Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday Mixtape #11 - If You Leave

Apologies for such a belated mix... I couldn't even make it in time for #musicmonday! All my time was devoted at the weekend to Talulah Does The Hula's single launch! And a great single launch and bunch o gigs it was.

Back to the mixtape however, this week I've put together a big diverse mix of songs that are singable and pop and fun... not an indie or electro band in sight, in fact, it's really more like a bizarre a trip to the present via the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s... in fact, the only contemporary song in the mix actually sounds like it could be 40 years old... yet somehow, despite the huge differences in all the songs, they all somehow work together - which could be down to the heavy emphasis on the British. Of course we had to end up with a little tribute to MJ, when he was lovely and young and had an innocent soprano.

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or even better, right-click here to download the Enhanced m4a file complete with photos n stuff

Should you prefer downloading mp3s...you can do so on this website: LoveActionmixtape.blogspot.com

This week's mix includes:
1. Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
2. Charmless Man - Blur
3. New York Groove - Ace Frehley
4. I Wish I Could Have Loved You More - Candie Payne
5. Tin Soldier - Small Faces
6. Trash - Suede
7. The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
8. Prince Charming - Adam Ant
9. If You Leave - OMD
10. Ben - Michael Jackson.

Here's the linx to all the songs bar one on iTunes (and we all know about the Beatles issue with "Apple") instead you can download their CD off Amazon

Enjoy! x

Friday, June 26, 2009

the tardy tapes... aka... s'gonna be a bit late today

I've been a bit mental busy this week what with the Talulah Does The Hula single launch last night & a rake of gigs this weekend, and working as editor on Centra's Good News Network videos - not to mention that I do have a full time job - so it should be understandable that today's Friday mixtape might be a bit late.

I've got all 10 tracks picked out and ready to go (and sure, of course I had to add a bit of Michael Jackson in didn't I?) but I haven't got a minute to edit them together and add my silly voice at the start.

Sorry about it, but sure... what can you do?

hey, at least I managed to get a few shameless plugs in right?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Friday Mixtape #10 - Take Me Home

This week's mix is made up of blissful yet mellow summery tunes spanning across the decades and genres. Singalong moments meshed with shimmering guitars and beat beat beats.

From current American sounds, to 80s radio classics, to brand new European shoegaze and all ending with beachy party beats - it's a mixed up stew who's taste somehow manages to blend together perfectly.

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or even better, right-click here to download the Enhanced m4a file complete with chapters & images

Included on the mix is:
1. Party Cove - The Dust Dive featuring Latitude Longitude
2. Ambivilance Avenue - Bibio
3. Ottoman - Vampire Weekend
4. Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty
5. Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac
6. Take Me Home - Sweet Jane
7. Mother's Tears - Sad Day For Puppets
8. Beach Party - Air France
9. Electricity - Avalanches
10. Confusion Girl (Don Diablo Mix) - Frankmusik

For some reason this week it was quite difficult to find some of the tracks on iTunes for the purchasable iMix, but I have provided other links here:

Party Cove is a song by New York's The Dust Dive, accompanied by my good mates in Latitude Longitude, you can download this track, which was recorded live by Free103point9 by clicking here, and then going to the "audio" link on the right. Bibio's Ambivilance Avenue can be downloaded via the NME site, and finally, Don Diablo's mix of Frankmusik can be found here

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Mixtape #9 - Sweet Night

Quite a departure from last week's mix, this mix is for late nights of getting dressed up, throwing eyeliner across your face (or guyliner if you're into that sort of thing), heading into a city centre layered with rain, and dancing like a lunatic in a dark venue inevitably located under the ground. It might be summer, but this ain't no sunny party mix.

No recipe this time, instead, for the most part this mix was created with the mindset of those dodgy endless nights-into-days-into-nights when you can't remember the last time you ate, and didn't really care.

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But I suggest you download or subscribe to the Enhanced m4a file Sweet!

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This week you are listening to:
1. 15 to 20 - The Phenominal Handclap Band
2. Sweet Night (Club Mix Def) - Krazy Baldhead
3. You Came Out (Cage & Aviary Mix) - We Have Band
4. 1901 (The Tremulance Remix) - Phoenix
5. Ana Ng - They Might Be Giants
6. Rivals (Super Extra Bonus Party Mix) - Theoretical Girl
7. Chrome's On it (Gold Panda Remix) - Telepathe
8. To Hell With Poverty - Gang Of Four
9. I'm Confused - Handsome Furs
10. Temptation - Heaven 17

Alot of these songs are re-mixes that are found in various locations for free throughout the tinterwebs on music blogs. I'll try to provide links where possible - Below I've also included an iMix to some of the original versions of the trax if you prefer to get your music there. The Krazy Baldhead mix is here, The We Have Band Remix is here, The Phoenix Remix is here, The Theoretical Girl Remix is here. For some reason They Might Be Giant's Lincoln wasn't on iTunes, but you can find it here.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Mixtape #8 - Time of the Season

This week I'm doing double the dose of a Love Action Mixtape - in honor of the summer, it's time to head outside and have a BBQ, bust out the sunblock, the shades, the swimming gear, the lounge chair, and have fun. (Typically, though, now that it's Friday, the Dublin weather has completely cooled! Arrrgh)

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Or download the lovely, visually Enhanced .m4a by clicking here.

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This mix gives you almost an hour of the best summer daytime party tunes that I could find. Apologies to those expecting some electro this week, but if you enjoy good, sunny music for 'chillaxing' (As Peter Andre would say) you'll enjoy this wide mix of 60s classics, Northern Soul, a bit of 70s Reggae, some south-of-the-border lounge, and of course a lil dollop of funk on top. Strangely, this is all music I was hugely into at around age 18 and so get a bit wistful for now that I'm, ahem, a good bit older.

This week I'm also doing something a lil different, inspired by Aoife's "I Can Has Cook" blog, as well as amazing pork tenderloin I cooked the other day, I'm giving you a recipe that, to me, suits the music and the summer weather just perfectly. You will find it just below the track listing.

This week's tracks are:
1. Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful
2. Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
3. Cross the Track - Maceo & The Macks
4. Fatty Fatty - Clancy Eccles
5. Picture on the Wall - Phyllis Dillon
6. Time of the Season - The Zombies
7. The Snake - Al Wilson
8. Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
9. Fire Corner - King Stitt
10. The Night - Frankie Valli
11. Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes
12. Cachita - Esquivel
13. Come On-A My House - Rosemary Clooney
14. So Nice Summer Samba - Astrud Gilberto
15. Whatever Lola Wants - Les Baxter
16. Rum and Coca-Cola - The Andrews Sisters
17. Perfidia - Perez Prado
18. Lover's Rock - Delroy Wilson
19. Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
20. Friday Night, Saturday Morning - The Specials

As usual, I've got links for downloading all the tracks at the bottom of this post... but first... head into your kitchen!

Grilled Spicy Ginger Lime Pork Tenderloin
If you don't eat meat, this would still be an amazing recipe for grilling sauce for fish, shrimp or even veggies. It's pretty much all about the marinade. I'm not usually a pork fan, but I can make an exception with the tenderloin - literally a tender, non-fatty cut of meat that is shaped a bit like a tube (*update... just found out that they call em "pork steaks" here in Ireland - oopsies). When marinated and grilled, it's like a lovely melt in your mouth steak-like meat. I buy my tenderloin from Dublin's best butcher, Brady's, but I'm sure you can find em in any supermarket with a decent meat section. Also, as this is a marinade, you might get started the night before you plan on actually cooking this, for ultimate marinated perfection...

6 large cloves garlic -- chopped or pressed
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp fresh ginger -- grated
Juice of one lime
1/2 cup olive oil
cayenne pepper to taste (I like mine super spicy)
salt and pepper to taste

Stick the meat in the marinade, get it good and coated and pop in the fridge for a couple of hours, or even ideally overnight.

When you're ready to cook, wrap the tenderloin in tin foil and make sure to dribble some of the marinade on top. Grill/BBQ/Broil (whatever works for you) for about 10 mins, turning the meat every so often so that it cooks all over. If you're using a BBQ, take it out of the tin foil and place it directly on the grill, and cook for another 10 mins or so, basting with marinade and turning every so often so that it gets nice and brown. If you're using an oven grill/broiler, open the top of the tin foil and grill/broil for another 10 mins, still turning the meat and getting it nice and brown. With both cooking methods, feel free to cut into the thickest part of the meat to check that it's cooked through. It's normal (and lovely) for the tenderloin to be a bit pinker in the middle, but being Pork, does need to be thoroughly cooked.

Carve up into little medallions, drizzle a bit of the marinade on top & serve.

This would be really tasty served up with say, grilled Sweet Maui Onions/Zucchini (Courgettes to my Irish mates) or French Beans sauteed in ginger, onions & balsalmic. It was very Asian. So maybe even steamed bok choi or Asian purple broccoli.


Here's the links to purchase all the above trax from this week's mix - missing from the iTunes store were Esquivel's Cachita and Delroy Wilson's Lover's Rock, which I can't seem to find anywhere, and am starting to doubt if that's even the name of the song ooh-err...