The most interesting thing about Mixmas to me is seeing what the mixes suggest about their creators. Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond evidently put tremendous thought into her mix (even discussing it with Annie “St. Vincent” Clark). It’s one that I could never in a million years put together; half because I lack the patience and half because I lack the musical knowledge. Thanks again, Shara!
Aha – Manhattan Skyline
I first fell in love with the half time move because of this song. I realize that the late 80’s production of sci-fi keyboards and reverb-ed snare drums force a stretch for the modern ear, but at the time, the melodrama encapsulated my every emotion. I found this song when my family announced that we were moving to yet another state, another upheaval, another beginning. This was the perfect soundtrack for my agony. I was jumping up and down, headbanging in my basement bedroom to the downbeats of “I don’t want to cry again. I don’t want to say goodbye. Don’t ever want to cry again. I’ll never see your face again.” Then the big dramatic rhythmic move to half time, which I felt all the more deeply for it’s slowed ennunciation, “but how can you say…that I didn’t try!!! You see pain in the depths of my eyes. My luck runs dry, ugh!”
MP3: Tom Waits – Shake It
Perhaps the sexiest transition of all, rather than the conventional straight drop to half time, Tom slithers his way into a new dance rhythm that makes your shoulders circle and bra straps slide in the heat.
MP3: Fiona Apple – Carrion
“Carrion” holds a weight and elegance that typifies Fiona’s songwriting, and dispenses with the necessity of transition by moving directly to the half time. Who needs bridges? Just get there! The half time move is perhaps part of Fiona’s musical signature which includes Criminal, To Your Love, Get Him Back, Better Version of Me, and Fast as You Can.
MP3: Laura Veirs – Parisian Dream
I toured with Laura a while ago and this song was always one of my favorite moments in her set. She’d bend and moan with the guitar and I’d hit the air with my fists. It felt grand.
MP3: The Beatles – I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Coming largely from a soul singers world (which is to say Luther Vandross, Prince and Whitney Houston…), I admit that it was a long while before I began to appreciate The Beatles. I once decided to listen to the entire Beatles catalog in one sitting in order to try and figure out what everyone was talking about, and it was the blues riffs and rhythmic change in this tune that first opened my ears.
MP3: Steely Dan – King Of The World
A few days ago I told Annie Clark from St. Vincent about this half time subject and she brought up Steely Dan’s song King of the World from Countdown to Ecstacy. This example I found interesting because the half time move is so quick, occurring in the middle of song without much dramatic gesture or transition, then moving subtly back into the double time to finish out the tune.
Day 8: Holy Fuck
Day 7: Jay Underwood of the Light Footwork
Day 6: Matt Kretzman of Tapes n Tapes
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 ’05 and ’06 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