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Monday, November 27, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #15

It's been over two months since my last published mixtape and a lot has happened in those last two months: the Mets made the playoffs and blew it to the eventual World Series champ in the NLCS, I started a new job at Homestead Technologies as a UI Designer, Halloween, Thanksgiving, London winter vacation planning, and much, much more. To make up for my extended absence I'm delivering a "double-lp" mixtape. I hope to get on a regular schedule of a mixtape every one or two weeks.

Shameless plug: Pitchfork + Rhapsody Mashup

Matchpoint's Mixtape #15

1. Chicago (Acoustic Version) - Sufjan Stevens
2. Division Day - Elliott Smith
3. Isae Aldy Beausoleil - Lifetime
4. New England - Lifetime
5. How We Are - Lifetime
6. Scenic World - Beirut
7. Hometown Fantasy - Andrew Kenny
8. Shankill Butchers - The Decemberists
9. The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner - Belle and Sebastian
10. Car - Built To Spill
11. Don't Touch My Bikini - The Halo Benders
12. Lombardy St. - Avail
13. 20 Eyes - Shades Apart
14. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - Delfonics
15. Roots Radicals - Rancid
16. Been Here Before - Jeremy Enigk
17. We Don't Like Romance (Instr.) - The Promise Ring

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #14

My longest mixtape to date--18 tracks. Enjoy

Matchpoint's Mixtape #14

1. Israelites - Desmond Dekker
2. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
3. Suspect Device - Ted Leo/Pharmacists
4. Retarded - Weston
5. Wrecking Force - Voxtrot
6. Episode IV - Jimmy Eat World
7. Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright
8. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
9. Letter From Iraq - Bouncing Souls
10. Bridges & Balloons - The Decemberists
11. Morning New Disease - Jets To Brazil
12. Is This Thing On? - The Promise Ring
13. Vicious - Lou Reed
14. Engine - Neutral Milk Hotel
15. Finest Worksong - R.E.M.
16. Postcards From Italy - Beirut
17. Help Save The Youth Of America (Live EP Version - Intro Included) - Billy Bragg
18. A New England - Billy Bragg

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #13

This is probably my most eclectic mixtape yet.

On a side note, I just fixed my Pitchforkmedia + Rhapsody mashup to include the newest reviews from the last three months.

Matchpoint's Mixtape #13

1. Resurrection Song - Birdmonster
2. When Death Closes Your Eyes - 108
3. New York City Cops - The Strokes
4. Raised By Wolves - Voxtrot
5. It Ain't Easy - David Bowie
6. Minute By Minute - Girl Talk
7. Knights Of Cydonia - Muse
8. Big Boat - M. Ward
9. Abegail Anne - Jeremy Enigk

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #12

Here's one that's been sitting in my playlist queue for awhile.

Matchpoint's Mixtape #12

1. New Born - Muse
2. We Are The One - The Avengers
3. T.V. Party - Black Flag
4. The Funeral - Band Of Horses
5. Jacksonville - Sufjan Stevens
6. Daydream Believer - The Monkees
7. Here Comes A Regular - The Replacements
8. The Start Of Something - Voxtrot
9. I Go to the Barn Because I Like The - Band Of Horses
10. Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head") - The Monkees

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Minor Threat - Live in Philly June 83

Absolutely insane.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #11

This one is a little darker than others in the past. To compensate I've thrown in a wussy David Gray song for balance.

Matchpoint's Mixtape #11

1. Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag
2. The Changeling - Ink & Dagger
3. I Drink The Wine (Album) - The Murder City Devils
4. Gomorrah's Season Ends - Earth Crisis
5. Don't Call Me Whitney Bobby - Islands
6. This Years Love - David Gray
7. Wrong - Archers of Loaf
8. Very Loud - Shout Out Louds
9. Unsatisfied - The Replacements

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #10

This week's playlist.

Play Mixtape

1. Glosoli - Sigur Ros
2. You Remind Me of Home - Benjamin Gibbard
3. Jersey Girl - Tom Waits
4. Apology Song - The Decemberists
5. Transformer - Gnarls Barkley
6. Rocket Queen - Guns N' Roses
7. Liar - Built To Spill
8. Ocean - The Velvet Underground
9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #9

Sorry for the long delay. No commentary this week, just lie back and enjoy the music.

Play Mixtape

1. Keep It Close To Me - Superdrag

2. Sluttering (May 4th) - Jawbreaker

3. God Damn Job - The Replacements

4. What Goes On - Velvet Underground

5. Jersey Girl - Bruce Springsteen

6. 10 Gallon Ascots - Tapes 'n Tapes

7. Delicate (Live In Dublin) - Damien Rice

8. A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Where's mixtape 9?

Instead of rushing to get out the next mixtape, I'm taking my time and selecting only the best songs for your listening pleasure. Besides, I've been busy with other projects lately, namely my Pitchforkmedia + Rhapsody mashup. I've taken Pitchforkmedia's latest reviews and added a link to play the album on Rhapsody. Pretty neat, huh? It's still in beta (as is everything these days), but plans are in the works to add more interesting features. I'll keep you posted...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #8

Belle and Sebastian, The New Pornographers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Art Brut, Tapes n' Tapes, and The Arab Strap all played in SF last week. Incredible. Unfortunately I was only able to catch the first three. I'm sure I'll be kicking myself in two months for missing Tapes n' Tapes once Loom becomes one of my top 5 albums of the year. Oh well. You live and you learn.

In addition to missing first-rate shows, I've been teaching myself Ruby on Rails, the hot new web programing language that's all the rage these days. It's been awhile since I built an application in my spare time, but that's hopefully going to change. In a couple of days I'm hoping to uncover my latest creation, which most of you will find quite useful. Details to come later.

Anyways, on with mixtape #8...

Mixtape #8

1. Insistor - Tapes 'n Tapes
This band is turning into the 2006 edition of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

2. Remora (Single Version) - By The Grace Of God
A throw-back from my hardcore punk salad days.

3. Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock - MC Lars
My sentiments exactly.

4. And We Danced - The Hooters
Who let this track onto my mixtape?

5. Alone Down There - Modest Mouse
This isn't your little sister's Float On. One of many MM songs that show the dark side of Isaac Brock.

6. You Have Killed Me - Morrissey
Even though I love the Smiths, I never gave Morrissey a fair listen. This new single may change that.

7. Electronic Renaissance - Belle And Sebastian
B&S performed a great live rendition last Tuesday of this out-of-place track from Tiger Milk. It was more than welcome.

8. Friend Of The Night - Mogwai
From the new album of these Scottish emo-instrumentalist masters.

9. Helpless - Neil Young
CYHSY! closed last Friday night with a rocking cover of this classic.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #7

Ohhh... I'm in trouble. It's been three weeks since my list mixtape and I feel guilty. Some of you have asked, "dude, where's the playlist, it's been awhile." Although I've been squirreling away tracks, I was never able to find the time to publish a complete mixtape. Please accept my apology.

Not to waste your time with anymore worthless drivel...


1. Refuge - Endeavor
Did I get your attention? This New Jersey Hardcore band were a little too political for me.

2. Hoboken - Operation Ivy
Let's stay on the theme of New Jersey, shall we?

3. Never Going Back To New Jersey - Less Than Jake
Don't let LTJ fool you--they definitely went back to NJ

4. I Want To Hear What You Have Got To Say - The Subways
I heard these guys are big in England. They must be catching on in SF because their show is sold out.

5. You Losin' Out - Two Gallants
In anticipation of their new album I found this gem.

6. You Can't Have Me - Clearlake
Their new album is off the hook. After you're done with this playlist, listen to the entire album.

7. Off You - The Breeders

8. I'm In Love With A Girl - Big Star
In the spirit of stealing songs from commercials, this one comes form Heineken.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Matchpoint's Mixtape #6

This week's playlist is faster and harder than usual, so beware. If you're not a fan of punk rock I implore you to still give it a spin--you might be happily surprised, especially by the lead track.

BTW, the Wedding Present is playing tomorrow night at Slim's and tickets are still available. I was fortunate to catch them last year at GAMH and they totally rocked beyond my expectations. But what amazed me was how thin the crowd was. The hall couldn't have been filled beyond half capacity. I guess that's why this time around they scaled back to the smaller Slim's, but apparently the Wedding Present doesn't have the draw to fill that venue either.

If you read into the band you'll discover they had 18 UK hits, but I bet not a single one made an impact in the US. It still amazes me that there can still be a big difference between the UK and US rock charts. I know I'm talking about a period 10-15 years ago, but stuff like this still happens today. Sometimes there's just a latency between markets (see Arctic Monkeys). And you can make the argument, which I won't challenge, that bands from both countries have fans on the other side of the pond (see Arctic Monkeys). But in an age where access to music and music criticism is unrestricted and without borders, the US and UK markets will become more homogeneous. Now, whether that's a good or a bad thing I can't tell.

But I about some music?


1. The Watermark High - Elliott
I can still remember listening in awe the first time I spun this 7". Still one of my favorite songs.

2. Character - Falling Forward
Ask and you shall receive. Falling Forward (pre-Elliott) make their way onto Rhapsody.

3. I'm The One - Descendents
One of the best "2nd wave" Descendents songs.

4. Two II - Weston
I almost forgot about this album, but was happily surprised when it showed up on the recently added list.

5. Corona - Minutemen
Some say that Double Nickels on the Dime is one of the greatest albums every made. Can't say I agree, but this track rocks.

6. The Road To Hell - Ink & Dagger
Deceased front man Sean McCabe was flipping crazy, which made for an incredible live show.

7. Venus (Live in San Francisco 1978 / bonus track) - Television
What ever happened to these guys?

8. Ariel Ramirez - Richard Buckner
Ok, so I stole this one from a VW commercial, but seriously, VW has great tastes in music.

9. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
Curve ball of the week. A co-worker of mine put together a blues playlist, which included this classic.