Posted by: cousinbrandon | April 16, 2010

The “Miscellaneous” Mixes: 22/25/01

Wouldn’t you know that I managed to unearth a few more mixes?! Five more, to be exact, and only one of them is mine (which is either a good thing or not). The other four are Cousin Matt originals, but I’ll begin with my lone contribution to this stack. Based on the name, I still have no idea just what in the hell the title refers to. The “22” I get as there are 22 songs, and the “01” must be a reference to the year I made it (2001). But the “25”? I haven’t got the foggiest. [UPDATE: I’m thinking maybe it was the 25th day of whatever month I recorded it?] So, if any of you heard this compilation before, do me a favor and let me know if you know why it’s got this name. I’m completely stumped.

Based on the year, I must have made this one while living Boston. What’s more, it kicks off with a song from a great yet highly underrated album, Japancakes’ The Sleepy Strange (Kindercore). Sure, the Pitchfork review I linked to essentially panned it, but so what. Pitchfork, after all, is wrong quite a bit, and in this case just didn’t get it. As it turns out, the record’s name is pretty damn apt, as it’s a slow, strange, albeit comforting instrumental that not quite post-rock. In addition to Japancakes, it’s nice to see The Avalanches’ Since I Left You represented, which remains a great “party” record, should you be throwing a party anytime soon. (And for the record, Pitchfork loved it.) It’s a whole lot of Girl Talk pre-Girl Talk. Sort of. Sure, I also see The Strokes Is This It represented, as well as Spoon’s Girls Can Tell. But one of the other great records given its due here is How I Long to Feel That Summer In My Heart by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. This record holds up ridiculously well in its unabashed sweetness and undeniable hooks. One of the things that works so well is the near whisper of lead singer Euros Childs, whose voice never seems strained. It’s effortless, really. In fact, I saw Gorky’s open for Of Montreal at Schubas in Chicago back in 1999 or so. I got to drink beers with Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes after words. Strange fella, great band.

Unfortunately, I never made cover art for this mix, so the links will have to do. Enjoy.


1. Japancakes – “This Year’s Beat
2. Built to Spill – “Strange
3. Sparklehorse – “It’s a Wonderful Life
4. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – “Vague Space
5. Mazarin – “My Favorite Green Hill
6. Guided By Voices – “How’s My Drinking?
7. The Reindeer Section – “Will You Please Be There for Me?
8. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – “How I Long
9. Silver Jews – “Time Will Break the World
10. Radiohead – “I Might Be Wrong
11. The Avalanches – “Frontier Psychiatrist
12. Migala – “Suburbian Empty Movie Theatre
13. Clem Snide – “Chinese Baby
14. The White Stripes – “I Can’t Wait
15. Beulah – “Cruel Minor Change
16. The New Pornographers – “The Body Says No
17. Rocket From the Crypt – “Return of the Liar
18. The Strokes – “Take It or Leave It
19. The Shins – “Know Your Onion!
20. For Stars – “If I Could
21. Spoon – “Anything You Want
22. Mogwai – “2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

Well, that’ll do it for this time. Stay tuned for some more Cousin Matt mixes as we ease into Spring and Summer.

Until next time, have at it, you vultures!




  1. Hey Man,
    Great way to kick off the week with a mix.
    I have exactly half of this one and I figured I’ll pick up the rest (assuming they’re all there) from the iTunes store. I could use some new blood for today, and I really enjoy all the stuff I have in here. I still remember being blown away the first time I heard Vague Space.
    Speaking of, I was going to shoot you an e-mail. I did the whole Pavement thing and it surpassed my expectations. I swear, it was like seeing a really good friend I hadn’t seen in a decade or so. They played great, the sound was great, and it was just so cool to see them again. A friend of mine said before hand that he was concerned about it being “museum grade” but that was not the case at all. It was awesome.

    • Fantastic, sir! I’m assuming they were out in California? Cousin Brandon will be seeing Pavement in September in Philadelphia. Can’t wait.

  2. Yeah, I caught their Coachella warm up show. I’m pretty excited about word that they’re going to do a night at the Hollywood Bowl with Sonic Youth also.
    I wasn’t sure if you had “museum grade” fears of your own (not too much for me, but the thought had crossed my mind) and I wanted to help put that to rest if you did.
    Hope you’re doing great man.

    • Actually, no, it never occurred to me. I think Malkmus and co. wouldn’t be touring if they were nothing more than remnants of their former selves. Yes, everyone likes money, but I think Malkmus is too uptight and too much of a perfectionist to go out and make an ass of himself. Still, I appreciate the insight.

      And, yes, I’m doing quite well. Nice to hear from you, sir.

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