The Echo

TA Mixtape / Journey Into The Unknown

Considering my mix this week was inspired by Josh Ritter’s “Another New World,” I suppose it’s only appropriate that I went on a bit of a journey to make it.  At first I was thinking that I would stick to American poetry references that were vaguely about adventure and exploration – immediately settling on “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.  Just as quickly I decided that “Woods” by Bon Iver needed to be on it.  Then, however, I found myself veering farther away from the poem, focusing more on the theme of discovery and the unknown.  I tried to stick with songs tonally similar to the Bon Iver track, but it was hard to commit to one genre so thought I would at least strive for an “offbeat edge” for a common thread.  And so, like any long journey (at least any journey of mine) I probably got lost a few times along the way, but I’m pretty please with where I found myself in the end.

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Mixtape / Children’s Books: I Can Fly!

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an embarrassingly deep love for all things Peter Pan.  When I was little I only wore floral, frilly nightgowns and kept my slippers next to the bed at all times just so I would always be prepared if Peter came one to whisk me away.  No matter how old I get I will always ride “Peter Pan’s Flight” at Disney, and will cry at any movie with the general theme of growing up / loss of childhood innocence.  And I mean CRY.

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Party On: Cannonball!

I know, I know.  This might seem like a random third choice here.  Dance party and cocktail lounge are polar opposites.  There are a plethora of other options I could have gone with.  Bachelorette Party, Office Holiday Party, Sweet Sixteen.  You can dance AND lounge to The Beach Boys so couldn’t they go into either of the other playlists?  How does that classify a separate genre?  So on and so forth.

Cool it.  The answer is easy: POOL PARTIES ARE AWESOME.  Who doesn’t have a wonderful memory from their youth of splashing around with an inflatable whale or inner tube?  Besides, summer is only a month or so away.  Even in LA where it’s temperate year round we can’t wait – 65 degrees is too cold to prance around in a bathing suit no matter where you are.  Now that May is almost halfway over I can almost taste those Arnold Palmers and feel the warm breeze while kicking back on a chaise lounge.  The sweetness made ever so much better by an excellent soundtrack. Ah….

Party On: Cannonball! by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

Don’t miss Voxtrot on their farewell “Goodbye Cruel World Tour” at the Echoplex on May 27, with We Barbarians, The Black, and The Ferocious Few.  Get your tickets!

Young Rival is performing with Born Ruffians at the Echo on June 3.  Tickets here.

The Tijuana Panthers will be at Echo Curio on May 21 with Woah Hunks and Christmas Island, followed by a FREE show at the Echo on the 24 with The Like and Dante vs. Zombies.

And check out Tsururadio’s great interview with Super Desserts (and accompanying mixtape!) here.

Lastly, while it only briefly features a pool – I would definitely play this song at a pool party, and this video is incredible.

Party On: Lounge It Up

As I said in the last post, what people prefer to shake their booty to can be wildly different – Cher!  Rihanna!  Tiesto! – depending on a plethora of fickle and random variables.  Putting together the perfect soundtrack for a cocktail party presents similar challenges in different ways.  The music sets the tone for the evening.  It needs to be relaxing but not depressing, a hint of attitude, a dash of energy, but most of all it can’t distract from conversation.  In my experience, the biggest determining factor here is age, both of planner and guests.   Aunt Mary may never appreciate Radiohead’s “Let Down” despite your detailed explanation of the beautiful intricacies of Thom’s voice, but chances are Mozart might be a bit stuffy for her (though ideal in grandma’s mind).  The difference between 25 and 35 might be Nneka and Brian Setzer . Not that I’m saying Brian Setzer isn’t cool or that classical music isn’t timeless or fun to listen to.  It just never ceases to entertain me that even with the same fairly restrictive parameters the selection can still be so different.

Wow.  Music is subjective.  Huh.

Party On: Lounge It Up by tadpoleFTW

Upcoming shows…

The xx are coming to the Fonda on June 5 and the Wiltern on June 6.  Hurry up and get your tickets!

Even though the new School of Seven Bells album, Disconnect from Desire doesn’t drop until July 13, you can catch the band at The Echo on June 2.  Tickets here.

And because these days no one can think of “cocktail” without immediately thinking of Mad Men (thanks to the dynamic combo brilliant composer David Carbonara with superstar supervisor Alexandra Patsavas), here’s one of the most touching and amazingly well written scenes from the show:

Mad Men: The Carousel from Andrew Jackson on Vimeo.

Love the music?  Then you’d better get your hands on these…

Mad Men Vol. 1 (Music from the Television Series) featuring tracks from Bobby Vinton, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, and Rosemary Clooney

Mad Men (Music from the Series Vol. 2) featuring Cubby Checker, Peter, Paul and Mary, Edd Henry, Perry Como and Brenda Lee

Mad Men: Original Score, Vol. 1 featuring selections from composer David Carbonara, including his own version of the main title song, “A Beautiful Mine”

Party On: Dance Magic Dance

If you get that reference you win a prize.

To tell you the truth it’s hard to make a dance playlist. I know plenty of people who hear dance and immediately think of deadmau5, MSTRKRFT, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and so forth. I also know people who will prefer Guns ‘N Roses, Journey, Prince or ‘N SYNC every time. I fall somewhere in the middle (though admittedly closer to Britney Spears than Bassnectar). And I didn’t even talk about the people who are all about Kudi Cudi, Rihanna or Drake. Different backgrounds, places and decades – everyone grooves to something different. Because of this I thought I would do a comparison between the top 10 best dance songs of all time (according to a Slant Magazine article published in 2006)…

1. Donna Summer, “I Feel Love” (1977)
2. Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)
3. Madonna, “Vogue” (1990)
4. Diana Ross, “Love Hangover” (1976)
5. Clivillés & Cole, “A Deeper Love” (1991)
6. Machine, “There But for the Grace of God Go I” (1979)
7. Lil’ Louis, “French Kiss” (1987)
8. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)
9. Zhané, “Hey Mr. DJ” (1993)
10. Donna Summer, “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)

Followed by the top 10 of the most current Billboard Dance / Club Play Songs
1. Rihanna “Rude Boy”
2. Charice feat. Jay-Z “Pyramid”
3. Delerium feat. Kreesha Turner “Dust In Gravity”
4. The Black Eyes Peas “Imma Be”
5. Debi Nova “Drummer Boy”
6. Mary J. Blige “I Am”
7. Goldfrapp “Rocket”
8. Beyonce Feat. Lady Gaga “Video Phone”
9. Bimbo Jones “Freeze”
10. Taio Cruz Feat. Ludacris “Break Your Heart”

Later on the list are The Temper Trap, Blake Lewis and Macy Gray. An American Idol contestant and Ludacris only 5 spots away from each other on the same list. That’s the power of dance!

Upcoming Shows…

The fabulous VV Brown is rocking the Troubadour TONIGHT with Darrelle London.  Get your tickets and go!

1. Donna Summer, “I Feel Love” (1977)

2. Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)

3. Madonna, “Vogue” (1990)

4. Diana Ross, “Love Hangover” (1976)

5. Clivillés & Cole, “A Deeper Love” (1991)

6. Machine, “There But for the Grace of God Go I” (1979)

7. Lil’ Louis, “French Kiss” (1987)

8. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)

9. Zhané, “Hey Mr. DJ” (1993)

10. Donna Summer, “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)

Get your tickets for Dragonette at the Echo just before Memorial Day on May 26 with White Arrows – who also have a fantastic video interview up on Serious Stache.

And Pitchfork darlings Delorean with Wait. Think. Fast at the Echo on June 11.  Tickets here.

Video this week from cute-as-a-button French DJ, Yelle.  Love her music, but mostly love her affinity for crazy colors.  An excellent performer as well (thanks again, Wonderworks!).

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