My mix dropped this weekend, and it’s always a moment of mixed emotions: Should I have kept this song? Should I have added another? OH NO the order isn’t quite right! Will my buddies like it?? I’m proud! In the end, I love putting a whole lot of heart and soul into these mixes. It’s really important to me. And I really hope you enjoy it. Here we go!
City: Oakland, CA
Day Job: Elementary School Teacher
Did you have any overall goals when creating the mix? I didn’t start with goals, but a few months before, I had already picked out a few songs that I knew I wanted on it. From there I added, eliminated, swapped. By the end I was aiming for something balanced, including songs that were upbeat and mellow, with male and female vocalists – it was very male heavy in the beginning, where my last mix was the opposite. What ended up being interesting to me about this mix is that many of the tracks are by very familiar artists like Dirty Projectors and Fiona Apple. A lot of artists that I have loved for a long time are now making music that I think is really outstanding – especially in the cases of the two songs I included by those aforementioned artists. I guess I let go of introducing only new things and embraced trying to give a snapshot of where my tastes have brought me – almost all tracks are from late 2011 or 2012, though, so the music is still new.
What are your standout tracks? Las Cafeteras’ reinvention of La Bamba is spectacular and makes me want to dance, and Sean Rowe has a voice that shakes the soul. I’ve also been digging hard on that Shakey Graves cover of I’m on Fire.
Did you find any of this music in interesting/unsuspected places? I recognize that Janis Joplin’s Cry Baby is not new music, but a few months ago I had this sudden urge to listen to her music and I have been going through it as if Pearl was released yesterday. I couldn’t help but include her because of my renewed interest in her amazingness. You Won’t is lead by a buddy from college, and I think they’re making some really excellent music. A lot of the music I hear comes from Alex, my husband, because he’s got his finger on the pulse (he’s in the biz!). I can almost never introduce anything new to him – he has always beat me to it. And that Charles Manson song (yes, THAT Charles Manson) is just such a little time capsule- I heard that in high school and really wanted to share it with the world. It creeps me out, but I also kind of love it. NPR is responsible for a whole lot… Alt Latino and First Listen are great sources of new music.
What’s your favorite spot to see shows in your city? The New Parish in Oakland is a really excellent, intimate space. And I’m always comfortable at Yoshi’s – their programming has been moving in interesting and exciting directions and the food makes it an even more pleasurable experience.
Current “guilty pleasure” tracks (not on your mix): This back to school time is a real buzzkill for me, and I’m spending much less time in the car than before so I don’t get as much time with my music… but I’ve been indulging in listening to our wedding dance party mix. 212 by Azealia Banks was it just a few months ago. And Justin Timberlake is one of my eternal guilty pleasures, but I don’t actually feel that guilty about it.
If you had to pick one word to define your musical tastes, what would it be? The best I can achieve is: Movement (I wrote this question without thinking of the fact that I would later have to answer it… what a complicated thing to do, to narrow your tastes into one word! Sorry, guys).
Describe your favorite sandwich: The Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich is a rare treat- pork loin wrapped in pork belly, herb stuffed, with crispy skin from a rotisserie truck, fresh arugula, onion jam, and rosemary sea salt on a little ciabatta-like roll. You can only get them in the Bay Area and only on specific days of the week at specific locations… And it’s worth every penny.
DZ 2012_08 Emily – Full Playlist
1. Three Car Garage – You Won’t
2. La Bamba – Las Cafeteras
3. Gun Has No Trigger – Dirty Projectors
4. Apague Mi Mente – Carla Morrison
5. The Lonely Maze – Sean Rowe
6. I’m On Fire – Shakey Graves
7. Civilian – Wye Oak
8. Not Just A Song – Debo Band
9. Hot Knife – Fiona Apple
10. Home is Where You’re Happy – Charles Manson
11. Revelation Blues – The Tallest Man On Earth
12. The Selfish Gene – Stephane Wrembel
13. Cry Baby – Janis Joplin
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