Cast Iron Table (detail), Nimbin, NSW, Australia
Since moving to the country, I have been driving a lot. I don’t particularly like it and I am not particularly good at it: my friends still tease me for driving straight into a ditch twenty years ago. It was not my fault: it was foggy and I was late for Magnum PI.
Not being able to read while travelling, I have quickly gone through our CD collection and grown bored of it. I have resorted to talking books but there is only so much Stacy Schiff, Julia Cameon and Pema Chödrön that my toddler son can tolerate: it had to be new music. Like Rob Fleming in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, I started mixing tapes.
My taste in music is unadventurous and moderately daggy: I basically like crescendos and ballads delivered in not-too-experimental pop. I can’t stand the ads and the fake frantic pace of commercial radio so, for convenience, I started my search on the internet: I opened an account on MySpace, I subscribed to Flavorpill, which regularly reviews music and Last.fm, which is a sort of music TIVO: it Eavesdrops onto your itunes and then comes up with suggestions. I took note of the lineup for the ARIA Awards and even listened to the ABC Radio National Album of the Week, which is a bit of a hit an miss: often missing talent and hitting on ethnic rubbish that ought to be good because it comes from some far away country’s obscure minority group.
I started buying CDs from street buskers and at music festivals and dug out gems like Nano Stern and John Butler. I even pinched CDs from my fiends’ cars, whenever I had a chance to drive them (I did returned them, once recorded the best tracks). More recently, I have kept an ear out for recommendations on Open Salon and gratefully taken some from Margaret Feike and Nick Leshi.
And then, I started mixing:
NOTE: I am unable to publish tables onto Open Salon’s platform. I am copyng below one of my mixed tapes. If you would like to see my “full discography”, please go to the article on my website. Apologies for any inconvenience.
(Title, Artist, Album)
1. Bed Intruder Song (feat. Kelly Dodson), Antoine Dodson & The Gregory Brothers, Bed Intruder Song (feat. Kelly Dodson) - Single
2. Let's Get Out of Here, Les Savy Fav, Root for Ruin
3. Lemonade, Braids, Native Speaker
4. Plath Heart, Braids, Native Speaker
5. The Look of Love, ABC, The Look of Love - The Very Best of ABC
6. Moulinette, Anna Calvi, Jezebel / Moulinette - Single
7. Home, LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
8. Telephone, Lady GaGa & Beyoncé, The Fame Monster
9. Born This Way, Lady GaGa, Born This Way - Single
10. Whenever, The Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning & The Best of the E.N.D.
11. Fashion Beats, The Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning & The Best of the E.N.D.
12. Space Maker, AIR, Pocket Symphony