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A Bit Less Cynical at Christmas

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The follow-up/companion to 'Cynical at Christmas'. As promised, this is a bit less cynical, but still 'alternative' and avoiding most cliches. Chuck Berry is allowed, because, alongside with Half Man Half Biscuit, he has written and performed the OTHER TWO 'Greatest Christmas Songs Ever' (namely Merry Christmas Baby and Run Rudolph Run).

This is, musically at least, a little more 'feel good' than the 'Cynical' mix, and aiming for a general positivity without resorting to cheap sentiment.

Dark Christmas - Part 1

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A dark/gothic Christmas mix for people who like dark, heavy rock with a bit of freaky experimentalism.

The picture *IS* Christmas-y; it is adapted from Wikipedia, and is of Krampus. See here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus

Part 2 is quieter but darker. The two parts were made as one mix, but split up for people who might prefer one half to the other.

Cynical At Christmas Mix

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A mix for people who don't enjoy Yule/Christmas/Solstice/etc.

THIS IS *NOT* SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, and NOT SAFE FOR WORK. (Due to Beans on Toast, Tales from the Crypt, Tiny Tim, Zoogz Rift and Allen Ginsberg).

Belladrum Space Mix 04 – Hippyish/Semi-Random

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Circular mix made for the 'Space' theme for Belladrum festival 2011. This mix was made to be played on repeat on a CD, rather than just from beginning to end.

It was used in the Around group's stall to provide both atmosphere and entertainment. (The Around group are an eclectic fusion of artists, of which I am a part. There are around 20 or so people in the group, ranging from painters and sculptors to wood carvers and musicians. See http://www.around.org.uk/ for more information.)

Belladrum Space Mix 03 – Folky/Hippyish

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Circular mix made for the 'Space' theme for Belladrum festival 2011. This mix was made to be played on repeat on a CD, rather than just from beginning to end.

It was used in the Around group's stall to provide both atmosphere and entertainment. (The Around group are an eclectic fusion of artists, of which I am a part. There are around 20 or so people in the group, ranging from painters and sculptors to wood carvers and musicians. See http://www.around.org.uk/ for more information.)

Drunk on Music

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Another drinking compilation!

This one takes the form of the journey of a night of drinking: from initial high expectations through self doubt, over-confidence, and ultimately becoming incomprehensible... but still having a good time.

It is an EU regulation that one out of every three drinking-themed mixes or compilations must include either The Pogues or Shane MacGowan.

(NB: Troll Bends Fir (Troll Gnet El) are generally categorised as 'Russian Beer Folk' - a genre I hope to investigate more one day).

Daddy Go Down to the Ghetto and Spread Your Love

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Random, on-the-spot mix for a kind of groovy, funky, fun night. A couple of bits of swearing, so not safe for work or children (unless you skip Black Grape and Ghostface Killah).

I would like to think that this is the first time that Kenny Rogers, Ghostface Killah and Ghetto Plotz have all been featured together in a mix, but maybe someone can prove me wrong...

Mirrorkill

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Mirrokill's new album came out earlier this year - and wow! Fantastic songwriting, captivating Discordian acoustic bongo rock music, humour, and energy... There are shades of Julian Cope, Half Man Half Biscuit, David Cronenberg's Wife, New Model Army, and even tiny hints of Comus and 70s acoustic hard-folk-rock. If you like that kind of thing, you will NOT be disappointed.

Any band that has the slogan "Nothing You Pay Money For Can Ever Be Subversive" has got to be alright.

On top of all that - it's FREE! Go and download it RIGHT NOW or you will never forgive yourself:

The Man That Things Weren't Meant To Know

You should also check out their earlier albums, and their latest, 23 minute long track while you're there.

Afraid of Americans - Rock Mix

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*Warning!* Offensive lyrics - definitely NSFW, children, etc. LOTS of swearing at the end, so don't upset yourself or others with it. 'So What' even offends people who 'aren't easily offended'... you have been warned!

If you're into rock, grunge, stoner rock, electro rock, goth and punk, though, you should find it enjoyable.

This is a fairly random, high energy mix, based on the loose theme of "rock stuff that goes with David Bowie's 'Afraid of Americans' song".

Jayne County is probably my favourite punk rock performer, along with John Lydon/Johnny Rotten. Punk needs more witty, sassy, confrontational, transgender icons, and her song 'Fuck Off' should have been a punk anthem alongside 'God Save the Queen' or 'Anarchy In The UK'. her autobiography is excellent as well. [end of my tuppence worth]

Forest Mix - Electronica and Dance

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This mix was created for the Around Gallery in Strathpeffer, where the theme for the year is 'Forest,' because 2011 has been declared 'International Year of Forests' by the United Nations.

See these links for more details:
http://www.around.org.uk/
http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/

I am doing a different forest-themed mix every month for the rest of 2011. This is the SECOND MIX.

The first mix in the series can be found here:
Journey Through The Forest - Part 1

Ghost Rider

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This mix was made for a friend, and is centered around the Young Gods' cover of 'Ghost Rider'.

The idea was to evoke a particular part of the atmosphere of the song, and explore it as fully as possible.

It's intended to be a kind of gritty road trip through the dirty back roads of America - similar to Natural Born Killers if it was directed by Jim Jarmusch. Or Wim Wenders. Or something.

You can make up your own story to fit the lyrics and music, but I see it as a teenager running away from home ("America, America is killing it's youth"), who, after visiting some dark places (of the soul and the landscape), finally finds his home at the carnival.

I've only got an old vinyl rip of Swans' Love Will Tear Us Apart - sorry for the crackles. There's a similar version by Honeyroot at the end of the excellent UK film 'Red Road'.

 

Down To Business - Valentine Mix (Part 2)

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This Valentine's mix is probably best enjoyed if you DO NOT READ THE TRACKLIST (until after you've heard it).

To really get into the spirit of this, you may want to get comfortable with your lover, turn down the lights, and let the music take you for a ride... but you can still enjoy it without a lover.

Make sure you listened to Part 1 before listening to this.

Probably best not to listen to the mix near children or those who are easily offended.

 

Down To Business - Valentine Mix (Part 1)

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This Valentine's mix is probably best enjoyed if you DO NOT READ THE TRACKLIST (until after you've heard it).

To really get into the spirit of this, you may want to get comfortable with your lover, turn down the lights, and let the music take you for a ride... but you can still enjoy it without a lover.

Make sure you listen to Part 2 after listening to this.

Probably best not to listen to the mix near children or those who are easily offended.

God vs Satan - Round 1 - Part 2

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A compilation/mix centred around the idea of God vs Satan, perhaps in a South Park/MTV kind of way. This is the second half of Round 1 - of a projected 3 rounds. You can draw your own conclusions from the music and lyrics about who, if anyone, wins at the end.

Make sure you listen to Part 1 for the beginning of this round:
http://www.djkaboodle.co.uk/blog/2010/november/05/god-vs-satan-round-1-part-1

God vs Satan - Round 1 - Part 1

Mixes and sets

A compilation/mix centred around the idea of God vs Satan, perhaps in a South Park/MTV kind of way. This is the first half of Round 1 - of a projected 3 rounds... You can draw your own conclusions from the music and lyrics about who, if anyone, wins at the end.

Make sure you listen to Part 2 for the conclusion of this round!
http://www.djkaboodle.co.uk/blog/2010/november/05/god-vs-satan-round-1-part-2

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