Saturday, June 5, 2010

Satan Stops At Bethan Green [England Season]

"You know I've seen a lot of what the world can do
And it's breaking my heart in two..."

My father takes my mother's hand. I think she's crying. We don't know it yet - and by the time my parents do, I'll have crossed the dateline and time-traveled into tomorrow - but all this rain coming down is going to become a snow storm. The airport murmurs. Say it, Cat.

"But if you want to leave, take good care
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware -
Ooo, baby, baby, it’s a wild world..."

Leave synchronicity to 4 AM car radio, right?

When I was a child, my mother tells me, I was a smiling, laughing child. But he is not someone I can remember. Now, my latest stories have ancient charms, and my older stories are in newer drag. And where are these families? Ah...there is so much hostility in me. And the devil needs a new name. Why not a “yes” and a remembering? Must I forget? What can I love? What will I find to love? Such questions at 30,000 feet, tracing a line to a star.

A map. The changing clocks. The concrete offering stability. The sky a window above a window, light finding such ways down, down, to the elaborate wandering here. In corners the rascal beards, reptilian noises...


1. “Devil” by Stereophonics
2. “Deadwood [Live In Belfast]” by Matthew & The Atlas
3. “Zero [Live On Letterman]” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4. “There’s No Other Way” by Blur
5. “London, London” by Cibelle feat. Devendra Banhart
6. “Gary” by Stages of Dan
7. “The Boyfriend Song” by The Momeraths
8. “No Way” by Pearl Jam
9. “The Last Kiss” by Thomas Tantrum
10. “Last Day of Magic” by The Kills
11. “Zorbing [Live On Jools Holland]” by Stornoway
12. “So Here We Are (Four Tet Remix)” - by Bloc Party
13. “England [Live At The Brooklyn Academy of Music]” by The National

1. “Devil” by Stereophonics
2. “Memory Of A Free Festival, Pt. I (Old Brompton Edit)” by David Bowie
3. “Zero” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4. “Woah, Billy!” by Lucky Soul
5. “Mother’s Best Child” by Stages of Dan
6. “London, London” by Caetano Veloso
7. “There’s No Other Way” by Blur
8. “Within The Rose” by Matthew & The Atlas
9. “I Can Change (Stereogamous Remix - Short Edit)” by LCD Soundsystem
10. “Wide Eyes [HibOO d'Live Version]” by Local Natives
11. “A Single Cup of Tea (Bedroom Demo Version)” by The Momeraths
12. “No Way” by Pearl Jam
13. “That’s The Way” by Led Zeppelin
14. “Last Day of Magic (London’s Listening Edit)” by The Kills
15. “Zorbing” by Stornoway
16. Exit Mix: Bowie’s “Memory Of A Free Festival, Pt. II” + “So Here We Are (Four Tet Remix - Camden Edit)” by Bloc Party
17. “England” by The National

*features more local London music stretching from Camden Town to Islington, like Nate Maingard, Lucky Soul, and Yan Yates, but also random bits from Belle & Sebastian and The New Pornographers (even a weirded out Snow Patrol) that also made an impression on me during the "Satan Stops At Bethnal Green" story. Also includes a live version of my theme from 2010, "Wide Eyes" by Local Natives.
This is the mixtape I edited and created myself and burned to a CD given to me by the Atherton Lin boys.