It’s a helluva time to be a fan of music, isn’t it? There have never been more avenues to get new albums, hear new bands, got obsessed about new songs, and there is a never-ending number of them just coming down the pipe. With this gigantic, DIY-powered movement, there are less and less places to find music. MTV relegates it to throwing it into their terrible, mindless shows (save for Fantasy Factory, which rules…seriously) with the catchiest 30 seconds and a crawl at the bottom notifying you of artist, song title, and that you can absolutely purchase it on rhapsody.com. Radio is a joke, as I’ve heard “new songs” by The Black Keys (Tighten Up), Broken Bells (The High Road) and Mumford and Sons (Little Lion Man) for the last five straight months, thereby negating the fact that they’re “new.” The internet is full of sites and blogs that can point you in that direction (such as Track No. 17) but it’s tough to pin point one of them and hone in on it.
So why not throw my hat into the ring with the help of my musically-inclined friends? Every weekend, we’re going to feature one mixtape from people I know and who have great taste in music. Each mix will be no longer than an hour long and feature a single theme, be it break-up music, fall songs, etc. You’re more than welcome to join in on the fun – email me a single mp3 uploaded to a file sharing site like mediafire or zshare, give me a track listing, and maybe it’ll show up in this very space! I know, dreams DO come true! My email is listed on the top right on the site.
Today’s inaugural mixtape comes from my pal nate. At the behest of our friend Rich, nate made a couple of danceable 90s alt-rock mixes, the latest of which I’ll share with you. Some of it’s pretty mainstream, some…not so much. Either way, here’s the link to the file. We try to do a game where you guess the track list, so I’ll throw that in after the break if you want to play along as well.
1) The Hippos – Asleep At The Wheel
2) Sublime – Same In The End
3) Rancid – Time Bomb
4) They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
5) R.E.M. – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
6) Nirvana – Drain You
7) Sonic Youth – 100%
8) Beck – Loser
9) Nada Surf – Popular
10) Ash – Goldfinger
11) The Sheila Devine – Hum
12) Spacehog – In The Meantime
13) Weezer – My Name Is Jonas
14) Cracker – Low
15) Soul Coughing – Circles
16) Cornershop – Brimful of Asha