Guest Mixtape + Interview / DJ Bumbaclot “Safe In Heaven, Dead”

DJ Bumbaclot


DJs have always fascinated me.  It’s a job that seems so easy from the outside – how hard can it be to make a playlist and crossfade from song to song? – but just stand behind a really talented DJ for a few moments and you can’t help be overwhelmed by how much is actually going on.  So many moving parts that all need to be perfectly balanced lest the flow be ruined.  Being a DJ is an art requiring intense concentration, a delicate hand, and real musical sensibility.


TV / Music in Media / I Am Kloot in One Tree Hill

178724bed04a0b3b94740cba78b53074 pvt Music in Media: I Am Kloot In One Tree Hill

Ever left a movie wondering what that great song was? Each week Music In Media will spotlight tunes and explore collaborations between music and the Arts.

I’ll be honest, I don’t watch One Tree Hill.  At no point in its seven season (now eight) run have I ever really had a desire. No offense to the fans, but with a revolving cast of beautiful people constantly in intense, dramatic situations, the show kind of seems like a soap opera for teens. The only reason I turned to it today was while skimming the music used in shows that aired this week. As I’ve said before, The CW usually features some hip names, and One Tree Hill—music supervised first by Madonna Wade-Reed and then for the most part, Lindsay Wolfington—was no exception. A few artists caught my eye so I gave it a shot.

Having now seen a full episode of the show I don’t think I was wrong in my snap assessment. From what I can gather, an episode or two ago, a couple (Clay and Quinn) were shot by a jealous ex of Clay’s. The last episode found them tooling around purgatory both able to see each other and their friends as they anxiously hover over their bodies in the hospital, but unseen by anyone else. Clay convinces Quinn to return to the living for the sake of her pregnant sister, and makes Clay promise that he won’t die on her. Episode three of the season, The Space in Between picks up with Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) conscious and Clay (Robert Buckley) on the verge of death while his “ghost” self hangs around the hospital watching everything go down. He meets a fellow “in-betweener” who is in a coma due to a car accident, and together they look over Clay’s lifeless body shortly after he receives another negative prognosis.

Read the rest at Strangers in Stereo…

The Circle Game: Get Off My Lawn

My grandmother is 94 years old.  Even though she needs a little help these days, she still lives at the home my dad grew up in, goes to church (almost) every Sunday, tries to get to aqua-robics at the YMCA and never misses watching a single Yankees or Notre Dame game – and wants to discuss every detail afterwards.  Sometimes I wonder what she must be thinking about.  Does she know how old she is?  Does she mind having to be driven around everywhere?  How much does she miss my grandpa?  From creepy dentures and mushy food, to amazing stories and patient wisdom – there are no other people who have seen or done as much.

Lily Allen “Nan You’re A Window Shopper” 

Violent Femmes “Don’t Start Me On The Liquor”

John Lennon “Grow Old With Me” 

Loudon Wainwright III “The Birthday Present II”

Joni Mitchell “Both Sides Now”

Rufus Wainwright “Beautiful Child” 

And a very special, sweet video to end the week, about wanting the perfect person to grow old WITH.  You all know it…


The Circle Game: Life Moves Fast

“Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

What makes you a grown-up? At age 24 it’s something I’m constantly wondering these days.  Graduating college?  Getting a “real” job?  Marriage? Babies?  Honestly I’m beginning to think that there is no “a-ha” moment and you just kind of stumble into all of those things and just hope for the best – but I suppose it’s probably different for everyone.  What about you?  And if that “a-ha” moment does exist – what are some songs that reflect on that point in life when you realize that – whatever the trigger – it’s happened?

Sheryl Crow “Can’t Cry Anymore”

Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”

Don Henley “End of Innocence”

India.Arie “I Choose”

Ben Folds “Still Fighting It”

The Mountain Goats “No Children” 

The Decemberists “The Rake’s Song”

John Mayer “Stop This Train”

The Dismemberment Plan “Come Home” 

Cat Stevens “Father and Son”

Imogen Heap “Bad Body Double”

The Morning Benders “Hand Me Downs”

The Circle Game: I Hate You Mom!

Pissed that the rents aren’t letting you go to THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR?! What are you gonna do? Lock yourself in your room with some teen angst and totally emo tunes of course. What do you listen to as you vent to your bff on AIM about how mom and dad just don’t understand you?

Bad Religion “I Want To Conquer The World”

Brand New “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”

Pearl Jam “Jeremy”

The Vandals “Sorry, Mom and Dad”

Wheatus “Teenage Dirtbag”

Blink 182 “Feeling This”

And a couple choice videos both newer and more classic. Damn the man, SAVE THE EMPIRE!



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