I was making a mix last night and rediscovered Semisonic's "Singing in My Sleep" hidden on my itunes. It fit perfectly between New Order's "Regret" and Stars' "Elevator Love Letter." This is some earnest, lovestruck shit! It's awesome!
I love how in the video, which I've never seen until today, the camera never stays on singer Dan Wilson for too long because it would melt from his I-don't-know-how-to-rock-this-guitar nerdy cuteness.
Some thoughts on mixes:
* I miss the physical mess of making an actual mix tape. Sitting in front of a five-CD changer, with record player on the top, and all the music scattered around me. Who of you out there continues to make actual mix tapes?
* The summer-to-fall mix is a big one, signaling a huge shift in mood and hopefully an influx of new music since fall is touring season. Has anyone out there gotten an especially good fall mix this year?
* While a lot of mixes make it to friends, I end up keeping many to myself. Like the "Freak Mix" I made for an ex, when I realized it was more for my walking-to-work benefit, since he didn't give a damn about Toni Braxton and the Isley Brothers. I'd like to know the ratio of people who'll put exactly whatever they want on a mix, regardless of whether they'll like it or not, Vs those who fine-tune it to hopefully be something the person will actually enjoy. You might laugh, but it plauges me. I've left Robin S's "Show Me Love" and St. Etienne's "He's on the Phone" off more mixes than I can count, because at the 11th hour I get the feeling I'm one of only five earthlings who don't find them obnoxious. On mixes of specifically '90s Hi-NRG or Eurotechno, these songs are fine, but I want to put them on EVERY mix that isn't a depressing one. So my question is, is pushing boundaries or taking someone's personality into consideration more important? Would you be aesthetically offended if someone put "Nuthin' but a G Thing" after "Under My Thumb"? They are practically the same song, after all...