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.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Devil Cranks It To 11

And so it is... the final playlist for Satan's Super Sweet Sixteen Halloween Party. It may not be as cool as a Ferrari cake or three serial killers parodying the Three Stooges, but it might get you a wirstband for the party. Biggie Smalls, Biggie Smalls, Biggie... oooh, I can feel the hair on the back of my neck sticking up.

1. Count freakin' Chocula - Count Chocula
2. Sunn O))) - Sin Nanna
3. Southern Culture on the Skids - Zombified
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
5. C. A. Quintet - Cold Spider
6. Formerly The Warlocks - Death Dont Have No Mercy
7. The Specials - Ghost Town
8. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
9. Bad Livers - Ghost Train
10. The Ventures - The Munsters
11. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
12. Sufjan Stevens - They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhhh!
13. Dr. John and The Blues Brothers Band - Season Of The Witch
14. Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - Oh The Wind And The Rain
15. Black Mass - Exorcism
16. Oingo Boingo - Who Do You Want To Be Today
17. Strung Out - Bark At The Moon
18. Johnny Cash - Ghost Riders In The Sky
Secret Song (If you can fit it):
Miles Davis - Prince Of Darkness

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Mix and Match Vol 3 submissions from Doe Javis

The Ventures - The Munsters
What can you not say about The Munsters? Or better,their theme song? What a classic tune!

Dr. John and The Blues Brothers Band - Season Of The Witch
See, it goes like this... I had this teacher in 2nd or3rd grade that would dress up like a witch everyhalloween, but she wouldn't just dress up on the 31st,she would physically transform about thirtydays before the "big day". It would start with hernose and then this wart... agh, no young child shouldhave to see that. Kind of like Blues Brothers 2000,but alas there was some great music recorded for thesoundtrack so its an even trade.

Strung Out - Bark At The Moon (Live)
Ok, so Ozzy Osbourne made a badass song about aWerewolf who arises to wreak havoc on civilization. Iusually dont dig on covers since they are rarely asgood as the original (save a few exceptions). Recordedlive in Anaheim, CA around 2003, this version is justtoo sick to not give some applause. These guys assaultthe guitars like the bully-bag snatchers that wouldhaunt my neighborhood and beat up on unsuspectingchildren. Ozzy himself was in the crowd when theyplayed this, sweet...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Mix & Match Vol. 3- submissions from the Prof.

Poltergeists have been reeking havoc upon the computers in my life in a style befitting the rapidly approaching holiday. I have been economical with my picks coming in just under 9 mins. But have done so in order to deliver the ghastliest of treats with a little trick up my sleeve.

C.A. Quintet - Cold Spider
Ghostly vocals and tortured guitar licks. Is there anything more haunting then the spectre of forgotten garage rock ghouls. What's that creeping across the cob- webbed keyboard of the nightmare organ? Dude, Cold Spider!

Black Mass - Exorcism
Early electronics were about the manipulation of the ether and collecting the vibrations of the spirit world. What diode devils possess these circuits? They are legion.

Count Chocula Intro - Count freakin Chocula
This cereal box compilation also included 17 mins. of the sounds of halloween which I didn't submit. The real gem is this tidbit from the seldom heard from anymore Count who is a dear friend of mine. The thing that people don't understand about Chocula is that he's a chocolate vampire, sure, but he's made out of chocolate.

"It's getting spooky in here!" Yeah, you hit the nail on the frickin' head Chocula.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Submissions from the damned, Mr. Bozo T.

Bad Livers - Ghost Train
I luv these guys, the best is when the tuba kicks in, but alas not on this tune. Some hot banjo pickin going down though as the "son of the damned is riding on the ghost train."

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - Oh the Wind and the Rain
Heres about the creepiest damn song I could find or think of. Its a old traditional tune that Jerry liked to cover when playing acoustic and its a pretty damned eerie story. The fiddle would only play one song and its this one? Ahhhhhh!!!

Formerly the Warlocks - Death Dont Have No Mercy
Originally written, composed and recorded by the Reverend Gary Davis in the 1940's, this version comes from a legendary live performance at Hampton Coliseum in October of 1989 by Formerly the Warlocks. This band had found themselves banned from many cities at the time due to the nature of their crowds (read freaks selling mass LSD). Hampton was one of these towns that had banned them. In true prankster fashion, the Grateful Dead decided they would play there under their pre-1965 name. They signed the deal and announced the show with just one weeks notice, just enough time for deadheads to spread the word, but not enough time for locals to figure it out. The dead broke out five songs they had not played in over 10 years, and this song was among them. The last time they had played Death Dont was 19 years before in 1970. Hope you enjoy, its damned good.

Mix and Match Vol. 3 - Submissions from mikesjava

Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Supposedly originally written for Jeff Beck, this is about the dangers of superstitions. One of my absolutely favorite songs of all time! The story is Stevie really liked the song, and when Beck took quite the while to record and release it, he went ahead and released it on his own, and it went on the be on of his all time greats. I really wanted to post Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version, but alas, I only have it on vinyl.

Credence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Not really a Halloween song per se, it’s about a storm coming that turns into a hurricane and wipes out a town. But, its always been one of my Halloween favorites – there was a local group called “Underwater People”, who did a cover of it every Halloween at a local bar…sort of stuck with me.

Johnny Cash - (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
Was written and recorded by Stan Jones, I believe it was 1949. He wrote some unbelievable music and is pretty much an unknown. Johnny’s version was recorded until the late 70’s I believe, but is one of the best. Basically about the devils herd of animals and the cowboys who try to control them.

Miles Davis - Prince of Darkness
Ok…no lyrics…and, this will put me way over the allotted time, so drop it of you must, BUT……wow. Recorded in 1962, it was actually the first of 4 albums (the later weren’t recorded until the late 60’s) that had sort of a “made a deal with the devil” type theme. This, which is off the album Sorcerer, was composed by Wayne Shorter, who said later Miles reminded him of a present day Dracula, living only at night, and who had the power to suck you into his world, for better of for worse. Nough said…

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Mix and Match Vol. 3 - Submissions from the Capt.

i wondered how long it would be before joe's nasty little secret was revealed. i just didn't think it would be one of us that outed him. peroxide and shaved legs be damned. let's get to the music.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
admittedly, i'm wanting to get this one here before someone else jumps on it and steals it out from me...such a great song, and while almost any nick cave has that sort of inherent creepiness undertone, this one pairs his vocal stylings with a perfectly fitted storyline. a bit overused in movie soundtracks perhaps, but well worth having in any collection.

Southern Culture on the Skids - Zombified
the title track to an EP the NC based trio released a few years it's core, it's a love song, which begs the question, is it necrophilia if you have sex with the undead?

Sunn O))) - Sin Nanna
One of (if not the) shortest song in the Sunn O))) repertoire, these guys are just downright fucking creepy. while way to much emphasis has been put on their attempts to find the "brown notes", the sheer beauty of the drone must be appreciated.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Mix and Match vol. 3 - Submissions from Mailea

I love Halloween! I have already been making Halloween mixes for my friend, so I just had to jump right in for this one.

Here are three of my favorite creepy tunes:

The Specials - Ghost Town
Normally, you wouldn't think ska could sound spooky but this totally does. It's the background vocals that make this song the gem that it is.

Sufjan Stevens - They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhhh!
Yeah, I know, Sufjan has been blogged to death. I can't help but love this song anyways. Again, I dig on the background vocals more than anything. I always picture zombie cheerleaders chanting, "I - L - L - I - N - O - I - S!"

Oingo Boingo - Who Do You Want To Be Today?
To me this song is about dressing up in costume and pretending to be someone else.

If anyone wants to see it I will put up a picture of myself dressed as Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas...

Mix and Match vol 3

In honor of the upcoming holiday (which happens to be one of my favorites), this edition of mix and match is "The Devil cranks it to 11". So anything that has to do with Halloween applies: zombies, ghouls, vampires, death... you get the idea. The 'usual' rules apply. Feel free to post your favorite halloween costume with your submission. Trick or Treat!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Mix & Match Vol. 2- The final order

And now ladies and gentlemen I, the harvester of eyes, will line all of these baby blue and dragon green and almond brown beauties up in their final order. Thanks to the Captain and to you all for your participation. So here we have it, with a wink and a nod.

Mix and Match Vol. 2
1. Trans Am - Television Eyes
2. N.E.R.D. - Tape You
3. The Doors - My Eyes Have Seen You
4. Hammel On Trial - I'm Gonna Watch You Sleep
5. Camper Van Beethoven - I Don't See You
6. Smashing Pumpkins - Eye
7. The Streets - When You Wasn't Famous
8. Creeedence Clearwater Revival - Looking Out My Back Door
9. Jack Johnson - People Watching
10. Buck Owens & the Buckaroos - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
11. The Dead Milkmen - Watching Scotty Die
12. Dolly Parton - These Old Bones
13. Thrice - Red Sky
14. Billy Idol - Eyes Without a Face
15. Dave Matthew & Tim Reynolds - Typical Situation
16. Gillian Welch (with David Rawlings) - Wrecking Ball
17. Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
18. Maggie Estep - Stalk Me
19. The Soft Boys - Tonight

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Mix and Match Volume 2 - submissions from Mikesjava

Alan Parsons – Eye in the Sky (from The Very Best Live)

This song is about being watched - by satellites, aircraft and cameras. It implies a future where we are constantly monitored and the government has taken away all our freedoms. It borrows heavily from the book 1984 and the concept of "Big Brother" created by George Orwell.

The Doors - My Eyes Have Seen You (From Strange Days)

Jim Morrison supposedly wrote the lyrics while he was living on a rooftop in Venice Beach, California. At night everything was clear, so he would look into peoples windows, study what they were doing, and watch their TV sets. And for some reason, the whole “mood” reminds me a lot of Coltrane…..Love Supreme

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – Typical Situation (from Live at Luther College)

A little mainstream I will admit, but, I really like his music, and more importantly, his band. However, this version is acoustic, done with his long time writing partner, Tim Reynolds. This one is about George Orwell's assertion that as a society, we will "all fall in line" to some authority (usually the prevailing government) that will reduce the masses to mindless puppets. Anyone who resists will be dealt with for being "different".

Mix & Match Vol. 2- submissions from the Prof.

Jeepers creepers, where oh where did you get those peepers.

The Soft Boys - Tonight

First off we have the stranger at the party who finds what he's after, but what does she find. These eyes are everywhere.

Next we have a visitor from the Futureworld, look into his

Trans Am - Television Eyes

and stare into the static void.

Billy Idol - Eyes Without Face

The vital idol is far from home and all he has to hold onto is her come-hither look burned into his libidnous memory, so he goes into Sin City and gets wasted and she fades further and further. He sees those eyes in every face.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mix and Match Vol. 2 - submissions from Joe

Clocking in at 14:59, I have to say I had some trouble with this at first, but the more I looked, the harder
it got to pick songs. Enough jibba-jabba, here's the stuff:

Jack Johnson - People Watching
people watching is one of my favorite things to do, too bad I never have time for it.

N.E.R.D - Tape You
Pharrell and crew tell us about the finer points of
making a home video...

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin Out My Back Door
Great drugs make for great songs.

Thrice - Red Sky
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Mix and Match Volume 2 - submissions from Mr. Bozo T.

First off, the last time I remember hearing Eye in the Sky was 1989. Im a little disapointed no one posted it hear to jog my memory, but perhaps its a blessing.

Hammel On Trial - I'm Gonna Watch You Sleep
First off, a love song from the one man folk show Hammel on Trial.

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos - Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Second, we have some self reflecting by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. (damn the pedal steel just swings!)

Gillian Welch - Wrecking Ball (with David Rawlings)
Third a tale from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who were watching. I might be a little concerned if I hadnt been watching too.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Mix and Match Volume 2 - submissions from mailea

I'm really excited to be part of this project. Here are my song selections...

Smashing Pumpkins - Eye
Billy Corgan does a great Depeche Mode imitation here, and fans of both bands will be pleasantly surprised.

The Dead Milkmen - Watching Scotty Die
Chemical poisoning can be fun! And ironic!

Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
Elvis goes reggae. He's a great storyteller, and this song is a murder/mystery.

Maggie Estep - Stalk Me
Maggie is a brilliant spoken word artist. She just wants to be stalked, is that so wrong?

I also almost succumbed to Eye in the Sky by Alan Parsons, but I figured someone else would choose that one.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mix and Match Vol. 2 submissions from the Captain

though tempted to put up what i think is one of the creepiest stalker songs of all time (Alan Parsons' "Eye in the Sky"), i resisted and offer up these tracks:

Dolly Parton-These Old Bones
it's a song about seeing into the future. the creepy old lady cackle that Dolly is able to pull off kind of makes me laugh, kind of makes me miss home.

Camper Van Beethoven-I Don't See You
it's a song about the power people can have over one another even when the corporeal association is absent.

The Streets-When You Wasn't Famous
poor mikey skinner's anthem about being in the public eye, how much he hates camera phones, and the trials and tribulations of dating hot women.

nice topic professor, i'm anxious to see what the rest of the crew will come up with.

Mix and Match Vol. 2

The working title of Mix and Match Vol. 2 is "Electric Eyes Are Everywhere". So you guessed it, the theme is watching, looking, eyeballs, anything about sight and vision. The creepier the better. Two songs are banned however, no "Your Eyes" it has been used in more than enough mixes. The other banned song is "Every breath you take" because of proliferation but also because the Police have plenty of better songs about stalking, really. We are all LOOKing forward to this venture. So let the games begin.

Monday, October 02, 2006

mix and match set number 1

for this first mix and match, biz and i went totally free form and worked within some simple confines: simply fill a CD as best as you can with an approximately 80 minute set that rocks.

my set, entitled git yr rock pants on, went down like this:
1) Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - Who Is This America Dem Speak Of Today? (sample only)
2) The Yachts - Suffice To Say
3) Zuexeus - Quantum Lullaby
4) Tullycraft - Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid To Know About
5) Turing Machine - On Form And Growth
6) Milemarker - New Lexicon
7) Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
8) SNMNMNM - My Defense!
9) Metroschifter - Love
10) Juana Molina - La visita
11) Trusty - Kal-El
12) Bad Religion - It's Only Over When...
13) Derek and Patsy - I'm In A Jam
14) Tight Bros From Way Back When - Hurricane
15) Takeshi Terauchi and The Bunnys - For Elise
16) Hawkwind - Cymbaline
17) Regina Spektor - Carbon Monoxide
18) MF GRIMM - Brand New
19) Maude Maggart - Alexander's Ragtime Band

the response was say it in yr mind, and was most excellent:
1) Arthur Verocai - Relas Sombros
2) Triumvirat - Schooldays
3) Amon Duul II - Archangels Thunderbird
4) Joss Baselli et son accordeon elecronique majorvox - T.V. allumette
5) broadcast - black cat
6) deerhoof - Scream Team
7) Ariel Pink - Artifact
8) De La Soul - Skitz
9) Edan - mc's smoke crack
10) Eugene McDaniels - Jagger the Dagger
11) Zodiac Cosmic Sounds - Aquarius-Lover of Life
12) Azimuth - MANHA
13) Marcos Valle - Mais Do Que Valsa
14) Ken Nordine - Faces in the Jazzamatazz
15) David Axelrod - Song of Innocence
16) Sound Directions (Yesterday's New Quintet) - Wanda Vidal
17) Longshot - Much Better
18) Don Caballero - Ones All Over the Place
19) The Radio Dept. - Slottet #2
20) Eddie Palmieri - If (We Had Peace Today)
21) Joss Baseli et son accordeon electronique majorvox - La Java des neutrons
22) Vincent Gallo - Was

(all mp3's are available on a very temporary basis. if you are or represent an artist presented here, and would like to have your track removed, please send an email and the song will be taken down as soon as possible.)

we're still looking for a few more peeps to join the mix and match team. if you're interested, send me an email.