Side-trade mix CD review.

1. Noah’s Ark – Coco Rosie
This is a really good lead in track. I like how its got an old record player kind of start up and sounds just a little vinyl. I first heard Coco Rosie in an earlier PDP round and enjoyed the tracks but hadn’t looked into her any more. So it was a nice little surprise.

2. Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above – CSS
I’m really enjoying the group that hails from Brazil and put out Tired of Being Sexy for Sub Pop. Its a fun album that just makes you want to groove. And it mixes in very well out of track one. Definitely meets the rule, take it up a notch.

3. Oh Yeah – The Cliks
I find this song kinda weird; its kinda Alannah Myles-rock meets indie rock in my head. Okay, I get it. You want your baby back. I think I’d like this song if I was running in the rain. Or biking up a cardiac. I should maybe get some aerobic exercise.

4.Touch Up – Mother Mother
This band kind makes me think me of a cross between the Unicorns and Islands. And I like it! Model ships, sailing around?!? The South Pacific!?! Sign me up! And it sets up the next song very nicely.

5. People Folk – Tunng
I’d never heard of Tunng before but I like their sort of haunting chant. The band’s MySpace describes them so:

tunng play a mesmerising mix of folky acoustics and busy electronica, overlaying electronic crackles, gorgeous harmonies, bewitching mantras and synthetic beats that are reminiscent of early Beta Band, ‘The Wicker Man’ soundtrack and Four Tet.

Now that I read that, they totally remind me of Beta Band – and they come up a lot on random on my iPod. I haven’t heard too much Four Tet but I’m a little familiar with them. So far the transitions are excellent.

6. Satellite – Guster
I’ve loved Guster since I first saw them open for John Mayer years ago in Seattle. I’ve written other annotated tracklistings on them so I won’t talk about them too much but I’m glad the chosen track is from a new album, as I’d sort lost touch with their newer works. And I really like the song itself, one of my favourite cuts on the CD.

Of course, I also had a Guster track on my An afternoon with iVincent. He’s a space ninja. Part I mix CD.

7. Nobody Knows Me at All – The Weepies
I really enjoyed the Weepies. And I also have to comment on the ability to put two tracks by a kick ass band on a mix. Its been a while since I could do it. I’m also incapable of making a mix CD lest than 77 minutes long and most of the time its 79 and change, so I’m a little envious of the ability to make a concise 12 track CD.

8. It’s Cold Outside – Over the Rhine
This song is an interesting phenomenon for me. The part of the file-sharing, blog-listening, Internet radio-scanning, music magazine-reading lifestyle that has so much music by so many artists on ones iPod that you don’t know what you have. Our music libraries and are sort like Google, so big, so much information, that we’re not really sure what we have – we just know we have a lot!

So I have three tracks by Over the Rhine on my iPod but I recognized the name and not the band. In my defense, one song is a cover.

I like this cut and it reminds me of my Revolver by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan track. Because of the male-female duality and the touch of country.

9. Gotta Have You – The Weepies
Can I just say that I thought there were a lot of parallels between the side trade CDs? I thought The Weepies had a similar vibe to Hello Saferidre. This band reminds me of the 1990s and movies like Threesome and a generic Wynona Ryder film. I’m sooo glad the 90s are over but sometimes I’m a little nostalgic for them.

10. Feel Free – Winston
Its kinda quirky but overall I’m just indifferent to this track one way or another.

11. Transcontinental – Pedro the Lion
Pedro the Lion is a band I sought out because I thought they had a cool name. It was the same time I was checking out Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and while they stuck a bit, Pedro didn’t. I’m glad that this track on is on the CD and reminded me that I wanted to check them out.

12. The City – Lo_Fi_Fnk
In some ways, this is the most controversial song on the mix for me. I really like this song and Lo_Fi_Fnk sounds like they’d be a lot of fun; I’d love to hear a whole album by them. I also think that maybe they are like United States of Electronica, and their awesome ‘Emerald City’ track from Brandden’s PDP3 mix, and are just a group of friends that got together for what seems one track.

Anyways, I just don’t think it goes here. Its not a last CD song, or, rather, its not this CDs natural last song to me. I think it may be a little too up beat or something. Although this is only about 75% of the time. I do sometimes feel its a good to end on a high note. And I really love the beat!

So by the end, I always forget that I didn’t think it really went and am just enjoying the track.

Overall, I really liked this CD. Some bands I knew, some bands I wanted to know, some bands I hadn’t heard of – a great mix! I thought the transitions were all really well selected and things flowed from one to another with no problems. The album as a whole is pretty coherent, with only the final track seeming out of place to the vibe being established. But in the end its so catchy, you forgive it.


Comments ( 1 )

  1. I had forgotten about this side trade CD review and I must say I had been feeling a bit rusty with my mixed CDs lately and after reading this reivew… I am now motivated to put a side trade together.

    Also, re: Mother Mother, they are a Vancouver band and have become one of my faves. I like bands with repeating names somehow, like Controller Controller.

    It’s also nice to see I have some controversy in me. Well, I guess when it comes to finishing songs at least!

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