Since the decline of commercial radio (hastened by the Telecommunications Act of 1996), I learn about music by paying attention: to music blogs, public radio, other people’s playlists, and the few surviving interesting radio stations (such as WFMU, KEXP, WXPN) –Â all of which one can listen to via the internet.Â I also learn from mixes.Â And I love to make mixes. Â My hope is that this blog will allow me to share what I’m listening to, helping others discover new and old music. Â Here’s my most recent uptempo mix, titled I Think It’s Getting Better (created in June 2010):
1)Â Â Â Â Bugler’s Holiday US Air Force Band Of The Golden Gate (2006)Â Â Â Â Â 2:18
This appears on their album Good Ol’ Days.
2)Â Â Â Â And what do you recommend for yourself, doctor? (from Holiday)Â Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant (1938)Â Â Â Â Â 0:06
This is in the film Holiday, which I highly recommend. Â Hepburn & Grant in a film adaptation of a play by Philip Barry (The Philadelphia Story).
3)Â Â Â Â Holiday Vampire Weekend (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 2:18
4)Â Â Â Â Vacation The Go-Go’s (1982)Â Â Â Â Â 3:00
Originally appeared on the album of the same name. Â Also appears on hits collections Return to the Valley of the Go-Gos (1994) and VH1 Behind the Music: The Go-Go’s Collection (2000).
5)Â Â Â Â Berlin Girls The Cute Lepers (2009)Â Â Â Â Â 2:56
From Berlin Girls (single, 2009) and Smart Accessories (2010).
6)Â Â Â Â White Russian Doll Lucky Soul (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 2:26
From White Russian Doll (single) and A Coming of Age.
7)Â Â Â Â Secret Agent Man The Toasters (1996)Â Â Â Â Â 2:41
From Hard Band for Dead.
8)Â Â Â Â Teen Titans Theme Puffy AmiYumi (2004)Â Â Â Â Â 3:06
From Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
9)Â Â Â Â Girls with Guns Tender Trap (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 2:28
From Dansette Dansette.
10)Â You Belong to Me The Like (2009)Â Â Â Â Â 2:00
A cover of Elvis Costello from the benefit album War Child – Heroes, Vol. 1
11)Â I Stand Accused Elvis Costello and the Attractions (1980)Â Â Â Â Â 2:20
Another cover, from Costello’s classic Get Happy!!
12)Â Can I Get a Witness Barbara Randolph (1968)Â Â Â Â Â 2:22
From The Complete Motown Singles – Vol. 8: 1968.
13)Â Can’t Stand It Never Shout Never (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 2:52
From What Is Love? Â Man, is this song catchy!
14)Â Hopeless Case ElÃza (2009)Â Â Â Â Â 3:31
From Pie in the Sky.
15)Â Need You Travie McCoy (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 3:23
Appears on Need You (single) and Lazarus (yes, the same album with “Billionaire” on it).
16)Â Need You Tonight Beck’s Record Club (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 3:41
Cover of INXS from the fabulous musical experiment that is Beck’s Record Club.
17)Â I Was Made for Dreaming ‘Bout You MadMixMustang [Kiss vs. Beyonce] (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 4:17
From mash-up maestro MadMixMustang.
18)Â Can’t Touch It Ricki-Lee (2007)Â Â Â Â Â 2:58
Appears on Ricki-Lee’s Brand New Day and on the soundtrack for Sex and the City 2.
19)Â Come and Get It Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 3:32
As of this writing, this is only available as a single.
20)Â You’re the Kind of Trouble The Holmes Brothers (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 3:46
From Feed My Soul.
21)Â I Am Trying To Break Your Heart JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 3:39
This Wilco cover is the b-side to the band’s single “Get It Together.”
22)Â The Difference Between Us The Dead Weather (2010)Â Â Â Â Â 3:37
Another scorching guitar performance from Jack White. Â From the Dead Weather’sÂ Sea of Cowards.
23)Â Tender Torture Islands (2009)Â Â Â Â Â 3:34
24)Â Nobody Hurts You Graham Parker & The Rumour (1979)Â Â Â Â Â 3:39
From the classic Squeezing Out Sparks.
25)Â Open Book The Rakes (2005)Â Â Â Â Â 2:18
26)Â The Devil and Me BR5-49 feat. The Jordanaires (2006)Â Â Â Â Â 2:40
From Dog Days.
27)Â I Think It’s Getting Better Dave Smallen (2009)Â Â Â Â Â 4:24
From the Waiting For The Pills EP.