WARMER MIXTAPES #1414 | by Richard Ross [Richard Sax Ross]/(Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti)

1. The Rolling Stones | Let's Spend The Night Together
When I think in terms of bands, The Rolling Stones is the first that pops into my mind. The reason is because they are a real band, they're actually making Music as a group where… You know if you pull one of those guys out of there I just can't see it functioning. It's integral. It’s the closest thing to a Jazz… Like a real Jazz group. The Music is spontaneous, which is totally the big deal about playing Jazz, it's like: we're creating something brand new, right in the moment. And I think The Stones do that in the Rock format so eloquently. It’s classic. It’s the Perfect Imperfection.

2. The B-52's | Rock Lobster
The reason why I love them so much is because I hated them. The first time I heard them... My older brother came home with this record, Rock Lobster, and I was like... What is this crap? Get this junk out of my face. But, as Time went on, I began to realize the brilliance of what they were doing. The B-52's Music is evolved. I still have a lot of musician friends that hate them, that don't like them… They think it's crass or whatever, but... They broke a lot of rules, and they put it back together in a seamless, perfect way. Their Music is awesome. I love The B-52’s.

3. Michael Jackson | Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Michael Jackson was like a product. Maybe somebody who wasn’t, you know, fully in control of his life. A person who was born to do something on this planet that required the control of group of people. A system, almost. It made it possible for his incredible talent to do extraordinary work. What he was doing was what all great artists do, which is compiling the works of his predecessors and putting it together in a way that was unique, and representing that, in the latest, up-to-the-minute style. But to do that, of course required innate talent. Michael Jackson is just an extraordinary artist.

4. Sonny Rollins | God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday Cover)
Sonny Rollins is probably the main guy that a lot of my peers who are familiar with the way that I play will often times say, Oh, well, you play like Sonny. I don’t know. I don’t really think I do, but I definitely play more like Sonny than I play like any of the contemporary guys who are around today. I think that Sonny is a guy who has lasted an incredibly long time, so that’s why I like him. 'Cause he’s evolved, he’s mature. And he’s always had this approach that’s like, Don’t mess with me, you know, this is how I sound.

5. Led Zeppelin | Immigrant Song
I think Led Zeppelin is incredible because they’re basically a Blues band, and then they took that early Rock And Roll thing like… And they created this way out, crazy Music. The way I see it… Bebop happened. Bebop happened in the 40’s or something, and that was Blues sped up and mixed with a whole bunch of Classical Music harmony. And then that melded into Doo-Wop, I think. If you listen carefully to Doo-Wop Music, Bebop, early Rock And Roll, and Rockabilly, they are harmonically and rhythmically very very similar. They evolved together as this sort of musical family. That was happening, probably way way back. If you trace it all, it goes way back to the blending of African rhythm with European harmony. And then what do you do with that? You throw in Folk Music from The Americas, and you get Rock And Roll. What Led Zeppelin did was they just took the most basic Blues and early Rock And Roll style, and they put it on eleven. They made it eleven loud! And they did it a way that had incredible integrity. And of course it advanced, I mean it went way into The Future. What those guys did in the 70’s, in my opinion, is still ahead of it’s time, even now. But the fact that they were able to pull it off and happen in their time is also an extraordinary thing. So, that was amazing that that happened.

6. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti | Creepshow
Ariel is an incredible artist. Ariel is my Time Machine… When I hear Ariel’s stuff, it takes me back to the 60’s. Like, when I first started thinking about Composition. When I was a kid I was way into AM Radio, Pop; really cheesy stuff, and Ariel’s Music captures this combination of Innocence and style that the 60’s had. With a forward perspective that’s just outside of our Time-zone. It’s a timeless sound. And it’s pure, it’s purely him. He does it in a way that brings about a melding that’s relevant to everything that we’re conforming to. His Music is really fantastic, and he has influenced me dramatically in so many ways as a writer, I mean he probably gave me more of a boost as a writer than anybody I know personally, that’s for sure.

7. The Supremes | You Can't Hurry Love
Motown. Let’s talk about… Rather than individual artists, let's talk more about movements in the industry within the craft. What happened? I don’t know what happened exactly, this kind of Music was, I think, coming out of the Church, most likely the Gospel Church, and mixing a lot of Pop, a lot of 60’s Pop, and a lineage of Doo-Wop, and early Rock And Roll and all that stuff. So, Motown just came out with this endless stream, this parade of Music that was very influential in my life. The Supremes, The Temptations, everybody. That body of Music influenced me a great deal. And now that I go to church I understand how the Church has been integral to Music. I go to a Gospel Church where they totally get their freak on musically. It’s incredibly real and soulful, it’s amazing. I understand that Music came out of the monasteries, it came out of the Church. That’s where they figured out the scale, chanting and stuff, and the Roots of Music are in Praise. And that’s a tricky thing because now we have diversified so much as a society that you can be… You know, we have Black Metal, but that’s worship too, you’re just worshipping maybe a darker aspect of the Spiritual Realm. There is a place for classics. Fads move too fast for Art. It often takes a lifetime for an artist to come into their own, and so the confusion is that; you can spend your whole life coming up with something that’s truly artistic and then you’re gonna be passé because you took too long. I don’t think it works that way. I think that there’s a timeless component that drives artists and that it’s actually the Future trying to reach into the Now. And, yeah, sometimes it does take an incredibly long time for an artist to get their stuff together, ‘cause it’s complicated and the level of skill needed is very, very high. But, if people are attracted to a particular ambiance or a stylistic feel, then that’s cool.

8. Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto | The Girl From Ipanema (with Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim) (Pery Ribeiro's 'Garota De Ipanema' Cover)
Stan Getz was a major influence on my sound. But again, what happens when I start talking about this stuff is, I start going into the community, the School of it, this lineage, you know. And this is very evident in the Saxophone World. This kind of stuff is pretty easy to trace.

9. Lester Young | It’s Only A Paper Moon
His sound is smooth and creamy. Sexy saxophone that you hear in a movie when people are getting ready to do the wild thing. That’s a certain body of Sound sonically and harmonically, stylistically, and what note choices are contained in this type of playing. That’s been a big influence on me. They called it Horizontal Improvisation, because it’s going this way. Vertical Improvisation is about the chord tones, which is more popular in Rock And Roll. And then the lineage that goes back, you know, to the Doo-Wop, the Bebop. All that stuff is based on chord tone and notes to get your note choices and your phrasing. Where as in a horizontal improvisational playing, it’s based more on the melody and the melody is flowing in this way, on this plane. What’s happening harmonically is embellishing the anchor of the melody. So, that School of Playing has been a major influence of the way I play the saxophone. But, I am starting to learn how to do the Vertical way, but I do it in the Rock field. I realized in Rock And Roll, sometimes sticking to the chords is the most powerful way to play.

10. The Kinks | You Really Got Me
Bubblegum… I loved Bubblegum, it’s so cool, and that’s an influence. One Hit Wonders, I like one hit wonders. One hit wonders are kind of cool, how it happens... Like... Here’s the guy, here’s his thing, there you go. Boom, dig it.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1413 | by Sean Cook of Lupine Howl, The Guaranteed Ugly, The Creeping Meatball, Spiritualized and The Flies

I have to start by saying that to choose 10 or so songs that I would call my favourite songs of all time is very difficult. I have never been a maker of my favourite lists. There is so much stuff out there that I like for different reasons at different times and much of it is not directly comparable. Having said that, I’ll have a go and include some tracks that have stuck with me for many years and which I always come back to and, despite having listened to them for 30 years+, I still think are great, exciting and fresh.

1. Roy Orbison | In Dreams
I think Roy Orbison is one of my greatest influences. He effortlessly and almost unintentionally combines Beauty, Sadness and Darkness and, for me, is a serious contender for the title of greatest male vocalist of all time. Never afraid to tackle subjects that today’s air heads would label depressing, this song about his dead wife visiting him in dreams encapsulates everything that is great about The Orb; from the chilling vocal delivery, to the sublimely dark lyrics, to the constantly ascending arrangement which by-passes any traditional verse/chorus structure - the Simplicity of this haunting masterpiece belies its complexity.

2. Elvis Presley | Don’t Be Cruel
My earliest memories of Music were provided by my Dad’s collection of Rock ‘N’ Roll records. As a small child I would continually pester the old man to play and write out the lyrics to tracks by Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, and particularly, Elvis Presley. Don’t Be Cruel was the first record I ever actually bought (OK, my Dad gave me the money) …I guess I was 5 or 6 years old and I played it to death on the old stacking record player my Dad got for me. I actually wanted Hound Dog, but the shop didn’t have it… Don’t Be Cruel still kills though.

3. The Beatles | Helter Skelter
Another one from my Dad’s collection that I obsessively trawled as a little kid. This track fascinated me with its Viciousness and sewed the seeds for my later interest in the aggressive Punk Rock sounds of The Stooges, MC5 and Sex Pistols. The track still sounds as aggressive and frenzied to me as anything out there. We tend to think of Lennon as the aggressive one in The Beatles, but McCartney’s vocal on this track rips your head off!

4. The Stooges | 1969
I think I’m on my 3rd copy of The Stooges classic first LP. The other two were probably both worn out during my teens. The repetitive, pounding of this anthem of despondency in a fucked-up world taught me more in three minutes than I learned in years at School. I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Ron Ashton’s searing wahwah on this track… Unforgettable and even more relevant today than it was in 1969 (the year I was born).

5. Joy Division | The Eternal
When I was a teenager all the bands/musicians I admired were either dead or disbanded, so it was ironic to discover a great current band only to find out the singer had just killed himself! The ethereal majesty of this track is hard to top, the lyrics cover you like a funeral veil… Music at it’s honest, most uplifting best.

6. Dead Kennedys | Police Truck
As I became more interested in Politics in my late teens, the Dead Kennedys hit me like a freight train… I couldn’t stop listening to them. The frenzied energy of the band topped off with East Bay Ray’s turbo charged surf guitar and Biafra’s political vitriol was hypnotising. This track, raging against the moronic savagery of the SFPD, is one of their best.

7. The 13th Floor Elevators | Roller Coaster
Despite the fact that I preferred to listen to Rock 'N' Roll on hallucinogenics rather than overtly Psychedelic Music, the Elevators would always make an appearance. They made much more sense to me in that state than most of the other Psych bands. Where as other Psych groups focussed on the Peace and Love side of things, the Elevators were all about Isolation, Frenzy and Madness… Much better!

8. The Beach Boys | Surf’s Up
Pet Sounds may be a more complete LP than Surf’s Up, but Feel Flows and this, the title track, are so sublime that they almost tip me towards saying Surf’s Up is the band’s best LP. The web of unsentimental mystery created by the Music and lyrics on this track seem to take the band to a whole new level. There is old footage of Brian Wilson playing this track alone at the piano quite some time before it was officially recorded for the LP and the first time I saw that footage I thought it was just about the best musical performance I had ever witnessed.

9. Love | You Set The Scene
I could pick just about any track from Forever Changes, but this one is truly epic. It’s meandering yet dramatic arrangement, sweeping strings and cynical lyrics delivered with real spirit by Arthur Lee make this one of the greatest pieces of Music ever committed to vinyl.

10. The Doors | The Crystal Ship
Scarcely more than 3 chords and only 2mins 30 seconds long, but this track is every bit as epic as You Set The Scene. A mesmerising Eulogy to the End of the Line… If I cared about after Death stuff I would have this played at my funeral!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1412 | by Stephan Douglas Jenkins (Puck And Natty) of Third Eye Blind

1. Bon Iver | Blood Bank
Favorite Xmas song ever. When I was writing the lyrics to this album it reminded me that the inner life of the characters in song could be so vivid. An artist I work with, Spencer Barnett covered it. I love his version too.

2. This Mortal Coil | Song To The Siren (with Elizabeth Fraser) (Tim Buckley Cover)
Elizabeth Fraser is perhaps my favorite singer of all time. She's so Gothic, it's like being down in a crypt when I hear that song.

3. Milky Chance | Stolen Dance
I saw these guys yesterday, as I write this, at a small show after Coachella. I love how everyone felt happy without being smarmy. It's that simple, picking of one vibe and really going into it. It's the kind of thing that I pretty much never do. It's probably why I appreciate it so much when others do.

4. Caribou | Can't Do Without You
I love songs that make you feel all druggy without any drugs. This is one of these songs that feels like the Present Tense. Good, but anticipating something more. That whole album is on point. Take your pick.

5. Third Eye Blind | Self Righteous (with Kimya Dawson)
An oldie but a goodie. I just wanted to give it some attention. It's my best example of making a song that just makes you want to lay there catatonic in the haze of its power.

6. Sia | Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd & Diplo) (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I'm really moved by Pop lately. She's a mighty warrior princess. At least that's my impression when I'm driving through windy roads through Northern California.

7. Tove Lo | Talking Body
The first time I heard this, the little hey in there just roped me in. And I think she's representative of up close, feminist, assertive kind of Sexuality that's not subjectable to shame, or patriarchal leave. And that's in a Pop song!

8. Route 94 | My Love (feat. Jess Glynne)
Reminds me to sing with a sense of Vulnerability. This is that song for that moment when everyone's up in my kitchen, cooking, dancing, and singing all, we're al' about to get into something good. Plus I love this retro piano House stuff. I would never do it, but I love how I'm transported into the London Underground when I hear it.

9. Edith Piaf | Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
The completion of the triad with Freddie Mercury and Elizabeth Fraser, Édith Piaf is one of my favorite singers ever. When she sings I have to listen. She's a reminder to me to live, taste, feel--and, for God's sakes, sing.

10. Weekend | Coma Summer
Weekend is my favorite of the Neo Shoegaze bands. Nothing more dreaded nor delicious than Coma Summer. They remind me that sometimes two chords is all you need.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1411 | by Zach Van Hoozer [Zulu Pearls]

1. The Cleftones | Heart And Soul (Larry Clinton & His Orchestra Cover)
This song in particular stood out to me when I was a teenager and picked up some cheap no name Doo Wop compilation. I love the vocal performance and it has a good mix of rocking a bit and being smooth. The melodies of Doo Wop always hit a nostalgic/romantic spot for me and I think a lot of my favorite melodies come from that era and have informed the things I'm looking for when I write songs.

2. The Clash | Straight To Hell
I'll never forget when I first heard London Calling in my friend's basement when we were 12 or 13. They'll always be counted in my top bands of all time. We even started a Clash cover band and could play almost 2/3s of the entire discography. I chose this song, because when I first discovered it, it was a part of the Clash On Broadway boxset and I used to read through the pamphlet that came with it all the time. I would just listen to the whole thing over and over as a kid and get wrapped up in all the little anecdotes they had in there. I chose this song because I remember them describing Topper Headon messing around beating the bass drum before anyone came into the studio and it sort of evolved from there. Aside for standing for something (which is rare these days) the ability of the Clash to deftly cover so many genres in such a short time will always be something I'm striving after.

3. Lou Reed | Charley's Girl
A lot of people seem to not like Coney Island Baby. I don't get that. It's one of my favorite Lou Reed records and one of my favorite Lou songs. The super Poppy songs with his distinct brand of subversive story telling is another huge influence. Lou is the Godfather of almost every band I've ever liked. I don't think it's really possible to overstate his influence.

4. Cam'ron | Killa Cam
When Cam'ron dropped Purple Haze that pretty much solidified him as one of my all time favorites. Killa Cam is my go to track off that record. He really paved his own lane and created his own world on that record and that's a mark of a genius in my opinion.

5. Marvin Gaye | I Want You (Vocal)
Doesn't need much explaining. I always put on the I Want You album when I'm in doubt as to what to throw on at a party. Extremely smooth groove. I fell even more in love with this stuff after I saw this clip of him laid out on a couch rehearsing this song.

6. Roy Orbison | Blue Angel
Roy Orbison's voice. That's an emotional state in itself I suppose. Not unlike the Doo Wop stuff it hits me where it counts and I can't not sing a long to it.

7. Mariah Carey | Breakdown (feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
I love Mariah. Probably because she was all over the place as I was growing up. She has so many feel good hits, she is undeniable. This one is a slow burner with Bone Thugs which makes it unique to the catalog. It chills me out, what can I say?

8. Sam Cooke | Get Yourself Another Fool
My friend got me turned on to this Night Beat record and it is the ultimate in soulful relaxation. I'm big on the bittersweet vibes from one of the World's all time greatest vocalists.

9. Carly Simon | Why (Extended Version) (Soup For One Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I think this is far and wide one of Nile Rodger's best productions and one of the coolest things Carly Simon ever did. I could dance around listening to the long edit for an eternity.

10. Dwight Twilley Band | Looking For The Magic
I stumbled across Dwight Twilley on the Internet and knew I was gonna love him forever. This track is such a hit and I enjoy it's rough around the edges vibes. Phil Seymour is all over this thing and I wouldn't have run into his stuff if it wasn't for this track. So I owe a lot to Twilley. There's a video of this song with Tom Petty playing bass. It's great.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1410 | by Adam Schwarz [Schwarz]

1. Mary Mary | God In Me (feat. Kierra Sheard)
I think this is the most beautiful phrase and it touched me so much that I got it tattooed on my inner thigh. I believe there is God in all of us. It is such a good attitude. This song is so uplifting. Once I listened to this about thirty times in a row while I was doing nitrous alone in my room.

2. B. Ames | Rah Rah Ha (Roman's Revenge)
This Ballroom/Vogue remix of Nicki Minaj's Roman Revenge really changed my life. Before this I was only vaguely familiar with Ballroom culture and Music which is now a huge part of my life. This track is probably the most immediately powerful song I've heard in the last 3 or so years. When I first heard this song it didn't sound very alien to me because it's mostly a club track, but it hits so hard in the way that it's chopped up and the way the Ha crash hits. Harder than lot of Baltimore Club tracks. This was one of my favorite things to DJ for a while and is a big influence on my Vogue/Ballroom tracks. I've never been to a ball where they played this, but I'd love to. This YouTube video is amazing.

3. Rod Lee | Dance My Pain Away
This is a Baltimore Club classic. One of the first Baltimore Club songs that had enough reach for me to get my hands on before I ended up living in Baltimore. It's structured like a Blues or Pop song unlike most Club tracks, which probably made it more accessible to a lot of people. However, what really resonates with me is the concept/content of using Dance as an escape from a kind of shitty Reality. The verses are about everyday Life problems like losing your job, being broke, getting dumped, etc., but the chorus is just I'm gonna Dance My Pain Away... I Got Problems which is so beautiful and such a release. To acknowledge the problems but set them aside and enjoy Life.

4. Third Eye Blind | Semi-Charmed Life
There's so much energy in this track even from the opening drum fill. This song makes me feel incredible. It's super-uplifting but in a way that's hopeful, but not totally there. I still don't know if the song is just about getting high on meth, or quitting meth, or a break-up, or a Love song, but maybe it doesn't really matter or it's about all of those things. In 2009ish I was in an amazing Third Eye Blind cover band with my friends Dave and Kate. It was a really special time, and we had sooo much fun. We practiced almost every week for months and months, but none of our friends in the Balitmore Experimental/DIY/whatever scene would dare book us for a show. This brings me back to not only that time but also when I bought the CD in 1997, and many other times in my life… It's kind of always with me.

5. Red Paint | Not The One
In 2007 I was in a Gangsta Rap crew in Saint Louis called AOSTL and we would hang out a lot at my friend Terroriza's house smoking blunts and listening to Rap. We would listen to Gucci Mane - Pillz a lot as well as our own tracks, but there was also a CD in regular rotation from a local Rap group called Red Paint. It was like four girls from North Saint Louis who sounded like Crime Mobb but more raw. Listening to their tracks today is still amazing even though it definitely sounds dated now, or at least very of the time. I love this style of production. So raw. Now all the popular Street Rap and Trap Rap or whatever sounds too polished compared to the simplicity of this. I also just love female rappers and these girls have a lot of Power and Aggression.

6. Soulja Boy | Speakers Going Hammer (Simlish Version) 
I love Soulja Boy. He has his flaws, but I listen to Soulja Boy like all the fucking time. This track he is just Soulja rapping in the gibberish "Simlish" language instead of English, and it's fucking weird and fucking cool. I could write a whole think piece about this song, but I kind of think I said enough.

7. Three 6 Mafia | Fuck That Shit
This is a major fucking anthem for me. When my High School friends and I would drive around in my Crown Victoria hooptie in 2005 we had Three 6 Mafia's Da Unbreakables in constant rotation. This track is my favorite on the album and back then it made me feel really fucking cool and still gives me a kind of crunk vibe. It's a super fuck shit up/I don't give a fuck kind of song which I love. It feels super empowering. The production on this track is perfect - every snare and bass drum hits so hard and crisp. Three 6 are really crucial players in shaping the whole Trap Rap sound into what it is today.

8. Evil Activities | Nobody Said It Was Easy (Coldplay's 'The Scientist' Cover)
This is a Hardcore/Hardstyle cover of the Coldplay. It's ridiculous and corny but also really beautiful and emotive. It's my favorite song to DJ. I'd say about 1/8 of the sets I've ever played, I've played this as the last song. It's perfect for that moment.

9. Showtek | Fuck The System
Another Hardstyle jam. The breakdown in this song is just the sickest lifestyle manifesto ever.

10. Kevin Jz Prodigy | Sex In A Cave (He Loves Me)
Kevin Jz Prodigy is one of my favorite vocalists to ever exist and I feel so blessed that I've been able to work with him. He does so many virtuosic things with his cadence and rhythm and pitch and a lot of the stuff he says is really poignant. The fidelity of his songs vary a lot and this one is really weird sonically. I love it.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1409 | by Craig Shepard

Photo by Richard Howe

1. Peter Gabriel | Mercy Street
While the first Peter Gabriel song I fell in love with -- omnipresent in the summer of 1986 -- was Sledgehammer, the track from So which still gets to me is Mercy Street. The warm soft keyboard sound, the tinkling triangle and the feeling of Interior Space continue to resonate. Later as a teenager, I drove around the hills of Connecticut at night, getting lost in winding streets as fragments of images adapted from Anne Sexton drifted out of the speakers. Sexton, like her spiritual cousin Emily Dickinson before her, wrote poetry mostly for herself. This reminds me that in making Music, the only thing I must do is write Music that resonates with me. The reason I make Music is to connect with others; I can't do that unless the Music is first true to me.

2. King Crimson | Trio
I came to King Crimson the same way I came to John Cage: through my older brother Mark. For my 10th birthday my mother had given me my own portable sound system with a cassette player and each birthday and Christmas, for a number of years, Mark would give me a new cassette. Many of these were King Crimson cassettes until I had all of their then outstanding recorded output. I loved the Music, and played many of the cassettes over and over, making endless variations of mixtapes for friends. Trio was the last track on side one of Starless And Bible Black. I remember lying on the floor in my room, my head between the speakers, listening to the cassette. The short lines of the violin, mellotron, and bass rose out of the Silence, and held me, comforted me. Calmed by the swelling melodies, I often fell asleep before the tape ran out. Drummer Bill Bruford was given composing credit on the sleeve, and I wondered about this until reading in an interview that the piece was an improvisation. The piece would not have been the same had he struck any of his large assortment of percussion instruments; Bruford was given the credit and corresponding royalty for contributing Silence.

3. King Crimson | Starless 
The second section of Starless, the closing track of Red, has remained mysterious to me over the years. After the vocals end, a quiet trio plods forward: a repeated angular bass line, an unobtrusive single note guitar line, and intermittent clicks, scrapes, and crashes of percussion. Through a long slow crescendo, the three maintain a shifting balance of roles. In the beginning, the bass line is very prominent, supported by the guitar and occasional percussion. No matter how many times I listen, I can never quite pinpoint when the slowly climbing guitar becomes the screaming solo, or when it recedes again, supporting the percussion exploding like fireworks in a night sky. With King Crimson, I always understood the Bible Black in the phrase Starless And Bible Black to be The Unknown. I often imagined a cliff at the end of a large black underground cave, with the band holding up a torch and peering over the edge into unexplored territory. As with much of the Music that has touched me, it gave me permission to search for the sounds I was beginning to hear.

4. Johann Sebastian Bach | The Art Of The Fugue: Contrapunctus 1, Andante Sostenuto (Performed by Canadian Brass)
On the way to Freshman Basketball practice, as I passed through the cafeteria-turned-rehearsal-hall, Time stopped. As I watched the specs of dust floating in a shaft of sunlight, the strains of the Canadian Brass arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Contrapunctus I swirled around me. The South Windsor High School brass quintet, directed by Louis "Laz" Lazzerini and including Jim Nova, Dale Johnson, Eric Hildebrand, Aaron Brown and Matt Straayer were preparing for a concert. I knew then that I wouldn't be satisfied until I was in the middle of that sound. So I gave up Basketball (I didn't know then that I would stop growing at 5'8") and used my earnings from work on the Foster Farm to pay for trombone lessons with George Sanders of the Hartford Symphony. Laz was a tremendous influence and support. In this farm town in Eastern Connecticut, he insisted that each of us could achieve Excellence, telling us again and again that our High School band could play at the level of professionals--we just needed more rehearsals. Laz also insisted that the audience heard everything--they just might not have the words to articulate their experience. He believed everyone deserved to hear the best quality Music and hated pandering or condescending to an audience. I remember standing in the middle of the Football field at half-time performing an arrangement of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

5. Michael Pisaro | Akasa (Performed by Reinier van Houdt)
Every time I hear Michael Pisaro's Akasa, it brings me back to late summer afternoons sitting by the window in an old New England textile mill, watching the tired green oak leaves blowing in the breeze above the millstream. Akasa has a clear form, and a gentle invitation to slow down. It's a cantering chain of broken piano chords, taking a break now and then to take in the moment. The first of Michael's pieces I heard (and the first Wandelweiser piece), it encouraged me in the Music I had been writing, affirming some hunches I had about how Music could be. When I listen back to my beat up cassette copy of a now completely degenerated DAT, the beauty remains, a quiet confidence coming from the quiet tones. (Rumor has it there is a new recording coming...)

6. Marcus Kaiser | Zwischen
It was a late October afternoon in 1998, and Antoine Beuger had invited me to go to the Wuppertal Main Train Station for a performance. Having little idea what to expect, I disembarked just after 3:00pm, walked around the station, and looked for the performance. I didn't manage to find it after 20 minutes, so I gave up and sat down on a bench on one of the platforms, watching commuters and the trains coming and going. As a train pulled out of the station and the last echo of the engine faded away, I became aware of a low hum. It seemed to come from everywhere. Suddenly I realized that I had been hearing this tone since I arrived at the station. When I saw a violinist standing further down the platform next to a singer, I knew that I had found the piece Zwischen (Between) by Marcus Kaiser. I spent the rest of the hour meandering around various platforms, listening to this tone weave in and out of the sounds of the train engines, commuters boarding and disembarking. I wound up on a pedestrian bridge above the platforms, listening, content, and unworried about the cold light mist. There I met Antoine, and shared the moment of the last five minutes of the piece. Zwischen has informed how I listen to sounds on the street; every time I go to a train station, I listen for it, and can almost pick it out of the clicking heels, humming train engines, distorted intercom messages, and cackle of commuters.

7. Miles Davis | Rated X
Rated X is my favorite recording from Miles Davis' Experimental period from 1972-1975. Inspired in parts by Stockhausen, John Cage, Free Jazz, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly & The Family Stone, the mass of Sound, rhythm, and texture of Rated X never fails to captivate me. Driving whirling bass, thick drums and percussion, and a groove that seems to be constantly slipping around the beat all set up the thick electric organ chords laid down by Davis. And when the beat cut out, it's like jumping off a cliff. Don't look down.

8. Antoine Beuger | Hell, Heiter, Still
The Basilica Of St. Martin in Weingarten, Germany is a large Baroque Church sitting on a hill in the southern part of Germany. I had heard that a piece by Antoine Beuger would be premiered, and so made a special trip to the village to hear it. Coming out of the warmth of this mid-autumn day, I came into a filled sanctuary. One orchestra sat in front of the audience, two bands were spread throughout the balcony and in the organ loft, surrounding the listeners. The choir sat interspersed throughout the audience, which filled all available seats. This mass of musicians played very quiet sounds, independently of each other. The effect, amplified by the resonant space, was something like light rain falling around me in a tent. As with Antoine's Music, the experience was vast and intimate at the same time; 350 musicians engaged and communicating with each other and with the audience.

9. Christian Wolff | Berlin Exercises
In the spring of 2005, I was sitting on stage alongside Christian Wolff (melodica), Jürg Frey (clarinet), Stefan Thut (cello), and Jogrim Erland (electric guitar), performing Wolff's Berlin Exercises. After a beautiful rich melodic section, most of the musicians fell away and Jogrim continued alone. After playing for a moment he paused, looking closely at the score. In that pause anything was possible, and I had no idea where the Music might go. This quality of Open Possibility runs throughout the best Music of Christian Wolff. Beyond the charm of the quirky phrases (often requested by Frank Cirsafulli during trombone lessons), the lurching rhythms and strains of different melodies going in different directions at once is a pause, a silence, which can go anywhere. In that silence, the musician is forced to do something he or she may never have done before, to listen and bring into existence Music which they have never made, perhaps which no-one has heard before. To witness the moment where this Music is born--as a musician and as a listener--is thrilling.

10. Elizabeth Adams | CUSP (The Music For The Noise)
From Index 0 by Indexical. In the summer of 2012 Andrew C. Smith, Beau Sievers, Mustafa Walker, Jack Callahan, and Jason Brogan got together, pooled funds, and hired String Noise to record a double album (vinyl plus download) of string pieces. Working together, they did what none of them had been able to do before. I had the honor of meeting them all at a dinner that summer, and the energy and determination showed me the Hope implicit in the Power of Music. Later, they brought in Elizabeth Adams, and Stephanie Huguenin. The collection of fragments, scratchy timbres, and experiments in glissandi point in at least 23 different directions, proof that there is still a lot of great Music to be made. When I get down and discouraged about moving forward, I listen to this release, and remember how much is still left to be done.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1408 | by Marlon Daito [Marlon D]

1. The Notorious B.I.G. | One More Chance/Stay With Me (feat. Faith Evans) (Radio Edit 1)
As a 10 year old kid in 1995 living in Oxnard, Ca. I was always listening to the radio station called Q104.7. They played Hip Hop. They spun this record so much that summer of 1995. My cousins were also DJ's and they owned the vinyl. Even though Juicy was his big hit, I always thought this was Biggie's official song that left a lasting memory on me. The way Diddy and Bad Boy Records marketed this song and video was just perfect. It made me believe that it is possible to be an Underground MC and transition into Mainstream America. And for a heavy set dude, Diddy marketed him as a sex symbol, but can really rap his ass off though. And Biggie made it cool for MC's to make songs for the ladies at the time. The El Debarge sample made this Brooklyn MC sound smooth. Ladies man feel. This song never gets old. I always listen to his albums when Hip Hop is uninspiring to me.

2. OutKast | ATliens 
I used to listen to this in my grandpa's boombox every day listening to the same radio station Q104.7 . I have never heard anything like OutKast at this point. I was so into Deathrow Records and everything Dr. Dre did. But this was the Down South Hip Hop before it became what it is today. Before T.I. and Ludacris. They made Rapping sound so natural and easy. It almost sounded effortless like it's their second language. Sort of like a dialect. And the beat was crazy. The album cover's artwork made it even more stand out. Then the next album, they became worldwide superstars with Aquemini. But this was like the last Underground sound that OutKast came up with. They need to reunite soon.

3. Nas | One Mic
One of my top 5 Nas songs. I just love the fact that he is whispering at the first two verses and he gradually starts screaming. And on the third verse he starts screaming and gradually turns into whispering. I've seen him perform this live several times throughout the years. The energy is crazy. He was creative still at the top of his game on Stillmatic. I respect that a lot. Patiently waiting for that new Nas album!

4. Dilated Peoples | Clockwork 
When I was 17 years old, I snuck in a Dilated Peoples' show in Downtown Oxnard at a spot called Cloud 9. Me and my Rap group in High School at the time got snuck in by the promoters that we knew. Shouts to Bizzy D and Slymer. At that time, I was knocking that Expansion Team album so hard, till I scratched up the CD and it stopped working. Worst Comes To Worst was huge at the time. But my memory of Dilated was when the fog machines came on, and Rakaa and Evidence came out to this song. They are still my favorite Rap group to this day besides Tha Dogg Pound. This song and the way they performed it guided me in what I wanted to sound like and perform like on stage. I had the chance to share the stages with all 3 members through out the years and that is like a dream come true to me. Thank you, Dilated Peoples, for providing me the Blueprint.

5. Little Brother | Dreams
By the time I was going to graduate College, I was devastated when I found out Little Brother was breaking up. 9th Wonder wasn't even on the Getback album any more. But I used to bump this song every day in my apartment and in my 1998 Red Honda Civic. It spoke to me because my Rap dreams seemed so impossible at the time. It felt like I was chasing something that was unattainable. The song spoke about how they had to explain their dreams to their family and friends, but, on the low, their family and friends didn't believe in them. I used to feel the same way and that's why this song always resonated with me. Every time I was jobless, broke, homeless, Little Brother's song always helped me get through those dark times. I opened for Rapper Pooh couple times and I never got to tell him that. I should have.

6. Lauryn Hill | Lost Ones 
This is one of the greatest Hip Hop songs ever made period. Lauryn Hill is top 5 dead or alive for sure. Male or Female category. It doesn't matter. This beat, the lyrics, the delivery, the message. And this bumps in my whip so good. Goddamn. Ms. Hill is the reason why a lot of MC's try to sound smart today. She made Hip Hop to sound smart and educated. I honor her so much. I miss you, Lauryn Hill. It's funny how money change the situation... She will shit on any MC today in 2015 straight up.

7. Eminem | Brain Damage 
I was in 8th grade when my sister's boyfriend at the time gave me the copy of The Slim Shady LP. I knew he was funny and he stood out when My Name Is came out. But I wasn't convinced until I heard the album especially this song. When I heard this, I took him seriously. Like oh shit, this white boy can rap for real. So creative. I miss this Eminem sound. That Underground shit. That Detroit shit.

8. Jay-Z | This Can't Be Life (feat. Beanie Sigel, Scarface)
I could have picked so many songs from him, but this one is his best I think. It's like the first time I heard Jay-Z admit that he didn't believe in himself, and that he was ashamed of selling drugs. He also spoke about how his mother was ashamed of him. I always heard him spoke about how happy he is living rich, but this song was like the first time he revisited his life and spoke about how Life was when he wasn't famous. If you listen closely to his verse, he admits that he was jealous of Nas, Biggie, and Snoop for blowing up around 1994, and he was still in the corner dealing. This song made him human and more real to me. People hate on JAY Z all the time, but you can't tell me he can't rap.

9. DMX | Get At Me Dog (feat. Sheek Louch of The Lox)
I never heard no one like DMX prior to this song coming out. The video made the song even grimier. I used to practice rapping to this beat. He brought the East Coast back when it wasn't poppin' anymore. Still a huge fan of X.

10. Makaveli | Krazy 
I felt like he knew he was going to die during the Makaveli album. That was the darkest album I've ever heard period. It still stands the test of Time. I love this song a lot because he admitted that Marijuana was helping him numb the pain that he was going through. And he spoke about how being famous isn't what it seems to be. And the effect of Marijuana was probably turning into Paranoia. I love that album. I don't like how they released 10 more albums after he died without his consent. This was the last 2Pac album that he approved. Then he died. I miss 2Pac's Music.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1407 | by Maria Mirabela Cismaru [Mira]

1. Ariana Grande | Love Me Harder (with The Weeknd)
Right now, I'm stuck on Love Me Harder, it's on repeat on and on. This song makes me dream with my eyes wide open.

2. Chris Brown | Without You
Reminds me of my childhood. I think the first time when I fell in Love I listened to this song for three weeks or so.

3. Ed Sheeran | Thinking Out Loud
I love Ed. It's the best song I've ever heard from him.

4. David Guetta | What I Did For Love (feat. Emeli Sandé)
I found myself in this new song from David Guetta and that's why I can say that I love it!

5. Céline Dion | My Heart Will Go On (Titanic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
It's the first song I've learnt in English and I'll remember it for the rest of my life. LOL.

6. Sia | Chandelier
Sounds perfect! Her voice sounds perfect!

7. Lost Frequencies | Are You With Me (Easton Corbin's 'Are You With Me' Remix)
Makes me dream about the perfect holiday!

8. Frank Ocean | Thinkin Bout You
Frank Ocean with his song made me think so much about Life and Love... And I think I listened to this song four or five times a day.

9. Disclosure | Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
Makes me lose my mind...

10. Beyoncé | Crazy In Love (feat. Jay-Z)
And now, we're going to oldies but goldies. With this song I think I've learnt how to dance, not just like Queen B, but enough to make myself complete.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1406 | by Gregorio Assandri (Cloned In Vatican) and Andrea Frittella (Pall-O-Tino) of Irregular Disco Workers

SIDE A | by Gregorio Assandri

1. Lindstrøm | Violent Group 
Taken from a particular album coming out in 2006 called Another Side Of Lindstrøm. Really important record for me because this is one of the songs that inspires the birth of our label Disco Volante Recordings. Here we can find different influences, not only Disco, but also Nu Jazz, IDM and Funk touches.

2. HNNY | Gymnastics 
Groovy and Disco, full of strings and a real elegant and classic touch, remembers me of the hedonist atmosphere of some TV shows in the early 80’s on Italian Commercial TV. Fall in love with this track.

3. Leftfield | Afrika Shox (with Afrika Bambaataa)
In the 90’s Leftfield was one of the groups that influenced a lot my background, and my productions too. This collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa is really amazing, an aggressive Electro Funk, with Breakbeat groove and really obscure atmosphere, with a lot of structure changements. A real complete track, that tells the story of my teenage with positive and obscure episodes.

4. Talamanca System | Balanzat (Tuff City Kids Remix) 
The original theme sounds really dreamy and nostalgic, this remix punch really hard and makes all more groovy and dynamic with the obssessive piano, and percussive marimba synths. Really amazing.

5. Irregular Disco Workers | Dimmi Di Si (feat. Hard Ton)
This track will coming out in 2015 and is one of a 4 track EP. It will include amazing vocal of Italian Disco Queen Hard Ton. A real mixing of Electro, Italo and Acid, in a few words: our Italian Trademark.

6. Ferrer & Sydenham Inc. | Sandcastles 
Instant Classic, it represent for me a rebirth, because 2003 was a period in which I was digging in record shops' shelves to find something different. Well, this was a real enlightenment. Groovy, Balearic, nostalgic strings, warm atmospheres. This record brings me back to mid 90’s Ibiza Sound.

7. John Talabot | When The Past Was Present (Pachanga Boys Red Remix) 
This powerful Dub reminds me of the first IDW gigs out of Italy, and the first positive reactions of a non-Italian dancefloor, a really appreciable result. Really groovy, percussive and obssessive.

8. Hipnosis | Astrodance
+ Argonauts... I found it in a vintage record shop in Milan 8 years ago, and now is in my bag again. A real 1984 Spacey bomb from Italy that everytime brings me to my childhood, 16 o'clock, watching Robot Japanese cartoons on Italian TV and eating a Girella.

9. AM/TM ‎ | Back To Acid (feat. Navid Izadi)
Amazing Acid tune from our friends, a real rebellion against Cocaine preppy Italian consumers, and cheesy clubs attenders. Really excited everytime I played this record and the vocal sings: “You can keep your Cocaine, I want Acid!

10. Trus’me | Need A Job (Vakula Remix)
Acid, obsessive 303 line, and really hard groove. Remembers me of my teenage and mid 90’s events in Brescia clubs.

SIDE B | by Andrea Frittella

1. Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy | Kerberos 
Last year I lightly changed my sounds tastes. I was searching something new and I found this amazing masterpiece. Melody, groove and Hypnotism.

2. Irregular Disco Workers | Blindfolded 
This is the first EP of High Above The Ground, a Turkish label who asked us to do a Disco track for its debut.

3. LindstrømVōs-sākō-rv (Irregular Disco Workers Remix) 
With this remix we won a Beatport contest more than 1 year ago. I think this is our best remix and… It’s our best selling actually. Eheheh...

4. Eagles | Hotel California 
OK, I don’t know where to play it in this virtual mixtape, but it is one, perhaps the only, of my favorite tracks of all time. When I discovered this song for the first time I was a teenager listening radio before sleeping. I got chills!

5. Daniel Avery | All I Need (Roman Flügel Remix)
I like this sound! STOP!

6. Populous | Fall (feat. Cuushe)
Nice Electronic sound from an amazing Italian artist. I’ve discovered him last month and I love his work!

7. Phreek Plus One | La Spirale (J’s Loveboat Mix)
The right track for the right moment. Try this after a long warm up and let me know if it works!

8. Boot & Tax | Acido
Acid! Sounds that we usually use in our gigs.

9. Simon Baker | Plastik (Todd Terje Türkatech Mix) 
Todd Terje is actually one of my favorite artists. This remix is something different from his sound, but I LOVE it!

10. Little Dragon | Paris (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Holiday Edit) 
A track that does the job!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1405 | by Russ Marshalek (Silent Drape Runners), Niabi Aquena (Niabi, Starfawn, Radiana, The Whores, Project Skyward) and Bridgette Miller (BRAINCANDY) of a place both wonderful and strange

SIDE A | by Russ Marshalek

1. Tori Amos | Tear In Your Hand
This is beyond a doubt my favorite song of all time. Everyone that’s actually into Tori Amos has a story about how she saved their life, because her Music is that kind of Music. This song is the one that’s kept me alive many, many nights. The World exists in the pause between the words goodbye and now, the final time she repeats them.

2. New Order | True Faith
True Faith is what people mean when they say that New Order was a singles band. This song was never really on an album, existed solely for a singles compilation, and yet to me it's the best damn thing they ever recorded. There's an earnest, yearning sense of Hope in this song, like being awake and on the best drugs ever at 8am and seeing the Sun rise and feeling as though you're going to live forever.

3. 10,000 Maniacs | Scorpio Rising
True facts: 90% of current bands I'm really into just want to sound like Fredonia-era 10,000 Maniacs. Natalie Merchant was my first female crush, the first celebrity I was obsessed with, and 10,000 Maniacs was my first favorite band. Their early, abrasive stuff took a very long time to catch hold in my heart, but now I love that you can cue up anything from The Wishing Chair in a DJ set and blow people away thinking it's a Pitchfork Buzz Band. This song, the lyric Treat me to an honest face some time... Amaze me now!--the honest in that blows my mind.

4. Kate Bush | The Morning Fog
How very Kate Bush for the most beautiful song on her most perfect album to be the shortest and last. While Waking The Witch remains a massive touchpoint for me in terms of why I began making Music, and why I make the type of Music I do, The Morning Fog, the HAH-aye HAH-aye at the end, grabs at my throat. I always want to repeat the song, again and again, but I never let myself. The song is nothing without the album's journey. D'ya know what? I love you better now.

5. Mara | Desanitize
Raving was a fundamental part of my life for the most formative years of it, my High School and College days. Mara, the husband and wife duo of Barry Gilbey and Sarah Whittaker-Gilbey, soundtracked like 90% of that time. I had piles and piles of their mixes, and would force them upon anyone who happened to take a ride in my awful white Dodge Neon. Their live PA setup informed a lot of the way I perform and sequence shows today, and Desanitize stands as one of the most powerful pieces of Music they ever created. I wish everyone would listen to it. I put it on a mix I did for Cultwave Radio.

6. Jean Grae | Before The Summer Broke
I would have killed myself in 2013 if this song did not exist.

7. Janet Jackson | Rhythm Nation
WE ARE A PART OF THE RHYTHM NATION. This song is why New Jack Witch exists--to remind this generation to stop acting the fool and starting acting up.

8. The Knife | Pass This On (Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience DVD Version)
When I saw The Knife live for the first time, on the Silent Shout tour, before Karin could even get the first verse out of her mouth I was on the floor of Webster Hall sobbing. This is a great song, but the way it was reimagined live on this tour specifically brings out an ache that consumes.

9. Mira Calix | I May Be Over There (But My Heart Is Over Here)
This is just one of the most beautiful, aching pieces of Electronic Music I've ever heard. It haunts me.

10. Azar Swan | In My Mouth
Zohra Atash's voice is a weapon. The percussion in this song is a weapon.

SIDE B | by Niabi Aquena

Turning the distance into a pattern. I want to hang out with this band. I feel that Russ, Bridgette and I would very much get along with them. They play notes that strike somewhere deep within me, and there's a sense of Recognition. I first heard this track from a mix that my friend did on Spotify. He and I are birds of a feather artistically and we've known each other, well forever. Check his mixes out, you won't be sorry.

2. Zola Jesus | Sea Talk
I don't really know Zola Jesus's Music besides this song. I appreciate what she does though and I like her aesthetic. This song feels powerful to me. I don't remember when or where I heard it, it’s not one of her more popular ones... I don't think... I love the drums and strings - the orchestral feeling of it all. It's when you've given and given and given but it's still not enough and never will be. I’ve been there, I was there once.

3. The Sight Below | Dour
This is a Minimal Techno track that pisses off my neighbor downstairs. I guess it's the throbbing beat. I love it. The guy behind The Sight Below became a friend who ended up mixing/mastering my first solo EP. I love the subtle intensity.

4. Depeche Mode | Behind The Wheel 
I used to be really into vintage motorcycles and Italian scooters. Part of the appeal of this track is definately the Music Video, if you watch it you'll see what I'm talking about in terms of vintage Italian scooters. I love the feeling of Control in the words and the beat. The narrative is hot - he's giving her the authority to be dominant. This song was given to me by an ex lover who was much older than me. He lived in LA and we communicated a lot through letters and mix tapes. He put this track on one of my mix tapes he made for me. Romantic right? Letters and real mix tapes.

5. Dntel | (This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan (Superpitcher Kompakt Remix)
A great track for walking through NYC. It keeps a good pace. I was given this track on a mix CD by an ex who was a DJ. He was nuts, our relationship was nuts, but I got some good Music out of it. He had a way of hooking me back into his world with the Music he'd play for me. "I won't let go, I won't let go". It made my stomach flip in the best and worst way. He definitely didn't last, but I still love this song despite the strange memory and I've given it to many friends in mixes even though it's a little dated, I think it's timeless.

6. The Cure | Maybe Someday (Acoustic Mix)
One of my best girl friends put this on a mix CD for me. I was going through heartbreak, in a relationship (my first big one)... Feeling alone yet together. So lonely and kinda apathatic, the words and instrumentation hit my heart so hard.

7. Tori Amos | Winter
It's really hard choosing just one Tori song, she's such a major influence and Little Earthquakes especially, every song is my song. Let's just say that she has gotten me through some really hard times and made me realize that I wasn't a huge weirdo... Or that it was OK to be a weirdo. And that bad things happen to good people and you survive and live through. And it's growing up to accept it all, the Pain and the Triumph. I wish I could tell her that in person. Maybe one day.

8. Jez Kerr | Reasons I Feel Like An Alien
A cautious song, I can relate to caution. And I can relate to feeling alieniated from the world around me. Especially when I want to reach out and connect. It's hard isn't it? I love the bass line here, and I love the repeted lyrics. "there was no need to talk we could just feel".

9. Slowdive | Blue Skied An' Clear
If ever I were to marry someone they'd have to be OK with this track being the processional... Starting when that gorgeous guitar comes in and Rachel starts singing. You say Love and it sounds so good, you say Love and it sounds so sweet. It's the ultimate Love song. It’s finger tips touching. What an honor!. It's a huge breath in and a sigh of relief. It's finally finding a place to rest your head that is safe and real. It's what I think Real Love is, if it were vocalized in a song.

10. Elite Gymnastics | Here, In Heaven 4 & 5 (CFCF Remix)
Is it OK to go through Life being untouchable?... Is it? I ask myself this often. Most of the time I'm good with that. Somedays are different. I straddle a paradox of Warmth and Distance.

+11. Dot Allison | Message Personnel
A pretty painful song to admit I feel a connection to. The lyrics say it all. Repeated over and over again. I used to play Music with a guy - and he introduced me to Dot Allison, and there's a story there, but I won't go into it. I'm not a fan of the rest of her Music, it’s just OK, pretty forgetable. But this track. God. It kills me everytime I hear it. There's a longing there... To connect, to be here, to be present, but Fear. Huge crippling Fear. Embrace me, release me! Deny me then feed me! I loan you then lose you. So distant, so near me. It's devastating.

+12. School Of Seven Bells | Iamundernodisguise
I want to tell you that I don't have anything to hide. This is why I choose this one. During the time when I was making my solo EP, I shared a practice space with SVIIB. This was after the twin sisters had an argument and one of them broke up with the band, and Benjaman Curtis was still alive. Ale and Ben were an amazing duo, they were honest and transparent which I think is reflected in this song.

SIDE C | by Bridgette Miller

1. Nico | These Days
Just a perfect song, and, like, as corny as it is to admit, definitely the story of my life. I will always love it, even if it will always make me think of Gwenyth Paltrow getting off a damn bus for at least a second.

2. The Cardigans | Lovefool
Growing up, I listened to whatever my parents listened to in the car— if I was in my dad's truck, it was Country Music, and if I was with my mom, it was Classic Rock or the Godspell soundtrack. That all changed when I heard Lovefool on the School bus radio on a Fourth Grade field trip. I thought it was the greatest song I had ever heard, so asked the bus driver what station was playing, and then asked my parents if we could listen to that station. I'll never forget how scared I was to ask my mom to turn on the Top 40/Pop station, though I'll never understand WHY I was so scared. Ultimately, Lovefool was like the gateway drug for most of the terrible Music I listened to for years after that, and is almost singlehandedly to blame my encyclopedic knowledge of mid-to-late-90s Pop Music. Plus, The Cardigans really loved Black Sabbath, and that was cool, and I have a deep, abiding love for all Swedish Music, from Ace Of Base to Bathory.

3. New Order | Ceremony (Joy Division Cover)
It's hard to pick a favorite New Order song, but there's something so cinematic and special about Ceremony. If anyone (me) ever makes a movie about my life, I would want this song playing during either the opening credits or at the end.

4. ESPN Presents The Jock Jams | The Jock Jam
The greatest medley of all time. I did a burlesque act to this song that I ended up doing almost every night for five weeks on tour, so I feel like I know The Jock Jam better than any other human. Once I was doing this act and the CD skipped and cut out, so I sang The Jock Jam A Capella while I did the act (it's an act in which I perform graphic, intense air sex, by the way...).

5. Kate Bush | Wuthering Heights
When I'm sad, I put on my thick, furry black bathrobe and blast this song and do the complete video choreography. It almost always helps.

6. The Sonics | The Witch
I first heard this song, like many great songs, in a Skateboarding video. It will always be on any go-go dancing playlist I make, until the end of Time.

7. Fleetwood Mac | Planets Of The Universe (Early Demo from Rumours - 2004 Deluxe Edition)
The demo version with just Stevie and piano. It's heartbreaking, and then at the end, Stevie stops and tells the sound engineer that she fucked up the end and the whole thing "wasn't wonderful or anything.” Stevie Nicks' shitty take of Planets Of The Universe is better than anything I or anyone else will ever do in our pathetic lifetimes. We are human garbage. Steve Nicks is a goddess.

8. The Drifters | This Magic Moment
If you don't love this song, you are a monster.

9. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats | I'll Cut You Down
I later realized that Uncle Acid totally ripped off Davie Allan & The Arrows' The Devil's Rumble really hard, but I still love this song. It makes me want to ride a motorcycle and dance and do drugs and have sex and commit crimes, which is what Music should make you feel.

10. Black Sabbath | Changes
I used to think this song was the lamest Black Sabbath song, but then I got older and went through, uh, changes, and totally got it and now it's one of my favorite Black Sabbath songs. That mellotron! Ugh.