This summer has been a strange and exciting one: moving to a new city, navigating new streets on a new bike, meeting new friends at a new job, living 3,000 miles from almost everyone I love.
This first half of the mixtape is the strange, nostalgic, mellow, melancholy side.
- Pregnant – Elisa (Your Song)
- Stephen Steinbrink – The Way It Is
- Dragging an Ox Through Water – Shima Uta
- Poppet – Tunnel Vision
- Elvis Presley – Blue Moon
- Dimples – Boundless Love
- Norwegian Arms – Jitterbug
- Ever Ending Kicks – Outside Again
- Dark Dark Dark – Daydreaming
- Kepi Ghoulie – Stormy Weather
- Daniel Trudeau a.k.a. Pregnant has been funding his touring and musical expenses with this Your Song project: You Paypal him a minimum of $5 and he’ll write and record a song about you – or at least with your name as the title. At first I didn’t think mine was especially relevant to me, but now I think he actually psychoanalyzed me and is spot-on.
- I’m a dope and thought for months that Stephen Steinbrink recorded a Tupac cover. Ian taught me about Bruce Hornsby.
- This song kills me. It’s a cover of a super popular song in Okinawa by a mainland Japanese band called The Boom. Shima uta means “island music,” and it’s what kickstarted a mainstream interest in Okinawan music and culture. I saw Dragging an Ox Through Water at least once in Davis and didn’t think I liked him much, but this is achingly beautiful. It makes me miss my mom.
- Haunting song by Davis expat Molly Raney a.k.a. Poppet. She’s currently raising money to put our her first real album!
- Did you know we had a blue moon last month? Isn’t this the strangest Elvis song you’ve ever heard?
- Dimples is led by my fellow Californian Smithsonian Folkways intern Kevin Parme. There’s an amazing video for this song.
- I had Norwegian Arms on “Phoning It In” years ago, and they’ve just premiered this new version of an old song, coincidentally mixed by Ian’s ex-roommate.
- Basically I can’t make a mix without something by Paul Benson anymore. This one seemed appropriate for my shift from L.A. to D.C.
- Everything Dark Dark Dark makes is pretty.
- Kepi played this when we saw him at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel this summer, but this piano version really seals it as the summer bummer jam.