Mars

Hi, The point (if there is a point) of this blog is to post liner notes and playlists of mix CDs originating from moi and hopefully fanning out into a chain of mix CDs. If you get a CD from me, make me and a friend one, and email me some liner notes and I'll post them. Then your friend should make you and someone else a mix CD etc etc. Maybe it will work PS If you want to be on my knit list, let me know what you want and I'll see what I can do!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Minty The Minx

Hooray! After a long hiatus (and a bunch of no-shows), I have a new mix CD from Minty! And I have one in the pipeline which I will probably post in a week or so. I love it - a good representation of Scots on it, plus some songs I haven't heard plus some songs I liked and haven't heard for ages. I forgot how much I like that Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach CD that came out a wee while ago. And Mark Knopfler really is from Scotland - I had to look it up but he really is!

In unrelated news, I want to claw my eyeballs out, and plunge them in a bucket of icy water. I hate pollen.

Anyhoo, here are her delightful and informative liner notes:
Minty's CD

TrackArtistComments
I think it's Going To Rain TodayRandy NewmanI promise they won't ALL be sad songs, but this one is.
Mad WorldMichael AndrewsI loved it when Tears for Fears did it, but this version from Donnie Darko is really great. I find it kind of funny. I find it kind of sad.
Wond'ring AloudJethro TullSee, I told you they wouldn't all be sad. "And it's only the giving that makes you what you are". Ian Anderson is the first of three on this mix who were born in Scotland. My grandmother was born there too.
Wicked Little TownHedwig and the Angry InchI love Hedwig, and I kiss the ground that John Cameron Mitchell walks on.
May You NeverJohn MartynAnother of those Scots I like so much. One question, though: How can you be in a barroom fight without losing your temper?
Accidentally Like A Martyr Warren Zevon This was one of the few non-wacky songs on the album "Excitable Boy". Jackson Browne and Karla Bonoff sing background. They were probably all high on cocaine. Ah, the 70s.
To Sir, With Love Lulu The theme song from one of my all-time favorite movies. It was hard to believe Lulu was one of the poor kids in the movie - she had a lot more cute outfits than the others did, and lots of big earrings.
Each Coming Night Iron and Wine It's like Sam is whispering this one right in your ear. And his gigantic beard is tickling your ear.
Suzanne Leonard Cohen My mom loved Leonard Cohen. This was one of her favorites.
The Tiny Goat The Gothic Archies Sad and funny at the same time. If anyone's good at that, it's Stephin Merritt. The beginning of the goat-themed portion of this mix.
Your Belgian Things Mountain Goats I don't have anything clever to say about this one. All Music Guide calls it "cryptically lovely". I concur. End of goat theme.
The Dangling Conversation Simon & Garfunkel I may pretend to be an indie hipster, but I'm really a closet folkie. Shhh - don't tell anyone!
This House Is Empty Now Elvis Costello OK, so this one's REALLY sad, but Elvis sings it beautifully.
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Nancy Sinatra Sonny Bono wrote this. Quentin Tarantino used it in Kill Bill, Volume I. Picture Nancy Sinatra in her groovy white boots.
This Girl Is A Woman Now Gary Puckett & The Union Gap I used to adore Gary Puckett, but looking back I think he was kind of a creepy perv. I mean, all his songs are about boinking underage girls. I'm pretty sure "she's learning to live" means "she is having sex with me"
Bitches Aint Shit Ben Folds I know it's kind of uncool to like Ben Folds, but I just can't help myself. And you KNOW how much I like the swearing, so of course I fucking love this.
Father and Son Cat Stevens Ooops there's my closet folkie coming out again. But this one was in Harold and Maude, so it's cool.
Haven't We Met? Mel Torme I was six when I first heard Mel Torme, and I've loved him ever since. What an amazing voice. He melts me. This begins the Romeo and Juliet portion of the mix.
Romeo & Juliet Dire Straits See how I put those together? I'm so celver. Mark Knopfler is from Scotland, too. Did you know that?
Hallelujah Jeff Buckley Another Leonard Cohen song. So many people have covered it, but I have a special love for this version. RIP Jeff.

4 Comments:

At 10:19 AM, Blogger minty said...

Thanks, Marianne--I'm so glad you like it. And as always, your links are quirky and enlightening. The video for Mad World is AWESOME!!!

One note: There are actually FOUR singers from Scotland on here--I forgot that Lulu is also from your homeland. Scotland Forever!

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger mykull said...

man, that cover of "mad world" is so sad and the video makes it even sadder. i can't stop crying. i am weeping uncontrollably as i am typing this now. it's very hard for me to even see the keyboard. my glasses keep getting smudged in this profusion of tears. i am continually wiping my eyes and blowing my nose. my body is shaking so hard in convulsing sobs right now. my entire face is red and blotchy and sore with wetness and smearing. it is taking me about three hours just to type these few brief sentences. but thank you, minty. thank you for making me so fucking sad with your fucking sad songs mix cd.

 
At 12:30 AM, Blogger Phil said...

I hope your eye nofun is getting better. If not, do try any of the "allergy" eye drops available OTC at the drugstore or grocery store.

Re: Costello/Bacharach. Man, I love that stuff. And talk abut chord complexity...

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

Hey Phil, I found this awesome homeopathic tree pollen by BioAllergens which actually makes me feel somewhat normal again - yay!

 

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