Daily Mixes

In addition to actual mix tapes, I like to set a minidisc to record and start a Roon Radio automated mix from a key track. I record over optical while working or doing something else. Sometimes they aren’t very interesting, but sometimes they go in unexpected directions. It’s more fun to record and play the MD blanks like this than just use the radio function directly, though I do that as well.

I usually record on my portable player at my desk. When the disc is full I put it in my main deck and run through it quickly to add track markers where needed and drop the last incomplete track. I then put it back in the portable player and use Web MiniDisc Pro to title everything. It’s a bit convoluted; the portable is convenient for recording while I’m working and excellent for titling with its NetMD functionality, but the hifi deck is much nicer for setting track markers precisely.

I figured I’d document my recordings here, especially if I ever reuse the discs in the future and want to come back to the playlists.

2022-09-22

Key Track: Kaki King - Ingots

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Keyed off Ingots from Legs to Make Us Longer, this mix has some instrumental tracks and some vocal, with a good amount of rich tones and warmth. I only knew a couple of the artists that popped up here. This one is really good, with some great live recordings as well.

Highlights: Wind, Legions (War), Ouray

Track List:

  1. Ingots - Kaki King (03:55)
  2. Wind - Endless Field (02:23)
  3. Pretty Polly - Sam Amidon (04:58)
  4. The Young People - Lankum (07:03)
  5. Toneloop - The Octopus Project (03:14)
  6. Bbtone - Pinback (04:48)
  7. Legions (War) - Zoe Keating (06:03)
  8. Llyn Du (Live) - 9Bach (04:17)
  9. My Only Swerving - El Ten Eleven (05:15)
  10. Bring Me My Queen - Abigail Washburn (04:13)
  11. Suite Bergamasque: Passepied - Punch Brothers (03:32)
  12. Petal One - Areni Agbabian, Nicolas Stocker (01:52)
  13. Talk - Antoine Dufour (04:41)
  14. Ouray (Live)- Andy McKee (03:09)

Recorded On: Opaque grey Sony MDW-60 disc with text upside down from all my other MDs

Playlists

2022-09-20

Key Track: Mogwai - Ceiling Granny

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This list is keyed off the best song from As the Love Continues, itself my favorite Mogwai release in years. From the noisy distorted guitars of Ceiling Granny it dives into other post-rock like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Rós. This one tried several times to launch into 20-40 minute tracks which really weren’t appropriate for a mix, so I skipped those and cleaned up the breaks later. Some of the stuff on this is pretty weird, particularly Military Alphabet, Science Fair, and Another Clockwork Day.

Highlights: Ceiling Granny, Starálfur, Slowmo, Remurdered

Track List:

  1. Ceiling Granny - Mogwai (03:59)
  2. Military Alphabet (five eyes all blind) [4521.0kHz 6730.0kHz 4109.09kHz] - Godspeed You! Black Emperor (04:35)
  3. Party in the Dark - Mogwai (04:04)
  4. Science Fair - Black Country, New Road (06:20)
  5. I Can Wait - Low (04:02)
  6. Starálfur - Sigur Rós (06:49)
  7. Unsmart Lady - Dry Cleaning (03:03)
  8. Flying - Explosions in the Sky (03:03)
  9. Rooftop - This Will Destroy You (05:51)
  10. Televised Mind - Fontaines D.C. (04:12)
  11. Burial - God is an Astronaut (06:03)
  12. Chondromalacia Patella - black midi (04:49)
  13. Another Clockwork Day - Arab Strap (03:29)
  14. Slowmo - Slowdive (06:55)
  15. Remurdered - Mogwai (06:25)

Recorded on: Transparent Sony Basic 80

Playlists

2022-09-17

Key Track: Wintergaten - Sommarfagel

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Keyed off an instrumental track from Wintergaten, this one goes off in some strange directions. I deleted one really awful track but the rest is worthy.

The Scorpions track is a studio recording from MTV Unplugged.

Highlights: Abecedarium Nord, On Fire, I’m Not OK, Midnight City, Horse With No Name

Track List:

  1. Sommarfagel - Wintergatan (03:53)
  2. Scottish Dance (Pt. 2) - Mantus (02:38)
  3. Abecedarium Nord - Odroerir (09:28)
  4. Sera - Lagum (02:59)
  5. On Fire - Firewoodisland (03:35)
  6. Anything, Anything - Grey Daze (03:13)
  7. Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions (03:57)
  8. I’m Not OK - RHODES (03:25)
  9. Midnight City - M83 (04:00)
  10. Anemo - People of the Universe (04:45)
  11. Wasteland - Orion White (03:43)
  12. I Died So I Could Haunt You - Stars (03:05)
  13. Duchesse - La Patere Rose (02:33)
  14. Cure for Me - AURORA (03:23)
  15. Kimiwa Rock Wo Kikanai - Hiroki Moriuchi (04:14)
  16. Horse With No Name - Jens Thomas (05:17)
  17. Without You - Oh Wonder (03:44)
  18. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit (02:55)

Recorded on: TDK Lucir 74, transparent light blue-green

Playlists

2022-09-11

Key Track: Low - Days Like These

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Keyed off Days Like These, one of my favorite tracks from the latest Low album. This one moves around a bit, and though the source track is from the noise era of Low, the rest of the playlist is much more mellow.

Highlights: Days Like These, Little Things, Valentine, OD’d in Denver

Track List:

  1. Days Like These - Low (05:21)
  2. Followed the Ocean - Grouper (02:57)
  3. Instrumental - Black Country, New Road (05:27)
  4. You Will Never Work in Television Again - The Smile (02:48)
  5. Reach Out - Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine (03:46)
  6. Little Things - Big Thief (05:45)
  7. The Times I’m Not There - NE-HI & Jamila Woods (02:42)
  8. Dragon Slayer - Animal Collective (03:59)
  9. The Start - Liars (03:53)
  10. Vanishing - Circuit des Yeux (04:37)
  11. Valentine - Snail Mail (03:18)
  12. Everything in its Right Place - Radiohead (04:13)
  13. Scratchcard Lanyard - Dry Cleaning (04:08)
  14. Safety Dance - Angel Olsen (03:53)
  15. Witness Protection - SUUNS (04:09)
  16. Chaos Space Marine - Black Country, New Road (03:36)
  17. OD’d in Denver - Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy (03:32)
  18. John L - black midi (05:15)

Recorded on: Memorex MD 74, translucent light grey

Playlists

2022-09-04

Key Track: The National - All Dolled-up in Straps

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Keyed off my favorite track from the EP Cherry Tree, this one mostly sticks to the sort of indie rock music that you’d expect. Nothing fancy but everything here is good.

Highlights: All Dolled-up in Straps, Blood Bank, Santa Fe, Dancepack

Track List:

  1. All Dolled-up In Straps - The National (04:15)
  2. Cardinal Song - The National (06:18)
  3. The Funeral - Band of Horses (05:23)
  4. Blood Bank - Bon Iver (04:47)
  5. Weird Fishes / Arpeggi - Radiohead (05:21)
  6. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt 1 - The Flaming Lips (04:46)
  7. Untitled - Interpol (03:57)
  8. Between the Bars - Elliott Smith (02:21)
  9. I Don’t Want Love - The Antlers (03:22)
  10. Title and Registration - Death Cab for Cutie (03:40)
  11. Santa Fe - Beirut (04:15)
  12. Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear (04:04)
  13. Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire (03:28)
  14. 3rd Planet - Modest Mouse (03:58)
  15. Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National (04:36)
  16. Is There a Ghost - Band of Horses (02:59)
  17. Dancepack - Volcano Choir (04:19)

Recorded on: Clear Maxell burari 74 with a silhouette of a girl walking a dog with a city skyline behind

Playlists

2022-08-30

Key Track: Danielle Ponder - Only the Lonely

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The key track for this was a recommendation from Andy Buck. Almost all this material is new to me.

Highlights: Only the Lonely, Lose Anything, The Only Way Out

Track List:

  1. Only the Lonely - Danielle Ponder (03:58)
  2. Cinco Sentidos - Tempura the Purple Boy (06:18)
  3. You Needed Love, I Needed You - Angelo De Augustine (03:08)
  4. Carousel - ginla (03:10)
  5. Party - Kenneth Whalum III (04:12)
  6. 50 Watt Smile - filous (03:23)
  7. Now You Know - Tom Rosenthal (03:34)
  8. Quero Dizer - Bruno Berle (03:53)
  9. I’m in Love - Tomoko Aran (05:54)
  10. All of the Little Things - Winston Surfshirt (04:21)
  11. The Stranger - Menahan Street Band (03:01)
  12. Lose Anything - Rachel Chinouriri (03:40)
  13. Who’s There - Mitekiss (05:31)
  14. Coffee & Clouds - FIKA (02:48)
  15. Nobody Scared - Porij (03:38)
  16. The Only Way Out - Danielle Ponder (03:21)
  17. Water - Stella Talpo (03:04)
  18. Saving Grace - Subculture (03:54)
  19. Make Sure - Kenneth Whalum III (03:15)

Recorded on: Clear maxell SX MD 74 with textured stripe pattern and translucent back

Playlists

2022-08-29

Key Track: Daughter - Landfill

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This is based on a track I first heard on a walk while letting Apple Music play music it thought I would enjoy. It really caught my attention and I added it to my favorites list immediately.

The mix has a few songs I know well, such as Laura, Not, and I Need My Girl, along with a bunch of good stuff that was new to me.

Highlights: Poke, Laura

Track List:

  1. Landfill - Daughter (04:29)
  2. Poke - Daughter (05:05)
  3. Romance - Ex:Re (06:44)
  4. Every Time the Sun Comes Up - Sharon Van Etten (04:21)
  5. Kettering - The Antlers (05:11)
  6. Yemaya - Kele Okereke (03:32)
  7. Horse’s Mane - Animic (05:25)
  8. Laura - Bat for Lashes (04:26)
  9. Avalanche (Slow) - Zola Jesus (04:57)
  10. Not - Big Thief (06:07)
  11. Heaven - Marthagunn (03:20)
  12. Line of Fire - Junip (05:41)
  13. Still - Daughter (03:33)
  14. Serpents - Sharon Van Etten (03:04)
  15. I Need My Girl - The National (04:05)
  16. Garden - Wilsen (03:30)
  17. Sprained Ankle - Julien Baker (02:55)
  18. Motion Sickness - Phoebe Bridgers (03:49)

Recorded on: Opaque light blue Victor Pocop 80 minute disc

Playlists

2022-08-22

Key Track: Low Roar - Don’t Be So Serious

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Death Stranding and my friend Alex first brought the key track from Low Roar to my attention. The whole album Once in a Long, Long While is excellent and certainly worth a listen. Most of this mix was new to me, but it does include favorites like Obedear and On Hold. The whole playlist is worth your time.

Highlights: Don’t Be So Serious, Youth, Sound of Violence, Obedear, On Hold

Track List

  1. Don’t Be So Serious - Low Roar (06:13)
  2. I’ll Keep Coming - Low Roar (05:51)
  3. Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby - Cigarettes After Sex (04:49)
  4. Love Songs for Robots - Patrick Watson (03:37)
  5. Iron - Woodkid (03:09)
  6. Youth - Daughter (04:14)
  7. Sound of Violence - Other Lives (03:45)
  8. Dream In - Tunng (04:39)
  9. Shortline - RY X (03:56)
  10. La Loba (Form Remix) - La Chica (03:22)
  11. Heaven - Marthagunn (03:19)
  12. I Know How to Speak (demo) - Manchester Orchestra (04:29)
  13. Obedear - Purity Ring (03:32)
  14. On Hold - The xx (03:43)
  15. David - Low Roar (05:38)
  16. You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are - Keaton Henson (03:50)
  17. Diviner - Hayden Thorpe (03:21)

Recorded on: Translucent yellow PrimeDisc 74 minute MD with an opaque white back

Playlists

2022-08-21

Key Track: Tegan and Sara - Walking With a Ghost from Still Jealous

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This is based on the awesome acoustic version of Walking With a Ghost from the recent Tegan and Sara record Still Jealous. Unsurprisingly the resulting playlist is mostly indie, mostly women. This is a pretty good mix.

Highlights: Walking With a Ghost, New Obsession, True Seekers, Free, Running With the Hurricane

Track List

  1. Walking With a Ghost - Tegan and Sara (02:23)
  2. Fucking Up What Matters - Tegan and Sara (02:53)
  3. True Confessions - Blondfire (03:40)
  4. Working for the Knife - Mitski (02:41)
  5. Wolves - Hurray for the Riff Raff (03:38)
  6. Catch - Allie X (03:47)
  7. Marsh - The Weather Station (04:31)
  8. New Obsession - FRANKIE (03:46)
  9. Loneliness - Maita (03:59)
  10. Out With a Whimper - Laura Stevenson (04:39)
  11. Toyboat - Sharon Van Etten (02:58)
  12. I Don’t Really Care for You - CMAT (04:06)
  13. True Seekers - Sleigh Bells (03:28)
  14. Bad Religion - Cat Power (04:20)
  15. Free - BROODS (03:43)
  16. Year of Love - Jenny Hval (04:15)
  17. Heaven - Grace Cummings (04:45)
  18. Warning Signs - Band of Horses (04:20)
  19. Running With the Hurricane - Camp Cope (04:17)
  20. Once Twice Melody - Beach House (04:45)
  21. Julien - Carly Rae Jepsen (03:54)

Recorded on: 80 minute Maxell Twinkle disc, clear front with opaque white back, gold colored disc

Playlists

2022-08-19

Key Track: Local Natives - Fountain of Youth

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Keyed off one of the best songs Local Natives has ever written, this mix hits a lot of high points of indie rock, including some of my favorite songs. Don’t Move by Phantogram is particularly good. One of my favorite mixes for sure.

Highlights: Fountain of Youth, Madder Red, Two Weeks, Don’t Move, Tiderays

Track List

  1. Fountain of Youth - Local Natives (03:55)
  2. More Than This - Local Natives (03:32)
  3. Madder Red - Yeasayer (04:03)
  4. Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear (04:07)
  5. These Kids We Knew - Rostam (02:28)
  6. Palace - The Antlers (05:37)
  7. Don’t Move - Phantogram (04:17)
  8. Tomboy - Panda Bear (04:57)
  9. King of Sweden - Future Islands (04:12)
  10. Polish Girl - Neon Indian (04:23)
  11. Too Dramatic - Ra Ra Riot (03:06)
  12. If You Need To, Keep Time on Me - Fleet Foxes (03:32)
  13. Tiderays - Volcano Choir (04:56)
  14. Queen - Perfume Genius (03:50)
  15. Dark Days - Local Natives (03:01)
  16. Romance is Boring - Los Campesinos! (02:38)
  17. Yet Again - Grizzly Bear (05:20)
  18. Bike Dream - Rostam (03:21)

Recorded on: Translucent blue PrimeDisc 74 minute MD with an opaque white back

Playlists

2022-08-18

Key Track: Yes - Starship Trooper

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The first mix of this type I recorded, and a confirmation of the potential of this method. Of course just listening to the music discovery based program directly can unearth the same tracks, but somehow making it a physical object and preserving it changes how I perceive it and increases my enjoyment and the impact of the tracks.

This is a mostly prog rock mix keyed off one of my favorite tracks from one of my favorite bands. Yes has been part of my musical life since I was a kid, and The Yes Album one I always liked. I used this album as a test recording over 10 years ago when I demoed the speakers I still use today. Others on this list that were influential to me include Pink Floyd, The Who, Rush, The Moody Blues, and Led Zeppelin.

I heard a lot of this stuff on FM 94.9 KGGO out of Des Moines growing up. I think I owe them a lot. I remember Lucky Man particularly: simple and moving and apparently written when Greg Lake was 12.

Highlights: Lucky Man, Baba O’Riley, Solsbury Hill, Nights in White Satin

Track List

  1. Starship Trooper - Yes (09:30)
  2. Roundabout - Yes (08:35)
  3. Really Don’t Mind / See There a Son is Born - Jethro Tull (04:58)
  4. Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (04:39)
  5. Dance on a Volcano - Genesis (06:00)
  6. I Talk to the Wind - King Crimson (06:09)
  7. Pigs on the Wing 1 - Pink Floyd (01:27)
  8. Baba O’Riley (remix) - The Who (04:58)
  9. Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel (04:22)
  10. The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin (07:43)
  11. A Passage to Bangkok - Rush (03:38)
  12. Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues (07:46)
  13. Can’t Find My Way Home - Blind Faith (03:18)

Recorded on: Translucent green Saehan Power Wave 74 minute MD with a nearly opaque white back

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