christmas mix: give ’em what they want / it’ll never be enough

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, many years of downloadable zip files and now the last three years have been Spotify playlists; this year is no exception. These are songs — frequently but not necessarily released in 2018 — that meant something to me this year, for various reasons, and they are for you.

I got married this year. It’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever done.

(“Girls To The Front” is probably recognizable as the Hysteria podcast theme, but the whole Sizzy Rocket record bangs. And because I listen to podcasts on 1.5x speed, spending time with that song and with “Grits” – because of the Carolina Insider podcast outro – was weird, because I usually hear them sped up. The slow jam-ness of “Grits” startled the shit out of me when I did my first full listen through to the mix. If you liked the first Lily Allen record, you’ll like the GIRLI EP. Brian Fallon’s Sleepwalkers was one of if not the most underrated record of the year. “Save The Last Dance For Me” was our first dance at the wedding. Frank Turner’s Be More Kind was my favorite record of 2018, and the title track is the best advice I have to anyone trying to operate in the horror of the current world. I love all y’all.)

  1. Sizzy Rocket – Girls To The Front: yeah i’ll say it loud and we’re gonna shut it down / all the girls to the front with me
  2. GIRLI – Hot Mess: i don’t know who you think i am / but your bitch is not one
  3. The Love Language – Castle In The Sky: you’ve been in the woods for quite a while / no i never knew i loved you til i saw you in the wild
  4. Spider Bags – Rollin’ With The Flow: ah but i still love rock and roll / so i keep on rollin’ with the flow
  5. boygenius – Stay Down: i wasn’t a fighter ’til somebody told me / i had better learn to lean into the punch
  6. Brian Fallon – If Your Prayers Don’t Get To Heaven: and when i was a child, a dream came to me / where every soul hanging low found its piece of dignity
  7. Cory Branan – I Only Know: if our past is all we get to be / my old life would have been the death of me
  8. Emily Barker – If We Forget To Dance: baby we don’t stand a chance / if we forget to dance
  9. Josh Ritter – Miles Away: honey, can you leave your light on?
  10. Sarah Jarosz – When Doves Cry: maybe i’m just too demanding / maybe i’m just like my father, too bold
  11. True North – Wilder Than Her: she takes the fire and turns it down low / she takes the night and makes it not so cold / she takes the distance, breaks it into miles / she makes my life just a little less wild
  12. The Drifters – Save The Last Dance For Me: but don’t forget who’s takin’ you home / and in whose arms you’re gonna be / so darlin’ save the last dance for me
  13. Jason Isbell – If We Were Vampires: it’s knowing that this can’t go on forever / likely one of us will have to spend some days alone / maybe we’ll get forty years together
  14. Annaleigh Ashford – Children And Art: it’s not so much do what you like as it is that you like what you do
  15. Frank Turner – Be More Kind: in a world that has decided / that it’s going to lose its mind / be more kind, my friends, try to be more kind
  16. The RZA – Grits: (see ya later, big grits)

Photo at top taken by The Joyner Company, who I totally 150% think you should hire to photograph your wedding.

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christmas mix: if you want to see a miracle

house show: slingshot cash

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last seven nine ten eleven years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no exception. These are songs — frequently but not necessarily released in 2015 — that meant something to me this year, for various reasons, and they are for you. The whole shebang is available as a zip file [here] (110MB, .zip).

Happy holidays, happy 2015, happy these are great songs — whatever floats your boat. This is from me to you. 2015 wasn’t half bad, and it was mostly more than good. Here’s to 2016.

If you creep about lurking and you only comment on one post all year, this would be a good one. I’m just sayin’. ♥

  1. Langhorne Slim – Changes: i’m going through changes / ripping out pages / i’m going through changes now
  2. Fort Frances – Anonymous: let’s be the philosophy in a book that no one will ever read
  3. Frank Turner – Get Better (Acoustic): may i always see the road rising up to meet me / and my enemies defeated in the mirror behind
  4. Jason Isbell – If It Takes A Lifetime: i keep my spirits high, find happiness by and by / if it takes a lifetime
  5. Ryan Adams – Shake It Off: it’s like i got this music in my body and it’s gonna be alright
  6. Rhett Miller – Reasons To Live: and it is what it is / i have found reasons to live
  7. Thea Gilmore – Coming Back To You: it’s the laughter in your eyes / it’s the whisper of surprise / gonna see me through / keeps me coming back to you
  8. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits: mend your own fences and own your own crazy / mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy
  9. Dar Williams – FM Radio: maybe queen needs a clarinet player
  10. Blitzen Trapper – Rock And Roll (Was Made For You): rock and roll won’t ease your mind / but you’ll find it’ll ease your soul
  11. Genevieve – Colors: i wake up thinking bout my purpose / and wonder if i’m really worth it
  12. Rachel Platten – Fight Song: this is my fight song / take back my life song / prove I’m alright song / my power’s turned on
  13. Quiet Hollers – Cote D’Azur: it was a good old time for sure
  14. Josh Ritter – Getting Ready To Get Down: if you want to see a miracle, watch me get down

christmas mix: all i know

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I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last seven nine ten years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no exception. These are songs — frequently but not necessarily released in 2014 — that meant something to me this year, for various reasons, and they are for you. The whole shebang is available as a zip file [here] (135MB, .zip).

Happy holidays, happy 2014, happy these are great songs — whatever floats your boat. This is from me to you. 2014, I am glad to see your back end, but I am also glad to know I am strong enough to survive the kind of bullshit that got flung in my direction. Also, I fell in love and the world gave me 1989 so I can’t complain. That’s all you can expect: good, bad, love, Taylor Swift. That’s all I know.

If you creep about lurking and you only comment on one post all year, this would be a good one. I’m just sayin’. ♥

  1. Ani DiFranco – “Joyful Girl”: i do it for the joy it brings / because i’m a joyful girl / because the world owes me nothing / and we owe each other the world
  2. Frank Turner – “The Corner” (Cory Branan cover): down on the corner of what i want / and what i tend to get
  3. Noah Gundersen – “Cigarettes”: you remind me of cigarettes
  4. Caleb Caudle – “How’d You Learn”: how’d you learn to calm the storm, how’d you learn to make a cold heart warm
  5. Mason Jennings – “Brand New Old Friend”: hello my brand new old friend / so glad to see you again / we must go way way back / don’t it just feel now like that
  6. The Wild – “Dreams Are Maps”: don’t let the deeds your past become a trap
  7. The Avett Brothers – “Open-Ended Life”: i spent my whole life talking to convince everyone / that i was something else / and the part that kinda hurts / is i think it finally worked
  8. Thea Gilmore – “Start As We Mean To Go On”: when trouble comes we’ll start the drums and leave it in our wake
  9. Oh Honey – “Be Okay”: i’m wide awake, so what’s the point of dreaming when your life is great?
  10. Lake Street Dive – “Bad Self Portraits”: a lonesome highway / is a pretty good subject / i’m gonna make myself make use of this thing
  11. Cory Branan – “The No-Hit Wonder”: it is what it is, boys, it is what it is
  12. Old 97’s – “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”: love is a marathon / sometimes you puke
  13. Lydia Loveless – “All I Know”: all i know is that i’m going to see you again / all i know is that i’m going to be with you again
  14. Taylor Swift – “New Romantics”: baby, we’re the new romantics / the best people in life are free
  15. Vance Joy – “Riptide”: i wanna be your left hand man / i love you when you’re singing that song and / i got a lump in my throat ’cause / you’re gonna sing the words wrong

christmas mix: joy to you baby

andy buoy @ cat's cradle

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last seven nine years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no exception. These are songs — frequently but not necessarily released in 2013 — that meant something to me this year, for various reasons, and they are for you. The whole shebang is available as a zip file [here] (166MB, .zip) and in a Spotify playlist below.

Happy holidays, happy 2013, happy these are great songs — whatever floats your boat. This is from me to you. 2013 was some kind of year, good and bad both, and I was repeatedly reminded how much I am loved, which I sometimes forget, but I shouldn’t. That’s all you can expect: good, bad, love. Joy to you, baby.

If you creep about lurking and you only comment on one post all year, this would be a good one. I’m just sayin’. ♥

  1. “Cups” — Anna Kendrick: i’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round / two bottle whiskey for the way / and i sure would like some sweet company / and i’m leaving tomorrow what’d you say
  2. “No Debts” — Wooden Wand: no debts / no liens / no postponement of dreams / no more moving around / no burdens / no loads / nothing promised, nothing owed / only smooth sailing now/ smooth sailing now
  3. “F Off” — Elin Ruth: and i’ve turned myself inside out for you / and i have bent over backwards for you / now there’s something that you could do in return for me / get yourself together and leave
  4. “10 O’Clock” — Little Green Cars: i don’t want to have a bright idea / i just want to be able to think
  5. “Joy To You Baby” — Josh Ritter: joy to the many / and joy to the few / and joy to you baby / joy to me too
  6. “Go Thru It” — Griffin House: you can never get around / what you gotta go through
  7. “Bless This Mess” — Doc Feldman & the LD50: bless this mess of a heart / it’s come apart at the seams / with hollowed out dreams scattered around / sometimes this town will drive you drink / if it don’t drive you crazy
  8. “Oh, Darling” — San Fermin: oh darling don’t be difficult / i can’t abide
  9. “Chapel Hill” — Goodnight, Texas: i’m not like the kid you’d remember / i’m relaxed and satisfied
  10. “Oh My Sweet Carolina” — Portastatic: i was trying to find me something / but i wasn’t sure just what
  11. “Follow Your Arrow” — Kacey Musgraves: so make lots of noise / kiss lots of boys / or kiss lots of girls / if that’s something you’re into
  12. “Good Enough” — Rachel Kiel: i’m good enough for you and you’re good enough for me / and baby i think that’s good enough
  13. “Waiting On The River To Rise” — Kingsley Flood: i got faith in faith / because the other choice / is no choice at all
  14. “Super America” — Bad Bad Hats: i want a sweet tea and a heart that won’t break if you leave me
  15. “Rewrite Our Lives” — Ha Ha Tonka: i said that i don’t want to quit / i want a heart that’s synthetic / i want you to have one too / then we could try this all again
  16. “New Year’s Resolution” — Camera Obscura: new year’s resolution – to kiss you like i mean it
  17. “Tells Me So” — Boxed Wine: i just wanted to let you know / oh she says she tells me so
  18. “Young Volcanoes” — Fall Out Boy: it’s all over now before it has begun / we’ve already won
  19. “Four Simple Words” — Frank Turner: somebody told me that music with guitars / was going out of fashion, and i had to laugh / this shit wasn’t fashionable back when i fell in love / so if the hipsters move on why should i give a fuck
  20. “Cups (You’re Gonna Miss Me)” — Lulu & the Lampshades: you’re gonna miss me by my walk / you’ll miss me by my talk / you’re gonna miss me when i’m gone

christmas mix: someone you used to know

hopscotch music festival 2012: built to spill

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last seven years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no exception. These are songs — frequently but not necessarily released in 2012 — that meant something to me this year, for various reasons, and they are for you. Consider it a list of my favorite songs of this year, if that helps. The whole shebang is available as a zip file [here] (135MB, .zip).

Happy holidays, happy 2012, happy these are great songs — whatever floats your boat. This is from me to you. 2012 was a bad year with great moments, and here’s hoping that 2013 is better.

If you creep about lurking and you only comment on one post all year, this would be a good one. I’m just sayin’. ♥

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  1. “Why” – Josh Ritter: why spend your only life waiting / to do what you know you can do?
  2. “I Want My Seven Years Back” – Chelsea Crowell: you can retell your same old story / and maybe some new girl won’t think it’s lame
  3. “I Don’t Mind” – Defeater: i will beg and steal and borrow / to keep you safe your whole life
  4. “Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now” – Justin Townes Earle: i know it’s wrong but i’ve got to admit / i said some things that i shouldn’t have said
  5. “If I Needed You” (Townes Van Zandt) – Mumford & Sons: if i needed you would you come to me / would you come to me, for to ease my pain?
  6. “Giving Up Redheads” – Leland Sundries: well that girl didn’t even catch my eye, boys, until she dyed her hair
  7. “Flowers In Your Hair” – The Lumineers: it takes a man to live / it takes a woman to make him compromise
  8. “Pick Me Up” – Air Traffic Controller: have a seat, grab a drink / try not to give a fuck what anybody thinks
  9. “Working Titles” – Damien Jurado: you wrote about me on every new record / i’ll show up in the title of your song / i only hope that somebody requests it
  10. “That Old Black Hole” – Dr. Dog: i was not prepared to lose it all the moment that i found it
  11. “King of the World” – First Aid Kit: well i’m nobody’s baby / i’m everybody’s girl / i’m the queen of nothing / i’m the king of the world
  12. “Smothered In Hugs” (Guided By Voices) – Cuff The Duke: i’m gonna leave with you / you can teach me all you know
  13. “The Happy Song” – Alex Chilton: sing us a happy little song and we can do the rest
  14. “Cinder Blocks” – Onward, Soldiers: where have you been / come back to Carolina
  15. “Nice Things” – The Menzingers: are you happy, are you sane, are you rich, are you thin?
  16. “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” – Wintersleep: if it was easier to leave it alone / why did you come here?
  17. “Never Have To Fall In Love Again” – Eleni Mandell: but if you have to gamble on a better life than ramble / and i’ll start by falling out of love with you.
  18. “Isn’t This World Enough??” – Admiral Fallow: from your first exhale to your very last breath / isn’t this world enough?
  19. “Still Not Home” – Tift Merritt: i try so hard, but i’m still not home
  20. “Someone You Used To Know” – Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores: you can say that’s the voice of someone you used to know

christmas mix 2011: something as simple as rock and roll

american aquarium @ the pour house

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last six years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no exception. These are songs — frequently but not necessarily released in 2011 — that meant something to me this year, for various reasons, and they are for you. Consider it a list of my favorite songs of this year, if that helps. The whole shebang is available as a zip file [here] (110MB, .zip).

Happy holidays, happy 2011, happy these are great songs — whatever floats your boat. This is from me to you. 2011 could have been a hell of a lot worse.

If you creep about lurking and you only comment on one post all year, this would be a good one. I’m just sayin’. ♥

  1. Frank Turner — “I Still Believe”: now who’d have thought that after all/something as simple as rock and roll would save us all
  2. The Horrible Crowes — “Go Tell Everybody”: and i just fell to pieces on the night that you said you were leaving/you can’t come back to the heart that you left
  3. Kasey Chambers — “Guilty”: i’m guilty of all these things
  4. Jesse Malin — “You Can Make Them Like You”: there’s always other boys/and you can make them like you
  5. The Booze — “Hit Me Where It Hurts”: honey, just kick me where it hurts (it’s gonna be alright)
  6. The Hold Steady — “Cheyenne Sunrise”: and we’re all living for that one sweet fleeting feeling
  7. Dave Hause — “Time Will Tell”: you say there’s not a god god damn it i could a little faith to keep from crawling right out of my skin
  8. Slingshot Cash — “We’ve Come Undone”: but i’m bound by what i found on new year’s day
  9. Kate Bush — “This Woman’s Work”: i know you have a lot of strength left
  10. Ha Ha Tonka — “No Great Harm”carried my own weight just as long as i could/but it never did me any good
  11. The Old Ceremony — “Day That I Was Born”: you know the poetry/i just know the poem/you woke up next to me the day that i was born
  12. Release the Sunbird — “Best Thing For Me”i may make myself promises that i will never keep/but you’re always the best thing for me
  13. The Decemberists — “All Arise!”: baby wants a new spin/baby wants a broken heart
  14. Mason Jennings — “Bitter Heart”: our world is filled with only what we see
  15. Blitzen Trapper — “Love The Way You Walk Away”: for the things that i never really said to make you stay/’cause i love the way you walk away
  16. R.E.M. — “Oh My Heart”: it’s sad and it’s sweet and it’s true/how it doesn’t look bitter on you
  17. Scythian — “Dance All Night”: dance with me by the firelight/we don’t got long but we got all night

christmas mix 2010: the right to use a word

Love Is A Mix Tape

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last five years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no exception. These are songs — frequently but not necessarily released in 2010 — that meant something to me this year, for various reasons, and they are for you. The whole shebang is available as a zip file [here] (110MB, .zip).

Happy holidays, happy 2010, happy these are great songs — whatever floats your boat. This is from me to you. 2010 ended up being not half bad.

If you creep about lurking and you only comment on one post all year, this would be a good one. I’m just sayin’. ♥ (Don’t download this, Mama, I’ll burn it for you.)

  1. [the Drive-By Truckers — “(It’s Gonna Be) I Told You So”] now one day it’s gonna be “i told you so”/i’m all full up from the shit i was fed
  2. [the Gaslight Anthem — “The Diamond Street Church Choir”] and who who who does it better than we do
  3. [Two Cow Garage — “My Great Gatsby”] this is not an alibi, baby, this is who i am
  4. [Tim Barry — “Thing of the Past”] i’ve been lit up before and i’ve bounced right back/made mistakes and i’ve learned to laugh/tonight i’m getting drunk and simply living
  5. [Frank Turner — “Photosynthesis”] i won’t sit down, i won’t shut up/most of all, yeah, i won’t grow up
  6. [Glossary — “No Guarantee”] i laughed and said “i won’t stop now but there’s no guarantee.”
  7. [Frightened Rabbit — “Living In Colour”] i, i am weathered by the winter of mixed drinks
  8. [Superchunk — “Learned To Surf”] i can’t hold my breath anymore/i stopped swimming and learned to surf
  9. [Eels — “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)”] do you know what it’s like to care too much/’bout someone that you’re never going to get to touch?
  10. [Dr. Dog — “Later”] but i can’t sit around and wait/can’t sit around and wait for you
  11. [The National — “Bloodbuzz Ohio”] i never thought about home when i thought about love
  12. [Ha Ha Tonka — “Close Every Valve To Your Bleeding Heart”] thick skinned, hard headed/you’re better off closing every valve to your bleeding heart
  13. [Bright Eyes — “Southern State”] so now you are giving advice as if you had the right to use a word like love
  14. [Ryan Bingham — “The Weary Kind”] pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try
  15. [The Old Ceremony — “Wither On The Vine”] and i don’t want to wither on the vine
  16. [Vic Chestnutt — “Flirted With You All My Life”] but i found out with time that/really, i was not ready
  17. [Good Old War — “That’s Some Dream”] i know everyone would want me to say/that i’m not afraid to be alone/i’m gonna live, i’m alright/i’m gonna die, it’s alright, i’m okay
  18. [Josh Ritter — “Lantern”] if there’s a book of jubilations/we’ll have to write it for ourselves