Every Single Day Is a Yellow Day (Everybody Had a Hard Year)
Without going into it too much, the last year wasn't always easy. The last three years, in fact, have had their share of peaks and valleys, sometimes with more runout than groove. Perhaps it's just my periodic manic updraft, but I've felt in recent months like I'm finally shaking off that lead-hooded feeling.
This mix is a bit different for me—created in Ableton, it's less a "DJ mix" and more the kind of mixtape I used to make on my trusty old Maxell XL IIs. It's dedicated to a friend who inspired many parts of its tracklisting, earlier this year, and to a few other good friends who reminded me, whether they meant to or not, that music is always, at its root, something social and shared, watermarked with circumstance and renewable as an onionskinned record of our days on earth. And finally, it's dedicated to my dad, three years gone.
Every Single Day Is a Yellow Day (Everybody Had a Hard Year) (72:32; 192kbps)
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Rune Grammofon)
White Magic, "Katie Cruel" (Drag City)
Apparat, "Arcadia" (Shitkatapult)
Matthew Dear, "Deserter" (Ghostly)
Iron & Wine, "Naked As We Came" (Sub Pop)
Six Organs of Admittance, "Words for Two" (Drag City)
Michael Andrews Featuring Gary Jules, "Mad World" (Sanctuary)
Tim Buckley, "Song to the Siren" (Elektra)
Talk Talk, "The Colour of Spring" (EMI)
So Percussion, "June" (Cantaloupe Music)
Thom Yorke, "The Eraser" (XL)
Apparat, "Komponent (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)" (Shitkatapult)
Burial, "Distant Lights" (Hyperdub)
Grizzly Bear, "Easier" (Warp)
Prince, "Condition of the Heart" (Warner/Paisley Park)
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, "Condition of the Heart" (Rune Grammofon)
März, "Everybody Had a Hard Year" (Karaoke Kalk)
José González, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Cortex)
If you like these songs, please consider purchasing the albums that contain them. They're all wonderful. And albums still accomplish things no mix, or playlist, ever will.