Friday, May 26, 2017

Born To Lose

Film music, themes and some cues, in a mostly 'pop' vein (running from rock to jazz to funk to experimental and psych), primarily 1960s. Myers, Schifrin, Montenegro, Mancini, etc. etc. with some rarities and surprises (hopefully).

Two mixes in one week!  I try to do a mix once a week.  I didn't do one the week before.  So now I've done two.  Really, this root idea of it came about because I'd been trying to fit in Jackie Lee's "Born To Lose" (how did Jackie Lee not ever do a Bond song? She's fabulous) - which is from a film called Robbery that I've not seen but the soundtrack by Stanley Myers is pretty great - but the song didn't fit on any other mixes.  I also went on a bit of a Scott Walker bender recently and remembered The Walker Brothers had done a pretty blatant (though really quite good) Bond theme rip off for the "spy spoof" film Deadlier Than The Male, which is near the top of my list of favorite spy spoof/spy craze films (the life-size chess match scene is in my opinion a Bond imitator doing Bond better than Bond).  I was also listening to Henry Mancini's sublime soundtrack to a forgotten film called Me, Natalie, which is, I believe, Al Pacino's first credited role?  I've seen the film, it's pretty good, but the soundtrack is wondrous.  The track "Free!" is one I've gravitated to for decades, and if someone pressed me hard to pick what I would consider to be the most beautiful piece of music I've ever heard, I might choose "Free!"  Which also links this mix to the other one in that I used the song there as well.  Basically I was listening to a lot of 60s soundtracks that were of a certain kind and here you are.  Sometimes these mixes are actually rather personal, or at least start off that way, so it's fun to do one like this which was just a very fun dive into 1960s soundtracks (most of them European, of course).  I like this one very much and I might have to do a sort of "part 2" at some point with all the songs I didn't get to use.  If nothing else, it's a blast to put Lynn Redgrave doing "While I'm Still Young" on a mix.

I purposely left a tracklist off of this one, but of course if anyone wants to know a track or a copy of the mix just get in touch.

I'll Slip Away

Songs about leaving, escaping, getting away, freedom, being left behind, saying goodbye, slipping away both mentally and physically.
1. Joe & Bing - Daybreak
2. The Association - Goodbye Columbus
3. The High Llamas - Rotary Hop
4. Rodriguez - I'll Slip Away
5. The Carnival - A Famous Myth
6. David Axelrod - The Mental Traveler
7. Broadcast - Ominous Cloud
8. Wendy & Bonnie - By The Sea
9. Henry Mancini - Free!
10. The Poppy Family - Free From The City
11. Barry Adamson - Straight Til Sunrise
12. The Carnival - I'm Going Home Tomorrow
13. Lee Hazlewood - I Just Learned To Run
14. Monade - Change Of Destination
15. Hong Kong in the 60s - Now Boarding/The Arrival
16. Simon Park - Gun Barrel Highway
17. The Groop - The Jet Song
18. Mark Eric - Move With The Dawn
19. Pram - Goodbye
20. The Poppy Family - I'll See You There
21. Scott Walker - 30 Century Man

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

When I'm not making mixes, I'm usually listening to them. (Most of the time literally 8 hours a day - I'm fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to work with the headphones on.) So when I come across a show that I really like, I want to highlight it. Full disclosure: Mark is a friend of mine. But despite that, he has a fantastic show going at Mixcloud. I heartily recommend it.

I'll share my favorite episode, which is just a blast of fun. Worth checking out.

You look nice in blog

I haven't updated or posted anything in far too long. I stopped putting inks to mp3s of my mixes because I'm not sure anyone is reading this; I think everyone who "follows" me does so on Mixcoud. But, if you should want a copy, leave a comment or send me a message and I'll upload one for you. The same goes for library albums - I have a great deal of them. There are a few good things coming up; first, a redesign to the blog, most especially that logo. I should have a first "single" or some such coming up in the next month or two. And I have some good news that I hesitate to mention because I fear the universe. But I see no reason this won't pan out and it is quite exciting news. Still, I'm not going to tell you yet.

Baroque Face


This one I'm quite fond of.

In Here The World Begins

Ask me for a copy of it, damn you!

It's All Around You

Let me know if you'd like a copy!

The Elsewhere Shuffle

Again - if'd like a copy, let me know!