Music mixes that capture the songs we are listening to at this particular moment in time…
se·lect·ed – To take as a choice from among several; pick out.
ec·lec·tic – Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
Selected Eclectic – Vol. 1 – December 2012
Tania and I started working on this project together, which has been titled “Selected Eclectic”, in early December of 2012 while we were getting ready for the holiday season. It grew out of the music we were listening to while cleaning, decorating, working on our Christmas card and just hanging around the homestead.
Towards the end of November Tania had suggested that we should start listening to the KCRW music shows to freshen-up our music selection. What a great idea! Neither of us had listened to the radio in a long time, and our music selection was getting a bit stale, so over Thanksgiving weekend we started listening to the radio again.
Pretty quickly we discovered that KCRW has a 24 hour-a-day streaming music channel called Eclectic24 – A blend of the various KCRW DJ’s tastes into one constant stream of commercial-free music, with a constantly updated playlist online so you know what is being played.
We started to hear songs we both liked (and some we really did not like) which we hadn’t heard before, were new releases, or were by artist we hadn’t heard of yet. Soon we were both making lists of songs that caught our attention.
After a few week listening to Eclectic24 we were both starting to have a love/hate relationship with some of the songs we heard – songs which we really did not like at first, but now… well, we’d wake up with those songs in our heads, sing them to ourselves during the day, and they were starting to grow on us. Darn pop songs.
We talked about our conflicted feelings concerning these troubling songs and decided to just go with it – to let the songs grow on us if that’s what they were going to do. It would be part of capturing the moment.
“All Of Me” by Tanlines, the third song on the playlist, was one those troubling songs. I really disliked the song at first, and the band’s name REALLY bothered me – Tanlines?!? – but now, a month and a half later, if I hear it come on Eclectic24 I think to myself, “hey, we have that song…” as I turn the volume up. For myself musical tastes can, and should, be subject to change… and be very eclectic too.
Nearly half of this playlist is made up from songs which provoked a negative first-reaction, but grew on us as the month moved along. By mid-December our lists had grown to 20-30 songs – it was time to head to the iTunes Store and do some Christmas shopping.
Some of the songs we had on our lists didn’t make it past our iTunes listening/shopping party, but we ended up with 19 songs (well, 18 because we have 2 mixes of one song – the first and last song) when we were done, just enough to fit on a CD.
I took over the project from here and put the songs in order and “DJ’ed” them together to make a nice and smooth set of songs – this is what became Selected Eclectic – Vol 1.
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Playlist – Mixed December 17, 2012
00:00 – One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix) [Radio Edit] – Asaf Avidan & The Mojos
03:27 – Think You Know (feat. Annabel Weston) – James Curd
09:17 – All Of Me – Tanlines
13:05 – Brotherhood – Cassius
17:03 – Laura Palmer – Vum
21:15 – Oh My My – Jill Barber
25:52 – Gypsy – Gardens & Villa
30:08 – My Dear – Kirsten & Marie
33:04 – Boots (Original Melody) – Lee Hazlewood
38:07 – Walk On By (feat. Noelle Scaggs) – The Decoders
44:20 – I Can Only Give You Everything – Nick Waterhouse
46:48 – Backseat – Darker My Love
49:50 – Only for You – Heartless Bastards
54:55 – These Eyes – The Guess Who
58:30 – The Wolves – Ben Howard
1:03:30 – To Begin – Alela Diane
1:06:57 – Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting – Glen Hansard
1:11:00 – Friend of Mine – Doran Danoff
1:14:37 – One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix) [Club Mix] – Asaf Avidan & The Mojos
Selected Eclectic – Vol. 2 – January 2013
Once our first Selected Eclectic mix was finished our song lists started growing again, only now we were both listening expecting that songs we didn’t like at first might end up growing on us – and some did.
Of course there are plenty of songs that Eclectic 24 plays which I wish they wouldn’t (really not my taste), and there’s the ones I use to practice patience as I wait for them to be gone and the next song to come one the radio… but it’s a small price to pay for exposure to such a diverse range of music.
I have a personal theory called The 6-Listenings Theory; If you really like a song, or if you want to give an artist or song a fair listening before putting it aside, then listen to it 6 times before you make up your mind. The first couple of listenings you might not even really hear the song, but by the 6th listening you’ll pretty much know if you like a song or not.
We had another iTunes Store listening/shopping party last week and downloaded this selection of songs (these are the ones that made the cut). The mix was done last night (January 28th) around 3:00 in the morning…
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Playlist – Mixed January 28, 2013
00:00 – Tin Roof – Steve Martin
02:02 – Sing No Sad Songs For Me – The Rural Serenaders
04:12 – The Sad Song – Fredo Viola
07:45 – The Breeze – Alekesam
11:07 – New York – The Milk Carton Kids
14:30 – Tiffany Lou – Daughn Gibson
19:00 – For 12 – Other Lives
23:00 – Hero – Family of the Year
26:02 – Draw the Line – David Gray
30:22 – Well, You Can Do It Without Me – Father John Misty
33:02 – Firewater – Django Django
37:47 – Got to Have Rock and Roll – Heartless Bastards
41:39 – Elephant (Todd Rundgren Remix) – Tame Impala
47:14 – History Repeating – Propellerheads
51:11 – Chicago – Groove Armada
58:16 – As If You’ve Never Been Away – Ulrich Schnauss
1:05:00 – Fireworks – Marco Benevento
Update: Volume 3 is now available here…
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