SO, my supposed return to the world of blogging was obviously rather presumptuous, seeing that I’ve fulfilled all of ONE of my anticipated posts on LITC. I have no explanation, no cause, no defense. Somehow, I’ve just not gotten to it. I hope you will believe that I’ve BEGUN to write, but alas, completion of any particular post has eluded me.
In lieu of a meaty slab of verbiage, I offer instead…a mix. A mix the like of which I have never before made, namely, a concentration of electronica/dance-ish type songs. Recently, I have perceived a deluge of retro-80’s synth/drum machine/gloom-pop tunes in the musical ether. For instance, I thought I had stumbled upon an unreleased duet between Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush when I heard the song, “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye (pronounced “gore-tea-eh” apparently) and Kimbra. The synth line and flat drums of Class Actress’ “Weekend” transported me back to middle school, when I used to tape songs off of the radio (before my best mate Wade opened my mind to punk, proto-indie, and goth on vinyl). There’s also some heavy 80’s influence evident in the new “chillwave” genre which seems to be gaining momentum amongst the hiptelligensia…thanks to my Portland DJ friend, David A. for the heads up on this scene.
With the help of my Shazam app, the RCRD LBL daily download, and my retinue of music blogs, I put together a playlist of some 19 songs roughly fitting in this emerging genre, in a mix entitled, “Past Forward (or, Addicted to a Certain Kind of Sadness)” which you may download here.
I have dedicated the mix to my co-blogger and close-as-a-brother friend, Elijah Wade Smith, to whom I owe a letter of epic proportions, with my deepest apologies for epistolary delinquency. I hope you all enjoy and know that I am working on getting my blog-self into gear. As a
new internet meme declares…
- Video Games/Lana Del Rey
- Days/The Drums
- Lofticries/Purity Ring
- When We’re Dancing/Twin Shadow
- No Reasons/VEGA
- Weekend/Class Actress
- Don’t Move/Phantogram
- The Suburbs/Mr. Little Jeans
- The Body/The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
- Throw Away This/Telepathe
- Polish Girl/Neon Indian
- Animal/Neon Trees
- Wait/Alberta Cross
- Old Friend/Caveman
- Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)/Gotye
- Destructive Paths to Live Happily/Kindest Lines
- Car Crash/Telekinesis
- You Have My Eyes Now/CLUEs
- Exit The Mine/Baths