underneath the weeping willow: a mix for sleep

I made this for a friend who was having trouble sleeping. I love having music play while I sleep. And more importantly, before I fall asleep. The right songs put my mind at rest so my body can do the same. 

Sleep tight, y'all.



To celebrate the first day of fall, here is one of my favorite documentaries. Danny Clinch followed Ryan Adams around during the year 2005, when he put out three records. This focuses on the making of Jacksonville City Nights. It is short and sweet.

September Short Film | Ryan Adams & The Cardinals from Mitchaveli on Vimeo.


Fuel for Fire: an autum mix for 2014

In summer -- 
". . . the sun rises out of the morning's haze with authority and potency, and standing on your top step at seven in the morning . . . you know that the dew will be melted off the grass by eight and that the dust on the back roads will hang depthless and still in the air for five minutes after a car's passage; and that by one in the afternoon it will be up to ninety-five . . . and the sweat will roll off your arms like oil and stick your shirt to your back in a widening patch . . . 
But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you."
 -Stephen King
For me, this playlist is like an old friend settling in and telling stories -- even the songs that are new to me. It takes out it's pipe and cuts the cold air with its wisps of warm smoke. It is the rhythmic sound of dead leaves crunching under an old rocking chair. And if you listen closely, it is the syncopation of a fluttering heartbeat that is falling in love -- with the quiet crisp air, and with somebody.

Part 1 (Download Here)
1. We Put A Pearl In The Ground / St. Vincent
2. Mr. Met / Lambchop
3. Raven's Song / Aaron Embry
4. Sun Is King / Laura Veirs
5. I'd Rather Die / Nicolai Dunger
6. Worried Mind / Megafaun
7. Seaweed / Fruit Bats
8. Silver Dagger / Fleet Foxes
9. Summer On The Westhill / Kings Of Convenience
10. City Wrecker / Moonface
11. Open / Rhye
12. Scotty / Pure Bathing Culture
13. Song For Zula / Phosphorescent
14. Another Man's Done Gone / Wilco

Part 2 (Download Here)
1. Death Final / Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
2. Fuel For Fire / M. Ward
3. Mama, You Been On My Mind / Jeff Buckley
4. Lullaby / Loudon Wainwright III
5. I Wish I Was The Moon / Neko Case
6. Window / Damien Jurado
7. By The Mark / Gillian Welch
8. Walilamdzi / Devendra Banhart
9. Gymnopédie No. 1 / Erik Satie
10. Flume / Peter Gabriel
11. Have You Forgotten / Red House Painters
12. Lost In The Dream / The War On Drugs
13. My Old Friend / Sam Amidon
14. Sabertooth Tiger / Breathe Owl Breathe
15. Over & Done / The Everybodyfields


Backpack Rap Collection

From Urban Dictionary: "Bsically, a backpacker is a cat that spends most of his/her time traveling through public transit. Theyre a huge fan of music but mostly on a lyrically tip because they have a greater grasp and focus on lyrics that kills time while their traveling on the bus, subway, etc. They dont have the money to be rolling in luxury cars, etc. So when you come across a backpacker, theyre usually more of a lyrical cat because all they have is a walkman and a grip of CD's in their backpacks. With a walkman, youre usually more focused on words rathers than beats and hooks. Thats why most backpackers are considered more into the underground hiphop scene where artist's are more about lyrics. You usually find backpackers in inner cities because public transit is cheap, and to get from point A to point B isnt that far of a route."

Sure, okay. Here's a bunch of that kind of music.....

Part 1 (Download Here)
1. Be / Common
2. Let's Ride / Q-Tip
3. High Fidelity / Jurassic 5
4. Blazing Arrow / Blackalicious
5. Chain Smoker / Chance the Rapper
6. Verses From the Abstract / A Tribe Called Quest
7. Eye Know / De La Soul
8. Made in America (SD50 B-Boy Mix) / Del Tha Funky Homosapien
9. Jungle / KA
10. Are you... Can you... Were you? (Felt) / Shabazz Palaces
11. Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst / Kendrick Lamar
12. I Used To Love H.E.R. / Common
13. You Got Me (Feat. Erykah Badu) / The Roots
14. Final Hour / Lauryn Hill
15. Two Can Win / J Dilla
16. Chum / Earl Sweatshirt
17. Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park) / Nas
18. Mighty Deadly (Siik Forces of Nature Remix) / Ghostface Killah
19. B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) / Genius/GZA
20. Tidal Tendencies / Hawk House

Part 2 (Download Here)
1. Thoughts & Wishes (DJ Jedi Edit) / Hamilton Bohannon
2. For Corners / Digable Planets
3. Astronomy (8th Light) / Black Star
4. Love Language / Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek)
5. His Pain II (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) / BJ the Chicago Kid
6. Glory (Feat. Blue Ivy Carter) / Jay Z
7. Make My (Feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw) / The Roots
8. Eternal Sunshine / Jay Electronica
9. Jesus Walks / Kanye West
10. C.R.E.A.M. / Wu-Tang Clan
11. Give Up The Goods (Just Step) (Feat. Big Noyd) / Mobb Deep
12. Incarcerated Scarfaces / Raekwon
13. Daylight / Aesop Rock
14. ALL CAPS / Madvillian
15. Waves / Joey Bada$$
16. 3030 / Deltron 3030
17. Electric Relaxation / A Tribe Called Quest
18. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised / Gil Scott-Heron
19. The 6th Sense / Common


Le quatorze juillet: bleu/blanc/rouge (a mix)

I put this mix together a couple of years ago to celebrate Bastille Day (Le quatorze juillet). I figured I'd pull it back out again to celebrate once again. Vive la France!

Download full playlist here.

1. L'idole des jaunes / Stella (with intro by Steve Martin)
2. Comment te dire adieu / Francoise Hardy
3. Elle avait tout / Les Safari
4. Ça plane pour moi / Plastic Bertrand
5. L'anamour / Serge Gainsbourg
6. Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher / Eileen
7. Je danse donc je suis / Brigitte Bardot
8. Fou / Jacques Da Sylva
9. 7 heure du matin / Jaequeline Taieb
10. De temps en tempos / Bernard Estardy
11. Mademoiselle Marie / Coeur Magique
12. Cette chanson est pour vous / Django Reinhardt
13. Le vie en rose / Edith Piaf
14. Ces gens-la / Jacques Brel
15. Si tu n'etais pas la / Fréhel
16. Le soleil et la lune / Charles Trenet
17. Rue St. Vincent / Yves Montand
18. Comptine d'un autre ete: l'apres midi / Yann Tiersen
19. Né dans un ice-cream / Michel Polnareff
20. Les temps ont changés / Pussycat
21. Hellow Josephine / Les Witackers
22. Maintenant un voyou / Bruno Leys
23. Mais oubie pas / Les Pollux
24. L'espace d'une fille / Jacques Dutronc
25. La la la / Sylvie Vartan
26. La solitude / Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis
27. Amsterdam: live at the Olympia 1964 / Jacques Brel (with outro by Steve Martin)