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Music Compilations – mixing tapes with Nick Hornby

Cast Iron Table (detail), Nimbin, NSW, Australia

Cast Iron Table (detail), Nimbin, NSW, Australia


Since moving to the country, I have been driving a lot. I don’t particularly like it and I am not particularly good at it: my friends still tease me for driving straight into a ditch twenty years ago. It was not my fault: it was foggy and I was late for Magnum PI.

Not being able to read while travelling, I have quickly gone through our CD collection and grown bored of it. I have resorted to talking books but there is only so much Stacy Schiff, Julia Cameon and Pema Chödrön that my toddler son can tolerate: it had to be new music. Like Rob Fleming in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, I started mixing tapes.

My taste in music is unadventurous and moderately daggy: I basically like crescendos and ballads delivered in not-too-experimental pop. I can’t stand the ads and the fake frantic pace of commercial radio so, for convenience, I started my search on the internet: I opened an account on MySpace, I subscribed to Flavorpill, which regularly reviews music and Last.fm, which is a sort of music TIVO: it Eavesdrops onto your itunes and then comes up with suggestions. I took note of the lineup for the ARIA Awards and even listened to the ABC Radio National Album of the Week, which is a bit of a hit an miss: often missing talent and hitting on ethnic rubbish that ought to be good because it comes from some far away country’s obscure minority group.

I started buying CDs from street buskers and at music festivals and dug out gems like Nano Stern and John Butler. I even pinched CDs from my fiends’ cars, whenever I had a chance to drive them (I did returned them, once recorded the best tracks). More recently, I have kept an ear out for recommendations on Open Salon and gratefully taken some from Margaret Feike and Nick Leshi.

And then, I started mixing:

Maurizio Viani

www.thepocketroad.com

The Future
Title Artist Album
Bed Intruder Song (feat. Kelly Dodson) Antoine Dodson & The Gregory Brothers Bed Intruder Song (feat. Kelly Dodson) – Single
Let’s Get Out of Here Les Savy Fav Root for Ruin
Lemonade Braids Native Speaker
Plath Heart Braids Native Speaker
The Look of Love ABC The Look of Love – The Very Best of ABC
Moulinette Anna Calvi Jezebel / Moulinette – Single
Home LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
Telephone Lady GaGa & Beyoncé The Fame Monster (Deluxe Version)
Born This Way Lady GaGa Born This Way – Single
Whenever The Black Eyed Peas The Beginning & The Best of the E.N.D. (Deluxe Version)
Fashion Beats The Black Eyed Peas The Beginning & The Best of the E.N.D. (Deluxe Version)
Space Maker AIR Pocket Symphony
The Flood
Title Artist Album
BIGGER THAN US@SAF White Lies
Crook Plumbing The On Fires Betrayer
Hotel Room The On Fires Betrayer
Time Flies The Firetree The Space Between
Rolling In The Deep Adele 21
Melancholy Intro The On Fires Betrayer
A me ricordi il mare Daniele Silvestri Il latitante
Shape Sugababes Late Night Moods
Half Mast Empire of the Sun Walking On a Dream (Special Edition)
2012 (It Ain’t the End) [feat. Nicki Minaj] Jay Sean 2012 (It Ain’t the End) [feat. Nicki Minaj] – Single
When Monkeys Turn The On Fires Betrayer
Bring it on Loren And The Grow Your Owns Slow Burn
Skeleton The On Fires Betrayer
Dzoka Kumba Yeshe World Citizen
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) Marvin Gaye 100 Essential Motown (Disc 4)
Nobody Wants The On Fires Betrayer
Stickwitu The Pussicat Dolls Hot Party
It Can’t Come Quickly Enough Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
Goonengerry To Degraves St Simon Asquith Goonengerry To Degraves St
Ugly Sugarbabes Hot Party
Fango (feat. Ben Harper) Jovanotti Safari
The Year of Looking Inwards
Title Artist Album
Zebra The John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Toubabau Afro Dizzi Act Peace Love & Unity
Many Worlds to Walk Track 09 Arun
Missa Papae Marcelli – Sanctus & Benedictus Peter Phillips: Tallis Scholars Allegri – Misere, Palestrina – Missa Papae Marcelli, Music Written For The Sistine Chapel
Intermezzo 1 Mew
Fifty On Our Foreheads White Lies To Lose My Life
Easy The Commodores 100 Essential Motown (Disc 5)
The Bamboos Theme The Bamboos Rawville
Only One Dan Greenwood Late Night Moods
Missing Everything But The Girl Late Night Moods
Beach Mew
Caroline The John Butler Trio Grand National
Blame It On The Girls Mika The Boy Who Knew Too Much
I See You Mika The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Kal Ho Naa Ho Sonu Nigam Kal Ho Naa Ho
It’s All Your Fault Pink Funhouse
Kevin’s Fix
Title Artist Album
Not The Boy Next Door Hugh Jackman and Trio The Boy From Oz
Don’t Stop Me Now Queen Greatest Hits I
Track 05 Sunday Sounds
Standing On the Shore Empire of the Sun Walking On a Dream (Special Edition)
Look Into My Eyes Ray Mang Bullet Proof – EP
Te Dejo Madrid Shakira Laundry Service
Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World U2 Achtung Baby
Fango (feat. Ben Harper) Jovanotti Safari
Walking On a Dream Empire of the Sun Walking On a Dream (Special Edition)
This Orient Foals This Orient – EP
Work (Freemasons Radio Edit) Kelly Rowland Work (Freemasons Radio Edit) – Single
Alive Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Bonus Track Version]
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Bonus Track Version]
Heartbeat Annie Anniemal
Without You Empire of the Sun Walking On a Dream (Special Edition)
Dance Yrself Clean LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
Fu’s CD
Title Artist Album
Death White Lies To Lose My Life
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses U2 Achtung Baby
Get Me Bodied Beyoncé B’Day
The Fear Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You
Poker Face Lady GaGa The Fame
Please Don’t Leave Me Pink Funhouse
Glass, Concrete and Stone David Byrne Grown Backwards
Better Than The John Butler Trio Grand National
Happy Ending / Over My Shoulder Mika Life In Cartoon Motion
Steer Missy Higgins On A Clear Night
Once In A While k.d. lang Watershed
Talk To Me Keri Noble Late Night Moods
Landslide Dixie Chicks Home
Penso Positivo Jovanotti Lorenzo 1994
Black & Gold Sam Sparro Sam Sparro
New Terrain Mew
Manhattan Kings Of Leon Only By The Night
Here We Go Again Angus & Julia Stone A Book Like This
Eurotrash
Title Artist Album
The Fear Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You
Poker Face Lady GaGa The Fame
Volevo Un Gatto Nero Zecchino D’Oro Compilation Kids 2009 03
No Apagues La Luz Enrique Iglesias Escape
Parlami Anna Oxa I Grandi Successi
Hula Hoop Plastic Bertrand Ca Plane Pour Moi
Ufo Robot Cartoon Warriors Compilation Kids 2009 03
Life In A Northern Town (LP Version) The Dream Academy The Dream Academy
Pensiero stupendo Patty Pravo Aristocratica
La Zanzara Zecchino D’Oro Compilation Kids 2009 03
Slave to the Rhythm Grace Jones Island Life
La vie en rose Grace Jones Island Life
Il Torero Camomillo Zecchino D’Oro Compilation Kids 2009 03
Penso Positivo Jovanotti Lorenzo 1994
Piove Jovanotti Lorenzo 1994
I Due Liocorni Consuelo’s Band Compilation Kids 2009 03
Serenata Rap Jovanotti Lorenzo 1994
La Bellezza Stravagante Ivano Fossati Lampo Viaggiatore
Stella Nascente Ornella Vanoni …Adesso
Stranger Angus & Julia Stone A Book Like This
Dead Birds’ Synphony
Title Artist Album
Be Mine! Robyn Robyn
Faccia di velluto Daniele Silvestri Il latitante
Almeno tu nell’universo Mia Martini The Best of Mia Martini
Meet Me Halfway Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Bonus Track Version]
Let Me Know Róisín Murphy Overpowered
Out of My Head Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Bonus Track Version]
Scarlet Ribbons Róisín Murphy Overpowered
Incredible Shapeshifters Hot Party Vol 2
Left of Center Suzanne Vega Tried and True – The Best of Suzanne Vega
Prima era prima Daniele Silvestri Il latitante
Wow Kylie Minogue X (Bonus Track Version)
Marlene On the Wall Suzanne Vega Tried and True – The Best of Suzanne Vega
Like a Leaf from a Tree In Its Dying Season I Hear Sirens I Hear Sirens – EP
Il suo nome Daniele Silvestri Il latitante
Children Robert Miles Ultimate Dance Party 1997
Find A Way_Final.mp3 Mojada Mastered
April 2009
Title Artist Album
Lonesome Day Bruce Springsteen The Essential Bruce Springsteen
Into the Fire Bruce Springsteen The Rising
You’re Missing Bruce Springsteen The Rising
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) Natalie Cole Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Crazy In Love Beyoncé Dangerously In Love
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) Beyoncé I Am…Sasha Fierce
In My Place Coldplay Splendour In The Grass
Katalyst Uprock This Splendour In The Grass
Glass, Concrete and Stone David Byrne Grown Backwards
John Butler Trio Home Is Where The Heart Is Splendour In The Grass
Hot Fudge Robbie Williams Live: Summer 2003
Any Other World Mika Life In Cartoon Motion
Happy Ending / Over My Shoulder Mika Life In Cartoon Motion
Steer Missy Higgins On A Clear Night
Once In A While k.d. lang Watershed
Talk To Me Keri Noble Late Night Moods
Flame Trees The Sacred Heart School Flame Trees – Single
Many Worlds to Walk Track 09 Arun
March 2009
Title Artist Album
Ultraviolet (Light My Way) U2 Achtung Baby
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses U2 Achtung Baby
Get Me Bodied Beyoncé B’Day
Deja Vu Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z B’Day
Early Winter Gwen Stefani The Sweet Escape
The Sweet Escape Gwen Stefani Feat. Akon The Sweet Escape
The Long Way Around Dixie Chicks Taking The Long Way
Landslide Dixie Chicks Home
Maahi Ve Sadhna Sargam, Sujata Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan & Sonu Nigam Kal Ho Naa Ho
Inner Smile Texas Bend It Like Beckham
Closer Kings Of Leon Only By The Night
Revelry Kings Of Leon Only By The Night
Moving in the Right Direction Pasadenas Yours Sincerely
Too Many Questions Sam Sparro Sam Sparro
Black & Gold Sam Sparro Sam Sparro
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah!
Gold Interference Once
Fallen From The Sky Glen Hansard Once
Feel Alright Everything But The Girl Worldwide