08 August 2007

Mix Tape II - Got You Covered!

This was a special-order mix for someone who requested " 1/3 covers, 1/3 oldies and 1/3 ???" Fortunately I felt able to fulfill the order. With some fab transitions and mini-themes, this is a mix to please indiefans and popskeptics alike!

22 songs / 1:16:10 total time.

Side "A"
Sufjan Stevens - Free Man In Paris (Joni Mitchell cover).mp3
Sufjan covering Joni?? How can you go wrong?! (A: You can't! Especially with this over-the top, horn-flourish-y, extended rock-out version.)

Cat Stevens - Peace Train.mp3
Continuing the Stevens love: Everybody clap along to the hippiest protest song (?) ever!

Sarah Brightman - Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procol Harum cover).mp3
If PC delivers a whiter shade of pale, then SB's version is like ultra tooth whitening: bold, polish and amazing.

Rufus Wainwright - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (Hollies cover).mp3

Ben Folds - R-O-C-K With Your C-O-C-K Out (In NYC) (live).mp3
Sick of playing that damn "Rock This Bitch" sing, Ben Folds makes up a new one on the spot!

Richard Cheese - Add It Up (Violent Femmes cover).mp3
Don't even suggest for one second that this punk song didn't need an slinky, ultra-lounge cover.

Tegan and Sara - Living Room.mp3
The perfect introduction to the Vancouver sisterly duo, if for some appalling reason you're not already in love with them.

Billy Preston - Will It Go Round in Circles.mp3
The perfect, punchy companion tot he previous song, this Soul Funk Brother keeps the mood UP!

My Morning Jacket - Dream a Little Dream of Me (The Mamas and the Papas cover).mp3
Ultra slow and ethereal with a lot of echo, this song epitomizes the idea of "dreamy."

Aretha Franklin - The House That Jack Built.mp3

Tenacious D - Summer of '69 (Bryan Adams cover).mp3
Jables and RageKage take it up a notch here and do this song they way it deserves to be done, in true D fashion.

Side "B"
Stevie Wonder - You are the Sunshine in My Life.mp3
One of the happiest songs of all time.

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine.mp3
Continuing with our sunshine minitheme, but flipping the mood.

Pony Up! - Shut Up And Kiss Me.mp3
This fantastic ladies group from Canada opened for the Mountain Goats on their last tour andhas been covered by Ben Lee. Here they play a song that--if you have a stupid crush-- it's great for hitting them over the head with.

The Beatles - Rocky Racoon.mp3
My favorite Beatles song. Maybe. Let's say it's my favorite Beatles Story-song. Hm. Favorite Beatles Story-Song off The White Album. There we go!

Neil Young - Are You Ready For The Country?.mp3
This overlooked track from the brilliant album "Harvest."

Sufjan Stevens - Springfield, Or Bobby Got A Shadfly Caught In His Hair.mp3
I dont need to justify additional Sufjan to anyone, especially this fantastic, Neail-Young-sounding epic slide off last summer's release, "The Avalanche."

Andrew Bird - Heretics.mp3
A great cut off this year's release "Armchair Apocrypha."

Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy In New York.mp3
For someone who lives in NYC now... and knows that even in a city of 10 million, one can feel lonely.

Howie Day - Buzzing/Africa (Toto cover, live).mp3
This ultra sharp and clear live cut show Howie's M4DD G1T4R SKILLZ at their very best.

The Beach Boys - God Only Knows (Stereo Mix).mp3
This isn't a remix, just clarifying that sound will come out of BOTH speakers--truly the essence of HI-FI!

Ben Folds - Brick (a capella).mp3
Being the huge Ben Folds fan she is, I scraped around and found this awesome rarity.

And a special bonus request for someone else:
The Shins - Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields cover, live)

1 comment:

Brabazon said...

Good that. I had a wee listen whilst out for a stroll this morning along the beach here in windy Ireland. Is that a sample of John Bonham's drums from 'When the Levee Breaks' on the Sarah Brightman tune? Sounds very like it to me...

By the way, ever heard of a fella called 'Duke Special' from Belfast? He's alright, so he is...