Friday, September 12, 2008

For Ben

Here's a link to Mike's Mix:

(in 2 parts)

You're Better Off This Way: Side A

You're Better Off This Way: Side B

And YES it has all the tags and YES they're all right.

You're welcome.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Name That Tune

Here goes. I admit I had to do some Googling to get these. I think I have about 3 titles and about 3 artists that could be wrong...

1. Growing Up - Bruce Springsteen
2. Being There - Wilco
3. Hands All Over - Soundgarden
4. Isolation/Nothingness - In Living Colour
5. Clampdown - The Clash
6. Blame - Some Band That Reminds Me of the Stones
7. On a Good Day - The Black Crowes
8. Falling Down - Whiskeytown
9. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
10. Before They Make Me Run - Supersuckers
11. Four Seasons in One Day - Crowded House
12. You're Better Off This Way - Jars of Clay
13. Absolutely Barking Stars - Maria McKee
14. Left of the Dial - The Replacements
15. Dry the Rain - The Beta Band
16. Dirt to Mud - Paul Westerberg

This has been fun - and the mix keeps getting better and better...so who can spot and correct the holes in my list?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mike Likes to Rock

So I open my mailbox yesterday and what do I see, but an innocent, nondescript padded envelope addressed to me, with "Noice" as the return address. Miracle of miracles! The Michael Noice July Mixtape had finally arrived! I ripped the envelope open to find an equally nondescript cd sleeve with a good ol' TDK CD-R, the only adornment being the handwritten "you're better off this way" neatly written across the top.

Luckily I had to head out to Fred Meyer at 9pm, and since we're out in suburbia that means a 15 minute drive in the dark each way...so I got to fire it up! Here are my impressions:

First song is a killer. Love it. It's just the Boss and his guitar. Have no idea what the name is or what album it's from (not a Bruce-o-phile, though not a hater either) but it was the perfect introduction to this well-chosen compilation of garagey, cigarettes and black coffee, guitar-driven, all-American (well, mostly) Rock n Roll.

I think this is going to make an excellent running mix. I've worn my current running mix out, and have been searching for a while. This is going to work great.

This mix works best when played LOUD.

I only know about 4 of the songs and maybe 6 artists.

I knew the Boss and The Replacements would be on here. Love the tracks and the placement from those bands. Also he also picked the perfect Clash track and it was great to hear some Crowded House. Other than that, lots and lots of killer, rockin' songs. None that made me reach for my tight jeans and hairspray though, so good job there.

Ok - so now all I need is a track list, Mike. Or maybe that can be the contest: Who can name that tune for the entire CD? I can name about 4-5 tracks and maybe 1-2 more artists, but that leaves a whole lot of unknown/undiscovered country. I bet the Las Vegas Todds could fill in most if not all of the rest...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Itsa comin'

Hey everybody. Just a quick post to let you all know that even though I'm late, I didn't forget July was my month for the mix. Summer vacations got the best of me. I'll have the mix out this weekend. I hope you like it.

A Musical Account of the life and times of Zak

Heyo everyone, I don't post much on here, or anywhere really. I've really enjoyed the past year of mix tapes. I probably should have said so, but didn't. As far as I know, I'm taking a completely different route on this mix tape than has been done as of yet. I want to tell the story of my life as best I can using the music and artists that had the most influence in that part of my life. This results in a couple issues. First, it's somewhat hard to make it all flow, because as you'll hear, there are many different genres of music. Second, most of you will have heard some of it before, and some of you may have heard most of it before. Not so bad I guess. Third, and most difficult was selection. My mix is already at 77+ minutes, and I spent the last hour cutting songs. Anyway, onto the mix.

Mah Micks Tayp!

01 - 03
If anyone knows anything about me, this section has covered my entire life.

01: 20th Century Fox Fanfare
All great music/movies should start with this

02: ESB - The asteroid field
Personally, one of my favorite songs and scenes of Empire.

03: ESB - Imperial March
The reason Darth Vader is so cool is because he has this theme playing whenever he walks.

04 - 06
Country music you say? Yes, if done correctly it can be awesome. It's rarely done right though...

04: Patsy Kline - Crazy
This is my Dad's favorite song by his favorite artist. Needless to say, he played it a lot.

05: Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue
I really should have been raised in the 70's. Johnny Cash rules, and this song lets you know it.

06: Johnny and June Carter-Cash - Jackson
Yea, Johnny rules

07 - 08
This section represents my musical puberty. I stopped listening to country and the 80's crap my Mom made us endure and started here. I'm sure many of us have roots in this era.

07: Stone Temple Pilots - Creep (tagged with the wrong name, sorry)
STP, man what a group.

08: Nirvana - In Bloom
...yea...

09 - 12
The previous section led me to the next. Leaving mainstream media, I found some of the most influential music I'd ever heard.

09: NOFX - The Brews
NOFX was my first favorite band. This song could be said to be played out, but this song was our anthem as budding punkers in hic town Wyoming USA.

10: Rancid - Old Friend
Tim Armstrong has an awesome voice, and how can you have a punk section without Rancid?

11: Fugazi - Waiting Room
Fugazi was my next favorite band. Meeting Fat Mike will make you like NOFX less. Anyway, this was THE very first song I ever heard of Fugazi. It changed my musical tastes forever.

12: Fugazi - Styrofoam
Favorite song of Fugazi's. Musically astounding, I mean listen to the drummer, but the lyrics really tend to hit me in the gut.

13 - 16
This stage of my life was important for me. I used to consider myself a sellout for listening to music from mainstream record companies again, but punk will do that. I was newly married during this phase and was self medicating and experimenting musically.

13: Goldfinger - 99 Red Balloons
Perfect transitional song for a perfect transitional band. Punk roots, and mainstream sellouts (just like me) ;) This song has other roots for me too, namely the Gran Turismo 2 soundtrack that you couldn't turn off. Yea, I got to know this song.

14: Alien Ant Farm - Movies
I really was torn between this song and Smooth Criminal.

15: Hoobastank - Crawling in the Dark
Doesn't get any more X96 than this.

16: MC 900ft Jesus - But if you go
Oh MC 900ft Jesus, your only play time was a hacked up, made fun of video on beevis and butthead. That song, If I only had a brain was good, but I liked this one better.

17 - 18.5
I went on a musical (and life) hiatus for nearly 4 years. MMO's are dangerous and awesome. My poison was Final Fantasy XI. The .5 has other meaning I'll explain in a second.

17: Mizuta Naoshi - Sarutabaruta
This is the noob area around the nation I started in. Spent a lot of time here

18: Mizuta Naoshi & Akamatsu Satoshi- Batallia Downs
Just some random area where I spent a lot of time in game fishing. Beautiful and relaxing. Fell asleep at the wheel here more than my own bed for a while. Like I said, Dangerous.

18.5: DJ Babu - Duck Season
Yea, the whole album. Drugs, a loud stereo and this album are a powerful mix. This music represents a part of my life that I'd rather not visit, but it's worth mentioning.

19 - 22
This is kind of up to the moment, but also rooted in parts of my past. A snapshot of where I am now.

19: Nickel Creek - Tomorrow is a Long Time
I've always been a fan of Bob Dylan, not a huge fan, but a fan none the less. This song I heard on one of my favorite NPR programs, American Roots. NPRFTW! Seriously, it interferes with my homework sometimes.

20: Sublime - Rivers of Babylon
A great band from my rowdy past singing a song about my true feelings.

21: Bach - Jesu bleibet meine Freude
One of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard. Especially in solo piano. Translated, the title is "Jesus remaineth my joy". Fitting.

22: Claude Debussy - Clair de Lune
Another amazing piece. I chose this for the end of my mix because I believe it has one of the best endings of any song out there. There is such a feeling of hope, and future as the last notes play on your ear drums.


With that, I'm done. I know it's long, but hey, I didn't post all year, so I had to make up. I didn't have time/money/brain power to send out CD's like some of you have done, so I'm just uploading a Zip to MediaFire. One song, the NOFX song, is a .ogg file, but most un crappy media players play them just fine.

For the scrolling impaired

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mixtapery Madness



For those of you who follow this blog but not mine, (which, well, shame on you) I've been posting a mix a month over there as a treat for my Internet Buddies. And since you are also my Internet Buddies, I'm posting them here for you to download and (hopefully) enjoy.

01.08 - Bed Is For Sleeping

02.08 - It's All Fuss

03.08 - Like A Love Affair

04.08 - No Cars Go

05.08 - Folk Star

06.08 - Needles In the Camel's Eye

07.08 - High Five!

BONUS: It Came From ... THE GARAGE!!!

I'll be posting the new mix, Like A Knife Through the Night, sometime in early August. Hopefully the first of the month, but we'll see. Check my blog then to download that. Have a great Fourth Of July weekend. Don't blow your fingers off or anything, mmmkay?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lemonade Stand Blues

So it's super hard to make a mixtape for all the peeps, because my taste in music is constantly changing.

So this mix is for that lazy day, maybe a Sunday brunch, when the sun is in the sky and it's about 72 degrees out there.

I think the Mix is crisp with a relaxing feeling over all. There are some bands you might have heard of, but hopefully some new ones too.

I hope you guys like it, I have been super busy with school so I made this mix to counter that, CD's will be sent out in the near future.
(need to make them awesome!)

I hope you like it.

Get it here.

Senor Impossible.
Go team Venture.

1."Psychotic Girl" - The Black Keys
2."Skinny Love" - Bon Iver
3."Cheaper Than Fiction" - Rouge Wave
4."Walking" - The Dodos
5."Mykonos"- Fleet Foxes
6."Sad Songs" - The Frames
7."House by the Sea" - Iron & Wine
8."Lately" - The Helio Sequence
9."Good Day" - Jukebox the Ghost
10."Queen of Detroit" - (+/-)
11."Travel Song" - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin
12."Rise up in the Dirt" - Voxtrot
13."Sorry James" - The Whitsundays
14."The Garden that you Planted" - Seawolf