katernater: (music • (doctor dj))
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I have been a Ryan Adams (that's Ryan Adams, not Bryan Adams; if you're looking for sentimental pop ballads, you'd best take your search elsewhere) fan for years, ever since I heard "Firecracker" off of his sophomore album, Gold, back in my undergraduate years. (For some reason, the albums you listen to during college -- arguably your most formative years -- tend to stick with you more than others. They do for me, at least.) I have since seen him twice in concert, the second time being right before his self-imposed "retirement" from performance owing to a case of Ménière's disease, which kept him out of the music scene for close to two years. Now it seems that Adams is back, and in full force. His early work (starting with the seminal Heartbreaker) has developed into a solid, deeply introspective sound that comes to full fruition in his latest release, Ashes & Fire.

This album has earned the top spot in my list of Favorite Albums of 2011. It is Adams at his best: melancholy yet hopeful; earnest and painfully self-deprecating. It is one of those rare albums that I can listen to all the way through, without wanting to skip tracks. Adams's attention to lyrical detail -- honed and sweetly optimistic since his marriage to actress Mandy Moore in 2009 (I know, right?) -- is nothing short of brilliant here. The newly sober, newly lovestruck Adams retains his soulfulness while simultaneously breaking into new territory with tracks like "Come Home," "Kindness," and (my favourite) "I Love You But I Don't Know What To Say."

I highly recommend this album. Give it a try; I would love to know what you think, too.

Ashes & Fire
1. Dirty Rain
2. Ashes & Fire
3. Come Home
4. Rocks
5. Do I Wait
6. Chains of Love
7. Invisible Riverside
8. Save Me
9. Kindness
10. Lucky Now
11. I Love You But I Don't Know What To Say

Get it here.
katernater: (doctor who • (americana))
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[livejournal.com profile] antiquitea posted her annual summertime mix last week (check it out! it's awesome!) which reminded me that I was due to get mine out there. This is, by far, one of the most upbeat mixes I've made in a while. All of the songs either remind me of summer itself, or are just things I've been jamming out to lately. It's a real eclectic bunch of stuff. 'Like Brazilian Tropicália? It's in here. 'Got a hankering for viking folk metal? You won't be disappointed. 'Dig songs about socially awkward computer programmers with unrequited feelings for the office receptionist? Dude, I've totally got you covered. Plus, stuff from Eagles of Death Metal, Take That, and Arcade Fire (featuring David Bowie!).

As always, comments and feedback are lovely. Here's to a great summer!

7 songs + individual download links + zip file under the cut )
katernater: (actor • (eager))
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Okay. So this is me, paring down a 45+ track playlist into a nice, neat profiterole of character shipitude. I've been working on refining this mix for about two weeks (roughly about as long as [livejournal.com profile] awesomesquared had been working on her mix which, by the way, you should check out, because it is amazing) and I'm very happy with the results. This is an EP for two original characters, Hugh Cadigan and Amelia Drake, who are in a roleplaying game I'm currently involved with. They have quite an extensive (somewhat tumultuous) history with one another. Hugh is a smooth-talking bureaucrat on assignment in Amelia's territory, trying to ascertain whether or not she knows what the hell she's doing. Amelia is trying to assert her authority and prove to Hugh and his employers that she doesn't need babysitting. Did I mention that they're both werewolves? It's a high-stakes game of politics, intrigue, and wet fur. Will they ever learn to get along? Will love eventually win out over distrust and uncertainty? Will Hugh ever get enough of the yummy chiffon cupcakes Amelia makes?

Only time will tell.

8 songs + bonus track + cover art and zip beneath the cut )
katernater: (parks • (knope))
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2011 has been pretty eventful so far. I got a new job, moved to a new city, and tried almond butter for the first time (it's delicious, by the way). In celebration of spring and all the new changes in my life, I decided to put together an EP of songs that have been making the journey with me. This is sort of a companion mix to last year's here's to you, which is still available to download by individual track links.

Beneath the cut: U2, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Josh Kelley, Elbow and others (plus that track from the Doctor Who Series 6 trailer!).

7 songs + individual download links + zip file under the cut )
katernater: (house • (ducklings))
I don't know why, but the soundtrack to the first two seasons of House, M.D. really ramps me up for warmer weather and puts me in a good mood. The nearest I can figure, I started watching House while in my penultimate semester of college, during the spring and summer of 2006. I was at a point in my life when I was really discovering who I was and what I stood for; in my experience, those pivotal points in a person's life are more than reflected in the music they listen to. I remember riding my geeky ten speed to campus; sitting out on the back porch of our much-too-expensive rental property, drinking beer and watching a group of long-haired hippies play hackeysack; burning Nag Champa to cover up the smell of my roommate's cigarette smoking. And through it all, a steady soundtrack of House-related music spun on all my mix CDs, my iPod, and my computer. Here are links to some of my favourites:

"Feelin' Alright" - Joe Cocker
"Got To Be More Careful" - Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
"Stranger In A Strange Land" - Leon Russell
"Honky Tonk Women" - Taj Mahal
"Love and Happiness" - Al Green

It's been a very laid-back, uncluttered kind of weekend. Yesterday I went to a baby shower for a co-worker. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous the last couple of days and all of the flowering trees are in full bloom, planting bright shocks of colour in every direction. Today I'm finishing some chores around the apartment, going to a block party, and stopping by the office for a bit to do some lesson planning. I have every hope that this week will be much better than last week. I guess coming at it with a positive attitude is half the fight.
katernater: (doctor who • (river))
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2010 has been a year of mixed blessings, but an absolutely fantastic year for music. I threw this EP together to showcase some of the songs I've been listening to during the last leg of the decade. Cheers to 2010, and here's to all of the new adventures and challenges that will come in 2011.

Happy New Year!

7 songs + individual download links + zip file under the cut )
katernater: (misc • (deerstalker))
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b a s k e r v i l l e s

"As you would value your life or your reason -- keep away from the moor."


+ 9 tracks, cover art, explanations, download link behind the cut )
katernater: (actor • (lewis))
I just finished watching Shakespeare Retold : 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

I think I love that play over all Shakespeare's others.

And Beatrice/Benedick are my Elizabethan drama OTP. So, naturally,

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+ 6 tracks / cover art / gratuitous Shakespeare quotage beyond the cut
+ Comments/feedback would be lovely! Thanks!

'What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?' )
katernater: (misc • (chandelier))
Following last year's tremendously successful 'autumn's here' ep (I say "successful," in that more than two of you downloaded it), I decided to do a 2010 version. 6 tracks + cover art beneath the jump.

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'Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.' - Albert Camus )
katernater: (stars ❉ you and me.)
I saw Inception at midnight on Thursday, and liked it so much that I went back for a second viewing less than twenty-four hours later. I have already given my two cents about the movie itself, but this is a little EP for the pairing that won't get out of my head. Only the vaguest of spoilers for the movie.

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+ 7 tracks
+ Cover art after the kick jump:

They're still looking at us / Well, it was worth a shot )
katernater: (professor ∞ hbic.)
Fireworks are a lovely epilogue to a great weekend! I had so much fun with [livejournal.com profile] another_myself in Indianapolis, at the concert, at the mall, and everywhere in between. I was sad to see her go this afternoon, but at least we've got some terrific photos to remember our time together.

Someone's gonna' bulldoze your Putt-Putt. )

Aaaand, because I've had the iPod going all weekend, a summertime EP with the best bits of what I've been listening to in May and June:

7 individually uploaded songs + cover art )
katernater: (traveler ∞ confidence.)
So, I am pretty much in love with the new Doctor. This really surprised me as, coming off of a five-year run with David Tennant, I figured that whatever Matt Smith and Team Moffat could produce still wouldn't come close to the affection I had for Ten. While it's true that you never forget your first Doctor, I was happy to discover that, like there's room in the Doctor for two hearts, there is also room in my heart for two Doctors. I also think that Karen Gillian does a terrific job as Amy Pond, the Doctor's new companion and all-around girl Friday. This set of mixes actually started off as a general Doctor Who mix but, as I was culling my iTunes library, I found more and more songs that pertained to Amy and her relationship with the Doctor -- both in her younger days and now.

As such, this is a 10-track mix divided into two EPs. There are five tracks per EP. The first EP concerns Amy and her life following her first visit from the Doctor. As she grows up, she still looks to the sky for any sign of the big blue box that will one day come to take her away. The second EP covers Amy after the Doctor's return, and their subsequent adventuring together. Both mixes are meant to be enjoyed together, but you may listen to one or the other independently.

Both EPs have been uploaded to Mediafire as zipped files.
Please comment if you are taking either EP.
Enjoy!


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Have you ever run away from something because you were scared, or not ready, or just... just because you could? )
katernater: (house (hw) // Trouble is a friend)
I'm in love with this song tonight: "The Book of Love" - Peter Gabriel

So, class was canceled because of the weather. Good thing, because the wind's really picking up out there. I felt like I kept getting shoved along while I was walking to class this morning. Tomorrow won't be as bad. I don't have class until 4:30, and I'm sure the salt crews will have been out by that time, clearing the roads. We got lucky. I think we only saw about three inches of accumulation. Other places, mostly north of us, got up to ten. I heard that Arizona got twenty. Snow in Flagstaff. Thanks, Al Gore!
katernater: (house (s6) // I can see my way)
Compile a playlist of songs that sum up where you feel you are in your life right now and share it with your f-list. Don't explain the songs or why you picked them. Instead, try to have the songs explain *you*. Upload the songs and make cover art if you can.


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7 songs + download link under the cut )
katernater: (house (s6) // I'm just a little unwell)
→ Pick 5 songs from your iTunes music library
→ Songs must be ones you consider to be "outliers" in your collection
→ Share your unique musical tastes with the people on your FL!

oo5. "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" - Rockapella
oo4. "Gypsy Part of Town" - Gogol Bordello
oo3. "I'll Be Your Everything" - Youngstown
oo2. "King of Spain" - Moxy Früvous
oo1. "Jump In Line (Shake, Shake Sonora)" - Harry Belafonte
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"I think you are a very bad man," said Dorothy.
"Oh, no, my dear; I am really a very good man; but I'm a very bad Wizard, I must admit."

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A Very Bad Wizard : A Benjamin Linus EP )
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Also, this is definitely my anthem for the week: "Any Other World" - Mika

'Love those moody strings.

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