Nilssolation

Here is a mix for these weird times! (link will take you to a page to download or listen to the mix)

I’m quite proud of this (and that title!) – it’s all Harry Nilsson (or related) and it’s a reflection on the state of the world and everyone’s mental health. Tried to cover a lot of ground with song selection – some popular, some obscure, some demos, all lovely. 80 minutes. Good for a solo stroll (done responsibly).

Quick Notes:

  • It starts and ends with people who are not Harry Nilsson. Fred Neil is the original artist behind Everybody’s Talkin’, which became one of Nilsson’s biggest hits. Bill Withers wraps it up – he is one of the very few artists that I love as much as Harry Nilsson.
  • Like I said – it’s a bit of a journey:
    • Starts off with a very physical navigation, reflecting on the highs and lows of a solitary walk (or, for tracks 8 & 9, with a canine companion).
    • The mix moves its focus from the external to the internal and I think does a good job of reflecting feelings right now (I think tracks 16 – 18 are particularly inspired)
    • There is hope at the end! Don’t quit during the dark parts – skip it if you have to! Get to Bath!

TRACK LIST

  1. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Fred Neil
  2. Gotta Get Up (Demo)
  3. I Will Take You There
  4. As I Wander Lonely
  5. Marchin’ Down Broadway
  6. City Life
  7. It’s A Jungle Out There
  8. P.O.V. Waltz
  9. The Puppy Song
  10. Me And My Arrow
  11. Blazing Arrow – Blackalicious
  12. Mother Nature’s Son
  13. Postcard
  14. Signs (Demo)
  15. Nobody Cares About the Railroad Anymore
  16. Isolation
  17. Pretty Soon There’ll Be Nothing Left For Everybody
  18. I’d Rather Be Dead
  19. One (Alt. Version)
  20. Won – The Beta Band
  21. Think About Your Troubles
  22. You Are Here
  23. Open Your Window
  24. Spaceman
  25. I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City
  26. The Most Beautiful World In the World
  27. Bath
  28. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Bill Withers

This covers a lot of Nilsson’s range and style. From the sweet (“The Puppy Song”), the silly (“Spaceman”), the darkly funny (“I’d Rather Be Dead”), and the genuinely moving (“I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City”). There is almost certainly a song for everyone.

BONUS:

Here is the video of “I’d Rather Be Dead” – with senior citizen choir included:

Second Mix

More mostly music with a bit of me talkin’

  1. !!! – Get Up
  2. Camp Lo – 82 Afros
  3. Arab Strap – Why Can’t This Be Love (Van Halen cover)
  4. The Beta Band – Squares (Bloah Mix)
  5. Calexico – Quattro (World Drifts In)
  6. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Stay A Little Longer
  7. John Hartford – Up On the Hill Where They Do the Boogie
  8. Stew – North Bronx French Marie
  9. Danzig – I’m the One
  10. Mike Doughty – Thank God For Sending Me the F Train
  11. Mink Deville – “A” Train Lady
  12. This Is Kit – Silver John
  13. Split Enz – Dirty Creature (Live)
  14. Squeeze – Take Me, I’m Yours (Live)
  15. The Pretty Things – Death of a Socialite
  16. Scissor Sisters – Laura (City Hi-Fi vocal mix)
  17. Arthur Russell – Time Away

First Mix

I put together an hours worth of music with a few moments of me talking. You can listen or download it below.

  1. UNKLE – Be There
  2. GoldLink – Kokamoe Freestyle
  3. 16 Horsepower – Wayfaring Stranger (traditional)
  4. Paul Cauthen – Still Driving
  5. Kate Tempest – Circles (single mix)
  6. Iron & Wine – One More Try (George Michael Cover)
  7. Jackson C. Frank – Blues Run the Game
  8. Rikodan – Skeng
  9. Eurythmics – Wrap It Up (Sam & Dave Cover)
  10. Boyoyo Boys – Tsosti
  11. Jessica Boudreaux – Ask Me To Stay
  12. Warmduscher – Standing On The Corner
  13. Aesop Rock – Dead Pan
  14. Lou Rawls – Feeling Alright (Traffic Cover)
  15. Jungle Brothers – Feelin’ Alright (Not Traffic Cover)
  16. Ballin’ Jack – Super Highway
  17. Donovan – Love Floats