This is what we're up to over at IDM.
A few technology complaints. I am not a fan of the new Blogger. For some reason adding pictures tremendously screws up my text sometimes. Then I have to go back to edit and tinker with spacing so I don’t have white spaces. Also, I pretty much hate the new version of Internet Explorer. I don’t know what happened but that thing runs slow as molasses on my computer. True, I need to upgrade the old desktop, but still, it shouldn’t be this freaking slow! And why in the hell was 80 degrees yesterday? It’s January, it’s winter—I know I’m on the coast of North Carolina but come on! 80 isn’t normal. End of rant, on to the real business. A few days back, I had this idea to make some mix CDs for the new year. No theme really, just a general and (hopefully) good mix CD. Doesn’t sound hard, right?
After 100 songs, what started out as one mix CD is now five. It’s safe to say that I have a problem. We saw this on our Christmas site 77 Santas. And the few who’ve seen the tracklist or received the 25 CDs of the original Indian Dance Music mix can also attest to my lack of self-control when it comes to mix CDs.
Rather than share all five today, I’m going to break it up over the next five weekends. Here’s the first installment. This week, I went back to some albums that I haven’t listened to much at all in the past year. I forgot how much I loved that last Modest Mouse album, that the Starsailor album is really fucking good, that Longwave album pretty much has one great song, that Brendan Benson can write a damned great pop song, and that for as hyped as they are, The Shins and the Arcade Fire are really fucking good. Actually, I don't think there's a bad song in this batch.
Motherless Bastard – The Books
The World At Large – Modest Mouse
I Want You Back – Hoodoo Gurus
Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams
First of the Gang to Die – Morrissey
Four the Floor – Starsailor
Goddess on a Hiway – Mercury Rev
That Great Love Sound – The Raveonettes
Video – Aimee Mann
How Far – Beth Orton
These Are the Fables – The New Pornographers
River (Depot Song) – Longwave
Rebellion (Lies) – The Arcade Fire
Young Pilgrims – The Shins
Ask Me Anything – The Strokes
Wound Up – Office
What – Brendan Benson
Ooh La La – Goldfrapp
Spread Your Love – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Ways to Be Wicked – Long Justice
The Good Advice – Pete Yorn