Thursday, December 31, 2009

Y2K and Back Again: An End-of-the-Decade Popular-Musical Mixtape Extravaganza

What it says, basically: a musical journey to 2000 and back.

This should fit on a generously cut regular 90-minute tape (it's 46:10 each), and the whole shebang probably works best with a cross-fade of 3 or 4 seconds. Now, without further ado:


01 "My Car Is Haunted"
Royal Bangs, Let It Beep, 2009

In the age of lasers
We lost our shit.

02 "DLZ"
TV on the Radio, Dear Science, 2008

Congratulations on the mess you made of things.

03 "Fake for Real"
Kettcar, Sylt, 2008

Weil es manchmal egal ist,
ob man jetzt wirklich,
wirklich mutig ist,
oder nur tut als ob.

04 "Riecht wie Teen Spirit"
Erdmöbel, No. 1 Hits, 2007 (after Nirvana)

Bewaffnet euch, bringt Freunde mit
Verliern macht Spaß und Heuchelei
Ihr langweilt euch so selbstgewiss
Oh nein, ich mein, das war gemein

05 "You Dress Up for Armageddon"
The Hives, The Black and White Album, 2007

You dress up for Armageddon,
I dress up for summer.

06 "Breathe"
Alexi Murdoch, Time Without Consequence, 2006

Don't forget to breathe.

07 "Ageless Beauty"
Stars, Set Yourself on Fire, 2005

Oceans won't freeze,
so loosen your heart.

08 "Staring at the Sun"
TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, 2004

I am the conscience clear
In pain or ecstasy
And we were all weaned my dear
Upon the same fatigue

09 "Take Care"
Yo La Tengo, Summer Sun, 2003

And all words aside:
Take care, please, take care.

10 "No One Knows"
Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf, 2002

We get some rules to follow,
that and this, these and those.
No one knows.

11 "Discretion Grove"
Stephen Malkmus, Stephen Malkmus, 2001

A Celt alcoholic,
feeling past blue,
I'm tryin to get up
from sending all my selves to you.

12 "Letter from an Occupant"
The New Pornographers, Mass Romantic, 2000

The song, the song, the song that's shaking me.


01 "Melt"
Monster Magnet, God Says No, 2000

I was thinkin' how the world should have cried
on the day Jack Kirby died.

02 "A King at Night"
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Ease Down the Road, 2001

And where is my queen?
She's as gone as can be.
She was a fine-lookin' lady,
and she liked to go down on me,
and I liked to go down on her, too.

03 "Hurt"
Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around, 2002
(after Trent Reznor)

I will let you down,
I will make you hurt.

04 "On the Way to the Club"
Blur, Think Tank, 2003

On my way to the club
I fell down a hole
All the people there
Said: you come alone

05 "King Eternal"
TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, 2004

Cover your balls
Cuz we swing kung fu

06 "Monster Hospital"
Metric, Live It Out, 2005

Bam shika bam shika boom boom boom
Sha wang sha wang boom
Sha wang sha wang boom
Bam shika bam shika boom boom boom
Sha wang sha wang boom

07 "Goin' On"
The Flaming Lips, At War with the Mystics, 2006

Listen you'll hear it,
we're getting near it.

08 "Beanbag Chair"
Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, 2006

I'll leave that up to you;
That's up to you.

09 "Worst Trip"
Dr. Dog, We All Belong, 2007

Is this the worst trip
you have ever been on?

10 "These Few Presidents"
Why?, Alopecia, 2008

Even though I haven't seen you in years,
yours is a funeral I'd fly to from anywhere.

11 "Made in the Dark"
Hot Chip, Made in the Dark, 2008

Since we fell apart
I've been nothing but blue,
longing for a nighttime
to bring back my hue.

12 "Help I'm Alive"
Metric, Fantasies, 2009

If my life is mine,
what shouldn't I do?

With that, I'm signing off for 2009.

As always, thanks for your time, and have a happy new year.

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