12 Days of Mixmas: Day 6
Matt Kretzman of Tapes n Tapes

I think Matt is the “n” of Tapes n Tapes, but I got confused with that a long time ago and sort of gave up trying to keep track. The point is that Tapes n Tapes are great, and their new album is going to be every bit as awesome (if not more so) than The Loon.

MP3: Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell

“All I Want for Christmas is a White Sand Beach” by Matt Kretzman of Tapes n Tapes

For the past week or so, our little town of Minneapolis has been transformed into a winter wonderland. While the foot or so of fresh white snow provides a nice backdrop for the holiday season, it nonetheless pretty quickly leaves me wishing for warmer days or warmer places.

MP3: Dosh – Everybody Cheer Up Song
Everybody needs a little cheering up from the winter doldrums. This song kind of just makes you stop everything for a few minutes.

MP3: Wilco – Wishful Thinking
Everybody needs a little wishful thinking in addition to cheering up. Mine today consists of looking out the window at all the snow and imagining and wishing for a different (warmer) view.

MP3: Nina Simone – Chilly Winds Don’t Blow
Seems like an appropriate segue to get you from Minnesota to the nearest warm beach.

MP3: Prince – Take Me With U
Prince knows how to make it all better in all the right places. Just picture yourself riding on the back of Prince’s motorcycle (i.e. you are Appolonia), ready to purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka (note to readers not familiar with lake Minnetonka: you would not feel very pure these days from jumping into that lake. if you’re in the mood for a Purple Rain pilgrimage, skip this part of the experience and just visit first ave.).

MP3: Morissey – The Lazy Sunbathers
This selection would in no way be sanctioned by my fellow bandmates, but i had to do it just for sport (though I actually do unabashedly love this particular record, for the record). It’s a pretty perfect song for capturing the carefree mindset of the sunbather. Moz is being a tad critical of those folks (“nothing/ appears/ to be/ between the ears of/ the lazy sunbathers”), but come on, cut me and my fellow sunbathers some slack, we’re at the beach, we don’t want to be troubled with these nuisances of life — always the donald downer, Moz!

Mixmas 07
Day 5: Jason Nesmith of Casper and the Cookies
Day 5: Matthew Pelham of the Features
Day 4: Keith Lowen of De Novo Dahl
Day 3: Fishboy
Day 2: David Crane of BOAT
Day 1: Scott Carney of Wax Fang
Day 1: Ivana XL

Mixmases from ’06 and ’07 below…

Mixmas 06 (MP3s removed)
Day 12: Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
Day 11: Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear
Day 10: Allan Vest of The Starlight Mints
Day 9: The Light Footwork
Day 8: Casper and the Cookies
Day 7: Sure Juror
Day 6: Ryan Allen of Thunderbirds Are Now!
Day 5: Michael Nau of Page France
Day 4: Greg from Oh No! Oh My!
Day 3: Tony Miller of Ideal Free Distribution
Day 2: Ivana XL
Day 1: Daniel of Oh No! Oh My!

Mixmas 05 (MP3s removed)
Day 13: Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal
Day 12: Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
Day 11: Justin Rice of Bishop Allen
Day 10: Becca from The Light Footwork
Day 9: Jay from The Light Footwork
Day 8: Christian Owens from Bishop Allen
Day 7: The Rinse
Day 6: Chris of Gorilla vs Bear
Day 5: Dodge from My Old Kentucky Blog
Day 4: Ryan Allen of Thunderbirds Are Now!
Day 3: John Vanderslice
Day 2: Tapes ‘n Tapes
Day 1: Dean from Secret Unicorns Forum

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