Updated: Mar 30, 2019
Welcome back to Mixed-Up Memories! Winter is finally over! I should probably say that quietly as those of us here in New England know it's not out of the question to see snow in May around here. The seed selections for this year's front-yard garden are in starter-pots indoors with me and some have even sprouted a few days after I planted them on Saturday. What to do next? I'd say let's get the Spring playlist underway!
We open with French pianist and film score composer Chassol. He’s worked with a number of artists including Phoenix, Frank Ocean, and Solange and he has created his own method of sampling and harmonizing sound. This is a track from his 2015 album, “Big Sun” and it brings us the first sounds of Spring. It’s called “Birds, Pt. 1.”
It was 12-years ago on March 20th that Modest Mouse released their fifth LP, “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.” Joined on this record by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, this is the first song that he and lead singer Isaac Brock wrote together… It’s called “Dashboard.”
The late Lou Reed would have turned 77 at the beginning of this month. Let’s hit a Spring-time note to celebrate with The Velvet Underground... This comes from their 1970 "Loaded" album, which was a departure from their previous more experimental work into a more pop-oriented sound. "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll" are the two most well-known tracks from the album, but I want to veer-off course to a tune that sounds so much like stereotypical 1960's pop that it reminds me a bit of Spinal Tap's "(Listen to the) Flower People." It's perfect for Spring, though... It's called "Who Loves the Sun" and it's waiting for you now on the Mixed-Up Memories playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen