The Weekly Mixtape: 2/4/11 — In Love At Last

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to a couple who told me that the first time they met, they couldn’t stand each other.  Or they saw each other but there was no spark; not even a little romantic interest.  But at some point, maybe just from being around each other for long enough, something changed.  And years later they can’t imagine being with anyone else.

So it is with a lot of the artists now in my regular rotation.  The first time I heard them I thought, “what is this crap?”.  Or I knew of them but never really bothered to give them a shot.  There’s only so many hours in the day, right?  But our paths kept crossing until one day, I got it.  The connection was formed, never to be broken.  I was, so to speak, in love at last.  Seems apropos so close to Valentine’s Day I guess.

My humble contribution to the Weekly Mixtape is a batch of songs that got me over the hump with some of my now-favorite artists.  These are the tracks that, after I heard them, meant there was no turning back.


  1. Rush – “Xanadu”, from A Farewell to Kings (1977)
  2. Pearl Jam – “Go”, from Vs. (1993)
  3. Genesis – “The Musical Box”, from Nursery Cryme (1971)
  4. King’s X – “Out of the Silent Planet”, from Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989)
  5. Randy Newman – “Marie”, from Good Old Boys (1974)
  6. King Crimson – “One More Red Nightmare”, from Red (1974)
  7. XTC – “Love on a Farmboy’s Wages”, from Mummer (1983)
  8. Can – “Vitamin C”, from Ege Bamyasi (1972)
  9. The Who – “Our Love Was”, from The Who Sell Out (1967)
  10. Steely Dan – “Bodhisattva”, from Countdown to Ecstasy (1973)
  11. Chicago – “Poem for the People”, from Chicago II (1970)
  12. The Zombies – “A Rose for Emily”, from Odessey and Oracle (1968)
  13. Muse – “Knights of Cydonia”, from Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
  14. Utopia – “Love in Action”, from Oops! Wrong Planet (1977)
  15. Doves – “Catch the Sun”, from Lost Souls (2000)
  16. Waylon Jennings – “Rainy Day Woman”, from The Ramblin’ Man (1974)
  17. System of a Down – “Cigaro”, from Mezmerize (2005)
  18. The Bad Plus – “Anthem for the Earnest”, from Suspicious Activity? (2005)
  19. Opeth – “Death Whispered a Lullaby”, from Damnation (2003)
  20. Stevie Wonder – “You’ve Got It Bad Girl”, from Talking Book (1972)
  21. Bee Gees – “Nights on Broadway”, from Main Course (1975)
  22. Frank Zappa – “Montana”, from Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
  23. Porcupine Tree – “Deadwing”, from Deadwing (2005)
  24. Wilco – “Either Way”, from Sky Blue Sky (2007)
  25. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Karn Evil 9: First Impression, Part II”, from Brain Salad Surgery (1973)



  • Matt

    Wonderfully diverse list….gotta love any mix where SOAD can sit next to Waylon. It’s nice to see that someone else has appreciation for the Sky Blue Sky album by Wilco…that’s an assumption as you might like “Either Way” and hate the rest of the album, but I’ll assume that you dig it.

  • Anonymous

    “Catch the Sun” was my introduction to Doves, courtesy of an Astralwerks sampler. Weeks later, I’d receive Lost Souls in the mail, hear “Sea Song” and know that album was never leaving my collection. It’s still one of my five favorite albums of the 00s. You can’t go wrong with anything from The Who Sell Out or Countdown to Ecstasy either.

  • http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/ grayflannelsuit

    I love it. “Impossible Germany” almost made this list.

  • Matt

    I wasn’t immediately bowled over with “Impossible Germany” like the rest of
    the Wilco fanbase (at least most of the fanbase, it seems), but it quickly
    won me over the more I saw the band playing it live….and of course live,
    it goes to a whole ‘nother level. It’s not hard to see why it quickly has
    become a staple in the Wilco setlist..

    “What Light” is my jam off Sky Blue Sky.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    That Nels Cline solo on “Impossible Germany” reminds me of “Marquee Moon” — I fell for it immediately.

  • Lynchola

    Worth the price of admission just to hear Randy Newman singing “Marie” – achingly beautiful and downright real.

  • chris
  • da5id

    In any other universe, King’s X would be HUGE and famous by now. Gretchen was a great album, and my first exposure to them – great melodies, Beatles harmonies, awesome guitar solos – what’s not to love? ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ sounds so . . . big. Like Pink Floyd crossed with Zeppelin, and the Beatles; the chorus is one big “ahhhhhhhhh” yet somehow it all works. King’s X started the “alternative” sound (I think Flea also credited them with the same somewhere) but no one noticed.

  • http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/ grayflannelsuit

    Anytime people start to talk about the most criminally underrated bands of all time, King’s X is always one of the first that springs to mind for me. I have to think that had Atlantic known what the hell they were doing, the band would’ve been a lot more commercially successful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hcurtisshannon Curt Shannon

    Enjoyed the Who song – hadn’t heard it in years. Nicely progressive without pretentiousness. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emma-Aistrop/100000208440031 Emma Aistrop

    Awesome list! I love that you included Pearl Jam…I’m definitely becoming a big fan now that they’re coming out with new stuff :) I also just found that they have their own playlist on Spotify. It’s such a great music streaming program…if you haven’t heard of it, this invitation link will get you a free version of it: http://sp.myplay.com/collegemarketing/. After that, you can subscribe to their playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/myplay.com/playlist/2RrwYnpe54sfwJUV57YfFL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emma-Aistrop/100000208440031 Emma Aistrop

    Awesome list! I love that you included Pearl Jam…I’m definitely becoming a big fan now that they’re coming out with new stuff :) I also just found that they have their own playlist on Spotify. It’s such a great music streaming program…if you haven’t heard of it, this invitation link will get you a free version of it: http://sp.myplay.com/collegemarketing/. After that, you can subscribe to their playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/myplay.com/playlist/2RrwYnpe54sfwJUV57YfFL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emma-Aistrop/100000208440031 Emma Aistrop

    Awesome list! I love that you included Pearl Jam…I’m definitely becoming a big fan now that they’re coming out with new stuff :) I also just found that they have their own playlist on Spotify. It’s such a great music streaming program…if you haven’t heard of it, this invitation link will get you a free version of it: http://sp.myplay.com/collegemarketing/. After that, you can subscribe to their playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/myplay.com/playlist/2RrwYnpe54sfwJUV57YfFL

  • http://www.facebook.com/jentin2010 Jennifer Esther Lee Tindal

    Great list. I love the Pearl Jam addition. I am SO pumped for PJ20. Have you seen their playlist on Spotify? It’s awesome. They also have this sick contest that you can win a free screening in your hometown! http://open.spotify.com/user/myplay.com/playlist/2RrwYnpe54sfwJUV57YfFL