Friday, October 23There's Something Here From Somewhere Else.
The CDP Decade In Review starts on Monday, November 2, running straight through to the end of 2009. This is easily the largest and most ambitious project in CDP history, and this is coming from a guy that has compiled hundreds upon hundreds of lists, reviews, recaps and essays over the last six years.
This will be the culmination of work I began in June. The comprehensive result of listening and re-listening to over 300 albums. Thousands upon thousands of songs. Watching and re-watching 35 films. Researching and viewing hundreds of hours of television (both amazing and reprehensible). The reading and re-reading of over 20 books. Using YouTube to watch an entire decade's worth of groundbreaking music videos (while avoiding the usual viral videos and Internet Phenomenons that will probably represent the decade more than anything else). Becoming a savant in the realms of Neilsen Ratings, RIAA album sales, Box Office hits and literary best-sellers.
Categorizing. Deciphering. Five full months of nothing but becoming so ingrained with every facet of Pop Culture this decade that I could recite it forward and backward in my sleep. The best of times. The worst of times. Everything.
And I absolutely cannot wait to present it, so you judgmental bastards can immediately insult my tastes, hang me out to dry and create a better list of your own.
Of course, I'm kidding. Then again, maybe I'm clairvoyant; time will tell.
Enjoy your Halloween; I'll see you then.
Thursday, October 22The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Finale).
Meet Fiona. As the randomly-selected winner of the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape #5, she received a CDP t-shirt, which we see her sporting proudly at Disneyland. It's stuff like this that absolutely makes my day; you're a sweetheart.
After today's final Mix review, I will be selecting another winner of this, our 6th Mix-Tape Trade, who will win a CDP Coffee Mug of their choice. You probably can't take it into Disneyland with you, but you can fill it with coffee and whiskey forever, should you so choose. Here we go.
Today's Mix-Tape Review - Fiona.
The Skinny - Oh man, this Mix is fantastic. Covering every theme (I think) over the course of 29 tracks and two CDs, Fiona gives me hot Opening Tracks, hilarious Guilty Pleasures, filthy Parental Advisory tunes, Cranked-To-11 bombast and epic Closing Tracks. She likes what I like, listens to what I listen to, has a great sense of humor (what CDP fan wouldn't?) and can't possibly take herself too seriously. In a word, Awesome.
The Presentation - Old school. Handwritten. Oh, and she sent me the photo, too.
The Breakdown - Here are some selected tracks:
Break Like The Wind - Spinal Tap
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Heartbeats - The Knife
Be My Dark Angel - Electric Six
Theme From Flood - They Might Be Giants
This Could Be Love - Alkaline Trio
This Is Not A Love Song - The Juliana Theory
Straight Up - Paula Abdul
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Sippin 40oz - Gravy Train
You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want - Avenue Q
Turn Off The Lights - Hollywood Undead
Too Drunk To F**k - Nouvelle Vague
J*zz In My Pants - The Lonely Island
Goodbye Sky Harbor - Jimmy Eat World
Best Imitation Of Myself - Ben Folds (this was on my Mix, as well)
Business Time - Flight Of The Conchords
Rainy Night In Soho - The Pouges
All I Ever Wanted - Colin Hay
The Last Song - All-American Rejects
Loved it. Thank you Fiona, you're an inspiration to our entire organization, and a worthy ending to what was an intensely successful CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6. So, there you have it, but one last order of business before I wrap everything up today; we have a CDP Coffee Mug to give away.
The winner is.....Wallrock! Congrats, man. Take a look at the CDP Merch Page and send me an e-mail letting me know what mug you want. And hey, everyone else should check out the merch page too, because there's some really killer stuff on there.
Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. One last announcement tomorrow before I take a week off and prepare for the CDP Decade In Review. You may want to prepare, too.
Wednesday, October 21The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 13).
Today's Mix-Tape Review - Smedley.
The Skinny - There ain't nothing skinny about 141 tracks crammed into 8 discs. From the uber-famous to the ludicrously obscure, and spanning over pretty much every decade of recorded music, it's vintage Smedley.
The Presentation - I've said this before, but I'll say it again. Some people send me liner notes. Smedley sends me a detailed Excel spreadsheet. This man is all business. Considering he does the bulk of his compiling from red-eye flights, lonely hotel rooms and all-night drives, I'd say that it makes perfect sense.
The Breakdown - Did he miss anybody? I've alphabetized it for your pleasure:
Adam & The Ants
Electric Light Orchestra
Grand Funk Railroad
Public Image, Ltd.
Rage Against The Machine
Robert Bradley's Blackwood Surprise
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Steve Miller Band
Stone The Crows
The English Beat
The Long Ryders
The Pursuit Of Happiness
The Rolling Stones
The Sugar Bears
A Smedley Mix is like an alternative-dimension Time/Life compilation, hosted by Rob Halford and Henry Rollins. "How much would you expect to pay for something like this?" For a peek into his madness and for a better description of his tastes than I could ever conjure, I implore you to check out his personal corner of the web for further instruction.
Thanks much for another amazing collection of tunes, Smed. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party ends tomorrow, with one final review and the drawing to see who's the lucky winner of a FREE CDP COFFEE MUG. Later.
Tuesday, October 20The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 12).
Today's Mix-Tape Review - Fleur Tatious.
The Skinny - A concept within a concept, Fleur manages to throw all six Mix themes into a male ('Adam') and female ('Eve') separated album. Hitting many decades and taking many avenues to get her point (and the mood) across, its striking eclecticism and emotion is stunningly beautiful and refreshingly fun. Just like Fleur!
The Presentation - Fleur doesn't dick around. Neither did her presentation. I respected this, as she has already demonstrated on several occasions that she is stronger than me.
The Breakdown - Leaving out any track would not do it justice. Check it:
Last Leaf -
Sweet Jane -
Where Does The Good Go - Tegan And Sara
Can't Be Sure - The Sundays
Best Ck On The Block - Bit** And Animal
Birthday - The Sugarcubes
Flower - Liz Phair
God's Country - Ani Difranco
Daydreams - Adele
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Madeline Peyroux
Walking Back -
I Do And It's All Because Of You - Eddie Brickell & New Boehmians
The Other Woman - Nina Simone
Glass Concrete And Stone - David Byrne
Fiery Crash -
Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits
Upon Encountering The Crippled Elephant -
Rosa - Fleshies
Mary Lou - Lightnin' Hopkins
Musicology - Prince
I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
Train In Vain - The Clash
Black Mask - The International Noise Conspiracy
The Incomparable Mr. Flannery - Clutch
Instant Death - Beastie Boys
It's amazing what you can learn about someone just by listening to their Mix-Tape. For example, I've probably spoken to Fleur every day for the last year, and I had no idea that she was a fan of The Sundays, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Otis Redding, Andrew Bird or The Sugarcubes. What on Earth have we been jabbering about all this time, when we could have been talking about this? Roller Derby?
Thanks so much for taking the time to make a Mix, Fleur. You're an inspiration to our entire operation, and I owe you a latte. Sound off in the comments section, enjoy your day and let us know what your Roller Derby name would be.
Monday, October 19The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade #6 Wrap Party (Part 11).
Today's Mix-Tape Review - Benjamin.
The Skinny - Benjamin tears the house down with a 3-CD set covering 4 of the 6 Mix themes, blistering with nothing but solid punk rock and masterful track flow. Easily his best Mix yet.
The Presentation - Beautiful. Black card stock with gorgeous, full-color, high-quality artwork, personalized photographs and even a barcode for extra authenticity. The artwork actually makes you want to listen to the album more, which has to be exactly why artwork exists in the first place, right?
The Breakdown - Because Ben's my homie, my O.G., my Best Man and my partner in eternal Bromance, I sometimes take the liberty to bust on his musical tastes from time to time. Truth is, though, he's an admirer of the basics. The tried-and-true winners. The stuff you never get sick of. And quite frankly, it wasn't until I listened to these Mixes that I fully understood that. Perhaps it was the sullen and angry mood I've been in for the last few weeks, but I really needed some fist-pumping, screw-the-system, songs-about-girls punk rock that I've been sorely lacking this year. Selected tracks are as follows:
This Amp Goes To 11 - The Fairlanes
Steve's Boy - The Lemonheads
Resolve - Lagwagon
Don't Turn Away - Face To Face
Hey Suburbia - Screeching Weasel
A Pillar Of Salt - The Thermals
All I Want - The Offspring
Friend Of Mine - Big Drill Car
Swingset Assassin - Two Cow Garage
Natalie Portman - Ozma
First Song Side One - The Ergs!
Your Boyfriend Sucks - The Ataris
May 16 - Joey Cape
Silver - Descendents
Only Of You - Green Day
Can't Hardly Wait - The Replacements
Shindo - Less Than Jake
Carnage - ALL
I Know You Love Me - Smoking Popes
Coolidge - Descendents
Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
Am I On My Own - Common Rider
Shut The Door - Fugazi
Valentine - Old 97's
Al's War - Less Than Jake
You know, because I really have to crank out these reviews shortly after I receive the Mix-Tapes, I sometimes don't get to spend as much time with a Mix as I would like. However, as soon as my work is done, this will be the first Mix I get back to. Great job, man.
Sound off in the comments section, enjoy your day and tell us what your favorite Green Day song is. Just curious.