Once, a couple of years ago, I tried to write down everything I could remember from the earliest moment in my life onwards. It didn’t take long before the chronology got blurred and I started to miss things. It felt vaguely disappointing that I no longer had storage space in my mind for stuff that was once important.
In this recurring feature, I attempt to map my entire life to date using music that reminds me of a particular person, place or thing. I still try to make mixtapes for myself as often as I can just in case I get wildly nostalgic for the non-descript period when I was doing non-descript things and hanging out with certain people and so forth. I tend to get pretty violently nostalgic for almost anything though. Not in an Instagram kind of way. Not sure what way, actually.
The point of this is not to come off as cool or even to make particularly listenable mixes. It’s to be accurate to a mindset as I remember it. As such, no apologies for anything being shit. Apologies for how solipsistic this whole thing is though, definitely apologies for that.
Anyway. Here are the tapes to date.
Mixtape #1: Walking To School
((The Unicorns – Jellybones//Wolf Parade – Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts//Modest Mouse – Black Cadillacs//Andrew Byrd – A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left//Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position//Broken Social Scene – Almost Crimes//The Blood Brothers – Crimes//Interpol – Public Pervert//Neutral Milk Hotel – A Baby For Pree//Deerhoof – L’Amour Stories//Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress//of Montreal – Our British Tour Diary//Sufjan Stevens – Cum On Feel The Illinoise//LCD Soundsytem – Losing My Edge))