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Mixin’ With I See Hawks In LA
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As we ring in the New Year, I can’t think of a better band to feature for our last mixtape of 2008 than Los Angeles’ very own alt country masters, I See Hawks In LA. The Hawks have given us their “Top 10 Songs For Inducing An Ecstatic State”. This brilliant mix contains tunes by George Harrison, Los Lobos, Byrds, Cream and of course, Peter Shilling’s 1983 synth pop masterpiece, “Major Tom” (what ecstatic mix would be complete without it?). Check out the mixtape after the jump.

Top 10 Songs For Inducing An Ecstatic State:

1. Peter Schilling – “Major Tom”
Euro innocence, synthesizer that rocks, architecturally structured arrangement that brings home an epic chorus.

2. George Harrison – “What Is Life?”
From Harrison’s 1970 solo album “All Things Must Pass,” an explosive pure rock backing groove from the Derek and the Dominoes supergroup (Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, Clapton), with George Harrison’s songs and voice unleashed from 10 years of Beatles servitude.

3. George Harrison – “Awaiting On You All”
See above. Almost any song from “All Things Must Pass” can induce ecstasy.

4. Sly and The Family Stone – “Hot Fun In The Summertime”
“I ba ba ba ba ba when I want to!” That’s right. Peace and Freedom.

5. Steve Earle with Del McCoury Band – “Harlan Man”
Tough to pick just one song from this epic meeting of modern country music’s best songwriter and the best bluegrass band in the land, but this is a good start.

6. Byrds – “Goin Back” and “Wasn’t Born To Follow”
A tossup here, from the lesser heralded but perhaps finest Byrds album, “Notorious Byrd Brothers,” released 1968, these Gerry Goffin/Carole King songs get the royal Byrds harmonies treatment and the big quiet ride of the L.A. session musician crew. The sadness of lost childhood and the solitary road, and never was it sweeter.

7. David Bowie – “Changes”
The words by themselves induce shivers with their eloquence and truth, and the chorus gets all humans singing.

8. Cream – “Crossroads (live)”
For guitar players only, and Clapton naysayers can jump off a collective cliff. Perhaps the only recorded live jam to pay off. Eric Clapton’s truly scary lead and rhythm guitar is the engine pulling the mighty Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce freight train into the station right on time. Three people sounding like an orchestra.

9. Los Lobos – “Saint Behind The Glass”
There are many ecstasy contenders from 1992’s “Kiko,” but this impressionistic, child’s memory of comforting St. Joseph will move anyone who misses the total security of their lost religion. With virtuoso Veracruz style harp and angelic harmonies.

10. Mike Stinson – “Counting My Lucky Stars”
From Stinson’s 2005 “Last Fool At The Bar,” a cosmic country love song with Stinson’s straight shooter vocals and Tony Gilkyson’s always masterful electric guitar.

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