the mix and match project was conceived by myself and chris schooley as a way of friends working collaboratively to educate ourselves and others about music. it started very simply: an exchange of mix cd's and coffee. then we talked more about it and decided to include more people, in an effort to make the result (hopefully) at least somewhat entertaining.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Submissions brought to you by Joe...

This volume has been one of the tougher ones because there are so many songs that I want to put on but due to time constraints it is simply impossible. Oh the humanity (mortality) of not having enough time!!

Anyway, thanks Mike for not making this volume a christmas theme. I love Christmas as much as the next guy, but it I have to hear Bing Crosby's rendition of "Here Comes Santa Clause" one more time I think I'll get violently ill a la A Clockwork Orange. Ok, maybe not that bad, but its possible.

Cream - Crossroads
I'm not much of a Clapton fan, but this song is awesome. It really needs no introduction, so I wont give one.

Diamond In Your Mind - Solomon Burke
Originally written by Tom Waits, Burke really breathes life into this song. Recorded for his 2002 album, Don't Give Up On Me, this song makes me think of someone sitting on a step thinking "How can it possibly get any worse?" Well, it's always darkest before the dawn, or as TD likes to say "It's better than pushin' up daisies..."

Bad Astronaut - The "F" Word
This song comes off their third and final album, Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Dissapointment. A side project for Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape, this album is very touching as the drummer for Bad Astronaut, Derrick Plourde, decided to take his own life in 2005. Cape decided to go on and finish the album without him as a final farewell. I believe this is one of the songs that was finished without him, as the lyrics deal with being alone in the world without his friend. I feel as though I'm looking straight into Cape's soul through this song. Deep...painful...mortal...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Mr. Bozo T submits to you...

I have some uncanned xmas tunes I was waiting to put up, but oh well. I'll just have to save "Here Comes Fatty with a Sack of Shit" for another time.
This is the Jerry Garcia Band live at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco on August 8, 1990. From the late 80's until Jerrys passing in '95 the Jerry Garcia Band was practically the Warfields houseband, playing there about 90 times. The small ornate theater was built in the 20's, and it is told that his father played there in the theaters early years.
For fans, seeing Jerry there was like coming home, or going to church. The band would fire up just as the huge velvet curtain began to part to show Jerry and his band ready to lead his legions of family and friends to paradise one more night.
This cover of a Ray Charles song is a great example of the feeling this band was capable of, with Melvin Seals on the Hammond B-3 and Jackie Labranche and Gloria Jones doing backup vocals the music became Gospel. Between Jerry and Melvins leads, his soulful vocals accompanied by the Jerryettes (Gloria and Jackie) it is a song that "lifts me up to paradise". Not too far from the feeling a lil dustin of PCP would give you Professor.
Jerry Garcia Band- Lucky Old Sun

mix and match volume 5 - submissions from mikesjava

Ok, maybe we should follow this up with a quick holiday version, just to get the spirits up…………………..

Nah…..most holiday music is so….what’s the word….canned?

Anyway, here goes…

Robert Johnson – Me and the Devil Blues
THE godfather of blues – it starts here. Always enjoyed him, but usually when someone was covering his songs. This is off the “Complete Recordings” and took me a while to warm to – but this is some delicious stuff. This song is a little obscure in its meaning, as most of his songs can be, but my sense is it’s about the devil waking him up one day, forces him do bad things and then taking him down to hell, and he can’t do nuttin bout it.

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Make these Blues Survive
A local blues guitar slinger and the son of the legend; Lonnie Baker Brooks. I have had the pleasure of seeing Ronnie the past 3 New Years Eve at a blues club in St. Charles, and twice his father joined him. Amazing showman! This song is sung with his father, with him passing the torch to his son, for he knows his time is short. He also tries to convey that sense of mortality to his son, that life is short, live it to the fullest.

Dave Matthews Band – Bartender
Ok…I know I have submitted a Dave song in 3 out of 5 submissions here, but, this is the first with the full band, but most importantly, I just absolutely love this song. But I promise, no more Dave after this (fingers crossed). The song is simple – he seeks redemption at a bar in heaven, with God as the bartender. He lets it rip vocally mid song, and then the band takes over, but it comes full circle with a sweet soft ending. Probably their most powerful song…..

Living Color – Times up
Smoking band….saw them live about ten years ago, they warmed up for Mick and fellow stones….lets just say….blew them off the stage. This song is your basic, life’s short, the end is coming, live life to the fullest. Powerful and in your face.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Submit to the Professor!

Thanks a million Mike! After the countless hours spent dusted out of my skull on PCP with a face full of Rock&Roll trying to forget about my mortality, you go and pull this one out. Well, I guess there's a couple ways we could look at this.

First, let's look at this from the other side. No, not the ghosts and lost souls but at the ones pulling the strings.

Get a Room - Jim O'Rourke
Jimbo is about as kind to his characters as Chris Ware and was a fitting soundtracker for Love Liza. Here, acting as a malicious God in the mold of the ancient Greeks, he gives this poor sap one night to live, and being a base creature the sap hurries out to find someone to give him some last minute corporal delights. Back at the motel though, his date falls asleep "I gotta work tomorrow, you understand", and he's left listening to her snore as is measly life slips away, the numbing rush of the inevitable.

or there's the dignified perspective

I Hear You Calling - Bill Fay
Bill was a trobadour in the Tim Buckley mold with some jazzy touches and some even heavier baroque lyrics. This is from the album Time of the Last Persecution which deals mostly with 2 tons of apocalyptic imagery. Here he talks about meeting the end quietly in the same manner as he's come on to his shift every day at the plant. All his time is lying on the factory floor (you said it brother), but he's gonna get it back at the end. He hears the calling like he hears the whistle at the end of the day.

But I prefer to look at it this way

Farewell - Boris
As a explosion of consciousness, without understanding a single word we get the picture loud and clear. Really the end is just when we become everything at once... again. This is going to melt your speakers, find the largest stereo possible to listen to this and crank it to 11, we're goin' out big.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Mix and Match vol 5 - submissions from mailea

Confession: I'm a big sap. The songs that follow have each made me cry pretty much every time I listen to them. Not everyone is as soft as I am, so fear not. These three songs each deal with the death of a loved one, because that issue is close to my heart.

White Stripes - Death Letter

Despite the fact that this song has one of the most smokin' guitar solos of all time, the lyrics actually tell a very sad and sweet love story.

Emiliana Torrini - The Boy Who Giggled So Sweet

Emiliana's pure, clear voice narrates the tale of a mother and her son. I don't know how she got through it without breaking into tears, because it's just that heartbreaking. I think her voice makes the song even more melancholy than it would have been if sung by anyone else.

Jeff Buckley - Lilac Wine

This is a remake of an old standard. Jeff's song often dealt with death and dying, which is of course ironic because he died so young himself. The emotion in his vocals during this one really packs a wallop.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Mix and Match vol 5 - submissions from the captain

An interesting topic the immortal words of Camus "It's no use reminding yourself daily that you are mortal: it will be brought home to you soon enough." and so i present for your consideration:

The Descendents - When I Get Old
Sure, they didn't want to grow up, but then Milo went to college and they realized that everything sucks. a great song that reminds you you are a bad mother fucker.

Sugar - Hoover Dam
i loved Husker Du, but i think i may have loved Sugar even more. just the way mould's voice played out in the second trio worked better for me. this particular song is all about doing this episode's assignment: "Standing on the edge/Of the hoover dam/Im on the centerline/Right between two states of mind"

Svarup Damodar Das - Je Anilo Prema-dhana
The actual name of this song is Saparsada-bhagavad-viraha-janita-vilapa, which loosely translates from the sanskrit as "Lamentation due to separation from the Lord and his associates." It was written as a part of a much longer poem called Prarthana by Narottama dasa Thakur an Indian saint from the 15th-16th century. basically Narottama das Thakur is lamenting that he can no longer be with his very devout friends and associates. so deep is his love for them that he sings in the fourth stanza "pasane kutibo matha anale pasibo gauranga gunera nidhi kotha gele pabo", which means "i will smash my head against the rock and enter into the fire. Where will i find the reservoir of all wonderful qualities?" intense, to say the least.

Friday, December 08, 2006

mix and match - Volume 5

I have resisted the strong urge to do some sort of holiday theme - I love christmas music, don't get me wrong, but we will all get enough of it over the coming weeks.

So instead, this months theme is...mortality, as in our own. Any form - fear of it, looking forward to it, trying to understand it, celebrating it, running from it, whatever suits you. On your mark, set - GO!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

You Can't Go Home Again

And now it's finally time to wrap up this version of our project. It seems that maybe our delays were due to holiday travels, so that's very appropriate!

Now, those of us who are at home, away from meddlesome relatives, enjoy the following mix and be happy you didn't have to go out of town. And if you're away from those you love, just listen to these songs and you might not feel so alone.

Tenacious D - The Road
Lindsay Buckingham - Holiday Road
The Smiths - Back to the Old House
Fats Domino - Walking to New Orleans
Dropkick Murphys - The Wild Rover
Jackie Green - Gone Wanderin'
Crown City Rockers - Weekend Soul
Jawbreaker - Tour Song
The Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia
Brian Spahr - Asheville
The Bartlebees - Willst Du Mit Mir Gehen?
Gram Parson - Return of the Grievous Angel
Stanley Brothers - The Fields Have Turned Brown
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - On the Road Again
Grizzly Bear - Colorado
Melvin Van Peebles - Come On Feet
Sly and the Family Stone - Runnin' Away
Tribe of Heaven - In God's Country
Dave Alvin - New Highway
Joe Satriani - Summer Song