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Turning Darkness Into Light

Five fabulous things for this wonderful Friday (yes, the return of sunshine seriously affects my pleasure centers):

So much goodness is on the horizon. Impending day trips to pizza farm and taco farm. A little getaway to see Interpol. A potential trip to take the kiddo to hang with relatives in LA/Pasadena. And being flown out to the Pacific Northwest to shoot a fabulous couple’s wedding. Today I am all smiles.

my old pal Tammy and her friend


  1. Soundslike wrote:

    So glad you like the ‘1981′ set, and my blog! You’re very kind, and I hope you find more music to love there. ‘1981′ has been a gift that keeps on giving–the music never gets old, and it’s always new to someone, so I keep getting to “meet” cool people, now more than half a decade after I first put it together. It’s become very sunny here in Portland this week, too, so I share your smiles.

    Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    Nice to “meet” you too! But seriously, what you’ve done is more than just make mere mixes. You’ve been part research librarian/music historian/documentarian with these amazing collections. I look forward to exploring your blog more, for sure.

    Friday, May 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Soundslike wrote:

    Haha all it took was obsession and time (and having a decent salary, at that time!). It started as a single mix (the “Feet” mix, I believe) and then became three, five, and eventually 9 (plus the “Briefcase” disc, which collected another 400 or so bands/tracks). It was a ton of fun, except for maybe when I was physically making the box sets, which took about 30 minutes a piece of manual labor x450 or so copies, sent out at cost of materials!

    The crazy thing is I could probably make another 3-4 discs of the same caliber with stuff I’ve discovered (without trying) in the years since, like the “How Do You Say 1981 in German” mix. The fecundity of that period, and especially that year, is just mind-blowing. If I added mixes oriented around Disco, Italo, electro, hip-hop, etc.–oh man, it would never end.

    I’ll probably never have the chance to tackle something on that scale again, so I’m glad I did it. Now I’m lucky if I can make just one mix for the blog (hence the major slowdown over the last year).

    You’re very kind, and I admit it’s nice that the effort is appreciated. Obviously, the musicians did the real work! Thanks, and feel free to link to anything else you find you like–taken as a whole, the fake-label “Musique du Monde” mixes are nearing the scope of the ‘81 set–if you can get down with the 70s, my real favorite musical period!

    Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 2:19 am | Permalink

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