Oh hey, we moved

•October 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Yep, your favorite friends here at Fishbowl have moved their home to blogspot (sorry, wordpress).

http://fishbowlmixes.blogspot.com/

All mixes will be uploaded to the above URL.

Enjoy!

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We Have Surely Lost Our Way

•October 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

wormhole

So, one of my best friends has been travelling since June. He was in Flagstaff, AZ, for a bit and now he is on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. I’m insanely jealous because he says it’s absolutely beautiful there. Anyways, I miss him a lot and I probably won’t be able to see him until April. So I whipped together this mix that I’m too nervous to send to him. So I figured I would post it here. Some songs are about missing someone, but most of them are simply songs that remind me of him.

Tracklisting:

1 Do Make Say Think “Fredericia” (9:37)
2 HRSTA “Holiday (BeeGees cover)” (3:09)
3 Amanda Palmer “Another Year” (6:03)
4 Mogwai “Hunted By a Freak” (4:16)
5 Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg “Bonnie and Clyde” (4:16)
6 The Tallest Man on Earth “The Gardner” (3:57)
7 Benoit Pioulard “Triggering Back” (2:30)
8 Jason Webley and Sxip Shirey “Days With You” (5:33)
9 Pixies “Dig For Fire” (3:03)
10 Moondog “Pigymy Pig” (3:18)
11 Luminescent Orchestrii “Nasty Tasty” (4:31)
12 Rasputina “In Old Yellowcake” (4:06)
13 Lady & Bird “Stephanie Says (Velvet Underground cover)” (3:04)
14 Penguin Cafe Orchestra “Perpetuum Mobile” (4:30)
15 VNV Nation “Perpetual” (7:52)
16 Zoe Keating “Sun Will Set” (7:56)
17 God is an Astronaut “Remembrance Day” (4:17)
18 The Dead Texan “The Struggle” (5:29)
19 Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band “The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes” (6:55)
20 The Antlers “Bear” (3:54)

Download: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9KUHSW8S

P.S. I added a picture of a wormhole because I remember one time I was trying to explain wormholes to my friend. And because I love the idea and am also in love with Carl Sagan. Yeah.

-W

Oh gosh!

•August 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Brett and I have been slacking on our mixes. We’ve bounced some pretty sweet ideas off of each other, though. It’s just a matter of putting them together.

I have a mix in the works. I don’t really have an excuse as to why I haven’t been paying more attention to it. I tend to make more mixes when I’m in a semester at uni because I get super stressed sometimes and opt to make them over doing things I’m supposed to do for my classes. Not a really good excuse, but I tried.

Not sure of Brett’s excuse. I’m sure he’s in the process of smashing the state as I type this at ~4:46am.

-W

“I’ve Got It! I’ve Got It!”–An introduction to Yo La Tengo

•June 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment
"I've Got It!"

"I've Got It!"

The first entry in the “Deep End” series. A mix collecting the best from garage rock pioneers and indie rock royalty, Yo La Tengo.

“I’ve Got It! I’ve Got It!”–An introduction to Yo La Tengo [click2download]

All tracks by Yo La Tengo

1. “Cherry Chapstick” from And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

2. “Winter A-Go-Go” from Summer Sun

3. “Stockholm Syndrome” from I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

4. “Sugarcube” from I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

5. “Beach Party Tonight” from Summer Sun

6. “Big Day Coming” from Painful

7. “Georgia vs. Yo La Tengo” from Summer Sun

8. “Speeding Motorcycle” from Fakebook

9. “We’re an American Band” from I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

10. “The Way Some People Die” from Ride The Tiger

11. “Autumn Sweater” from I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

12. “Tom Courtenay” from Electr-O-Pura

13. “From a Motel 6” from Painful

14. “Little Eyes” from Summer Sun

15. “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind” from I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

Synopsis originally posted at ivegotfiveyears.com, my blog.

This is the Story of Yo La Tengo.

In anticipation of their recently announced 12th (!!!) new album Popular Songs I present a playlist that encompasses what I feel are Yo La Tengo’s best songs. I avoided the cover songs, because opening that can of worms would probably expand the mix to twice its length. Maybe I’ll include their work on an upcoming cover song themed mix.

Yes. That’s a song from 2006’s I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass. It wasn’t their best album. Probably not even in the top three. But Yo La Tengo is a fantastically consistent band. A taken-for-granted staple of the independent music scene. With very little commercial success but a slightly rabid, very dedicated fan base they’ve managed to maintain a career two to three times longer than most similar acts.

The band name originates from a baseball story of the 1962 season. Center-fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacon kept colliding midfield while chasing foul balls. Chacon didn’t understand what Ashburn was saying when he repeatedly yelled “I’ve got it, I’ve got it.” To compensate Ashburn decided to yell “Yo la tengo” or “I have it!” in Spanish. Chacon understood and backed off. Ashburn readied to catch the fly ball when left-fielder Frank Thomas ran him right over. After helping him up, he asked “What the heck is a Yellow Tango.”

So, silly baseball anecdotes aside, Yo La Tengo have established a rather expansive catalog of releases. Specializing in rambling guitar rock mixed with obscure acoustic covers and drony jam outs, they’ve maintained a sense of spontaneity to their music. The type of band that could wake up tomorrow and release an album completely unlike anything they’ve ever done.

Husband/wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley are the core  of the band. James McNew has been band’s third member and bassist since 1992. Since the band’s formation in 1984 they’ve experienced substantial critical but little commercial success. However their relentless touring ethic and willing to change and experiment with their sound has built a cult following that have helped carry them into the 21st century as a prominent and respected independent rock band.

My experience with Yo La Tengo began with a copy of 2003’s Summer Sun. It was mailed to me with a box of CDs my Uncle Will let me borrow for a few months. A lot of music from that gift shaped my taste. I played that album a lot not truly understanding how expansive the rest of their catalog was. But as I began downloading more music I acquired a lot of their back catalog. Albums like Painful and I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One became absolute landmarks of my college years.

Another interesting Yo La Tengo fact is their penchant for playing obscure cover songs live. They play live for the non-profit WFMU radio station in New Jersey every year to help raise money for the listener-supported programming. During these live shows they’ve played countless covers requested by donors. They released the live recordings on a great compilation album titled Yo La Tengo Is Murder The Classics in 2006. Also, their excellent Fakebook album contains covers from Cat Stevens, Daniel Johnston and John Cale among others. It’s their ability to give these cover songs whole new life that makes them an intriguing and exceptionally talented act.

They’re still rolling strong, playing a fan-decided setlist for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. My friend Rosser is attending, so hopefully he can provide me with a review of the show upon his return! I’ve yet to see them live but list them as one of those necessary shows to attend before they retire. At the rate they’re going, I don’t think they’ll be hanging up their instruments any time soon.

Whitney’s Post Rock Mixtape

•June 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Whitney's Post Rock Mix

Post Rock Mixtape [CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD]

1 “Requiem For Dying Mothers, Parts 1 and 2” Stars of the Lid (14:15)
2 “The Sun” Windy & Carl (3:43)
3 “Untitled 8” Sigur Ros (11:45)
4 “The Landlord is Dead” Do Make Say Think (5:39)
5 “Mere Your Pathetique Light” MONO (6:36)
6 “The Struggle” The Dead Texan (5:29)
7 “Add Infinity” Mountains (9:11)
8 “Rememberance Day” God is an Astronaut (4:17)
9 “Stand Shadowless Like Silence” Up-C Down-C Left-C Right-C ABC + Start (3:21)
10 “I’ll Take Mine Back” AristeiA (4:26)
11 “Auto Rock” Mogwai (4:19)
12 “We Flood Empty Lakes” Yndi Halda (11:41)
13 “Moya” Godspeed You! Black Emperor (10:52)
14 “The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes” Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band (6:55)

This is my most recent mix. I started on it last night because I was bored. I just put together some of my favorite songs that I consider to be “post rock.” I probably had about 10 hours worth of music on this mix originally. I condensed it all down, put everything in order, and perfected it a few hours ago. I’m really really happy with how it turned out, and hopefully you’ll find it listenable.

I used a picture of my cat, Pumpkin, as the “cover art.” Why? Because he’s the most adorable cat in the world and he loves post rock.

-W

Everymorning

•June 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Everymorning

Everymorning [CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD]

1 “Good Morning Scarecrow” Seabear (1:55)
2 “Sovay” Andrew Bird (4:41)
3 “Kind of Carrot Flowers Pt 1” Neutral Milk Hotel (2:02)
4 “Blessed Brambles” Mum (6:01)
5 “Bridges and Balloons” Joanna Newsom (3:43)
6 “Something” Glissandro 70 (2:45)
7 “Music For a Found Harmonium” Penguin Cafe Orchestra (3:40)
8 “Room Games and Diamond Rain” Silver Jews (4:34)
9 “Elephant Gun” Beirut (5:47)
10 “Sunday Morning” The Velvet Underground (2:56)

This is my mix for morning time. It has songs that remind of the serenity of just waking up in the morning. I used to listen to it when I would wake up in the morning to go to class. I also listened to it in the car when driving to Atlanta early one morning and it was one of the best things.

-W

Learning to Drive at Night

•June 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

learning to drive at night cover

Learning to Drive at Night… [CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD]

1 “Have to Drive” Amanda Palmer (5:43)
2 “I Want Wind to Blow” The Microphones (5:33)
3 “Cripple and Starfish” Antony and the Johnsons (4:12)
4 “The Dress” Blonde Redhead (4:01)
5 “Coda” God is an Astronaut (5:05)
6 “Superconnected” Broken Social Scene (5:40)
7 “Future Proof” Massive Attack (5:41)
8 “City Middle” The National (4:28)
9 “Requiem for a Fox” Polmo Polpo (11:04)
10 “Soft Power” Ladytron (5:20)
11 “We Have a Map of the Piano” Mum (5:20)
12 “Yasmin the Light” Explosions in the Sky (7:04)

I consider night driving music to be someone ambient and soft. Maybe it’s not good that I listen to such things at night while driving, because it could put me to sleep. There are some upbeat-ish songs in here, though, so falling asleep wouldn’t really be an issue.

But hey! You don’t just have to drive at night with this music. You could probably sleep to it. You can do whatever you want to it, actually.

-W