Hi, @dollarsandcents – wow, thanks for such nice feedback. I’m really chuffed with how well this has been received – had a couple of false starts but I think this became my favourite of the mixtapes I’ve done for these exchanges by the end.
Glad you liked the Springsteen one, I wasn’t sure how he’d go down on DiS, but I think this version is good enough to win sceptics over. Rainer was an East German/Czech guy who landed in Arizona, and I always love the really earthy clunk of his playing style and the resonator guitar. Had the album for about 15 years and it only just struck me when I was putting together this mix that the album title was a pun – Alpaca Lips! Some of his work is pretty hard to get hold of now, at least in physical format – but this record is still floating around I think and there’s a bunch of stuff on bandcamp to check out.
The live Portishead track is from their Roseland Live album – worth getting a copy of. I figured most people would know the studio version, but maybe not this live one, and that instrumental moment mid song where the crowd break into applause brings me out goosebumps every time. Really nice to hear the interludes worked, yeah I allowed myself an hour for each and a self imposed rule that they had to be worked up from whatever the first thing I initially played was. I quite like the ‘bad hombres’ one, so I may try and work it up into something proper at some point.
Perils From The Sea which Kozelek did with Jimmy Lavalle is one of his best – if you haven’t heard it and are a fan of his work, then I think you’re in for a treat. This song is a real earworm for me, but I don’t think Koz himself likes it very much any more – he very reluctantly played a couple of verses as an audience request when I saw SKM last year before refusing to go any further. I thought about the German version of 99RB and also the album version which has an extended funk intro section, but I didn’t want the story of the song to get lost in translation. Most Talking Heads is brilliant, so you’d struggle to go too far wrong with them – consistently great blend of creativity and pop sensibilities.
I like how the last four songs round things off too – The Flashbulb tune is from their appropriately titled ‘Opus At The End of Everything’ album and that Tom Waits track still raises a smile even after many listens. Hope the rabbit holes lead to some future favourites, as with most of these songs I think the albums they’re taken from are great too!