I’ve always been a fan of mixes that set a mood – that tell a story in music. My favorite’s I’ve done are probably A Midsummer’s DayDream and the “Music To _____ To” series. If you’ve followed ToC for a while…you probably know what I’m talking about. Today while perusing my Feedly – I stumbled on an amazing article from DJ TechTools that shares the basics of telling a story through a DJ Mix.
It’s a concept that I’ve been doing for a while, but never really thought too deeply about. I’ve always thought about telling stories with words or film, but why not share it with music? A great quote from Pamela Rutledge in the article - “Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life…Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place in the world, create our identities, and define and teach social values.”
It goes along with what I’ve been reading in Robert McKee’s book “Story” (which I highly recommend) – “The archetypal story unearths a universally human experience, then wraps itself inside a unique, culture-specific expression.” The same can go for producing music too. You grab the attention of the listener in the beginning with a hook, making them want to hear more, and instead of just doing the mundane verse / chorus / verse / chorus – you take them on a journey into a new listening experience.
You can read the whole “Storytelling In A DJ Mix” here – which has a lot of good examples of great music storytelling including a set from Flying Lotus.
So it’s been a while since I made a ToC mix – but I thought I would change things up a bit and release one only on Spotify. It’s weird – yea – I know, but there were so many songs that I wanted to put into this end of the summer mix – that it just wouldn’t work out. So instead of picking 8-10 good tracks – I thought I’d share with you all of them, because they go so well together.
These are some of the songs that have been the background music for some of my Alaskan adventures this summer. It goes from pop to hip hop to folk to indie to dance. It’s a very diverse mix, but it’s perfect if you need some music to finish out the summer with.
If you’re already on Spotify – I’m always on the lookout for some new music, so feel free to send me your favorite tracks via Spotify.
Lately – I’ve really been thinking about getting into this whole DJ craze. I’ve DJ’d a couple times before around town, and even though I’m new to the game – I’ve enjoyed it. So I’m gonna start making a few DJ mixes from time to time. This wouldn’t be a TheseOldColors mix…it will have the name Cornfield on it – people call me by my last name anyways…so I’ll just embrace it.
I’ve made a few in the past – but I’m proud of this one. It has a few swear words in the first song…but it’s such a good starting song that I just couldn’t leave it out. As for the name of the mix…I couldn’t think of something catchy…I really just did not care about the title…it’s about the music. Hence #dontcare.
So let me know what you think – put the hashtag #dontcare on twitter or leave a comment here.
You can follow my new Mixcloud too – it has a few old TheseOldColors mixes on it that I forgot about – so you can catch up on some of those.
It’s about time for another mix. To celebrate the changing of seasons and well…the 80s – I put together my favorite 80s inspired electronic tracks as of lately. It’s a continuous loop of music for almost 40 minutes – that might be well suited for long drives or just chill sessions by yourself.
I really started getting into 80s inspired electronic music not too long ago when I came across Kavinsky’s “Nightcall.” Com Truise had a little to do about it too. Both of who don’t make appearances in this mix (I actually did have a song by each of them in the first draft, but they didn’t go with the flow I wanted). To find more 80s music check out the record label Telefuture, which Makeup & Vanity Set (another goldmine of synths) is on, and the blog New Retro Wave.
And I have to hand it to Ryan Monson, bass player for LaVoy and graphic designer extraordinaire, for coming up with these designs for the artwork. I was really struggling with an idea to get all up in the face of the glorious 80s music and couldn’t wrestle my Photoshop skills down, so I contacted Ryan and he gladly provided not just one but two amazing designs. I loved the Statue of Liberty for the cover, but the second one was a close second. Remember when he did that awesome artwork for the “Music To Drive To” mix? That still is one of my favorite covers for a ToC mix of all time. Simple yet memorable.
Hey Champ /// Comet (feat. BeuKes)
Cinnamon Chasers /// Luv Deluxe
Futurecop! /// Karate
Monsieur Adi /// Fire Fire Fire
Power Glove /// Night Force
FM Attack /// Dreamer
Rain Sword /// Heart Of Light
The Outrunners /// Runaways
Anoraak /// Nightdrive With You (Fear Of Tigers Remix)
We finally reached 500 friends on Facebook! To commemorate this occasion – I’m releasing the new mix, which has been sitting in my iTunes for a while. Some of these songs might be familiar to you, but it’s what I’ve been listening to lately and I thought they would go well together.
Thanks to everybody who has liked the Facebook already and sticking with us when we weren’t keeping up to date on here.
alt-J /// Intro
Sbtrkt /// Pharaohs (fest. Roses Gabor)
Atoms For Peace /// Default
Toro Y Moi /// Rose Quartz
POLIÇA /// Leading To Death
Onuinu /// Happy Home
Gold Fields /// Dark Again (Lights Out)
Superbus /// All Alone – Seven Lions Remix Club
Adventure Club /// Rise & Fall (feat. Krewella)
Starkey, Charli XCX /// Lost In Space
It’s been a good year so far. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but for the most part – if you’re still alive – it was a good year for you. To celebrate the Holidays – I made a Spotify playlist with some great Christmas tunes. I intended to release this earlier – but I just finalized the artwork like a minute ago…and I didn’t want to do it without the art. So here it is…Enjoy making Christmas cookies to it or browsing Pinterest for last minute Christmas gift ideas… any way you listen to it – I hope it makes your day a little brighter and your Christmas a little better.
Also – I am leaving for Florida tonight, and These Old Colors might be updated slowly in the next two weeks. I’ll try to sneak out and grab wifi here and there…but usually when I go on vacation I don’t like to think about anything other then vacation. I like to immerse myself and be fully engulfed by my joy of not having to work or deal with the Alaskan cold. You’ll be able to follow me and my brother, Rick, on our vacation adventures on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag…
I’ve always wanted to visit DisneyWorld during Christmas time, because it combines two of my favorite things – and I finally am. It feels good. I hope you have an amazing Christmas and New Year.
Merry (early) Christmas,
You may have noticed the lack of postings on here the last couple of days…well that’s because this post marks the 1,000th post! – and I wanted it to be a special one, so I made a mix. It’s kind of crazy to think that we’re at 1,000 since the start of 2010 – which is actually a pretty long time for a blog. It’s really cool for me to see that we hit 1,000 right before the new year…which come January 1st will mark 3 years of These Old Colors – and I’m thinking about doing something special for that too…but more like a contest, because I’ve never done one and have always wanted to.
Anyways…this mix is numero 4 of 2012 (really number 5 if you’re counting right). I wanted to chill out to this mix, its cold outside and I wanted a good soundtrack to hang out inside while drinking some hot chocolate by the fire. I think these songs are a good companion to the end of the 2012 year. This is also the longest mix of this year.
I’ve really been enjoying listening to songs that fit my summer so perfectly that it fits my mood, the atmosphere, the activity, etc…I’ve done this in the past, but just fitting one setting at once and not a whole season – which I might do next year (i.e. winter, fall, spring). I wanted to make a mix that was a soundtrack to a perfect summer day. Preferably a Friday – when the excitement of the weekend is overwhelming.
Think of this mix as a triangle – the first half is a build up to the day – the peak is the most exciting part – after that you start to wind down from there.
Here’s a diagram / tracklist to explain in depth what I was going for:
I asked Brian Miller, from Lions & Vultures, to design the artwork for this mix. I really like how he incorporated the triangle into his design. Subtle yet bold. Give his blog some love, and also check out his portfolio which has some really cool things on it.
Leave a comment here or on our Facebook telling me what you think of the new mix.
I honestly didn’t mean to make this one a mix. It was just kind of born out of a Spotify playlist I was making. I noticed a lot of the songs I listened to went well together.
This one is more electronic. A lot more “dancey” with some synth elements in each song.
Excited to get some good feedback on this one in the comment sections.
Just in the time for Spring – at least up in Alaska. Everybody else has been enjoying the warmer weather for a while. If thats so – you can already get down with these songs to go along with BBQ’s, bonfire’s, roof hangouts, camp outs, bike rides, really anything you can’t do in the winter.
I picked some of these songs out of my playlist “TheseOldColors Radio” on Spotify. Spotify has changed the way I get new music. If you don’t have it…get it. Become my friend and share music with me…I’m always listening to music on there. It’s a rare occassion when I actually open up my iTunes…One – because I deleted all my music on there, because it was taking too much space on my computer and Two – because Spotify has all the music I. Would. Ever. Want. #fo’realz
DOWNLOAD AND GET THE TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP
Since we just re-launched – I thought it was time for a new mix. Some of you might remember that last year I did a bunch of themed mixes, but this time I’m going to just compile songs that I’ve been digging that go well together. Might be indie songs / possibly one day I’ll feel the need for a dubstep mix / really…anything I think you guys might enjoy that I’ve been enjoying as well.
For this I tried to put a bunch of songs that would make your head bob together. I like how it turned out. Let me know what you think in the Comments section.
Tracklist / info after the jump…
Wow…it’s been so long. I apologize for dropping the ball on making mixes for you guys. It’s been a busy couple of months…but I’ll be better…I promise!
For the first one back I made “Music To Wake To” to go along with what I did a couple months ago for “Music To Sleep To.”
I tried to make a playlist that would wake you up out of your slumber gradually, and then as it plays on, the songs get faster paced to wake you up more.
The Chemical Brothers // Hanna’s Theme
Ben Benjamin // Toothlike Tokens
Jon Hopkins // Light Through The Veins
Blue Sky Black Death // Sleeping Children Are Still Flying
Clive Tanaka // Neu Chicago
Walk The Moon // Anna Sun
Apache Beat // Another Day (Blood Diamond Remix)
Hey Champ // Cold Dust Girl
Theophilus London // Girls Girls $
If you want more music to listen to, and you have Spotify…subscribe to the TOC playlists.
Also, let me know what you think of the new mix on Facebook or comment below. Feedback and friendly conversation is always welcomed!
Lately me and my band have been hanging out a lot…just because we have no jobs and we’re just trying to kill time before we go on tour. So I decided to make this month “Music To Hang To” – because I feel like everybody’s going to be outside bbq-ing it up and what not, since school is almost out. I think these songs will get you in the mood for a good hang out sesh with friends.
Also – a bunch of people have expressed interest in a mix with separate tracks. So I uploaded a zip file with all the tracks and artwork. Maybe you guys will like this more?
And even one more thing – I want to start documenting where you guys listen to the mixes. Maybe you have ideas for upcoming mixes? Maybe you just want to start a chat on how indie bands are becoming more mainstream and uncool? (#hipstertalk) Let me know what you’re thoughts are about all of that in the comment section below.
Make sure you leave some love on the Facebook page if you like the mix.
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Another month down…and another one to go.
This month I decided to compile some songs that you can listen to on the way to bed, or in bed, or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Hence the Music to “Sleep” to. Really…you can listen to it whenever you want a moment just to chill out. I feel like we always just need to take a breather and relax for a good long time. None of this – I don’t have free time to relax – or I have school and work excuse – everyone needs some time alone. Make it happen this month.
I have to admit that I’ve been listening to this mix when I’m just chillaxin in my room by myself, and it does make me want to fall asleep. If it makes you tired…then I’ve done my job.
Ricky designed the artwork for this month. So leave a comment below for him.
Kings Of Convenience – 24-25
Husky Rescue – Beautiful Monster
Explosions In The Sky – Home
Lullatone – Row Row Row Your Boat
Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent)
The Swell Season – Back Broke
I know I’ve written about Designers.MX before, but I have to post this.
Michael Eades runs a blog called Yewknee, and he made this mix thats so good I can’t take my ears off of it. He added a description in the mix “Music to work to. Keep your eye on the prize.” Is this Yewknee’s submission to the “Music To [verb] To” project? Maybe.
But either way…check it out…It’s definitely worth pushing play. Then head over to Yewknee.com for some inspiration.
And Designers.MX – just one quick idea – you should bundle all of the mix songs together on iTunes as a compilation. It would be a lot easier for me to buy them all. Just a thought.
I wanted to wait a couple months to put this out, but honestly I couldn’t keep it to myself much longer. I compiled some of these songs while in the air a couple of months ago – and they really seemed to capture my mood and the entire atmosphere of airports and airplanes.
I split all the songs into “chapters” – so you can listen and picture it happening.
Share the inspiration, and remember – become a fan on Facebook.
Photography by Dan Holdsworth
Try this mix on with a nice romantic evening with Photoshop or Lightroom. If you haven’t already – you can subscribe to the Mixes podcast on iTunes.
Solar Bears – Forest Of Fountains
Tall Ships – Chemistry
Interpol – The Heinrich Maneuver
Queens Club – An Apparition
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – In Motion
Yellow Ostrich – Young Love
edison – the blue bike
I Am Robot And Proud – Unexpected Guest (Stella Maris)
Boards Of Canada – Oscar See Through Red Eye
Teen Daze – Driving Home From The Bech (The Feeling Of)
Mux Mool – Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom
Allure – Renaissance
Siriusmo – Nights Off
Cherry Chapstick – The Line
The Reflective Skin – Cavedweller (Instrumental Version)
Blackbird Blackbird – Hawaii (Niva Remix)
Baths – Hall (The One AM Remix feat. The Lost Feliz Ladies Choir)
LA BIG VIC – LYNY
Toro Y Moi – Talamak
Total Time: 33.15
“indie & obscure” just for you, shea.
Turn your speakers up. Your neighbors will thank you.
Prefuse 73 – Southerners-Interlude
Pendulum – Set Me On Fire
N.A.S.A. – Gifted (The Aston Shuffle Remix)
Metric – Help I’m Alive (80Kidz Remix)
Machinedrum – FRESHKIDS (FRESH EDIT)
Crystal Castles – Empathy
Mux Mool – Lady Linda
TOTAL TIME: 29.35
I went retro on this mix. Lately I’ve been digging songs that are new but sound old school. Take Mayer Hawthorne for example…just came out with his CD last year, but it sounds like its from the 70′s…pretty awesome, because Mayer Hawthorne is a baller and does what he wants. He takes no crap from nobody, and makes good music…just like everyone else on this mix.
Listen to it all the way through. It doesn’t stop until the end. No commercial breaks.
Damu The Fudgemunk – This Is An Introduction
Q-Tip – Life Is Better (feat. Norah Jones)
Air – Sing Sang Sung (Black Moth Super Rainbow Remix)
We Are Scientists – Chick Lit (Danger Tv Remix)
M83 – Graveyard Girl
Krazy Baldhead – Ghostbusters Theme
Pacific! – Runaway To Elsewhere
RJD2 – The Shining Path (Alan Wilkis Remix)
The Landau Orchestra – Wheel Of Fortune
Van Hunt – If I Take You Home
The Bamboos – Step It Up (feat. Alice Russell)
Mayer Hawthorne – Make Her Mine
Dam Funk – Galactic Fun
Total Time: 43.18
This month I went with more of a “chill” feel.
Any definition of chill in the urban dictionary will suffice.
I kind of picture listening to this mix while reading a fantastic book on a cliff overlooking an entire city, hanging out with friends on a rooftop grill out, or lying on the ground with headphones on and lit candles all around…but you know…listen to it as you please.
The Seabellies – Song We Dont Speak Of
Flying Lotus – Massage Situation
Edison – The Nobility Of Being First In Line
Prefuse 73 – Perverted Undertone
JDSY – Lighter
Christopher Willits – Colors Shifting
Tycho – Dream
Broken Social Scene – Passport Radio
Detektivbyrån – Rymden I En Låda
Memory Tapes – Run Out
Brian Eno – 2/2
BT – 1.618
Eluvium – Everything To Come
The Album Leaf – MP
Styrofoam (feat. Ben Gibbard) – Couches In Alleys
The Cinematic Orchestra – That Home
Total Time: 1.16.57
I’ve been finding out that good mixes help my creativity flow better. I seem to come up with better and better ideas when I’m listening to music thats new and continuous. So hopefully this mix will spark your creativity.
U.S.E. – Open Your Eyes
Arctic Monkeys – Teddy Picker
Minus The Bear – Knights
LaVoy – Talks Too Much
Broken Bells – The High Road
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
MODERAT – A New Error
Jogger – Nice Tights (Nosaj Thing Remix)
Interpol – C’mere
Atlas Sound – Walkabout (w/ Pande Bear Noah Lennox)
Wax Stag – Folk Rock
The Go Find – Over The Edge
Casino Vs. Japan – It’s Very Sunny
El Ten Eleven – I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool
The Mercury Program – Departed/Arrived