July 17, 2004

SpoFi CD Swap Update: So? How happy are people with the mixes? Let's have a little chatter here.

posted by billsaysthis to navel gazing at 11:53 AM - 85 comments

Since the old thread fell off the page, I'll be bold and open another. Also, repeating the offer: If people want to email me the electronic copies of their mix's track list I will be glad to make a webpage for it so people in the other groups can ooh and ahh. My email is bill at the domain in my profile, but please send plain text and not HTML or Word files. I got two excellent mixes and am looking forward to the third soon. Moving is an excellent reason to be late, jason!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 AM on July 17, 2004

I've received one (from sashae) so far, and it fucking rocks. The CD title is a little creepy ("the rubber glove seduction"), but the music is eclectic and cool. Bill, I'll send you the track list later this weekend.

posted by Samsonov14 at 02:40 PM on July 17, 2004

I've recieved one from Salmonberry, which I'm listening to at this very moment. Tracklisting: Sugerbabes - Freak Like Me Avalances - Since I Left you (Live at Dominos) Clear My Throat Danko Jones - My Love is Bold Imperial Teen - Yoo Hoo Electric Six - I Lost Control (Of My Rock and Roll) PJ Harvey - One TIme Too Many Tricky - You Don't Wanna The Dears - Heartless Romantic Magnetic Fields - Epitaph for My Heart Spoon - Metal Detektor Afgan Whigs - 66 Me'Shell Ndegeocello - Who is He and What is He to You Stereo MCs - Elevate My Mind Guess Who - Shakin' All Over Caesars Palace - Jerk it Out Eagles of Death Metal - Bad Dream Mama (Live at Slims) Groove Armada - Superstylin' Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off

posted by corpse at 06:36 PM on July 17, 2004

PS. Thanks!

posted by corpse at 06:37 PM on July 17, 2004

Guess Who - Shakin' All Over You're kidding right? The Guess Who? Also, what is the missing element on the third item, corpse?

posted by billsaysthis at 07:51 PM on July 17, 2004

didn't have the artist on the cover, but I assume it's the DJ Kool, Biz Markie version.

posted by corpse at 08:47 PM on July 17, 2004

Bill: do yo still need my song list? Or will you just get from my CD cover?

posted by NoMich at 11:10 PM on July 17, 2004

Embarassingly, I am still working on my swap, but so far I am thoroughly enjoying what I've received (thanks samsonov and sashae). I still haven't settled on what I want to put on it, exactly. I will send a cd in, though.

posted by insomnyuk at 03:49 AM on July 18, 2004

NoMich, an email would be nice to save my lazy butt the retyping.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:03 AM on July 18, 2004

OK, I emailed it to you, but I fudged up and sent it to your Gmail addy. Sorry. Also, I attached PSD files of the cover art* and the CD label art*. I hope that it's OK to do so. * - Word used incredibly loosely.

posted by NoMich at 01:54 PM on July 18, 2004

I got one from yermom, but mine is going out this week. Promise! Had a lot of job hunting and, er, job starting in the last couple of weeks (not to mention an archaic CD burner on an archaic machine that I had to clean up). But enough excuses. I wanted to design some funky inserts, but I don't think I'll have time for that (instead of job hunting, I'm now apartment hunting) :

posted by mkn at 10:30 PM on July 18, 2004

Sorry, yerfatma not yermom.

posted by mkn at 10:30 PM on July 18, 2004

I know I was the last one to send out from my group, but they should have arrived by now. I brought Salmonberry's to work and it is, as the kids like to say, teh roxors. (I have yet to spend much time with corpse's and Ufez's but I suspect I'll be fishing for inspiration through them this week.) Here's my song list, just because: 1. Sidney Bechet - Black Stick 2. Ass Ponys - Earth To Grandma 3. Red Rider - Human Race 4. Coolies - Crack Pipe (Burnin' My Hand) 5. Young Fresh Fellows - Amy Grant 6. Cracker - Happy Birthday To Me 7. John Otway - Green Green Grass of Home 8. Dictionaraoke - Easy 9. Fairfield Four - Dig A Little Deeper 10. Game Theory - Erica's Word 11. The Jam - A Town Called Malice 12. Kirsty MacColl - You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby 13. Mojo Nixon - Girlfriend In A Coma 14. Colin Hay - Overkill 15. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea 16. Mary Prankster - The World Is Full Of Bastards 17. Ada Jones - Out Of A City Of Six Million People 18. Plimsouls - Everyday Things 19. Timbuk3 - Assholes On Parade 20. Mieskuoro Huutajat - Star Spangled Banner

posted by chicobangs at 10:20 AM on July 19, 2004

4. Coolies - Crack Pipe (Burnin' My Hand) Holy crap, I haven't heard that song in years. And it's a beauty of song! Love it.

posted by NoMich at 10:25 AM on July 19, 2004

I have yet to spend much time with corpse's and Ufez's but I suspect I'll be fishing for inspiration through them this week That's b/c I haven't sent mine yet. Sorry, I've been crazy busy. Actually, I burned a master, listened to it twice, and decided it was shit, so I've got to make a new one. I swear on my firstborn's lunch money that I'll get them out later this week though. corpse's is very funky, very dancy. Seems like it would make a great party album, and is the perfect swap for me as it's pretty different from what I normally listen to. I've only had the chance to listen to it twice through, but I am enjoying it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:21 PM on July 19, 2004

You fuckers. My super-intense group made me so nervous they had already mailed the CDs before the swap ever started that I rushed them out the door. Thus the lack of labels or covers. The lack of track listing was on purpose. I want no pre-conceived notions. (I did make a CDDB entry for the disc and I'll post the track listing here when I remember/ am at home)

posted by yerfatma at 04:05 PM on July 19, 2004

Actually, I burned a master, listened to it twice, and decided it was shit ditto. well, its just not an album...yet.

posted by garfield at 04:40 PM on July 19, 2004

Screeching Weasel - Cool Kids The Librarians - Peace & Quiet The Hold Steady - The Swish Rainer Maria - Ears Ring Old '97s - Barrier Reef Bobby Bare, Jr. - I'll Be Around Josh Rouse - 1972 Mike Doughty - Down on the River by the Sugar Plant OPM - Trucha Kinky - Mas Fannypack - System Boomin' Groove Armada - Madder Richard X - Being Nobody Jellestone - Money Can't Buy Me Hapiness Pharcyde - Passing Me By The Streets - Let's Push Things Forward Ugly Duckling - Opening Act Adam Green - Jessica Simpson Theoretically, this is available in one convenient folder whenever I log into slsk, but what does everyone think of setting up torrents for these next time, either as an alternative or as a new way of swapping mixes? It'd save the whole mailing process and make it easy for everyone to get a copy of any mix they want.

posted by yerfatma at 06:27 PM on July 19, 2004

Adam Green - Jessica Simpson Young Fresh Fellows - Amy Grant Okay, back in the '70s we got jokey album names like Bowi from Nick Lowe and one other from the Stiff gang whose name eludes me, but WTF? What is slsk? I'm not terribly opposed to torrents but would also suggest we could use xdrive's free temp accounts as well for those of us not experienced or comfortable with opening the kimonos, so to speak.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:45 PM on July 19, 2004


posted by yerfatma at 08:48 PM on July 19, 2004

I'm still burned out from the MeFi swap I haven't mailed out yet, but I've got a decent kernel ready for this one. There were some tracks in my collection that I haven't used in a swap yet and are obvious picks for this mix. I've got some time this weekend, so I'll work on it then. I got Fat Buddha's mix, but haven't had time to listen to music, so there you are. Hopefully work will let up in a few more weeks so I can get some quality listen time in. There's Fila Brazilia on there, that's a great sign.

posted by rocketman at 10:51 PM on July 19, 2004

If anyone wants to send me a URL for the cover art, or a JPG to post, feel free. Page is in process.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:14 AM on July 20, 2004

(i'm not even participating this time around but) rather than torrents which would require some technical know-how and perhaps a co-ordinated seeding effort i am soon going to distribute a mix to a few friends using yousendit. files up to 1 gigabyte, multiple recipients, one week retention on their server. if the music and covers were distributed into a zipped folder you'd be looking at around 100Mb I imagine. if it goes this way then count me in for the next go (provided i clear off some hard drive space). i don't burn cds much anymore but like the idea of mix swaps.

posted by gspm at 04:19 AM on July 20, 2004

Yeah, that definitely gets around the technical problems of creating the torrents and hosting them. The only advantage to BT would be that users could choose what they get instead of authors choosing who gets what.

posted by yerfatma at 09:45 AM on July 20, 2004

I like the mail and swap, gives an element of surprise, plus I like getting things in the mail. I recieved chicobangs excellent mix, tracklisting above. Nice commentary on each track too, thanks!

posted by corpse at 10:56 AM on July 20, 2004

I finally sent salmacis a cd in exchange for a Euro football match he sent. It's exclusively rap music, but good underground stuff with mad poetry skillz. If anybody else is interested in hearing a rap cd let me know. If you're a fan of Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Typical Cats, etc. No Jay Z or Puff Dilly to be found.

posted by vito90 at 11:44 AM on July 21, 2004

Definitely interested in that vito-- I was tempted to fit some more "underground" rap on my mix but I figured it would get grating. Besides, Paul Barman can be a bit polarizing.

posted by yerfatma at 11:50 AM on July 21, 2004

yerfatma - shoot me your mailing address!

posted by vito90 at 04:41 PM on July 21, 2004

vito, i'm down.

posted by garfield at 05:41 PM on July 21, 2004

MC Paul Barman? Shut the fuck up.

posted by Samsonov14 at 02:30 AM on July 22, 2004

I meant that in a good way.

posted by Samsonov14 at 02:30 AM on July 22, 2004

Yes yes. In fact, Sammy, you should check out "Beer" by Party Fun Action Committee. "I got a Broonz tattoo/ The chicks dig it/ And the chicks dig me too."

posted by yerfatma at 06:11 AM on July 22, 2004

vito, send me your details. I tried your email, but i've failed twice.

posted by garfield at 08:10 AM on July 22, 2004

A thousand apologies to the Edgar Winters group. I finally got a worthy mix, burned copies, and if I can get the liner notes typed up over lunch, they'll be out this afternoon. Vito, I'd love a copy of your hip hop cd. I'll send a copy of my mix in exchange, if you like.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:13 AM on July 22, 2004

Vito, how many blank CDs you got? I'll swap with you too if there's room on the bus. Good underground hip-hop is always a welcome treat.

posted by chicobangs at 10:56 AM on July 22, 2004

FWIW, Here's my tracklisting for curious parties. chico, corpse, don't look if you wanna be surprised: 1) Flametrick Subs - Pride O' Texas 2) The Monks - Monk Time 3) Sonic Youth - Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream 4) Mr. Lif - Live From the Plantation 5) Shellac - Prayer to God 6) Drums & Tuba - Rock This Mess 7) the Old 97's - Time Bomb 8) MC5 - Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa) 9) the Reverend Horton Heat - New York City Girls 10) Eek A Mouse - Wild Like a Tiger 11) Regal Dime - Song 7 12) Tortoise - Blackjack 13) Black Eyes - Holy of Holies 14) Del Tha Funkee Homosapian - Heats for the Kiddies 15) The Minutemen - Fortunate Son 16) The Riverboat Gamblers - Drink Alone 17) Ray Charles - Shoulda Been Me 18) Mission of Burma - Nicotine Bomb 19) The Frames - Seven Day Mile 20) The Brown Derbies - Karma Police

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:07 AM on July 22, 2004

Here's the Meow Mix for Team Menudo et al. Peter Case & Dave Alvin – Monday Morning Blues Dan Bern – New American Language Butch Hancock – Mario y Maria Bob Mould – Comeonstrong Brendan Benson – Good to Me Dakota Suite – The cost of living T.Rex – Life’s A Gas Noonday Underground – The Hooded Claw Damien Jurado – Texas to Ohio Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 – Amphetamine Howie Beck – Baby Plays Around On Me Soundtrack of our Lives – Candidate – This is the Way The Beta Band – Dry The Rain Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson And Clover Neil Halstead – See You On Rooftops

posted by garfield at 11:42 AM on July 22, 2004

Yeah, I got plenty of blanks and will be happy to make for anybody who wants...would love cd's in return. My Yahoo account is bouncing even though there's plenty of room in the inbox. Send all your addresses to here: S DOT V DOT SMITH then the at symbol WORLDNET DOT ATT DOT NET Got that?

posted by vito90 at 12:01 PM on July 22, 2004

That's wicked hard. Since you clearly don't know how to make a readable, linkable email address, let me do it for you . . . the Old 97's - Time Bomb Good thing I switched to Barrier Reef, Ufez. Otherwise one of us would have been jinxed.

posted by yerfatma at 12:10 PM on July 22, 2004

Ufez, you still on Amesbury at #1012?

posted by vito90 at 01:44 PM on July 22, 2004

vito, hook me up with your details, I'm about to head to the post office.

posted by garfield at 01:55 PM on July 22, 2004

aye, vito. e-mail me your addy and I'll ship you off one tomorrow.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:11 PM on July 22, 2004

The work in progress... suggestions for art work/graphics or CSS can be made without offense.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:59 PM on July 22, 2004

The tracklisting I listed above was Salomberry's, not mine.

posted by corpse at 06:21 AM on July 23, 2004

Fixed, corpse, thanks for the pick up but then where's your listing? And do any of the Team Tito folks have an answer for my recent email???

posted by billsaysthis at 05:03 PM on July 23, 2004

made it to the P.O. yesterday. sorry vito, no tender vittles for you. i never heard back from you.

posted by garfield at 01:29 PM on July 28, 2004

got my meow mix today. very nice. thanks garf.

posted by goddam at 02:11 PM on July 28, 2004

Sorry for the delay in jumping in here. I really like the mixes I have recieved from corpse and chicobangs. In fact, I now plan to marry chicobangs - the rest of you keep your filthy paws off of him. And goddamnit, ufez. Why? Why are you making me wait?

posted by Salmonberry at 05:46 PM on July 28, 2004

Update: I have a very tentative tracklist, but think I'll be burning this weekend, and mailing them... sometime... somehow...

posted by rocketman at 08:43 AM on July 29, 2004

Aw, Salmonberry, make my month, why don't you. In fact, we're one Ufez mix away (sorry to pile on, brother) from this being the BESTEST SUMMER EVER.

posted by chicobangs at 09:58 AM on July 29, 2004

I just got back from the post office. Shit's been sent. I just can't stand to hear fishberry whimper.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:22 AM on July 29, 2004

And people say incessant whining doesn't work.

posted by Salmonberry at 01:25 PM on July 29, 2004

Like a drill on a tooth, it doesn't.

posted by yerfatma at 02:18 PM on July 29, 2004

rocketman, now that you have a listing can you post it for me to add? And how come none of y'all web demons has come up with one decent solution for improving my graphically challenged page?

posted by billsaysthis at 03:06 PM on July 29, 2004

Your web design is beautiful bill. A lot better than some of the shite that's out there. Can I join the next CD Swap?

posted by BigCalm at 03:52 PM on July 29, 2004

bill, It's still in the tentative stage. I need to listen to it about 3 more times before I decide I like the order (I think the songs are set, it's just the order I'm working on).

posted by rocketman at 04:20 PM on July 29, 2004

OK, I just sent to garfield, chicobangs, Ufez, and yerfatma. Here is the tracklist: 1 Aesop Rock - Honeycomb Interlude 2 Aesop Rock - 6b Panorama 3 Eric B. and Rakim - Paid in Full 4 Atmosphere - Fuck You Lucy 5 Aesop Rock - One Brick 6 Sage Francis - Inherited Scars 7 Rehab - Scarecrow 8 Typical Cats - Reinventing the Wheel 9 AWOL-1 - Track 6 10 Atmosphere - Hair 11 Eric B. and Rakim - Microphone Fiend 12 Rehab - Crazy People 13 Kanye West - Never Let Me Down 14 Kanye West - Get 'Em High 15 NWA featuring MC Ren - If It Ain't Ruff 16 Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villian 17 Gang Starr - It's Gettin' Hectic 18 Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy - Television, the Drug of the Nation

posted by vito90 at 05:32 PM on July 29, 2004

Word. Ever hear anything Michael Franti did with Billy Bragg?

posted by yerfatma at 07:15 PM on July 29, 2004

15 NWA featuring MC Ren - If It Ain't Ruff Wait, I thought that MC Ren was a part of NWA? Or is this a case of a reunion with just one orginal member?

posted by NoMich at 07:40 PM on July 29, 2004

Nope the only Franti I heard was the Disposable Heroes - I never even heard any Spearhead, which was a big part of his career... Ren was indeed a talented member of NWA. The track I included is a really tight rhyme. It has top-notch boasts, using cuss words for effect, not to carry the day. It's the only gangsta style track on the cd, but it's what gangsta style would aspire to if only gangsta style would aspire to something. Most of the tracks tell great stories but it can take several listens to get them. The most incredible poem is the "Scarecrow" track by Rehab. The most poignant tale is the one by Sage Francis. My favorite is Aesop's Honeycomb Interlude.

posted by vito90 at 01:43 AM on July 30, 2004

Spearhead's Chocolate Super Highway the first album I ever saw streamed on the net-- definitely worth a listen.

posted by yerfatma at 07:10 AM on July 30, 2004

Hey vito, are you a fan of the man in the metal mask? I see you've got Viktor Vaughn on there - I assume you have picked up Madvillain, no?

posted by rocketman at 07:40 AM on July 30, 2004

That Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villian album is the only one I have - I think it's okay but not great. Do you recommend another album by him? Maybe I should check out Madvillian? Is the Spearhead album more known for poetry or beats?

posted by vito90 at 11:34 AM on July 30, 2004

Well, it would be nice to have a chuffin CD to comment upon!

posted by Fat Buddha at 12:29 PM on July 30, 2004

DOOM is a great MC, but I don't think the production on Vaudeville Villain is well-suited to his vocal style. Get Operation: Doomsday, which he produced himself, and Madvillain, produced by Madlib. They're both really good. Madvillain, especially, is just sick.

posted by rocketman at 01:35 PM on July 30, 2004

Egregious self link. Who knew MF Doom was the former Zev Love X from the first 3rd Bass album?

posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on July 30, 2004

Is the Spearhead album more known for poetry or beats? The lyrics are really good; I can't listen if it doesn't sound good as well. I'm elitist and pretentious, but not that elitist and pretentious.

posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on July 30, 2004

Who knew MF Doom was the former Zev Love X from the first 3rd Bass album? *raises hand*

posted by rocketman at 02:46 PM on July 30, 2004

Okay, Bill. Here it is: 1. Ernie and the Top Notes - Dap Walk 2. Funkadelic - Can You Get to That 3. Original Soul Senders - Soul Brother Testify 4. Mickey and the Soul Generation - How Good Is Good 5. Al Green - Love and Happiness 6. Captain Funkaho - My 2600 7. Highlighters - Poppin' Popcorn 8. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Baby Baby Don't Cry 9. Candi Staton - Heart on a String 10. Parliament - Unfunky UFO 11. Eddie Bo - From This Day On 12. Little Ann - One Way Street 13. Highlighters - The Funky 16 Corners 14. Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy Coffee Pot 15. The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love 16. Eddie Bo - The Thang, Pt. 2 17. Mickey and the Soul Generation - Iron Leg 18. Sugar Billy Garner - I Got Some 19. Maceo Parker and the Macks - Parrty (Part 1)

posted by rocketman at 03:02 PM on July 30, 2004

Can I be in rocketmans group next time? In fact, can I be in anyones group that sends a chuffer out?

posted by Fat Buddha at 06:33 PM on July 30, 2004

Can I be in anyones group that sends a fluffer out?

posted by yerfatma at 10:33 PM on July 30, 2004

SpoFi Fluffer Swap, now who wouldn't be up for that? Assuming wives, husbands and significant others would be reasonable about it. And FB, I would be willing to post the Jersey Rock Mix to XDrive for you if you'd like (a lot easier than sending through the post across the pond).

posted by billsaysthis at 12:16 PM on July 31, 2004

I feel bad now, a CD arrived this morning, and bloody good it is too, although there is no indication of what the songs or the bands are. I know T Rex, Brendan Benson and Butch Hancock are involved, but the rest? Who knows. Bill, I appreciate your offer, but I haven't the faintest idea what you are on about!

posted by Fat Buddha at 02:53 PM on July 31, 2004

XDrive is a website that offers password protected file storage to which you can give other people access. So I could post the mix there and send you the info, from which you could download. The first 30 days are free so there would be no direct cost involved in doing this. And Garfield's Meow Mix track listing is on the Swap Page.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:56 PM on July 31, 2004

Damn, but vito's mix is fantastic. My shopping list just got bigger. That Atmosphere track just ripped my heart out. Thanks, brother.

posted by chicobangs at 09:06 AM on August 02, 2004

Lousy f'in post office.

posted by yerfatma at 09:34 AM on August 02, 2004

chico! Glad you like it. Which Atmosphere track are you referring to? There are two on there. Did you figure out the story in Aesop Rock's "Honeycomb Interlude"? If you know that the poem is about a summer he spent as a young 'un getting high with his friends all day every day, and that he grew out of that but some of his friends didn't then it might help you follow along with the lyrics a bit. Brilliant stuff. And that Sage Francis track is the boombazi too.

posted by vito90 at 11:30 PM on August 02, 2004

Oh, Fuck You Lucy. That's awfully ... real, I guess. I just wanted to give the guy a hug or buy him a beer or something. And I'm all over Sage Francis too, but Aesop Rock and Rehab are finds. I'm gonna hunt these people down and cage them till they sing.

posted by chicobangs at 12:10 PM on August 03, 2004

Okay, if we all send our track lists to Bill, and we all check out his site, can we requesr CDs that weren't included in our own swap? The mix that I got from Sashae was awesome, and you guys should give it a listen.

posted by Samsonov14 at 03:48 PM on August 03, 2004

I vote yes. Anyone who wants mine, let me know. In return all I ask is (1) a Swap CD, (2) sexual favors or (3) cash. (My choice.) (Hint: I choose (1) far more often than you might expect.)

posted by chicobangs at 04:09 PM on August 03, 2004

vito, just got mine in the mail. I will try to turn one around to you this week. Thanks.

posted by yerfatma at 08:15 PM on August 03, 2004

chico, I can burn you Atmosphere and Aesop too. If you want to buy them the Atmosphere album is "God Loves Ugly" and the Aesop Rock albums, in the order I think you might get them are #1 Labor Days, #2 Bazooka Tooth, and #3 Float. yerfatma, thanks. and i would love to receive some and will continue to exchange with any more people who are interested.

posted by vito90 at 01:41 AM on August 04, 2004

vito, listening to the mix now, really digging on it. Be on the lookout for one from me in your mailbox shortly. Quick question though: Have you heard any of Edan's stuff? After months of searching, I finally procured (i.e. burned a copy of) his album Primitive Plus, which I'm completely stoked about. Sounds like he'd be right up your alley. If you wish, I'll burn a copy of it and send it with the mix cd.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:33 PM on August 04, 2004

Ufez, I'll take you up on that offer - never have heard of him before but would love an introduction. Yerfatma, listening to your mix right now and it rocks! Goddam, I just sent yours a few days ago...

posted by vito90 at 05:22 PM on August 11, 2004

vito, i just sent yours (and chico's) today.

posted by goddam at 05:36 PM on August 11, 2004

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