Mixin’ With Midlake
Filed under: Mixin' With Series,Mixtapes | Posted by: jody
Mckenzie Smith, the drummer for Denton, Texas based band Midlake, has given us his “Top 10 Great Songs to Fall Asleep to, or to be a Sad Son of a Bitch to, or Both” Mixtape. Featuring songs by Sigur Ros, Mazzy Star, Nancy Wilson and Chopin among others, this mix is guaranteed to lull you into a deep slumber. Or if you’d prefer to enjoy the mix without passing out, just head over to bandmate Eric Pulido’s recently launched store where he is selling his very own line of coffee called Cappulido. Check out the mixtape and McKenzie’s reasons for choosing the tunes after the jump.
1. Mazzy Star- “Fade Into You”
Fell in love with this song when I was 15 yrs old and the love for it has never faded. 3 chords, that sad voice, and that dreadful but amazing tambourine.
2. Cocteau Twins- “Cherry Coloured Funk
Listened to this every night when i went to sleep on our first European tour in 03. Just so dreamlike and sad and happy at the same time. plus, Simon Raymonde who is the head of our record label is the bass player, so thats pretty rad.
3. The Devics- “Salty Seas”
Great band. Should be much bigger. Sad, sappy, songs that are great for rainy days and bed time.
4. Bjork- “All is Full of Love”
I could have picked several Bjork songs, but i think this is truly one of her best. the video Chris Cunningham directed for her is absolutely stunning.
5. Radiohead- “How To Disappear Completely”
The name could not fit the song more perfectly. for those days you just dont quite know what to do with yourself.
6. Sigur Ros- Um, any song, any album
I heard a review of them that said they sounded like an iceberg melting and i thought that was really clever. They have some amazingly slow and beautiful and sad songs that just are just really nice to lay in bed and fall asleep too. They are also an amazing live band.
7. Goldfrapp- “Lovely Head”
Otherworldly. Creepy and beautiful and sexy. Great debut album…
8. Hooverphonic- “2 Wicky”
I heard this first in high school. i used to drive really fast down the highway with this record turned up really loud and then it was perfect to turn down as well and go to sleep to. I dont know what happened to them after their first album. kind of a bummer that this was their best effort, but at least they have this one.
9. Chopin- Opus 28 No. 4
Chopin’s wife was said that she hoped she died before he did so she didnt have to hear his melodies without him being alive. I think that says enough. Truly one of the saddest melodies in the world.
10. Nancy Wilson/ Cannonball Adderly- “Save Your Love”
Nancy Wilson did not get to the level of popularity that Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, or Nina Simone reached, but she was truly great. this was her first recording on a real album and it is sung with such beauty and sadness that it is heartbreaking. A wonderful jazz ballad…I could have picked a million great jazz ballads but I just adore this one.
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