Many thanks for the mix was an interesting listen and one I’d probably enjoy far more about 10 or 15 years ago mainly because my tastes have changed over the years, moving away from guitar-indie. I find with a lot of music from this genre that it can be very conservative in both influence and experimentation, it speaks to the past but doesn’t necessary look to both the now and future.
Unfortunately, you started with Mark Lanegan whom I find your archetypal dull and earnest indie troubadour, he’s very much your meat and potatoes when I want something a little more a la carte. Danny Brown was a nice change of direction but hamstrung by the repetitive structure of the track, I was waiting for a change of speed or style but it rigidly stuck to its formula throughout. The 65 Days of Static track I was aware of, a reasonable track for the background but not much else. The next three were not my cup of tea, my notes say too rock which kind of sums it all up. Joe Henderson was another nice change of direction if a little too long, whilst I’ve never liked Jesus Lizard. Sonic Youth have always been love/hate with me and this one was not one of their best. Smoke City is a track I know very well and like a lot, one I’d originally listed for my mix but didn’t include because it did not match the feel of the rest. The Slayer track was probably the one I liked least as I’ve never got on with metal of any kind. Morphine are another band that did nothing for me at the time and this track did nothing to dispel this view. Fela Kuti was OK, Ibeyi probably the track I liked most that I had not heard before, whilst Massive Attack was a good finish.
As I said above my younger self would have liked this mix a lot more but my tastes have moved away from much which is on here. Still I did enjoy listening it far beats the rubbish on Radio 1. If it’s any consolation a good friend whom I played it to on long a car journey thinks it’s brilliant and your mix provided much meat to the debate we had.
Thanks for your mix it was an enjoyable listen and coherent throughout regarding the subject matter and where you wanted it to go. I knew quite a lot of tracks and those I didn’t I knew of the artists.
EMA was a good start if a little long, though I prefer her later stuff when she started adding electronics to the mix. I used to have a housemate in the early 1990s who was a diehard Gallon Drunk fan who despite constant playing at loud volumes often at unseemly hours in the morning I’ve never taken to them, they always seemed to me to be a cut price Nick Cave. You’re Jovian have left a complete blank despite a number of plays, Julie Byrne and Richard Hawley are both nice but not something I’d seek out. Albatross is a classic from the days when Fleetwood Mac were actually good and hadn’t started sleeping with each others husbands/wives/boyfriends/girlfriends, and suited your mix very well. Grizzly Bear and Guided By Voices have always been generic guitar indie for me and have never done enough to gain my attention. Julianna Barwick was ethereal and delicate and suited the mix very well. I have the Verve track but haven’t played it for over 20 years mainly because in the intervening period I’ve grown to intensely dislike Richard Ashcroft’s rock god persona. Laura Veirs I liked, Tom Waits I didn’t. Really liked the Pram track it broke up what I feel was a mix that was becoming a little bit samey, suddenly there was an element of uncertainty about where it was going which I like in compilations of this ilk. I knew the Rozi Plain song, another artist I find a bit hit and miss, but this track suited the playlist. Grouper and Cross Record didn’t leave much of an impression but you did end with an excellent Moby track.
All in all an enjoyable mix and very coherent regarding the subject, I felt I was going on a waterborne journey somewhere and the Pram track nicely indicated things were not going to be calm and plain sailing.