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Guest Mixtape + Interview / COYOL “Farmers’ Almanac”

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To start with, I owe this band a huge apology.

They sent me their mixtape a year and a half ago. It took me months to set up the interview them, and (after briefly thinking the audio was lost with my stolen computer) finished transcribing it this past fall.  And now at long last it is now here for you to see/hear/read.  Thankfully, the songs are timeless and the theme is rather timely with the new year, making changes, etc.

I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of my favorite mixes I’ve ever received. I mean, all of them have a special place in my heart, both because they were created for me, and I always appreciate how no matter what my musical horizons are challenged or expanded (often both).  The tracks included in “Farmers’ Almanac,” however, are probably the closest to my personal taste.  And not just a genre I’m partial to, but a genre that has a tendency to elicit strong emotions from deep inside my being.  At least three of the artists on here have moved me to tears with their songs.

It does make sense though, as the music COYOL themselves make is not unlike what you will hear on this mix.  Perhaps with a dash of the American Southwest, to spice things up.  A write-up in Black Book Magazine this past fall praises “the fantastic arrangement that seems just a little yet perfectly off and the oddly beautiful lyrics that stick with you long after each track.”
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(Mostly) Music Industry Poll – The Best Tracks of 2012

First, I just want to say a quick thank you to Steve over at the music blog Those Who Dig, who for some reason thought I was worthy of an interview, which ran on their site yesterday.  So if you’ve ever been interested in my background (or musical taste), or wanted to relive great moments in teen films of the 1990’s, here you go.

Now to business. Every year for the past six years I send out a call to a great many of my friends, a majority of whom work in music in some capacity (bloggers, artists, DJs, music licensing, music supervision, management, publicity, etc.) to send me their favorite song of the year.

As you can imagine, for music folks this is almost impossible – many simply refused and sent me between three and five tracks (or started with that and then just kept adding…)

I used to take these suggestions and create mix CDs as holiday gifts, complete with cute writing using colorful Sharpies and everything.  Eventually the list of recipients grew too large and number of songs too great.

And so I thought I would turn to Spotify.  And instead of only giving this gift to my personal friends, here it is for everyone to enjoy.
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TA Mixtape / Summer Lovin’ : How Does Your Garden Grow?

If the fact that my last mixtape included tracks from both Journey AND The Backstreet Boys didn’t reveal me to be a huge nerd, then I’m about to blow my cover now: this past April I actually left my apartment in Silverlake – Los Angeles hipster music mecca – and moved completely across town into a house a mile away from the beach.  AND I LOVE IT. Yeah, it’s much farther to get to most shows, and a much more painful drive home when I head east on weeknights, but I moved to be closer to my job in Santa Monica and in that regard it’s a total win.

I also love living in a house.  Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two floors.  I love my huge living room and kitchen.  I love having a front yard.  I love my tiny room, which is almost completely become my own personal magical music happy land.  Currently though, I’m especially loving my back patio.  I want to paint the walls.  I want to buy cute vintage patio furniture.  And I want to garden.

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