the war's been going on in your heart tonight / and life is just bets anyway: with >toxotronic< & natalyesaurus

Side A
Artist Song Buy
the electric soft parade  a beating heart  buy on itunes
nada surf  see these bones  buy on itunes
tocotronic  free hospital  buy on itunes
modest mouse  i came as a rat  buy on itunes
figurines  wrong way all the way  buy on itunes
the wunder years  laughing at a wound  buy on itunes
grandaddy  underneath the weeping willow  buy on itunes
this providence  card house dreamer  buy on itunes
gisli  straight to hell  buy on itunes
tony sly  international you day  buy on itunes
the youngbloods  get together  buy on itunes
alkaline trio  i found away  buy on itunes
rilo kiley  love and war (11/11/46)  buy on itunes
the hold steady  stuck between stations  buy on itunes
olli schulz & der hund marie  jetzt gerade bist du gut  buy on itunes
joshua radin  one of those days  buy on itunes
Side B
ArtistSongBuy
the secret handshake  everyone knows everyone  buy on itunes
future of the left  manchasm  buy on itunes
the weakerthans  virtue the cat explains her departure  buy on itunes
the veils  night thoughts of a tired surgeon  buy on itunes
copeland  the day i lost my voice (the suitcase song)  buy on itunes
jens lekman  rocky dennis' farewell song  buy on itunes
aloha  i don't know what else to do  buy on itunes
die aeronauten  mein bester feind  buy on itunes
the jealous sound  got friends  buy on itunes
ted leo & the pharmacists  little dawn  buy on itunes
silversun pickups  growing old is growing old  buy on itunes
morrissey  suedehead  buy on itunes
minus the bear  absinthe party at the fly honey warehouse  buy on itunes
james  getting away with it (all messed up)  buy on itunes
the lawrence arms  minute  buy on itunes
sun kil moon  exit does not exist  buy on itunes

Comment:

IN THE WORDS OF NATALYE

the mix itself is 120 minutes, divided into two sides. the plan is that we'll eventually make tapes and trade them with one another, each designing our own cover art and such for the other person. side a was kicked off by johannes, with him choosing odds and me choosing evens. we switched it up for side b, with me picking the first track and continuing with odds while he chose evens. luckily for us (but mostly for the sake of symmetry) it ended up with 16 songs on each side.

the title came from song lyrics. i decided on the first half, which is from johannes' pick of "little dawn" by ted leo. he decided on the second half, which is from my pick of "see these bones" by nada surf.

the actual background work on this mix first begin in december 2007, when johannes (who lives in germany) suggested the idea of doing an alt dj project with me (and i live in california). seeing as we have made so many mixes for one another, it only made sense to make one together!

in his words:

"...i thought that we, great mixers that we are, could, or maybe rather should do a mixtape together, and since we're unable to do it the old fashioned 'drop by for a fun evening of drunk mixmaking' way it's going to be the digital version with many zeros and ones transatlanticly sent on a weekly basis with songs that have or have not a connection to what came before in our [lives] and on the mixtape..."

and so this tape was born, although sometimes it was more than a week that passed between songs.

in fact, it took more than a year and a half from start to finish, which makes this tape a bit more meaningful than others i've made, just due to the pure amount of thought and emotion and time that went into it. i particularly love that i can point to any song chosen by either one of us and it tells me where we were in our respective lives. that said, this tape is not just an alternating mix between two people; rather it's a chronology of their lives over a given period of time.

the thing about our relationship is that it is and has been organic from the start. we met by chance on art of the mix, and our friendship blossomed and flourished from there on out. we've grown closer through the years and johannes is one of the only people i would do any and every thing for - he is that important and instrumental in my life. perhaps it was coincidence or perhaps it was fortuitous, but to be honest, i strongly suspect that the intersection at which our lives merged was serendipitous.

and while the task of writing liner notes was bestowed upon me, johannes did have this to say - a line from the first track of the mix.

"what starts as make believe / becomes a plan of action ...
and in the center of it all / a beating heart"

...which could mean different things on different levels, but as it applies to the two of us and this mix, i think it's just about perfect.

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