God it feels weird getting up on this TGW stage again. It’s been a real long time since I was up here. It was May 2012. It was to share something called Farrell and Trixie’s Memorial Day mix. That was nine months ago. Just weeks before all the changes. All the conclusions. The untanglings. The moving truck.
Actually, the real title of this mix is: Songs to play really loud and drive your car too fast to (or run too fast to) or just kind of feel fucked up to. or feel fucking rad to.
Fuck. Staring into the spotlight. Tapping the mic. Is this on?
So, it’s been an expectedly bad time here in Philly. Thank you thank you for all of your visits and mailings and messages and prolonged sad hugs and kind words and sacred tones of voice and knowing looks and buoyant hand waves and purchased drinks and back-patting and future plannings. Even when the possibilities seemed absurd. Youse have been sitting shiva with me. With me and R. And W. I felt you out there. Your goodwill and love and sadness. Thanks. It’s been so touching, so uplifting. Mercifully, time moves on. Things are really much already just so much tons better. Better for sure!! Right?! The sun is moving North again. There’s a spring coming. And Bryan just keeps on pushing. (Thanks Bry!) Clearly, it’s about time to emerge again and send along my mixmas.
This one is quite unique, a compendium, an urgent-care compress of sorts, a cocktail, the perfect pill, of some of last year’s most played, most helpful songs. Because this mix is really exactly that. Helpful. Maybe not tonight. Or this month. Or this year. Or this decade. But someday you might need this mix. And I’m sorry when that day comes for you. Really sorry. But these songs are little pain killers. Physically comforting songs. Useful for discharging very ugly emotions. Discharging them with that unavoidable mix of self-pity and fuck-the-worldness that comes so natural to these situations. I call it canarthacism ™. (catharsis and narcissism) These songs grab your hand and say let’s get the hell out of here, you beleaguered hero. You don’t deserve this. There is a better place for us. Run, hurry, let’s get there! Hurry! Come on precious, we’ll make it!!
In the mean time, these songs still work well in a variety of other less aggrieved, less crisis-ed, heart-broken situations. This mix is great for losing weight. And being ok with losing security. And for training for half marathons. And for collecting things. Like speeding tickets. And knee injuries. And hangovers. For flooding your brain with dopamine. Or alcohol. For imagining new futures. For the exquisite pleasures of crying. For dreaming big. Delusionally gigantic. And feeling awesome. And horrible. In the fast lane. In the ocean by night. Driving 100 miles an hour. Running seven minute miles. Not knowing which direction is the surface. Come there with me. It’s full catastrophe living. It’s beautiful. It’s rare. It’s brief. You have a body for fucksake. We are young. We are all still sensation seekers. Let’s do this!
And I’ll be back in three weeks with another mix. Quite different. Just as rewarding. God, it’s nice to be back on this stage. Now go listen to this mix and come back and say something really dickish and smart and sneery. I wouldn’t want anything less. I’ve missed youse! Oh, and happy Valentines Day! (fart sound!)
1.) “Be above it” Tame Impala
2.) “The house that heaven built” Japandroids
3.) “Home tonight” Eux Autres
4.) “Heart full of Pentagrams” Film School
5.) “Year of the Glad” Marnie Stern
6.) “You already know” Ghost Light
7.) “All United Grocery” Neighbors
8.) “Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)” Crocodiles
9.) “The Best Part” Letting up Despite Great Faults
10.) “Deconstruction” Fanfarlo
11.) “OX4″ Ride
12.) “Railways Nos. 1-27″ Gangi
13.) “No Destruction” Foxygen
14.) “On Blue Mountain” Foxygen
15.) “Say no to love” The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
16.) “Ecoutez Bien!” Eux Autres
17.) “Hearts” Johnny Neon
18.) “The Veldt” Deadmau5
19.) “I Can Only Imagine (feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne)” David Guetta
20.) “Werkin’ Girls” Angel Haze
21.) “Dream Analysis” Jesse Ruins
22.) “Hex Girlfriend” Neon Indian
23.) “Midnight Sun” Isaac Delusion