Shut Up… Play The Hits

by Tynan on October 31, 2014

That ‘plays’ column in your itunes don’t lie.

For instance, there’s the song I was gonna lead off this mix I was makin with;  Seinabo Sey – Hard Time

And then, there’s the song that truly got the most hits/plays in that stretch;  Daughter – Medicine

There’s no dancin’ around it, it’s the shit you’ve been dancin’ around to.

Next, in the crafted/curated/check me out mix;  Delta Spirit – From Now On

But if I’m true to the hit count, I’m actually singin’ in the rain on a bandstand, like so;  Frightened Rabbit – Poke (Album version’s slightly better but lacking requisite cold & rain; Frightened Rabbit- Poke)

And then; Becky G – Shower

That one’s true… it’s just a really fun song. (Do kinda wish the video was more poodle with sunglasses, less everything else.)

Then, this shit in the mix says I’m edgy, unpredictable…. dangerous?;  SWET SHOP BOYS – BATALVI (produced by Trooko)

Really, I’m the softest sap in the marshmallow sack. Rafferty on rpt;  Gerry Rafferty – Whatever’s Written In Your Heart

Next I mellowed the shit outta my mix; tobias jesso jr. – true love

Reeeeally though, I’m in a Zach Braff movie soundtrack with everyone else;  Bon Iver – Heavenly Father

Mix pick;   Lany – ILYSB

Actual;  Youth Group – Sicily (I sing this to myself more than almost anything.)

Mix pick;  VÉRITÉ – Weekend

Honestly, I was playin’ the crap outta that. I think I heard someone call her Lana Del Re-Run and I don’t think that’s fully fair, or give a shit if it is. (Bonus points for video PSA about tragic romance, male jewelry and teen alcoholism.)

Mix Pick; BenZel & Stevie Neale – Wasted Love

For real;  John Newman – Love Me Again (Why am I doing this again?)

Mix; HAERTS – Call My Name

Yup, that’s where I’m at. Synth? Check. Longing? Check? Echo-ey vocals reverberating through time? Check.

Mix; Foxygen – How Can You Really (Yes to the look and vibe of these dudes, am I right?)

Actual;  Ivan & Alyosha – Easy to Love

Mix;  Hozier – Jackie And Wilson

Actual;  Strand Of Oaks – Ohio (Damien Jurado cover)

Mix;  The 2 Bears – Not This Time (It’s a tranny anthem!! A tranthem?)

Actual; now, now – school friends

Mix; Alvvays – Party Police

I’ve lost the point of this exercise… but basically, the mix I was makin’ is an advertisement for cool. The actual stuff I was listening to plays more like the soundtrack to a movie about a middle aged lady mustering the nerve to walk out of a dispiriting marriage and find her smile again…. it’d be called: “Spreading Her Wings”… cause she’d end the mariage and open up her own chicken wing joint with a tag line like ‘love gives you wings’. ;)

Here’s the rest of the mix;

Hiss Golden Messenger – Saturday’s Song

Wonder Wonder – Body Gold

Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To

Hamilton Leithauser – The Smallest Splinter

& the rest of what I’ve actually listened to…;

Peter and Kerry – Knees (sexiest song… ever?)

Something Hiding from us in the Night – The Wooden Sky

Phosphorescent – Song for Zula

& this Passion Pit – Carried Away…. for the video clip.


Ah…. Ah… Ah-Chunes!

by Tynan on March 5, 2014

Erik Hassle – Pathetic

Big Data – Dangerous

Aloe Blacc – The Man (Remix) feat. Kid Ink

Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better

Azad Right – All My Love


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Simple And Sure

Yumi Zouma – The Brae

Hozier – Take Me To Church

Shamir – If It Wasn’t True

Water Liars – Fake Heat

Rick Ross – Sanctified feat. Kanye West & Big Sean

Posse – Shut Up

Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse

Woods – Moving To The Left

Asher Roth – Tangerine Girl

Meg Myers – The Morning After

Jamestown Revival – California (Cast Iron Soul)

Josef Salvat – Every Night

Pharrell Williams – Hunter

Brushy One String – Life Is For Every Man


Word To Bigbird

by Tynan on March 3, 2014

It’s been a rough winter.

So, for now, this abandoned Pellie being taught to fly with a GoPro on his nose is the best I’ve got for a heart song.


Kanye Yes-t!

by Tynan on January 24, 2014

All you Kanye West haters.

Everyone who can’t seem to separate who this hard to take, jutted-out jaw of a person is… from what he makes;  try to imagine that someone else – someone you respect – said this in response to an interviewer’s question.

INTERVIEWER (Director Steve McQueen): ….there’s really no amount of money that could make you more influential than you are now. So my question is: What are you going to do with all of the influence that you have right now?

WEST: Well, influence isn’t my definition of success-it’s a by-product of my creativity. I just want to create more. I would be fine with making less money. I actually spend the majority of my money attempting to create more things. Not buying things or solidifying myself or trying to make my house bigger, or trying to show people how many Louis Vuitton bags I can get, or buying my way to a good seat at the table. My definition of success, again, is getting my ideas out there.

Now maybe that’s an answer honed by a cat that spends many of his waking hours interviewing himself in every mirrored surface he finds but… come on, that’s a pretty fuckin’ good answer.

Take a bow, you magnificent mental patient!

Kanye West – Touch The Sky from Chris Milk on Vimeo.


Enigma’s Return To Innocence… The Return

by Tynan on January 17, 2014

B E A U T Y – dir. Rino Stefano Tagliafierro from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro on Vimeo.


Weird Year, Good Music (Part 2,013)

by Tynan on December 31, 2013

Usually I just offer up my end of the year list as tribute to Listophilis, the ancient god of organizing stuff into lists, and possibly syphilis?

Just throw that shit into the mouth of the disinterested volcano that is internet and sleep better that night.

This year;  sure I’m doin’ all that but also – more so – I’m sending this half way around the world to someone.

It’s been a weird year but here’s a big ol’ dump of good feeling… in 5 minute bursts.

Le Trouble – Real Talk

Saint Motel – My Type

Har Mar Superstar – Lady, You Shot Me

Okkervil River – Down Down The Deep River

Bonobo Ft. Grey Reverend - First Fires

Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers

Bibio – A tout a l’heure

Laura Veirs – Sun Song

Pusha T ft. Kendrick Lamar – Nosetalgia

Houses – The Beauty Surrounds

London Grammar – Hey Now

Flume – Holdin On

Valerie June – Somebody To Love

The War On Drugs – Red Eyes

Misun – Battlefields

Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz


Plants and Animals – The End of That

Hiss Golden Messenger – Red Rose Nantahala

Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

Du Tonc – Surging Memories

K. Michelle – V.S.O.P.

San Fermin – Torero

New Politics – Harlem

Sir Sly – Easy Now

Josh Ritter – Joy to You Baby

Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop

Son Lux – Lost It To Trying

John Grant – GMF

Dawes – Most People

Milky Chance – Stolen Dance

Jason Isbell – Cover Me Up

Coasts – Oceans

Lorde – Tennis Court

Ben Khan – Savage

Typhoon – Young Fathers

James Blake – Retrograde

Jungle – Platoon

….. and there’s more where that came from.


Rick & Morty, Rick & Morty… Hundred Years.

by Tynan on November 27, 2013

Does this bit of coolness really need anyone else sticking it up online?

Does anyone who doesn’t know and love Dan Harmon not know about this too?

Does everyone love rhetorical questions as much I do?

Don’t answer that.. just watch the show, it’s fun.


Turn On Your Heartlight

by Tynan on November 20, 2013

Chalk it up to a hiatus for heart-sickness but, for today I’m gonna make good on the last little while where I’ve been lax in sharing some love.

(As testament to just how heart-shiningly at the end of my Care Bear countdown I was feelin’, I was gonna lead with Neil Diamond’s Heartlight (Song from E.T.), which I particularly love cause Diamond wrote it as a half-whispered love letter from the little space monkey into his boy-friend Elliot’s ear, just as he’s leavin’ on a space plane.)

I’m talkin’ about a ‘buy the world a coke’, let’s all make popcorn and watch Diggstown together kind of feeling.

So…. 4, 3, 2, 1.. Care-Bears-Count-D-oh right… might’ve shown my hand a little too much there :) ;

(Can, and will.)

Le Trouble – Real Talk

Milky Chance – Stolen Dance

Misun – Battlefields

Sway Clarke II – I Don’t Need Much

Netherfriends – Uptown Boys

Shad – Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)

Midlake – This Weight


Drake – Furthest Thing

Lucius – Hey, Doreen

Boldy James – Consideration

Moonface – Love The House You’re In

Lorde – Tennis Court

The Head and the Heart – Fire/Fear

WET – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl


The Connection Economy

by Tynan on October 23, 2013

Leave it to the Local Online Advertising Conference to charge people for this.

Leave it to these people to listen to free economy, give it away advocate Seth Godin wax on about the capitalist crashing, paradigm shifting, up and coming ‘connection economy’;  Seth Godin: What Should Local Media Do?

Leave it to these cats to have sought this shit out and to wake up in their airpot hotel beds all full of anticipation and kill a continental breakfast, put on their printed name tag and sit in a room for nearly an hour and be bombarded with profound nuggets and slides and pictures that somehow manage to crystallize the profound change that we’re all witnessing and the ground that’s undeniably moving beneath our feet…. and, of course, their take-away is to squeeze a little more cash out of the deal.

Shift that paradigm boys.

Shift it right into your pockets.


Burn Out, Fade Away; Summer Music ’13

by Tynan on September 14, 2013

Last post – when I came to think about it – turned out to be the first time I had ever posted a picture of myself on the internet. Ever.

(Don’t get me wrong, other people had put pictures of me all over the place. Often tagging/alerting me, to be sure I see myself.)

(I lied. This is the only other picture of myself from the 'Burn'. I'm the shirtless dot in the hat and dress to the far left.)

I’d imagine there’s a yearly tradition involving trying to re-trace your own movements at Burning Man after the fact;  like an 8-10 day version of every ‘bro’s’ favourite black-out fantasy, The 10-Day Hangover.

Side Note: Not so secretly, aren’t we all hoping we’ve thinned some of those bro numbers by having as many of these fuckwits mauled by Tigers as possible. Am I alone in waiting on the sobering statistics..?;

‘Backwards baseball cap sales took a big hit the past few years. This, in the wake of huge swaths of ‘bro’ populous being lost to fatal maulings in Hangover-inspired exotic animal kidnappings. Starter and New Era launch awareness campaign: Fellas, You Can Just Turn The Hats Around.’

Wish-digression over.

I’d that imagine that tradition runs in parallel with the tradition of boring the shit out of all your friends, acquaintances, complete strangers, telemarketers… with your accounts of the seminal, ‘life changing’ bits from your Burning Man.

Anyway, here’s what I remember… listening to:

(Carrying over from previous post, Oh, It Burns..;  the top 3/4 tracks were my every morning medicine.)

Knees – Peter & Kerry

Something Hiding from us in the Night – The Wooden Sky

Song for Zula – Phosphorescent

The National – Apartment Story

Prides – Out Of The Blue

Rod Stewart – Maggie May

Laura Veirs – Sun Song

Lee Dorsey – A Lover Was Born


Paul Simon – Late in the Evening


Elton John – My Father’s Gun

Valerie June – Somebody To Love

Flux Pavilion – Do Or Die feat. Childish Gambino

TV on the Radio – Second Song

Sir Sly – Easy Now

Kanye West – Good Friday (feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson)

Al Green – Simply Beautiful

The Eagles – Heartache Tonight

The studio version above is easily best but really, if only for the awesome mix n’ match, 90′s era Eagles, you gotta watch the video…;