Thursday, January 12, 2012

2011 in Mixtapes!

As the prophecies foretold, I made some mixtapes to celebrate the end of 2011! The mixtapes are thematic, with one containing "Pop, Rock, and World" and one for "Electronica & Dance". They contain only songs from 2011. The playlists are zipped, and contain .xml files that can be loaded into iTunes to preserve the playlist order (yes, I put a lot of neurotic work into the playlist order and flow!). To do that, first add the songs to iTunes. Then, click File->Library->Import Playlist and then select the .xml file within the downloaded playlist. It's super-easy =).


"Pop, Rock, and World" Playlist:

  1. Basement Jaxx & Metropole Orkest - Red Alert
  2. TV On The Radio - Second Song
  3. Metric - Black Sheep
  4. Florence + the Machine - What The Water Gave Me
  5. Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
  6. Adele - Set Fire To The Rain
  7. Miike Snow - Devil's Work
  8. Elbow - Lippy Kids
  9. The Roots - One Time (feat. Phonte & Dice Raw)
  10. M83 - Midnight City
  11. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)
  12. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
  13. Friendly Fires - Blue Cassette
  14. Glee Cast - Rumour Has It / Someone Like You (Glee Cast Version)
  15. Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On
  16. Basement Jaxx & Metropole Orkest - Good Luck
  17. Rihanna ft. Wiley and Calvin Harris - We Found Love (Remix)
  18. Emeli Sandé - Heaven
  19. Toddla T - Take It Back (Feat. Shola Ama & J2K)
  20. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Lift Off (feat. Beyonce)
  21. Lady Gaga - You And I (Official Radio Edit)
  22. St. Vincent - Surgeon
  23. The Lonely Island - Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)
  24. Chase & Status - Blind Faith (Ft. Liam Bailey)
  25. Breakbot feat. Ruckazoid - Fantasy
  26. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
  27. Foo Fighters - Walk
  28. Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind
  29. Florence + the Machine - Leave My Body

"Electronica & Dance" Playlist:

  1. Soulwax - Machine
  2. ZZT - Partys Over Los Angeles (Paul Chambers Remix)
  3. Breakbot - Shades Of Black
  4. Justice - Helix
  5. Daft Punk - End Of Line (Boys Noize Remix)
  6. Shinichi Osawa & Paul Chambers - SINGAPORE MADNESS
  7. David Guetta - Glasgow
  8. Mumbai Science - Lotus
  9. Cassius - I <3 U So (Skream Remix)
  10. Nicolas Jaar - Sunflower
  11. Switch - I Still Love You (feat. Andrea Martin)
  12. SebastiAn - Embody
  13. Lykke Li - Sadness Is A Blessing (Gold Panda Remix)
  14. The 2 Bears - Bear Hug
  15. Chase & Status - Flashing Lights (Radio Edit)
  16. Nero - Guilt (Radio Edit)
  17. The Glitch Mob - We Can Make The World Stop
  18. Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Villa Remix)
  19. Avicii - Levels (Radio Edit)
  20. SebastiAn ft. Mayer Hawthorne - Love In Motion (Skrillex's Funkt-Out Remix)
  21. Siriusmo - Signal
  22. Deadmau5 - Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Radio Edit)
  23. Loops Of Fury - I Need (Original Mix)
  24. Jack Beats feat. John B - All Night (Original Mix)
  25. Major Lazer - Original Don
  26. ZZT - Zzafrika (Gesaffelstein Remix)
  27. Swedish House Mafia Vs Knife Party - Antidote (Instrumental Mix)
  28. Digitalism - Blitz
  29. Joe Goddard - Gabriel (feat. Valentina)

    I hope you have as much fun listening to these as I had making them!

"Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?" or How The New York Times is Emblematic of Our Pathetic News Media

On the exact anniversary of Congress passing authorization for force in Iraq, the New York Times public editor seriously asks whether "New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about."

This is a sad reflection not only on the NYT but almost all of the news industry which follows the same milquetoast model. It is not good enough to echo a right wing talking point and a left wing talking point and declare that the truth must inevitably lie in the middle. That is the kind of laziness and cowardice that allowed falsehoods like the Bush administration's Iraq WMD claims to go unchallenged. It is not journalism.