mix #93

Feb. 12th, 2016 11:52 am
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Every year for a long time, I've ended the year by making mixes of my favorite new music. Last year I decided it was about time to declare the project done, and see if I wanted to do something similar after that, or stop entirely, or what.

So here we are. The last set of these under their current banner. Weird, huh?

ANDERACHIEVER (first of eight for 2015)

01 - Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
02 - Joanna Gruesome - Honestly Do Yr Worst
03 - The Mountain Goats - Choked Out
04 - My Favorite - Go Kid Go (7" version)
05 - Bunnygrunt - Just Like Old Times
06 - Palehound - Molly
07 - Dover - Mystified
08 - Wavves - All The Same
09 - The Chap - He'd Rather Die. He's Getting Ready
10 - They Might Be Giants - Erase
11 - Speedy Ortiz - Raising the Skate
12 - Matriarkatet - Kom
13 - Veruca Salt - The Museum of Broken Relationships
14 - Game Theory - Too Late For Tears
15 - Home Blitz - Cutting The Cross
16 - Farfar - 8 svåra år
17 - TeraBrite - What Do You Mean
18 - Fall Out Boy - Novocaine
19 - Aye Nako - White Noise
20 - Paul Smith - Before The Perspiration Falls
21 - Wire - Blogging
22 - Disco Las Palmeras! - Cállate la Boca
23 - Luntgatan girls - Tråkig
24 - Los Campesinos! - A Doe To A Deer
25 - Nicole Sabouné - Conquer or Suffer
26 - Alina Devecerski - Frälsaren
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All the albums I owned in high school, relistened-to in roughly the order I got them. We pick up in the middle of my freshman year.

61. They Might Be Giants - Flood Read more... )

62. Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs And Stories Read more... )

62. Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters Read more... )

64. The Damned - Anything Read more... )

65. Lard - The Power Of Lard EP Read more... )

66. The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good Read more... )

67. Wire - Manscape Read more... )

68. The B-52's - The B-52's Read more... )

69. New Order - Low-life Read more... )

70. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - Queen Elvis Read more... )

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From the LA Times (rewritten here in a more sensible order). It was amazing.


a. Make a standard cookie crust or see below.


3 cups whole strawberries
5 ounces goat cheese
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

b. Whip the goat cheese in a mixer or food processor until light. Add the milk and beat to blend. Add the tarragon and stir to mix.

c. Spread the cheese mixture evenly in the bottom of the pie crust.

d. Cut the stems off the berries and arrange them, pointed side up, on the goat cheese, covering the entire surface of the pie. Set aside.


3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2cup water
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 cup sliced strawberries

e. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, water and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then add the sliced strawberries and continue to cook until thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Pour the hot glaze over the pie. Refrigerate until the glaze sets, about 4 to 6 hours.


1 1/2 cups almond biscotti, pecan shortbread or butter cookie crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

If you have whole cookies, turn them into crumbs with a food processor or by putting them in a Ziploc and crushing with a rolling pin.

Place the cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Add the sugar and melted butter and toss with a fork until blended. Pat the crumbs evenly onto the sides and bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Chill 30 minutes.

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I've been listening near-exclusively to music in Swedish for about two months and I want to share. I've included links to lyrics translations when I could find any online (even when clearly dicey, as most of them are). Any place I've glossed lyrics or titles myself is even more questionable. But I'm trying!

There will most likely be more of these posts. If you only have time for two songs, listen to "Det snurrar i min skalle" and "Dum av dig".

Veronica Maggio - Pop with lots of nice instrumental touches. Maggio is a big star-- her latest album, "Satan i gatan", went to #1, as did its first single; lots of people online are conjecturing about which songs she and ex-boyfriend Oskar Linnros (also a pop star) wrote about each other, etc.

"Valkommen in" ("Welcome In") (lyrics)

"Sju sorger" ("Seven Sorrows") (lyrics)

Daniel Adams-Ray - Even more than Veronica Maggio, I have trouble putting my finger on any current US pop stars in this exact vein. Adams-Ray got famous as a rapper (he and the aforementioned Oskar Linnros were a rap outfit named Snook) but the internet calls this "neo-soul" and to me it just sounds like what a lot of indiepop bands would do if they had the budget.

"Dum av dig" ("Stupid For You")

"Gubben i lådan" ("Jack-In-The-Box") (lyrics)

Jakob Hellman - He made one album in the late 80s, sold a bunch of copies, and never followed it up but is still (according to the internet) beloved by Swedish listeners. Forever frozen in the Swedish national consciousness as an adorable cross between Daniel Radcliffe and Rivers Cuomo.

"Vara vänner" ("Be Friends")

"Hon väntar på mej" ("She's Waiting For Me")

Familjen (The Family) - Really nice contemporary dancepop. The guy apparently has an accent from Skane, an area in the south of Sweden-- most noticeably, "mig" and "dig" ("me"/"you") sound like "my" and "die" rather than "may" and "day". Of all these artists, Familjen are probably the one who I'm most certain I would have already been a fan of if they sang in English.

"Det snurrar i min skalle" ("It Spins My Head") (lyrics)

"Huvudet i sanden" ("Head in the Sand") (lyrics)

"Det var jag" ("It Was Me") (lyrics)

"Djungelns lag" ("Jungle Law")

Far & Son (Father & Son) - These guys might be the Swedish LMFAO. Not sure. "Panik" does have several references to the Smiths song "Panic", including a melodic quote in the middle. In each line of "Excellent Ecstasy", all the words start with the same letter -- the Youtube commenter who faithfully transcribed it saw one of their comments marked as spam, possibly since it was in fact a string of non-sequiturs punctuated with the names of prescription drugs.


"Excellent Ecstasy"

"Du är mina tankar"

Kapten Röd (Captain Red) - Earnest Swedish melodic dancehall (he also does plenty of more roots-style reggae). "Ju mer dom spottar" is an anti-hater song so relentlessly perky that it sounds like he's *actually* managed to not care about his detractors, despite writing a whole song about them. "Saknade vänner", on the other hand, is a tribute to a friend of his who died, made slightly less poignant by the fact that (if Wikipedia can be trusted), his friend, fellow musician Junior Eric, died in a moped accident rather than the gunfight the lyrics hint at. But still.

"Ju mer dom spottar" ("The More They Spit")

"Saknade vänner" ("Missing Friends")

Panda Da Panda - Glitchy and yelpy (i.e. totally charming! if you're me) dubstep-inflected pop. "Tittar när han dansar" begins with him murmuring "I know something you don't know... you're in love with me!" a few times before the song really kicks in. The chorus is "Watch when I dance / Watch me when I dance / Watch me when I / When when when I dance". At the end, he just starts shouting "My legs! My arms! Dancing!"

(The title, archly: "Look At Him Dancing".)

"Turbulens" might actually be a better song, and I think is relatively sincere -- the dispirited "jag vet" ("I know") in the background gets me every time -- but I mean... look at him! Dancing!

"Turbulens" [note: shirtless boy video]

"Tittar När Han Dansar" ("Look At Him Dancing")

Next time: Snow White's eighth dwarf, a kinky Jesus, and the world's most beautiful waiting room.


Mar. 22nd, 2012 10:25 am
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51. The Cure - Disintegration Read more... )

52. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine Read more... )

53. The Primitives - Lovely Read more... )

54. Oingo Boingo - BOI-NGO Read more... )

55. Ministry - The Land Of Rape And Honey Read more... )

56. Ministry - The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste Read more... )

57. Camper Van Beethoven - Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart Read more... )

58. The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette Read more... )

59. The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland Read more... )

60. Wire - Document And Eyewitness Read more... )

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A year ago I started listening to my record collection in autobiographical order. Then I stopped for a while. Now it sounds like fun again!

41. Dead Kennedys - Bedtime For Democracy Read more... )

42. The Primitives - Pure Read more... )

43. Colin Newman - Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish / Not To Read more... )

44. Colin Newman - CN1 EP Read more... )

45. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry Read more... )

46. He Said - Hail Read more... )

47. Oingo Boingo - Good For Your Soul Read more... )

48. Pixies - Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim Read more... )

49. Chess Read more... )

50. Colin Newman - It Seems Read more... )

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The pre-requisite of city-planning is that children be able to use the city; for no city is governable if it does not grow citizens who feel that the city is theirs.
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Despite there being a million match-3 games out there, there are two things I'm having trouble finding. I wonder if you can help!

1. Mathematical data about Bejeweled-type games. If I randomly fill an n x n grid with gems of k colors, how many moves will there be, on average? How many existing matches (i.e. gems that break before my first turn) will there be? How many new possible moves per turn does ideal play create, and how many does playing at random create (or remove)? And so on.

I could do the math on some of those questions with a little work (and I could Monte Carlo them even more easily), but not all of them, and anyway I wonder if somebody's already done it. Like that guy who proved there's no strategy for Tetris that guarantees you won't lose.

2. Match-3 games with strategic elements or substantial game mechanics outside the board. There's the wonderful-but-slightly-grindy Puzzle Quest (and a bunch of failed followups by the same company), and Dungeon Raid for iOS. Oh, and you could count Gyromancer, but its RPG elements seemed like window dressing to me-- the different creatures you summoned were interchangeable.

Maybe potential imitators of Puzzle Quest were put off by the fact that even the people who actually designed Puzzle Quest couldn't do it a second time. But seriously, look around the App Store or Kongregate-- the current state of casual match-3 development is the closest thing the gaming world has to an infinite number of monkeys. Something interesting must be happening.

By "match-3" I mean the Bejeweled mechanic but also "Bejeweled Twist" (rotate 2x2 sections of the board) and path-tracing games like Azkend or Dungeon Raid. Anything that involves matching tiles on a static board which refills itself whenever a hole appears-- as opposed to games where you fill the board yourself one piece at a time, like Tetris or Snood.

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31. Pixies - Doolittle Read more... )

32. The The - Soul Mining Read more... )

33. The Mekons - The Mekons Rock'n'Roll Read more... )

34. Colin Newman - A-Z Read more... )

35. Devo - Now It Can Be Told (Live 12/9/88) Read more... )

36. Madness - The Rise And Fall Read more... )

37. Otis Ball - I'm Gonna Love You Til I Don't Read more... )

38. Devo - Total Devo Read more... )

39. Ramones - Brain Drain Read more... )

40. INXS - Kick Read more... )

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21. Wire - Chairs Missing Read more... )

22. Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie Read more... )

23. Oingo Boingo - Boingo Alive Read more... )

24. Love And Rockets - Love And Rockets Read more... )

25. Wire - Pink Flag Read more... )

26. Wire - 154 Read more... )

27. Husker Du - Zen Arcade Read more... )

28. The Sugarcubes - Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! Read more... )

29. Madness - Absolutely Read more... )

30. Howard Jones - One To One Read more... )

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11. Wire - IBTABA Read more... )

12. The Cure - Standing On A Beach - The Singles (and Unavailable B Sides) Read more... )

13. Wire - The Ideal Copy Read more... )

14. New Order - Technique Read more... )

15. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me Read more... )

16. The Damned - The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Read more... )

17. Madness - One Step Beyond... Read more... )

18. Devo - Freedom Of Choice Read more... )

19. He Said - Take * Care Read more... )

20. New Order - Brotherhood Read more... )

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This past weekend, I decided to listen to the beginnings of my music collection, in roughly the order I first heard them, and take notes. I've included Youtube links for the audio where possible.

I don't know how far I'll go with this; I can date most of my purchases to within about 3 months until the middle of college. (!)

1. Information Society - Information Society

The first ten. )

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Hear it on Youtube.

The Desperate Bicycles were a DIY band in the UK at the end of the 70s*, maybe known best for ending their first 7" with a few seconds of silence and then the shout "it was easy, it was cheap-- GO AND DO IT".

Vocalist Danny Wigley starts this song with pretty standard political lyrics (the man on the street saying "if you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about") but then matter-of-factly changes gears to a survival guide for those being arrested. I find it uniquely compelling how the same chorus can function as information (for a listener who does imagine they could ever be arrested) and as polemical narrative (for a listener who doesn't).

* They get called "the first DIY band" a lot, though I don't know how you'd verify that.

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