I’ve had some people ask if I still make mixes. Like most, I’ve gotten caught up in making playlists in Spotify and forgetting about them days later. Hopefully this is a bit different.
Compiled over the last year or so, this mix seems more sticky than most. Made for the fall season, there should be something on here for everyone.
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Max Richter – Spring
I hope someone appreciates the irony of starting a Fall mix with a track titled “Spring.”
Local Natives – Heavy Feet
Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World once said that every album should start off with a song that kicks a little ass. This eventually gets there… sorta. I’ll be honest, this song is here because the beginning blends really well with the previous track.
Y La Bamba – Ponce Pilato
Are you watching Parenthood? You should be. They have the best closing songs and the story arcs have a realness to them.
Grey Reverend – Everlasting
I think there needs to be more upright bass in this world.
Daughter – Candles
I think this was the very last song I added and one of my favorite tracks. So much background noise. It feels like they setup a recording studio in a hallway somewhere.
Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse – Valerie (revisited)
I remember coming in to S+C and someone was playing this. It blew me away instantly, and it’s unlike most songs I typically dig. I love all the funk. I never paid much attention to Amy Winehouse until this song. So much talent.
Kacey Musgraves – Merry Go ‘Round
A bit played out, but it’s been on this list for a while. Resonates with me; except for the whole trailer park thing. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the EDM side of my brain by the end of the mix.
Pickwick, Sharon Van Etten – Lady Luck
A cover. No shit. So good.
Ólafur Arnalds & Arnor Dan – Old Skin
Delicate piano? Check. Strings? Check. Synths? Check.
Rhye – The Fall
One of my oldest acquaintances got me into an artist from Canada named Milosh. He fell to a classic case of, “You have your whole life to write your first album.” He’s found a resurgence as the guy singing for Rhye. Such a unique voice. Sexy song, too.
Night Beds – Ramona
I don’t even know what to say about this track. It’s fucking amazing. Reminds of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams.
Andrew Belle – Pieces
A fairly late addition to the mix. I love how heavy this song feels. It’s melodically dense.
Future Islands – Seasons (waiting on you)
Love love love the 80′s synths and bass lines on this track. I think of this as the 7th inning stretch of this mix. Title works for it, too.
Small Black – Free at Dawn
I’ve been keeping my, keeping myself from you. I’ve been hoping you, hoping you’d just come to.
Eden Hulholland – Blueprint
Let’s build things. Maybe a monument? Maybe a bowl of lightning? Yay!
Wolf Alice – Bros
I love how the opening guitar part basically sounds like a Les Paul jacked right into a soundboard. Twenty seconds in and the song explodes into happy melodies. Probably the coolest band name on this mix, too.
Coasts – Oceans
This is the most rock you’re going to get on this mix.
Yuna – I wanna go
Just a good song. No commentary necessary.
Groove Armada – Cards to your heart
Of course I’m going to end a mix that starts with words, “Well, the music is coming to an end.” This is way far on the EDM side of my tastes. Way way way far. The verses are a little weird, but the bridges and choruses make up for them. My friend Jesse introduced me to these guys.
I usually hand out mixes during Spring. There’s always something about new beginnings. As I age, there’s something about the winding down of Fall that resonates with me more and more. In a way, this is the best of both worlds; winding down and new beginnings. I think I started this project around May of 2013 and here we are late into Fall. Yikes. Some may say this is a classic Chris mix. That’s probably true. I like what I like.
The cover art was shot on my phone during a late evening in Sugarhood near the S-Line. This is the first time I’ve ever used a camera phone to do album art. Crazy.
I added a few steps to my mix process this year. I now relentlessly listen to everything in Spotify, purchase in iTunes, and mix everything using CD Architect Pro. I export out WAVs, parse them, and import into iTunes. I adjust all metadata in iTunes to prevent automatic crossfading since the tracks come pre-crossfaded. The iTunes purchases are not ideal, but I’m not dedicated enough to track down and buy obscure full-length CDs.