Date Sun, 25 Sep 2005 11:45 AM
From fred
To fatisflava
Subject voices mix

hopefully everyone's gotten my mix by now. the theme should be pretty
clear, but here are some comments: the starting point for this mix was
my discovery of joanna newsom last year, whose music i really love. not
only is her music great, but her voice is definitely one of a kind, and
is most often compared to bjork in its distinctiveness. recently i've
also been getting more into kate bush, who also has a
love-it-or-hate-it, acquired-taste voice. i used those three as the
"anchors" to the mix, and as i dug around for other people who would
fit, i found a lot of great people from classic musical theater (far
fewer today, however, as broadway has become increasingly bland and
homogenized), but very few solo artists from pop/rock music and even
fewer from bands. i tried to steer away from people w/ less distinctive,
but more idiosyncratic vocal styles (like, say, thom yorke, although i'm
sure people will argue w/ me that people like stephin merritt fall more
into the latter category) and i also favored stranger voices rather than
just distinctive ones (e.g. i passed over barry white and celine dion).
lastly, in order to make the mix a bit more cohesive and less grating i
often chose songs that -didn't- accentuate the uniqueness of the voice
so much but worked w/in the mix, b/c i figured in most cases the voice
is unique no matter what the song (and plus i'm trying to be more
spontaneous about song selection and ordering).

enjoy.

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i'll drink to them (voices mix)
9/21/05

1 kate bush . the kick inside . wuthering heights
2 stephen sondheim, angela lansbury . sweeney todd (OBC) .
the worst pies in london
3 the magnetic fields . i . i don't really love you anymore
4 joni mitchell . dog eat dog . fiction
5 sondheim, elaine stritch . company (OBC) . the ladies who lunch
6 dickie lashbrook . songs of seduction . blackbirds and thrushes
7 bob dylan . the freewheelin' bob dylan . honey, just allow me
one more chance
8 the breeders . last splash . divine hammer
9 archers of loaf . white trash heroes . perfect time
10 joanna newsom . the milk-eyed mender . peach, plum, pear
11 marianne faithfull (w/ PJ harvey) . before the poison .
my friends have
12 jonathan larson, daphne rubin-vega . rent (OBC) . out tonight
13 sondheim, glynis johns . a little night music (OBC) .
the glamorous life
14 billie holiday . kissing jessica stein (soundtrack) . what a little
moonlight can do
15 bee gees . saturday night fever (soundtrack) . more than a woman
16 bernadette peters . sondheim, etc. . making love alone
17 pet shop boys . nightlife . you only tell me you love me
when you're drunk
18 fantasia barrino . free yourself . title
19 bjork . medulla . who is it?
20 smashing pumpkins . melon collie and the infinite sadness .
thirty-three