This is Josh Benton’s November mix. Again, it has nicely done packaging in a slimline case with a pretty neat insert. The front has a picture of dice with the title and the back has the tracklisting, in block format. The track numbers are still in word form, unfortunately. It would be better to do a list format, so they are more easily read. More info on the songs an the particular selection can be found at the above link. On to the song-by-song review:
- Tahiti 80 “1000 Times” – Very discoish song with whiny vocals. I’m not in the least impressed.
- Hot Hot Heat “Bandages” – A pretty good song, rather generic sounding but not annoyingly so. Erin & I particular enjoyed the line “Someone painted over paint painted wood” while we were painting my daughter’s room.
- Pavement “Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse) – Nice bass work with good vocals but the guitar sounds like something a ten year old could play. Not a bad song, just not a great one.
- Richard Buckner “A Year Ahead)…& A Light” – This song quickly becomes annoying with it’s looped chords and Creed-ish vocalist. It’s also about 3 minutes too long.
- Dealership “Jungle Gym” – One of my favorites from this disc. A very good singer and a great bass line mixed with adequate guitar and drum fills. Nice song. Just one question… who the hell is Steven?
- Barcelona “I Have The Password To Your Shell Account” – This is a very funny song. Very tongue-in-cheek about a girl who uses her hacker skills to get revenge on her cheating boyfried.
- The Faint “Worked Up So Sexual” – Nice, danceable track with a lot of energy. The electronics are extremely well-done. This is a track that makes me want to check out more of their work.
- Doves “Pounding” – An okay song. Actually, it’s pretty well done, except for the “pounding” bass drum throughout in a mind-numbing 1/4 beat. The vocals are nice and the instrumentals are very good. If I had to guess, I’d say this isn’t their best work.
- James “Sometimes” – I can’t get over how much this song sounds like The Waterboys. Being a huge fan of The Waterboys, I like this song very much. Sparse acoustic instrumentals, with a nice vocal touch.
- Lullaby For The Working Class “Hypnotist” – Another one that’s rather generic, radio-sounding but again, not annoyingly so. I like the lyrics a lot.
- Death Cab For Cutie “405 (Acoustic)” – I like what I’ve heard from Death Cab For Cutie so far. This song is no exception.
- Evan Dando “The Ballad of El Goodo” – I’ve never been a huge Evan Dando fan, but this song is pretty good. Nice guitar hook with a good vocal.
- Belle & Sebastian “If You’re Feeling Sinister” – The kids in the background are a nice touch. We were listening to this while painting and I kept thinking there were kids outside screaming. The background comes through almost stronger than the actual music. Nice piano mix in there, too. The singer could get annoying quickly, so I doubt I’d be able to get through a full album, but this one song is good.
- Clem Snide “Accident” – “There’s been an accident/A slow motion accident..” A slow motion song… there’s no energy here. It almost puts me to sleep every time I hear it. He can sing, but he needs something a tad more energetic to get my attention.
- Cat Power “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – Another slow-motion song. A cover of the Stones classic, without the Stones energy. I usually like obscure covers, but I can’t get into this one at all.
- American Music Club “Cape Canaveral” – Very dark, brooding song. Another slow one with very little energy. It DOES pick up some steam in the middle, but slows right back down. However, it’s well-done and thick throughout which makes up for the lack of energy. I like this one a lot.
- The Velvet Teen “Caspian Can Wait” – That’s more like it. An new wave sounds with a very strong syth running throughout. The singer sounds quite a bit like the one from 4 Non-Blondes. Another song I like quite a bit.
- Mos Def “Ms. Fat Booty” – This rap song seems out of place on this disc, but it is a great track. Not a song I would have thought I’d like, since the rap I like is more of the hard-core stuff. This is a modern DAT machine driven no DJ rap track. Rather generic in the rap world right now, but I do like this song.
- Detroit Grand Pubahs “Sandwiches (Krafty Kuts Toasted Mix)” – My favorite song on the mix. This song absolutely smokes. Nice beat, great vocals, even if they are a tad repetitive. I love this song. I nominate the line, “So Make your thighs like butter, Easy to spread..” as sick, piggy innuendo of the year. I laughed my ass off the first time I heard it.
- The White Stripes “You’re Pretty Good Looking” – Live version taken from Ireland’s Witness Festival in August, 2001. A very good version of a good song. You can feel the live energy bleeding onto the tape.
- Dntel “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan” – The intro/outro is VERY annoying white noise type electronics, but it picks up from there. Nice song, if you can get by the intro and outro.
A pretty good mix disc, but I’m not nearly as impressed as I was with The October one. There are probably a few reasons why I’m not as impressed. I think the novelty has kind of worn off. I tend to gravitate to the harder and heavier music available, so when I recieved the first one, it was rather foriegn for me to listen to poppy stuff. I hadn’t listened to the radio in years other than sports programs and I definately haven’t bought a pop album in recent memory. I enjoyed the freshness of the genre represented and listened to it quite a bit until I recieved this one, which I swapped in immediately. This one sounded rather stale in that context. It’s not at all a bad disc, it just doesn’t have the freshness for me that the first one I recieved had. Again, not all of the material from this disc is available at Amazon.com or listed below so zip over to Josh’s page where he has links directly to the band’s websites or wherever the discs are available.
I’m enjoying being involved in this mix of the month club. As I said earlier, I’m not into poppy music, so I was extremely sceptical before I recieved the first disc after having read the list of mixes Josh made. However, I’ve noticed that it’s exposed me to stuff I would never think to check out otherwise. I recommend that if you have an open mind about music and want to check out some stuff you’ve probably othewise never heard or would think to check out, you get over and sign up for the January trade. The signup period closes on January 13th. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to end up with one of my mixes…..Powered by Sidelines