Mixtape #1 - Cold Music (Ambiance for Autumn and Winter) is obviously not an actual cassette tape or anything. but it's not a podcast as there are seperate MP3 files included, and it's not a full-blown mix as i haven't used a program to fade or sync the tracks to fit into one another - so a mixtape is the best way to describe it really. so says Wikipedia: "a compilation of songs in a specific order... which usually reflects the musical tastes of its compiler... a conceptual mix of songs linked by theme or mood". you don't argue with Wikipedia.
the picture (not taken by me) is of a Bed & Breakfast in Strathyre, Perthshire. it makes Winter in Scotland look idyllic and picturesque, when the reality of it is a dark, rainy, freezing couple of months, allowing for about eight hours of sunlight a day.
i've never been on the best of terms with Winter, in fact it's even injured me once or twice. the rest of the year i have an immune system like the Berlin Wall circa 1980, then December rolls around and i'm bedridden for the best part of it. the song choices reflect my relationship with this particular season - they weren't written to warm the cockles of yr heart on Christmas day. what follows is a selection of cold, hissing, clinical electronics and moonlit campfire songs that condense when exhaled.
1. The Radio Dept. - "Annie Laurie"
appears on Annie Laurie EP, 2002
2. Deepchord Presents Echospace - "First Point of Aries"
appears on The Coldest Season, 2007
3. Atlas Sound - "Headphones"
appears on Stereogum Presents Enjoyed: A Tribute to Björk's Post, 2008
4. Desolation Wilderness - "Come Over In Your Silver Car"
appears on White Light Strobing, 2008
5. James Blackshaw - "Past Has Not Passed"
appears on Litany of Echoes, 2008
6. Horse Feathers - "Helen"
appears on House With No Home, 2008
7. The Twilight Sad - "Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters"
appears on Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, 2007
1. Grouper - "Invisible"
appears on Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill, 2008
2. Burial - "Night Bus"
appears on Burial, 2006
3. Spacemen 3 - "Feel So Sad (Reprise)"
appears on Recurring, 1991
4. Björk - "Cocoon (Instrumental)"
original version appears on Vespertine, 2001
5. Bon Iver - "The Wolves (Act I and II)"
appears on For Emma, Forever Ago, 2008
6. Explosions In The Sky - "What Do You Go Home To? (Mountains Mix)"
appears on All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone bonus disc, 2007
7. Windy & Carl - "Snow Covers Everything"
appears on Songs for the Broken Hearted, 2008
8. Do Make Say Think - "A Tender History in Rust"
appears on You, You're a History in Rust, 2007
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it's meant to be listened to on decent speakers or headphones, so please don't rely on yr laptop's skinny pipes to push it out. it's only ten seconds under 80 minutes in length, so if your CD writer is a cruel mistress and refusing to write it, get hold of a C90 cassette and fulfill its Christmas wish to become a real live mixtape!