Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Mixtape #19 - Shack Up!

This week's mixtape is another of the foot tapping toe shuffling variety - songs both new and old, that likely sound familiar to many, but also would have a bit of a culty obscure status as well. Summer is cooling off big time, the dark is closing in earlier and earlier. Let's dance with very little clothes while we still can.

No big nostalgic ramble this time, just MUSIC

Listen straight away in the player here

Or right click to download Friday Mixtape #19 Shack Up! .m4a
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Included on the mix this week:
1. To Kingdom Come (Artwork Remix) - Passion Pit
2. Last Night Changed It All - Esther Williams
3. A Minha Menina - Os Mutantes
4. 96 Tears - Question Mark and the Mysterians
5. Egyptian Shumba - The Tammys
6. I'm Still In Love With You - Alton Ellis
7. Davy Crockett - South Ambulance
8. Never Get Ahead - Bobby Conn
9. Shack Up - Banbarra
10. Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone

Buy em here, with the exception of Lou Christie & The Tammys, which can be bought on Amazon by following this link

Monday, August 24, 2009

An opinon on Eircom-Pirate-Gate

I know I've made a point not to use this blog as a platform for opinion; instead it is a place for me, a music-lover, to share music with other music-lovers. That said, I thought that this particular editorial column written by Una (Rocks) Mullally had a particular connection to what I'm doing with this site.

I am fully conscious of the fact that I'm providing music for free of which I don't own the copyright of. However, by giving information about all the songs included on the mixes, as well as links to purchase them, I feel I'm doing my part, or more, to promote some possibly less-well known artists, and encourage the sale of their music - plus I'm not handing out free mp3s of the individual tracks. Una wrote one quote in particular that I loved, as it pointed out something I've always felt about the true music lovers:

"...people who download music illegally aren't complete freeloaders. According to a study by BI Norwegian School of Management illegal downloaders and filesharers buy 10 times more music legitimately than those who don't download illegally. Why? Because people who download large amounts of music are huge music fans, and have no problem parting with their cash for a decent product."

so so so so true! Well, at least in my case.
Read the article in full here:

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Mixtape #18 - Keep On Dancing

Get out your roller skates and tube socks. No, it's not an over-sexed American Apparel advert, it's today's mixtape!

This week's mix pretty much does what it says on the tin. Songs to force you out of your chair, say "I know this one!" and do that embarrassing boogie-walk to the only space in the room that isn't overrun with stomping pumps and winklepickers. We start with some brand new electro-fied Swedish pop, moving swiftly to some of my favorite roller-disco-freestyle-jamz before finding ourselves sweeping our feet across a packed dance hall holding hands with that young wan we've been eyeing up for ages.

Anyone who grew up in the States in the 80s will know that the likes of Debbie Deb and Patrice Rushen are synonymous with the words "Couples Skate." Awww yeah. When I lived in Brooklyn in the early 2000s myself and my roommate Joanne celebrated our joint-22nd birthdays down the road from our apartment at Empire Roller Skating. It was ah-may-zing. Known as the birthplace of Roller Disco, there were dudes there that looked like they'd been going there every weekend for 25 years. Sadly, the Empire closed - but it lives on forever in glory in a video by my NYU classmates The Rapture. Ahhh... Empire Blvd... Western Beef... livin' the dream.

Listen in the aul mp3 player here

Or do the right-clickity thing on Friday Mixtape #18 - Keep On Dancing to download the fancy m4a version of which is a friend of iTunes and other audio-visual players. Ooooor... you can visit the sister site, all about the mp3s:

Included on the mix this week:
1. It Don't Move Me (The Knocks Remix) - Peter, Bjorn and John
2. Keep On Dancin' - Gary's Gang
3. When I Hear Music - Debbie Deb
4. Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
5. Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
6. Baby Boomer Backstroke - The Van Allen Belt
7. Tell Him - The Exciters
8. Love Is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia
9. Calling All Cows - Blues Rockers
10. Lust For Life - Girls

The Girls track Lust For Life wasn't available on iTunes, but can be downloaded for free on the Nialler 9 blog, and I believe The Knocks Remix of the Peter Bjorn and John track was also available for free via The Hype Machine.

Noice One.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Mixtape #17 - Feels Like Heaven

This week, a mellow yet uplifting mix of electronic bleeps and classical strings and harps. Don't ask me why, but these songs prove that somehow blending the unlikely results in some serious heart-swelling, lung filling drama, complete with an 80s triumvirate in honor of the seriously untimely passing of John Hughes, a favorite director of many, including myself. Perfect Friday afternoon music in this little music-heads humble opinion.

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Included this week:
1. All Is Full of Love - Björk
2. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
3. Someone Great - LCD Soundsystem
4. Bamboo Cactus - I, Cactus
5. Look At Me - Mirrors
6. The Promise - When In Rome
7. (Feels Like) Heaven - Fiction Factory
8. It's My Life - Talk Talk
9. It's a Fine Day - Opus III
10. Cosmonaute - Stereo Total

Below are the links to purchase individual tracks from the iTunes Shop... there is only one track missing from that list, but you can download the entire I, Cactus EP by clicking here

x Jessie

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

State Mix - Talulah Does The Hula

This week I'm a cheaty-mc-cheaterson. Or, well, a person with a life maybe. I've got a wedding in Bristol this week, and therefore am not going to be anywhere near a computer for nearly FIVE WHOLE DAYS. Whoa! Awesome I know. Therefore, no mixtape 17 will not be happenin' this week. But fear not, for I have a solution if you have some kind of an addiction to mixtapes of a Friday.

For those of you "in the know" you'll know that I spend a good bit of my time playing in a band, Talulah Does The Hula. Said band were asked to put together a mixtape for of all the music which is a bit inspire-y of the kind of music TDTH makes. Actually, when I say "the band" were asked, it's more like I told State's editor that I was going to give him a mix under the banner of Talulah whether he liked it or not. Luckily for me and the band, they seem to have liked it - or at least, not minded it enough to publish it to their site. So instead of an "enhanced m4a" this week, I will instead leave you with "one that I did before". Do be sure to check out the other mixes they've got there on the site. They're pretty much all way better than the badly mixed one I did.

Listen Here & Download Below:

And apologies to State if I steal any of their bandwidth... though I doubt I've enough people following this blog to make anyone notice!
MP3: State Mix #9 - Talulah Does The Hula

Included on the mix:
1. New Order – Ceremony
2. Friendly Fires – Ex-Lover
3. Delphine – La Fermeture Eclair
4. Dolly Mixture – My Rainbow Valley
5. Orange Juice – Falling and Laughing
6. The Fall – C.R.E.E.P.
7. Visitors – Bliss
8. Pink Grease – Ordinary Girl
9. Pulp – Babies
10. The Crystals – He’s a Rebel
11. Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra – Some Velvet Morning

Innn-joy and HAPPPPPPPY WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!