July 2011

001. Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You
002. Fleet Foxes - Montezuma
003. Theresa Andersson - God's Highway
004. Adem - X is for Kisses
005. Ani DiFranco - Hour Follows Hour
006. REM - Let Me In
007. Otis Redding - That's How Strong My Love Is
008. The Shins - Sleeping Lessons
009. Fleet Foxes - Battery Kinzie
010. Cocorosie - Lemonade
011. St. Vincent & The National - Sleep All Summer
012. Jimi Hendrix - May This Be Love
013. Neko Case - At Last
014. Beirut - A Sunday Smile

May 2011 Music Mix

001. Florence + The Machine - I'm Not Calling You a Liar
002. Ida Maria - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
003. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
004. Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
005. Heart - Crazy On You
006. Jenny Lewis - Next Messiah
007. Tori Amos - In the Springtime of His Voodoo
008. The Cardigans - Erase/Rewind
009. Liz Phair - Divorce Song
010. Florence + The Machine - Between Two Lungs
011. Blonde Redhead - Elephant Woman
012. Cocorosie - Terrible Angels
013. Bjork - Hyperballad
014. Ani DiFranco - Marrow
015. Ida Maria - Keep Me Warm
016. Fiona Apple - Pale September
017. Feist - Honey Honey
018. Cat Power - I Found a Reason
019. First Aid Kit - Our Own Pretty Ways

Mix tape here.

December 2010 Music Mix

001. Hem - Lord, Blow the Moon Out Please
002. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
003. Julie Doiron - Me and My Friend
004. Bon Iver - For Emma
005. Tim Hardin - Reason to Believe
006. Hem - Half Acre
007. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Stay Zombie Stay
008. Yo La Tengo - Nowhere Near
009. Mason Jennings - The Field (total sobfest)
010. Horse Feathers - Working Poor
011. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
012. Midlake - Young Bride
013. Andrew Bird - Armchairs
014. The Tallest Man on Earth - I Won't Be Found (Live on KEXP)
015. Simon & Garfunkel - Kathy's Song
016. Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter
017. First Aid Kit - Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Fleet Foxes cover)

Mix tape here.

April 2010 Music Mix

001. Adem - Slide
002. Rilo Kiley - A Man/Me/Then Jim
003. State Radio - Keepsake
004. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
005. Liam Finn - Second Chance
006. John Vanderslice - Too Much Time
007. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Today I Was an Evil One
008. The Elected - Biggest Star
009. Mum - We Have a Map of the Piano
010. Adem - Starla
011. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Yankee Go Home
012. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Stop Drop Rock and Roll
013. The Veils - Sit Down by the Fire
014. DeVotchKa - Charlotte Mittnacht
015. Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks
016. Dark Dark Dark - Colors
017. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - I Am Warm and Powerful
018. Rilo Kiley - A Better Son/Daughter

Mix tape HERE! RAWR!

February 2010 Music Mix

001. Adem - Love and Other Planets
002. The Format - Matches
003. Liz Phair - Shatter
004. Okkervil River - A King and a Queen
005. Andrew Bird - Effigy
006. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (acoustic)
007. Jenny Lewis - Pretty Bird
008. Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
009. Lady and Bird - Stephanie Says
010. Joanna Newsom - Sadie
011. Mason Jennings - Darkness Between the Fireflies
012. Rilo Kiley - Plane Crash in C
013. Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost
014. Neko Case & Her Boyfriends - Timber
015. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Doomsday
016. Mirah - Oh! September
017. The Mountain Goats - This Year

Mix tape here!

January 2010 Music Mix!

Aaaaaand, it's back! Some chick on Ask Mefi sent me a message saying she liked the things I was posting on music questions and wanted to do a mix cd swap, so I've come up with a mix that is pretty representative of what I've been listening to for the past few years. Well, as representative as a 22-track mix can be, anyway.

Here it is:
001. Jens Lekman - Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death
002. Busdriver - Casting Agents and Cowgirls
003. The Fiery Furnaces - Here Comes the Summer
004. The Brunettes - Mars Loves Venus
005. The Elected - Fireflies in a Steel Mill
006. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Is This Love?
007. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - You Are What You Love
008. Built to Spill - Big Dipper
009. Belle & Sebastian - Your Cover's Blown
010. DJ Danger Mouse and Jay-Z - Change Clothes
011. CocoRosie - Noah's Ark
012. Beirut - Scenic World (Lon Gisland EP version)
013. Adem - Launch Yourself
014. Architecture in Helsinki - The Owls Go
015. John Vanderslice - Angela
016. Pavement - Spit On a Stranger
017. Four Tet - Hands
018. Antony & The Johnsons - Fistful of Love
019. Nan Vernon - The Sandman
020. Wilco - How to Fight Loneliness
021. Calexico - Black Heart
022. Cake - End of the Movie

It's a highlights reel of music. Next month's mix will probably be a continuation of it. I want people to be able to get this from me! How do I do that? MyBloop is gone, and I'm guessing SendSpace still sucks. I guess email can suffice for now.

Mix tape is here.


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An open letter to my fellow citizens:

After months of obsessively listening to NPR and getting incredibly wrapped up in the campaigning, debating, and fact-finding, the election is finally over. I've given myself a few days break from listening to political news, and I hope the rest of you have allowed yourself some time to do the same, to recover from the tension that I'm sure lots of us have been feeling leading up to this momentous, historic occasion. Regardless of who you were rooting for, our lives are never going to be the same again.

To my fellow Obama supporters
Hooray! Over a year's time and lots of hard work finally succeeded in the first step on the long road to recovery for our country. This was the easy part, however. So much effort was put into getting Obama into office that some of you might not realize that we have so, so much work ahead of us. I'd like to tell you that you've got until January 20th to rest up and relax, but we're honestly so far behind that we need to get started healing NOW. That means being a more responsible consumer, by buying locally and living a more sustainable lifestyle. That means decreasing fuel consumption (I know it's cheap again, but cheap gas is going to continue getting us into trouble!). That means living within your means, and not believing that everyone deserves to own a house and a big screen tv. That means doing whatever you possibly can to help those around you, whether you're joining grassroots organizations to stamp out poverty in our country or fighting against animal cruelty or giving money or your time to ending genocide in Darfur, we can make a difference. We will make a difference.

To those who did not support Obama
I understand that you may be feeling a certain degree of sour grapes over the "loss" of this election (believe me, do I EVER know that feeling! hello, 2000 and 2004). I put loss in quotes because I honestly don't believe that anyone was the loser on Tuesday. You may not have noticed, but during the last 8 years, about half of the country's voices didn't seem to be heard, didn't seem to matter. You might not have noticed because you were not a part of that collection of citizens. One thing that I have noticed as I've watched Obama campaign over the last year is that he seems to be interested in what everyone has to say, not just the people playing for his team. He has succeeded in uniting a great, huge number of people in our country, people who might not care for each other in any other arena, but who recognize that they must band together to bring about change that we all can get behind. I am hoping that this carries over into his presidency, that even those who were not on our "team" will still join with us to make our country, our world a better place. Because this is not about teams. We are one country, under many or lack of gods, and I have to believe that if we've all chosen to stay here, that we all have a vested interest in being good people, and good members of the world community. It's going to take all of us, and we want you with us, whether you hate us for our "party ideology" or not. We all have a voice, and we can all use it, regardless of who is in office.

To the rest of the world
Our relationship with you guys has been a tumultuous one, and for that I'm sorry. I know that, following September 11, 2001, we had the support of almost all of you behind us, and our actions following that have alienated a lot of you. I hope that with a change in leadership, we can begin again to cultivate a good relationship with the rest of the world. Believe it or not, I think a lot of us in the US realized that we're the spoiled adolescents of the world community. We're an awfully young country, comparatively, and we have a lot of growing up to do. We're going to need a lot of help and moral support while we slog through the mess we've gotten ourselves into, but we are on our way. Please don't give up on us.

To everyone
We've got a lot of work ahead of us. We need to make some repairs in Washington, including restoring the checks and balances to the branches of government, and making sure that the voices of special interest groups are not regarded any higher than those of the regular citizens. Everyone (everyone!) needs to work together to repair our broken economic system. We need to stop paying lip service to the idea of bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle, and we need to make sure that the segregation of the different political parties in Washington doesn't become more important than working together to make our country great.

For decades, progress was an ideal to our people, one that we were proud to get behind. We need to regain that idea as a goal, because we've had some setbacks recently that are stunting our growth as a world power. When taking away a group's civil rights becomes a more important issue than the safety of our troops or the economic security of our country, we need to take a step back, re-evaluate our priorities, and realize that limiting the civil rights of ANY group is never a sign of progress. Change will come, and measures like California's Proposition 8 are just delaying the inevitable, so let's grant them equal rights and get back to the other issues at hand.

I mostly want you all to know that I love you, all of you, and I am so excited to be witness to the great things to come to our country. We are making history. Yes, we can has change.

Karrey Smith
An Obama-supporting Iowan