Mike Eternity

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Better Living Through Music

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Adam Green  Emily  buy on itunes
Elf Power  Softly Through the Void  buy on itunes
Billy Bragg & Wilco  Hesitating Beauty  buy on itunes
Sundae  El Cine  buy on itunes
Luna  Lovedust  buy on itunes
Black Umbrella  Secret Kiss  buy on itunes
Tiger Army  As the Cold Rain Falls  buy on itunes
Sambassadeur  Final Say  buy on itunes
Titus Andronicus  Titus Andronicus  buy on itunes
Hysterics  Mostly Untitled  buy on itunes
Zookeeper  Ballad of My Friends  buy on itunes
De Novo Dahl  Shout  buy on itunes
Mahjongg  Pontiac  buy on itunes
Pacific  Sunset Blvd.  buy on itunes
Cruiserweight  Balboa  buy on itunes
Soda Fountain Rag  Yesterday  buy on itunes
The Hot Toddies  Seattle  buy on itunes
Biirdie  Estelle  buy on itunes
British Sea Power  Atom  buy on itunes
The Elected  Biggest Star  buy on itunes
Tegan & Sara  Divided  buy on itunes
DeVotchKa  You Love Me  buy on itunes
Traveling Wilburys  End of the Line  buy on itunes
Flogging Molly  Us of Lesser Gods  buy on itunes
Fanfarlo  Fire Escape  buy on itunes
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds  Dig, Lazarus, Dig  buy on itunes
Prince  The One U Wanna C  buy on itunes
Jens Lekman  Be Good  buy on itunes
Josh Ritter  Thin Blue Flame  buy on itunes
The Avalanches  Live at Dominoes  buy on itunes


I don't know why, exactly - could be my heavy movie upbringing, conditioning me to think of everything in big, exaggerated, pretentious terms - but there's nothing I love more than believing in the power of music to change the world. I know, what does that even mean? I don't know, but when I'm compiling mixes, I invariably end up in this pompous state of mind, imagining how profoundly this music affects my life and reflects it and expresses it and these 80 or so minutes are the grand summation of the movie, the big theme, played out with alternating intensity and tender poignancy. Not true, needless to say. My life is an endless formula. No excitement, no serious ups or downs, no adventures, epiphanies, changes, incredible moments. I mean, I love it, but it certainly doesn't deserve a soundtrack as dynamic as this mix. Well, maybe it deserves the introspective tracks. Actually, it does deserve them all, but mostly as substitutes for the reality of my outward existence. I feel each of these songs, but I don't show it, an unfortunate side effect of my cultural zombification. I'm scared of being ridiculed or rejected by putting myself out there, even in the most general ways. Of course I shouldn't care, but I've cared for so long, since such a young age, that I'm stuck. I'm never comfortable just letting my feelings hang out. I'm always reserved and self-conscious. It's a lame way to live, but I'm trapped in it by my own stupid mortal fears. Oh well, make the best of your fuck-ups, I guess. If I can't adequately burst with joy, or lash out with anger and frustration, or not give a fuck and just be goofy sometimes, at least I have all this exquisite music to do it for me, like paralyzed people with their electronic voice synthesizers. I've said this all before in previous mix comments, I know, but it bugs the shit out of me (not enough to change, needless to say, but enough for me to turn it over in my mind a billion times), so I can't just let it go. A recurring theme, let's call it.


avocado rabbit
Date: 3/28/2008
Some people try better living through drugs or alcohol. Music is definitely an improvement as far as lifestyle enhancers go.
Date: 3/28/2008
great mix!
Date: 3/29/2008
love the title. hesitating beauty jumps out at me. on the personal note, there are many paths. most lives are not epiphanious fireworks displays. we need as many people grinding out goodness day after day to make the world a better place. my bet is that you do deserve this soundtrack. practice peace.
Date: 3/29/2008
Everyone has their own soundtrack. Keep rocking to yours & keeping posting to this site.
Date: 3/31/2008
I love the Josh Ritter track.

Sometimes the only way I can show my feelings to others are playing the songs that can say the words that I don't know how to say.

I think you've done a great job here.
Date: 4/11/2008
Hesitating Beauty is a gorgeous song.
Date: 2/3/2009
i understand what you mean about music. Sambassadeur is a great band. Cheers.

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