WARMER MIXTAPES #1473 | by Judith Glory Hill [Judith Hill]

1. Stevie Wonder | If It’s Magic
Every time I hear this song, it transports me into a magical world. I love the purity of the lyric and the mesmerizing harp. It reminds me of those unforgettable nights with Stevie when he would go to the piano to serenade us with his ballads. That was always the highlight of his shows.

2. Curtis Mayfield | Move On Up
This takes me back to the family road trips. We were Curtis Mayfield die hard fans. I love this track because of the congas and hypnotic horn lines. It’s the ultimate 70s party.

3. Yo-Yo Ma | Chega De Saudade (with Rosa Passos) (Elizete Cardoso Cover)
This marriage between Rosa’s sultry tone and Yo-Yo Ma’s beautiful bow is breathtaking. Such a colorful rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Chega De Saudade. Rosa’s phrasing is like no other. Her sense of rhythm is impeccable.

4. Sly & The Family Stone | Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa ('Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)' Slower Pace Version)
One of the best Funk grooves of all times. This version of Thank You... is slowed down to a painfully hurting groove that goes on for ages. The bass and guitars are locked in so tight… I can listen to this all day.

5. Frédéric Chopin | Nocturne In F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1 (Performed by Adam Harasiewicz)
One of my favorite Chopin Nocturnes. It’s sad yet nostalgic. I love the sincerity in this simple, passionate Folk melody. A gentle lullaby, yet in the second half it rages like a turbulent storm. The juxtaposing of both sections makes this one of the greatest.

6. Vanessa Bell Armstrong | Walk With Me
I remember this song on a cassette tape with a green label on it… I wore this record out. This Bluesy, Gospel hymn was one of the first songs I ever learned as a kid. I copied every phrase, grunt, run and scream that Mrs. Armstrong did. It was like a vocal dictionary to me.

7. Willie Nelson | Always On My Mind (Gwen McCrae's 'You Were Always On My Mind' Cover)
Well, this is just one of those lyrics that breaks your heart. It is said so perfectly. Many people have covered this song because it is timeless. I love singing this.

8. Lauryn Hill | Doo Wop (That Thing)
This takes me back to Junior High. When this first hit the scene, it changed my life. Lauryn was my idol!! The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was truly the best album that came out during that time. Nothing came close. It never gets old!!

9. Howlin’ Wolf | Spoonful 
His tone is legendary! This track is mean and greasy. I always listen to Howlin’ Wolf because he is raw Soul.

10. Billy Preston | Nothing For Nothing
This song always puts a smile on my face. The piano intro is iconic. Billy’s churchy, ragtime piano playing is one of a kind. My dad used to be in Billy’s band, so his Music is very close to me.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1472 | by Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh of Grapell

SIDE A | by Nils Nygårdh

1. The Hives | Outsmarted
Best Garage band ever. I could have put up the whole record (Veni Vidi Vicious) on this top ten list. Howlin' Pelle's screaming together with his brother... It's just brilliant. Intense guitars and fast drumming. And not to forget the great production by Pelle Gunnerfeldt.

2. David Bowie | Changes
My father had a copy of the album Hunky Dory when I was a little boy. And that was pretty much all he got in his record storage. I learned to like this album more and more for every time he was playing it. And especially Changes gave me a special feeling. Feels good but it also gives me a strange feelings about Existence. Actually the whole album got that vibe. I really like it.

3. Lou Reed | Doin' The Things That We Want To
I discovered this song from a colleague when I was working at a pretty boring office. It just vibes so good when you are a little doleful.

4. 10cc | Rubber Bullets
OK, my father got one more record. The Very Best Of 10cc. Another song that I was listening to a big part of my childhood. This song doesn’t get me any weird feelings. Just feel good feelings. And I also have some Hate/Love for this song. Wimpy Rock is not really my favorite anymore, but I can’t help myself, I still love this song.

5. Bob Dylan | Jokerman
I'm not a big Dylan fan. But when Dylan takes his Music into a Reggae vibe I like it very much. As this song, Jokerman.

6. Ramones | The KKK Took My Baby Away
I was on the road on some of our family car trips to the capital Stockholm. Sitting in the backseat with my brother. He always had a bigger interest of Music than me, so he was always the one that showed me new stuff. We split the ear plugs and I was listening to the first Punk song ever in my life. Also I got my first American History lesson from my brother about the KKK. That song gave me a lot of good things for my upcoming life.

7. Dolores Haze | Fuck The Pain Away (Peaches Cover)
The cover of the Peaches song renews this song from 2000, but throws it back to late 70s/early 80s Garage Rock with brilliant reverb on every instrument.

8. Radiohead | 15 Step
I bought this record In Rainbows to my brother for his birthday. Unconscious about how the band Radiohead sounded like. It took me about 6 months before I decided to listen through the record. The whole album is perfect to me and it's hard to pick one song. But as a drummer I have to choose 15 Step, splendid 5 bar beat all through the song. Electronic drums together with Acoustic and also some human hand claps as the icing on the cake.

9. Sonjagon | We Are Coming Over Tonight
One of the best guitar riffs ever in Rock 'N' Roll History. Together with the brilliant drumbeat it sounds so good. And not to forget the vocals. This production is brilliant.

10. The Sonics | Have Love Will Travel (Richard Berry And The Pharaohs Cover)
Best Rock song ever. The guitar riff, the saxophone and the whole mucky production.

SIDE B | by Emil Erstrand

1. bob hund | Festen Är Över
I love the first lines of the lyrics. Just like I love the rest of this song. And the whole EP it's from.

2. Sonjagon | Aristocrat
Awesome track that blew me away the first time I heard it (as a demo on MySpace). Not necessarily my favourite song by Sonjagon, but I let this represent my admiration for the band - which has persisted ever since then.

3. Radiohead | 15 Step
It's impossible for me to choose one song by Radiohead, but they got to be on this list, and this one is a perfect opener for one of my all time favorite albums.

4. Dirty Projectors | Impregnable Question
This one has had an important impact on me. Also I heard it the first time on a really nice summer’s day.

5. Drake | Hold On, We're Going Home (feat. Majid Jordan)
Brilliant song that was a great inspiration when I heard it.

6. Håkan Hellström | Du Är Snart Där
I was choosing between this one and John Lennon's God

7. Fiona Apple | Anything We Want
Great song, with great feel and great structure.

8. Blur | Sweet Song
Really sweet...

9. Olle Ljungström | Morotsman
Perfect song.

10. Simon And Garfunkel | The Only Living Boy In New York
Makes me feel nostalgic. And I don't know why.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1471 | by Jarod Weldin and Kim Hart Weldin of Tape Waves

SIDE A | by Kim Hart Weldin

1. The Magnetic Fields | I Don’t Believe In The Sun
The Magnetic Fields album 69 Love Songs Vol. 1 is one of my favorite albums ever. I just think it’s brilliant. I remember the first time I heard the album I was 20 years old and riding in the back of a friend’s car at night on the way home from band practice, and we got a flat tire on the interstate. My friend Jess put on The Magnetic Fields and we were listening to the album while someone was changing the tire. I remember thinking that every song was genius, catchy, hilarious and just plain amazing. I’ve always really identified with I Don’t Believe In The Sun on a personal level. Whenever I hear it, I think of the scene in Lost In Translation where Bill Murray is singing karaoke to an Elvis Costello song. Then I re-imagine that scene, but it’s me in a movie and I’m singing this song. It’s like a really old, sad version of me.

2. Yo La Tengo | Today Is The Day
This is one of the first Yo La Tengo songs I heard and fell in love with the band. I think a friend had posted the song Autumn Sweater on MySpace and I thought it was good and that they were a band that I really needed to get into because they were obviously what cool people were listening to. So, I started downloading as many Yo La Tengo songs as I could via LimeWire or some other terrible, illegal site (I was a poor College student/probably awful human being at the time). I have loved this song ever since I heard it. To me, the fast version just doesn’t compare to the slower version from Summer Sun. There is something in the guitar lead and in Georgia’s voice that just fills me with this really heavy, sad feeling, but I totally understand it. Once someone said, Kim likes Sad Music. I think they were right.

3. Beach House | You Came To Me
One of my friend’s made me a mix CD when I lived in Seattle in 2009 and she put the single version of Used To Be by Beach House on it. It was instantly my favorite song in the World and I wanted to hear everything I could by the band. I thought Victoria Legrand was a male the first time I heard her voice. I downloaded Devotion and couldn’t stop listening. I was obsessed with that album for months. I remember thinking for the first time ever that someone had finally come up with the sound that I had always felt inside. I loved drum machines, keyboards and haunting vocals and someone had finally combined them. I was taking design classes in Seattle and think I listened to this album over and over while working on final projects one afternoon until like 2 am the next morning. This song always reminds me of my initial fascination upon discovering the band.

4. The Aislers Set | Emotional Levy
An ex gave me his How I Learned To Write Backwards CD because he bought it thinking it would be cool and he handed to me saying, I think you’ll like this more than I do. He was right, but I remember being confused and wondering if they were a Christian band at first (because of the first line about Jesus in Catherine says). I was hesitant to admit how impressed I was by them because I was 21 and still in my snotty this band is cool because I discovered them first phase. I remember saying that I liked the CD, but that I thought the singer was a little pretentious. She was using BIG words and writing such poetic lines. I was intimidated. Emotional Levy was and still is my favorite song on this album. Every time I hear it I am still amazed at how unique the song structure is.

5. The Amps | Bragging Party
I love Kim Deal. I love this song. I grew up listening to Last Splash. In High School my friend Cera got a copy of The Amps CD and wouldn’t let me borrow it. She told me it was because the album was too depressing. When I went to College I finally got my own copy of the album and I remember thinking it wasn’t really a sad album at all. I love how she echoes the ooohs/aaahs on the chorus of this song. I could listen to it over and over.

6. Broadcast | Ominous Cloud
This is my favorite Broadcast song ever. One of my favorite voices ever. R.I.P. Trish.

7. Camera Obscura | Pen And Notebook
When I first heard Camera Obscura I wanted to write songs just like them, especially Pen And Notebook. In my mind, I was like Ummm, I play guitar and I’m an English student, so I should be writing songs with titles like this!... I thought the lyrics were so simple and her vocals were so soft and pretty. I tried writing songs like this, but I was still in College and had just had my daughter. I played Music by myself at home when she was napping and was trying to work up the courage to start playing Music with other people again. I used to play this song over and over and I put in on a set list of songs for an imaginary show I was practicing for.

8. Elliott Smith | Tomorrow Tomorrow
I listened to a lot of Girl Punk bands and Metal bands in High School. The more obscure and quirky the band, the better. My older sister went from listening to Bikini Kill to Elliott Smith and I was not cool with it. I thought he sucked. I made fun of Needle In The Hay. I especially hated XO. But then she graduated High School and moved away. When I went to College and started working at a Music store I took home a copy of Roman Candle. I missed my sister and listening to him was like hanging out with her again. Then I brought home a copy of XO. I realized that she was right all along: he was a genius. This is one of my favorite songs of his because the guitar parts and vocal parts are all so beautiful. I love the lyrics to this song and I love singing it.

9. Lou Reed | Andy’s Chest
I babysat for a military couple that was friends with my dad when I was growing up. I thought they were kind of square. They were grown ups and I was a cool, punk teenager. I was looking for a movie to watch and I found a Lou Reed - Transformer CD. I don’t know if I was intrigued by the album cover or name, but something made me listen to the CD. I loved it right away. I asked to borrow it so I could make a copy, and the woman I babysat for lit up. She became a different person when she started telling me to tell her husband how amazing Satellite Of Love is. Andy’s Chest is still my favorite song on the album. I remember thinking my sister was going to think I was crazy for loving a song that had such weird lyrics.

10. My Bloody Valentine | Only Shallow
There’s something about starting Loveless and every time you hear Only Shallow it feels the same (awesome). I love singing this song and wish I could sound like Bilinda Butcher. After all of these years, I don’t even know what the lyrics are and I’m OK with that.

SIDE B | by Jarod Weldin

1. Operation Ivy | Knowledge
Operation Ivy is a band that solidified my love of Punk Rock early on. When I was in Middle School I found the self-titled cassette at a chain record store in the mall where I grew up. While it was probably readily available at the time, it felt like I had won the lottery. My friends and I listened to that tape non-stop for years, driving all over upstate New York looking for adventure and places to skateboard.

2. John Lennon | Oh Yoko!
I listened to this song so much when I first bought Imagine. I still listen to it quite often, it’s perfect.

3. New Order | The Village
The drumming is really fun. I love everything about this song. It’s over four minutes long and always feels like half of that. I can listen to this one over and over.

4. Frank Sinatra | Here Goes
Whenever I do karaoke I usually lean towards Sinatra. I always check for this song, it’s never on the list and I end up doing something else. Just a great, fun song.

5. Hüsker Dü | It’s Not Funny Anymore
This song is a perfect combination of the Hardcore leanings from their early records and the more melodic aspects that would go into their later records.

6. Yo La Tengo | Well You Better
I could have chosen any of a number of Yo La Tengo songs, depending on the day. This is a more recent one, from their album Fade. I love that it’s so upbeat and also sounds so relaxed, that’s definitely something we try to do with our songs. The vocal and keyboard melodies are really great. Georgia is putting on a clinic with the hi-hat lifts and the ghost notes on the snare.

7. Faces | Ooh La La
It feels like I’ve always known this song, it’s one I remember hearing a lot growing up. Even just the first few guitar strums bring a feeling of nostalgia. It’s just a great, classic song.

8. Descendents | Suburban Home
I’ve been a huge Descendents fan for half of my life at this point and I just like them more and more as time goes by. To me, this is a perfect Punk Rock song.

9. The Kinks | Picture Book
I remember the first time I heard this song. My friend Ian was driving the two of us around and he had a tape with …Village Green… on one side and the complete Minor Threat discography on the other side. I thought that was great. It was a long time ago, I guess it’s possible that it was two separate tapes, but I’m going to choose to remember it this way. I had a few of the later Kinks records at the time, but this is the one that really got me into them. I went to the record store the next day and bought it.

10. Black Flag | Nervous Breakdown
Sometimes when we’re driving, Kim will put this on and sing it like a crazy person and I fall in love with her all over again.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1470 | by Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha (Trouz Bras) of Devandaurae and The Moors

1. Dead Can Dance | Saltarello
This song in particular transports me into a Medieval place, somewhere beyond our culture, and makes me have to dance (which is not usual for me!) It sends me away every time I hear it. Ecstasy! There are many others of their songs which I adore, of course, and it has been a great gift to have had my singing at times compared to hers. I never sought to imitate her, but to be the best singer I could be.

2. Loreena McKennitt | The Mystic's Dream 
Hey, we were all moved by this before it was used for The Mists Of Avalon movie! A remarkable piece of orchestration, every layer is perfection. There were a few years when I was so sad I couldn't sing - but I could listen to her album, The Mask And Mirror, and sing along with every song.

3. Huun Huur Tu | Eshten Charlyyr Berge
Scott and I got to visit with the members of Huun Huur Tu at my house one year, as we had become friends with their manager due to our use of overtones in The Moors. Somewhere in Russia there is a videotape of this event - with their musicians playing on instruments in my room. Their performances are amazing - we have seen them many times, and we both got into overtone singing.

4. The Bulgarian State Radio And Television Female Vocal Choir | Pilentze Pee (Pilentze Sings) (from Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares Volume 1)
This blew my mind the first time I heard it! I had the opportunity to sing in a choir that specialized in this Eastern European Music, which was a remarkable experience. Learning to sing in seconds, rather than thirds or fourths, was amazing.

5. Carreg Lafar | Dau Rosyn Coch - Mynd Am Dro
I adore their album Hyn - so many great cuts! This one kicks ass, and makes me think of a wonderful pagan gathering somewhere...

6. Cadenet | S'anc Fuy Belha Ni Prezada (Performed by Mara Kiek, Paula Chateauneuf, Jim Denley and Stevie Wishart) (from Sinfonye ‎– The Courts Of Love - Music From The Time Of Eleanor Of Aquitane)
I have a huge love for Medieval Secular Music, especially in Old French and Provençal. This is an amazing example of that body of Music - soulful, sexy, sophisticated.

7. The Baltimore Consort | Kathren Oggie (Scottish Traditional 'Katherine Oggie' Folk Song Cover)
This is the song I think that makes me the happiest in all the World. I always imagined if I ever got married, this would play after the ceremony. I would weep with joy - it makes me connect so strongly to my Scottish ancestors.

8. Trouz Bras | Ethan's Hanter Dro
I had the opportunity to sing and play woodwinds with this great Breton group for several years - great guys, amazing musicians, and such a cool repertoire, the Celtic Music of Brittany. This is one of the songs I most enjoyed playing with them - so weird and mysterious and compelling.

9. John Cunningham | Waulkin' O' The Fauld (Scottish Traditional Folk Song Cover)
Johnny used to come to some of our very earliest gigs in Boston, and we would hear him play at a local Irish pub in a small group setting. His fiddle playing could bring the audience to tears.

10. The King's Noyse | Begone, Sweit Night (with Paul O'Dette, Ellen Hargis and David Douglass) (17th Century Ballad Cover) (from Royal Delight: 17th Century Ballads & Dances)
A friend burned me a CD from this group, and it is just so fun and bawdy, and always makes me want to do more performances in Renn Faire settings.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1469 | by Richard Birkin and Kieran Wardle of Hot Soles

This list of songs is based on our real life touring playlist we play from venue to venue.

SIDE A | by Kieran Wardle

1. Supergrass | Sun Hits The Sky
This song is always one of the first ones we always play on route to a show. It's like Yes meets Sex Pistols. Massive jangley guitars sailing over a pulsing urgent rhythm section.

2. Manic Street Preachers | From Despair To Where
I first heard this song at the beginning of a TV sitcom and was instantly hooked. The intricate lyrics really tap into the world of teenage angst according to Richie. The combination of that with soaring vocals from James Dean Bradfield make it unbelievable.

3. Massive Attack | Angel
I first heard this in a club in Bassano, Italy, in 2003. I remember thinking what is this song?!... It was unlike anything I heard before and was my introduction into Trip Hop. It has an incredible sound of impending danger, the phase effected drums for me are the main thing that gives dynamic and leads the song.

4. The Beatles | Paperback Writer
Like a lot of people I was introduced to The Beatles by my parents. So it's very nostalgic for me listening to this song and many others by The Beatles. I really dig the tasteful simplicity of Ringo's drum track. It says all it needs to for a drum track. So many times I've wanted to cover it, but can't bring myself to do it.

5. The Beatles | Helter Skelter
This always gets played on route to a show. I actually couldn't believe it was The Beatles when I first heard it due to its almost sweet vitriolic demeanor. I've heard other bands cover it and lace it with overdrive, and yet none of them, in my opinion, are as heavy as the original.

6. Rage Against The Machine | Guerrilla Radio
The first time I heard this song was at Corporation nightclub in Sheffield. It's text book Rage formula. Starting off at an alarming rate of knots, and refusing to ease up until it's over. Amazing.

7. Lionel Richie | All Night Long (All Night)
I always appreciated this song, but I never realised how much of a good, well written track it was, until it was pointed out to by my friend Rick. It's got a really uplifting vibe to it, and is probably my favourite Lionel song.

8. The Raconteurs | Many Shades Of Black
For me this is one of the greatest, unrecognised Rock ballads of the last decade. Brendan Benson's lyrics are so beautifully written. He makes it sound so easy to write. This is one song I really wish I had written.

9. David Bowie | Suffragette City
I need not to say anymore than: Balls to the wall, flat out, Heavy Glam Rock! Ronson's guitar tracks sound like a wild hungry beast.

10. Pulp | Common People
This song makes me feel 15 again. I think when people get into Music at an early age, there is always some a person aspires to be, Jarvis Cocker was that guy for me. I think he's an incredible storyteller in his voyeuristic style. I admire his confidence to be blatant about the point, or description he's making.

+11. The Band | Don't Do It (The Last Waltz Live Version) (Marvin Gaye's 'Baby Don't You Do It' Cover)
This is one of the greatest encores to a concert, and at the same time, one of the greatest intros to a Music Documentary of all time. I was introduced to The Band whilst working as a roadie many years ago, and have never looked back since. Even though this is a cover of a Marvin Gaye song, in my opinion, The Band really do make it their own, and is a popular song on route to a show.

SIDE B | by Richard Birkin

1. Nelly Furtado | Maneater
Really vibe off this song. The four to the floor drumbeat sets the foundation for the song's carnal attitude. It reminds me of writing beats at the early part of Hot Soles.

2. Aretha Franklin | Rock Steady 
This song features one of my all time favourite drummers Bernard Purdie. Famous for his 16 note shuffle, he has been the most inspiring on how I play the drums to date. From the start of the song you feel rare groove. There is a drum break 2:28 mark (depending on the version of the song) which is amazing. This reminds me of learning the drums.

3. Amerie | 1 Thing
A song with a mind blowing drum hook, that really makes the track. The drums being sampled almost give the track an urgency which compliments the high flowing vocals.

4. Primal Scream | Rocks 
The production on this track is incredible. The amount sub on the kick drum is gargantuan. The lyrics are great and really do match the personality of the song. This track make me feel like a million pounds.

5. Radiohead | Kid A 
I decided to choose this entire album instead of just one individual track, as I feel it is one continuous musical journey, and completely trackless. It features every feeling on the emotive spectrum. Typically visiting Radiohead's trademark Sound of Beautiful Sadness.

6. Radiohead | High And Dry 
Another Radiohead classic. Always enjoy listening to this on way back from a gig. The production really adds to the Crestfallen Serenity song style.

7. Stevie Wonder | Master Blaster (Jammin')
From start to finish it is non-stop vibe. The shuffle beat makes this track so easy to listen to. This is another song for post show playlist.

8. Jeff Buckley | Dream Brother 
Another amazing drum track from another amazing drummer. The rudiments/fills style for most of the song really add tasteful textures and flawless dynamic.

9. White Denim | Say What You Want 
This is a big track! So spacey, big and open. White Denim are a musical entity like no other and this track proves that. Raucous guitars, soulful gang vocals and out of the box song writing. This song doesn't stick to convention and keeps surprising until the end.

10. Rival Sons | Open My Eyes 
Love the open groove this has. The big booming drums carry the vibe all way through the track, while the searing vocals punch in and punch out in a soulful dynamic.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1468 | by Benjamin Jacob Seretan [Ben Seretan] of Ben Seretan Group, Thee Obsidian Gong, Fayaway, VALES, Blushing and Duchampion

This is a list of some of my favorite songs, as in pretty easily available recordings of certain performances. This excludes memorable personal Live Music experiences - seeing Swans recently, for instance - as well as my favorite compositions or albums - Alice Coltrane's Infinite Chants, varied gamelan recordings, some by Lou Harrison, or Music For 18 Musicians, for instance.

1. Bill Callahan | The Breeze/My Baby Cries (Loren Mazzacane & Kath Bloom Cover)
I love Bill Callahan - his voice is a reassuring wooden oar easy to grab onto while drowning. And I love Kath Bloom - I once saw her perform to five people in the backroom of a bar with a skylight. She was happy the five of us were there. And this is easily one of the most devastating songs I've ever heard, and when it first came to me I listened to it for weeks straight, huddling with it clutched to my chest in the dark. It whimpered like a small, hurt animal. I used to know of a triangle-shaped apartment that was shared by four extremely beautiful women. One day the five of us were hanging out huddled around their Stereo, which was in the farthest, pointiest corner of the room. It was hot and raining (summer in New York) and we took turns playing songs for each other, mostly Jeff Buckley. Eventually I felt brave enough to put this cover on and for the first time all day we sat in total silence. The song finished and we all kept staring out the window, saying nothing and watching the fat drops of rain burst apart on the sill. Later we shot roman candles off of their roof, screaming, having passed through the dense fog of this song together. This song kills from the first line - I'd like to touch you, but I've forgotten how. Tell me that doesn't make you miss someone! But this is no ordinary sad song. Sad songs are everywhere. They're great, but they're ubiquitous. No, this is something more. Listen to the song. Do you hear that high-pitched whisper, like steam escaping from a kettle in the apartment upstairs? That persistent, barely-audible C#? It's the sound of a cello being very lightly touched, the suggestion of a touch - the ghost-touch mentioned in the first line of the lyrics. It's the embodied Sound of Optimism, the slight Glimmer of Hope that you might find gleaming like a gold coin in the muddiest river banks of Heartbreak. This beautiful song suggests a way out, and for that it is nearly cruel in its total beauty. When I saw Kath Bloom play that afternoon, somebody asked her to play The Breeze. She said, No. I can't. That's Bill's song now.

2. The Staple Singers | Uncloudy Day
You hear everything you need to know about how amazing this song is within 5 seconds of hitting play - the huge, bassy guitar strums, the very strong tremolo flavor, and that undeniable power of a couple generations of a family singing their balls off together. I love The Staple Singers - they are, for my money, the best American Road-Trip Music in the World. They also touched on an amazing array of points and figures in 20th-Century American Music - Pops Staples learned guitar from Blues legend Charlie Patton, they appeared in The Last Waltz singing The Band's biggest hit, they were on Stax, they were on Curtis Mayfield's label, they covered the Talking Heads (in fact Pops Staples even has an acting role in the David Byrne/Talking Heads film True Stories), and Mavis would even go on to work extensively with Jeff Tweedy. They're Folk, they're R&B, they're Gospel, they're New Wave, they're Blues, they're Country, etc. Also if you put on their song Let's Do it Again on the Stereo in the company of somebody you wanna get down with, well - your chances are gonna improve. This song is also incredibly bad ass - Minimal, with just electric guitar and four voices. And the lyrics: Oh, they tell me of an uncloudy day. The inclusion of They as the subject gives this song a jaded, almost sarcastic bite... As if to say, Oh, yea - those happy, sunny people over there tell me that everything is gonna be fine in our Promised Kingdom. But us here singing? We know that shit is fucked up. That uncloudy day - as they call it - is never gonna come. This family of singers is in the know. And they gonna tell you about it.

3. Black Flag | My War
My brother is a lot older than me, so when he was first developing an interest in fucking shit up and getting drunk, I was still in Pre-School. I only have vague recollections of him getting in trouble for things - for going from table to table finishing people's leftover beers at a local pizza place, for shoplifting, for owning a Black Flag t-shirt with a Raymond Pettibon drawing on it. He'd die his hair pink and his teenage world seemed scary, unruly and, I would later learn, cool as fuck. I can remember a bunch of musicians seeming really scary to me when I was a kid. I went to church a lot when I was younger, and I maintained a real and palpable fear of Satan. Slayer, for instance, terrified me. Their CDs seemed to possess a dark gravity, like being around their pentagrams and swords would actually draw me to Hell. The Grateful Dead, also, somehow fell into this category. Their obsession with skeletons and dancing bears repelled me. Of course, Slayer is goofy as hell with some of the most brilliantly dumb lyrics ever penned. The Grateful Dead are musically totally harmless - I was in fact very disappointed when I heard American Beauty for the first time, thinking it feel cool. I like their Music, but it's not cool and it's not scary. This song, though? This fucking song? This song is fucking terrifying. You always hear that story about Henry Rollins - that when Black Flag toured he chose to ride in the trailer with the gear instead of in a seat in the van. He'd sit locked in the dark - like a rabid dog - drinking thermos after thermos of black coffee and punching the metal walls. By the end of the song, that's the only image that fits. Even the song's production suggests this - Rollins sounds further and further away from the microphone as he becomes more and more agitated (and less and less in control), i.e. you hear more and more of the room closing in.

4. Janet Jackson | Alright
I've lived in New York City for five years and I constantly feel like I'm emerging from the most difficult period of my life. I feel an abundance of many other things as well, but this feeling of triumphal emergence persists and returns - as crocuses do in Spring - at nearly every major juncture of my life, be it the departure from a terrible job, the end of a difficult season of weather, moving neighborhoods, breakups, what have you. And in those moments - those moments of stepping clear onto solid sand from a sinking boat - this song right here is the perfect, upbeat, reassuring New-Love Love song. You just wanna bop on down the street, wiping a tear of relief from your cheek, knowing that everything - you, your lover, your friends, and everything else - is doing alright. This is also my stand-in track for these various important streams in Music: 80s superstars, the Jacksons, New Jack Swing, breathy, powerful Pop Divas, and Minneapolis generally including, by proxy, the Purple One himself (who I worship, by the way, but I had difficulty including just one track of his on this list). In the Music Video for this track, Janet Jackson - dressed to the 90s in a zoot suit - dances down the street with two of her buds after hop-scotching with some little kids. A worker from a bakery emerges to the street with a plate of hot bagels. The trio of zoot suiters jauntily stick up their index fingers and the baker, delighted, tosses them each a piping hot breakfast pastry. Their fingers - obviously, as dictated by the reassuring logic of the track - receive the bagels with glee. Later, Cab Calloway makes an appearance. I love all of that.

5. Joanna Newsom | Sadie
This song is wonderful and perfect. Joanna Newsom touches the Divine. Sometimes I think I'm on to something - that what I can do with my guitar or my voice is worthwhile, or that I've written a particularly good turn of phrase. This song forever reminds me that there is work to be done. MUCH work to be done.

6. Pet Shop Boys | Always On My Mind (Gwen McCrae's 'You Were Always On My Mind' Cover)
This is one of those rare breakup songs where the protagonist is admitting fault - though the narrator may have remained ever fond of the person to whom they are singing, they did not try hard enough. They have failed. When Willie Nelson sings this song, I get the impression that he has cheated on somebody one too many times, or perhaps has relapsed into alcoholism. The Pet Shop Boys - of course - turn this song into a club-banger for the ages, full of luscious, ludicrous cowbell, four-on-the-floor, and synthesizer horn-section goodness. One possible reading of this song is that there is a dismissive sarcasm to the narrator's pleas, that the narrator is living it the fuck up outside of this recently terminated relationship and that the pair has run into each other on the dance floor. Well, now - maybe I didn't treat you as I should. In this view, the "little things" that should have been said and done are trivialized and negated. This reading is extremely sassy. I prefer this listening, however - that the ludicrously heavy kick drum and the soaring melodies of this turnt-up Country ballad are indicating this attitude, rendered best in caps lock: WHAT A FUCKING PRIVILEGE AND A PLEASURE TO OWN THIS BROKEN HEART AND GO ON LIVING - THE PAIN THAT I FEEL, DARLING, AT OUR SEPARATION IS SWEET BECAUSE MY FEELINGS RUN DEEP. THERE IS A WIDE AND WONDERFUL BUFFET OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE TO HUMANS ON EARTH. HOW MANY AMONG US HAVE FELT THIS GLORIOUS HEARTBREAK AS I HAVE? I LOVED YOU, SWEETHEART, THOUGH I FAILED YOU, AND MAY WE BE SUBLIMATED INTO THE GREAT SWIRL OF HUMANITY. MAY MY HEART BREAK AGAIN AND AGAIN, PROVING THAT I AM CAPABLE OF LOVE WITH ALL MY BEING.

7. Neil Young | Albuquerque
Play the pedal steel part from this song at my funeral. Listen to the way Neil has awkwardly set the word Albuquerque to Music. The group sings along, barely finding the syllables in the dark. It's as clumsy and as graceful as the first drunken kiss.

8. Pharoah Sanders | Love Is Everywhere
The songs that are special to you have power - real, warm, electric, golden-light power that fill up one's heart the way the headlights of a subway car fill up the dark of the tunnel. They provide nourishment. They provide emotional fulfillment, so much so that your body responds physically. They are a comfort. A warm bath, a warm meal lovingly prepared, a human embrace. This past holiday season, I went to my guitar player's family's house for a big Christmas party. I took the bus to New Jersey, and there was an abundance of food, a ton of people, and some really spirited drinking and gift exchanging. It was lovely. I was to fly out to California to see my own family the next day, but I made sure to stop by the house of the person I had just started seeing. I couldn't stay long - my plane left early in the morning and I had to pack - but I slipped in to bed with her, under her body-warmed comforter drunk on Human Kindness, and we laughed until our sides hurt. That's how this song makes me feel.

9. Arthur Russell | The Name Of The Next Song
Nearly everything in Arthur Russell's exhaustive and wildly varied catalog is worthy of being selected as one's favorite song. The pastoral bliss of anything off of Love Is Overtaking Me or the divine drum machine splendor of Calling Out Of Context offer plenty of choice cuts. I had trouble selecting but one for this list - I asked myself: Do I write about the pure melancholy I feel when listening to Our Last Night Together, about how I remember walking to my girlfriend's house across campus the night of Graduation? How I passed a fraternity blasting Bruce Springsteen at 4 in the morning? How we didn't kiss or undress or even turn off the lights before we fell asleep in each other's arms? How that was spiritually our last night together? Do I write about how I wrote about and performed his Music for the thesis of my Music degree? How I heard his songs a million times and never - not once - grew tired of his voice's intimacy and innocence? How my affection for his Dance material would lead me - not once, but many times - to dance fiercely and alone in Manhattan to DJ Francois Kevorkian, an associate of Russell's who I admired by association? How I loved him in a simple way? Because I played cello as a child? And, now that I no longer own a cello, how I miss the secret power of owning such a beautiful wooden instrument?... I picked this song because it demonstrates the tossed-off quality of Russell's brilliance - he often stuck to Allen Ginsberg's motto of First Thought/Best Thought, especially with this cello songs, and here he just continues on, like that 30 second passage of cello, voice, and electronics wasn't fucking earth-shattering-ly beautiful. Plus I love the way he sings California. I'm a sucker for someone singing the word California.

10. Joni Mitchell | The Circle Game
When my Mom first played me Joni Mitchell's live album (it was early, we were on our way to School, her car was red with a surprisingly good Stereo), I had a number of somewhat terrifying realizations: People can play guitar like this? People can sing like this? Wait, what's a dulcimer? My Mom is vibing to this song hard and re-living a bygone era? She knew people before my father? She seems to have had a long life full of drug experiments, sexual bliss, and heartache? She, too, was a teenager once? And Music spoke to her? As if a burning bush? This here bush burns still. And what's more is that Joni apparently re-lit this fire night after night, to thunderous applause. There's a long intro on this tune - she talks about how painters only have to make their thing once, while she has to perform her songs over and over again. Then - with utter tenderness - she invites the audience to sing along. With this particular composition, she observes, the melody sounds better with more out-of-tune voices. In an old interview with Rolling Stone, she said that she felt as transparent as the plastic wrap on a box of cigarettes. What strength! To subject yourself to that cruel clearness again and again! With grace!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1467 | by Barbara Morgenstern of September Collective

Photo by Mara von Kummer

1. Robert Wyatt | Maryan
Robert Wyatt wrote so many unbelievable songs, it's hard to put out one. Maryan was my first personal Robert Wyatt Hit. The harmonies float into each other so naturally, but they are definitely not the usual ones, his way of singing is unreachable. I so much adore him for his musical genius, while being totally modest. 7 years ago I wrote a song with him called Camouflage, everything went by normal post, I had letters in my postbox from Robert Wyatt and still get postcards from time to time.

2. Blumfeld | Viel Zu Früh Und Immer Wieder Liebeslieder
Oh, my God, I get really emotional listening to this song. Falling in Love, being twenty, riding my bike. Blumfeld was one of the most important German bands in the early 90s, because of them German lyrics became accepted and cool. The importance of lyrics raised from this release on. The sound is Punkish, but more in the sense of Shellac and Sonic Youth. When I visited one of their shows I thought: This is simply Truth!

3. Justus Köhncke | Was Ist Musik
We got to know each other in the 90s, became fans vice versa. His lyrics are fantastic, the question: What Is Music - Was Ist Musik? is the main question of all times (if you are a musician). How great to put that in a Pop song. His sound is warm, Disco-esque, beautiful - needless to say: we collaborated already and did again for my new album Doppelstern. One of the best German composers - he should definitely go for Eurovision Song Contest!

4. Moondog | Down Is Up
I did not realize that most of his songs are circle songs until I started conducting a choir in Berlin (Chor Der Kulturen Der Welt) and tried out one of his songs. Because of this composition tool his work has such a simple beauty, I love his sound! Very inspiring Music. Down Is Up was the very first piece we sang with the choir, hard to conduct, because it's in 5/4.

5. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott | Sock It 2 Me (feat. Da Brat)
Production milestone! Timbaland became a Sound role model. Of course, unreachable, such a huge inspiration. Her background tremolo-uhhs, her Rap style, great. FAT! I tried to copy her uhs in my song Der Augenblick from my album Fjorden in 2000 - just try, why not?

6. The Normal | Warm Leatherette
Generally I realize that Music has the strongest impact on one's life when you're a teenager and I'm pretty sure that's because of all the hormone-trouble, which makes you more open for the emotional and unspoken messages of Music. This Daniel Miller track is Pure Sex, Minimalistic, strong - one of my teenage Dance hits. Even greater to meet Daniel Miller in person decades later!

7. Joni Mitchell | Blue
A songwriter that's never been reached again. I more and more realize that I love Music I do not understand in terms of Composition. I can not follow the process of Joni Mitchell's compositions... True, simple stories in an overwhelming Musical costume.

8. Bon Iver | Perth 
Same for this one - I absolutely can not imagine how he wrote this fantastic piece of Music! It goes into directions you can not predict and still is Folk/Pop Music. Great.

9. Sufjan Stevens | Should Have Known Better
There are moments in Music that represent Heaven for me - Sufjan Stevens came to this point in the last two minutes of this song. It makes me cry, I feel like on the top of the mountain, Sadness and Joy at the same time - that's the Compression of Power Music holds.

10. The Bulgarian State Radio And Television Female Vocal Choir | More Zajeni Se Ghiouro (Ghiouro Marries) (from Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares Volume 2)
A Bulgarian Traditional choir, but absolutely Modern. Their sound is fantastic - strong female voices, strange rhythm forms, different ways of Harmonisation (than our Western Harmonisation) - and for me: great moments of Pop - I love it! They were one of the reasons to take the challenge to become a choir conductor.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1466 | by Joshua Leeds Eustis [Sons Of Magdalene/Telefon Tel Aviv] of Tropic Of Cancer

Photos by Ashley Klich

1. Wendy & Bonnie | Children Laughing
Mike Jones from Belong made me an absurdly long mix of 60's stuff, mostly very Psych-oriented. I was way into it. But this song came on and froze my heart, made my skin ache. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard, and it reminds me vividly of the time period after Katrina when I was relocating to Chicago (see number 10 below), and kind of bouncing around New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Chicago. I was rootless, but this held me down. I was also very much in love with a girl who didn't seem very interested in me, so it was the sound of me feeling sorry for myself while also being essentially homeless and crashing on people's couches.

2. Choice | Acid Eiffel
In 1996 or so, I was booked to do a live PA at a rave party somewhere in the sticks of Mississippi, which was like a satellite scene of the New Orleans scene. I hitched a ride out there with Dave Jenkins, who was an older and far more experienced DJ and generally a really nice guy, total scene mentor. On the way back at like 6am, passing through the trees that line I-55, headed Southwest towards New Orleans, he put this song on as the Sun was coming up, beams of sunlight firing through the woods... I had a musical epiphany where I truly understood the rapture that amazing Dance Music can cause. It was a very important moment for me and shaped almost everything I feel about Techno and all of its brothers and sisters, and I'm grateful for the lesson. This song transcends Acid, Techno, Trance, whatever stupid sub-genre.

3. Autechre | Eutow
I bought Tri Repetae the day it came out - my friend André and I turgidly awaited the release, and hauled ass to Tower Records where our buddy had two copies held for us. We put this record on and were blown away; it was unlike anything we'd ever heard but exactly what we needed - Musical Sushi. I took it home, put it on, and went to bed, tripping balls on the sound. Track 6 came on, and the swooping melody in the intro figured into my dream like a hawk swooping at me, a mouse. It was beautiful. Then the beat dropped as the kids say these days, and blew my dome clean off. This was the single most inspiring Electronic piece of Music I had ever heard (probably still to this day), and it will always remind me of my bedroom at my parents' house, piled with shitty gear and a total mess, trying to decode the Secrets of the Universe that Autechre clearly understood and for which they had left breadcrumbs for the rest of us to follow.

4. Ken Ishii | Cocoa Mousse
I also got this record pretty soon after it came out, when I was still a total beginner at making Music. I heard Cocoa Mousse in my car one evening, coming home from a fruitless day at my shitty job, and cried like a baby to myself I'll never, ever be able to write a melody that will move people the way Ken Ishii's melodies can. Certainly not the way this melody is making my heart want to explode right now. I think the crybaby part was also exacerbated by the fact that I was hopelessly in love with a girl that definitely didn't want that from me. My grandfather died that same day; we were close. It was February 14th, 1996. Valentine's Day.

5. The Sea And Cake | Do Now Fairly Well
I remember getting deep into this record, The Fawn, while Charlie and I were making Fahrenheit Fair Enough, our first record. I played this in the car so much that all my friends would get pissed at me for not ever changing things up, including Charlie, who had introduced me to this record in the first place. The Sea And Cake were just so stately but blunted at the same time, and I loved that. Weird but beautiful chord progressions started to remind me of 95 degree/100% humidity Summer nights in New Orleans, getting wasted with my friends. This song was just the soundtrack to the face of this girl I went to College with at the time. I didn't know her, not even her name, and she didn't know me; but I saw her often, and she was pretty, probably the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life. Tall, svelte, brunette, almond eyes, freckles, polished, perfect. I pictured myself on a shitty motorbike riding off into the sunset with her on the back of it, and the end section of this song blasting as we headed North on an imaginary Pacific Coast Highway during sunset, some Cameron Crowe shit, fuck the World. In fact I was just sitting on a bench outside the library daydreaming and being a loner and a loser and not accomplishing anything meaningful.

6. Belong | I Never Lose. Never Really
I would love this record so much, even if I didn't know the dudes that made it and they weren't blood brothers to me. After Charlie died, I went back to New Orleans from Chicago and stayed for a month after we buried him. I was fucking thrashed, and Life was brutal - my dad was terminal with cancer, it was dark. I had to get back to work, I had tarried too long; so after February passed, I left. Packed up the car and left around 5am, since it was 14 hours to Chicago. I was only several miles out or so, driving over the Bonnet Carre Spillway as the Sun was coming up over the swamps, no one on the road. Miles upon miles of cypress and totally still water, as far as the eye can see, I'm doing 90, the Sun shining on the water, a hail of diamonds, and this song was blasting. I cried pretty hard, one of a very few in my adult life. I missed Charlie really badly then and this song reminded me sharply of him, because we used to listen to this record all the time, but it also somehow sounded like the Voice telling me to fucking chill and stay the course and don't give up.

7. Red House Painters | Have You Forgotten
I came to this late, like '04 or so. I was dating this ridiculously adorable woman who knew everything about dudes and guitars, and I was such an Electronic Music dork, that I learned a lot from her. I heard the first Sun Kil Moon LP in a car in Italy and thought What the FUCK, man, this guy's voice is killing me, this is genius and so when I went home and told my girl about it, she said Yeah, it's good, but it sounds like he has marbles in his mouth now, you should hear his older stuff, Red House Painters. How 'bout this song, do you like pedal steel? Wait 'til it comes in, it's GOR-JESS. FUCK - my head got wrecked by that song; I honed in on Mark Kozelek's lyrics, which are the Highest Art, this guy is a fucking laureate. My girl was beaming at me with her puppy dog eyes, then we fucked. I loved her. I fucked it up. Her parents hated me already. The song reminds me of that so much. My regret, it hurts, and I hope she's happy; we don't speak anymore.

8. Talk Talk | Renée
My Mom loves her some Mark Hollis. I was kind of annoyed by his weird voice when I was a kid, but I tolerated it because the songs were just so good. Never a huge fan 'til later in Life, remembering back on arguing with my Mom, I was being a brat, in her car. She was always listening to something moody like this in the car. I was such an ass hat of a kid sometimes, but I remember my Mom looking really sad one day because I'd said something really shitty that can't be unsaid, I don't remember. This song was on. I realized years and years later, hearing it again for the first time, that the moment stayed with me. We were going to the grocery on Jefferson. What an amazing song! It had successfully bottled that whole episode for me. Now I just hear the song and love it, as my Mom still does.

9. Steve Reich | Music For 18 Musicians
I'm being really cheap putting this in here, because it's over 50 minutes of Music - but hey, it's one thing. A song? I dunno. Dr. James Paton Walsh, my composition teacher at Loyola University New Orleans, introduced me to this piece in 1995 after I had been early on struggling with my own bullshit kind of almost Atonal Minimalism. He said, and in these words: Bro, look, if you want to write some Minimalist type shit, man, that's like, OK, you know? Not everyone can be or has to be Schoenberg. But there's tons of amazing Tonal Minimalist Music out there. Check THIS shit out, man. I was at the tender and malleable age of 18 the first time I heard it, how appropriate. My life has never been the same since. As soon as I heard it, I felt all Despair leave me. Life would get dark again, many times after this; but I could cope with it. I had this majestic piece of Music to get me through anything. It gave me Hope, and gave me a strong fundamental Faith in Humanity. It is to this day the most beautiful thing of any kind that I have ever heard, and I'm jealous of Reich for having made Perfect Music. But at the same time, I'm so glad I didn't write it, because I would really feel like a douche for listening to it all the time.

10. William Basinski | Melancholia II
I was coming back from a day trip to the beach at Gulf Island National Seashore, about a three hour ride from New Orleans. Turk Dietrich was driving, his girl, his girl's gorgeous sister that I was nuts about, we're all piled in his car headed home, exhausted but feeling amazing. The car A/C was arctic so it was nice and cold, and AGAIN the Sun was going down as we were driving, and this song came on. I was already a huge Basinski fan, but didn't have this record, and hadn't heard it. It was a perfect moment of us being totally silent in the car, and the Sun was doing amazing things in the girl's beautiful and perfectly blonde hair, a real Jeffrey Eugenides/Sofia Coppola moment. Wow, was she something. This song stuck that moment in my head forever, like what happens to your eyes when you stare at the Sun for too long; just being silent in the cold air, and looking at this girl who was gazing out the window, her hair was shining and I could see the reflection of her eyes in the windowpane. I wanted to know what she was looking at, or more accurately, what she was seeing. I see it whenever I hear this. I moved back to Chicago the following week; I rarely see this girl, if ever.

+11. Skinny Puppy | Worlock
The first time I ever went to a strip club, I was barely old enough to get inside in the first place, so I felt like an idiot. All these amazing girls everywhere. I had a wad of cash to spend here since it was for a friend's birthday or something, I'd saved up a grip of cash just to make it rain, hard. Anyway, I was throwing around dough pretty hard for a 21-year-old, and we were all balling and having a good time. I was buying lap dances for this one chick that was with us that's into strippers, etc. At some moment, the DJ called out this featured dancer, and I kinda ignored him/her until the opening chords of this song came on. Could he really be playing fucking Worlock right now, no way, man. I looked at the girl, and it was this slightly Goth, but mostly just gorgeous black-haired Persian princess up there, tall, slender, long black hair, eyes like coals. She was amazing. And this song was fucking blasting, and, oooooooooooh, my god, I think I still have a boner from it, it will never go down.

+12. Cocteau Twins | Fifty-Fifty Clown
OK, everyone puts Cocteau Twins on their list, and I'm no exception, in my hackneyed reminiscence. My Mom was big time into the C. Twins when I was in High School, so, by proxy, I absorbed all of their Music almost osmotically. My girlfriend was a perfect match for me, selected by my older sister and HER older sister, who were best friends. This girl was really incredible, I was bananas about her. We were driving around in my beat up Honda looking for a Christmas present for my mom listening to this song, and I remember it was uncharacteristically cold for New Orleans at the time, mid-late December. The heat in the car smelled, well, not bad, but kind of strange; at least very memorable. All of those sentiments are tied to this song for me: the cold weather, the shiny white lights at night, the heat in the car, and this girl and how much fucking we did to this record, my insatiable 17 year-old boner. I'm pretty sure this record has the same effect on her to this day, although we don't talk often. The Sun sets, the World spins, people grow apart. This record is a physical representation of that feeling in the most acute way.

+13. Depeche Mode | Blue Dress
Uuuuuh, this is getting really personal - but there was this girl I knew from the time I was about 18 years old, this gorgeous kinda vamp girl that used to hang out in the same places I did. We had some mutual friends, and eventually I got to know her, but I had it for her pretty bad, and she played it very cool, for years, in fact. We'd hang out from time to time and just play records for each other 'til the Sun came up, but we never got weird. Some years later, I ran into her and it was on. We went out all night, bar hopping, became inebriated playing grabass and hanging out with our friends. We were both single at the time. She has awesome taste in Music, and that is one of the most important qualities I look for in a girl. Went back to her house and fucking annihilated each other while this record played in the background. We both already loved this record so much, front to back; but this particular rotation and this song just lined up right.

+14. Aphex Twin | Rhubarb
I was on the road with Nine Inch Nails in 2000, tagging along with Danny Lohner, so we could work on remixes and stuff together on his off days. We had a week off in Miami in May; it was sublime. We were staying at some absurdly swanky hotel, the likes of which I've never enjoyed since, and working on a portable rig in his hotel room. It was like a fucking Meat Loaf video, I mean the hotel was open air with 40 foot ceilings, white linen curtains blowing in the breeze, the whole back of the hotel a serene poolside scenario. He loaned me this CD to fall asleep - I knew it already, but it was on the whole my least favorite Aphex record, until then. It has since been my favorite, and this song for some reason always reminds me of traveling and the beach and kind of being alone around many people and having this very morose inner monologue with myself, but loving every second of my wayward life, my head was swimming, I was in deep, trying to see through the fog.

+15. The Romantics | Talking In Your Sleep
I was in Second Grade when my parents decided to add on to our house - there were four of us kids just having a fucking romper room all over the damn place and the house was a bit tight, and I think my dad was fed up with the lack of space. So for a few months we stayed with my grandparents, who were pretty well-off, in my opinion. This didn't translate to my family directly, for although we had a nice home by any standards, my grandparents' home was stately. Nine bedrooms, 8 baths, servant wing, Missile-crisis era bomb shelter, etc. Lots of old wood, and a real-for-deal library; crystal chandeliers, a Steinway grand in the parlor downstairs, a bar with very dark wood all imported from Spain, the old country… It was nuts. There were all kinds of little nooks and crannies there, hiding places, and my younger sister and I would snoop around and play Hide And Seek in our footie-pajamas before bed every night. This song was on the Top 5 for the local radio station, and I remember it somehow translated the sense of sneaking around something majestic and hiding, being up past our bedtimes, and generally doing shit we weren't supposed to be doing.

+16. Vangelis | Blade Runner (End Titles) (Blade Runner Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
My Mom, as has been stated, has pretty amazing taste in Music. So when Vangelis did Chariots Of Fire, which was I think '81, she took notice, although I thought it was lame. Moreover, when he did the soundtrack to Blade Runner the year later, she paid further attention. I don't know when I first heard this piece of Music, but I remember she played it for me at some point, and it was the Sound of the Future to me, and I knew I wanted to do this, whatever it was, that Vangelis was doing. I was a child and didn't understand more than keyboard at the time, so she put me in piano classes, I think, because I was obsessed with this kind of shit. But this melody which is just lilting, and the arpeggiated synth bass, the weird clicky hi-hats, the emphatic timpani, everything combined in my mind as a bouillabaisse of the Unattainable, and a perfect expression of Futurist Escapism. I owe my Mom, big time, for playing this for me, because it opened my eyes to what would be the great struggle of my life - Electronic Music.

+17. Queen | Another One Bites The Dust
This might be my first Musical memory - my mother would put me in my crib, but I was old enough to stand up and grab the sides, and I could communicate my needs, vaguely, but with single syllables. There was a little radio in my bedroom, and this song came on one day - I was banging my head into my pillow in rhythm, I was head banging. Then I stood up and grabbed the side of my crib and was trying to rock it back and forth to the rhythm, making a racket, oh, God, I couldn't stop myself. It was so visceral, I was fucking freaking out. I couldn't comprehend what was happening to me, what was taking over my body and causing me to thrash around when I heard this song. It happened a few times, this ecstatic rapture of just going apeshit. It was the first time I was aware of Music and its effect on me, and played a pretty significant role in why Rhythm is such a big deal to me in general.

+18. Air Supply | Lost In Love
Dang, stuck in the car on the way to School in Kindergarten. The car smelled funny, it was new, but someone stepped in dog shit and my mom had to get the thing cleaned like crazy right after, so the car never really smelled right. It was hot; and air conditioners, if they existed then, were a fucking joke. I hated that I had to wear collared shirts to School, First World Problems. I just wanted to wear t-shirts and eat PB&J's, I didn't like ham too much. Craig was the coolest kid in School, but somehow we wound up being best friends. I was smart and could read better than the other kids. My older brother was a brainiac and had taught me how to read in about one day; he had tapped in somehow. This song reminds me of that Kindergarten and my teachers and when that girl Hope stole my stuffed dog and called my drawing scribble-scratch, and I poured Kool-aid in the fish tank because I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with the goldfish, and that one time I just stood up and took a massive shit in my pants.

+19. The Cure | Just Like Heaven
I was in 5th Grade and this came out and my older brother got it, and I heard it and loved it. The single, this song, was on the radio, it was a big hit. Crazy, I'd never really heard anything like it on the radio - I mean, I knew The Cure already because I could hear The Head On The Door playing louder than Hell through my brother's tightly-shut door, the inner sanctum of the Council of the Wise and Great to the searching mind of a 10-year-old. I was madly in love with Donie Villere, she was the prettiest girl around and my older sister and her older sister were pals (not the girl referred to in #12), but she had seriously no fucking clue who I was. Our families were watching the Friday night parades before Mardi Gras, so everyone was kinda hanging out and she was hanging out with her other very lovely friend, Shannon, and I gave them all my beads, I didn't know how to talk to them, so I didn't say anything, I just gave them all my beads. And let's get real, I caught all kinds of shit that they couldn't get, I went buck wild at Mardi Gras parades as a kid. This song was the year-long soundtrack to my endless staring at her 5th Grade yearbook picture, tragically in Love, and wondering if ever in my life I'd have a girl as perfect as she is.

+20. Round Five | Na Fe Throw It (feat. Tikiman)
This came out right around the time Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus were just annihilating the World of C Minor Dub Techno - they had sort of taken this thing that they invented and brought it back to its roots in more Traditional Dub, but still 100% with their own incredible take on it. I didn't get this 'til 2002 although I think it actually came out BEFORE a good deal of the Rhythm & Sound stuff did. I remember Charlie and I were working on Map Of What Is Effortless in this horrible freezing cold basement in Chicago - I'm not exaggerating when I say Silence Of The Lambs but smaller - and we were pretty morose and miserable. But we'd take breaks and listen to other stuff, specifically what was coming out of Berlin and Cologne at the time, and the whole Basic Channel/Chain Reaction/Rhythm & Sound world was always one of our favorites and I think I can speak for both of us when I say that it always, ALWAYS made us feel a million times better about Life and the state of affairs.