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.

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.

Songs of 2020

Over the year I attempted to make Spotify playlists each month of the songs that I re/discovered or liked, or simply resonated with me in some way.

These aren’t necesarally new songs – but they might be new to me. Or they might just be older songs I’ve always liked and have simply rediscovered.

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I know what I like

“I’m fascinated by the contortions we get ourselves into when trying to justify and validate the simple pleasure we get from the music. if we like something we apparently have to find a way to prove it is more worth our while than the things we like this.” David Hepworth – Nothing is Real

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Second chance

In what is still one of the best live shows I’ve been to – we lucked into catching Liam Finn playing live at Al’s Bar in Christchurch in 2007. This live version of Second Chance is from a year later but it’s a pretty good indicator of the energy we witnessed that night.

Looping pedals are commonplace these days – but back then it was something a lot more unique – and seeing him construct songs was like some kind of magic.