WARMER MIXTAPES #730 | by Brett Horton (Naomi Nameless & Her Orphans), Adam Miller (This Is Sleep) and Aaron Cord Siemers (Olina) of The Gardes

SIDE A | by Adam Miller

1. My Bloody Valentine | I Only Said
Pre 90's True Alternative/Shoegaze with an Acid Swirl Synth and Pitch Fucked Guitars, Sit Back and Watch the Wall Move.

2. David Byrne & Brian Eno | Strange Overtones
From the album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Anything Off of That Album Really Deserves Ear Attention, but that track In General was the First I Heard and it has the Groove and Production that I Have Only Found with that Duo.

3. Nick Lowe | Sensitive Man
Surprisingly, I heard this track for the First Time Performed Live Acoustically on a podcast hosted by Comedian Marc Maron. Marc interviewed Nick Lowe about his career and the promotion of Nick's album The Old Magic (2011), which, by the way, is Completely Worth the Time.

4. Nero | Me And You
Electronic While Not Over Saturating the Dubstep Wobble Stuff, Good Pick Me Up and the Video is a Favorite.

5. Devendra Banhart | Bad Girl
I Love this Song and I Completely Hate it's Premise. Only Because I've Felt It and Never Want To Again, but it Croons Those Emotions So Well it's Always Makes the List.

6. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Sympathetic Noose
Brings Back the Days workin' in the Local Record Store in Oklahoma, this Album On Repeat.

7. The Band | The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Last Waltz Version)
This song is has an Odd Social Angle from the View of Confederacy during the American Civil War. I Don't Sympathize With Its View However the Melody and Arrangement from the Performance Film The Last Waltz Gets Me Every Time.

8. Buffalo Springfield | Kind Woman
Ran into this track Randomly and Fell in Love With It Faster Than the Guy Who Wrote It.

9. Pink Floyd | Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Ha, ha, charade you are... The album “Animals” given to me on My 27th Birthday from a Very Good Friend.

10. Vic Chesnutt | Sad Peter Pan
As a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan Found the Original and was introduced to the World of Vic Chesnutt, Under Rated and Way Too Short Lived.

SIDE B | by Aaron Cord Siemers

Like everyone who has given it any thought, I have hundreds of 10 FAVORITE SONGS. To me, Much of Music is Laced in a Specific Feeling That Happens in Just One Moment, and Then That Feeling Ends, just like the Sound Waves Bouncing Air Against my Eardrum, and I Can't Necessarily Get It Back the Same Way. I suppose that these songs are some of those that I Can Go Back To Easily, like Re-Visiting a House Where I Grew Up, Seeing an Old Friend, or Staring Off Into the Ocean. Some Things in Life Don't Change So Quickly, and these 10 tunes are for me like a Book that Always Opens Up to the Same Page. Let's do the 1 to 10 Classic Countdown here just for Kicks. Actually, These Numbers Would Be All Mixed Up and Interwoven

1. Bob Dylan | Like A Rolling Stone
Yea, This Is It. This song is Charged and Never Lets Go.

2. The Gardes | Build It From Scratch
I Have Been a Part of Lots of Songs With My Bands and Friends and I Can't Help but Throw One In. This is a Recording that Came Together Rather Recently. It's Perfectly Subtle and Already Nostalgic to me.

3. The Strokes | Someday
The Strokes brought Current Rock And Roll back to me After I Had Quit Listening In, and was Diving Into All the Stuff from the Past. They have Great Energy and Style, and this song Someday Captures It Fresh.

4. Leonard Cohen | Bird On A Wire
What can I say, I am a True Believer in the Leonard Cohen Occult. No One Else Has His Poetic Voice in Modern Music and he Stands Apart from All the Other Singer Songwriters of His Day. This Song Is Important to me, though like I said earlier, there are many others that are just As Good and Intense, like The Stranger and Famous Blue Raincoat. I wanted to put this one down because I think it shows Cohen and His Vulnerability As An Artist in A Very Real Way.

5. The Walkmen | In The New Year
I have been listening to The Walkmen for the past 8 years or so, and Saw Them Live Recently. They were just as Amazing and Simple and Powerful as Their Recordings. I Love How Their Songs Seem to Be Late Night Conversations and Late Night Explanations.

6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | The Wind Cries Mary
I have to include Jimi in this list because He Was a Force of Nature and this is One of His Most Beautiful Songs. The whole Monterey Pop set that he and his band performed, One of the First Times He Played Out as The Experience, is Really Amazing and this song is perhaps the Best of the Night.

7. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Mass In C Minor: Kyrie, K. 427 (Performed by Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields, Conducted by Sir Neville Marriner)
I came across this piece by Mozart years ago and really it could be my Number One Favorite Song for All the Vastness Of That I Hear. The whole Mass is Really Incredible and probably One of the Finest Pieces of Art Ever Made by a Human.

8. The Beatles | Don't Let Me Down
Surprise, there are Lots of Great Beatles Songs. This song is a Favorite of Mine, but It Could Stand In for Any Number, such as or Strawberry Fields or even Yes It Is. I chose it because it has a Great Groove, a Little Playfulness, and a Message That We All Live With. It's Fun to See the Beatles Play It Live, Flub It Up and Move Right Along.

9. Johann Sebastian Bach | Air On The G String (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major) (Performed by The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle)
This song has One of my Earliest Memories Wrapped Up In It. After Dinner One Evening, Most of my Family Went for a Walk. When We Returned, my Grandfather Was Napping to this Record on the Stereo.

10. Aaron Cord | That's When You Call
Musically, it's All I Got, and I Have To Love It Because It's Mine. Thanks Everyone for Reading and Listening.

SIDE C | by Brett Horton

I Always Say I Never Pick a Favorite, because there's Too Much I Like, at least when it comes to things like Music, Food, Books, Movies, etc. I usually don't pick favorites, either, because there's still Way Too Much, and there's Always Too Much That Will Be Left Out. But for the Purpose of this Blog, I will Play the Game... I Do Have Favorites, though.

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Bold As Love
I discovered the Blues and Bob Dylan through Jimi, as well as Broadened My Awareness of Psychedelic Rock and a New Way to Play the Guitar. And this song says, Blue are the life-giving waters taken for granted, they quietly understand, once happy turquoise armies stand opposite ready and wonder why the fight is on, but they're all bold as love, just ask the axis. The Centerpoint of Existence, the Universe. Truth.

2. The Doors | Gloria (Van Morrison Cover)
Both the Doors and Van Morrison were Great Songwriters and Performers, but this will Cover Them Both. Van Morrison wrote this, but another Morrison (Jim) did my favorite version released on Alive, She Cried, a Live Album. When I was a Little Kid, I Wanted to Be a Singer, as well as many other things, i.e., an Archaeologist (influenced by Indiana Jones), then forgot about it For A While. Later in Grade School, I heard this and decided to be a Singer and Yeller of Rock Music. Pretty Impressionable on a 5th Grade Mind. Sean Mallory and I playing Mega Man and Daydreaming.

3. David Bowie | Life On Mars?
Victoria asked me to learn this for her to Sing When I First Met Her, and We Sang It Nighttimes on the Porch of the Paseo.

4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Piano Concerto No. 21: Andante 
I mentioned the other day that this song makes me feel like We're Going to Float Around in High Vaulted Ceilings of Palaces and Skies and Live Forever. I've been Thinking About Wolfgang on a Regular Basis since I saw Amadeus years ago. I'll use this to represent the Classical Music I've Been Seeking Out in Recent Times and the Modern Hybrid of Which I've Composed. This will count for Beethoven Equally, who Sought Out Mozart for Brief Lessons. I could never pick one over the other. One Died Really Young, Leaving Behind a Young Wife and Little Kids, the other Never Had Either and Lost His Hearing. They Left Behind Immortal Music. It Baffles Me How Neither of Them Attended a Single Recording Session or Released a Single Album in Their Lifetime (Much Less Knew What That Was), as Modern Musicians have strived to that to Define Their Legacy. We've Still Been Listening to Them All Our Lives, as It Was Meant to Reach Us From That Other Realm.

5. Bob Dylan | When The Ship Comes In
This song is one that I Played a Lot in Random Bars as a Solo Performer, and Even Though it's Become a Cliché  for Singer/Songwriters to Cover Dylan Tunes, that Doesn't Make Me Like It Any Less, except that I'd be More Prone to Cover It More Often if it was my Little Secret. I had a Spell when I played many Dylan songs as a Soloist. There's a Reason Why It Became, I Shouldn't Say Cliché, but Standard. These are some of the songs that Aaron and I First Played Together and Identified with a House Parties, Around Fires, etc. Also, I had no idea Dylan sang this at the Same Podium as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have A Dream Speech with Joan Baez until the Scorsese Documentary. What Do You Play at That Speech? This Song. And though I Hail from the Same State of Oklahoma as the next one on this list, Through Bob I Discovered the Next Guy...

6. Woody Guthrie | Do Re Mi
His Songs Exude the American Dream. Only Woody Guthrie could Hop Trains, Hitchhike, Sleep in Ditches and then Write the Unofficial National Anthem of the United States. And he did this as a Natural Result of his Situation, not for Some Hipster Life Experience, though I'm sure Many Wandering Folk Punk Kids of Today have been Pushed Into Legitimate Desperate Measures, as well. Well, I've Been There to a Certain Degree. Some people call Woody Guthrie the Original Punk Rocker, Carrying a Sticker on his Guitar that Reads, This Machine Kills Fascists, though we all know him as America's Folk Hero. He has been a Tremendous Inspiration to Us and Many, His Spirit Is Felt Strongly. He Wrote So Many Songs (and his book, Bound For Glory, is One of my All-Time Faves) that I'll be Discovering his Songs for the Rest of My Life. I'll just Use This Song Here to Represent Him. There's so Many Real-Life Folk Tales About This Guy. He and Cisco Houston Shipped Off to Sea Together During World War 2. He Escaped More than One Boat that Sank. One Time, He Went Back Down to Save One of the Crew, then When There Was Barely Any Time Left, He Went Back Down to Rescue the Guitars.

7. Nirvana | Drain You
I should mention something off of Nevermind, because it was during their time in NYC when they Broadcast this Live in the MTV Studios and filmed Their First SNL Appearance, that I was watching and said, though I'd picked it up Short-Livedly a couple of times before, Alright, I'm Learning Guitar For Real This Time. At that moment, I Hadn't Seen Anyone Play Guitar and Sing at the Same Time Maybe Since Footage Before I Was Born. They Taught Me A Lot About Indie Music and I Seeked Out a Bunch of Music Via Them, as What I Always Do With Any Influence of Mine, I Seek Out Their Influences and Go Back in History. That was my First Experience with the World of Indie Music. They Came From an Indie label and Broke Big. We Started a Band and Started Making Indie Music, and to be honest, a Giant Portion of the Music I Listen to Nowadays is Purely Independent, Often Obscure, Often the Music of Friends. Also, I saw my friends play this song at a High School Talent Show In Front of 800-Some People. A Mosh Pit Broke Out On Stage, including Someone with a Cast on their Broken Leg, and the Staff Started Trying to Drag the Stage Rushers Off. The School Closed the Curtains on Them While They Were Still Playing, but They Kept on Playing During the Midsection. Finally, they Relented and Opened the Curtains and They Finished the Song!

8. The Strokes | Hard To Explain
Driving into NYC through Various Snowstorms, 30-Some Hours Straight, Trading Off at the Wheel Without Getting a Hotel, with Aaron and our friend, Greg, in Aaron's Old LTD, Destined To Soon Break Down After it Got Us 1500 Miles Back Home, a Few Months After 9-11 and a couple of days before New Year's when the Country was Wounded and Deeply Paranoid About More Attacks, Not Knowing Anyone in the City, and with this Blasting on the Stereo after Just Being Familiarized With It the Previous Week, Was a Feeling that Was Hard To Explain. Aaron and I were just about to Become Roommates and Bandmates for the First Time, and the Musical World was a Frontier to Explore, as it Still Is. Rock Felt Suddenly Alive Again, Awakened with a Jolt from the Dead. They were maybe the Last Band That Influenced Us a Bit as Writers - though it wasn't much besides a Strokesy Part Here and There, and sometimes an Abrupt Song Ending Like They Do, Without Letting It All Ring Out. I got the Chance to Meet Them and Pay Them a Compliment in NYC later.

9. The Kinks | Sunny Afternoon
In Reality, No One Could Ever Truly Top the Aforementioned Group on a list of All-Time Influentials or Favorites On My List, though some could perhaps Tie or Come Close. For the sake of this list, my Imaginary Mix Tape, my Pretend Favorite Song List, and for the fact that the Previous Ones Always Come in at #1 on Anything, I will pick Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks, since they're just as Prolific Yet Always Receiving Less Airplay Than the Beatles and Stones. Their songs are Almighty Catchy and Good and Have a Little More of the Feeling of Just Being Discovered by Myself When I Seek Them Out Now. I have Fond Memories of this Being in the Repertoire with Different People I've Played With, and it Always Goes Down Well. One Such Memory was at a Full House at an Open Mic in Paris Across from the Louvre when Victoria sang it with me Prior to Taking the Stage, We Rehearsed an As-Yet-Unreleased Gardes song on a Curb in a Narrow Alley, Unsuspecting of Anyone Listening to This. When we finished, Applause Came from the Balconies and Rooftops Above and on Both Sides of Us, and a Bundle of Flowers Landed Right in Front of Us Along with a Shower of some Euro coins. That's a Magical Summertime Memory. Back to this, I could go on to mention the Stones, but Enough of the British Invasion.

10. Robert Johnson | Kind Hearted Woman Blues
This song will represent my Ongoing Affair with the Blues, though it could have been Another of His Easily. These Staticky Recordings Grew On Me After My Brother Gave Me the Completed Works for Christmas One Year. Also, He Sings About Himself in the 3rd Person, There ain't but one thing that makes Mr. Johnson drink...

+11. The Beatles | Revolution 9
It Repeats #9 Over And Over, so what else should be 9? This Song is Revolutionary as the Title Implies as it is One of the First, If Not The First, Songs to Go Overboard with the Samples and Loops, Paving the Way and Foretelling the Future of the Music World, at least To Be Heard on a Mass Scale. It's Beautiful and Scary... Also, Number 9 Backwards says, Turn me on... Honestly, there is No One Song that is a Beatles Favorite. I just picked this one to represent the Fab 4. I Love the Later Stuff, the Middle Stuff and Often I Lean Toward the Early Stuff. I just picked this song For the Hell of It. My friends and I Requested This Song when my friend, Aaron Frisby, was doing his Final Radio DJ Shift on an Oldies Station. It's A Long Song. He Played It, Left the Station, and About Halfway Through It Was Cut Off. My friend, Brad, and I Used to Play It in the V, our Bar Hangout in Ponca City, Oklahoma, when the White Album was on the Juke Box Just to Weird the Place Up.

+12. T. Rex | Jeepster
This Being A Romanian Blog, You May Appreciate the Transylvanianish Reference, Girl, I'm just a vampire for your love... I wanna suck you!... Plus, we, the Gardes, had the opportunity to be the Backup Band for Rockstar, Tyson Meade, of the Chainsaw Kittens, Once, When He Sang This Song. NowI've Proven that I've Left A Lot Off This List. What I've Been Listening to Mostly Lately and Some Killer Bands of Friends and People I've Been Lucky to Meet. Check It Out: Dr. Dog, Django Reinhardt, Low Cut Connie, Air, Metric, BRONCHO, Colourmusic, The Flaming Lips, Phoenix, Other Lives, Mike Hosty, Watermelon Slim, Randy Crouch, My-Tea Kind, Elliott Smith, The Shins, Jason Webley, Peninsula, Mississippi John Hurt, Louis Armstrong and all those on the roster of Willie Cry Rrecords!