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At the Beat of a City Drum

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Calexico  Across the Wire   buy on itunes
Adrian Crowley  Electric Eels  buy on itunes
Espers  Black Is the Color  buy on itunes
Nick Drake  At the Chime of a City Clock  buy on itunes
Bridget St John  Making Losing Better  buy on itunes
Sir Richard Bishop  Elysium No. Five  buy on itunes
Meg Baird  The Waltze of the Tennis Players  buy on itunes
Andrew Bird  Imitosis  buy on itunes
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone  Don't They Have Payphones Wherever You Were Last Night  buy on itunes
Jacques Brel  La Chanson de Jacky  buy on itunes
Luke Haines  England, Scotland and Wales  buy on itunes
At Swim Two Birds  If I Sit Still  buy on itunes
The Wrens  She Sends Kisses  buy on itunes
Kurt Wagner  Of Raymond  buy on itunes
Sylvain Chauveau  Alors la LumiFre Vacille  buy on itunes
Leonard Cohen  One of Us Cannot Be Wrong  buy on itunes
James  Out to Get You  buy on itunes
Dolorean  We Winter Wrens  buy on itunes
John Field (Benjamin Frith)  Nocturne No. 1 in E flat major  buy on itunes
Spokane  Leases & Promises  buy on itunes

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A mix I made for my mother. I'd been meaning to make a mix for her birthday (coming up in a bit less than a month), but somehow that turned into two mixes, and one of them took a shape that seemed sufficient to consider it finished quite a bit in advance of the date, so I figured I might as well send it off now, on the occasion of her getting a new car radio (with CD player and all!) this weekend. I bet there'll be at least one or two tracks about which she'll tell me, quite reproachfully, "you know, I really didn't care for that one song". Ah well...

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anthony lombardi
Date: 2/23/2008
always great to see you 'round these parts, alex - i'm sure this will fulfill its intended purposes gloriously - even if she "doesn't care" for all of the songs. we can't always please everyone, right? this comes pretty damn close though. love the nick drake, leonard cohen & andrew bird tracks especially...
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Rob Conroy
Date: 2/23/2008
Looks lovely. I particularly like the Sir Richard (!), Leonard, Jacques and Nick tracks.
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sammyg123
Date: 2/23/2008
Alex, it's been a while - glad to see you're back. And with a great one of course. Love 3,4,6,10,11. Looking forward to the rest.. especially that 14/15 combo. Now don't leave it so long next time...
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Mark Petruccelli
Date: 2/23/2008
The Nick Drake, Andrew Bird and Leonard Cohen jump out. Always good to expand Mom's horizons.
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Johnny Dark
Date: 2/23/2008
Good to see old Jacques Brel making an appearance.Looking forward to hearing this one. Thanks for sharing
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ash.
Date: 2/23/2008
casiotone for the painfully alone on a mix for mom! i only wish my own mother were so hip. this looks great.
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Mixxer
Date: 2/23/2008
Hey Alex it has been a while. Surely Mama will be tooling around town blasting this from the open windows.

What is track 9 about? Does anyone still use "payphones"?
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mahdishain
Date: 2/23/2008
track 9 is so motherly.
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ofthaltned
Date: 2/24/2008
Ed, here's the complete lyrics to track 9 for you:

I waited up till it was light
don't they have payphones
wherever you were last night
you stumbled in & what a sight
all pale & puffy eyes
under the bathroom bright
a face to give a ghost a fright
don't they have payphones
wherever you were last night
The song was released in 2006, for the record.
I'm one of those old-fashioned people who usually do keep a phone card in their wallet (I also write with a fountain pen and like to blow my nose into a cloth handkerchief), but my general impression is that it's indeed increasingly difficult to find a functional payphone these days. I've indeed used one to call my mother a couple of times in the past two months, though.
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Salman1
Date: 2/25/2008
If your mom even likes half of this she'd be one cool lady. Really digging that 6 to 10 stretch. I've been getting into Sir Richard Bishop a lot lately.
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G-Sphere
Date: 2/25/2008
Lots of great picks here... she should love this.
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musicgnome
Date: 2/25/2008
Awesome, as always. The Wrens and Andrew Bird are too absolute faves of mine (amongst the multitude of fine selections, mind you). Always a treat to be able to upload a mix of yours for full immersion while at work. A blessing, in fact.
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Mixxer
Date: 2/25/2008
OK thanks. Casiotone for the PA were possibly influenced by Reba McEntire, 1994:


Back in 1876 an ol' boy named Bell
Invented a contraption that we know so well
By the 1950's they were in everybody's home
That crazy little thing they call a telephone
Now there's one on every corner, in the back of every bar
You can get one in your briefcase, on a plane or in your car
So tell me why, haven't I, heard from you?
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Moe
Date: 2/25/2008
Looks like good taste runs in the family. Lots of lovely selections that your mother should know.
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buglady
Date: 2/25/2008
Well I don't know about your mom, but I see lots to love on this one.
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Barrydali
Date: 2/26/2008
The triumphant return of Alex is upon us. Rejoice. 6 to 18 is mesmerising. Those discs will be leaving on a jet plane soon my friend.
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Bear
Date: 2/29/2008
Great opener, love the Baird and Drake, and nice to see Luke Haines (one of the great undervalued English musicians) get a slot... all round v cool indeed.
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doowad
Date: 3/25/2008
Too many favorites. I haven't heard James in forever, love the Calexico, Nick Drake & Jacques Brel especially. Oh and Cohen to boot. Happy Birthday, Mom.

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