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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.


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It is always somewhat of a relief to find out that someone else also had a bad year. One suggestion is to never move frpm Barcelona. The sun shins there a bit more than in for example Sweden.

If U dont have it already U should check out an remix of Jose Gonzalez "Crosses" made by Jori Hulkkonen back in 2004. Kind of sweet.

Thank you for this, Philip. Sort of perfect for a time that's far from.

dear p.s.,

thanks indeed for the closing mix. just finished the download and it's starting to play so i have limited perspective on the sounds. however, the hard year and the opening / closing song have resonance for me here in the pvd. lots of thwarted, transitional things this year including a piece on joy division sonic architecture (in the "remaining to do" list). but more brightness on the horizon for 2008.

i'm sure you've heard the totally sick modeselektor remix of t. yorke's "skip divided" if not, mos def check it.



Hello Philip,
and me who believed "les petits jeunes de " Get the Curse that you was from "La vieille école"...now I changed my mind ; ) I really appreciate your selection.Your blog is one my favourite.

Really enjoyed this, thanks Phil. Listened to it on the Shinkansen last night and sounded great.

I've really struggled with the Burial album to be honest. Listened to as a whole, I find the whole thing tediously oppressive. But in the context of your mix, 'Distant Lights' sounds a lot more palatable. Especially when it's followed by Grizzly Bear (Yellow House is definitely one of those albums I need to pull out more).

Ha - just realised that 'Distant Lights' is off his first album! Anyway, I think my thoughts for both LP's are interchangeable.

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