Monday, November 19

CDP Mix-Tape Trade Wrap Party (Part 5).

Mix-Tape Trade Wrap Party.

Ever since the CDP Nationwide Mix-Tape Trade ended a couple months ago, people have been harping on me about reviewing their mix. Time constraints were getting in the way at the time, but while I'm waiting for my book to go to publication, I have a week or two to really sit down and pick apart these works that CDP readers were kind enough to mail to me.

I set the rules for listening to and reviewing the assorted mixes as follows: I would write in complete stream-of-consciousness mode while each song played (hence the poor grammar and possible spelling errors), and stop writing as soon as the song was over. Any pausing or skipping tracks was not allowed. I was listening for songs that I liked, along with the general flow and mood you'd expect from a decent mix-tape. I listened to every mix through headphones and without outside distraction.

My fifth reviewed mix belongs to the hilarious, hard-drinking, gun-toting, ass-kicking, South Carolina-raised JT.

Due to specific instructions sent to me with the CD, it has been suggested that the mix works best when listened to drunk. Never one to ruin the specific and delicate mood created by JT, I have completely obliged, setting forth my own listening rules:

At the conclusion of each of the first 10 tracks (there are 20 overall), I will take a shot of Jameson Whiskey. That's 10 shots in under 35 minutes, leaving me to slip into unconsciousness for the remaining 35 (it's a pretty long mix).


This has been done for JT, the love of the mix-tape, my dedication to the CDP and the greater good in general. I also want to mention that this is a terrible idea and should not be tried by anyone, anywhere, ever. However, don't ever again think that you can't be drank under the table by a Madison hipster.

Here we go; pray for me.

1. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers - ZZ Top

I cannot believe how similar every single ZZ Top song sounds. I won't deny their place in rock history, though; I've always liked the way they mixed the sound of their drum kit in production. ZZ Top is more or less Guitar Solo pornography; it doesn't matter how we get to the guitar solo, all that matters is that it's there and it's good.

Just by scanning the titles of these songs, you can tell that JT is laying the theme on pretty thick. One song down, and one smooth shot of Jameson for yours truly.

2. Beer Run - George Jones & Garth Brooks

Any time I hear George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today," I more or less tear up like a baby. Also, I respect Garth Brooks more than just about any country musician. I mean, this guy has sold more records than the Beatles, and has been retired for a decade. This is a fun song, actually; it sounds like Garth and George are having a fun time.

My second shot in three minutes went down a little harder than the first. No worries, though.

3. Raise Hell, Drink Beer - Cory Morrow

I've never heard of Cory Morrow, but I'm really surprised he's not on the radio. Or maybe he is; I guess I'd have no idea. This is a up-tempo number about the only thing to do in a backwoods town on the weekends. Had I not left Larsen, Wisconsin for Madison, I'd probably be the biggest redneck on Earth by now.

I really should have eaten something before I signed on to give myself alcohol poisoning. My gut hurts after this third shot, and I'm starting to get light headed. It's going to be a long review.

4. Thrown Out Of The Bar - Hank Williams III

For those who don't know, Hank Williams Sr. is a God, Hank Williams Jr. is an alcoholic, and Hank Williams III is an alt-country madman. I can't say that I've ever been thrown out of a bar, but I did throw a dart at some jackass once; leaving before he kicked the crap out of me.

These songs are kind of short; I thought I'd have time to recover in between drinks. Uh-oh.

5. Longneck Bottle - Garth Brooks

You'd never think this about me, but I am the proud owner of the Garth Brooks boxed set. Not because I'm a country fan, but I'm a fan of history-changing popular music. Garth is the man, yo.

I'm starting to think that JT has created the Holy Grail of all Southern Tavern mixes. Considering that he has to listen to horrid jukebox picks every night, it makes sense that he would know what works and what doesn't.

Jesus, it's getting hot in here. I apologize for any spelling errors in the very near future. I'm going to hate Jameson my the time I'm done with this.

6. Drink One More Round For Me - Pat Green (f/Cory Morrow)

This song makes me feel like a lonely, suicidal drunk, sitting alone in my office, contemplating the desolate near-future. Oh man, that is what I'm doing! I need a sandqich, pronto.

Siiiiiiiiiiip.

7. Una Mas Cerveza - Tommy Alverson

Are you sure this isn't a Jimmy Buffet song? If not, he should at least sue for infringement on his signature, laid-back, breezy beach sound. He' s still alive, right?

Four more shots to go. Make tat three more. I feel like I ate a battery. What time is it?

8. Corpus Christi Bay - Robert Earl Keen

I want to take this time to apologize foe what's happening to this mix review. I hope JT understands my lack of vision. I also want to apologize to my mother, and anyone who reads this under the age of 21, or really anyone that has attempted to respect me as a person.

I HATE WHISKEY.

9. Beer - Cory Morrow

No freaking way! Cory Morrow covers a Reel Big Fish song! Awesome. For my money= this is pretty much my favorite beer-related song ever. I'm not even that big of a drinker (although it'll be hard to convince you of that right now), but every time I hear this song, I have to sing it at the top of my lings.,

This is my ninth show. Shot. Shot. Shot. shot. shot shot. shot. shoot

10. This One - American Gun

Guns are the only American-made product that doesn't break after a weej. Wekk. Week.

Goddamn. There, I'm done. Now I can fosuc, and get back down to business.

11. Hair Of The Dog - Shooter Jennings

When I was a kkid, I would liusten to Nazereth's 'Hair of the Dog' album, because I really liked 'Love Hurts.' Now that I'm older, nothing has changed. i just dont own the album any more.

Thank you for listening to that story. Please buy my book on November 300/

12. Some Rowdy Women - Shooter Jennings

A double shot of Shooter Hennings! Rad. I do't knoiw who this guy is, but I bet I could beat hin in a game of Pinball.

13. Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash = The Man. The most punk rock country musician ever. RIP.

14. All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) - Hank Williams Jr.

My mom saw Hank in concert many yers ago, and she said that he gor drunk and passed out half way through his set. I don't know if that's a good thing, but at least she has a neat story to tell. I think musician is one of the few jobs where you can show up completely whacked out of your gourd and still get paid. Well, that and professional writer, I guess.

15. I'm Drinking Again - Corey Smith

He mentioned Whiskey in this song. I don't think I like whickey anymore, though. I need to go to the bathroom.

16. Whiskey River - Willie Nelson

No, not another whiskey song. I thought that Willie was more of an illicit substance kind of guy, anyways. Not me, I've always been law-abiding. I'm sick of coworkers thingking that I smoke pot. Sorry, dude, gt away from me.

17. Saint Of Alcohol - American Gun

I like this mix. Of course, I think I like just abnout everything right about now. If I were at a bar, I'd be hugging people and telling them how much I missed them, even if it were the firswt time we've ever met. I get really gabby and dancy when i drink. Sort of like when I'm sober, only slightly less coherent.

18. Wishing I Was 21 - Corey Smith

Getting drunk isn't all it's cracked up to be. You get sick, you make a fool out of yourself, you probably throw up, you don't remember much and you lose all of your money. I don't think I'm ever drinking again after this. Thanks JT, you've changed my life with your mix, but not in the way you probably intended

19. Threadbare Gypsy Soul - Pat Green (f/Willie Nelson)

You know what the difference is between a violin and a fiddle? NOTHING!

20. Tiger Rag - Clemson University Tiger Band

GO Clemson! I like that JT is so proud of his alma matter. That's freaking awesome.

Time for stats.

Total Number Of Tracks - 20
Number Of Above Average Tracks - 6
Number Of Average Tracks - 8
Number Of Below Average Tracks - 6
Number Of Tracks That I Own - 1.5
Best Track(s) - Sunday Morning Coming Down/Beer
Worst Track - Saint Of Alcohol
Total Score - 7.0/10

Tomorrow, I'll have another mix on the chopping block. Will it be yours?


(NOTE: This was done in satire only, and again, shouldn't really be attempted by anyone.)

Comments:
Wow...Jameson? That's pretty hardcore. I just meant for you to sip on a few beers while listening.

This is officially the first time I've gotten someone drunk over the interweb.

Also, Shooter Jennings is Waylon's son.
 
Fake drunkeness...trust me. In the case of the CDP, definitely more amusing than real drunkeness.
 
Ah. Well played, my friend.

Also, the review has been linked to on Spork Nation, and I took the liberty of shilling your book while I was at it.
 
Woohoo!!! Shilling!!! :) :) :)
 
Hey, thanks for the link!

I really did like the mix; I was aware of very few tracks before I listened to the whole thing, which made it cooler than if I was already sick of them. It's a perfect soundtrack to drinking away a Saturday evening in South Carolina, from what I can gather.
 
That mix should be on permanent rotation in every bar in America...dammit!
 
I've been debating about pointing this out, but I'm kind of proud of the thought that I put into it, and it's not terribly obvious, especially if you're not as familiar with the tracks as I am.

The songs start out upbeat, a celebration of drinking and anticipation, then slowly segue into songs of hangover and regret, before finishing off with two songs of redemption.

Well, after Boston College crushing our ACC Title hopes Saturday, redemption may be too strong a word for The Tiger Rag.
 
JT is right, although I neglected to point that out myself. The mix is pretty much a start-to-finish guide to a night out; it's a lot of fun until the lights come back on. Fun, leading into more fun, leading into lethargy, leading into hangover and sadness, leading into doing it all over again.

I should have given you another few points for that. Consider your score bumped up to a 7.5.
 
NOVEMBER 30!!!
 
Wow...Jameson? That's pretty hardcore.

Jameson and 7-up...any given weekend at the CDP household.
 
Very funny review, you should be a writer.

Looking forward to the 30th.
 
Very supportive. You should be a writer's mother :) hehe.
 
I require that mix and your book, stat.
 
You shall have both for the low, low cost of $15.95!
 
Make her wait as long as JT waited for his! What was that? 2, 3 months?
 
OH, SNIZZAP!
 
Sorry, I was up late last night watching the Patriots stomp the ever-living Crap out of the Bills.


...aaaaaand Bob Costas was still stumping for the Colts. Douchebag
 
...aaaaaand Bob Costas was still stumping for the Colts. Douchebag.

You now know how it feels to be from Wisconsin. Regardless of how well the Badgers are doing at any given time, they are constantly ignored. They could have a perfect record, save the Queen of England from a burning building, and collectively cure cancer, and you'd still be lucky to even see them ranked.
 
Green Bay vs. New England, Part II?
 
I am constantly amazed by how disrespected the Badger Men's Basketball Team is in the national spotlight. They were the number 1 team in the country last year, and I heard nothing but bad things about them. Sure, they bowed out early in the tournament, but it's the principle of the thing.
 
I heard more about Duke than the Badgers, and they weren't even freakin' ranked.
 
Green Bay vs. New England, Part II?




I want that to happen in the worst way.
 
I kind of do, but I'm not ignorant enough to think that Green Bay is crashing this season's Patriot party. We're witnessing the most perfect balance of a football/coaching team that I have ever seen.

You had New England v. Indianapolis a couple weeks ago. In two weeks, we get the NFC version; Green Bay v. Dallas.

Then, the week after that, it's Wisconsin at Duke!
 
One month. Just saying.
 
I've missed you, Kenny.
 
Also, let it be known that Kenny's mix was well worth the wait.

CDP - if you're burning her a copy, let me know. I'll convert the cover art to a PDF and email it for the full experience.
 
Good call. I'll let you know when she gets the mix.
 
I'll convert the cover art to a PDF and email it for the full experience.

ADORABLE!
 
JT forgot my favorite beer song: "I Like Beer" by Tom T. Hall.

I like beer.
It makes me a jolly good fellow.
I like beer.
It helps me unwind,
sometimes it make me feel mellow . . .

 
This website improves the quality of my life.
 

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