mix #93

Every year for a long time, I've ended the year by making mixes of my favorite new music. Last year I decided it was about time to declare the project done, and see if I wanted to do something similar after that, or stop entirely, or what.

So here we are. The last set of these under their current banner. Weird, huh?

ANDERACHIEVER (first of eight for 2015)

01 - Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
02 - Joanna Gruesome - Honestly Do Yr Worst
03 - The Mountain Goats - Choked Out
04 - My Favorite - Go Kid Go (7" version)
05 - Bunnygrunt - Just Like Old Times
06 - Palehound - Molly
07 - Dover - Mystified
08 - Wavves - All The Same
09 - The Chap - He'd Rather Die. He's Getting Ready
10 - They Might Be Giants - Erase
11 - Speedy Ortiz - Raising the Skate
12 - Matriarkatet - Kom
13 - Veruca Salt - The Museum of Broken Relationships
14 - Game Theory - Too Late For Tears
15 - Home Blitz - Cutting The Cross
16 - Farfar - 8 svåra år
17 - TeraBrite - What Do You Mean
18 - Fall Out Boy - Novocaine
19 - Aye Nako - White Noise
20 - Paul Smith - Before The Perspiration Falls
21 - Wire - Blogging
22 - Disco Las Palmeras! - Cállate la Boca
23 - Luntgatan girls - Tråkig
24 - Los Campesinos! - A Doe To A Deer
25 - Nicole Sabouné - Conquer or Suffer
26 - Alina Devecerski - Frälsaren

retro listening #61-70

All the albums I owned in high school, relistened-to in roughly the order I got them. We pick up in the middle of my freshman year.

61. They Might Be Giants - Flood Collapse )

62. Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs And Stories Collapse )

62. Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters Collapse )

64. The Damned - Anything Collapse )

65. Lard - The Power Of Lard EP Collapse )

66. The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good Collapse )

67. Wire - Manscape Collapse )

68. The B-52's - The B-52's Collapse )

69. New Order - Low-life Collapse )

70. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - Queen Elvis Collapse )

strawberry goat cheese pie

From the LA Times (rewritten here in a more sensible order). It was amazing.


a. Make a standard cookie crust or see below.


3 cups whole strawberries
5 ounces goat cheese
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

b. Whip the goat cheese in a mixer or food processor until light. Add the milk and beat to blend. Add the tarragon and stir to mix.

c. Spread the cheese mixture evenly in the bottom of the pie crust.

d. Cut the stems off the berries and arrange them, pointed side up, on the goat cheese, covering the entire surface of the pie. Set aside.


3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2cup water
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 cup sliced strawberries

e. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, water and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then add the sliced strawberries and continue to cook until thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Pour the hot glaze over the pie. Refrigerate until the glaze sets, about 4 to 6 hours.


1 1/2 cups almond biscotti, pecan shortbread or butter cookie crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

If you have whole cookies, turn them into crumbs with a food processor or by putting them in a Ziploc and crushing with a rolling pin.

Place the cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Add the sugar and melted butter and toss with a fork until blended. Pat the crumbs evenly onto the sides and bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Chill 30 minutes.

(no subject)

I've been listening near-exclusively to music in Swedish for about two months and I want to share. I've included links to lyrics translations when I could find any online (even when clearly dicey, as most of them are). Any place I've glossed lyrics or titles myself is even more questionable. But I'm trying!

There will most likely be more of these posts. If you only have time for two songs, listen to "Det snurrar i min skalle" and "Dum av dig".

Veronica Maggio - Pop with lots of nice instrumental touches. Maggio is a big star-- her latest album, "Satan i gatan", went to #1, as did its first single; lots of people online are conjecturing about which songs she and ex-boyfriend Oskar Linnros (also a pop star) wrote about each other, etc.

"Valkommen in" ("Welcome In") (lyrics)

"Sju sorger" ("Seven Sorrows") (lyrics)

Daniel Adams-Ray - Even more than Veronica Maggio, I have trouble putting my finger on any current US pop stars in this exact vein. Adams-Ray got famous as a rapper (he and the aforementioned Oskar Linnros were a rap outfit named Snook) but the internet calls this "neo-soul" and to me it just sounds like what a lot of indiepop bands would do if they had the budget.

"Dum av dig" ("Stupid For You")

"Gubben i lådan" ("Jack-In-The-Box") (lyrics)

Jakob Hellman - He made one album in the late 80s, sold a bunch of copies, and never followed it up but is still (according to the internet) beloved by Swedish listeners. Forever frozen in the Swedish national consciousness as an adorable cross between Daniel Radcliffe and Rivers Cuomo.

"Vara vänner" ("Be Friends")

"Hon väntar på mej" ("She's Waiting For Me")

Familjen (The Family) - Really nice contemporary dancepop. The guy apparently has an accent from Skane, an area in the south of Sweden-- most noticeably, "mig" and "dig" ("me"/"you") sound like "my" and "die" rather than "may" and "day". Of all these artists, Familjen are probably the one who I'm most certain I would have already been a fan of if they sang in English.

"Det snurrar i min skalle" ("It Spins My Head") (lyrics)

"Huvudet i sanden" ("Head in the Sand") (lyrics)

"Det var jag" ("It Was Me") (lyrics)

"Djungelns lag" ("Jungle Law")

Far & Son (Father & Son) - These guys might be the Swedish LMFAO. Not sure. "Panik" does have several references to the Smiths song "Panic", including a melodic quote in the middle. In each line of "Excellent Ecstasy", all the words start with the same letter -- the Youtube commenter who faithfully transcribed it saw one of their comments marked as spam, possibly since it was in fact a string of non-sequiturs punctuated with the names of prescription drugs.


"Excellent Ecstasy"

"Du är mina tankar"

Kapten Röd (Captain Red) - Earnest Swedish melodic dancehall (he also does plenty of more roots-style reggae). "Ju mer dom spottar" is an anti-hater song so relentlessly perky that it sounds like he's *actually* managed to not care about his detractors, despite writing a whole song about them. "Saknade vänner", on the other hand, is a tribute to a friend of his who died, made slightly less poignant by the fact that (if Wikipedia can be trusted), his friend, fellow musician Junior Eric, died in a moped accident rather than the gunfight the lyrics hint at. But still.

"Ju mer dom spottar" ("The More They Spit")

"Saknade vänner" ("Missing Friends")

Panda Da Panda - Glitchy and yelpy (i.e. totally charming! if you're me) dubstep-inflected pop. "Tittar när han dansar" begins with him murmuring "I know something you don't know... you're in love with me!" a few times before the song really kicks in. The chorus is "Watch when I dance / Watch me when I dance / Watch me when I / When when when I dance". At the end, he just starts shouting "My legs! My arms! Dancing!"

(The title, archly: "Look At Him Dancing".)

"Turbulens" might actually be a better song, and I think is relatively sincere -- the dispirited "jag vet" ("I know") in the background gets me every time -- but I mean... look at him! Dancing!

"Turbulens" [note: shirtless boy video]

"Tittar När Han Dansar" ("Look At Him Dancing")

Next time: Snow White's eighth dwarf, a kinky Jesus, and the world's most beautiful waiting room.

retro listening #51-60

51. The Cure - Disintegration Collapse )

52. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine Collapse )

53. The Primitives - Lovely Collapse )

54. Oingo Boingo - BOI-NGO Collapse )

55. Ministry - The Land Of Rape And Honey Collapse )

56. Ministry - The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste Collapse )

57. Camper Van Beethoven - Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart Collapse )

58. The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette Collapse )

59. The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland Collapse )

60. Wire - Document And Eyewitness Collapse )

retro listening #41-50

A year ago I started listening to my record collection in autobiographical order. Then I stopped for a while. Now it sounds like fun again!

41. Dead Kennedys - Bedtime For Democracy Collapse )

42. The Primitives - Pure Collapse )

43. Colin Newman - Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish / Not To Collapse )

44. Colin Newman - CN1 EP Collapse )

45. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry Collapse )

46. He Said - Hail Collapse )

47. Oingo Boingo - Good For Your Soul Collapse )

48. Pixies - Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim Collapse )

49. Chess Collapse )

50. Colin Newman - It Seems Collapse )