Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mix Equal Parts Day and Night 

The increasingly misnamed Quarterly Sextodecimo, Autumn 2012 Issue

With the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox, the air has chilled faster than a punctured CO2 cartridge, and I ought to know. In the last 28 days, I've had seven flat tires on three different bikes. It's difficult to imagine a more frustrating occasion of flaccidity than that of a blown tire but if you're going to ride, you're going to get flats. It's equally difficult to accept the changing of the season. I hope this playlist will be a salve to your fading summer sunburn.

Download it here (116 MB - as usual, if you're using iTunes, after importing the tracks, import the included XML file for the playlist to appear in order).

The Tunes

Creep - Edmund Welles
A cover of Radiohead's classic, which has become the most covered song in history.

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Quando Corpus Morietur - Julia Faulkner, Anna Gonda; Michael Halasz: Budapest Camerata
I include classical music in a playlist to look "cultured".

Reting's Eyes - Michael Riesman et al (Philip Glass)
I include Philip Glass music to look "smart".

Sundialing - Caribou
Caribou's real name is Dan Snaith. He has a Phd in mathematics from Imperial College London. Genuine nerd rock.

The Bike Song (Feat. Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock) - Mark Ronson & the Business Intl
Do you know why drivers hate cyclists? It's not because we carelessly swerve all over the streets in our obnoxious skinny jeans. It's because we get all the sweet honeys. Fact.

Looking At The Sun - Matthew Sweet
Whatever happened to Matthew Sweet?

Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie - Belle & Sebastian
There's nothing ironic about a twee Bourgeois band singing a song with "Bourgeoisie" in the chorus, right?

Strange Apparition - Beck
Beck Hansen remains the world's coolest Scientologist even though no one likes to talk about it.

Stupid White Men... - Neil Young
From the soundtrack of Dead Man. The engine you hear in the background is the Cadillac Young converted to run on rock and roll.

A Bad Time to be Poor - The Weakerthans
A cover of the Rheostatics song. Is there a good time to be poor?

I'm Waiting For The Man - Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground
"I feel more dead than alive". Been there. Done that. Well, not really. I'm only slightly surprised this hasn't been used for an online dating ad, the way "Lust for Life" was used in an ad for Disney vacations.

Not Only the Aces are Wild - David Sedaris
Thank "This American Life" for inventing David Sedaris.

Lonesome Blues - Be Good Tanyas
I want to wrap this band in a huge flannel blanket and carry them to my mountaintop Shangri-la where we'd swap tales of the road and drink herbal tea. Then I'd write a treatment of the experience for an HBO series called "Oh Behave Tanya!"

Autumn's Here - Hawksley Workman
It's funny but I don't care for Hawksley Workman's albums but in this acoustic set for the CBC he reveals himself as a true cabaret balladeer.

Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor - 2nd Movement - George Malcolm and Simon Preston
Nigel Tufnel was wrong. F minor is the saddest key.

02-02 - Brian Eno
I don't think I've ever heard Music for Airports in an airport. Funny story; when I copied the title of the track, my computer tried to re-format it as a date and create a calendar event. Stupid computer.

Your Star Will Shine - Stone Roses
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars… but others of us are wondering why we don't just stand up, because it's sort of damp lying in the gutter.

Lightshow - Plants and Animals
Big rollicking, rolling Rock and Roll. The latin name of this band is "flora et fauna".

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