Modcast #41: Tao Lin - 'Calmly Emotional' Mixtape

Modcast #41: Tao Lin - 'Calmly Emotional' Mixtape

Tao Lin (b. 1983) is the Brooklyn based poet/author responsible for last year's cult hit novella, Shoplifting From American Apparel. His anticipated second novel, Richard Yates, is due to be released by Melville House in September.

Tao: This mixtape contains songs I've consistently listened to the past 1-7 years. I have ordered the songs in a manner that seems satisfying to me. The tone of this mixtape could be described as "calmly, idly, nostalgically, at-times 'energetically' emotional." I have excluded songs that would, to a certain degree, disturb that tone. One could elaborate on the tone by describing it as "low-level, peaceful, considered 'depression'/'inactivity' experienced mostly with acceptance and sometimes with gratitude." Other mixtapes/playlists by me can be viewed here (American Apparel) and here (top 25 most-played).

Hop Along - "The Coney Island Song" (Live/Acoustic)
Rilo Kiley - "Annoying Noise of Death"
Rilo Kiley - "85"
Rilo Kiley - "Pictures of Success"
Rilo Kiley - "Science vs. Romance"
Neva Dinova - "Tripped"
Neva Dinova - "Poison"
Neva Dinova - "Get Back"
Hop Along - "La Strada"
Built To Spill - "Kicked it in the Sun" (Live/Acoustic)
Dntel - "Roll On" (feat. Jenny Lewis)
Mock Orange - "I Keep Saying So Long"
Mock Orange - "Birds"
PWRFL Power - "Coffee Girl Song"
PWRFL Power - "Alma Song"
Modest Mouse - "Make Everyone Happy"
Modest Mouse - "Custom Concern"
Modest Mouse - "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset"

February 26, 2010 at 2:31pm in modcast



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