Mixtape, December 2019

My mixtape for the second half of 2019: some songs I became enamoured or re-enamoured of, and want to be able to find my way back to. My mixtape for the first half of 2019 is over here.

  1. Lambchop’s In Care of 8675309 (2016)
  2. Fontaines D.C.’s Boys in the Better Land (Darklands version) (2019)
  3. Black English’s So Scared (2014)
  4. The National’s The Perfect Song (2001)
  5. The National’s Oblivions (live) (2019)
  6. Matt Berninger’s Walking on a String, feat. Phoebe Bridgers (2019)
  7. Phoebe Bridgers’ Motion Sickness (2017)
  8. Better Oblivion Community Center’s Dylan Thomas (2019)
  9. Lord Huron’s The Night We Met, feat. Phoebe Bridgers (2017)
  10. Lord Huron’s Wait by the River (2018)
  11. Iron & Wine/Calexico’s Follow the Water (2019)
  12. Gregory Alan Isakov’s Time Will Tell (live) (2016)
  13. The Trims’ Emergency (2014)
  14. Boy & Bear’s Work of Art (2019)
  15. Boy & Bear’s Suck On Light (2019)
  16. Bon Iver’s Hey, Ma (2019)
  17. Bon Iver’s Faith (2019)
  18. Birdy’s cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love (2011)
  19. Birdy’s cover of The National’s Terrible Love (2012)
  20. David Gray’s If 8 Were 9 (2019)
  21. John Floreani’s Oh Brother (2019)
  22. Beck’s Colors (2018)
  23. Beck’s I’m So Free (2018)
  24. R.E.M.’s I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (remix) (1994/2019)
  25. Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure & Federico Ughi’s Canal Street (2019)

Mixtape, June 2019

When Rilke penned the lines: ‘Music. The breathing of statues. Perhaps: / The quiet of images. You, language where / languages end’ (from ‘To Music’) he was certainly thinking more of Mozart or Monteverdi than of Mumford & Sons. Notwithstanding, this is my ‘mixtape’ for the first half of 2019 – things old, new, borrowed, etcetera – arranged roughly in the order in which I became enamoured or re-enamoured of them. Nothing too uppity or grandiose, except maybe the first one.

  1. Nils Frahm’s Toilet Brushes (live) (2013)
  2. Ben Howard’s Small Things (2014)
  3. Ben Howard’s End of the Affair (live) (2014) 
  4. Big Red Machine’s Lyla (2018) 
  5. Kaleo’s Save Yourself (2016)
  6. Chet Faker’s Talk is Cheap (2014)
  7. Gregory Alan Isakov’s San Luis (2018)
  8. Gregory Alan Isakov’s cover of Iron & Wine’s The Trapeze Swinger (2015)
  9. Thom Yorke’s Bloom (live) (2019)
  10. Thom Yorke’s Unmade (live) (2019)
  11. Boy & Bear’s cover of Empire of the Sun’s Walking on a Dream (live) (2011)
  12. The Reindeer Section’s Cartwheels (2002)
  13. Elbow’s Mirrorball (2008)
  14. WATT!’s Santa Monica (2018)
  15. WATT!’s Deutscher Herbst (2018)
  16. Tales’ So Blue (2018)
  17. Bon Iver’s Calgary (live) (2016) 
  18. Mogli’s cover of Bon Iver’s Holocene (live) (2018)
  19. Radiohead’s The Numbers (live) (2016)
  20. The National’s Light Years (2019)
  21. Calexico and Iron & Wine’s Midnight Sun (2019)
  22. Lambchop’s Everything for You (2019)
  23. The Cinematic Orchestra’s Lessons (2019)
  24. Black English’s Leave the Door Wide Open (2014)
  25. Fontaines DC’s Hurricane Laughter (2019)