Trials + Tribulations


Heat of the Night

Photo by my friend Daniele Vickers. Click the photo to see more of her pictures.

I made this mix with summer nights in mind. It might be nice to listen to with your windows open and a fan on after the sun goes down.

♫ HEAT OF THE NIGHT MIX (MP3)

Memory Tapes – Swimming Field
CFCF – Letters Home (Memoryhouse Remix)
♫ Korallreven – The Truest Faith
Washed Out – #4
White Hinterland – Icarus
Baths – Animals
Blackbird Blackbird – Aura
HEALTH – Die Slow (Nite Jewel Remix)
Tame Impala – Runaway Houses City Clouds



Sweat Dreams are Made of This

♫ Sweat Dreams July Mix

Aeroplane – We Can’t Fly (Extended Drums Mix)
Yeasayer – Madder Red (Golden Filter Remix)
Hard Mix – Memories
!!! – Jamie, My Intentions are Bass
Canyons – Fire Eyes
HEALTH – Die Slow (Pictureplane Remix)
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Voltage – All Night (Azari & III Remix)
TBD – Okay Cool

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Best Albums of 2009
December 11, 2009, 10:54 am
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Here they are! You are so excited! You are not that excited. But I am. So shut up. Here’s how I graded my favorite albums of the year:

1. Repeatability
2. How many songs I skip when listening to it all the way through
3. Cover art (not really)

Buttttttt behold! The albums! I only talked about the top five, because, well, I’m lazy.

ttaoty21. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz!

I can’t get over how awesome this album is. I started off a little ambivalent about it, but quickly grew to love it. I am not one of those people who still complains about YYY’s not being “raw” enough like on Fever to Tell. That was then. They’ve matured since then and I love the maturity.

The album has it’s awesome party-starters like “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll,” but it’s ballads are what get me. Where “Maps” was filled with longing, “Hysteric” is full of pure joy of being in love. “Soft Shock” is heartbreaking, and “Skeletons” always gets me. I have this record on repeat constantly, and am not afraid to listen to it over and over.

ttaoty4 2. Tegan & Sara – Sainthood

I was also not sold on this album the first listen. But when I put it on my headphones, it was an instant love affair. Whereas parts of The Con lagged and made me want to skip tracks, Sainthood is a complete ride from start to finish. I love their melodies and lyrics, like on “On Directing” and “The Ocean.” They’re gifted girls and I’ll love them for the rest of their career.

ttaoty13. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

I attribute my love for this album to the many many road trips I’ve taken this year. Middle Cyclone has been a driving record for me, taking me halfway across the country more than a couple times. It’s such a big record for her. Her analogies to animal and nature really hit home, and each song is just so so great!

ttaoty74. Fever Ray – Fever Ray

I knew I was going to love this album as soon as “If I Had a Heart” leaked online. Solo projects have never looked so good. I still can’t believe this record was even made. It is so perfect. I love the dark, brooding tones on every track start to finish.

ttaoty6 5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Again, I knew I would love this album as soon as “1901” hit the net. I’ve liked a few songs on their other albums, but never so many great tracks on one album. “Lisztomania” and “1901” are both songs that make me dance whenever I put them on, even when driving. It’s another perfect driving record. It’s also just a perfect record, period.

ttaoty5 6. Gossip – Music for Men


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7. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

ttaoty98. HEALTH – Get Color

9. YACHT – See Mystery Lights

ttaoty810. The XX – xx



Sweat Dreams #3

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Okay so here’s my third mix of stuff I’ve been listening to lately. The series is called Sweat Dreams because, well, I don’t know.

♫ Sweat Dreams #3

Lucky Dragons – Helicopter de Cristal
El Guincho – 100 Veces Fuego
Dirty Projectors – I Will Truck
HEALTH – Before Tigers (CFCF Remix)
Lost Valentinos – Midnights
Hidden Cameras – Underage
Memory Tapes – Graphics
The New Wine – Revolving Cylinder
Black Dice – Glazin’
The xx – Teardrops
Volcano Choir – Island, IS
Kings of Convenience – Freedom and It’s Owner



Run For Yr Life
March 30, 2009, 4:39 am
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run1I’ve done running mixes before, but this one is different. All of these are songs that you probably wouldn’t want to run at night to. They’re the kind of songs that make you think somebody, or something, is following behind you as you run. That turn your sweat cold. I haven’t got a lot of songs, maybe you have a suggestion? Something that would compel you to run and creep you out.

Liars – Let’s Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack

La Roux – In for the Kill (Foamo’s Skream Remix Bootleg)

The Knife – Marble House (Dave Sitek Remix)

Justice – Stress (Auto Remix)

Klaxons – Atlantis to Interzone (Screendeath Remix)

HEALTH – Triceratops (CFCF Remix)