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Vahé – The Melancholy Metro (2004)

following on with the Gil Scott-Heron vibe, i previously used “Song For Bobby Smith (Alternate Take)” in a 2004 compilation called “The Melancholy Metro”, a very downer and demure mix i made whilst in the throes of massive heartache. i present the mix for y’all today in memory of the man and his passing. and also in memory of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, a film which served as the impetus and continuing inspiration for making this mix in the first place (a couple of Jon Brion‘s songs from the soundtrack/score appear in the mix). stream/download it as one single file via the newly minted Confessions Of A Curly Mind SoundCloud page.


01. jon brion – down the drain
02. gary jules – mad world
03. sandboy – pomegranate (feat. nanar vorperian)
04. antonio carlos jobim – once i loved (feat. shirly horn)
05. beady belle – april fool
06. miles davis – take it or leave it
07. beck – everybody’s gotta learn sometime
08. red hot chili peppers – porcelain
09. tricky – hell is around the corner
10. portishead – only you
11. cinematic orchestra – burnout
12. gil scott-heron & brian jackson – song for bobby smith (alternate take)
13. jeff buckley – the other woman
14. massive attack – sly
15. sleepy’s theme – 4:30am


Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions (The Covers EP) (2011)


Mr. Mayer Hawthorne recently released a free ep onto the interwebs (onto the inter…? nevermind), consisting of 6 covers of songs none of us have actually heard of. which kinda makes it NOT a covers ep, if u know what i mean (i’m banking on the statistical probability that some of u out there do). i’ve yet to give it a spin but from what i’m reading (all over the previously-mentioned interwebs) it’s got a unanimously positive response thus far. download link is above, background info on how and why each cover came to be is provided below by the man himself. enjoy!


1. Work To Do
This one features my live band, The County: Quentin Joseph on drums, Topher Mohr on guitar, Quincy McCrary on piano, and Joe Abrams on bass. It was recorded live in a radio station studio somewhere during our Winter 2010 US tour. The tapes recently surfaced, but nobody can remember exactly where we were. The song is originally by The Isley Brothers, and that’s the only version I was familiar with until we started playing it in our live shows and people would come up to us and say “hey, loved your cover of Average White Band!”.

2. Don’t Turn The Lights On
My favorite track from Chromeo’s latest LP. On the surface it’s an electro-funk, dance floor filler, but underneath is a brilliant love ballad with lyrics that reminded me of something from Tyrone Davis. Dave1 (of Chromeo) told me the song is about a guy who falls in love with a ghost, so I wanted my version to have an eerie, ghostly feel to it. Quincy McCrary played the creepy piano solo at the end.

3. You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover
Textbook Northern Soul from a little known Dallas, Texas group called The Festivals. I was digging for records in NY with my homey DJ Kurse, and the shopkeeper played the 45 in the store. Both of us immediately ran up to the counter and said “yo! what is THAT?!”. The original version was recorded in the late 60s, and the mix isn’t very good. I wanted a version that I could bump. Quentin Joseph played the drums and we recorded them at Sam Beaubien’s studio in Detroit. That’s Sam playing the trumpet as well.

4. Fantasy Girl
This song was written and composed by an amazing man from Pasadena named Steve Salazar. He was born with a heart condition and passed away at the young age of 27. Before he died he recorded one incredible album of demos in the mid-70s with a band called Shorty’s Portion. Peanut Butter Wolf found a copy of the album and I loved it so much that he gave it to me (thanks Wolf!). The vinyl had a handwritten note tucked in the sleeve that was addressed to anyone who could help the band with management, a record deal, radio airplay, etc. I’d estimate there were less than 300 copies pressed. That’s my Dad playing pedal steel guitar and Topher Mohr shredding the guitar solo on my version.

5. Little Person
Jon Brion is not from this planet. He penned this song for the soundtrack to Charlie Kaufman’s film “Synecdoche, NY”. I didn’t get the film at all, but I really got the soundtrack. The original has only female vocal and piano, but I always heard a larger arrangement. Hubert Alexander played some of the piano and I did everything else.

6. Mr. Blue Sky
This one also features my band, The County, and was recorded live, in one take, in a tiny makeshift tent, at a festival in Dour, Belgium.