Quarter

25 / June 2012 / John Kuhn

  1. Soul KillingThe Ting Tings
  2. SweatTHEESatisfaction
  3. Clean SlateM. Ward
  4. Queen of CaliforniaJohn Mayer
  5. Dougou BadiaAmadou & Mariam feat. Santigold
  6. Roll Baby RollDuquette Johnston and the Rebel Kings
  7. Danse CaribeAndrew Bird
  8. Ungodly FruitWax Tailor
  9. Flowers in Your HairThe Lumineers
  10. MachineRegina Spektor
  11. All Fall DownShawn Colvin
  12. SeptemberThe Shins
  13. Gin, Smoke, LiesTurnpike Troubadours
  14. Amazing EyesGood Old War
  15. CaliforniaDelta Spirit
  16. Rocky GroundBruce Springsteen
  17. You and MeSara Watkins
  18. Dirty PawsOf Monsters and Men
  19. New YorkBlind Pilot

Burnmix 25 - A quarter.  I'm not sure there is any real significance to this number or this mix, but it is a milestone - of sorts.  I have been combing ITunes and various other sites - asking friends - and just had my antennae up for new music to fill in this mix.  A few songs that were in the mix for quite awhile got axed at the last minute - a few new songs crept in under the radar.  I suppose you could tweak a mix forever - at some point you just have to say - "this is it".  So here it is - a mix of a little bit of everything - all genres.  I hope there is a little bit of something for everyone here.  "Long live the Burnmixers".

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  1. The Ting Tings / Soul Killing

    Just love this song - and who thought a squeaky bed (or so I like to think) could be such a great rhythm instrument?

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    Named after a Chinese friend whose name sounds like the Mandarin pronunciation of "bandstand," the Ting Tings -- a scrappy, dance-oriented duo consisting of singer/guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino -- formed in the Salford district of Manchester, England in 2006. Prior to forming the group, the pair worked together in 2001 when White was in the all-female punk-pop group TKO and De Martino wrote some songs for them. Later the pair reunited Read more on Last.fm more...

  2. THEESatisfaction / Sweat

    Great pulsing vibe - and love the line, "anticipation of a bite of the apple of yes."

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    THEESatisfaction is an American R&B Hip-Hop duo based in Seattle consisting of rapper Stasia "Stas" Iron and singer Catherine "Cat" Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Hawaii and Seattle. The pair met in 2008 while attending the University of Washington. Stas, the rapper of the duo, frequented Cat's open mic performances. Stas recalls, "I was attracted to Cat's voice, I would go to the open mic and close my eyes and zone out whenever she sang. I finally had the courage to speak to her… it took a while." Read more on Last.fm more...

  3. M. Ward / Clean Slate

    Lovely tone to this tune - haunting and beautiful.

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    Matthew Stephen Ward (b 4th October 1973, Newbury Park, California), known by his stage name M. Ward, is a U.S. singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. In addition to his solo work, he is known as a member of She & Him and Monsters of Folk. Ward was previously with the band Rodriguez, which included bassist Kyle Field (of Little Wings fame) and drummer Mike Funk. They recorded and released on cassette Box Plots and Cash Crops and then the album Swing Like a Metronome in 2000. Read more on Last.fm more...

  4. John Mayer / Queen of California

    I suppose he's a guilty pleasure and has a bad rap - but he is one hell of a guitar player and songwriter. This will be a big hit this summer, I predict. Soulful with great harmonies and such tasty guitar licks - acoustic and electric. Man.

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    There are two artists with the name John Mayer; American pop singer-songwriter John Clayton Mayer (b. 1977), and Anglo-Indian Composer John Jiddhu Mayer (1930 - 2004) and leader of John Mayer's Indo Jazz Fusions 1) John Clayton Mayer was born October 16, 1977, in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA, and started playing guitar at 13 after being inspired by a Stevie Ray Vaughan tape his neighbor gave him. In 1998 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he refined his skills and gained a following. Read more on Last.fm more...

  5. Amadou & Mariam feat. Santigold / Dougou Badia

    Mali meets Mainstream - and it all works. The world is pretty small - all things considered.

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    Amadou and Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Mariam Doumbia (vocals) (born in Mali's capital Bamako 15 April 1958) and Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) (born in Bamako 24 October 1954). The pair, known as "the blind couple from Mali" met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music. The duo produces music that mixes traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Colombian trombones, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion. Read more on Last.fm more...

  6. Duquette Johnston and the Rebel Kings / Roll Baby Roll

    Simple and just out there - no pretense. Has a timeless feel.

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  7. Andrew Bird / Danse Caribe

    Lots of nuance and subtle shifts in style - complex - and the fiddle swelling forward toward the end just completes this treasure.

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    Andrew Bird (born July 11, 1973) is an American musician. He was born in Lake Bluff, Illinois and resides in the Chicago area. Bird is a singer, a violinist and, since 2004, a guitarist. He is also an accomplished whistler. His early work, which echoed gypsy jazz and traditional folk, has led into his current sound, which mixes rock with more broad compositions. His years of solo song-craft have now enabled him to produce a sound that is uniquely his own. Read more on Last.fm more...

  8. Wax Tailor / Ungodly Fruit

    Needed something to change the pace - this fit the bill.

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    Wax Tailor is the trip hop/hip hop producer Jean-Christophe Le Saoût from Paris, France. After two EP's, he released his first album Tales of the Forgotten Melodies in March 2005, mixing hip-hop, downtempo and trip-hop, and a second, Hope & Sorrow in April 2007. After being a host on a French radio in the Paris suburb of Mantes-La-Jolie, JC Le Saoût started the French Rap band La Formule in the 1990's. He created his label Lab'Oratoire in Read more on Last.fm more...

  9. The Lumineers / Flowers in Your Hair

    Short song - really short - but love how the upbeat kicks in at about .55

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    The Lumineers is an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado in 2002 by Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion). Schultz and Fraites began writing and performing together in Ramsey, New Jersey in 2005. Cellist and vocalist Neyla Pekarek joined the band in 2010, and was a member until 2018. The band's debut self-titled album was released on April 3, 2012. The album's first single, "Ho Hey" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Read more on Last.fm more...

  10. Regina Spektor / Machine

    Mechanical and heavily structured - but love the piano lilting over the staccato rhythm. And there have to be at least three H's in "Hhhooked".

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    Regina Spektor (born Regina Ilyinichna Spektor on 18 February 1980 in Moscow) is a Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village. Spektor studied classical piano from the age of six, practising on a Petrof piano given to her mother by her grandfather. She was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father Read more on Last.fm more...

  11. Shawn Colvin / All Fall Down

    Have always loved her voice - "Shotgun Down the Avalanche" still an all-time favorite. Great acoustic lick and vibe.

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    Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, South Dakota) is an American musician. Best known for her hit single "Sunny Came Home" from the album "A Few Small Repairs". Colvin's formative years were spent in the town of Carbondale, Illinois, where she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She learned to play guitar at the age of 10. Her first public concert was at age 15 at the University of Illinois campus. Colvin cites Joni Mitchell as a primary influence on her music Read more on Last.fm more...

  12. The Shins / September

    Not sure I've ever understood their lyrics - ever. But it doesn't matter - their tunes are so hooky and addicting. Classic Shins, this one.

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    The Shins are an American indie rock band centered around James Mercer. The band formed in 1997, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States as a side project of Mercer (previously of Blue Roof Dinner) and drummer Jesse Sandoval, who were both members of Flake Music. The band's original lineup was Mercer (vocals, guitar), Sandoval (drums), Marty Crandall (keyboards) and Dave Hernandez (bass). Neil Langford replaced Hernandez in 1998. Hernandez returned to the band in 2003, as Langford had left the band in 2001. Read more on Last.fm more...

  13. Turnpike Troubadours / Gin, Smoke, Lies

    An Okie band with one of the better song titles I've seen/heard in awhile. Bet they'd be amazing live at a roadhouse on the outskirts of town - long necks and pool tables.

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    Turnpike Troubadours is an American country music group from Oklahoma founded in 2005. The band, whose name is derived from the bumpy Oklahoma toll-roads and their hard lived folk singing heroes, are proof that isolation can be the mother of originality. Cutting their teeth in roadside dance halls and honky-tonks has made a serious impact on the band’s musical style, which walks the line between Woody Guthrie and Waylon Jennings. “Bossier City,” the band’s debut album, is testament to the small towns in which they were raised. Read more on Last.fm more...

  14. Good Old War / Amazing Eyes

    Okay - so it's a pretty song. Deal with it Grogan - just grip the steering wheel and grind your teeth.

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    Good Old War is an American indie-folk band from Langhorne, Pennsylvania featuring former members of Days Away. The second self-titled album by Good Old War is at its lush heart, an album of immense growth. A natural evolution from the band's debut Only Way to Be Alone (Sargent House), Good Old War radiates with warmth and vulnerability, both qualities undoubtedly cultivated by the band's hands-on self-production, and the environment of solitude in which the album was created. Read more on Last.fm more...

  15. Delta Spirit / California

    Love how it cleans up after the first 16 bars.

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    Delta Spirit is a band from San Diego, California, United States, beginning in 2005. This band is most known for their intense live performances, their congregational song-writing, and their driving rhythm. The group consists of Jon Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (percussion), Matthew Vasquez (vocals/guitars), Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentals) and Will McLaren (guitar). "The raw spirit of indie rock. An amplified, rocking version of ’60s protest folk. Read more on Last.fm more...

  16. Bruce Springsteen / Rocky Ground

    I don't always think of BS as a great vocalist, but this song says otherwise. Soulful female vocals with his inimitable throaty delivery - it all works.

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    Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss," is an American singer-songwriter and leader of the E Street Band. He is recognized for his poetic lyrics, his Jersey Shore roots, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy, energetic stage performances. Springsteen has recorded both rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), find pleasures in the struggles of daily American life. Read more on Last.fm more...

  17. Sara Watkins / You and Me

    A late addition - she of Nickel Creek fame. Love the thumping punch of the chorus.

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    Sara Watkins, (born June 8, 1981) is a fiddler, vocalist, and songwriter, and is one third of the contemporary bluegrass/folk band Nickel Creek. Watkins first gained recognition as a founding member of the Grammy Award–winning, platinum-selling trio Nickel Creek. When not on the road or in the studio, Watkins has guest-starred as fiddler and/or harmony vocalist on albums by Béla Fleck, the Chieftains, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Lee, Dan Wilson, Richard Thompson, and Alex Woodward, among others. Read more on Last.fm more...

  18. Of Monsters and Men / Dirty Paws

    High/low - female/male vocal thing - totally works here.

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    Of Monsters and Men are an indie folk band which formed in 2010 in Keflavík/Garðabær, Iceland. The band consists of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (vocals, guitar), Ragnar Þórhallsson (vocals, guitar), Brynjar Leifsson (guitar), Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bass), Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drums) and the former member Árni Guðjónsson (keyboards, accordion), who left the band in 2012. The band released their debut album "My Head Is an Animal" in September 2011. Read more on Last.fm more...

  19. Blind Pilot / New York

    Saw them at Pearl Street with K&N. This song was a standout - written (and played) around the harmonium. Blind Pilot tunes always stick in my head - this one is no exception.

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    Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon. The band has performed on Carson Daly's show, opened arena shows in England and been selected as iTunes' Single of the Week. After a busy summer that included the Lollapalooza, Sasquatch!, and Outside Lands festivals and a high-profile slot opening for fellow Portlanders the Decemberists on select dates, Blind Pilot is embarking on a national headlining tour to support their magnanimous debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, released last year on Expunged Records. Read more on Last.fm more...

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