For the first time ever, the music/mixes portion of the blog is being graced not by Cousin Brandon but by Cousin Matt. That is, I’m still doing the write-up; Cousin Matt is responsible for the mix. With that, I give you A Long Way to Santa Fe.
I left for my first year at the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Fall of 1996. I was 21-years-old and transferring to CSF after one year at Carnegie Mellon (‘93/’94), a year-and-a-half of waiting tables and smoking dope, and a semester at the local community college, where I took Biology, Speech, and Introduction to Theater Studies. (Strange trio, no?) After dicking around for two years, I realized two things: 1) I wanted to study in a legitimate creative writing department; and 2) I wanted to go west. And even though I never visited the college (or even the state, for God’s sake) before signing my letter of intent, I couldn’t have been more pleased to get as far away from Central Pennsylvania as possible.
Knowing I was making tracks, Cousin Matt recorded me a nice compilation of “Of the Moment” tunes, or Zeitgeist Music. As was always the case, Cousin Matt recorded it to a TDK cassette, which was our blank tape of choice. It’s hard for me to remember, but I believe TDK was the first to switch over to those more rounded cases and away from the right-angled, boxier ones. Regardless, there was something he and I both preferred about TDK to Maxell or Memorex. I’d like to say the sound quality was that much better, but perhaps I just liked the cases. Who knows? In any event, Cousin Matt, like me, is both anal and obsessive when it comes to the construction of a mix. Granted, A Long Way to Santa Fe is an earlier and less “accomplished” effort in comparison to the masterpieces he’s putting out these days (which, by the way, I’ll be blogging about at some point). Look at it this way, Cousin Matt: even Will Clark didn’t homer in his first at bat. Oh? He did? Oh. Never mind.
A couple notes on the mixes below. First, I couldn’t find a link to The Multiple Cat’s “My Planet,” which is off of the fantastic record “Territory” Shall Mean the Universe. Additionally, the only link for “Grant Hart” I could find was a solo acoustic version performed by Ken Stringfellow. Unfortunately, it looked like he was playing at some type of “Products of the Future” convention and the sound quality was awful. So, pass.
Fall of ’96. CSF. King Hall. My pal Mike’s dorm room. With a beer. And a ponytail. Fuck you.
A Long Way to Santa Fe (Side A):
1. Built to Spill – “In the Morning”
2. Rob Pollard – “Flat Beauty”
3. The Multiple Cat – “My Planet”
4. Sebadoh – “Ocean”
5. Unwound – “Dragnalus”
6. Beck – “Lord Only Knows”
7. The Sugarplastic – “Soft Jingo”
8. Guided By Voices – “To Remake the Young Flyer”
9. Sebadoh – “Hillbilly II”
10. Modest Mouse – “Make Everyone Happy/Mechanical Birds”
11. Archers of Loaf – “Vocal Shrapnel”
12. The Grifters – “Day Shift”
13. Pearl Jam – “Red Mosquito”
14. The Sea and Cake – “The Transaction”
15. Built to Spill & Caustic Resin – “When Not Being Stupid Is Not Enough”
16. Modest Mouse – “Space Travel Is Boring”
A Long Way to Santa Fe (Side B):
1. Unwound – “Message Received”
2. The Sea and Cake – “The Biz”
3. Archers of Loaf – “Chumming the Ocean”
4. Barry Black – “Cockroaches”
5. Weezer – “Getchoo”
6. The Posies – “Grant Hart”
7. Archers of Loaf – “Smokin’ Pot in the Hot City”
8. Built to Spill – “The Source”
9. Modest Mouse – “Exit Does Not Exist”
10. Sebadoh – “Beauty of the Ride”
11. 311 – “Visit”
12. Weezer – “El Scorcho”
13. Rob Pollard – “Get Under It”
14. The Grifters – “The Straight Time”
15. Archers of Loaf – “Telepathic Traffic”
16. Beck – “Novacane”
17. Tobin Sprout – “It’s Like Soul Man”
So, there you have it. The first non-Cousin Brandon mix to grace these pages, and assuredly not the last. Thanks for the assist, Cousin Matt. Prepare for greatness!
Until next time, have at it, you vultures!