This Is Just A Meta Mix On A Blog

Date March 21, 2012

Inspired by the return of one of my favorite TV shows, the hyper self-aware Community (whose Abed could be considered the patron saint of meta-humor) and the self-referring “Simple Song” on the new Shins album out this week, I’ve made a mix of my favorite meta-referencing songs. By this I mean songs that specifically reference […]

MP3: Islands – This Is Not A Song

Date December 7, 2011

Nick Thorburn has been busy the past year with Mister Heavenly, his collaboration with members of Man Man and The Shins (plus Michael Cera as their touring bassist), but he’s now back to his main gig Islands and they are prepping a new album,¬†A Sleep And A Forgetting¬†for a Valentine’s Day release. Our first taste […]

The F-Bomb Mix

Date October 6, 2010

When Sufjan Stevens’s new album Age of Adz hit the web, apart from the auto-tune section in “Impossible Soul”, the most talked thing about the album was the multiple F-bomb drops in the song “I Want To Be Well”. Rewind a couple months back and Cee-Lo’s delightful anthem “F*** You” was making waves for it’s […]

Best Albums of 2009

Date December 28, 2009

In a few days a new decade will begin and we’ll have a whole new debate about what to call the decade, but first we must reflect on the final year of the zeroes/naughties. It seems like I talk every year about how surprised I am by the amount of new artists that show up […]

50 Songs of 2009 (1 of 2)

Date December 15, 2009

(photo by Johannes G.) As I did last year, I’ve decided to cap off 2009 by offering my top 50 songs of the year (in two parts). These are the tried-and-true songs that have stuck with me throughout this past year filling my days with joy and my mix CDs with, uh… songs. These are […]

Song within a Song Mix

Date November 24, 2009

While it’s fairly common for artists to perform a cover every once in a while, it’s much rarer (and more interesting) for a band to incorporate a cover into one of their own songs. The “song within a song” is cool for a number of reasons. It’s much harder to pull off then just sampling […]