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Fly High, Duluth! blog: Awesome Mix Tape #69

Submitted for the approval of the Mix Tape Appreciation Society, I humbly present ... "The Muster of the Last Watch": 1. Free Energy - "Free Energy" Because in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, a member of Free Energy asserts that they're kindre...

"The Muster of the Last Watch"
The sixty-ninth awesome mix tape in Budgeteer reporter Matthew R. Perrine's SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES series. (Image cooked up by Perrine.)

Submitted for the approval of the Mix Tape Appreciation Society, I humbly present ... "The Muster of the Last Watch":

1. Free Energy - "Free Energy"

Because in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, a member of Free Energy asserts that they're kindred spirits to Alex Chilton re: Big Star's magnificent power pop sound. I can hear that, but even more immediately I also sense the vibe of fellow Big Star disciple Brendan Benson (The Mood Elevator, The Raconteurs) in this highly contagious track.

2. The Ataris - "The Cheyenne Line"

Because back when I was living in Denver's smallest suburb (the teenie Federal Heights), I would occasionally escape to Cheyenne. I can't say for sure that this song is actually about Wyoming's blissful capital city, but it evokes the same feelings. And I'm the one with the keyboard, so I can say whatever I want! ha ha

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3. The Lonely Forest - "We Sing in Time"

Because if Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla says a group is good, it is. Thanks for introducing this fantastic group to the masses, C.W.

4. Fugazi - "Waiting Room"

Because I recently heard it in the standup-comedy documentary "Selling Laughs" (which features my boy Andy Beningo ). And because it's a great song, of course.

5. Backyard Tire Fire - "Good to Be"

Because when I was blessed with the opportunity to interview Cracker's Johnny Hickman , this is one of the things he told me: "I've been listening lately to a band called Backyard Tire Fire, which I really, really like. They opened some shows for us, and I'm still crazy about their record 'Vagabonds & Hooligans.'"

Again, when one of your favorite musicians tells you they're into a certain band, you check said band out.

6. Bonedome - "Better"

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Because high-octane rock 'n' roll (that you actually want to listen to again) is hard to come by these days.

7. T.L. Barrett - "Like a Ship"

Because getting down with Jesus and his disciples is akin to spiritual money in the bank.

Am I right?!

8. The Budos Band - "Chicago Falcon" [FREE MP3]

Because the best part of murky '70s films was always the music.

9. Atmosphere - "Watch Out" [FREE MP3]

Because Slug will always be the king: "If you don't like the sound, f--- you / I'm just trying to put it down for my hometown."

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MPLS... MPLS... MPLS...

10. Rusko - "Da Cali Anthem" [FREE MP3]

Because this "bass-heavy track, which samples 2Pac and Dr. Dre's 'California Love,' just screams to be included on your next party-starting mix tape -- especially if you're a fan of Rusko's Mad Decent labelmates Major Lazer, Diplo or Crookers." (Yes, I'm totally OK with ripping myself off from time to time.)

11. Happy Birthday - "Subliminal Message" [FREE MP3]

Because it was featured in my fourth Song of the Week featurette for the Budgeteer. (Follow the link to see why it was picked!)

12. Archeology - "Memorial"

Because I've already expressed my love for Archeology's "White Walls" this week, and I wouldn't want to include too many of my Song of the Week selections on this here mix tape, now would I?

13. INXS - "Not Enough Time"

Because Michael Hutchence and crew never "lost it" -- despite "Welcome to Wherever You Are" receiving a two-star review in Rolling Stone when it was released in '92....

14. Phoenix - "Girlfriend" [Live in Sydney] [FREE MP3]

Because vocalist Thomas Mars urges his group's Aussie fans to strike up a dance party before they jump into this terrific single, and dance parties are cool.

15. Tokyo Police Club - "Breakneck Speed" [FREE MP3]

Because of all the obnoxiously buzzed-about bands, this TPC (not to be confused with the Plastic Constellations) actually lives up to the hype.

16. Lifter Puller - "4 Dix" [FREE MP3]

Because it's Craig Finn's favorite LFTR PLLR song. And, as the now-Hold Steady frontman told Cloak and Dagger , "the one that goes the furthest in telling people that if they party too much, they die."

17. Orangutang - "Best of Enemies" [Live on WMBR]

Because I didn't know anything about this Toadies-esque group, so I turned to Google and found this gem from a Jae-Ha Kim article in the Chicago Sun-Times (circa 1993): "When a Boston newspaper nominated Orangutang for best local heavy metal band, the group didn't expect to win, and it didn't. There was a good reason, too: They don't play heavy metal music. (Of course that didn't stop Jethro Tull from beating out Metallica at the Grammys. But that's another story altogether.)"

18. Theft by Swindle - "NEON!" [FREE MP3]

Because frontman Tony Rubin  is the young whippersnapper behind  AM rubin  -- with his "pop," Mark Rubin, of course -- and  Pacific Phonograph Co.  And he's got a sense of humor: He told me this early demo was recorded live in an "underground laboratory in Upper Smithville."

NEON! by Theft by Swindle

19. Marc Robillard - "So Much More" [FREE MP3]

Because this song was used in a SunChips commercial, and I have fond memories of munching down on Harvest Cheddars with my buddy Andrew. (To wash it down? OK Soda . Oh, yeah!)

20. Cheap Trick - "Reach Out"

Is this really "Heavy Metal"? Not quite, but a must-have non-album track for all your Cheap Trick diehards out there.

Just me ? Oh well....

21. OK Go - "I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe"

Because even though they've turned their backs on pure pop bliss (thanks, Dave Fridmann...), I'll never forget Denver .

22. Acumen Nation - "Never the Bride"

Because it sounds like something me and my buddy Matt of Skillsaw Symphony would've been into in high school. (Think KMFDM meets Static-X.)

BONUS VIDEO TRACK: She & Him's "In the Sun"

Because M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel know how to party:

She & Him - In The Sun from Merge Records on Vimeo .

Thus concludes your sixty-ninth dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES, the awesome mix tape series formerly known as "Don't Tell a Soul." I hope you enjoyed yourself immensely.

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