Someone made a Smiths vinyl bootleg called Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals. Someone else made a rip of the (pretty illuminating, great) 16-track collection that features, among other things, a couple of previously unreleased Johnny Marr instrumentals (one heavier than the other). Hardcore fans may note it also includes the version of “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” with a final refrain of “there is a light in your eyes and it never goes out” as well as the version of “Death Of A Disco Dancer” with “the improvised ‘whistled solo’ as mentioned in Simon Goddard’s The Smiths – Songs That Saved Your Life.”
Mixtape 6: Heaven Knows is done! Download it here.
So it’s been forever since I’ve done a mixtape and I figured my return to form would have to exceed expectations. So thsi time around I was inspired by Wild Nothing’s list of his favorite songs from the 80’s. I know not all of the songs are from the decade but I was going for that vibe of jangly, fun underground guitar bands. I’ve been obsessing over thsi one so it’s extra long this time around. One hour and 36 minutes to be exact! So I hope you all enjoy it. I’ll also included a link with a download for the individual songs so you can choose your favorites and crop it down to fit on a CD. So enjoy this bouncy nostalgia for bands that were around before you were born (at least for me) as we approach winter. Hurray!
* If you download the individual songs the album titles are all from their original sources so they won’t all be together. I tried to avoid that but I wasn’t sure how. So sorry about that.
“You’re Kidding Aren’t You” by The Field Mice
“Summer Holiday” by Wild Nothing
“She’s Always Hiding” by The Servants
“Wan Light” by Orange Juice
“A Is For Alphabet” by Razorcuts
“This Town” by The June Brides
“The Video Dept.” by The Radio Dept.
“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star
“The Ballad Of Jet Harris” by Apple Boutique
“Beautiful Waste” by The Triffids
“Don’t Don’t” by Love Of Life Orchestra
“”Catch” by The Cure
“Carolyn’s Song” by The Rain Parade
“Part Company” by The Go-Betweens
“Sometimes I Don’t Need To Believe In Anything” by Teenage Fanclub
“”The Charming Man (BBC Session)” by The Smiths
“Cut The World” by Moscow Olympics
“Lonesome Tonight” by New Order
“Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It’s Wintertime)” by The Dentists
“Good Feeling” by Violent Femmes
“Carried Away” by Television
“My Kingdom” by Echo & The Bunnymen
“”Disorder” by Joy Division
“Face of Wood” by Modern English
“Stay Alive” by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
“Strange” by Galaxie 500
* I wanted to mention that the artwork for this cover is a painting by minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly. Ain’t it neat?
Orange Juice is a post-punk group which was around from ‘79-‘85. I’ve recently been “spinning” them a lot whenever I’m chugging through homework or trying to relax. The Glasgow School was my initiation a week or two ago and it’s been very hard to ignore. Pitchfork just posted a stellar review of the newest box set release, Coals To Newcastle, which comes out Nov. 22nd. It was described as “the complete Orange Juice”.
*I’ve been working on an 80’s inspired mixtape for a while so look forward to that (probably close to Thanksgiving). Wow, I haven’t done one of them in forever…
Via Domino Records USA:
Domino are very honoured to announce the upcoming release of a comprehensive seven-disc anthology of one of the finest groups of all-time, Orange Juice. Coals To Newcastle will be released on November 22nd.
The boxset is made up of six audio compact discs and one DVD that contain the band’s complete discography and other studio recordings as well as a collection of their BBC sessions. The DVD contains the band’s two promotional clips for “Rip It Up” and “What Presence?!” (the latter directed by Derek Jarman), their four performances on The Old Grey Whistle Test and the rare posthumous concert video “Dada With The Juice”. In total, Coals To Newcastle contains 16 previously unreleased tracks with another 23 tracks previously unavailable on earlier re-issues.
The Lost Crew is a great indie pop band from Sweden that sounds like a lot of great bands but in a great original way. I’m hearing echos of Interpol and Maps and Atlases and some 80s influences but I can’t place it. Definitely check these guys out. Listen to more songs on their Myspace page. And can you believe these guys aren’t signed?