Ben Frazier

Member Since: 1/17/2000
Total Mixes: 25
Total Feedback: 8

All These Spectres of The Workplace Turned from Effigy Back to Reality

Side A
Artist Song
Death Cab for Cutie  405 
Sparklehorse f/ PJ Harvey  Piano Fire 
Ida  Blizzard of '78 
The Man I Fell in Love With  Bad Dreams 
The Dismemberment Plan  The City 
The Faint  Worked Up So Sexual (Death Cab for Cutie Remix) 
Radio 4  Start a Fire 
Aden  Dear John 
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists  Squeaky Fingers 
Wolfie  Mockhouse 
Pinback  Crutch 
Tommy Guerrero  Blue Masses 
Creeper Lagoon  He Made Us All Blind 
Denali   Relief 
Dirtnap  Resign (Charlotte Mix) 
Side B
Sunshine  New Model 
Milemarker  Frigid Forms Sell You Warmth 
The South of No North  I'm Glad You Can Laugh at My Expensive Loss 
Alkaline Trio  Goodbye Forever 
Pretty Girls Make Graves  Modern Day Emma Goldman 
Dillinger Four  Super Powers Enable Me to Blend in With Machinery 
Discount  Math Won't Miss You 
Party of Helicopters  Slowdance 
Franklin  Number 1 
Burning Airlines  Tastykake 
Chavez  New Room 
Swords Project  Audience of One 
American Football  Honestly 
Flakemusic  Untitled #2 
Death Cab for Cutie  405 (Acoustic) 


Okay, this is it. After this, it's all over, really. For a while now, I've had the sinking notion that my recent mixes were crappy variations on the same theme, that I was one-trick pony, that these mixes aren't going to hold up due to their saturation with newer stuff without equal representation of songs of a bit more "classic" nature.Maybe I should start over. What I'm getting at is that for about the past two years, I've been telling people I would make them mixes of some of my current favorites, which I did, but then I'm left with the feeling that the mix I gave them wasn't that special and that it didn't vary too much from the one I made somebody else a few months previous. I mean, the thought was just bubbling under for a while, but today, after catching up and submitting mixes from a while back, it's become apparent that I've only used a pool of about 50 or so records to make the majority of mixes I've done over the past three or four years, with little variation.
So the plan with this mix was to make it a kind of a "last hurrah" for those 50 or so records, a comprehensive, well thought out, well crafted "state of what I'm listening to" mix. It was made by request of one friend in particular, but I'm going to break all rules of mixing protocol and disseminate to anybody who asks for a mix of new-ish music. I figure it's better to make one really good mix than four or five so-so ones. I mean, I haven't made a mix that didn't include Death Cab for Cutie or Ida in about three years. Actually, now that I think of it, maybe I'll continue this "newer stuff" mix a year, distributed freely, to free me up to make some more well-balanced mixes.
Anyway, like I did with a mix a few months ago, I used Acid Sound Forge to crossfade and/or extend some songs, making this a mostly gap-free mix. I think I did a pretty good job of...uh...mixing it up and giving a fair representation of stuff I've had on the stereo for a while now. Side A starts off at a moderate rock tempo, goes into a couple of long/kinda-spacy epics, kicks into some keyboard heavy/booty shakin' numbers, loosens up into some mellowish beats and closes out with some atmospheric drum machine oriented songs. Side B carries over the keyboards into full on punk rock, into heavier polyrhythmic indie, then closes the circle by bringing the mix back to the sweeping drony epics, closing out with the acoustic version of the song the mix started with. The end.
The next bunch of mixes, hopefully, will mix it up a bit more stylistically and time-period-wise...Right now I'm thinking Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind" into The Grass Roots' "Temptation Eyes."
Fuh rizzul.
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Date: 3/8/2003
what's with your mixes being so fucking good and no one leaving any comments? i'm peeved. anyway, your mixes are, in my sometimes-humble opinion, so fucking good.