(I got a call this afternoon from my stateside representative, saying that my fan club at Harlow’s Donuts was requesting a blog update. I’m pretty sure they (or she) wanted a life-update, but this post has been cooking for a while. And I just feel like someone, somewhere, I won’t say who, probably in some med school in Colorado, needs new music, asap. So, here goes. A real update will be up soon. Maybe.)
If you’re not sure about MepMixes, check out this post. This particular list covers most of the Fall of 2010, which is a bit precarious, but judging from the fact there’s a Beatles tune in this lot, I don’t think we’re too terribly concerned with time frames. Anyway, enjoy and may your ears be blessed! (Click the green titles to have a listen|watch.)
- After Dark – The Count & Sinden (Feat. Mystery Jets) – Yet another song I can thank Greg James for introducing to my ears. I heard it sometime over the summer, I think, but couldn’t buy it until my UK iTunes was set up.
- Devil’s Spoke / Sneh Ko Marg – Laura Marling, The Dharohar Project, and Mumford & Sons – Mumford & Sons went to India, and Laura Marling went with them, and they produced an incredible EP. Four gorgeous tracks that if you like Mumford and/or world music, you will love. (Just read that this EP is set for US release on December 7!)
- Mighty – Lord Huron – I don’t really have words for this song. I love it a little more every time I hear it. Also, if you click the link, you can get it for FREE.
- Dragons – Caravan Palace – Got this recommendation from Ian Chaloner who works at Radio 1, through the magic of Twitter. He tweeted that “any tune involving a tuba and a house beat is generally amazing.” I asked for examples, and he gave me this. “Electro-swing beauties!” He calls them. And he’s RIGHT. God bless Ian.
- Thinkin Bout Somethin – Hanson – Besides being a fun song to hear, it also has a couple of incredible videos. One is the official. The other is this one. Check it. Plus, it’s a bit of an anti-love song, and frankly, that’s what I need sometimes.
- Nothing Compares 2 U – Aiden Grimshaw – I’ve become slightly obsessed with The X Factor (it’s kind of like American Idol), and Aiden is my very favorite. (Or was…he got voted off last week in what was probably the lamest X Factor result of all time.) This is my favorite video of him -Aiden singing “Cannonball” by Damien Rice. Cute. Quirky. Gorgeous voice. And entirely too young for me. (You win some, you lose some.) I’m already excited to see where he goes and what he does next.
- Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy – Lea Michelle and Chris Colfer (from Glee) – Speaking of obsession, Chris Colfer shows up once again! Some say this season hasn’t lived up to last, but it’s produced some of my favorite Glee numbers ever. This one, “Toxic,” and “Teenage Dream,” in particular.
How Bout It Baby – Us3 - The song is at the end of this video from PeopleTree, a fair trade fashion company, for which Emma Watson (Hermione!) is an advocate, spokesperson, and model. This tune is just smooth and cool and good.
- Time to Pretend (MGMT cover) – Paolo Nutini - I liked the original version of this song pretty well, but I absolutely love what Paulo does with it. Incredible voice.
- Take Me Out – Atomic Tom – I’m not a huge fan of the verses of this song, but I absolutely love the chorus. And to be fair, I probably wouldn’t have given this song much of a chance if it hadn’t been for this video. Live music on the subway? Yes please.
- Who Are You, Really? – Mikky Ekko – Got this song from NoiseTrade. It should be in a Twilight movie. It really should. But what I love is that it isn’t. So even though it’s really good like a lot of Twilight music, it doesn’t make me feel like Bella Swan (or Kristen Stewart for that matter), which is always a bonus.
- Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley - So thankful for the iTunes free Discovery Downloads. It’s from an album called Viva Elvis. “Actually, it’s just Elvis’ vocals set to revamped backing music, a collection of “re-imagined” versions.” (Christopher Toh, for TODAYonline). This song is three minutes of energy, and it makes me wanna dance like none other. The rest of the album is pretty fantastic as well.
- O’ England – King Charles - I owe this one to the one and only Matt Cooper. He told me to go buy this song, and I did without question or preview, because that’s just what you do when Matt Cooper makes a recommendation. And he was so right. “Tomorrow’s Fool” – also a winner.
- Where You’re Coming From – Matt & Kim – I’ve loved Matt & Kim since the summer of 09 when I bought their album Grand. I mentioned “Cameras,” from the newest album, Sidewalks, on the last Mix, but I was cautiously hopeful about the rest of it. I promise it’s even better. I struggled to even choose a favorite track.
Poor Boy – Todd Whatley and the Frontmen - I won’t lie to you, MepMixers. I know that part of the reason I like this song so much is that it’s a little taste of home. I also love Todd Whatley. Always have. Probably always will. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a great song on its own. Sweet story. Sweet singin. Sweet strummin. (Available on iTunes in the US and UK!)
- I Found A Whistle – MGMT - Didn’t like this song on first listen, but it came on when I was wearing my wonderful Bose headphones and had the volume turned up. I actually stopped what I was doing to, first, just figure what this gorgeous music I was hearing was, then second, just to enjoy it. So listen, but make sure you listen loud.
- Memories – Weezer - Weezer’s one of my favorite bands of all time, and my favorite fellow Weezer fan, Stephanie Mabou, got to see them a couple weeks ago. She even met the hottest member. (Yes. I am jealous. Don’t judge me.) (Just found out that my housemate, Mike, likes Weezer too! Weezer fans, unite!) This is my favorite jam on their newest album. Favorite Weezer song of all time though is “My Name is Jonas.” I know every word.
- Cousins (Vampire Weekend cover) – Mumford & Sons – I love it when one band I love covers another band I love. I actually got this because I requested it from Downplayer, and they delivered. I like the 2nd half the best; they get pretty crazy, and it’s pretty fantastic. “You can turn your back on the bitter world!”
- All Together Now – The Beatles – This song makes me feel better every time I hear it. Even if I already feel good. This video is incredible. Please watch. “What can he do with half a hole?” “Fix it to keep his mind from wandering.” – Most epic joke of all time. Also, ”A-B-C-D Can I bring my friend to tea?” “Sail the ship! Chop the tree! Skip the rope! Look at me!” How can you not love that.
So, what had happened was I left the MepMixing go for entirely too long and ended up with a mix of nearly 40 songs. I’ve already mentioned the ones that I wanted to actually expound upon. But there are a few more that I really want to mention for you dedicated Mixers…some good tunes in this list, I promise!
- Some Day Soon – Alexi Murdoch
- Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
- Vocal Chords – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
- Simple Graces – Delorean
- Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool
- Four Dreams – Jesca Hoop
- Hoobaale – K’Naan
- The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco (Produced by Kane Beatz) (Explicit, yet inspirational)
- Just a Dream – Nelly
- Place Your Hands – Reef (Who says there’s no good music from the 90′s??)
- My Body – Young the Giant
Please, please, please leave feedback on these tunes! Preferably positive.
And if you need help securing any of these in mp3 format for your personal collections, let me know, and I can point you in the right direction!