The beauty of online music is that you can act as your own DJ and find the music that suits you best. The drawback is that there is so much out there that you need kindred spirits to point you in the right direction. Although we have some excellent radio stations here, most notably Radio K and the Current, I still find that the music I download is an excellent tool for figuring out what I want to buy and who I want to see when they come through town.
I have also found myself making mixed CDs for my friends when I am inspired by events in their life. In the spirit of sharing great music and composing an interesting mix CD I entered the Summer Soundtrack contest on Salon.com and I thought I would share it with you.
It was inspired by many of our great Minneapolis bands and the increasing quality of Canadian exports.
Hot Summer Music from Cold Places
1. Death From Above 1979 - Blood on Our Hands - You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
2. Sahara Hotnights- Alright Alright (Here's my Fist Where's the Fight?) - Jennie Bomb
3. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - Funeral
4. Walker Kong - Battleship of Thieves - There Goes the Sun
5. Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight - Elevator
5. Metric - Combat Baby - Old World Underground, Where Are You Now
Originally from Canada
6. The Soviettes - #1 Is Number Two - LP II
7. Stars - Ageless Beauty - Set Yourself On Fire
8. Atmosphere - Trying To Find A Balance - Seven's Travels
9. Dosh - Naoise - Naoise
10. Valet - Tony Harnes & Johnny Ave VS. Elvis Presley - Life on the Installment Plan
11. Pony Up! - Shut Up and Kiss Me - S/T