I made you a mixtape!
A few weeks ago I received an email out of the blue from one of my favorite indie songwriters, the fantastic and frequently award-winning Mieka Pauley. Many moons ago I had volunteered our (former) house for a private show, and Mieka was finally ready to redeem our invite.
Such was the genesis of our impending house concert on 8/22, with Mieka Pauley and a special performance by yours truly, because this little shindig is AKA The Crushing Krisis 10th Anniversary Concert.
WOOT! (You can RSVP here.)
Mieka’s been on my mind all week, as is every one of Filmstar’s 17 songs as I try to absorb them all into my bass-playing body. Thus was the genesis of this mixtape. You can download all seven songs as a 38MB zip for a limited time.
1. “All The Same Mistakes” – Mieka Pauley
This was the free advance track from her outstanding 2007 LP Elijah Drop Your Gun. It’s an outstanding song, and probably the reason I chipped in towards her fan-funded album.
2. “The World Is Mine” – Filmstar
Despite it’s simple bass line, this song is the one that’s vexing me the most in rehearsal. Not coincidentally, it’s my favorite of all of their pre-2010 tunes. Watch it live on YouTube.
3. “Without You” – Plumb
E sang lead on this in our short-lived co-ed acappella group. It’s a great song in the vein of Jagged Little Pill.
4. “Witness to Your Love” – Garbage
Garbage buried this awesome cut on a limited edition collection. More people must hear it!
5. “Something Beautiful” – Tracy Bonham
This is go-to riding in the car music for E and I, and a textbook example of good songwriting. This fan video is set to clips of The X-Files! How cool is that?
6. “Take Me Home Tonight” – Eddie Money
Filmstar has an increasingly girl-groupie influence that I love. Every time we hear this in the car I tell E, “I’m going to download that and then me and Gina are going to cover it.” Well, now we’re halfway there.
7. “What To Do” – OK Go
Yesterday I (and all of the Social Media hive mind of Philly) saw OK Go play a free show at the Piazza. They played this song – a personal theme and mantra – on a set of handbells … like so: