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We Hold These Truths - 90 min.

“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud adopts, as a last resource, pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and glad to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

Side A.

1. “Doomsayer Holiday,” Grails

2. “Negative Space,” Metz

3. “Now Is The Time,” The Wipers

4. "Resistance," The Sound

5. "Tunnel Vision," Kate Tempest

5. “We The People…,” A Tribe Called Quest

6. “My Favorite Mutiny,” The Coup

7. "Rican Beach," Hurray For The Riff Raff

8. “You’re No Good,” ESG

9. “Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter,” Nina Simone

10. “Help Me Somebody,” Brian Eno & David Byrne

11. "Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying),” Son Lux

12. "Embryo," Black Sabbath

 

Side B.

1. “Time Bomb," Dog Faced Hermans

2. "Border Country," Swell Maps

3. “Independence,” This Heat

4. “There Is A War," Leonard Cohen

5. “Love & Hate,” Michael Kiwanuka

6. “Weary," Solange

7. “If You Don't Like The Effects, Don't Produce The Cause,” Funkadelic

8. "Push," Liquid Liquid

9. “Up The Hill Backward,” David Bowie

10. “Cunts Are Still Running The World," Jarvis Cocker

11. "Blood Dripped From Yr. Eyes," Talkdemonic

12. "There Is No There," The Books

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Uneven Remainder - 90 min.

"I find now, swallowing one teaspoon
of pain, that it drops downward
to the past where it mixes
with last year’s cupful
and downward into a decade’s quart
and downward into a lifetime’s ocean.
I alternate treading water
and deadman’s float."
— Anne Sexton
 

Side A.

1. “The Last Time” The Breeders (feat. Mark Lannegan)

2. “Accident,” Clem Snide

3. “No Sense,” Cat Power

4. "On Battleship Hill,” PJ Harvey

5. "Green Grass,” Tom Waits

6. "South Tacoma Way,” Neko Case

7. “Lonely Universe,” Angel Olsen

8. “Funeral Singers,” Califone

9. “The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed By The Sea,” Swans

10. "Christ Jesus," Deertick
 

Side B.

1. “Some Of Them Are Old," Brian Eno

2. "Canticle," These New Puritans

3. “Lichen,” Aphex Twin

4. “The Sea Against The Sand” Hood

5. "Fourth of July,” Sufjan Stevens

6. "Videotape,” Radiohead

7. "Speechless,” David Byrne

8. “Everything's Fucked,” Dirty Three

9. “A Slight Grip, a Gentle Hold (Pt. 2)” Ian William Craig

10. “Dusk,” Meredith Monk

11. "Idumea," Current 93 (feat. Antony)

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When We Rise Again- 60 Min.

Stonewall

 A few months ago, I made this soundtrack inspired by the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The mix was a long-shot pitch to be on the music team of Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant's upcoming mini-series When We Rise. Initially shelved as a failure, it feels vilely relevant. I've been playing it for myself lately, as a rallying cry to show up and stand up. 

"In the Civil Rights Movement, we ran from the police, in the peace movement, we ran from the police. That night, the police ran from us, the lowliest of the low. And it was fantastic," John O'Brien, Stonewall Uprising.

 

Side A.

1. "No Matter What Sign You Are," Diana Ross & The Supremes

2. "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered," The Ronettes

3. "This Is My Life," Shirley Bassey

4. "Alice Blue Gown," Jo Stafford

5. "Christopher Street," Wonderful Town - Original London Cast

6. "Do You Come Here Often," The Tornados

7. "John, I'm Only Dancing," David Bowie

8. "I'll Come Running," Brian Eno

9. "I'm So Free," Lou Reed

 

Side B

1. "Mambo Sun," T. Rex

2. "See My Friends, " The Kinks

3. "Singing Cowboy," Love

4. "Keep Off the Grass," Dave Ronk

5. "Jump Into the Fire," Harry Nilsson

6. "Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay," Earl Rivers & Kim Criswell

7. "Ballad of the Lights, " Arthur Russell, The Flying Hearts & Allen Ginsberg

8. "We Shall Overcome," Charlie Hayden


A few background notes:  

The first three songs were on the original Stonewall Inn jukebox.

 "Alice Blue Gown" was a phrase signaling Inn-goers that an undercover cop was attempting to enter the bar.

Facing off against NYPD Tactical Police Force, the protesters linked up in a chorus line and sang to the tune of "Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay,"  "We are the Stonewall girls/ We wear our hair in curls/ We don't wear underwear/ We show our pubic hair/We pick up lots of tricks/That's how we get our kicks/We wear our Dungarees/Above Our Nelly Knees.

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Babbler, Prattler, and Chatterer - 60 min.

Enter RUMOUR, painted full of tongues - [stage direction] Henry IV, Pt. 2

 

Side A.

1. “Opening the Mouth” Boards of Canada.

2. “Housewives,” Bas.

3. “Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying),” Son Lux.

4. “Fuck the People,” The Kills.

5. "The Life and Death of Mr. Badmouth,” PJ Harvey.

6. "Mind Your Own Business,” Delta 5.

7. “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” The Slits.

8. “Talk is Cheap,” Flipper.

9. “Folklore,” James.

 

Side B.

1. "You Talk Too Much,” Run D.M.C.

2. “Gossip Folks (Feat. Ludacris),” Missy Elliott.

3. “Our Lips Are Sealed” Fun Boy Three.

4. “Talk Talk,” Talk Talk.

5. “Best Friend,” The English Beat.

6. “Don’t Talk to Me,” G.G. Allin.

7. “Surfing and Spying,” The Go-Go’s.

8. “Never Talking to You Again,” Elf Power.

9. “Through With People,” Barbara Manning.

10. “Walk On,” Neil Young.

 

 

There Will Be No Miracles Here - 60 min.

Was there ever in anyone’s life span a point free in time, devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more than the sum of all the choices gone before?” Joan Didion. 

Pencils down.

Side A.

  1. “I Love You But I’m Lost,” Sharon Van Etten.
  2. “Oh Sister,” Bob Dylan.
  3. “Two Blue Lights,” Songs: Ohia.
  4. “That I Do,” Wye Oak.
  5. “Grow Grow Grow,” PJ Harvey.
  6. “Invisible,” Grouper.
  7. “Shell Blues,” Kurt Vile.
  8. “The Kiss,” Patrick Wolf.
  9. “Why Midnight Walked But Didn’t Ring Her Bell,” The Liars.
  10. “I Could Drive Forever,” Smog.
  11. “Border Lines, Pt. 2,” Tim Hecker.

Side B

  1. “Jesus of the Moon,” Nick Cave.
  2. "Breaking Hands,” The Gun Club.
  3. “Fortune,” Felt.
  4. "Suffering,” The War On Drugs.
  5. "Angel #2,” Mick Turner/Tren Brothers.
  6. "Love Ridden,” Fiona Apple.
  7. “Veraison,” Talkdemonic.
  8. “Show Me Love,” Hundred Waters.
  9. “Take Care,” Big Star.
  10. “Of All The Things We’ve Made,” Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.