We have recently heard mention on our Bruce themed podcasts of the joy of receiving a mixtape from a friend. Our own Rebel Rikkit had his interest in Bruce rebooted from a mixtape from me more than 25 years ago and I, in turn, was switched on to Bruce by a holiday mixtape that merged the best of his first 4 albums. Chorizo Garbanzo has also talked about the influence of pirated C90s on the development of his own refined musical taste.
In the era of CDs, I have carried on this tradition with monthly mixes that I have forced upon unsuspecting passers-by over a number of years. When I first met my good friend and fellow wizard, Chorizo Garbanzo, it was a tentatively passed CD of “stuff you might like” nearly 5 years ago that sealed our friendship. Since then I have collated a CD’s worth of music more or less every month made up of songs old and new that have made it onto my musical radar in those 4 weeks and delivered them into the willing, or otherwise, hands of Chorizo and Rebel.
In typically nerdy wizard style, these compilations have been catalogued on the imaginary KOE label and we have now reached KOE048. So just before the half-century of mixes is celebrated, it seems appropriate to share a taste of this with you, dear listener.
Here is a Spotify playlist that reflects most of KOE048 – a collection of the new (Her Parents), the old (Brenton Wood), the classic (The Animals), the obscure (Jon Auer), and Guided By Voices (er, Guided By Voices). I hope you find something you like.
As intimated above, not all the tracks selected this month are available on Spotify so here is the full track listing. I’d urge you to search for the missing tracks.
1. Blame The Bankers – The Sharp Things
2. I Only Panic When There’s Nothing To Do – The Leftovers
3. Mute Superstar – Guided By Voices
4. Demon Days – Robert Forster
5. Caught In Midstream – Vic Godard & Subway Sect
6. Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood
7. Dash 7 – Wilco
8. The Kid’s A Looker – Morrissey
9. Bangalore – The Luck Of Eden Hall
10. Time Is Nigh – Doug Gillard
11. Street Gang – A.R.E. Weapons
12. You’re Dead – Her Parents
13. L.A. Freeway – Guy Clark
14. All Day Long – Shop Assistants
15. Shivering & Dazed – Freeze The Atlantic
16. Confucius – The Skatalites
17. Gold Star For Robot Boy – Jon Auer
18. Well You Better – Yo La Tengo
19. Maypole Song – Paul Giovanni
20. It’s My Life – The Animals
21. What New York Couples Fight About – Morcheeba (featuring Kurt Wagner)
22. True Love Will Find You In The End – Daniel Johnston
Chemical Minx Disguises
Let us know what you liked/didn’t like in this month’s mix by commenting below. I will then fail to take this into account when compiling next month’s mix. See you on the first of the month!