I haven’t posted here for a whole year. Turns out 2015 got really busy. But in an effort to start blogging-for-fun-and-not-for-work again, I made a mixtape for when it’s Christmas but you’re sick of Christmas songs.
It’s got some Death Cab, some David Bazan, bit of Ryan Adams, some Sharon Jones. It might come in handy after you’ve listened to the Low Christmas Album for the hundredth time.
Until 2016, guys!
Or rather, I made a mix for late November days.
Deciding what to listen to in November is always a dilemma for me. After Halloween it’s the one month of the year that I’m not really interested in hearing punk rock songs/songs with monsters in. Couple that with the fact that it’s still way too early to start with the Christmas theme, and you’ll see the problem.
Round this time of year I always return to slightly dreamy indie, americana stuff. Like the last wave of melancholy before festivities set in.
So, here’s what I’m listening to this year:
It’s that time of year again.
Here’s a mix that’s better for staying in and watching the leaves fall, than going outside and stomping them.
Mostly composed of late 90s/early 00s indie rock and emo, it’s best served with the first hot chocolate of the season and a good book.
Are upon us.
Spring is just around the corner and soon everything will stop being so grey and cold and start being green and fresh and we’ll want to go outside again. Instead of wishing the last month or two of Winter away, I suggest we savour it before it’s time to pack away the extra blankets and casserole dishes.
The only logical thing to do was to make a mixtape.
It’s a heady mix of indie rock/americana/alt country type stuff and perfect for falling asleep wrapped in goose down (I tested this out)
I took the picture on Hampstead Heath during some rare London snowfall.
As this is such a rare occurrence for London, I decided to mark the occasion with a mix.
All of the songs are snow related – it’s pretty slow and good for listening to while the white stuff falls. Ideally on a sofa with blankets and a cuddle buddy.
It’s Valentine’s. I’m still very much smitten, so I (obviously) made a playlist, and now I’m putting it here.
It’s got some Jawbreaker, some Death Cab, some Nada Surf, bit of Jets to Brazil. All the classics.
That was all.
As you were.
The melancholy of the bleak season as Autumn gives way to Winter brings out the emo in me. I’m perfectly happy, but I don’t want to hear ANY pop punk, I need to surround myself with swirly guitars and indie rock. Music to drink warm beverages and read books to.
I made it on 8tracks ‘cos I couldn’t be bothered with renaming everything. Downside of this is that 8tracks will randomise the order, so here’s what it should’ve sounded like.
Best enjoyed with a mulled apple & bourbon and someone to make out with.
Okay, it’s not, that was a lie. It’s never too hot for mixtapes. It is too hot for pretty much everything else though. In the midst of this heatwave, while hanging out of my window smoking cigarettes and wishing it would cool down, I decided to make a mixtape specifically for this purpose. It’s all sultry and summer and should be enjoyed with Bourbon over ice and preferably not listened to before 2am.
Sorry, I had to upload it to rapidshare, ‘cos it’s just over the mediafire upload limit. It’s probably worth it though. But then, I would say that, I made it.
Click the tracklisting for the download.
So, I woke up early into the gloom of another Saturday morning in July and figured it was probably mixtape time. All these songs in some way reflect my mood during this weird warm and gloomy season.
I hope you like it.
The inclusion of Dashboard is a weird one, but it’s an Afghan Whigs cover, and is sort of worth it for that. Lemme know what you think.