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June 2011 Playlist

Edvard Munch - Weeping Nude (June 2011 Mix Cover)

I’m a mix making machine who has finally found the ultimate form of musical expression. One CD per month that defines that 30 day span of my life… a musical diary, if you will, where the songs represent my mood, direction and texture. Each month I pull from my library of classics, and mix in current cuts that have me dancing. I like each mix to span several decades and genres. I am constantly absorbing tastes and ideas from some very knowledgeable music savvy friends, and magazines like Paste and Q keep me plugged in to the scene around the world. Bottom line – I am always searching for new music, and the highlight of my day is when I find some.

My rules are simple: 1) The mix must fit in a 120 minute CD. 2) A band, musician and/or song must only be used once a year. In addition, I make a cover for each CD using Google images and Roxio’s “Disc Cover 2” program, found in its Toast software. The cover features art or photography that I feel captures the spirit of the month’s music. As you’ll see, my tempo turns slowly, most often to the beat of a love song. I spend weeks polishing the transitions between songs, so as one ends, the next begins in perfect harmony. In addition to the monthly mixes, I also burn genre-specific discs that are just as carefully constructed. I will post those as added bonuses along the way. In sharing this part of my life with you, my hope is that you will comment on songs on these playlists that move you, and maybe you’ll be inspired to make this a habit, too. If so, please use the comment box below each post to share your CD with us. Of course, feel free to make up your own rules, and certainly no boundaries on the type of music or limits on how you should mix it. Now let’s get to it… June 2011.

1. Fitz and the Tantrums – Pickin’ Up the Pieces
2. Foster the People – I Would Do Anything For You
3. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
4. Smith Westerns – Weekend
5. Lucinda Williams – Righteously
6. Mayer Hawthorne – No Strings
7. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
8. The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex
9. Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
10. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
11. Afghan Whigs – Be For Real
12. City and Colour – The Girl
13. Martika – Toy Soldiers
14. Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory
15. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
16. Lykke Li – Sadness is a Blessing
17. Little River Band – Lonesome Loser
18. The Mountain Goats – This Year
19. Todd Snider – All of My Life
20. Jim Croce – Time in a Bottle
21. Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful

 

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