We're off to sunny LA on Monday for my grandmother's birthday. Two weeks of Mexican food and cheap sushi, family and friends. Should be a good time. It also means I have to make a CD for a friend of mine. A love of new music is one of the few things we have in common, and we've been exchanging mixes since the days of tapes. There really is an art, I think, to making a good mix from the order of the songs to the tunes chosen, so that means this weekend I'll be losing myself in the new additions to my music library, putting something together. It's one of the real pleasures in life.
One of the things I find interesting is each year a new city seems to be producing the bulk of the great music. This year San Francisco is the king so far. My taste tends to lean to the heavy and punk side which is why my better half generally makes me wear headphones. The alien, on the other hand, loves pulsating drums and wailing guitars. We usually spend about an hour a day listening to music. She gets a wild look in her eye and says, "I'm going crazy, hé" as Rembrandt jumps in the air and claps. Anyway, here are some youtube videos to a few of the songs I'm putting on the mix.
Honey Bunny by Girls, album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. From San Fran. I'm a sucker for surf guitar.
Don't Go to Liverpool by Times New Viking album Dancer Equired. From Ohio, a state also producing great music.
Finally, Cage by Dier En Grey. This particular song isn't on the mix. But you gotta see the crazy Japanese kids live, although they aren't quite as thematic as in the past.