Thursday, April 1, 2021

Ghost Town - mix of rock, blues-rock, country rock with a little bit of New Zealand rock thrown in for good measure

It's Good Friday afternoon on a dreary autumn day and I'm having a few beers and listening to my music.  I've just finished playing my Ghost Town mix and thought I'd take a few minutes between beers to share it with ya.....

This is what I call a bitza mix - bits of everything.  Well, not really everything but I've taken tracks from genres such as country rock, blues-rock, rock and probably some borderline pop.  Every now and then I also like to showcase some music from my homeland - New Zealand.  In this mix I've included some tracks from Graham Brazier (RIP), who was the front man for Kiwi favourites Hello Sailor, the legend Mark Williams who now fronts Dragon, a dark number from the great music-man himself Greg Johnson and an acoustic version of their song 'Bullet For Your Gun' from 2000's rock band Black River Drive.


Tracklist:

01 - Turning Away - Dougie MacLean
02 - Ghost Town - Bo Bruce
03 - Closing Time - Semisonic
04 - Gravity - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
05 - Back To Zero - Third Eye Blind
06 - Autumn - Graham Brazier
07 - Around The Sun - 8mm Overload
08 - Feel For The Night - Mark Williams
09 - Other Side Of You - American Bang
10 - Winter Song - Greg Johnson
11 - Bullet For You Gun - Black River Drive
12 - Everything Is Going Great - Tiny Stills


Friday, March 26, 2021

Change The Past - a mix of progressive rock / rock music for your weekend

Change The Past is a new mix I put together a couple of weeks ago.  It's predominately progressive rock tracks from artists of that genre but I've also included a couple of other tracks that have a prog rock feel to them but from artists whose normal sound would not normally be associated with that genre such as Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons (hard rock) and Johnossi (indie rock).  You'll hear what I mean when you listen to their tracks as part of the overall mix and where I've sequenced them in the compilation. 


Tracklist:

01 - Change The Past - Russian Wives
02 - Fool - RPWL
03 - Thin Air - Anathema
04 - So Long And Thanks For The Fish - A Perfect Circle
05 - Colostrom (Acoustic) - Phyllotaxis
06 - For The Music - Blackfield
07 - Bullitts Domin - Pure Reason Revolution
08 - Wait For Better Days - Ray Wilson
09 - Waves - Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
10 - Here Come The Men (Violin Mix) - Antimatter
11 - Worried Ground - Johnossi
12 - Delusional Rain - Mystery

Friday, March 19, 2021

Crimson Clouds - a pop mix with a bit of electronica thrown in

This mix is mostly pop music but I've included some electronica and a few that are broadly pop that I just can't put my finger on - but I feel that they compliment each other. An interesting one for me was the track 'Tehran 1979' by Brian Reitzell featuring Debbie Harry that had a bit of a Miami Vice 80's feel to it, which I put in as the opening track and then kept the tempo going with the 2nd track from Russian indie band Biting Elbows with 'Control' before putting rest of the tracks together in a sequence that kept it interesting.  See what you think....


Tracklist:

01 - Tehran 1979 - Brian Reitzell (feat. Debbie Harry)
02 - Control - Biting Elbows
03 - Drown - Melanie C
04 - Trouble - Robots Don't Sleep
05 - Crimson Clouds - Volkor X
06 - Walls Fall Down - Bedouin Soundclash
07 - Spotlight Smile - Open Sound
08 - Milestone - Diana Drive
09 - Milan - Thomas Giles
10 - My Beautiful Friend - The Charlatans
11 - Staying Out For Summer - Dodgy
12 - Bloodlust Tonight - Giant Eagles

Saturday, March 13, 2021

After The Rain - A music mix including some Kiwi & Aussie artists

After The Rain is a mix I put together some time back that brings together music from pop, folk rock & alt country genres with the inclusion of some Kiwi and Aussie artists.  The mix opens with well known New Zealand artist Anika Moa and is followed by the big sound of British artist Rag 'n Bone Man with his song 'Skin'. Aussie artists Ed Kuepper, Paul Kelly, The Black Sorrows and Missy Higgins compliment the rest of the lineup in this mix.


Tracklist:

01 - My Old Man - Anika Moa
02 - Skin - Ragnbone Man
03 - Stamina - Anastasia
04 - I Used To Cry - Imany
05 - Far From Any Road - The Handsome Family
06 - If I Had A Ticket - Ed Kuepper
07 - Darken Your Eyes - Jack Marks
08 - The Stable Song - Gregory Alan Isakov
09 - This Old Dark Machine - James Vincent McMorrow
10 - Randwick Bells - Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls
11 - Roaring Town - The Black Sorrows
12 - 49 Candles - Missy Higgins

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Deep Waters - a mix of rock, blues-rock, folk-rock & southern rock music

Deep Waters is a music mix drawing songs from rock, folk-rock, blues-rock and southern rock genres.  I've also added a couple of Aussie selections such as Jimmy Barnes and The Black Sorrows to include some southern hemisphere representation with the fine company of the northern hemisphere artists


Tracklist:

01 - The River - Larry Howard
02 - Sometimes - John Illsey
03 - Town Called Heartbreak - Patti Sciaffa
04 - Deep Waters - Jack Savoretti
05 - Radio Was  King - The Black Sorrows
06 - Sundown - Bruce Springsteen
07 - Wild And Lonely - Melissa Etheridge
08 - Stargazer - Jimmy Barnes
09 - Long Black Veil - Harry Manx
10 - Save Your Water - Mudcrutch
11 - Too Far From Texas - Stevie Nicks
12 - You Stopped The Rain - King King

Friday, February 26, 2021

Cinematic - Prog Rock, Rock, Instrumental, Electronic compilation

I was playing this compilation this afternoon while we were sitting out on the deck enjoying another hot day and my wife said "this is pretty cruisy".  It's mostly prog rock tracks but I've thrown in a couple of other tracks from different genres that seem to fit rather well with the overall mix.  It's pretty laid back but definitely one for the late afternoon while sitting out on the deck knocking back a few coldies....


Tracklist:

01 - Disillusioned - A Perfect Circle
02 - Old Love - Long Distance Calling
03 - Blackfield - Blackfield
04 - Twilight - Black Sky Research
05 - Rising Sun - White Moth Black Butterfly
06 - Cinematic - Jonathon Jackson + Enation
07 - Sepia - Jester (India)
08 - Into The Scarlet Eye - Mystery
09 - Metropolis - Schiller
10 - Show Yourself - Phyllotaxis
11 - Stranded - Red Vox
12 - Bridge Of Sighs - Steve Lukather

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Butler - Butler (1973) - New Zealand rock music

Butler were a 4-piece Maori rock band who formed in Christchurch New Zealand in 1970.  They released their self-titled album in 1973.  The album itself was a commercial flop but their fusion of psychedelia, progressive and blues-rock excelled in a live setting and they were highly popular on the national campus circuit.



Tracklist:

01 - Bang Bang
02 - Suicide Ring
03 - We're Getting Nowhere
04 - In The Morning
05 - Especially For You
06 - Green River
07 - Reach Out
08 - Tilde Jane
09 - Mistake
10 - Southern Magic
11 - Here We Come
12 - Mirror Don't You Weep

Friday, February 19, 2021

Days End - Rock / Pop compilation

I was playing this compilation last weekend while I was outside doing some well overdue gardening and thought it would be a good one to share.  Days End is a mix of mostly rock & pop tracks with an alt rock/hip-hop number from Blacklite District thrown in for good measure and a very cruisy electronic number by Canadian duo Bob Moses.  I've also included a couple of covers that are particularly well done - Lou Reed's 'Sweet Jane' by Mott The Hoople and the Split Enz track 'I Got You' by New Zealand band Shihad. 


 Tracklist:

01 - Human - Aquilo
02 - New Sensations - Sunsleep
03 - Monster - The Automatic Automatic
04 - Emeralds - Bear's Den
05 - The Roller - Beady Eye
06 - The Lost Gospel - Madrugada
07 - Tearing Me Up - Bob Moses
08 - I Got You - Shihad
09 - Sweet Jane - Mott The Hoople
10 - Cold As Ice (The Remake) - Blacklite District
11 - Beauty Is Truth - Sad Lovers And Giants
12 - Medicine Man - Charlotte OC

Friday, February 12, 2021

Lutha - Earth (1973) - New Zealand Psychedelic / Prog Rock

This is the second album from Dunedin band Lutha, which was released after their self titled album in 1973 on the HMV label.  I got to see these guys at a concert in Dunedin in 1972 when I was a teenager.  


Tracklist:

01 - Earth
02 - Here And Now
03 - Empty Rooms
04 - Dandylions
05 - What Do You Do
06 - Waterfall (Pure Land)
07 - Places
08 - The Old Tree
09 - My Babe
10 - Policeman
11 - Questions

Friday, February 5, 2021

Vast Expanse - a mix of Alt Rock songs

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted anything so here's something that I'll be playing this weekend.  My Vast Expanse compilation is a mix of songs from the Alt Rock genre.  Kicking off with a great tune from Bush, who I saw live a couple of years ago and then weaves its way through tracks from some well known bands mixed with perhaps a few lessor known ones and finishes up with up a cool track from Fuel.

If time permits this weekend, I'll also post the second Lutha album as a follow-up to the one I previously posted - so stay tuned for that.


Tracklist:

01 - Send In The Clowns - Bush
02 - Dying For Your Love - Fireflight
03 - Victoria - Eve 6
04 - Maybe - Collective Soul
05 - Dark Age - Acceptance
06 - Ghost - Saint Asonia
07 - Save Me From Myself - Vertical Horizon
08 - I Miss You - Incubus
09 - My Ordinary World - The Exies
10 - Home - Seven Circle Sunrise
11 -  Raining - Art Of Dying (feat. Adam Gontier)
12 - Angels Take A Soul - Fuel



Friday, January 22, 2021

Arms Of Eternity - a mix of great music from soft rock, rock and classic rock genres

This is an easy listening music compilation with tracks from soft rock, rock & classic rock genres.  I've included some southern hemisphere tracks from New Zealand music legend Dave Dobbyn and Aussie bands The Screaming Jets and The Church. 


Tracklist:

01 - Blue Collar - Bachman Turner Overdrive
02 - Sleeper Train - America
03 - Andersonville - Dave Alvin
04 - Don't Cry My Lady Love - Quicksilver Messenger Service
05 - Beyond Belief - Elvis Costello
06 - Happenstance - The Church
07 - October Grey - Screaming Jets
08 - Who We Are Right Now - Ron Sexsmith
09 - Get Started, Start A Fire - Graham Parker
10 - 14 Steps To Harlem - Garland Jeffreys
11 - Arms Of Eternity - Dave Dobbyn
12 - The Ecstacy Once Told - Dolly Rocker Movement