Mixin’ With Wooden Wand
Filed under: Mixin' With Series,Mixtapes | Posted by: jody
James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, has given us his “Recent Roadtrippin’ Mix”, featuring tunes by Tompal Glaser, Jim Ford, The Rolling Stones and more. Toth released his 10th full-length record, Death Seat, last year via Young God Records (which was produced by Swan’s Michael Gira and features guest musicians from Glossary, Lambchop, Silver Jews, Mercury Rev, Fire on Fire/Big Blood) and is currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next album. Check out a demo of one of the songs that will be on the record, as well as his mixtape after the jump!
1. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee – Old Lost John
Forever linked in your mind to the Herzog film Stroszek, this ebullient, uplifting and raucous music transforms your initial hungover-ass bad mood into a glee bordering on giddiness. The ideal kickoff track.
2. Dr Feelgood – Roxette
You’re a sucker for ‘pub rock’ and this is the jam to clear the cobwebs after copious Waffle House coffee and an early check-out at the Motel 666.
3. Jim Ford – Big Mouth USA
You listen to this one on repeat a few times, singing along to warm up your voice (just an excuse to belt it out in private, really).
4. Cockney Rebel – Cavaliers
Slowing it down a little now. You’re out of the town you were in and begin settling in for a few hours of lonesome interstate. Risky to put such a long song on a mix (and while we’re being all Nick Hornby about it and making dumb ‘rules,’ no metal or free jazz, either – shit is intrusive), but this song’s a staple.
5. Rolling Stones – Coming Down Again
Once you’ve absorbed Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Let It Bleed, etc, you come to realize that the Stones were at the peak of their powers on Goats Head Soup and Tattoo You. This reflective junkie yarn acts as Road Warrior Balm. No turning back now.
6. The Roches – Losing True
When you walk around with “The Hammond Song” in your brain at all times, as you do, you’ll opt for this lesser known masterpiece for the road mix. You only know two other people who are as into the Roches as you are. You’ve been looking for a Roches t-shirt for years. Can’t find one.
7. Tom Verlaine – Postcard From Waterloo
Picking it up again. Great fucking guitar playing. Slowpokes in the left lane make you wish your headlights dispensed heavy artillery.
8. Royal Trux – Stevie
The quintessential Royal Trux tune. Rock and roll distilled to it’s very essence. Perfection.
9. Johnny Dowd – Cradle To The Grave
Shit’s getting weird. You imagine the lines on the highway ahead of you are little lasers being projected into your front bumper. You’re suitably paranoid now. Was that a cop? You hate when they hide in the brush. Lousy nuisance cops. Like mosquitos of the blacktop. You better stop and pee.
10. The Cure – Babble
You stop. You catch the ‘ice grill’ from the truckers at the rest stop, but there are sex toys in the bathroom vending machine. You purchase one to amuse yourself and look forward to hopping back in the mothership because you know this song is on deck.
11. Ace Frehley – Snow Blind
Fact: All songs called “Snowblind’ are awesome. There are at least four you can think of off the top of your head, not counting Hoyt Axton’s awesome “Snowblind Friend.” Ace’s solo album is the only thing associated with Kiss, save “Beth,” that you like at all. This song rules.
12. Black Flag – Three Nights
Ponderosa sounds good, but all you see are Subways. “Three Nights” is affirming. Roll on, daddy. You can never go fast enough.
13. Tompall Glaser – What Are We Doing With Our Lives
You wish this opening riff would play on a loop for hours. Highway mirages. Local jerky. This bottled water tastes different from that other bottled water. Compulsory glances into the rearview to confront your own gaze.
14. The Durutti Column – The Missing Boy
Roadkill. Weigh station closed. Buckle up, Columbus. Uneven shoulders. Bumper sticker lore.
15. Slaughter Joe – Positively Something Wild
…or something by The Gris-Gris.
16. Guided By Voices – Chicken Blows
Sorry, cuz, it’s genius.
17. Deniz Tek – RPM
18. The Feelies – Away
“I feel good, I can take it all the way.” You mad as Moses, cousin. Godspeed and good luck.
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