[Matty & I have been making mixtapes together for ages, most of which are listened to solely by us. Here is yet another mix in that beloved (again, by the two of us) series, "On The Nose: A Quick Mix Of Beloved Standards." As usual, you can listen to the mix on Spotify.]
I was realizing something today and that something is this: I have been conditioned by Spotify to listen to music differently than I ever have. Instead of hooking into music I like and riding it hard until I’m spent, I am now constantly trying to discover the next thing to like. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, mind you – just different.
To be clear, I feel like I haven’t listened to Simon and Garfunkel in a real long time and it feels a little weird.
So – how’s about a quick mix? I’m in the mood for a palate cleanse. Let’s forget the deep cuts for a minute here. Let’s stop trying to impress each other with our range, or depth, or our ability to pick a winner.
I have a ton of Songs That You’re About to Love, and I think we should get to sharing those soon. I’m just in the mood to listen to some standards.
If nothing else, this is a quick one we can pound out to get our mix-making juices flowing again.
Yes, yes, and yes. A Speed mix, if you will. Let’s do it. Now.
Well fine then!
My first pick comes from some artists that I knew would be on this mix. These guys are right in the wheelhouse for this one: their early catalog feels like a soundtrack to my youth, but I’ve given them only precious little attention for years. For all the ease it took to settle on this band, the song proved tricky for me to nail down. This mix seems to me to be like a rekindling old flames long forgotten, so a track from The Unforgettable Fire seemed like a natural choice… In the end though, this was the one that spoke to me. It feels like waking up, which I like – and also, there’s nothing more on the nose than The Joshua Tree.
So here it is, for Seth, I give you one of my old favorites: Red Hill Mining Town, by U2.