Friday, October 9

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 5).

Today's Mix-Tape Review: Emily Mills.

The Skinny: Another adorable, edgy, intelligent and ass-kicking Mix from the perfect embodiment of all those adjectives, Emily Mills.

The Presentation: Abe Lincoln rocking a Ghetto Blaster. I laughed my ass off.

The Breakdown: This Mix flows wonderfully. The blazing, busting energy of the first four tracks makes way for a beautiful stretch featuring The Delgados and Sarah McLachlan, before easing us back into the attitude and booty shaking of her Guilty Pleasures and Parental Advisories. Finally, the wonderful Regina Spektor and Ani DiFranco close out an eclectic, warming and overall super-fun album.

What's Mine Is Yours - Sleater-Kinney
March Of The Pigs - Nine Inch Nails
S&M (A Love Song) - Kidneythieves
Flaming Red - Patty Griffin
The Light Before We Land - The Delgados
Pluto - Claire & The Reasons
Possession (Live) - Sarah McLachlan
Oh My God (Live) - Kurt Elling
F*** And Run - Liz Phair
Ass-N-Ti**ies - DJ Assault
My Neck, My Back - Khia
SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich - Lady Gaga
Call It Off - Tegan & Sara
Summer In The City - Regina Spektor
Pulse - Ani DiFranco

On a personal note, this Mix once again reminds me of how few female artists I listen to. Sure, I listen to plenty, but I've often wondered why I've always ignored the Tori's and Bjork's and Ani's of the musical landscape. Is this due to the sheer amount of excess male artists out there? The fact that I'm a man, and would therefore gravitate to the ideas and issues of male lyricists? The (somewhat mysogynistic) idea that mediocre male singers are more tolerable to me than mediocre female singers? Hmmm.

In 2005, I saw Communique open for Tegan & Sara in Madison, and actually left before the headliners took the stage. Looking back, my reason at the time was that I was only there for Communique and didn't jive with the atmosphere of T&S in the least. Was I being ignorant? Sexist, even?

None of these theories are convincing me at all. Sound off in the comments section and tell me why you tend to gravitate to either male or female artists, and the reasons...the real reasons...why. Have a great weekend; more Mix reviews on Monday.

Thursday, October 8

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 4).

Today's Mix-Tape Review: Eric.

The Skinny: Put the kids to bed, because this disc is nothing but 'Parental Advisory' songs of the highest caliber. It's dirty, it's brash, it's offensive; I'm hiding this album between my mattresses as we speak.

The Presentation: Packaged like an old album, Eric included the protective plastic sleeve, inner dust jacket and even burned the Mix onto a blank CD that looked like a miniature 45. Furthermore, his cover art was a collection of some of the most controversial album covers in history. Lotta nudity, I'm telling you. Also, the beginning and the ending of the Mix contained a 'vinyl' track, akin to dropping and picking up a needle on a record. Fantastic job, here.

The Breakdown: Eric is a man's man. Plays in a prominent rock band here in Madison. Could probably drink me under the table if he wanted to. Looks like he may have a Misfits tattoo, and if he doesn't, probably wanted one at some point. Fact is, creating a solely filthy Mix makes perfect sense, and quite frankly, I wouldn't want to hear one from anyone else. There's enough testosterone in this thing to give me beard by just standing in its presence.

New York City Cops - The Strokes
C**try Boner - Pusifier
Bodies - Sex Pistols
McGruff The Crime Dog - Jello Biafra and the Melvins
Mother F***er From Hell - The Datsuns
Me & Mr. Jones (F***ery) - Amy Winehouse
Don't Mug Yourself - The Streets
F**k Her Gently - Tenacious D
Ganja Babe - Michael Franti
Weed And Drink - Skittles
Reefer Man - Don Redman
Heroin - The Velvet Underground
Binge And Purge - Clutch
Cop Killer - Body Count

Sprinkled around are also bits by the founding father of modern American censorship, Mr. Lenny Bruce. Thanks much for the Mix, Eric; I now need to hide it where the Missus can never find it.

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. What's the most offensive song you've ever heard? And no, 'We Built This City' doesn't count.

Wednesday, October 7

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 3).

Today's Mix Review: Mike Hoss.

The Skinny: Another winner for Mike, containing the favorite artists he's used on many albums past, with a healthy mix of eclecticism and famous names.

The Presentation: Mike sent me the liner notes in pamphlet form, which cracked me up.

The Breakdown: One of the things I like most about digging into the musical tastes of folks is forming the mental Venn Diagram of how their tastes overlap my own. Generally speaking, it's always surprising, highly entertaining and takes up far more of my time than I should probably share ("How can they listen to that when they listen to this?").

We all do it, though. We all have those artists that we cling to and adore, while completely shunning and avoiding all of their influences, related artists and genres. For example, I like Garth Brooks. I think he's written and performed some astounding songs, yet I sort of blame him for the downfall (and uprising) of mainstream country music. It is for this reason that I avoid everything 'New Country' like the plague. Is this right of me? Probably not, but don't bother trying to convince me otherwise.

Track #1:
Zoo Station - U2
The End - Derek Webb

Crank It To 11:
Rawkfist - Thousand Foot Krutch
Dance Or Die - Family Force 5
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? - R.E.M.

Guilty Pleasures:
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
Two Less Lonely People In The World - Air Supply

A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen

Parental Advisory:
Fuck Tha Police - NWA
What Matters More - Derek Webb

Closing Tracks:
Farewell And Goodnight - The Smashing Pumpkins
Purple Rain - Prince

Thanks so much for participating in another successful Mix-Tape Trade, Mike. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day; more reviews to follow. While you're in there, let us know who your artist is that inexplicably got on your radar and never left.

Tuesday, October 6

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 2).

Today's Mix Review: Mike I.

The Skinny: A no-nonsense, ass-kicking album of classic rock, metal, hard rock and...Weird Al?

The Presentation: Mike's album was sent to me digitally with attached liner notes. I'm sure his artwork was amazing, as his last Mix was quite beautiful.

The Breakdown: Mike is a man who knows what he likes, and is passionate about these things, which always garners respect from me. With this 'Six Degrees' Mix, Mike sends forth a who's who of the last 30 years of Rock and Roll. Check it:

Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
The Trooper - Iron Maiden
Peace Sells - Megadeth
Dark And Grey - Kid Rock
Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine
No Leaf Clover - Metallica
Rock And Roll All Nite - Kiss
Do You Feel Like We Do? - Peter Frampton
Albuquerque - Weird Al Yankovic

Many of his tracks represented two, sometimes three different themes of the Trade, and is an unabashed headbanging, guitar-shredding face-melter from beginning to end. Good job, man.

I should also take this time to mention that I've been getting into Led Zeppelin a lot this year. Granted, I missed the boat by about 40 years, but was always turned off to the band in the past because of the High School burnouts that stumbled upon them and refused to shut up about their amazing discovery (see Phish, as well). I was always into 'Classic Rock' as a teenager, but pretty much only listened to Zeppelin songs that I had heard on the radio.

In retrospect, I'm glad that I didn't immerse myself into the world of Zeppelin until I was 27, because I think I've allowed myself a far bigger appreciation for them than I would have at 16. I mean, this goes without saying, but the first three Zeppelin albums are astoundingly amazing. I had no idea that in 1969, these guys were out-hardcoring and out-punk-rocking every band that were to show up over the next four decades! Jimmy Page was all MEEDLIE-MEEDLIE-MEEEE!!! Robert Plant was all WWWWAAAAUUUUGHHHH!!!!! John Bonham is all BAM-BAM-BOOM-BIFF-POW!!!! John Paul Jones is all DOOT-DOOT-DOOT-DOOT!!!!


Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. Another Mix review arrives tomorrow.

Monday, October 5

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 1).

Today's Mix-Tape Review: Regan.

The Skinny: A solid mix of classic hits, modern favorites and uptempo jams, meticulously crafted into a comprehensive-without-being-overblown collection of awesomeness personified.

The Presentation: Over 40 tracks spread out over three discs, accompanied with liner notes explaining the difficult cropping and pacing process. Clearly, a lot of work went into sculpting such a thick amount of big-time music, and it shows (and worked) in spades.

The Breakdown: Regan once again has come through with a great Mix that shows her versatility and lively personality. One of the signs that a Mix is good is when you see a song within that you've already heard a million times, yet it takes on a different tone and role depending on their position in the Mix. Here, huge groups like Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, Fleetwood Mac and AC/DC rub shoulders with Fear, Bad Religion and Richard Cheese, and it all seems to make sense within Regan's world. Where some Mix creators revel in the most obscure tracks, attempting to impress the listener with their musical depth, Regan does the same exact thing, only with some of the most well-known tracks in music history. For that alone, this Mix is a triumph.

Crank It To 11:
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Stronger - Kanye West
The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklin
United States Of Whatever - Liam Lynch

Guilty Pleasures:
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Careless Whisper - Wham!

Parental Advisory:
I'm On A Boat - The Lonely Island
Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta - Geto Boys

Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room - Flight Of The Conchords

Closing Tracks:
21st Century (Digital Boy) - Bad Religion
Get Back - The Beatles
Sad Songs & Waltzes - Cake

Track #1:
Testify - Rage Against The Machine
Radiation Vibe - Fountains Of Wayne
Panic - The Smiths

Thanks so much for sharing your Mix with the CDP Nation, Regan. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. Another review arrives tomorrow.