Mixtape: February 2021

Last year I started off trying to compile mixtapes/playlists each month of songs that I’ve been listening to. They might be new releases but (more) often are old songs I’ve re/discovered.

A few thoughts on this month’s tracks…

  • I’m not sad about the journeymen of alternative music (Weezer and Foo Fighters) releasing new music.
  • Fly United by Amon Düül II is a song I discovered watching the (weird but wonderful) film High-rise. The song sits underneath a freak-out of weird dancing, violence and other escalations as the residents of a high-rise building slowly lose it…
  • Toss the Feathers by The Corrs is a real throwback to my youth – I remember LOVING it – and now my daughters have discovered it too (buoyed by their love of Riverdance).
  • Despite have great love for Pearl Jam and Soundgarden – it is only recent that I’ve started appreciating Alice in Chains.
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Mixtape: January 2021

Last year I started off trying to compile mixtapes/playlists each month of songs that I’ve been listening to. They might be new releases but (more) often are old songs I’ve re/discovered.

I’m not going to mention each song in detail – but do have a few stray observations…

  • Ben Kweller can write a pop song. I used to love him and listened to Sha Sha and his self titled album a lot. But stumbling across his most recent album was a re-revelation.
  • I never had much time for Rod Stewart – he always made me think of deep-necked open collars, velvet, and suede. But rediscovering The Faces has made me reconsider.
  • I always loved The Jezabels – and somehow missed that Haley Mary had gone solo. Pretty excited.
  • The Palm Springs soundtrack is a bit of a winner – lo-fi 80s stylings that are great for background listening.