I’ve done little mixes before, some of which may even still be playable in the old blog archives. (I resist calling this thing a “blog” but let’s be honest here for a moment.) My music tastes are well known if you know me at all: Old pop, older prog rock, random J-pop, some heavy metal and EDM and so on.
My library grows nonetheless, and in some odd directions on occasion. I’m glad that even at the half-century mark I’m still getting into new stuff. To give you a clearer picture, perhaps, here’s a brief sampling of what I’m listening to nowadays:
I should run these down so you can explore further if you’re so inclined…
- Public Service Broadcasting, “People, Come Dance” (from Bright Magic, 2021)
- Battle Tapes, “Valkyrie” (from Polygon, 2015)
- toconoma, “N°9” (from Newtown, 2017)
- Midnight Oil, “Gadigal Land” (from The Makarrata Project, 2020)
- The HU, “Sugaan Essena” (from the soundtrack to the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, 2020)
- Sparks, “Music That You Can Dance To” (title track of album, 1986)
- Assemblage 23, “Welcome, Apocalypse (Alpha Quadrant remix)” (from Mourn, 2020)
- Pet Shop Boys, “What are we gonna do about the rich?” (from Agenda EP, 2019)
- Garbage, “No Horses” (bonus track from No Gods No Masters special edition, 2021)
- KONGOS, “Keep Your Head” (from 1929, Pt. 1, 2019)
Of course, here I am the morning after assembling this mix and realizing I didn’t get any of the Sawano Hiroyuki “[nZk]” stuff in here, and that’s a grave oversight. There’s a stunning lack of Mono Inc and VNV Nation as well.
Decisions had to be made, couldn’t fit in everything, etc. Maybe next time.
It’s kinda hilarious, but over in the Triangles version of Lagtrain on YouTube, there are people… teens… saying that they hope to be like me in 40 years: in rheir 50s and still listening to Lagtrain.
What do you say to that? How do you reply?
I’m not really sure you CAN reply, other than with some glib variant of “you’re only as old as the music you groove to.” Still, though, there’s some truth to the sentiment… I’m glad I’m 50 years old and still listening to brand new stuff from new artists, or at least artists I’d never heard of before.