Category: mixtape

Goodnight everyone… #song4mixtape #radiohead “4 minute warning”

Melancholy perfection…

Said the Whale – “Camilo (The Magician)” #song4mixtape

More on Said the Whale here.

Vancouver’s Hannah Georgas – Waiting Game #song4mixtape


Peter Bjorn And John – Tomorrow Has To Wait #song4mixtape


Ng Family Year in Review Mix 2012 #song4mixtape

For the last 12 years, ever since Hannah was born in fact, I’ve gone to the effort of preparing a year end music mix. What’s been nice about this tradition is that I only populate the mix with songs that have somehow “informed” the year.

For instance, songs might have gotten a lot of airplay because someone would repeatedly ask for it (This would pertain to “Hurt Me Tomorrow” for Ben, “Big Blue Wave” for Hannah, or that Carolina Liar song for Kate). Some of these songs would get a lot of airplay because it was something related to certain family activities: like Hannah hoping to use “It’s Only Life” for choir auditions, playing it over and over again, and then discovering that those notes were really tough to hit!

Still others make it into our family history in more interesting ways. “Airbag” for instance is now not just a radiohead song, but has actually made it into the lexicon in my household. Basically, we now say the word when we refer to the overplaying of a song, as in “Ben has now officially airbagged that K’naan song”).

Anyway, most of the songs on this mix are somewhere on this blog somewhere, and I’ve tried to provide links accordingly. Take a peek, click, listen and hope you enjoy. As well, I’d love to hear recommendations for songs that could make the 2013 mix.

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01. Christmas Lights – Coldplay *
02. Let’s Fall In Love – Mother Mother
03. Things You Think (feat. Pomplamoose) – Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
04. Hello Sadness – Los Campesinos!
05. I’m On Fire – Whitehorse
06. Welcome (Acoustic) – Hey Rosetta!
07. Working Together – Gonzales
08. Wild Goose – M. Ward
09. Photosynthesis – Frank Turner
10. Airbag – Radiohead
11. ABC- Jackson 5 *
12. Show Me What I’m Looking for – Carolina Liar *
13. I’ve got a new friend – The Civil Wars
14. Nothing Is Anything (Without You) – Wintersleep
15. It’s Only Life – The Shins
16. Fight to Keep – Monsters Calling Home
17. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It – Ben Folds Five
18. Big Blue Wave – Hey Ocean!
19. Hurt Me Tomorrow – K’naan *
20. Let Your Heart Hold Fast – Fort Atlantic *

– In which Ben has been drawing lots of comic books
– In which Hannah is now une élève à l’ècole Diefenbaker
– In which Kate and Dave are finally loving the dog (sometimes).

Here’s another song I wrote: This one is about climate change, the first law of thermodynamics, and the awesomeness of science.

I don’t know what it is about marking papers, but my brand of procrastination seems to lead to silly creative science pursuits.

And so, here is a song I quickly wrote and laid down some tracks last night. It’s kind of amazing what you can do with the average computer and a decent microphone these days. Hope you enjoy!

Listen, things are getting warmer
You can call it climate, climate that is changing
Simple in that science, science is the reason
We should take a stand, come up with a plan, listen to

It’s like this, living in a greenhouse
throwing in the air now, burning in the air now
warmer radiation, holding at the station
models add it up, heat is going up.

G A Dm G
Don’t you know It’s science, showing us the numbers
showing us a truth, something we can trust,
Something that we must take hold and move on forward


It’s like this, following the first law
Which is all to say that, that everything is bookkept
Counted and accounted. Following the heat
Following the work, following the state of things

Heat up, means it getting warmer
And with work a storming, moving air and water
Also changing states, melting ice to liquid
Averaging it out, causing thing to shout

Don’t you know…

Science: it’s not opinion, it’s not like fiction, and not religion. It’s rational, and looks at facts, mistakes are tracked, it looks at evidence.

“Big Blue Wave” by Hey Ocean! #song4mixtape

A bit of a departure from their earlier stuff, but I do appreciate some good melodic pop.

By Hey Ocean!.

“Out Like a Lion” by Whitehorse (acoustic version). #song4mixtape

p.s. the studion version is even better in my opinion.

By Whitehorse.

The wistful “Sky High” by Ben Folds Five: for this rainy and melancholy #Vancouver weekend. #song4mixtape

If you’re reading the morning paper (with soul crushing stories of bullying and assassination attempts) and need a little cathartic hopeful music, then this newish piece by Ben Folds Five is worth a listen.

Stars – Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When you Give It #song4mixtape

Haven’t heard a guitar riff this good in a long long while (wait about 40 seconds in).

By the Stars.

Monsters Calling Home Performs “Fight to Keep” #song4mixtape via @MonstersCalling

Ah, if only this band was around when I was younger and also dreaming of being an Asian rock star – that kind of inspiration can go a long way. Also, my kids are also really digging this song.

By Monsters Calling Home.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Man On Fire” #song4mixtape #3songmix

3 Song Mix:

1. It’s Only Life (The Shins)
2. Let’s Fall in Love (Mother Mother)
3. Man On Fire (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)

Mother Mother – “Let’s Fall in Love” #song4mixtape #3songmix

3 Song Mix:

1. It’s Only Life (The Shins)
2. Let’s Fall in Love (Mother Mother)
3. Man on Fire (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)

The Shins – “It’s Only Life” #song4mixtape #3songmix

3 Song Mix:

1. It’s Only Life (The Shins)
2. Let’s Fall in Love (Mother Mother)
3. Man on Fire (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)

Nothing is Anything (Without You) by Wintersleep #song4mixtape

Definitely a summer anthem…

By Wintersleep.

“1904” by The Tallest Man On Earth #song4mixtape

“Wintersong” by Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson #song4mixtape

Photosynthesis by Frank Turner. #song4mixtape

Paranoid Android performance mashed via 36 different homemade YouTube videos #song4mixtape

FYI: This year marks the 15 year anniversary of the release of O.K. Computer.

Radiohead’s “O.K. Computer” in glorious 8 bit. #song4mixtape #whoa

Very cool… Plus, I can’t get Airbag out of my head now.

By Quinton Sung, and full track listing at the YouTube page. Bonus is that you can download the entire album as well. (There’s also Kid A treatment as well).

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