The Signal: EP062 - This time out, we have a not-so-secret theme. Friend-of-SignalStation Ray introduced us to a slew of Japanese bands and, since we're away from the home computer, we thought it would be an interesting challenge to pull together a mix from only that source material.
The image is courtesy of Flickr user Okinawa Soba, who has a bunch of cool images licensed under Creative Commons. I put the image together using two of his originals. The linked download page will only be up for a limited time. Track list is in the id3 tags. The hidden ingredient is love. Notes are below the cut.
Let me know if you dig it.
I don't read music news weblogs, really, but I had a bit of time tonight and found a few interesting things.
Interesting thing no. 1 - Peter Gabriel covering The Arcade Fire. With full orchestra. This is powerful stuff.
Apparently, he's doing a whole album of covers (and there's great stuff on the track list, if you follow the above link) with the idea that some/all of the artists he's covering will return the favor on a later album.
Interesting thing no. 2 - The New Pornographers are working on a new album and they've got some great guests lined up, including the lead guy from Beirut and the lead lady from St. Vincent. So now there's something in May to look forward to.
The Signal: EP061 - A not-so-dangerous game of cat and mouse! Thank you all for coming, especially those of you who are new to The Signal. (And we know there's at least one of you.) We're very glad that these mixes aren't only enjoyed by just us... though don't get me wrong, they get a lot of use in my personal mp3 player as well. It's always a pleasant surprise when I put the thing on random, then hit a Signal mix without realizing it and find myself thinking "Man, I'm lucking out! I love all these songs!"
I guess that happens less often since I've started layering sounds into the mixes. They can't pass for random songs as easily anymore. Things change. Seasons change. This big blue marble keeps on turning. ID3 tags continue to have the track listing. Mixes are available for a limited time. This is just a hobby thing, shared with friends. Let's leave the search engines out of it. Notes are after the jump, if you're viewing this on The Signal weblog, or in subsequent paragraphs if you went straight here.
Friend-of-SignalStation misuba has put up 8 tracks of 2009 goodness over here, if you want to check it out. I'm three tracks in and digging it... odds are good it's gonna hold up!
The Signal: EP060 - I am so happy with this mix, folks, seriously. I started with just a big pile of music and then it all fell together into a thematic roughly-45-minute musical accompaniment to any occasion that includes drowning. Damn it's cold in this apartment. So yeah, music about dying, cold and wet. Winter is here and it needs a soundtrack.
The mix will be available for a limited time only. The tracklist is included in the id3 tags because I don't want this mix to be Google bait. This is for you and me, baby, the world can stay out of this. I have some notes after the cut, but they're not necessary to enjoy the mix. This is primarily because music is good enough on its own and does not need additional words from me, but additional words are there if you want them.
What else do you need to know.