December 01, 2001

075: Baby, We're The Same

  1. "88 Lines About 44 Women" The Nails
  2. "People Who Died" Jim Carroll Band
  3. "Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar" Bob Dylan, from the Biograph box set
  4. "Change The Locks" performed by Lucinda Williams, later covered by Tom Petty.
  5. "Cinammon Girl" Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  6. "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak
  7. "Easy" The Commodores
  8. "Slow Love" from Prince's Sign 'O The Times album
  9. "If I Were You" (Single Version) k.d. lang
  10. "Could've Been Anyone" Aimee Mann
  11. "We're The Same" Matthew Sweet
  12. "Lady In The Front Row" This one-hit wonder from Redd Kross reminds me of my year interning at WFNX in 1993-94.
  13. "No More No More" Aerosmith
  14. "Give It Everything" I think I found this Al Green song on a soundtrack CD, but I don't have the CD anymore.
  15. "Mr. Wendal" Arrested Development
  16. "I Know" (single edit) Dionne Farris used to be in Arrested Development. This single is from her solo debut, Wild Seed Wild Flower.
  17. "I Found A Love" I found this song, with an awesome drum solo, on Eric Clapton's Crossroads box set.
  18. "What Is Life" George Harrison had just passed away from cancer (after a lifetime of cigarette smoking) when I made this mix.

October 14, 2001

073: I'm Feeling Good...For Now.

Mis-labeled "74".
  1. Better Than Nothing Jennifer Trynin
  2. Here We Go Again Everclear
  3. 5-Piece Chicken Dinner, and
  4. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun- Beastie Boys
  5. Personal Jesus (7" Version) Depeche Mode
  6. Why Don't We Do It In The Road? An out-there cover by Lydia Lunch. This is the only Beatles cover I have ever heard which includes a sample of the original Beatles song! There's some car-crash sound effects too...
  7. Blind Talking Heads
  8. You're All I've Got Tonight The Cars
  9. I Love Every Little Thing About You Stevie Wonder
  10. Somebody To Love Queen
  11. Down the Line Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (This is a very odd, rare track from Tom Petty's box set. The production has a very slick soulful R&B flair.)
  12. Darling Lorraine Paul Simon
  13. Wishlist Pearl Jam
  14. Be Mine R.E.M.
  15. Winona Matthew Sweet
  16. 32 Flavors Ani DiFranco
  17. Silver Springs Fleetwood Mac (The original 1976 B-side, not the performance from the live reunion album.)
  18. Northern Sky Nick Drake
  19. Crossroads Tracy Chapman

September 01, 2001

072: Brevity Is The Soul Of Wit

"All Songs Three Minutes Or Less...Guaranteed!"

This is a good mix to listen to in the car if you're taking lots of short trips! I had made similar "short song" cassettes in the past: Mixes 21 and 32 were very similar.

  1. [Untitled Instrumental] Bo Diddley
  2. One Week Barenaked Ladies
  3. In God's Country U2
  4. Get Up (Live) R.E.M.
  5. Tears Of A Clown The English Beat
  6. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard Paul Simon
  7. Second Hand News [alt mix] Fleetwood Mac
  8. Waterloo ABBA
  9. The Apartment Song [demo] Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks
  10. Let My Love Open The Door Pete Townshend
  11. Is That Love Squeeze
  12. Crazy Love Van Morrison
  13. Time Wounds All Heels Nick Lowe
  14. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes Elvis Costello
  15. She's Too Good For Me Sting
  16. I Fought The Law The Clash
  17. When I Come Around Green Day
  18. War (live at the LA Coliseum) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  19. Supernova Liz Phair
  20. Sunshine Paul Westerberg
  21. Come To California (demo) Matthew Sweet
  22. Blood Makes Noise Suzanne Vega
  23. Someone Keeps Moving My Chair They Might Be Giants
  24. In Between Days The Cure
  25. The Break Soul Asylum
  26. The Great Big No The Lemonheads
  27. Stop Your Sobbing The Pretenders
  28. Something So Strong Crowded House
  29. Groove Holmes The Beastie Boys
(My typical mix on an 80 minute CD-R will hold about 20 songs.)

June 02, 2001

67: UNusual Suspects

The title Unusual Suspects refers to my effort to populate this mix with artists I don't normally (or ever) include in mixes. The cover features singer Tracy Bonham. I had to do a major edit to Track 10, "Midnight Voyage", because the song, as featured on my Sixteen Greatest Hits CD, includes an extended breakdown in the middle, where the singers work out the harmonies. Track 12, "Chinese Firedrill", is from an odd solo CD from Minutemen lead singer Mike Watt: Ball-Hog or Tugboat? is like a "Mike's friends who are Alt-Rock Stars" variety show:
These included fellow SST Records alumni like former Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins, members of Sonic Youth, Curt and Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Nirvana's Pat Smear, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers's Flea, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, former Pixies singer Frank Black, The Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, and Mike D and Adam Horowitz of the Beastie Boys.
  1. Sinead O'Connor: The Emperor's New Clothes
  2. Tracy Bonham: Second Wind
  3. Pearl Jam: Nothingman
  4. Dire Straits: I included "Brothers In Arms" due to it's inclusion in the West Wing TV show season finale.
  5. The Smiths: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
  6. Nick Drake: Cello Song
  7. Caetano Veloso: O Leaozinho
  8. Ben Folds Five: Selfless, Cold, and Composed
  9. Extreme: More Than Words
  10. The Mamas & Papas: Midnight Voyage [edit]
  11. World Party: Is It Like Today?
  12. Mike Watt featuring Frank Black: Chinese Firedrill
  13. Prince: 4 The Tears In Your Eyes
  14. Duran Duran: Save A Prayer
  15. Hall & Oates: One on One
  16. Oasis: Champagne Supernova
  17. The Black Crowes: Thorn In My Pride

April 16, 2001

53: Three Doors

This mix is heavily influenced by my then-recent stint at AAA radio station WCLZ in Portland. In fact, you could argue that this entire playlist would easily fit on that station in 2001- perhaps not Alan Parsons Project, but the rest for sure. The cover art is from the CD insert for whitechocolatespaceegg, from Liz Phair, plus some Photoshop effects.
  1. Alan Parsons Project: Don't Answer Me (due to a faulty MP3, this song is cut off halfway through.)
  2. 'til tuesday: Coming Up Close
  3. John Hiatt: Drive South
  4. Bruce Springsteen: Where The Bands Are
  5. Lucinda Williams: Passionate Kisses
  6. Billy Bragg: Sexuality
  7. Richard Thompson: 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
  8. Liz Phair: Uncle Alvarez
  9. Ben Folds Five: Steven's Last Night In Town
  10. The Old '97s: Nineteen
  11. Buffalo Tom: Kitchen Door
  12. R.E.M.: The Great Beyond
  13. Moby: Porcelain
  14. The Eels: Novocaine for the Soul
  15. Sinead Lohan: Diving To Be Deeper
  16. Patty Larkin: Wolf At The Door
  17. Pete Townsend: Let My Love Open The Door [E.Cola Mix] (as heard in the film Grosse Pointe Blank)
  18. Nick Drake: Pink Moon

January 01, 2001

60: Your Sweet Voice

The story of Track 13, the Beatles' Abbey Road Medley is complicated, and fascinating to me. The medley appears on side 2 of the LP Abbey Road.

I am going to quote Wikipedia's entry on "Her Majesty" to tell the rest of the story:

"Her Majesty", tacked on the end, was originally part of the side two medley, appearing between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam", like this:
  • "You Never Give Me Your Money"
  • "Sun King"
  • "Mean Mr. Mustard"
  • "Her Majesty"
  • "Polythene Pam"
  • "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"
  • "Golden Slumbers"
  • "Carry That Weight"
  • "The End"
McCartney requested "Her Majesty" be removed from the medley. However, second engineer John Kurlander had been instructed never to throw out anything, so Kurlander spliced 14 seconds of red leader tape onto the end of the reel, and spliced "Her Majesty" immediately after the leader tape. When Malcolm Davies at Apple received the tape, he (also trained not to throw anything away) cut a playback lacquer which included the 14-second gap and "Her Majesty". The Beatles liked this effect and this sequence was retained for the album:
  • "You Never Give Me Your Money"
  • "Sun King"
  • "Mean Mr. Mustard"
  • "Polythene Pam"
  • "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"
  • "Golden Slumbers"
  • "Carry That Weight"
  • "The End"
  • (14 seconds of silence)
  • "Her Majesty"
The reason the all-acoustic "Her Majesty" opens with a loud, crashing chord? That's the last note of "Mean Mr. Mustard", which was not needed when "Mustard" is spliced directly into the first note of "Polythene Pam". Meanwhile, the final note of "Her Majesty" is missing on the LP because it was left behind in the medley, as part of the first note of "Polythene Pam".
Track 13 on this mix is a bootleg copy of the original rough mix of the medley. Thank you Napster!
  1. Walls (No. 3): Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  2. Some Guys Have All The Luck: Rod Stewart
  3. When Heroes Go Down: Suzanne Vega
  4. Hero Takes a Fall: The Bangles
  5. I'm Going Down: Bruce Springsteen
  6. The Real Life: John Cougar Mellencamp
  7. "Peace Tonight" I really like this Indigo Girls song, not only for its melody and lyrics, but I love the horn section. Every song is better with a horn section!
  8. Dirty Boulevard: I am not a Lou Reed fan. At all. However, I liked this song when it came out when I was in high school, and the advent of Napster allowed me to acquire the song (on MP3) without paying anything. Score!
  9. Footprints: Squeeze
  10. You Get What You Give: New Radicals
  11. Next Year: Foo Fighters
  12. Your Sweet Voice: Matthew Sweet
  13. "Abbey Road Medley" [rough mix] The Beatles
  14. Fifty Years After The Fair: Aimee Mann
  15. What Makes You Happy: Liz Phair