31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Four:
The Waiting Game
I’ve been a terrible host lately. It’s been hard for me to get these mixes up on time for the past week or so. Since I’ve been keeping you all waiting lately, this mixtape seems appropriate.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Two:
Essential Sounds of The Slackers
How could I be creating 31 mixtapes this month and not include one that is filled with songs from my favorite band? The answer is, “I couldn’t.” That mixtape is finally upon us. I’ve been listening to The Slackers for 15 years and they just keep getting better. My first experience with the band was at the 1998 Warped Tour and I’ve been hooked ever since. They play ska music the way it should be played, which is why it drives me crazy when they get lumped into the more ska-punk bands usually associated with Third Wave Ska.
The tricky thing with narrowing 15 years of fandom into a ten song mixtape is how you decide to approach it. First, I decided to incorporate my favorite songs. Makes sense right? It does, but it didn’t evoke the mood I was looking for. Instead, I went for songs that are representative of their work, as well as songs that jog my memory about how much fun I have when I see them live in Ann Arbor almost every year. There’s a song for this band that covers every single emotion I could have, and for that I thank them.
For the folks reading these mixtapes, I implore you: check out The Slackers. You won’t be disappointed.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-Three:
In Defense of the Written Word
’tis the season for books right now. The Fall and Winter Major Book Releases are starting to hit bookstores, NaNoWriMo is a week away, and the 2014 World Book Night selections just got announced. All in all, it’s a great time to get inspired to do some writing. This mix is filled with songs about writing, books, and the act of writing. Hopefully, it helps ignite a passion inside you to pick up the pen (or open up the laptop lid). What other songs should be considered?
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty-One:
Howl at the Moon
It’s that time of year where people start to think about things that go bump in the night. While I tend to lean towards more realistic horror for my monthly scares, I can’t help that creatures and monsters are just so fun to read about and watch. Zombies are the spooks du jour lately, but I recommend taking a listen to this mix and giving werewolves a chance this Halloween. They’re the coolest song inspirations at least.
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Twenty:
Side Project Delight
It makes sense to my why some musicians decide to start side projects. I’m guessing that at times the confines of their main source of income stifles their creative juices. If I were a famous artist, I think I would definitely have a side band going on too. My musical tastes are so varied, that I would forever want to experiment musically. The freedom of side bands almost makes them better than the main act at times too. For instance, if given the choice, I’d rather listen to Broken Bells over The Shins any day. This is a mixtape of all my favorite side projects. There are definitely more, but these are the essential ones. What side bands do you like?
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Nineteen:
The Agony of Defeat
If you’re a Dodgers fan or a Tigers fan, Lots of emotions are probably going through your head. You’re angry. You’re confused. You’re devastated. Watching my Tigers implode during the ALCS got me thinking about this mixtape. It’s angry and defeatist, but as the bitterness wears off it becomes somewhat hopeful. The loss may sting now fans, but it’ll wear off sooner than you think. Hell, Prince Fielder is already over it. Too Soon?
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Eighteen:
The Softer Side of Punk Rock
I love punk rock music. If it were up to me, I probably would have a majority of these daily mixes filled with different punk music. That would get boring to some folks though, so I’ve been mixing it up. There are some times though where you want to hear some of that good old punk rock ethos, but at lower decibels. Fearless Records used to make great “Punk Goes” compilations (not so much these days), so I’ve always been interested to see punk artists out of their element. The thing about an all-acoustic punk mix shows that these bands aren’t one-trick ponies. Enjoy!
Also, want to apologize for the delay in posting this weekend. I’ve been watching baseball playoffs. Now that my Tigers are out, I can focus a bit more.