It Started With A Mixx #1: Dance Dance Dance – Matt’s Coachella Mix, 2009

7 03 2009

In April 2005, I attended my first Coachella. Some of my friends in grad school had gone the year before and had a great time, and though I didn’t know much at the time about many of the bands beyond Nine Inch Nails (who proved to be one of the highlights of the weekend) and Weezer, I was tempted by the sense of discovery, and decided I wanted in. Coachella 2005 was in many ways the beginning of my current love affair with music. In the weeks prior the concert, my much better informed friends introduced me to groups like the Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, the Futureheads, Rilo Kiley, and Wilco, at least two of whom would currently rank among my favorite bands. We began what would become, at least for me, a tradition of sort – we would each make and share a mix tape featuring the artists we were most excited to see. Of course, at the time, I didn’t yet know enough of the bands to put together a mix of my own, but when the same idea rolled around the following year, I threw together a mix called “Goldenvoice is Gonna Tell Me Where the Light Is: Clap Your Hands, Say Coachella 2006,” and I’ve kept the tradition going ever since.

Nowadays, I attend at least three music festivals a year (Coachella, Pitchfork, and Lollapalooza, plus smaller festivals like the Hideout Block Party), and I make it a point to make a mix tape for each one. It’s a way for me to get to know the bands, to share my excitement with my fellow concertgoers, and in some cases, to provide a useful reference point for when I want to insist we head over to see some band my friends have never heard of. It also means I have a permanent record of my concert-going history, in case I want to look back at 10 years and see who I was looking forward to seeing at Pitchfork Music Festival 2007, etc.

This year’s mix is, in my opinion, one of my best, though through no fault of my own: it’s easy to make a great mix when you have this kind of material available, when you can start off with the Smiths and end with the Beatles! I’m also proud of this post for a second reason: in the past 24 hours, I have conquered the internets in a battle of wills over whether it would be possible to post a playlist of streaming audio on WordPress. As my previous post indicates, I figured out how to embed an imeem playlist last night, only to discover that imeem only allows you to play 30 seconds of each song. After a great deal of searching, I finally found an alternative that didn’t require me to have somewhere to host a music player. The songs are all hosted on WordPress, so if you really want links to individual songs, leave me a comment and I’ll probably oblige. In the mean time, I’m just going to post the whole mix as a zip file, along with the playlist below. Enjoy!

[Download the “Dance Dance Dance – Matt’s 2009 Coachella Mix”]

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7 03 2009
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