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Rockin’ The Mike: A Very Fake. Hallowe’en


It’s felt like far too long since I’ve seen or heard from Mike.  Less a ghost than a rumour, that seems our boy at the moment.  Or rather like some unutterable curse that purses the lips of devout friend and passing acquaintance alike, no one seems to be willing to speak of it.  Admittedly, I haven’t exactly been keeping up appearances myself lately.

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A Very ‘fake.’ Hallowe’en: submissions DEADline

Well it’s Friday the 13th and although I know some of you’ll be busy getting your Sarah Michelle Gellar on with the release of the much-hyped and most likely equally slow-paced ‘The Grudge 2’ (even the slightly superior Japanese version did precious little to hold my interest despite ‘Tino’s incessant chatter about what a moody piece it was…there’s a fine line between ‘subtle’ and ‘soporific’ ‘Tino…I thought calling it a moody piece was only half right).

Regardless of where you stand on the merits of japanese horror, you need to know this:  you have until midnight tonight (mmmwwwuuuuhahahaha!!!) to get your submissions in for the Hallowe’en Rockin’ The Mike

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‘Real Horrorshow’: Hallowe’en Rockin’ The Mike DIY

Hellow folks.  Just thought I’d blog a quick call for some class participation.  As you know, there’s a shortage of really good seasonal music compilations out there (and those there are seem to skew towards the Christmas end of the holiday scale) so I though i’d remedy the sitch by asking for contributions to Rockin’ The Mike: A Very fake. Hallowe’en.  Anyone can contribute by leaving  your chosen artist and track name in the comments section.  If your track is selected for inclusion on the comp, you’ll receive a limited edition copy of the compilation which’ll include some fancy-schmancy album art designed by the editorial staff.  I’m looking for ‘spooky’, ‘atmospheric’ or ‘thematic’ and am open to suggestion as long as it falls within those admittedly loose parameters.  There are a few rules though:

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Rockin’ The Mike: ‘Crikey! A Fake Tribute To Steve Irwin’

Nevermind that he was the 17th documented case of someone being killed by a stingray in the last 100 years. Nevermind that if only he’d been lucid enough (despite lethal combo of poison and adrenaline coursing through his veins and no doubt a rather freaked out devilfish stabbed to his chest) to have the good sense not to pull the stinger out of his heart, they could’ve taken him to the hospital and he’d’ve been alright.

Nevermind all of that. Pay attention to the fact that the world is short one more interesting character this morning.

It’s a little disingenuous to say that he was bound to die, considering how reckless his behaviour appeared at times, as a result of injuries received from one of the menagerie of dangerous animals that made up the cast of his weekly show. This was a freak accident, only the 4th ever in Australian waters. What’s more telling is that this was the first (and sadly the only) time he’d ever been bitten/stung/harmed in any way by any of the animals that graced his weekly programme illustrating the consumate care and respect he had for every member of the animal kingdom .
So Mike requested this post to acknowledge the affection that most people had for either the man or his antics.

Reaction to the news of his passing range from outpourings of genuine affinity for an uncompromising, passionately lived life, to complete disbelief at how absurd the end. Typically, sarcasm seems to help buffer the grief since Mike’s initial reaction was, in a ratchet-ed up ersatz aussie accent: ‘Crikey! I’m Dead’ which provoked chuckles and mild scorn from any girls within earshot at the climbing gym. Whatever way you’d like to approach it (in the spirit of Steve Irwin, carefully would be my suggestion) the fact is: some little girl is fatherless tonight. Luckily, like the rest of us, she will have hours of video of a well-lived life to turn to for inspiration.

Crikey! A Fake Tribute To Steve Irwin

Track Artist: Song:
1 Sly & The Family Stone Que Sera, Sera
2 Poets of Rhythm Eulogize The Source
3 Calypso King & The Soul Investigators Gator Funk
4 The Charlatans UK Weirdo
5 Ian Brown Dolphins Were Monkeys
6 British Sea Power Fear of Drowning
7 The Pixies Wave of Mutilation
8 Superchunk Water Wings
9 New Order Regret
10 Saturday Looks Good To Me Meet me by the Water
11 Band of Horses The Funeral
12 Jamie Liddell What’s The Use?
13 Broken Social Scene Pacific Theme
14 Radiohead Just
15 Blur Ambulance
16 Robert Pollard Psychic Pilot Clocks Out
17 Death In the Sea Bonny “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweney

Rockin’ The Mike: The New Nancy Drew Mysteries

This mix was put together a few months back. I'm uploading it today since it's kinda topical– it's for the girl who has everything (including this mix on her iPod) on the occassion of her 29th!  Just thought i'd share it with the world. Happy birthday Nance.

The New Nancy Drew Mysteries

Track Artist: Song:
1 Azure Ray The Devil's Feet
2 The Joggers Hot Autism
3 Okkervil River Black
4 Luna Tiger Lily
5 The Velvet Underground Femme Fatale
6 Robyn Konichiwa Bitches
7 Edan Funky Voltron (Ft. Insight)
8 The Jam In The City
9 Guided By Voices Jane Of The Waking Universe
10 The Zombies Care Of Cell 44
11 Lewis Taylor Lucky(Kruder & Dorfmeister Remix)
12 Feist Tout Doucement
13 The Clash Rudie Can't Fail
14 Black Star Astronomy (8th Light)
15 The Shins Mine's Not A High Horse
16 Devendra Banhart Chinese Children
17 Bob Dylan Isis
18 Gilberto Gil Bat Macumba
19 Jamie Lidell What's the Use
20 The Style Council Walls Come Tumbling Down!
21 Duran Duran The Chauffeur

Rockin’ The Mike: Nail Our Shadows To The Bedpost

Of those rare, dusty moments cast in affection's umbrage, this particular one caught me by surprise since it's origins were hardly noble; the story'd hardly be worth mentioning at all were it not for its persistence. Or perhaps that's where the significance was born. It wasn't even that i was particularly fond of, or all that connected to her. She was lovely, don't get me wrong and for some reason, bathed in that instant all i wanted was to render that single, slender, perfect moment static and dwell in it forever. Despite what she said about chemistry, I told her as she lay there, splendidly naked, that it was the alchemy that she should be afraid of– like chemistry but complicated with a tiny spark of magic: haunting moments, Unnameable, inexplicably– that that kind of long division always has remainders.

Being a romantic at heart I was convinced that dreamy, overlit afternoon that I could keep the sun from its pligrimage across the window pane if, in an act of passionate defiance i could only nail our shadows to the bedpost. But instead we got up, got dressed and said 'goodbye'.

She was so very meta. constantly asking me what i was thinking at every inopportunity. Never realising that sometimes i'm not thinking (most would argue that's classic understatement) and under the circumstances the best way to treat the moment was just to 'be' in that kinda german philosophy sorta way.

Scrutiny, it turns out was a weight it simply couldn't bare. So I made this CD for her as a last act of passionate defiance weeks after the holographic moment had passed– that split-second where the whole was entirely revealed, briefly flickered, and illuminating our trajectory– rendered us merely actors, merely sundials. The songs were chosen because sometimes you go crossed-eyed from reading too close. Half of what I said meant something else and the other half didn't mean anything at all.

However, all's not lost. We soldier on, safe in the knowledge that it's never not always the end of the world. And although these mixes are all really for Mike, this particular one goes out to Anna, hangin' out somewhere with the loonies tonight– apologies for the vintage threads this mix is dressed in, and splendidly naked thanks for fulfilling the promise of that distant moment made by someone else:

Nail Our Shadows to the Bedpost

Track Artist: Song:
1 Tahiti 80 Heartbeat
2 Scissor Sisters Filthy/Gorgeous
3 Kula Shaker Hush
4 The Flaming Lips Buggin'
5 Guided By Voices 14 Cheerleader Coldfront
6 Blur Coffee and TV
7 The Supremes Keep Me Hangin' On
8 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Y Control
9 Elastica Stutter
10 Elvis Costello Radio, Radio
11 Liz Phair Fuck and Run
12 The Cure Just Like Heaven
13 The Organ Memorize The City
14 Broken Social Scene Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Rexmix)
15 Franz Ferdinand Auf Achse
16 The Doves Words
17 Bloc Party Banquet
18 The Jam Going Underground
19 Blackstar Hater Players
20 New Order Ceremony (Single Mix)
21 Echo and the Bunnymen Lips Like Sugar
22 Annie Heartbeat

Rockin’ The Mike: Car Toons

Mike told me once that in the far distant future, people will listen to less music. The wide availability of teleportation technology will mean that even if that mode of transport wasn't completely instantaneous, it would be impossible to hear anything above the high-pitched buzz and whir associated with disintegrating you atom by atom and creating an exact duplicate at another set of cartesian co-ordinates– that combined with your own hearty sobs and wails at the horror and pain of actually being disintegrated.

Mike is also convinced that in the not-too-distant future, people are gonna actually be listening to more music, roadtrippin' with the windows down since contrary to what the weather this past weekend would lead you to believe, he suspects spring has arrived in earnest. So in that spirit, here's a mix for Mike chock full o'songs that are either about driving or that sound great blaring from car speakers. Perhaps Mike an I can listen to this on our next trip to Awesometown (post to follow). At least the ride'll be amusing…

1. Belle and Sebastian- Seeing Other People

2. The Magnetic Fields- The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side

3. Franz Ferdinand- Take Me Out

4. My Bloody Valentine- Drive It All Over Me

5. The White Stripes- One More Cup Of Coffee

6. The Lucksmiths- Caravana

7. Pedro The Lion- Big Trucks

8. Guided By Voices- The Quality of Armor

9. Spoon- The Way We Get By

10. Sloan- 500 Up

11. Interpol- PDA

12. Oasis- Columbia

13. Primal Scream- Kill All Hippies

14. Radiohead- Airbag

15. Robert Pollard- People Are Leaving

16. Portishead- Roads

17. The Wedding Present- Drive

18. The Shins- Young Pilgrims

19. Throwing Muses- Not Too Soon

20. Butterfly Boucher- Another White Dash

21. Poe- Hey Pretty

And as with the last installment, the first person to post a comment– besides Mike Brooks or any pseudonym he might be using at the time— will receive their very own copy of the CD.