american mouth - iron & wine
13 chicago (acoustic) - sufjan stevens
14 a king and queen - okkervil river
15 house of cards - radiohead
16 someone to keep us warm - the silent years
17 shining hours - longwave
18 love in the ruins - french kicks
19 time has come again - the last shadow puppets
20 the greatest - cat power

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

spring 2

alright so, if you haven't noticed yet, it is nice out. and if you still haven't noticed, i'm loving it. honestly, maybe i'm just being overly eccentric this year but i feel as though my general quality of life has been proving ever since the start of march. good things are happening people.

and i know, i know, i live in detroit and detroit is in michigan so all of us michiganders are pissy and old and jaded and jobless and yada yada, so don't worry, i haven't forgotten that but still i'm happy. let me be happy.

plus, i'm on spring break right now. for anyone that doesn't know, i'm a college student, so on top of being poor due to the economy and due to michigan, i'm also poor due to college. and shit, i am poor poor poor. but it's fine. i didn't get to really go anywhere for my spring break but whatever. i've been enjoying it thus far, because the weather has been nicer and i've been able to run outside and wear sunglasses and drive around with my sun roof open. i'm a happy dude.

so to share my happiness with you, i have another VERY lengthy mix. it's actually a 3 parter. but it's a good 3 parter. what we have here, people, is essentially, THREE DIFFERENT mixes. all with heavy relation to spring. basically, these songs make me feel green and wonderful. these tunes put SPRING into my step. eh?

side note, has anyone seen remember me yet? yes, that is the new movie with robert pattinson. but if you are scoffing right now, then check yourself. don't judge a book by it's cover. go see remember me. seriously. you would be surprised, and if you come out of the theatre after having seen "remember me" and you didn't like it, then you can punch me i guess.

and to add to that, the music for that movie is incredible. the actors really deliver, mainly pattinson, who proves he has looks, style and skill. plus the girl is really hot. honestly, i loved remember me. so go see it. and the music is amazing, which is what i'm all about. the sound track is pretty damn solid, and a couple of my songs on these mixes are correlated with/from the movie.

and another thing: for those of you who don't know, indie rock lost a hero about a week ago. mark linkous was the frontman and basically the main dude from the band called sparklehorse. sparklehorse is a more than solid band that has been delivering more than solid music for years and years. and ironically, (you will know why when/if you see the movie; it is pretty damn sad) there was a sparklehorse song on the "remember me" soundtrack, and it's a damn good song. so there is that sparklehorse song and another one that i like that can be found throughout these three spring mixes, in honor of mr. mark linkous.

also, another side note about these mixes; there is lots of guitar! i know it's a crazy concept because of all these electronic and lo fi and glo fi and chill wave artists popping up all over the place and because i love all of them so much and post a bunch of there tracks, and there are some chillgaze (chill wave + shoe gaze = my new favorite genre) tracks on here, but there is a lot of guitar. most notably in newer bands like smith westerns, foals, fair ohs, ps i love you and happy birthday. so that's cool right? foals are very present in this mix, they really make me think of spring. foals new single is on here, and it's incredible.

alright, enough of that. i'm not going to ramble on too much about these mixes, other than these few details:

the first mix is essentially a bunch of newer songs i've been really digging this spring

the second mix is a bunch of my classics that remind me of warm weather from years past

the third mix is some new some old, but all the songs are great spring songs

so either way, you are getting a shitload of songs here. i'm hoping i'm not overloading anyone, feel free to comment and complain or compliment or anything of the sort. or even just say hi. if anyone reads that this is... just kidding!! it's spring, i'm happy!

seriously though, spring 2010, in 3 parts. enjoy.

spring 2010

00 song - artist

01 neon blue - still life still
02 i am your skin - the bravery
03 mathletics - foals
04 facelove - ps i love you
05 parasol - the sea and cake
06 andvari - sigur rós
07 sea of teeth - sparklehorse
08 lite-bright lawns - still life still
09 when i'm small - phantogram
10 white sky - vampire weekend
11 kurt cobain's cardigan - the pains of being pure at heart
12 two doors down - mystery jets
13 take pills - panda bear
14 butterflies and boners - ps i love you
15 rome - yeasayer
16 welcome to the world of the plastic beach (ft. snoop dogg and hypnotic brass ensemble) - gorillaz
17 all of the fire - acrylics
18 girl in love - smith westerns
19 obstacle 1 - interpol
20 spanish sahara - foals
21 happy day - idiot glee
22 hey lizzie - fair ohs
23 fake gold - tigercity
24 real life (memory tapes remix) - tanlines
25 subliminal message - happy birthday
26 me and the moon - the drums

spring 2010

01 love me already - black kids
02 the last polka - ben folds five
03 red win, success! - cold war kids
04 kids - mgmt
05 finer feelings - spoon
06 rain - the clientele
07 c'mere - interpol
08 always like this - bombay bicycle club
09 now that i miss her - elefant
10 everyone gets a star - albert hammond, jr.
11 in this home on ice - clap your hands say yeah
12 when it started - the strokes
13 pin - yeah yeah yeahs
14 countdown - phoenix
15 15 step - radiohead
16 all our weekends - french kicks
17 she's expensive - the virgins
18 one time too many - phoenix
19 balloons - foals
20 stay where you are (ep version) - ambulance ltd
21 the view from the afternoon - arctic monkeys
22 heart throb - be your own pet
23 long lean queen
24 banquet - bloc party
25 parallelogram - deastro
26 never stops - deerhunter

spring 2010

01 - two-timing touch and broken bones - the hives
02 - first love - the maccabees
03 i'm shakin' - rooney
04 nobody move, nobody get hurt - we are scientists
05 allison krausse - the stills
06 you talk way too much - the strokes
07 homecoming - the teenagers
08 in a cave - tokyo police club
09 the rat - the walkmen
10 a-punk - vampire weekend
11 message from yuz - switches
12 the goodman of the house - deastro
13 rawnald gregory erickson the second - starfucker
14 you got yr. cherry bomb - spoon
15 closed eyes - cut off your hands
16 something's missing (live from "as/is") - john mayer
17 mean april demo 2 - the kodaks
18 falling over - the pains of being pure at heart
19 better times - beach house
20 spring hall convert - deerhunter
21 want you back (phaseone remix) - nite jewel
22 sun spots - sleep over
23 most wanted - cults
24 gay human bones - harlem
25 the frontline (liberation) - madlib
26 diana won't - dimlite
27 geto boys (demo) - glass candy
28 stick to my side (four tet version) - pantha du prince
29 willing - moss of aura
30 round and round - ariel pink's haunted graffiti
31 voices - pure ecstasy
32 apple bed - sparklehorse

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


what the fuck

it is warm out?

no. that just can't be right. can it? apparently the sun can exist in a michigan sky during march. i've been wearing sunglasses and spring jackets these past couple days and holy shit it feels great. i love winter, the snow is beautiful, and i love being inside as much as the next guy... but you can't beat this 65 degree weather.

anyways. onto music. because i know whoever is reading this (if they/you even read the ramblings before actually just clicking the download link) cares most prominently about the music.

originally my plan was to call this post "double fisting" and i was trying to have it up by last week but i got sick and got busy with blowout and blah blah. and then new songs kept coming out. one after another, after another. but no longer, i've waited long enough. it's officially in the double digits of the current month so i feel it's the appropriate time to post a mix.

the reason for the "double fisting" title was in relation to blowout, and st paddys day, and the fact that i spent part of last weekend being ridiculous in canada. so far march has been good to me and i hope it continues to do so. (if you live under a rock, blowout is basically this type of "fest" in detroit [technically in hamtramck] which consists of a bunch of shitty bands playing sloppier than usual and people getting drunk beyond reason in public and everyone acting like it's all normal, which, let's face it, it kind of is, because this is detroit)

also the "double fisting" title was going to apply to the mix, not because all these songs are great to chug beer to (which they probably are) but because this particular march mix is chocked just full of songs, more so than usual, and some bands i even double dose on. aka using more than one song by the same band on the same mix. i have no specific rule about double dosing a band on a mix, so this doesn't bother me.

but at any rate there are two songs by my new favorite canadian band: still life still. who play overly emotional overly sexual art rock that is obviously from toronto and basically comes off sounding like a younger, punkier broken social scene, in a good way. i saw still life still open for wild beasts about a month ago and that was one killer show, hence the wild beasts track also.

there is also a double dose off the new shout out louds record which i think is good because i'm a sucker for swede pop and i've been listening to sols since before they had a proper LP. there is also two tracks from my new favorite band the morning benders who have an excellent new record out that i have been playing non stop. seriously, "excuses" is a fucking great song. there are also two songs from the forthcoming new young pony club album, just because i think they are smart and they play their type of music just how they should. plus there are two songs from the almost released record by the best new band in michigan --> the juliets. the bottom line is that jeremy freer can fucking write pop songs like it was just meant to be and scott masson (of office) can produce and record like nobody's business.

now i'm going to say upfront, this is a long mix. so if you are going to download this, which you very well fucking should, you gotta be in for the long haul. mainly because it's so damn big it actually took two download links to fit it all. hence the part 1 part 2. but it is worth it people. the reason i went with the title of "spring" as opposed to to overly discussed "double fisting" title is simply because new things are blossoming and even this slightly jaded slightly ridiculous/delirious blogger is feeling reborn.

it might be in part that things for my band aren't really going fucking incredible or anything but i've at least seen and heard the tiniest bit of nice shit about my music for roughly the first time and damn, i'll admit, it feels nice. i don't think my set at blowout was anywhere near perfect (really i thought we were awful) but people seem to enjoy "sloppy indie rock" so if you are interested in reading some shit about my band you can go here and here (<-- at that one just scroll down until you see something about a dog woman and a claw hammer or something)

but a friend (or friends) just wisely said to me, "take everything with a grain of salt" and that goes for good press and bad and so even though this isn't much press at all i'm just going to smile and appreciate this all nicely and thank whoever saw my band. so thank you, to everyone who has ever given a fuck about kodaks for that matter. i'm giving away my newest demo away for free on this mix as my thanks to every kodaks supporter. or every supporter of this blog i suppose. (really i'm just pimping out my own music on my own mixes i know) but i will also follow han solo's command of "don't get cocky, kid" and just leave it at that. i hope you see more of kodaks soon.

but enough about that. back to the mix. these blog posts are so damn a.d.d. i'm sorry to whoever is scrolling through this. some other note worthy tracks on here are new songs by broken social scene, neon indian, radio dept, drake, japandroids, dr. dog, mgmt(<-- which gets too busy at the end of the song) and my favorite song off the new gorillaz album. plus an elliott smith cover by cymbals eat guitars because i just fucking love elliott smith. i do.

other than that i'm not sure what to talk about. the first four tracks, or the first five, or six, are probably my favorite on the mix, but that being said you really do need to hear the gorillaz song at the end. i mean these are all pretty good songs though, or i wouldn't post them, duh.

plus there is a gem of a turbo fruits song stuck in the middle that was recorded for the movie "whip it" with the coffee shop crooner landon pigg as the frontman. i thought he was hot in the movie and i actually don't mind his music half the time, and pairing him with turbo fruits was a way interesting move that delivered great results.

which reminds me, i saw turbo fruits last night, and fuck everyone, i like turbo fruits. people talk shit about them all the time and i don't get it. why can't people just take them for what they are? great fucking punk music with a good pop sensibility, and most importantly, jonas stein can fucking play guitar with his teeth and make it seem cool still. as one of the surfer blood dudes said to me while turbo fruits were playing, "it sounds like guitar hero out there". and it's true. turbo fruits are good. so fuck you.

but this also reminds me, i saw surfer blood last night too. and again, fuck you if you don't like them, because i do. i just do. they are good music and you gotta take it for what it is-- really young indie rock. and i like it that way dammit. i ended up getting to meet the surfer blood dudes (through turbo fruits because their mixer and engineer, the lovely jeremy ferguson, recorded my most recent ep) and i got to hang out with them(<--SB) a lot through their night in detroit and i like those guys. surfer blood is a bunch of good dudes, no joke. they like what they are doing and other people seem to like it too which is just a sweet bonus. they were all really kind to me, they gave me a shirt and some of their beers and i tip my hats to them for that. they played a great set too, and they proved that their fifth member, the crazy haired percussionist/keyboardist player named marcos, is definitely necessary. and that guy is cool as shit too so that doesn't hurt. their song that i put on this mix is called "take it easy" and it displays the extra percussion nicely and it is a lot of fun, which is what i had last night all thanks to surfer blood.

so now that i've met my homosexual comment quota for the day (whip it didn't bother me, and that is gay enough in itself i suppose) and my blog mix quota for the month so i guess i'm off until the next time i decide to grace these webpages with my text again. enjoy this warm weather, hopefully it doesn't snow too much from now on. enjoy this march mix, hopefully you make it all the way trough all the tracks... all 36.

march 1

00 song - artist

01 october fires - wolf people
02 heaven's on fire - the radio dept.
03 fall hard - shout out louds
04 excuses - the morning benders
05 kid - still life still
06 the letter - the juliets
07 rather be with you - yukon blonde
08 lost a girl - new young pony club
09 art czars - japandroids
10 world sick - broken social scene
11 caterpillar playground - nurses
12 get out (ft. ariel punk & gar war) - velvet davenport
13 take it easy - surfer blood
14 high times - landon pigg & turbo fruits
15 ballad of big nothing - cymbals eat guitars
16 what becomes of a brokenhearted - jimmy ruffin
17 rough sleeper (demo) - the kodaks
18 and i was a boy from school - hot chip
19 at a glance (toro y moi remix) - body language
20 sweetheart - the juliets
21 shadow people - dr. dog
22 lovefool (cardigans cover) - the morning benders
23 a heat rash in the shape of the show me state or, letters from me to charlotte - los campesinos!
24 lately (deuxiéme) - memoryhouse
25 track 07 - washed out
26 1999 - shout out louds
27 pastel - still life still
28 this is our lot - wild beasts
29 chaos (rory phillips mix) - new young pony club
30 despicable dogs (washed out remix) - small black
31 beyond fantasy - pictureplane
32 over (dirty) - drake
33 sleep paralysist - neon indian
34 flash delirium - mgmt
35 little sister - crystal antlers
36 empire ants (ft. little dragon) - gorillaz

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


there are things that are worth posting about on this blog that aren't solely involving music. although this post definitely does have something to do with music. but other stuff too.

so there are all these things all over the internet, facebook, myspace, twitter, whatever, and since i started at the beginning by getting a blog, i feel like i need to keep it up so i try and get whatever stupid bullshit people come up with to interact with each other through the interweb.

but there is this new website called formspringme and i have to say, it actually is a lot of fun. basically you set up an account and people visit your page and randomly, and most importantly, anonymously, ask you questions. it's like a little social interview done by all your best friends without you knowing who any of them are. it's kind of great.

so my most recent question was:

"If there is one moment in your life where you were truly inspired, what is it? "

and i answered that question, quite well i might add, with three specific moments from my life that hold great significance with me. and i thought i would share those moments with some other people too, because, why the fuck not?

now i realize this is my third blog post within the last three hours, so i promise i'll lay off, because my eyes are starting to hate me for how much i stare at my computer screen. but here is my response...

if there is one moment in your life where you were truly inspired, what is it?

when i was fourteen years old i went to st andrews hall to see the killers. they were my favorite band at the time (hot fuss is still a killer album) but one thing i realized when i was there was kind of the ugly truth of rock and roll. listening and following and watching the killers (until that point) was one of the main thing that really inspired me to try and just, do it, ya know? brandon flowers made me want to grab a microphone and just own it i guess.

but then i saw them. and they weren't bad live or anything, it was just kind of at that point (RIGHT before they blew up) i realized they were kind of douche bags. which is okay, because pretty much anyone involved with music is a d-bag.

anyway, the most important thing that happened that night was that ambulance ltd (one of my now all time favorite bands) opened up for the killers. ambulance fucking killed it. they just got up there, just the four of them, their lead singer dreamily strumming his guitar and crooning, and the rest of the band kind of just effortlessly making this gorgeous music.

and here is the real kicker: ambulance almost got booed off stage. people were drunk and pissy and, well just being detroiters and they wanted the killers so boos were yelled and beer bottles were thrown but ambulance soldiered on and, i really just looked at them in such awe. with such respect. that was kind of a moment where it all came together for me. my first real live show in a club, seeing bands with real talent, and getting no respect for it. and now that is kind of the way i live my life.

so that's big for me.

i'm sure there are some other times too but really there are just a few main ones. there are a couple brilliant and just incredible people i've encountered over the years that have really inspired me, most of them being teachers.

my fifth grade teacher was a woman named mrs. boik. she was simply one of the most incredible educators i've ever had the pleasure of being taught by and one of the most amazing human beings i've ever had the pleasure of knowing. she was just one of those people that knew how to handle EVERYTHING. she was just so fucking good at her job it was just like nothing could stop her.

then right in the middle of that year, tragedy struck, as it does, and mrs. boik got cancer. she didn't make it. she passed on that summer after that year and it was so fucking sad but every time i saw her, even right up to the end, she never lost that spark in her eye. she was just an incredible human being and if i could ever affect even one other person in this world as positively as she did to me (and countless others) then i would be truly happy.

as cheesy as it sounds that is pretty much why i want to be a teacher. i think people loose focus of what is important. so what i might not make a shit ton of money, i get to mold little minds and that is just incredible.

the third and final story i will recount happened more recently. it involves my father, who has always been a big part in my life, because he has paid my expenses since birth, provided for my family, worked his ass off and been a generally good dad.

but it wasn't until recently that i got to level with him as an adult. and that is something really special when that happens. when you can look your own father in the eyes as your own man and have a real conversation.

we were driving somewhere, maybe to or from atlanta, maybe to or from a movie or something but we were just talking and it hit me mid conversation how real we were being. and it made me realize how much i respect and adore my father and it made me realize how important he really is in my life. because he is the one person that when he turns to me and says "it's going to be all right," i actually believe him. and that is big.

ps. my formspring account can be found here if you want to ask me questions, and i highly suggest to everyone that they immediately download the latest album, "big echo" by the band called - the morning benders. it is a gorgeous album, and as i told my friend, it makes me think of a darker dr. dog. take care.