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The Year. Interlude – Them’s The Vagaries

Them’s The Vagaries #28: The Cuckoo-Clock Of Doom

Here is the end of year episode of the podcast I do. It’s kind of like sprinting a marathon. There’s three parts, sort of. We talk about our songs of the year, then we take a break and when we come back we agree for a while about the two best artists of the year. After that we go to some albums of the year and things fall apart as we get tired and any basic tolerance for the other’s taste in music beyond rap kind of goes out the window.

The show notes are here. Facebook here. Subscribe on iTunes.

Associated with this podcast, I have made a compilation of music Seán would hate, which is (by tradition anyway) the kind of music people who read this blog would like:

Anti-Sean Mixtape – Squarehead – I Wanna Hold Your Hand//Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends//Fair Ohs – Baldessari//Smith Westerns – Weekend//Milk Maid – Dead Wrong//Dum Dum Girls – Always Looking//Cults – You Know What I Mean//Tune-yards – Es-So//Vivian Girls – Dance (If You Wanna)//Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Heart In Your Heartbreak//Male Bonding – Carrying//The Babies – Meet Me In The City//Hunx And His Punx – He’s Coming Back

Also on top of that, I made a “mix” of my favourite rap songs of the year, the tracklist of which follows. Mediafire download here.

Young L – Same Reason (As I Float: The Great John Nash Mixtape)
Lil B – Unchain Me (Im Gay)
Cousin Fik – Hacksaw Ben Thuggin’ (Hacksaw Ben Thuggin’)
Roach Gigz – F A Chorus (Bitch I’m A Player)
Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz – 6’7′ (Tha Carter IV)
Gucci Mane – Tragedy (Writings On The Wall II)
Blueprint – Automatic (Adventures In Counter-Culture)
Z-Ro – Never Had Love (Meth)
Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci (single)
Tyler, the Creator – Yonkers (Goblin)
Mellowhype – 64 (Blackenedwhite reissue)
Curren$y – #jetsgo (Weekend At Burnie’s)
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire feat. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown & El-P – The Last Huzzah (remix)
Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross – Tupac Back (MMG Presents: Self Made Vol. 1)
Young L – Loud Pockets (Domo Kun)


Mixtape Autobiography #2: Staring At A Ceiling

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Mixtape #2: Staring At A Ceiling
((The Lion King – Circle Of Life//Animal Collective – My Girls//Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song)//Primal Scream – Velocity Girl//Life Without Buildings – Daylighting//Talula Gosh – Talula Gosh//Wavves – When Will You Come//Architecture In Helsinki – The Cemetery//Galaxie 500 – Blue Thunder//Desperadow – Back Seat Glory//James – Laid))

This is a recent one, memory-wise. You may have read of the historic forthcoming Irish visit of Elizabeth II, constitutional monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis, head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

She will be visiting the War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. I’ve only been there once, but it was a memorable experience which I will not outline fully so that I don’t incriminate myself. I stared at water, and stuff like that. This mixtape was, in playlist form, made as part of my general compulsion for making snapshot mixtapes, so I thought I might as well make an mp3 of it and use it for this.

Shouts out to Desperadow for the title quote.

Mixtape Autobiography #3: Let’s All Score Hat Tricks

Something weird happened with Mixtape Autobiography #2: Staring At A Ceiling. I will put it up in a couple of days. Soundcloud is being unsound about all the major label music I keep putting in these, so for the time being it’s plain mp3s without the bubbly orange player. Play it here or right click and Save As to download. More information on the project.


Mixtape #3: Let’s All Score Hat Tricks
Weezer – My Name Is Jonas//Spinto Band – Oh Mandy//Paul Simon – Graceland//Smith Westerns – Dreams//Bazooka – I Wanna Fuck All The Girls In My School//Sea Pinks – Japanese Knotweed//Best Coast – Boyfriend//Polyphonic Spree – Light & Day/Reach For The Sun//Ginnels – Kirkby Lonsdale

Ah, this one feels like it was just yesterday. That’s primarily because it was just yesterday. The thing about life is that it is just a finite succession of infinitisemally tiny pasts, so if I want to do a mixtape 24 hours after the event – which was playing World Cup in Iveagh Gardens and having a match in the DCC grounds beside Christchurch – I can do that too.

Mixtape Autobiography #1: Walking To School

This is a new recurring feature. To read about the reasoning behind it, go here (summary: trying to make the map the territory [less abstract summary: making mixtapes of my whole memory])

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))

I think the moment when it clicked with me that I was maybe taking music a little bit more seriously than some others was when a girl in my class in fourth year told me that I’d blanked her twice that week in the car park in the mornings, and that I looked like I had been having a lot of fun walking along by myself with my big headphones on.

For a long time (okay, until I finished secondary school), my ‘favourite songs’ were the ones from walking to school. I spouted pretentiously a lot about how full albums were important (and I still do that), but if I really loved a song, I’d walked to school for an entire week listening to nothing else. Stepping out of the house, still dark at 8am on a rainy suburban December or sweating my way to an exam in June, and listening to nothing else but one song the whole way, skipping back to the start in my pocket as soon as it ended.

Really, as much as you can convince yourself you like this band that are cool or that band a girl likes, that mp3 player era version of wearing a record out is the truest version of fealty to a band and a song. You end up knowing every word, wanting to get into situations where you can shout them for some obscure reason.

A lot of what’s on this tape came from data CDs and USB sticks given to me by my friend Goo who was a couple of years older and connected to the world outside Radiohead and Franz Ferdinand by the Secret Unicorns Forum. A lot of it ended up pretty lame, but it was all the most important shit ever to me at one point.

One of my favourite life memories is playing A Baby For Pree in the school talent show in sixth year and having my friend’s mother ask if I was alright. Broken Social Scene was the only thing apart from The Strokes everyone agreed on at house parties when I was figuring how to have friends and drink beer. The band I was in attempted to cover at least two of these, and we probably subconsciously emulated three or four more. And yeah I was really into Matisyahu for ages. It’s not really clear in retrospect why. I saw him live on a fake ID and bought a t-shirt.

This is the generation of dude I was in school.