Foregone Conclusion

Coming up with names for compilations, much less designs, is really, really hard. Some of them may make some sense because of specific songs or particular assembleges. Others are just random stuff that popped into my head and then immediately back out again through the computer.

Case in point: Forgone Conclusion is my 112th mix tape I’ve designed for friends. This comp. starts out with Bikeride, my new favorite band, and a song from their release Morning Macuba from 2002. Second up is Cake and a song from their 1996 release Fashion Nugget. This band is still around and just released a LP of rare tracks and B-Sides. Not wanting to break from the Music Swap trend, this mix sports some excellent tunage from up North. Hawksley Workman is up third, with a song from For Him And The Girls. Originally from rural Ontario, Hawksley has put out albums both in Canada and his sometimes home of Paris. He’s also produced some amazing albums for other artists, including the darlings, Tegan & Sara. Montreal’s Islands are on sixth, with a song from their 2006 release, Return To The Sea. You may recognize their sound as members of the Unicorns & Elephant 6 (see MS037 & MS046) started this talented off-shoot. Dual violins and some happy keyboard-action give these guys a bubbly, indie pop polish that is the helping fuel the tsunami of talent pounding our shores from up north. Geez Canada is really putting out these days. Hall & Oates are back, again. What can I say? They have a classic sound that is irresistable. Taking the far north on in musical output is the far south – Mexico. Cool stuff from Mexico City’s Mexican Institute of Sound from their second release, Piñata. MIS actually is Camilo Lara, who pulled samples of funk, hip hop, and latin rhythms stirred them with ample break beats – all from the comfort of his bedroom. The sound is a bit “comfortable” at this point, but it’s good summer music. The Presidents of the United States of America, the Seattle band which had a string of hits in the mid 90’s, shows up here with a song from their self-titled debut album. Their back after breaking up for a few years and are on tour right now. Some classic punk in the 10th slot – Manchester UK’s the Buzzcocks to be exact. This 1977 single release got buried because of it explict adolescent subject matter. In the punk spirit, Atlanta Georgia’s Black Lips fill the 11th hole in our comp. with a song from their Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo release earlier this year. Lo-fi recording in a drunk-filled Tijuana bar make for a great album. They are on tour in the UK and all over the US of A the next couple of months. Catch them while they’re hot. Next on the mix is Hammamatsu, Japan’s bubble-gum, punk-pop outfit, Spookey, with another song from their Spookey Cat album. Think Rockabilly muppets with powdered sugar covered balloons of helium. You can catch them the next 4-5 weeks all over Europe. Old favorites, the Butchies are here with a song from their 2004 release Make Yr Life. The Butchies went on hiatus after this album. We hope they come back soon. Oakland California’s Desoto Reds are 15th on the list with something from Hanglide Thru Yer Window. Still more from great bands fill in the gaps – Clyde Federal, Andrew Bird, Field Music, Midlake, Amon Tobin, The Foundry Field Recordings, Dressy Bessy and Bound Stems.