I’m a hundred miles and running right now so I have no choice but to make this a quick one.
Ryan sent me a brand spanking new mixtape over the weekend and talk about perfect timing! My BB won’t stop buzzing with emails, I have music to produce, restaurants to curate, DJ sets to finish and all in the before Friday when I fly out to DR to spin at a beach party. Life is going fast right now and I have no intention on slowing up. Anyways, Ryan says this is a pensive tape but for those of us in the fast lane it’s more like the perfect balance. Gotta run but here are the notes I was sent regarding this tape, pretty much says it all, enjoy.
For all those who live in the fast lane, the new Anti-day series
THE HARD SELL
Ok so this week, I was hoping we could drop my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX: anti-day 1a. It’s a departure from the norm and could be a nice way to “mix up” the feature/series. The theme is a little more pensive and dare I say even a bit sensitive? I would suggest a WARNING to only play this thing at night when the mood is right. It’s sort of like in the movie Gremlins but opposite I guess. LOL. And anyways- Space Age Bachelor Pads only really come alive at night right? Mine does! HAHAHA!
Below is a short anecdote about my own personal experience with the mix:
I recently took my girl out in my 1983 Gold Datsun 280zx (“Goldie”) for a moonlight drive all over the hills and valleys of Los Angeles. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate moment to kick on my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX 1A.
It was a very hot day in LA so we also had the luxury of an unusually warm evening. We drove up the 110 freeway from Downtown to Pasadena and beyond, weaving in and out of side streets and neighborhoods unknown. The bright, white moon was low in the sky, drifting behind the tall palm tree silhouettes- sometimes disappearing behind a hill of pine trees- only to reappear across a valley of orange street lamps and blinking buildings.
Halfway through the mix I realized that my acceleration and turning were being less directed by me and more by the beats and melodies of the music. The mix completely took over the steering wheel just like in Knight Rider or Iron Eagle!
s u m m e r n i g h t s: anti-day 1A
1. I Look To You – MIAMI HORROR (TIM FUCHS MAKE OUT REMIX)
2. Arcadia – APPARAT
3. Blood Bank – BON IVER (DUOSSEUDO REMIX)
4. We Are The People – EMPIRE OF THE SUN
5. Roll On – DNTL (FT. JENNY LEWIS)
6. Golden Age – BECK
7. The Night – FRANKIE VALLEY
8. A Fond Farewell – ELLIOT SMITH
9. E-bow The Letter – R.E.M.
10. Codex – RADIOHEAD
11. Life Is A Gamble – MARVIN GAYE
12. To The Lighthouse – MEMORY HOUSE
13. Was – VINCENT GALLO
14. I Wanna be Adored – STONE ROSES
15. I Cried Like A Silly Boy – DEVOTCHKA
There arenâ€™t too many â€œsoft spokenâ€ acts that actually manage keep peopleâ€™s attention, aside from Bon Iver and maybe two or three others I usually end up tuning into something more engaging. Andrew Bird however is another exception. Maybe its his musicality that keeps you involved, could be his very peculiar choice of instrumentation, who knows but Iâ€™m really starting to dig his new stuff, looking forward to the album. Good music.