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Monday, February 01, 2010

My Last Mix-Tape

No one is going to read this . . . but then again, no one is going to listen to every word of your best mix tape either. I've made a few in my time, and the following 20 songs complete the 'Only Mix-Tape I Should Have Ever Made.'
This one's for me, but I'm inviting you to take my glasses and see the world of music as I've seen it for the last 24 years. I'll stand by everyone of these songs, and would be happy to argue anything about their merit and/or meaning. So what do they mean to me . . . . well here goes:

1. "You're Not Very Well" Charlatans U.K.
Thriller was my first tape and I still think that's pretty cool. "Some Friendly" by the Charlatans was my CD. I knew that I'd only have one chance to buy 'my first CD,' and I blew it on these guys. I was in high school, my bro was in college. He liked the Charlatans, so did I.

2. "Close to Me" The Cure
I was in a Radio and TV class in high school. Every one of us had to 'play DJ,' roll out some chit-chat and spin one track. My voice was lame and I spun 'Fortunate Son' by CCR. Some girl with Doc Martens, black hair and a ton of mascara rocked 'Close to Me.' I thought I hated The Cure. This song changed everything.

3. "Bats in the Belfry" Dispatch
When you see a band so many times that you can call their encore and still be blown away, you know they're in your top five. If I could only listen to 5 albums for the rest of my life, this album would make the list . . . . and forget Pete Townsend. I still dream of jumping off an amp like Chad Urmston.

4. "Mirror Song" Live
Ed Kowalczyk and his boys were much better when they were young, blue collared rockers from Pennsylvania. Before Throwing Copper killed this band, this album gave me plenty to think about.

5. "Have You Seen Me Lately?" Counting Crows
My wife loves these guys, and I must admit . . . I'm a fan too. I tried to leave them off but I'll join Adam in a sing-a-long every time I hear this track. The original is horrific, but they've created an incredible 'cover' of their own song. Never seen that before, but I'm not a Phish fan either.

6. "This Ain't Living" G. Love & Special Sauce
They came to Davidson in '94 and played in front of an empty gym. I was unimpressed, but "Yeah, It's That Easy" became an album that I spun more than any other. One of the only songs I've ever written (Stick it to the Man) is based off this song. It continues to suck, but one day I hope to play it as smooth as G and Jasper.

7. "Half the Man" Jamiroquai
He was my Tracy Chapman. I couldn't believe Jay K was a man. I made my way to a 70's party in 1999 and I brought 'Return of the Space Cowboy' because I couldn't stand the thought of dancing to 'Brick House.' Jamiroquai burned that place down.

8. "Man in a Suitcase" The Police
The greatest 3 piece of all times. This track could be my favorite from Gordon, Stu and Andy. Sting was like Larry David at this point in his career. He could make an amazing song out of absolutely nothing. I did end up seeing these guys at Red Rocks, and it improved my opinion of the band . . .

9. "Son of Byford" Run D.M.C.
Deacon D.M.C. "Baptized" me in Salt Lake at a small club by throwing a bottle of water on the crowd. These guys changed music for my generation. John Paul Sperling brought 'Raising Hell' to my sixth grade class and played it during our Wednesday art lesson. I brought 'The White Album.' We both thought we were cool, and in retrospect . . . we were.

10. "Deeper Shade of Soul" Urban Dance Squad
Like Panoff is to 'People Under the Stairs,' so am I to UDS. Self proclaimed 'Originators of Rap-Rock,' I guess they gave us Fred Durst. But before that they gave me some of my favorite tracks to play in the old Honda Accord. I remember watching the video and wanting a yellow shirt with a big black jagged line. Apparently I thought looking like Charlie Brown was pretty sweet, too.

11. "King of the Mountain" Midnight Oil
I've listened to this track for 20 years. Peter Garrett freaked me out, but this was a band that I invested some money in. I felt like I had 'ownership' of Midnight Oil. Looking back, I think I did because everyone I run into hates these guys.

12. "Timeless Melody" The La's
I almost left this one off. When my hall counselor came around Freshman year and asked all of us for our 'favorite track,' I gave him this one. (Wish I could get my hands on that Mix Tape.) My musical mentor (Neuburger) told me that these Liverpudlians were the new Beatles. "There She Goes" was no "Let it Be," but I thought the were bigger than Jesus at the time.

13. "Fall on Me" R.E.M.
I've always wondered if Al Gore likes this song. My bro had U2, and I had R.E.M. Mike Mills' backing vocals have always intrigued me. I think he's at his best on this one.

14. "Dune Buggy" Presidents of the United States of America
At one point I claimed that "If I could be part of any band it would be the POTUSA."
Hard to believe I said that, but after Dune Buggy I remember why. Brad Corrigan took some guitar lessons from Dave Dederer and always threatened to put me on the phone with him. Boy how I'd love to talk Bassitar.

15. "Mellow Mood" Slightly Stoopid
Andrew Lumpkin is more of an SS guy than me. I just thought this was a brilliant (please read sarcastically) collaboration here.

16. "Rush" Big Audio Dynamite II
Clearly a terrible band by their name alone. This almost didn't make the list, but Mick Jones is a legend, and this track represents on of my greatest 'Mix Tape Edits' of all times. The middle of the track is littered with some sampling nonsense, and I made one of the most seamless and sickest cuts back in '91. The tape is gone, but the song remains.

17. "Elvis Presley And America" U2
I could put any U2 track on here and be totally comfortable. I just thought I'd reveal a track that's haunted me for 15 years. 'Unforgettable Fire' is my favorite album, 'Bad' my favorite track, and this song is somewhere in the mix. This is one of those songs that highlights some of my favorite things about the band. Bono, Eno/Lanois/ and Larry Mullen. Not sure how they'll celebrate the military drumming of Larry Mullen Jr. when he's gone, but I'm guessing it might be with Sunday Bloody Sunday, and this song.

18. "When the Day is Done" The Samples
Another band that people love to hate. They came to Davidson in '96 and I saw this guy and this girl dancing, without shame, to some Boulder Rock. It's forever burned in my memory. I've always wanted to be able to cut loose at a concert . . . .

19. "Only You" Yaz
I went to Shawnee Mission South. The Girl I liked went to Shawnee Mission East. She liked Yaz . . . enough said.

20. "Untitled" R.E.M.
I like to call this track "11." Perhaps my favorite R.E.M. track off my favorite R.E.M. album. I recently learned that they switched instruments for this recording. Now you know what it sounds like when Michael Stipe plays the drums.

Here ends "The Only Mix Tape I Ever Should Have Made."
Put it in your tape deck and sing a long.

Hayes 'DJ Eddie Harris' Trotter

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Disc Junkies 67...


Fellow Junkies-

Let me start by saying that I take 100% responsibility for the lack of timeliness on dropping this disc and am open to any tongue lashings or paddlings that are deemed appropriate. After passing along my duties for the month of June as I made the treck from Chicago to Denver, I failed to pick up tragic's month on the other end. That said, I do not apologize for the fact that I am robbing October of its month because....well, its October and I am not sure that there is a better month for music in my mind. After I finally catch my breath from the summer of festivals and slowly slip into the haze of almost winter, I find myself doing little around the house but nerding out on pitchfork,, etc... That said, without further adieu, the track list for disc junkies 67(?).....its hard to keep track with the many missed months. I will be posting more detail and description over the next coming days...again..sorry for the delay.


1. Brendan Canning – All the Best Wooden Toys Come From Germany

2. Florence and the Machine – Dog Days are Over

3. The Antlers – Two

4. Dirty Projectors – Cannibal Resource

5. Justin Vernon – Whippgrass

6. The Jayhawks – Tampa to Tulsa

7. Gregory Alan Isakov – Raising Cain

8. Otis Taylor – Ten Million Slaves

9. Blakroc – Hoochie Coo

10. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Come in Please

11. Ben Sollee – Mule with a Bullhorn

12. Balmorhea – Settler

13. Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser – All Flowers in Time Bend Towards the Sun

14. Avette Brothers – The Perfect Space

15. Bad Veins – Gold and Warm

16. The Love Language - Providence

17. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home

18. The Wooden Birds – False Alarm

19. Avette Brothers – I and Love and You

20. Justin Vernon – We Will Never Die

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Disc Junkies 64 - Ear Candy

Harlem Shakes - Amazing new album, been friends with the keyboardist since elementary school...great stuff

Zutons - A very fun band from East Liverpool

Kinch - Local PHX band, they have a lot of potetnial!!!

Black Carl - Another local band with some soul/funk

DMB - New song on the new album devoted to LeRoi...RIP rocks!!!

OAR - For some reason I am back listening to them and this song nails it!!!

Derek Trucks - Epic guitar!!!

Robert Randolph - Let the sunshine in!!!

JJ Grey & Mofro - These guys are Swamp-tastic!!!

What Laura - PHX band making a big name for themselves

Sam Roberts - Canadian Invasion

Doves - New album is sonically pleasing

U2 - Song rocks, well produced, as expected

TV On The Radio - Great Energy and Transitions

Tom Morello - Just met him, song blew the roof off live

DMB - My anthem

PJ - Flying High

Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday, March 02, 2009

DiSalvo Intro Disc

The Allman Brothers. Done Somebody Wrong - Live at the Fillmore East.

When I first heard this album in its entirety I pissed my pants and forgot who I was for twenty minutes. Playing out of their minds.

Drive-by Truckers. 3 Dimes Down - Brighter than Creation's Dark.

I figured I would keep it in Georgia for one more song.

Delta Spirit. Trashcan - Ode to Sunshine.

If anyone wants to start a cover band let me know.

Wilson Pickett. Man and a Half - Hey Jude.

I dare you to find a song with more machismo.

A man, a camel went across the desert and there was no water in sight
Let me tell y'all one thing: the camel died tryin'
But your man and a half is here lovin' you tonight

Why aren't there songs like this anymore?

Spoon. Laffitte Don't Fail Me Now - The Agony of Laffitte.

Seeing the potential to sell records with an up-and-coming indie rock band, Elektra Records, along with A&R man Ron Laffitte, signed Spoon to their first major record deal, which produced their second LP, A Series of Sneaks. Unfortunately, after four months of low sales, Laffitte was fired and Spoon was ultimately dropped from Elektra. Angry with Laffitte (who had promised promotional funding) and the rest of the executives at Elektra, Spoon recorded a vindictively written two-song EP, immortalizing their broken deal. - Wikipedia

Rue Royale. These Long Roads - Rue Royale.

A husband/ wife duo. They will be at the Hideout in Chicago on March 20, if you are in the neighborhood.

Van Morrison. Sweet Thing - Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

Late last year Van did a couple shows where he performed the album Astral Weeks start to finish. Epic. He is doing encore performances of the show in New York and London soon. I am crossing my fingers for a Chicago show to be announced.

Dosh. Wolves - Wolves and Wishes.

I saw him do this live a few months ago. For a musician who lives and dies by the loop, it seemed like some bizarre form of torture to have the saxophonist play live, with no loop. I thought he was going to pass out. It was awesome.

Andrew Bird. Not a Robot, but a Ghost - Noble Beast.

A song by Dosh (above) with Bird providing the lyrics.

Electric Light Orchestra. Secret Messages - Secret Messages.

The song is the title track (and opening track) of the 1983 album Secret Messages. The song starts off with strange effects and backmasked voices (saying "welcome to the show") then a burst of morse code spelling out E.L.O. before the song properly kicks in. - Wikipedia

1901. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

The newest song to be released from Phoenix's upcoming album. This thing has been delayed since Summer 2008 and now has a release date of May 2009. So French.

Monday, February 02, 2009

61 DJ Trotter

Track List
1. Winter * The Dodos
2. Dance, Dance, Dance * Lykke Li
3. Bikowa * Orchestra Baobab
4. Shanty Town * Desmond Dekker
5. Sold! To the Nice Rich Man * The Welcome Wagon
6. Valentine * Justice
7. Grip Like a Vice * The Go! Team
8. No Kid * Urban Dance Squad
9. Beach Party * Air France
10. Shake * Cataldo
11. Nothing Ever Happened * Deerhunter
12. This is the Thing * Fink
13. Meeting Place * The Last Shadow Puppets
14. Crosseyed * Brendan Benson
15. No One Does it Like You * Department of Eagles
16. Mr. President * Janelle Monae
17. Remember Me as a Time of Day * Explosions in the Sky

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New M Ward Album

Here is a full preview of Matt Ward's new album - sounds like it is another beauty. Enjoy -