The Weekly Mixtape: Ethan’s Mix

Hi! This is Ethan.

Well, technically, he’s Super Ethan in this picture. Which makes sense, ’cause Ethan is my super-awesome nephew.

Ethan turned nine years old last month. Which means that he’s approximately six years older than I remember him being yesterday, but that’s besides the point. He’s nine. I remember being nine. Don’t you? I was big into music. I saw the Monkees that year. Weird Al opened. It was awesome. So it’s a formative time (for better or for worse). And Ethan needs some awesome music to accompany being nine years old.

Only problem is, the most current thing I’ve listened to is that song Christopher Cross wrote for 30 Rock. (Which is totally wicked!) So perhaps I’m not the best judge of current music that a nine-year-old would dig. Thankfully, there are a lot of people on the Popdose staff who either listen to current music, or know what nine-year-olds dig (or should dig), or all three. So I asked them to help put together a mixtape to join Ethan in his ninth year. Here’s what they came up with. I’ve listened to all these songs and I can verify that they rock. Heck, I even added in a couple myself. And you’d be proud of me — I held off including Chuck Mangione’s special vocal version of “Feels So Good” and the extended remix of “Sweet Freedom.” I did it for you, Ethan.

Special thanks to Ted Asregadoo, Michael Fortes, David Medsker, Kelly Stitzel, and Michael Parr for their contributions. Happy belated birthday, Ethan! I love you!

Ethan’s Mix (zip, 251.22 MB)

Andrew Thompson — We’re In Business from I’m Not Likely to Change (2009)

Ash Reiter — Paper Diamonds from Paper Diamonds (2010)

Bad Veins — Falling Tide from Bad Veins (2009)

Beck — Go It Alone from Guero (2005)

The Bens – XFire from The Bens – EP (2004)

Beulah — Gene Autry from The Coast Is Never Clear (2001)

The Breeders – Cannonball from Last Splash (1993)

Cash Cash — Two Days Old from Take It To the Floor (2008)

Dan Deacon — Snake Mistakes from Spiderman of the Rings (2007)

Down With Webster — Miracle Mile from Time to Win, Vol. 1 (2009)

Flaming Lips — If I Only Had a Brain from Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack (2005)

Franz Ferdinand — Do You Want To from You Could Have It So Much Better (2005)

The Gaslight Anthem — The Spirit of Jazz from American Slang (2010)

General Elektriks – Tu Mintrigues from Cliquety Kliqk (2005)

Gnarls Barkley — Crazy from St. Elsewhere (2006)

Gorillaz – Superfast Jellyfish from Plastic Beach (2010)

Green Day — Peacemaker from 21st Century Breakdown (2009)

The Heavy — How You Like Me Now from The House That Dirt Built (2009)

Hey Champ — Shake from Star (2010)

Kaiser Chiefs — Never Miss a Beat from Off With Their Heads (2008)

Laurie Anderson – From The Air (Dan the Automator Remix) original from Big Science (1982)

Marah – Freedom Park from 20,000 Streets Under the Sky (2004)

Mark Ronson — The Bike Song from Record Collection (2010)

Massive Attack — Safe From Harm from Blue Lines (1991)

Metric — Stadium Love from Fantasies (2009)

The Mooney Suzuki – Alive & Amplified from Alive & Amplified (2004)

Muse — Knights of Cydonia from Black Holes and Revelations (2006)

OK Go — White Knuckles from Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (2010)

Paramore — Crushcrushcrush from Riot! (2007)

Passion Pit — The Reeling from Manners (2010)

Ra Ra Riot — Boy from The Orchard (2010)

Ratatat – Seventeen Years from Ratatat (1999)

Spoon – I Turn My Camera On from Gimme Fiction (2005)

The Ting Tings — Shut Up and Let Me Go from We Started Nothing (2008)

The Ting Tings — That’s Not My Name from We Started Nothing (2008)

The Very Best — Warm Heart of Africa (feat. Ezra Koenig) (Alan Wilkis remix)

Tricky — Black Steel from Maxinquaye (1995)

Vampire Weekend — A-Punk from Vampire Weekend (2008)

Walter Meego — Forever from Voyager (2008)

Weezer — (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To from Raditude (2009)

White Rabbits — Percussion Gun from It’s Frightening (2009)

Wolfmother — New Moon Rising from Cosmic Egg (2009)

Wolfmother –White Feather from Cosmic Egg (2009)

You, You’re Awesome – I’m Deaf And You’re Boring from You’re My Superhero – EP (2009)

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  • Matt Blick

    Whaaaaaatttt???????

    Not only do I believe you guys have never met a nine year old in your lives – I don’t think you were ever nine years old yourselves!

    Laurie Anderson?!!!!!

    Oh man I need to lie down…

  • http://www.jasonhare.com Anonymous

    What would you have put on there, Matt?

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    I’d rather have a nine year old exposed to Laurie Anderson than Kidz Bop, and that’s a solid fact.

  • http://twitter.com/zandria1 Mindy

    Man that is a good mix, Ethan really IS super, and adorable too!

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    When I was nine, I was a sponge for anything and everything. Whether that’s contributed to my overall neurotic personality or not is a case for the analysts, but I would never have traded the experience. “Hot Blooded” or “Flash Light” or even “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” might not have been air-quotes appropriate, but all contributed to my love of music which is very important to me.

    I wish my parents had been able to expose me to more art than just music. If I had serious museum-time in before I was 13, I think that would have made just as powerful an impact on me.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I gave that Laurie Anderson remix to my favorite nine-year-old and she loved it. Will Ethan? Who knows. But at least he’s going to learn about some music he may never learned about before that may help him to decide what he likes — and what he doesn’t.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I gave that Laurie Anderson remix to my favorite nine-year-old and she loved it. Will Ethan? Who knows. But at least he’s going to learn about some music he may never learned about before that may help him to decide what he likes — and what he doesn’t.

  • Jamie_lyon

    Excellent mix tape! Fess up though, Jason, you have a matching super-hero costume with a big “J” on it, don’t you?

  • KingP

    As a guy with two little monsters of my own, I can attest to the fact that all kids love the Ramones. I must warn you however, that I you choose to expose your kid to the BLitzkreig Bop, make sure, really sure, that you also love the Ramones. Because you will listen to them . . .often.

  • David_E

    Yeah, maybe some of these tracks do feel just a tad out of range, if you sell kids short (and you can, they’re kids after all) on their ability to appreciate more sophisticated melodies or darker moods. That said, my eight- and ten-year-old both love Weezer and the Ting-Tings and OK Go. We mix in a little Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy, mind you; your mileage may vary.

  • David_E

    Yeah, maybe some of these tracks do feel just a tad out of range, if you sell kids short (and you can, they’re kids after all) on their ability to appreciate more sophisticated melodies or darker moods. That said, my eight- and ten-year-old both love Weezer and the Ting-Tings and OK Go. We mix in a little Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy, mind you; your mileage may vary.

  • http://thevitaminkid.blogspot.com autodidact

    Not a bad mix. I would have put in something by Paul McCartney. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey? Band on the Run?

    It’s hard for me to judge what the average kid that age would like. I was raised on mainstream jazz (Ahmad Jamal), soundtracks (Funny Face, Peter Gunn, Mutiny on the Bounty), light classical, and the MOR pop of the early 60s. But at age 10-11, I sure loved Uncle Albert. I grew into liking the Beatles via Paul and Ringo. I think Ringo made some very kid-friendly singles. At least, that’s my guess. If you have a kid, you’ll have to do your own test.

  • Hairrocket

    great mix

  • Kennygray312

    Looking at your playslist, I think you’d dig this new Boston band “TOM FLASH”! Check em out
    http://www.myspace.com/whoistomflash