Posted by: cousinbrandon | November 11, 2009

The “Miscellaneous” Mixes: The Lost Recordings

Cousin Matt is back with yet another Miscellaneous mix.  This one must come out of the 1997/1998 era.  I’m still uncertain as to why it’s called The Lost Recordings, but so be it.  Assuming it was, in fact, from 1998, Cousin Matt was a mere 24-years-old, so he’s untitled to a few what now seem like badly-titled mixes.  But I digress… 

The playlist on The Lost Recordings reminds me of a few things, actually.  First, it’s nice to see that my In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is represented not once, but twice (well, three times really, but I’ll explain later).  Second, not only are there several albums represented that I never actually owned, but bands represented I’ve never actually owned, including Beastie Boys, Far, The Promise Ring, Liquor Giants, Versus, and The Old 97’s.  Sure, I guarantee the two bands most of you are raising an eyebrow over are Beastie Boys and The Promise Ring.  Well, here’s the thing:  I never really cared for either of them.  I always thought The Promise Ring was pretentious, and aside from Paul’s Boutique and a handful of tracks here and there, I flat-out never liked the Beastie Boys.  I always thought they were highly overrated, valued more for their kitsch than their ability as rappers/musicians.  Is that sacrilege?  For some of you, I’m sure it damn well is.  Agree to disagree, I guess.

A couple notes on the tracks below.  First, some of these only link to 30 seconds worth of music, which of course is a goddamn sham.  Second, the link The Apples in Stereo’s “Seems So” is actually frontman Robert Schneider singing with Of Montreal as his backing band.  Also, the audio isn’t great (apologies).  Third, the Neutral Milk Hotel “track” is actually two tracks (“King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1” and “King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2 & 3.”).  Fortunately I was able to find all three strung together as a single YouTube clip.  Finally, that link for Lizard Music’s “Plug It In” might not play at all.  Again, the further you go back, the tougher it becomes to find links for this stuff.

The Lost Recordings (Side A):

1. Beastie Boys – “Super Disco Breakin’
2. Spoon – “Utilitarian
3. Far – “Mother Mary
4. Superchunk – “Nu Bruises
5. The Promise Ring – “Red & Blue Jeans
6. The Apples in Stereo – “Seems So
7. Liquor Giants – “Fire Brigade
8. The Old 97’s – “Big Brown Eyes
9. Pernice Brothers – “Wait to Stop
10. Barry Black – “Derelict Vultures
11. Varnaline – “Meet Me On the Ledge
12. Lizard Music – “Plug It In
13. The Halo Benders – “Bury Me
14. Beastie Boys – “Unite
15. Versus – “Dumb Fun
16. The Promise Ring – “Perfect Lines
17. Liquor Giants – “Kentucky Lounge
18. Beulah – “Lay Low for the Letdown
19. Wheat – “Summer

The Lost Recordings (Side B):

1. Neutral Milk Hotel – “King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 1, 2 & 3
2. Guided By Voices – “Exit Flagger
3. Trans Am – “The Campaign
4. Spoon – “June’s Foreign Spell
5. Far – “Water & Solutions
6. Modest Mouse – “Shit Luck
7. The Halo Benders – “Virginia Reel Around the Fountain
8. Tobin Sprout – “Little Bit of Dread
9. Belle & Sebastian – “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying
10. Wheat – “Karmic Episodes
11. 764-Hero – “Dragon
12. Tanya Donelly – “Bum
13. Spoon – “Metal School
14. Neutral Milk Hotel – “Holland, 1945
15. Beulah – “Disco: The Secretaries Blues
16. The Old 97’s – “Niteclub
17. Modest Mouse – “Lounge/Closing Time

So, there it is – the latest installment of the “Miscellaneous” Mixes series.  Now, then, if one of you would be so good to let Cousin Matt know that his payment comes in thanks and applause only, I’d be much obliged.

Until next time, have at it, you vultures!




  1. If my selective memory recalls correctly, I believe the title “The Lost Recordings” had something to do with the fact that I took forever to make the mix, thus deemed the mix “lost”. Ooooh, mysterious.

    Still, it beats the name of the first mix tape I ever made (that I still have) which was titled “Alternative Tape”.

    • “Alternative Tape,” huh? Wow, that’s a gem. I once made a mix called “Mix.”

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