Since the year 2000 I have been burning CDs. Eventually a sort of art came of the collecting of songs, arranging of them, and eventually the editing of them. Here you will find all the albums I have ever made. You'll see the relationship I had with the music and each album and the evolution of my life, relationships, and style throughout the years. As I update this anthology I will make songs available for download (meaning I will go back and add links to songs that are not currently available).

For your convenience and listening pleasure I am currently in the process of providing streaming versions of each album. All you need to do is click on the "Listen to the full album" link and the video will pop up, then you just click play and enjoy! As for the individual tracks I've also provided a download. Simply click on "Download All Tracks".

Most recent albums are at the bottom, oldest are at the top. If you'd like a download of a certain track please feel free to contact me.

 

October Album (2ooo)

Listen to the full album

01 The Nightmare Before Christmas ST - The Nightmare Before Christmas (Overture)
02 Gweneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis - Cruising
03 Missy Elliot - Sock It To Me
04 Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
05 Hocus Pocus ST - Come Little Children
06 Enya - Boadicea
07 Mission Impossible Theme
08 Loreena McKennitt - Marco Polo
09 Paula Cole - I Don't Wanna Wait
10 The Nightmare Before Christmas ST - What's This
11 The Nightmare Before Christmas ST - Sally's Lament
12 The Nightmare Before Christmas ST - Oogie Boogie's Theme
13 Jonny Lang - Breakin' Me
14 Britney Spears - ... Baby, One More Time
15 Britney Spears - Oops!... I Did It Again
16 Madonna - Shanti/Ashtangi
17 Madonna - Frozen
18 Toni Braxton - You're Making Me High
19 Mariah Carey - Rainbow Interlude
20 Bette Midler - The Rose
Dec 16, 2oo5 - These albums without proper titles were originally made for mere convenience. I wanted to be able to listen to compilations of my favorite downloaded music in the mornings before school, so I started burning whatever songs I happened to like at that moment onto discs without much rhyme or reason. I call this album the October Album because, duh, it was made around October. The reason they're not in order is because I used to keep them, without any titles at all, in a pile and it got confusing trying to remember what songs were on what discs. So I put numbers on them (or the ones I could find at the time) and then when I was making this list, I arranged them in chronilogical order and thus whatever order they were recorded in so they appear here, not by number.

 

4 (2ooo)

Listen to the full album

01 The First Wives' Club ST - You Don't Own Me
02 The Fugees - Killing Me Softly (Remix)
03 Mariah Carey - Forever
04 Madonna - Frozen (Remix)
05 Gloria Estefan - Reach
06 TLC - Diggin' On You
07 N'Sync - If I'm Not the One
08 Sister Act 2 ST - His Eye Is On the Sparrow
09 Mel C - Northern Star
10 Dixie Chicks - Tonight the Heartache's On Me
11 Romeo + Juliet ST - When Doves Cry
12 Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
13 Mariah Carey - Fantasy
14 Blues Traveller - Hook
15 Aerosmith - Crazy
16 Mariah Carey - Petals

 

2 (2ooo)

Listen to the full album

01 Mono - Life in Mono
02 Mariah Carey - Petals
03 Mariah Carey - Rainbow Interlude
04 Natelie Imbruglia - Wishing I Was There
05 M2M - Mirror Mirror
06 Missy Elliot - Sock It To Me
07 N'Sync - Forever Young
08 N'Sync - What's the Riddle
09 Backstreet Boys - Spanish Eyes
10 Moby feat Gwen Stefani - Southside
11 Backstreet Boys - The Call (Remix)
12 Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time
13 Natelie Imbruglia - Torn
14 A*Teens - Gimme Gimme Gimme
15 Dave Matthews Band - The Last Stop
16 Ricky Martin - Living Lavida Loca
17 TLC - Red Light Special
18 Madonna - Take a Bow

 

Lovesongs (2ooo)

Listen to the full album

01 Jonny Lang - Irish Angel
02 Sting - Fields of Gold
03 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
04 Brandy - Everything I Do
05 Filter - Take My Picture
06 Dave Matthews Band - Crash
07 Allure feat 112 - All Cried Out
08 Sting - Desert Rose
09 Spice Girls - Goodbye
10 The Fugees - Killing Me Softly
11 Jonny Lang - Nobody's Fault But Mine
12 The First Wives' Club ST - You Don't Own Me
13 Mariah Carey - Forever
14 The Fugees - Killing Me Softly (Remix)

 

[Untitled] (2ooo)

01 A*Teens - Dancing Queen
02 Babyface feat Mariah Carey - Every Time I Close My Eyes
03 Blackstreet - No Diggity
04 Seal - Kiss From a Rose
05 Celine Dion - The Power of Love
06 Cher - Believe
07 Next - Too Close
08 Chumbawumba - Tubthumpin'
09 Dave Matthews Band - Don't Drink the Water
10 Mariah Carey - Make It Happen
11 Madonna - American Pie
12 Meredith Brooks - Bitch
13 Sailormoon ST - My Only Love
14 Joan Osbourne - One of Us
15 Madonna - Take a bow

 

1 (2oo1)

Listen to the full album

01 All Saints - Lady Marmalade
02 Desinty's Child - Survivor
03 N'Sync - This I Promise You
04 Furelise (Remix)
05 Missy Elliot and Lil Kim - Ladies' Night
06 Eryka Badu - Tyrone (Live)
07 Enrique Iglesias - The Rhythm
08 Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight
09 Dave Matthews - Don't Drink the Water
10 Mariah Carey - The Roof
11 Jonny Lang - Irish Angel
12 Mariah Carey - Can't Let Go
13 Madonna - Paradise (Not For Me)
14 Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos
15 Mariah Carey - Honey
16 N'Sync - More Than a Feeling
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Not really an album of any great importance. It was made after seeing Moulin Rouge and after I got back from a vacation at Topsil Island. As with the other albums around this time, I wasn't really picking songs that I really liked or anything, just songs that caught my passing fancy. Some of them I do love, but others I really would never have imagined I'd even listen to on the radio.

 

[Untitled 1] (2oo1)

Listen to the full album

01 A*Teens - Firefly
02 Mya - Free
03 Rufus Wainwright - A Bit of You
04 Enya - Only Time (Remix)
05 Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever
06 Sheryl Crow - Tomorrow Never Dies
07 Madonna - Erotica
08 Moby - Porcelain
09 Madonna - Rain
10 Destiny's Child - Bootlicious
11 Mariah Carey - Vision of Love
12 Destiny's Child - Happy Face
13 Mariah Carey - Butterfly
14 Mariah Carey - Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)
15 Boys II Men - 4 Seasons of Loneliness
16 Wilson Phillips - Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)
17 Madonna - I'll Remember
18 Jonny Lang - No One Like You

 

Mom's Happy Monster Mix (2oo1)

01 Celine Dion - Where Does My Heart Beat Now
02 Destiny's Child - Bootlicious
03 Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight (Remix)
04 Jonny Lang - Breakin' Me
05 Kenny G -
06 Babyface feat Mariah Carey - Every Time I Close My Eyes
07 Backstreet Boys - The Call (Remix)
08 Sting - Fields of Gold
09 Christina Aguilera - I Turn To You
10 Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
11 N'Sync - Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)
12 Michael Bolton - When a Man Loves a Woman
13 Toni Braxton - How Could an Angel Break My Heart
14 Jennifer Lopez - My Love Don't Cost a Thing
15 N'Sync - Southern Sky
16 A*Teens - Upside Down
17 N'Sync - How Do I Say Goodbye
18 N'Sync - Forever Young
19 Backstreet Boys - Shape of My Heart
20 Jonny Lang - Lie To Me
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Made as a birthday gift for my mother.

 

The Invisible DJ (Mon Techno Ami) (2oo1)

Listen to the full album

01 Moulin Rouge ST - Come What May
02 Blu Cantrell - Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)
03 Enrique Iglesias - The Rhymth (Remix)
04 Turkish Bellydancing Music
05 The Crystal Method - Vegas (Keep Hope Alive)
06 Techno Interlude
07 Madonna - Paradise (Not For Me) (Remix)
08 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (Remix)
09 Madonna - Cyberrage
10 Moulin Rouge ST - Lady Marmalade (Thunderpuss Remix)
11 Toni Braxton - Breathe Again (Remix)
12 TLC - Red Light Special (Remix)
13 Power of Celtic Interlude
14 Kym Mazelle - Young Hearts Run Free
15 TLC - Waterfalls (Remix)
16 Ravers Dedication
17 Celine Dion - To Love You More (Remix)
18 Fiona Apple - Never Is a Promise
19 Moulin Rouge ST - Come What May (Remix)
Dec 16, 2oo5 - This album reminds me of the Homecoming dance Apryl and I went to where we totally kicked ass with our Irish dancing and everybody loved it. We danced so hard and had such a great time there. And during that time, Apryl was into Turkish bellydancing, so that's why I included that on that. Although this wasn't nearly as primative as my other projects prior to Invisible DJ, it's still a bit crude to me. I don't care for some of the songs anymore but since they were played at the dance, I still do have *some* affection for them. Still, I wanted this album to have a techno vibe to it, and I think I accomplished that well enough. I do like it. Just don't love it. Mainly it's just a keepsake.

 

The Green Dust (2oo1)

Listen to the full album

01 Imagine (Remix Cover)
02 Tetris Remix
03 Mono - Life in Mono
04 Cylia - Un Monde a Refaire
05 The Crystal Method - Over the Line
06 Enjoy the Silence/DJ Tell Me Where's the Beat/Home
07 Magic Carpet Ride (Remix)
08 Madonna - Frozen (Remix)
09 The Crystal Method - Ready for Action
10 Sailormoon ST - Colors of Love
11 Unknown Title
12 Rufus Wainwright - April Fools
13 Madonna - Take a Bow
14 Jimi Hendrix - Waterfalls
Dec 16, 2oo5 - As it happens, this is actually a second album with the same name as the first. The original Green Dust was lost and so I made a new one with songs that I was hoping to listen to while driving a car for the first time. This was also influenced by Russell, a friend from high school. He loved the Beatles and he always reminded me of the 60s, so thus Imagine, Waterfalls, and Magic Carpet Ride are on this album. Remixed, because I wanted this album to be upbeat and fun. I did eventually find the original CD very recently and it sucked so badly that I decided to pretend it never existed. All the songs were the same things I recorded on various other albums, so it was far too redundant for my taste.

 

         

The Faeries (2oo2)

Listen to the full album

01 Faeries Intro/Tangerine Dream - The Faeries
02 Final Fantasy - Fairy Battle
03 Rufus Wainwright - Instant Pleasure
04 Fantastic Plastic Machine - Lotto
05 Mary J. Blige - Family Affair (Remix)
06 Invader Zim - Escape on the Pig
07 Fantastic Plastic Machine - Philter
08 Moby - Jetta
09 Faery Interlude
10 Delerium - Enchanted
11 Enya - Book of Days
12 Mariah Carey - Petals
13 Maddy Interlude
14 Delerium - Duende
15 Gaelic Storm - Midnight Kiss
16 The Pogues - Sea Shanty
17 Demented Music Box
Dec 16, 2oo5 - The Faeries was a fun album to make. I made it in the Spring as my Junior year was coming to a close. It had been a hectic year, but by the time Spring came and school ended, all was well again. Or at least well enough. This album is mostly happy music that's fun and quirky. The coverart is actually taken from a background from the Palace. You'll see it again twice more on other albums.

 

         

Midnight in Paris (2oo2)

Listen to the full album

01 French Envirante Intro
02 Amiel - Meet Me in the Red Room
03 A*Teens - Voulez-Vous
04 Dirty Vegas - Days Go By
05 Destiny's Child - Brown Eyes
06 Alanis Morrisette - Utopia
07 Cylia - Un Monde a Refaire (Lounge Mix)
08 The Stranglers - Golden Brown
09 Avril Lavigne - Sk8r Boi
10 Trio Toykeat (Intermission)
11 Solid Base - Diamonds Are Forever
12 Mono - Life in Mono (Remix)
13 Jewel - Foolish Games
14 Poe - Hey Pretty
15 Garbage - Special
16 The Power of Goodbye (Remix Cover)
17 Delerium feat Sarah McLachlan - Silence
18 Madonna - Music (French Remix)
19 French Envirante Outro
Dec 16, 2oo5 - This album is significant because of when it was made. It was the late summer of 2oo2. I had just gotten my schedule for my final senior year of high school and I had no classes with either Apryl or Jason. So after a big to-do and several phone calls and trips to the school office, I was waiting to hear back from the Dean of Students to see if my schedule had been changed to the classes I wanted (with Apryl and Jason). So with all that going on, the good and the bad (mostly the good since my schedule was miraculously changed and everything worked out absolutely brilliantly), I was listening to this album. It's not *the* album of the summer or the year by any means, but I really liked it and it reminded me of the lonley though strengthening times I spent alone during that summer. I'm not sure where the original back coverart is, but as you can tell, that one isn't it. The actual one (if I even bothered to make it) had the proper tracklisting with the same image of the wrecked train.

 

Lothlorien (2oo3)*

Listen to the full album

01 Mariah Carey - Petals
02 Rufus Wainwright - April Fools
03 Amiel - Meet Me In the Red Room
04 A*Teens - Voulez-Vous
05 Enya - Carribean Blue
06 Moulin Rouge ST - Hindi Sad Diamonds
07 Mono - Life In Mono
08 Garbage - Milk (Wicked Remix)
09 Natelie Imbruglia - Identify
10 The Smashing Pumpkins - The End is the Beginning is the End
11 Tori Amos - Carnival (Remix)
12 Madonna - Erotica (Sex Mix)
13 Garbage - Cup of Coffee
14 Sailormoon ST - Colours of Love
15 Sandstorm
16 Weezer - Buddy Holly
17 Mariah Carey - Rainbow Interlude
Dec 16, 2oo5 - One day Apryl and I were talking about music and she wasn't familiar with a lot of the music that I loved. So I decided to make her a CD of my favorite songs with which I thought she should be familiar. So I set to work and as it happened, I came up with so many songs that my project turned out to be a trilogy or anthology of music instead of just one CD. Of the three, Apryl likes Lothlorien best. I started with Petals since it was very soft and airy and delicate like brand new Spring (which is when I made these albums). Then I went into more fun songs like April Fools and then into songs that were just plain cool. I think Lothlorien is a light album, but it definitely has its darkness and bleakness about it. Which I really like. And so I consider this album and the other two of the trilogy a landmark in Piscean Records of which I am very proud. I totally regret putting The Doom Song on there, though. Even as a hidden track. And you'll also notice that on the cover, the accent mark is over the wrong 'o'.

 

Eden (2oo3)*

Listen to the full album

01 Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching
02 Garbage - Special
03 A*Teens - Firefly
04 Jonny Lang - Irish Angel
05 Sigor Ros - Vidrar
06 Rufus Wainwright - The Greek Song
07 Garbage - #1 Crush
08 Madonna - Cyberraga
09 Baz Luhrman - Happy Feet
10 Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
11 Fiona Apple - Never Is A Promise
12 Madonna - Take A Bow
13 Enigma - Return to Innocence (Trance Mix)
14 Alanis Morrisette - Utopia
* Alanis Morrisette - Your House
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Obviously this one was named Eden after Jason. It's the happiest of the albums and the most Springtime-ish. I used songs that are special to me such as Ants Marching, Special since *I* love Garbage, The Greek Song (my favorite Rufus Wainwright song) and Enigma as well as Utopia which was the Song of the previous summer. So needless to say, this album has a lot of special songs to it. I think it works well as the more upbeat album sandwiched between the solemnity of Lothlorien and the angry/disbondant vibe of Avalon.

 

Avalon (2oo3)*

Listen to the full album

01 Merlin ST - Age of Magic
02 Enya - Boadicea
03 A*Teens - Gimme Gimme Gimme
04 Dave Matthews Band - The Last Stop
05 Garbage - The World is Not Enough
06 The 10th Kingdom ST - Wishing on a Star
07 Spice Girls - Too Much
08 Petshop Boys - Absolutely Fabulous (Remix)
09 Whitey Houston - I Will Always Love You
10 Bjork - All Is Full of Love
11 Maddy Interlude
12 Aqua - We Belong to the Sea
13 American McGee's Alice ST - Flying on the Wings of Steam
14 Danny Elfman - Evil Theme
15 The Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning is the End is the Beginning
16 Faeries Interlude
17 Gaelic Storm - Gaelic Reel
18 Gaelic Storm - The Midnight Kiss
19 Fiona Apple - Carrion
* Demented Music Box
Dec 16, 2oo5 - I wanted Avalon to be more dark than the other albums. It opens with a song from Merlin and goes into the lamentations of Boadicea and then into the edgey but fast-tempoed Gimme Gimme Gimme. All the songs on this album are quite a bit more somber than the others of this trilogy. I also really like that after the Faeries Interlude I went into two songs that are a little long and don't have words. Particularly The Midnight Kiss kiss because it starts out relatively upbeat and then gets more anxious until it ends and suddenly Carrion takes over, waking up the listener with Fiona's voice and starting out a little somber and then ending up grand and resolute.

 

Everfair (2oo3)*

Listen to the full album

01 Lord Intro
02 Bjork - Echo of a Stain
03 Moby - My Weakness
04 Garbage - Cherry Lips
05 Shaft - Sway (Remix)
06 The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
07 Garbage - You Look So Fine
08 Gaelic Storm - Black Is the Colour
09 Sarah McLachlang - Witness
10 Libera - Salva Me
11 Sugababes - Stronger
12 Bjork - Hidden Place
13 Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares
14 Madonna - Bedtime Story
15 Rufus Wainwright - Across the Universe
16 Unchained Melody
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Even now, I love Everfair as one of my favorite albums that I've made. The coverart is so gorgeous and I love it because it's bright and audacious and colorful and is a picture of Princess Serenity (it was also a background from the Palais du Soleil). This was the first time I really tried my hand at editted sounds and came up with the Lord of the Rings Intro. I love all the songs on this album (and actually, after hearing Witness, Apryl wanted to hear more from Sarah McLachlan and that's how I turned her onto to Sarah). And since I gave this to Apryl at the end of our high school senior year together, I wanted to add Unchained Melody since it's a special song to me because I sang it at Winterfest. And this album also started the tradition of me making a new album for Apryl every Spring. Which is less of a tradition and more of a habit that just happens to occur roughly the same time every year. But yes, this is still one of my favorite albums from Piscean Records.

 

The Faeries [Apryl Mix] (2oo4)*

Listen to the full album

01 Fairy Intro
02 Rufus Wainwright - Instant Pleasure
03 Toy-Box - Superstar
04 Forest for the Trees - Dream
05 Dreamt Interlude
06 Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby (Ambient Mix)
07 Fatboy Slim - Magic Carpet Ride
08 Garbage - Push It
09 Delerium - Awakening (Remix)
10 Faery Interlude
11 Air - Sexy Boy
12 Emiliana Torrini - Gollum's Song
13 Annie Lennox - Into the West
14 Bleak Interlude
15 May The Circle Be open
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Regrettably, the original cover graphic to this album was lost when Ben fucked up my computer. So I had to borrow the CD back, take a picture of the cover, readjust the colors in Photoshop, and then came up with the image you see here now. This album was actually preceded by another one called Dreamer Unhaunted. It featured a number of these songs but also had some other ones such as a remix of Madonna's Don't Cry for Me, Argentina and some songs I had used time and again (or at least heard time and again) like Freshman by The Verve. So after it was done, the coverart made and printed, the CD burned and ready to go... I decided to nix the whole project and start anew, simply because I wasn't satisified with what I had made. In fact, although I listen to Dreamer Unhaunted every now and again, I don't recognize it as an actual album which is why you don't see it here. So when I started brand new, I drew inspiration from my 2oo2 project, The Faeries, changing most of the songs but keeping the theme of fairies. I think it worked and Apryl liked it. Also, this album includes a hidden track called May the Circle Be Open which I absolutely love.

 

Empyrean (March, 2oo5)*

Listen to the full album

01 The Cranberries - Zombie
02 Garbage - Supervixen
03 Alanis Morrisette - Still
04 Empyrean Interlude
05 Madonna - Has To Be
06 Bjork - Hidden Place (Broken Palace Remix)
07 Butthole Surfers - Whatever (I Had a Dream)
08 Sarah McLachlan - Possession
09 Syleena Johnson - I Believe in Love
10 The Fairy Dance Interlude (Featuring In Dreams)
11 Moby feat Gwen Stefani - South Side
12 Sarah McLachlan - I Will Remember You
13 Loreena McKennitt - The Mystic's Dream
Dec 16, 2oo5 - This album is like a second Everfair in that I love it, it has a warm, bright, Springtime-ish feeling to it, and it's slightly more rock than any other Springtime album I've made for Apryl. I gave this to her at the end of our Sophomore year at college. At the beginning of the year I had discovered The Cranberries' Zombie and loved it. Then that Christmas I discovered Garbage's Supervixen and the Butthole Surfer's Whatever. I wanted to give this album more of a rock edge, so I used all those songs in addition the oh so awesome Still by Alanis (yet another song Kelly and I obsessed over in our time together in the Palace) and it comes from the soundtrack to Dogma which I associate with Spring. Also, there's I Believe in Love which I first came across and liked around the same time Apryl and I discovered Lilac Grove and I did the modelling stuff. So it reminds me of that happy time. And Possession, as well. I've always loved it, it just has that sort of urgent, spiritual, emotional warmth to it. I tried to end with a song by Loreena McKennitt that Apryl hadn't heard before, but unfortunately she'd heard The Mystic's Dream. But it doesn't matter really, since that song is on the single of The Mummers' Dance that I have and so I associate it, like Mummers' Dance with Spring, especially magic when I do my Wisterlimas and Ostara Rites.

 

         

Sacred: Volume One (April, 2oo5)

Listen to the full album

01 Spice Girls - Viva Forever
02 Conjure One - Manic Star
03 Zero7 - Spinning
04 Bleak Interlude
05 Madonna - Has To Be
06 Massive Attack - Butterfly Caught
07 Massive Attack feat Sinead O'Connor - What Your Soul Sings
08 Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance (Original Mix)
09 The Fairy Dance feat In Dreams
10 Enigma - Return to Innocence (Trance Mix)
11 Alanis Morissette - Utopia
12 Massive Attack feat Sinead O'Connor - Special Cases
13 Enya - May It Be
14 Sarah McLachlan - Possession
15 Rufus Wainwright - The Consort
16 Zero7 - Somersault
17 Spice Girls - Viva Forever (Tony Rich Instrumental Mix)
Dec 16, 2oo5 - For as long as I've been recording albums, I've vowed never to use certain songs, especially Viva Forever, which is my favorite song of all time and my personal theme. However, after setting those songs aside for some time, I knew the moment had come to make a collection of all my absolute favorite sepcial songs. Some of them come from a CD that Apryl made me back in the Spring of 2oo3 (also a very special time). That album included the Zero7 and Massive Attack songs that you see here. When summer came, Kelly had disappeared, Apryl was off in Europe, and I was left to wander my neighborhood and the woods very lonely and utterly wrought with despair and love. All of those things colored my experience and that album that Apryl made was the soundtrack of that time. It was comforting and emotional and edgey and beautiful. I loved it. I adored it! And that's why it's so sacred to me. That album remains my favorite album of all time, ranking over even Madonna's Ray of Light and the Spice Girls' Spice World (among countless others, of course). I also discovered Conjure One around that time (via Apryl). Enigma's Return to Innocence is significant in two ways, albeit, very connected ways. Firstly, I love the song because I discovered it in the early 90s and I've just always really loved it because it reminds me of innocence and happier, easier times. And second, *. Whenever I hear it, I think of the energy and tone in that song is the exact same comforting vibe *. And The Mummers'Dance has been sacred to me ever since the Spring of my Freshman year when I discovered it. It's just so utterly magical, pagan, free, and spiritual. * And while I do love Sarah McLachlan, and her album Surfacing is absolutely and doubtlessly sacred to me, I wish I had chosen a different song than I Love You, but unfortunately it was the only one that fit in my list of left-over potential tracks. So there you go, the closest thing I'll ever make to a Greatest Hits album. And the reason I dedciated this album to Kelly is because... well... I'm not sure. I don't regret it, but... I guess it was because I loved her and was desperate to share my private world with someone that I cared so much about. I mailed this to her as a gift package for Wisterlimas along with several other Wisterlimas-related things.

Edit (March 16, 2oo6) - I decided, almost a year later, that I didn't want Sarah McLachlan's I Love You on this album. Although I love the song, it's just not quite... there... like the other Sacred songs are. So instead, I'm replacing it with Possession which I've come to realize is absolutely a special song because of its sweet urgency and breathless, whimsical beauty. Avenori.

Edit (April 3, 2oo6) - Once again, I've decided to change one of the tracks. While I absolutely adore Mergirl, I just don't think it's what I was going for with this album (I'm also working on a replacement for Empyrean Interlude). So I'm replacing it with Zero7's Somersault. Not only because Zero7 is one of my all-time favorite bands and reminds me so much of summer and *, but because when I finally *, I had just discovered this song and it perfectly voiced, in lyrics, tone, and melody, what I was going through.

Edit (April 16, 2oo6) - I'm burning a new version of Sacred with all the updates. Finally I replaced track 4 (Empyrean Interlude) with Bleak Interlude because 1. it's by Delerium, 2. it's better quality, 3. I like it ten times better than the original track, and 4. it sounds more summery.

Edit (July 21, 2014) - I can't believe I missed some songs! All this time! But not to worry! I have added Utopia, The Consort, and May It Be to this volume and others to the second volume (see below).

 

Nostalgica (April, 2oo5)
Epic Era Collection (80s)

Listen to the full album

01 Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time of My Life
02 Bonnie Tyler - I Need a Hero
03 Madonna - Like a Prayer
04 Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
05 Phil Collins - In the Air
06 Pat Benatar - We Belong
07 Madonna - Crazy for You
08 The Eurhythmics - Sweet Dreams
09 Nikki French - Total Eclipse of the Heart (Remix)
10 Cindy Lauper - Time After Time
11 Berlin - Take My Breath Away
12 Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
13 Roxette - Listen To Your Heart
14 T'Pau - Heart and Soul
15 Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Ah, the album that started it all. I wanted to make an album of 80s music that I loved because after having spent so much time with Kelly in the Palace, obsessing over so much music, we covered a *lot* of genres and 80s music (dance, pop, what have you) was one of our favorites, especially the ballads like those of Roxette and Berlin and Bonnie Tyler. So I got all my songs together and made them into an album that I could listen to, with all the songs in one place. I never knew that everyone I shared Nostalgica with would love it so much. But once they heard it, I knew I wanted to make albums for other decades. It was quite unintentional, but I'm so glad I did it.

 

Meyer (May, 2oo5)
Epic Era Collection (Early 90s)

Listen to the full album

01 Seal - Crazy
02 George Michael - Freedom
03 Go West - King of Wishful Thinking
04 Des'ree - You Gotta Be
05 10,000 Maniacs - Because the Night Belongs To Lovers
06 Dionne Ferris - I Know
07 Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares
08 Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time
09 Wilson Phillips - Hold On
10 Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do Without You
11 Toni Braxton - Breathe Again
12 Mr. Big - To Be With You
13 Ace of Base - All That She Wants
14 Vanessa Williams - Save the Best for Last
15 Sophie B. Hawkins - I Wish I Was Your Lover
16 Celine Dion - The Power of Love
17 Deep Forest - Deep Forest
18 Madonna - Vogue
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Meyer is named such after two childhood friends my sister and I had in the early 90s. Megan and Theo Meyer and my sister and I had lots of fun together and I have a lot of great memories with them. So thus, the title is a sort of tribute to their memory. As for the tone of this album, I wanted it to be somewhat innocent and carefree and happy, like the time period was. This is exactly the reason why I divided up the 90s decade into three parts, because each part, beginning, middle, and end, were so disctintive and had such character. Starting off with Seal's Crazy and going all the way through Madonna's Vogue (which still evokes memories of her performance at the 1990 MTV awards) totally captures the essence, in my opinion. Of course I wasn't *quite* as knowledgable about music at the time as I am know, but I still listened and my own tastes and such. And to me, Wilson Phillips and early Mariah (back when she was the supernaturally gifted songbird I know she still is somewhere beneath that deplorable hip-hop facade) and Toni Braxton's Breathe Again *are* the early 90s. And Deep Forest has always been one of my absolute favorite albums ever. Without a doubt, Deep Forest's Deep Forest would be one of the ones at the top of my list of greatest albums of all time. And I loved it so much in the early 90s, so I knew I had to include on this album, even though it doesn't really fit in with all the other pop music (though I do think it works quite well).

 

Angry Azrael (May, 2oo5)
Epic Era Collection (Mid 90s)

Listen to the full album

01 Garbage - Stupid Girl
02 No Doubt - Excuse Me Mr.
03 Spice Girls - 2 Become 1
04 Weezer - Say It Ain't So
05 Butthole Surfers - Pepper
06 Better Than Ezra - Good
07 Folk Implosion - Natural One
08 Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
09 Hootie and the Blowfish - Let Her Cry
10 Live - I Alone
11 Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy
12 Joan Osbourne - One of Us
13 Oasis - Wonderwall
14 Lisa Loeb - Do You Sleep
15 The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen
16 The Cranberries - How
17 Des'ree - Kissing You
18 Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (Acoustic)
19 Alanis Morrisette - Wake Up
20 Silverchair - Tomorrow (Demo)
Dec 16, 2oo5 - My music and pop cultural awareness was *just* beginning to bud in the mid-90s. The grunge scene and they the rock and all the jaded teenage angst of the time fuelled the creation of this album, making it what it is. I think the main jewel of this album is Silverchair's Tomorrow since it embodies completely my idea of this time period. Plus Daniel Johns was utterly gorgeous and that Australian accent was to die for. And that's not to mention the Beatles-esque Oasis whom I absolutely adore (especially Champagne Supernova which regretably didn't fit on the album) and Alanis Morrisette's kick-ass rock songs with extraordinarily well-written lyrics (she remains to this day one of my favorite lyricists of all time, if not *the* favorite). The carelessness, the anger, the despair, the rock... I absolutely fucking loved the mid-90s. Everything from Beavis and Butthead to the Spice Girls' invasion of American pop charts. It was all fucking awesome. I really owe my music sense to my sister because growing up she was a little older than me and listening to music on MTV and such before I was. And thus she introduced me to nearly 100% of the first wave of my favorite music in the mid-90s.

Edit (October 18, 2014) - Like many of the Epic Era albums I've redone this one. I've been uploading the albums to the site for streaming and discovered, to my dismay, that I no longer *had* the songs. As in I literally only had them on the original discs to which I burned them and since those discs were old they no longer readable. Which meant that they were gone! Forever! Ah! Dismay! Anyway, I was lucky enough to have access to a good computer which was able to read them and to retrieve songs stored on the old "data discs" and "arc" disks I had burned way back when Ben fucked up my computer. So I was able to recollect all the old songs and recreate the albums and thus convert them to digital download. Whilst doing this I realized I was no longer limited to a CD's timeframe but rather the newer, updated playlists of the age. Which means I can add as many songs as I please. Hence why I've expanded these albums. Yes, so. Enjoy! *head bangs*

Edit (November 2, 2014) - Added new songs, removed old ones.

 

All I've Left Behind (May, 2oo5)
Epic Era Collection (Late 90s)

Listen to the full album

Part 1

01 Fiona Apple - Criminal
02 Dido - Here With Me
03 Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender
04 Deborah Cox - Nobody's Supposed to Be Here (Remix)
05 N'Sync - Riddle
06 Aqua - Doctor Jones
07 Macy Gray - I Try
08 Filter - Take a Picture
09 Mariah Carey - Heartbreaker
10 Janet Jackson - I Get Lonely
11 Lauryn Hill - Ex-Factor
12 Fastball - The Way
13 Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
14 Barenaked Ladies - Call and Answer
15 Matchbox 20 - 3am (Acoustic)
16 Hanson - I Will Come to You

Part 2

17 Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
18 Madonna - Ray of Light
19 Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
20 All Saints - Never Ever
21 Mariah Carey - My All
22 Edwin McCain - I'll Be (Acoustic)
23 Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
24 Garbage - Push It
25 Erykah Badu - On and On (Live)
26 Usher - Nice and Slow
27 Third Eye Blind - How's It Gonna Be
28 Alanis Morrisette - Thank U
29 Ben Folds Five - Brick
30 Jewel - Foolish Games (Album Version)
31 Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
32 Sting - Brand New Day
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Of all the Epic Era albums, I think this is my least favorite, which is a pity because I think the late 90s had a great surge of really wonderful music. This is when Madonna's Ray of Light came out, Mariah Carey's Butterfly, Fiona Apple's Tidal, Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope, among many others. Perhaps the planets were aligned just right and that's why everyone came out with really pivotal, spiritual, well-done music. I tried to capture that, but I think the fact that the late 90s happened so recently means that the nostalgia hasn't really had time to take effect yet. Maybe in another five years or so I'll like this album more. Not that I hate it or anything, I've just heard the songs too many times in recent years.

Edit (November 3, 2014) - I *love* the late 90s. And while I was going through this process of converting all these albums to playable videos I've been revising a lot of them. This album in particular needed more love and attention than most of the others, so after almost ten years I've come to the decision to do a complete overhaul. The album which was previously called Decadent Repose is now titled All I've Left Behind. The name represents the severe shift of my life after the late 90s. I'm not sure why, and certainly it wasn't one specific thing, but once the 90s were over the world was a different place, from everything from 9/11 to the hiatus of the Spice Girls. And not only is the album renamed but I also gave it some much improved coverart. As well I had so many songs I loved and that really represented that time for me (the late 90s) and in the end I decided to make this a double-album which I've only ever done for The Annunciation. So in conclusion I took an album I didn't much care for and turned it into something I can't wait to listen to over and over again. I hope you enjoy it too!

 

Namaste (June, 2oo5)

Listen to the full album

01 Aerosmith - Taste of India
02 Conjure One - Redeption
03 Govinda - Los Golondrinas
04 Madonna - Shanti-Ashtangi
05 DJ Nash - Who Chalie (Bubble Mix)
06 Alisha - Made In India
07 Govinda - Scripture of the Anima
08 Madonna - Bittersweet
09 Unknown Title
10 Govinda - 10,000 Years
11 Madonna - Cyberraga
12 Karsh Kale - Fabric
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Namaste is titled after a Hindi salutation that means "light" and "love" and that sort of thing. This is an example of the coverart preceding the album, meaning I had already made the coverart (quite inadvertantly, by the way) and after it was done I realized I had to make an album for it. I unfortunately was quite disappointed with the outcome and to this day it hasn't been recorded. I plan on coming back to it when I find enough songs, but as it is, I don't particularly love it. And the song that really set the bar for the rest of the album (I wanted really dance-ish-Bollywood music with sitars and great beats and/or spirituality to it) is the only one whose title and artist are unknown. So I'm planning on coming back to this and redoing it once the time is right.

 

Transient (July, 2oo5)

Listen to the full album

01 Tao Te Chant
02 Devorzhum
03 Shanti Meditation
04 Madonna - Bittersweet
05 Relaxation
06 Sailboat Journey (Part 1)
07 Bjrk - Cocoon
08 Madonna - Has To Be
09 Dead Can Dance - Rainbow Voice
10 Celtic Storm and Harp
Dec 16, 2oo5 - This album was created mainly because I wanted to make a CD of music I could meditate to. The coverart, as it happens, was made from graphics that I used on my site, the original version of Neptune's Folly. This also includes Madonna's Bittersweet which was considered briefly to possibly be the Song of the Summer for the summer of 2oo5, but I had actually discovered it long before summer began. Still, I really love it and so it made it to the album along with Has to Be. In fact, I listened to Bittersweet so often that I decided not to use it for recent subsequent albums because I felt it'd be too redundant. I did enough of that earlier this decade for my first albums (how many times could I have used Take a Bow for crying out loud?). And actually, I had first discovered and loved Has to Be in the Winter of... I guess it was 1998 or 1999. Only recently did I rediscover it and used it for Empyrean.

 

The Surly Seamaid: Songs and Chanteys of the Isle (July, 2oo5)

Listen to the full album

01 The Stranglers - Golden Brown
02 Gaelic Storm - McCloud's Reel (Whup Jamboree)
03 Gaelic Storm - Johnny Jump Up
04 Gaelic Storm - Gaelic Morn
05 Irish Rovers - The Black Velvet Band
06 Gaelic Storm - Heart of the Ocean
07 Gaelic Storm - Midnight Kiss
08 Dead Can Dance - The Wind That Shakes the Barley
09 Gaelic Storm - Black is the Colour
10 The Chieftans feat Sinead O'Connor - The Foggy Dew
11 Gaelic Storm - Rocky Road to Dublin
12 The Pogues - Sea Shanty
13 Irish Rovers - Whisky in the Jar
14 The Bothy Band - The Kesh Jig (Give Us a Drink of Water)
15 Gaelic Storm - Lover's Wreck
Dec 16, 2oo5 - Recorded at the end of the summer in late July, I finally made an album of Irish music. I absolutely love Irish music, likely because I was Irish in a past life (or lives) and so I have such a spiritual connection and affinity for Ireland. I first bought Gaelic Storm's CD Gaelic Storm shortly after the release of Titanic. However, I didn't initially care for the music. However, in the Summer of Utopia, when things were magical and almost all was right with the world (or at least I like to pretend that's how it was), I was discovering new music including Rufus Wainwright's Poses which remains to this day one of my all-time favorite albums. That's when I started listening to Gaelic Storm and absolutely fell in love with it. The next summer I had discovered the Irish Rovers and Dead Can Dance's The Wind That Shakes the Barely. Of course I had also discovered The Pogues' Sea Shanty so that definitely made it to the album. I ideally wanted this to be an album of sea chanteys, but I couldn't find enough songs like that of The Pogues', so I included all my other favorite Irish songs. And would you believe it, only days after recording this, I discovered another song that I love that would have been perfect for this album. So therefore I must conclude that somewhere down the line there will be another Irish album. I also really love the coverart. And after having visited Busch Gardens and seen the dance group, Irish Thunder, perform Rocky Road to Dublin, it was almost the Song of the Summer. So it has a special place in my heart since it was a runner-up.

 

Nostalgica 2: Supercirca (October 16, 2oo5)
Epic Era Collection (80s)

Listen to the full album

01 Bananarama - Venus
02 Blondie - Atomic
03 Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Remix)
04 Madonna - Live To Tell
05 Nena - 99 Red Balloons
06 Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place on Earth
07 The Bangles - Walk Like an Egpytian
08 Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
09 Jefferson Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
10 Boy Meets Girl - Waiting for a Star to Fall
11 Roxette - The Look
12 Taylor Dane - Tell It to My Heart
13 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
14 Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies
15 Heart - These Dreams
16 Human League - Don't You Want Me Baby
17 Aretha Franklin and George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting
18 A-ha - Take On Me
19 INXS - Need You Tonight
20 Whitney Houston - All the Man That I Need
Dec 13, 2oo5 - The surprise sequel to Nostalgica, Supercirca was created after I realized that I had enough songs from the 80s to make a whole new album. I'm not sure if I'll do follow-ups to the other Epic Era albums, but Nostalgica was such a big success and I just love music from that decade so much that I had to make this one. I know that some of the songs are actually from the early 90s, but I won't tell if you won't. Besides, I was so in love with Duran Duran's Come Undone that I just had to put it on an album and share it with Apryl. She loves it too. You Think You're a Man and You Sping Me Right Round are kind of odd to me because they remind me of a play I saw with Ben two years ago called "Dragula". I don't recommend going to see it, but every time I hear those two songs I think of a drag queen vampire singing 80s music. But since Ben was there, it's scary but in a sentimental way to hear them again.

Edit (March 27, 2oo6) - After becoming completely disenchanted with Mr Big's To Be With You (and really, with other songs such as tracks 9, 1o, and 11), I've decided to loose track 13 and replace it with Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me and follow it up with Jefferson Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and A-ha's Take On Me.

Edit (October 11, 2014) - I redid this album, adding things back that had been taken off and taking away things that shouldn't have been there in the first place. These albums aren't be-all compliations of their eras but I do think they're a good sampling. Just a bit of this and that.

 

         

Solstice (November 24, 2oo5)

Listen to the full album

01 Loreena McKennitt - Prologue
02 Tori Amos - Hey Jupiter
03 Bjrk - Cocoon
04 ACO - Machi
05 Tori Amos - The Pool
06 The Two Towers - Evenstar
07 Tori Amos - Gold Dust
08 Sarah McLachlan - Last Dance
09 Linda Ronstadt - Winter Light
10 Loreena McKennitt - Celtic Twilight
11 Tori Amos - Mother
12 Imogen Heap - Sleep
13 Taleisin Orchestra - Adagio for Strings
14 Bjrk - All is Full of Love
15 Tori Amos - Merman
16 The Secret Garden Soundtrack - Colin Opens His Eyes
17 Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within
18 Tori Amos - Winter

 

Dec 13, 2oo5 - I think Solstice came out exceptionally well. I wanted to create an album of music that reminded me of Winter without also reminding me of Christmas. Thus, I created Solstice which has an extremely subdued, ethereal, almost sad sense of darkness and emotionalism to it. Originally, I started out with two tracks (it was extremely difficult to find the right songs that fit with the mood I was trying to achieve; it took months and months of scouring and exhausting every thinkable avenue of new music to come up with these tracks). One was Bjork's Cocoon and the other was ACO's Machi (which means "Town" in Japanese; from what I understand the song is about an average businessman in Japan). I came across Machi quite by accident. I was looking for more mellow songs like Bjork's Cocoon on Limewire and downloaded a shitload of her music, most of which I had already heard. Of all the songs I downloaded, there was only one that I liked, and it was labeled Submarine. Of course I knew it wasn't Bjork, but since the song wasn't in English I couldn't very well Google up the lyrics and find out what it really was. So I went on a search for people around the net who spoke other languages (I didn't recognize the language as Japanese; I know it sounds Japanese now that someone's told me that it is such, but before I just didn't make the connection). I contacted people from Iceland, various countries in Eastern Europe, Japan, China, Germany, all over the world, and finally someone in a J-Rock LiveJournal community happened to know the artist and told me who it was. It took months, but at last I found out that ACO made the song. Unfortunately, ACO's other material isn't nearly as good as Machi. In fact, the other song by her, Uraniwa is the only part of this album I regret as it has this extremely high-pitched sound in it that I thought I'd just learn to ignore. But by now I've realized that it can't be done. It's a frequency that makes you feel like your head is going to explode. But aside from that, I am extremely pleased with this album. I also want to thank Tori Amos for being the incredible goddess she is. She completely captured exactly the mood I was going for, which is why I used so many of her songs. And of course I had to use The Voice Within as a personal farewell tribute to Kelly and also because I associate that song with the Wintery demise of mine and Ben's relationship two years ago. Even the coverart is hauntingly reminiscent of days in the Palace with Kelly as it was once used as a background for a Christmas we spent together.

Edit (Jan 23, 2oo6) - Track 13, ACO's Uraniwa was in fact *so* unbearable that I've decided to replace it with Sigur Ros's Leit Af Lifi. Additionally, and also originally for the copy made for Apryl, there is a bonus hidden track: Tori Amos' Winter, that was added recently.

Edit (Nov 2o, 2oo6) - Once again, I've redone this album. Mainly because I love it so much and those few songs that were just not working really got on my nerves. But now I think I've got it right. I added Evenstar after track 5, removed track 10 which was Untitled Three by Odd Nosdam, as well as track 11 Mm's Sing Me Out the Window and track 13 Sigur Rs' Leit Af Lfi and track 15 Wishing on a Star, replacing them as shown above.

Sunshine Machine (December 13th, 2oo5)
Epic Era Collection (70s)

Listen to the full album

01 Milk & Sugar - Let the Sunshine In (Remix)
02 Creedence Clearwater Revival - Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog)
03 ABBA - Dancing Queen
04 Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun
05 Lipps Inc - Funkytown
06 KC & The Sunshine Band - That's the Way I Like It
07 Rose Royce - Carwash
08 Cher - Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
09 Sarah McLachlan - The Rainbow Connection
10 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
11 America - Horse With No Name
12 Fleetwood Mac - Silver Springs
13 Simon and Garfunkle - Sound of Silence
14 John Denver - Country Roads, Take Me Home
15 The New Seekers - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
16 Elton John - Tiny Dancer
17 Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
18 Gladys Knight - Midnight Train to Georgia
19 Lynard Skynard - Simple Man
20 5th Dimension - Let the Sunshine In (Reprise)
Dec 13, 2oo5 - This album, believe it or not, was produced in a single day. In fact, within about ten hours I had all the songs picked out, downloaded, and arranged, and I had the coverart designed and ready for print. I think this album just wanted to be made so badly that it couldn't wait anymore. Ever since I more or less finished the Epic Era collection with the completion of Decadent Repose, the idea of doing albums for the seventies and sixties has been rolling around in the back my mind. I didn't actually think I'd do either of them, however, because those decades were before I was even born and I wasn't quite as familiar with the music of the times. But honestly, it really wasn't that hard to come up with songs (by the way, don't expect a 50s album or anytime prior to that). I knew there had to be three parts to this album, though: disco, rock and folk music. So as you can see, the first half of the album is more upbeat disco songs, the middle has some rock, while the latter half is more mellow and has that folk-song-John-Denver-ish peace vibe going on, almost like the tracks were made for children (which is what I suspect that decade was a lot about: people reminding themselves that they're still children and are still allowed to have fun). I especially love the John Denver songs (including the one by Peter, Paul, and Mary) because they sound so profoundly sad in a childish way that works really well. Very subtle and underplayed, but effective. I guess you'd call that sunshine pop, because even after the hint of sorrow there's still an uplifting quality to it. And let me just say, yes I know one or two of the songs, like the other albums, aren't actually from this decade, but oh well. Also, what I really like about songs particularly from the seventies is the way they tell stories. And of course I couldn't make a seventies album without Muppet songs, hence Mahna Mahna and Sarah McLachlan's super awesome Rainbow Connection. I also included the Guns N' Roses cover of the Stones' Sympathy for the Devil because I fucking love it and because I think of Interview with the Vampire every time I hear it. Sweet.

 

Oberon's Consort (March 13, 2oo6)*

Listen to the full album

01 Medley of the Elves
02 Rufus Wainwright - Agnus Dei
03 Rasputina - Transylvanian Concubine (Marilyn Manson Remix)
04 Radiohead - Paranoid Android
05 Eryka Badu - Orange Moon
06 Rufus Wainwright - Peach Trees
07 Slow Harmonica Blues
08 The Peasall Sisters - Angel Band
09 Dr. Bernice - Will the Circle Be Unbroken
10 Sarah McLachlan - Gloomy Sunday
11 Shirley Manson - The Hunger
12 The Golden Gospel Singers - Oh Freedom
13 Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels
14 Willis Earl Beal - Too Dry to Cry
15 Morcheeba - Enjoy the Wait
16 Martina Topley-Bird - Intro
17 Down in the Willow Garden
18 Black Snake Moan ST - Rae and Ronnie's Theme
19 Martina Topley-Bird - Sandpaper Kisses
20 Sarah McLachlan - Possession (Acoustic Piano)
21 Sia - Breathe Me
22 Elvish Endings
March 1o, 2oo6 - The album was completed around three hours earlier today and the coverart completed only moments ago. All of which means only one thing. C'est printemps! Mazel tov! I want the associations that go with this album (the songs for which I've been collecting since well before last Spring) to be Springtime-ish, as with the previous three albums I've made for Apryl every Spring. This one in particular, however, is special because at last I decided to finally make a medley of all the Elvish music from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack without all the pesky action/adenvture music. I think the intro music came out very well but I'm a little disappointed with the finale. I redid it several times and it's still a bit dodgey in the middle, but oh well. Anyway, I wanted to create a feeling of lazy Springtime woodland sunsets, so I used three songs from Rufus Wainwright's Want Two album which has pretty much the same feel to it, as well as songs that are slow and that have that specific tone such as Orange Moon. I think it came out very well, I think. I'm not crazy about tracks 10, 11, and 12, but I *kind* of liked them and I needed to fill up some space. What I'm really proud of about this album is the fact that all the tracks are connected (except Medley of the Elves and the bonus track, duh). In between each track is crickets and birds with occasional other little things. Each song is bridged one to the other this way and it really helps the music flow well. Tracks 9, 10, and 11 are actually all integraded and blend right into each other, going from one song to the next immediately with a cool blend effect. I'm quite proud of it as it took for freaking ever to make. This album took probably about 20-30 hours in total to create. I think it was worth it though. I hope Apryl likes it, too.

Edit (April 27, 2oo7) - I finally redid this album! I'm still not satisified with it. I wanted to add more songs that were more of the woodsy feeling, but I ended up just putting this together. I really like it a lot. Especially the song by Sia (from Zero 7) and Zero 7. I'm still respecting the original version of this album as its own album, one I will still listen to, but it really needed updating. I didn't really want to add Teardrop or keep The Sea but I love the later and Apryl really likes the former. Apryl, however, doesn't like Orange Moon whereas I do, but I do wish it were shorter. I retouched the elves songs and oh man, ever since last year when I found Sandpaper Kisses, I liked it more and more each time I heard it. It's now probably one of those gems of the album along with Transylvanian Concubine. I just wish I could find more unheard-of music that's really good and of the same mood. I think Down in the Willow Garden is a really great element as well. It's so unusual for my taste but it fits right in. I also wanted to add Madonna's Love Profusion but decided it was too electronic... Yeah, I'm going to redo this again sometime.

Edit (May 4, 2013) - Once again I redid this album. I've always thought this was a landmark album and I loved the really bluegrass, spiritual feel of it. So finally I added songs that I thought were more fitting than the previous ones (which btw were Tori Amos, Zero7, Morcheeba's The Sea, Nina Simone's Feeling Good, and Rufus's Gay Messiah). God bless Shirley Manson's unreleased album because it added just the right about of rock and soul that I needed. I finished this album around 3am one night while drunk so it's a little rough around the edges, but still I'm very pleased with it. I hope you enjoy it!

Edit (September 14, 2014) - This album has been redited so many times that the transitions between the songs are just awful. I'm aware of this. And a few of the songs have some problems here and there, for example Lord I Want You to Help Me. I'll fix it eventually.

Edit (Novemeber 7, 2015) - I took out Lord I Want You to Help Me and added Pistol Annies and Willis Earl Beal because both songs are so kickass.

 

Sacred: Volume Two (April 17, 2oo6)

Listen to the full album

01 Elvish Beginnings
02 Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance
03 Sarah McLachlan - Fear
04 Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Toward Ecstasy
05 Massive Attack - Future Proof
06 Zero7 - Destiny
07 Rufus Wainwright - Greek Song
08 Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby
09 Delerium - Poem for Byzantium
10 Loreena McKennitt - The Mystic's Dream
11 Libera - Salva Me
12 Zero7 - Distractions
13 Zero7 - In the Waiting Line
14 Deep Forest - Forest Hymn
15 Massive Attack - Inertia Creeps
16 Annie Lennox - Into the West
17 Massive Attack - Nametaken
18 Elvish Endings
19 Spice Girls - Viva Forever (Tony Rich Remix)
April 17, 2oo6 - Gasp! ANOTHER Sacred album!? It can't be! Oh but it is... I think the reason why I have songs that are "sacred" is because, at times in my life when there was no one, there was at least music. Which sounds cheesy, but riding around in my car all summer because Apryl's in Europe, Kelly's disappeared again, and being utterly alone without knowing what the hell to even do with myself was obviously quite difficult. And when I'd wander the neighborhood alone like that, it gave me a lot of time to listen to music. And I found that it made me feel a whole lot better. It was like a friend who understood my being alone. So despite all the circumstances going on at the time, I have positive associations linked with these songs. They're like friends to me. And of course some of them, like the songs from Deep Forest, are just plain awesome songs that I've loved forever and that remind me of easier times in my childhood (as well, I have an affinity for the nature-sound of those songs). And as you'll notice, like last year, the album I made for Apryl before this one had a bit of an influence, which is why I used the elvish music. Well not specifically for that reason, but more because the The Lord of the Rings is so special to me. As is that album Apryl gave me in high school, Relax, which goes back to what I was talking about before. Partly because * spending each hot and tedious day * doing absolutely nothing but riding around and going to the woods. * In fact, the original Sacred is too. *

Edit (July 21, 2014) - As mentioned on the last edit for the first volume, I can't believe I missed some songs! SACRED songs! So I've added, to this volume, Fear, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, The Mystic's Dream and Salva Me. All sacred music to me, all deeply, deeply loved songs.

 

Sunstar 2006 (October 2o, 2oo6)

Listen to the full album

01 Casada - Everytime We Touch
02 The Real McCoy - Come and Get Your Love
03 Calanit - If You Come Back (Chris Cox Mix)
04 Kevin Aviance - Give It Up (Tony Moran Mix)
05 Armin van Buuren - Burned with Desire (Rising Star Remix)
06 Ashiva - Sunrise (Extended Original)
07 Ultrabeat - Pretty Green Eyes (CJ Stone Radio Edit)
08 Sailormoon ST - Colors of Love
09 Cyrstal Method - Vegas
10 A*teens - Gimme Gimme Gimme
11 The Killers - Somebody Told Me
12 Crystal Method - Over the Line
13 Cyrstal Method - Ready For Action
October 28, 2oo6 - This was made for my sister's birthday present. She wanted a CD of dance music and I delivered. Of about seven or eight dance CDs including Ministry of Sound and other dance hits albums, I picked out tracks 1-7. The rest were ones I found on my own. I like the transitions because the ones from the "real cds" flow right into each other. The other ones took a bit of editting. And frankly, I'm quite pleased with the outcome.

 

Red House (January 22, 2oo7)
Epic Era Collection (60s)

Listen to the full album

01 Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
02 The Guess Who - American Woman
03 Jimi Hendrix - Red House
04 Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
05 The Young Rascals - Mustang Sally
06 Tommy James and the Shondells - Hanky Panky
07 Elvis vs JXL - A Little Less Conversation (Remix)
08 Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love
09 Ben E. King - Stand by Me
10 The Mama's and the Papa's - Got a Feelin'
11 Oliver - Good Morning Starshine
12 The Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
13 Janis Joplin - Ball and Chain (Live)
14 The Beatles - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
15 Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me
16 Aretha Franklin - Think
17 Jimi Hendrix - VooDoo Child (Slight Return)
18 B.B. King - Lucielle
19 Grace Slick and the Great Society - White Rabbit
January 25, 2oo7 - At last! It took me a long time to do this album because it just wasn't time to do it. I knew I wanted to start the album with White Rabbit but I didn't know what else I wanted to use because my knowledge of sixties music is not quite as thorough as the other decades (despite all those cheap car commercials). But suddenly this weekend it just sort of happened. And by Monday I had a new album and I really love this. I called it Red House because first of all, I LOVE Hendrix's song but also I felt like it was a sort of artsy, rough title. My other names include Moody Jude which is what I might call the follow-up should I ever decide to make one (which I don't think I will because this playlist was hard enough to come up with; I don't think I could it again) and Daisychain which was too soft for my taste. I wanted this album to be mostly rock and pop songs, and I think this came out really well. I'm quite proud of it. And I LOVE the coverart. I totally did it by accident. I freehanded the picture of a house on a hill with a red sky background and blended it with the henna hands but it just wouldn't work. Then I discoverd that using the Difference filter gave it that awesome effect and made the foreground red and the background darker. I just love it. It's perfect. Fucking awesome. Lord knows I'm a voodoo child.

 

Satyr (September 26, 2oo7)

Listen to the full album

01 Jimi Hendrix - Red House
02 Goldfrapp - Slippage
03 Pistols - Sexy Boy (Pistols Remix)
04 Massive Attack - Heat Miser
05 Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack - Challenge Tybalt
06 Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning is the End is the Beginning
07 Marilyn Manson - The Nobodies (Wormwood Remix)
08 Massive Attack - Angel
09 Glass Candy - Candy Castle
10 Nine Inch Nails - Closer
11 Garbage - Milk
12 MiRAGE - Lake of Dreams
13 Glass Candy - The Chameleon
14 Lisa Hall - Is This Real?
15 Timo Maas - Pictures
16 Groove Amanda - Edge Hill
17 Risn Murphy - Primitive
18 Goldfrapp - Train (Village Hill Remix)
19 Dirty Vegas - Candles
September 7, 2oo8 - I completely redid this album. I think it rocks now. Amen.

Edit (September 14, 2014) - I was just taking a look at this album and realized I had some songs from Sacred on it. And that didn't sit well because this album isn't about... that kind of... spirit. Shall we say. Anywho, I added some new songs and I think this album, again, kicks ass.

 

Dreamsing (April 13, 2oo8)

Listen to the full album

01 The Virginia Company - Pocahontas
02 Zero to Hero - Hercules
03 Prince Ali - Aladdin
04 A Whole New World - Aladdin
05 Listen With Your Heart - Pocahontas
06 Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas
07 Can You Feel the Love Tonight - The Lion King
08 Circle of Life - The Lion King
09 Deliver Us (Dreamsing Edit) - The Prince of Egypt
10 When You Believe - The Prince of Egypt
11 Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and the Beast
12 Gaston - Beauty and the Beast
13 Arabian Nights - Aladdin
14 Reflection - Mulan
15 Poor Unfortunate Souls - The Little Mermaid
16 Kiss the Girl - The Little Mermaid
17 We Are Siamese if You Please - Lady and the Tramp
18 Just Around the River Bend - Pocahontas
19 Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid
20 Once Upon a Dream - Maleficent
21 Be Prepared - The Lion King
22 I Just Can't Wait to Be King - The Lion King
23 Be Our Guest - Beauty and the Beast
24 Let it Go - Frozen
25 Part of Your World (Reprise) - The Little Mermaid
April 13, 2oo8 - Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. Because, really, who doesn't love Disney.

Edit (September 14, 2014) - More than six years later I've decided to add new tracks to this album. Originally it was just going to be a few of the main theme songs from some of the better-known films but then I thought these films all have such great songs why not add some more! And plus with the release of Frozen and Maleficent I just had to add on to it! ... And yes, I know The Prince of Egypt isn't Disney but oh well.

 

Sunstar 2009 (November 29, 2oo9)

Listen to the full album

01 Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing
02 Yuhan - Hola Hola Hola (Johnny Vicious Mix)
03 Kleerup featuring Robyn - With Every Heartbeat
04 Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor
05 The Ting Tings - Great DJ
06 DJ Mystik - Butterfly
07 Bacarra - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (Remix)
08 Goldfrapp - Yes Sir
09 Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok (Remix)
10 Goldfrapp - Train (Village Hall Remix)
11 Felix da Housecat feat Macaulay Culkin - Money, Succes, Fame, Glamour
12 Deee-Lite - Groove is in the Heart
13 Ladytron - Light & Magic

 

This album was heavily influenced by indie rock which was sort of the musical taste of the people I hung out with at the time and thus acquired a part of that taste myself. Personally I'm not a huge fan of indie music. Or indie people. Or my previous "friends" for that matter.

 

Second Solstice (November 29, 2oo9)

Listen to the full album

01 Enya - Sumiregusa
02 Sarah McLachlan - River
03 Where's My Love Interlude
04 Sigur Ros - All Alright
05 Alanis Morissette - Mercy
06 Piscean Records - Carol Interlude
07 Goldfrapp - Winter Wonderland
08 Tori Amos A Case of You
09 Mairi Campbell Auld Lang Syne
10 Priscilla Ahn - Silent Night
11 Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
12 Bjrk - Solstice
13 Gone - Ioanna Gika (Solstice Edit)
14 Enya - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
15 Melanie C Enemy

 

Nov 29, 2oo9 - The original Solstice is one of my favorite albums I've ever done. It has such a unique feeling to it, a very magical and solemn tone that was very specific. Which meant that finding songs for it was difficult and yet whenever I found a song that fit then I knew right away. As time went on, I stumbled across a few more songs that fit. And so I kept them, hoping that I'd someday stumble across enough to create another album. Which I'm very pleased to finally release now. Second Solstice has been in the works for months now, not including last winter when I fell in love with Sarah McLachlan's cover of River. But I think all that time was really necessary as this is definitely a patient project. As well, the original album did not include any Enya because her style didn't seem to exactly fit the other songs, this album opens with two of her songs and set up the powerfully harmonious ambience. Particularly Emmanuel as it has such a distant and chilly feeling which is exactly what I was going for. Something that I could play in my car while driving in the cold dark to feel alone and in my own dreamscape. This cold distant feeling is complimented by the more cozy songs such as Auld Lang Syne and River, even Goldfrapp's tweaked-up Winter Wonderland. I should also mention that unlike the original Solstice, this album deliberately embraces traditional songs. With the first album I was trying to avoid Christmas-specific music as that would make time-sensitive and after the holidays it wouldn't really be something you'd listen to. But with Second Solstice I just went for it and made a full-out holiday album instead of going the way of "wintertime" album. I'm glad I did, as I very much like this album. The coverart, I should also mention, is by the same artist as the original album, John Bauer. I did a lot of editing on it and despite a computer crash, the art survived via online instant messaging with Kelly. So, at last, the sequel winter album.

Edit (May 18, 2013) - In November or December of 2012 I redid this album adding more songs to it. Not really worth mentioning but for posterity's sake I wanted to make note of it.

Edit (September 17, 2014) - Removed Cold, Radiohead's Nude, Bjork's Bath, and Massive Attack's Small Time Shot Away not because I don't love them but because I think they just didn't fit somehow. I also finished the edit of Gone and rearranged the songs.

 

Sunstar 2012 (June 11, 2o12)

Listen to the full album

01 J Lo - Dance Again
02 Alison Jear - I Just Wanna Fucking Dance
03 Donna Summer - I Feel Love (Remix)
04 Havan Brown - We Run the Night
05 Ola - All Over the World (Cahill Remix)
06 Dash Berlin - Better Half of Me (Airplay Mix)
07 Ryksopp & Lykke Li - Miss It So Much
08 Madonna - Broken (I'm Sorry)
09 Robyn - Indestructible
10 Risn Murphy - Movie Star
11 Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy - Faster Kill Pussycat
12 The Gossip - Four-Letter Word
13 Pet Shop Boys - The Sodom And Gomorrah Show
14 Ultra Nate - Desire

 

June 11, 2o12 - The latest dance album! Hello 2012! Keep on dancin' til the world ends!

 

Awful Album (May 9, 2013)

Listen to the full album

01 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have a Kiki
02 Katalina - DJ Girl (I'm With the DJ)
03 RuPaul - Don't Be Jealous of My Boogie
04 Mika - Big Girls (You Are Beautiful)
05 The Tiger Lillies - ABC
06 The Chainsmokers - #SELFIE
07 Mokolo - Are Friends Electric
08 Kelly - Text Message Breakup
09 Lords of Acid - I Must Increase My Bust
10 4 Non Blondes - What's Up?
11 Declan Galbraith - An Angel
12 RuPaul - Peanut Butter

 

May 9, 2013 - This hilarious album was made for my sister as sort of a gag gift but at the same time these songs are ones I keep on my iPod because fuck yeah. I wanted songs that were not only so-called "awful" but also ones that are still kind of good, or at least odd enough that you might want to hear them again.

 

Sunstar 2014 (February 26, 2014)

Listen to the full album

01 Madonna - Turn Up the Radio
02 Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)
03 Florence and the Machine Coverband - Spectrum (Say My Name) (Revolvr Remix)
04 Deniz Koyu feat. Wynter Gordon - Follow You
05 Rihanna - Where Have You Been (Paperchaser Club Remix)
06 Garbage - Automatic Systematic Habit
07 Robyn - Dancing on My Own
08 Lana Del Rey - Born to Die (Gemini Remix)
09 Scissor Sisters - Shady Love
10 Dragonette - I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)
11 Mason vs Princess Superstar - Perfect
12 Borgeous - Invincible
13 Global Deejays - Kids (Remix)
14 Kelly Rowland - When Love Takes Over

 

February 27, 2014 - Some of the best songs and remixes of the past few years!

 

The Annunciation (April 17, 2014)

Listen to the full album

001 The Beast
002 Erotica
003 Candy Shop
004 Express Yourself
005 Give Me All Your Luvin'
006 Crazy for You
007 I'll Remember
008 Vogue
009 Isaac
010 I'm a Sinner
011 Human Nature
012 Music
013 Beautiful Stranger
014 Into the Groove
015 Everybody


016 Get Stupid
017 4 Minutes
018 Hollywood
019 Like It Or Not
020 Ray of Light
021 Future Lovers
022 Cyber-raga
023 Turn Up the Radio
024 You'll See
025 Another Suitcase in Another Hall
026 Express Yourself/Born This Way Mash-up
027 I Love New York
028 Miles Away
029 Some Girls
030 True Blue
031 Like a Virgin (Blond Ambition)


032 Shanti/Ashtangi
033 Mer Girl
034 Heartbeat
035 Love Don't Live Here Anymore
036 Me Against the Music
037 Who's That Girl
038 Time Stood Still (Album Version)
039 Live to Tell
040 Nothing Really Matters
041 Paradise (Not for Me)
042 Papa Don't Preach
043 Love Profusion
044 If Madonna Calls
045 Dress You Up


046 Die Another Day
047 Impressive Instant
048 Open Your Heart
049 Buenos Aires
050 Fighting Spirit
051 Liquid Love (David Guetta Remix)
052 Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
053 Don't Tell Me
054 Easy Ride
055 Love Spent (Acoustic)
056 Has to Be
057 Like a Prayer
058 Hung Up
059 Broken (I'm Sorry)


060 Amazing
061 Little Star
062 Secret
063 Borderline
064 Gone
065 Hey You
066 Forbidden Love
067 Jump
068 Bedtime Story
069 Bubble Universe (Instrumental)
070 Justify My Love
071 American Life
072 Masterpiece


073 Bittersweet
074 Frozen
075 Don't Cry for Me Argentina
076 I Don't Give a
077 Material Girl
078 She's Not Me
079 Candy Perfume Girl
080 Voices
081 Girl Gone Wild
082 Get Together
083 Latte
084 I'm Addicted
085 X-Static Process
086 You Must Love Me
087 The Power of Goodbye


088 Lucky Star
089 Give It 2 Me
090 I Deserve It
091 Falling Free
092 Intervention
093 Rain
094 To Have and Not to Hold
095 Sorry
096 Rainbow High
097 Don't Cry for Me Argentina (Remix)
098 Nothing Fails
099 La Isla Bonita
100 Deeper and Deeper


101 Sky Fits Heaven
102 Holiday
103 Nobody Knows Me
104 American Pie
105 This Used To Be My Playground
106 Drowned World-Substitute for Love
107 What It Feels Like for a Girl
108 Take a Bow
109 Nobody's Perfect


110 Across The Sky
111 Fever
112 Cherish
113 Like a Flower
114 The Gang Bang Theory (Robin Skouteris & Pat Scott Mix)
115 Runaway Lover
116 Let It Will Be
117 Celebration
118 No Substitute for Love

 

April 18, 2014 - The ultimate Madonna playlist, this compilation consists of Madonna's greatest songs throughout the last three decades of her career. It includes singles, interview clips, movie quotes, unreleased tracks, b-sides, studio session recordings, demo songs, live performances and remixes. It is *not* a playlist of *all* Madonna's music but rather a representation of her best work, thus it excludes a number of songs. Each track is intended to be played with no space between them and all breaks have been edited in already. Making this playlist was absolutely GRUELING. Sorting through all of Madonna's work was daunting enough but then sorting through COUNTLESS interviews and editing out the clips and then sorting the songs and then editing all the various things... all of that was awful. But not HALF as awful as dealing with iTunes which seemed to do everything it could to make this as difficult as possible. I won't get into it but fucking wow, man. This was such a difficult task, but how could my sister ask me for "the ultimate Madonna playlist" and not expect me to do it up right? ... Anyways, downloading all these songs would obviously be tedious so what I've done is provide a zip file of the entire playlist for your convenience. Additionally I've added dividers throughout the tracks so that if you choose to burn this playlist to CDs as I did then you know where the break up the songs per disc. Oh and also, all the files are mp3 format so don't you worry your pretty little heads about playback in your car, iTunes, or whatever. In summation, I'd like to thank Madonna for her brilliant and inspiring work that has continually defied all odds and inspired people all over the world from all backgrounds and in countless ways. All hail the Queen of Pop.

Edit: April 18, 2014 - It's come to my attention that not everyone knows what "The Annunciation" is. For those people who don't get the pun, the Annunciation is when the archangel Gabriel came to Mary (Madonna) and told her she was knocked up and God was her baby daddy. Perhaps ironic that the true Annunciation never involved sex but the joke is the connection between Madonna and annunciating something great (her music to the masses) and so on and so forth.

 

Incantations (October 3, 2014)

Listen to the full album

01 Raudive's Intro
02 Danny Elfman - The Incantation (Michael Blackwell Edit)
03 Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning is the End is the Beginning
04 Dr. John - Season of the Witch
05 Fiona Apple - Sally's Song
06 Lauren O'Connell - House of the Rising Sun
07 Lana Del Rey - Once Upon a Dream
08 Fleetwood Mac - I'm So Afraid
09 The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs
10 The Tiger Lillies - Hipdeep Family Intro
11 Raudive's Interlude
12 Polyphonic Spree - Town Meeting Song
13 Bat for Lashes - What's a Girl to Do
14 Napoleon XIV - They're Coming to Take Me Away
15 Two Steps from Hell - The Black Cat's Perspective (Photos in Darkness)
16 Jocelyn Montgomery and David Lynch - Sapientie
17 Emily Browning - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
18 Delerium - Amongst the Ruins
19 John Debney - Come Little Children (Full Vocal)
20 The Tiger Lillies - Hipdeep Family
21 Raudive's Outro

 

10.1.14 - At last! It's here! A Halloween album from Piscean Records! I've been wanting to make one for a long time but there's such a lack of good songs that could possibly be used for an album like this. Oh sure there's Thriller, a few 50s and 60s songs like Monster Mash, and all those sorts of songs you've heard a million times growing up. But I wanted something different. I didn't want to just throw together a bunch of film scores and songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Rocky Horror and let that be that. Instead I wanted to get songs that weren't necessarily specifically Halloween-related but that still sort of evoked that kind of feeling. So after American Horror Story: Coven used House of the Rising Sun in their promotional trailer and Suckerpunch gave us Emily Browning's version of Sweet Dreams I felt I had enough to go on.

I do want to say something about the intro, interlude, and outro. Apparently there was this audio researcher who was a pioneer in EVP work and he developed a way to record the voices of the dead. Konstantin Raudive was his name and although he was largely discredited there were nevertheless the three occasions in early 1994 when he allegedly made these three phone calls to others who had taken up his work in the field. I have no idea if they're real or not, nor do I care, but those sound files are creepy as hell to me (though I wish the voice said something more spooky). And the reason why I included them is because something very similar happened to me personally when I was a kid. The voice on the line sounded exactly like this guy's voice and it gave me a dreadful case of the willies.

I'm also especially happy that I was able to ask someone on a Busch Gardens forum about Jocelyn Montgomery's Sapientie. The song was played at the park's How-O-Scream event at one of the haunted houses (Catacombs in France) and I had wondered what it was ever since. Fortunately someone knew and told me what it was. Oh and I'm sure some listeners will cringe at seeing a Marilyn Manson song but I think it's a good one. I did, however, use the instrumental version (aside from the refrain) to make it more palatable for those of a more sensitive audio taste. Really, the only thing I regret about this album is that I wasn't able to include some other songs that would have been great because I've already used them on other albums, songs like The End is the Beginning is the End and Shirley Manson's The Hunger, but oh well. Oh and you may have noticed The Hipdeep Family Intro is actually about receiving a Christmas card, but since it's all about death and calamity (as explained in the actual Hipdeep song) I decided it would suffice. Again, a lack of good Halloween songs has ever been the bane of this record. Anywho, hope you enjoy it! Happy Halloween!

Edit (5.5.16) - I've removed Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People (Instrumental Michael Blackwell Edit) because while I do love it and hello it's Marilyn Manson on a Halloween album I felt it didn't quite fit somehow. Plus I messed up the song a bit by putting the chorus on an instrumental version but had the timing wrong. Anywho, I also added Lana Del Rey's Once Upon a Dream because I've played it on the speakers for trick-or-treaters at Halloween for the past two years now and why not? If it's good enough for Pandora's Halloween channel why not this? Same for Smashing Pumpkins. I know I've used that song a billion times already and it's quite old now but on the other hand, fuck it. And lastly I added Delerium's Amongst the Ruins because I realized it was kind of eerie and spooky and I liked it.

Edit (5.18.17) - With thanks to the final episode of The Returned I discovered The Velvet Underground's Venus in Furs. While not strictly a "Halloween song" it's still kind of spooky, much like What's a Girl to Do?. But it *is* kickass. And plus it says something about costumes.

 

The Dragon of the Seasons Has Another Skin to Shed (November 1, 2014)

Listen to the full album

01 Angels in America Overture
02 Beirut - Scenic World
03 The White Stripes - We Are Gonna Be Friends
04 Sufjan Stevens - Holland
05 Bon Iver and St Vincent - Roslyn
06 Iron and Wine - Jezebel
07 Bowerbirds - In Our Talons
08 Fiona Apple - Hot Knife
09 Rufus Wainwright - Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (Live)
10 Beirut - Guyamas Sonora
11 Michael Cera - Ruth
12 Martha Wainwright - Bloody Motherfucking Asshole
13 Gary Jules - Mad world
14 Fiona Apple - Pale September
15 Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek
16 Sia - My Love
17 Iron and Wine - Upwards Over the Mountain

 

9.24.14 - My Autumn album! It's finally time to go walk in the woods at dusk and return home after dark for a cup of hot chocolate! - I wanted to do something for the fall season like what I've done with Winter/Solstice and the various springtime albums. And this is it! A sort of ode to the music that reminds me of previous Autumns. In the woods. In high school. Driving to college in September despite how much I hated it. The cold days in West Raleigh, Carrboro, etc...

The first title for the album that I had considered was "Too Late". That title came to me when I was trying to think of something that captured the bittersweet feeling of Autumn. Not the Autumn that's fun and has the feeling of the fair, Halloween, and being cozy but the sense of something ending. The end of summer and that happy, easy part of the year. If there was any unfinished business, a last summer romance, a procrastinated opportunity then by now, by Autumn, it's too late. I had a handful of other ideas but they were a little too on the nose, whereas "Too Late" is such a stinging and disappointed phrase, even desolate in its extreme. I guess the reason why I feel like this is because growing up the approach of Autumn always meant that vacation was over and that school was coming. And even when I left school and lived downtown and with various friends I somehow only seem to remember those cold mornings when I would wake up first before anyone else after a night of drinking and slip off into the pale day. It was always so quiet and sad. But anyways, the final title is a lyric from a song that I had written down and only just rediscovered. It's from a song called "Blood of the Moon" by a band named Woodland which Pandora suggested. I heard it and thought it was so breath-taking. I wish I'd thought of it. But I'll settle for paying homage to it by using it as a title here though. I did think that it might sound too summery but on the other hand it's long, a full sentence, which is something I never do and it's a title I'd expect an indie band to use, which again recalls my days drinking downtown with my indie friends and so there you are.

I also wanted to be sure to release this after Incantations because that album is specifically the "Halloween Album" where this one is meant for Autumn. Oh and I should mention that I love the cover art. It's a painting by Andrew Wyeth called "Winter 1946". The story of the painting is that the boy's father (Wyeth's own father) is just over the hill where his car stalled on a railroad and was hit by a train. The boy running down the hill suggests the feeling of falling into grief. I thought that a cover featuring a painting that told a story was appropriate since several of the songs on this album tell stories as well.

 

Sunstar 2016 (April 30, 2016)

Listen to the full album

01 BRNS - Electric Love
02 Gossip - Move in the Right Direction
03 David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack - Hey Mama
04 Faith Evans - Mesmerized (Freemasons Rremix)
05 Loreen - I'm in It with You
06 Kylie Minogue - All the Lovers
07 Sander van Doorn & Mayaeni - Nothing Inside
08 Eric Prydz - Generate
09 Erasure - Sacred (Chris Cox Remix)
10 Geri Halliwell - Ride It (Hex Hector 12" Mix)
11 Joseph Birdsong - Look Who's Laughing Now
12 The Chainsmokers ft. Daya - Don't Let Me Down (Bart's Bootleg)
13 Estelle - American Boy (Soul Seekerz Club Mix)
14 Da Buzz - Let Me Love You (Hex Hector Dezrok Radio Mix)
15 U.V.U.K. - Forever (Niklas Bergwall Extended Mix)
16 Gareth Emery feat Christina Novelli - Concrete Angel (John O'Callaghan Remix)
17 Full Tilt feat. Deirdre McLaughlin - Surrender (Sneijder Remix)

 

4.30.16 - Just in time for the TENTH anniversary of the first Sunstar album here's a FANTASTIC new record of some great dance music. Take THAT, Ministry of Sound! ...Oh my God I can't believe it's been ten fucking years. The goal with the Sunstars is to find music that my sister hasn't already heard that's also good. Unfortunately when a good song comes out it usually gets discovered and played everywhere. Social media, tv, movies, etc. So the challenge is to find music that's good and obscure. And scouring through countless songs really gives you an understanding of how much bad music there is out there. I mean there's only so many Summertime Sadnesses and Nobody Supposed to Be Heres. Anyways, this really is a great album and I love it. And there's a song from Geri!!! Giiinnnggggaaaaahhhhh!!! <3

 

* Albums made for Apryl
Albums made for Kelly
Albums made for Kristin

 

Songs of the Summer

Each year since 1997 I have chosen a
Song of the Summer. This is a song that
I discover that particular year
(regardless of when the song was
released) which reminds me of that year
and/or gains a special meaning for me.

1997 : The Rose - Bette Midler
1998 : Viva Forever - Spice Girls -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Sarah McLachlan - Adia
1999 : Lately - Divine
2000 : The Mummer's Dance - Loreena McKennitt -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Madonna - Take A Bow
2001 : Irish Angel - Jonny Lang -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: A*Teens - Firefly
2002 : Utopia - Alanis Morissette -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: A*Teens - Firefly ; Rufus Wainwright - The Greek Song
2003 : Destiny - Zero7 -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Zero 7 - Distractions
2004 : In Dreams - Edward Ross (Lord of the Rings Soundtrack) -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Usher - Burn ; The Cranberries - Zombie
2005 : The Fairy Dance (Empyrean Mix) - Peter Pan Original Soundtrack
2006 : Somersault - Zero7 -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Zazie - Un Point C'est Toi
2007 : Breathe Me - Sia -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Massive Attack - Teardrop
2008 : Day Too Soon - Sia
2009 : Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
2010 : My Love - Sia
2011 : Leaving for Paris No. 2 - Rufus Wainwright -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Madonna/William Orbit - Bubble Universe
2012 : Titanium - Sia -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Madonna - Falling Free
2013 : Virus - Bjork
2014 : Fear - Sarah McLachlan -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy ; Miley Cyrus - I Adore You ; Sia - Elastic Heart
2015 : Wash All Over Me - Madonna -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels ; Sia - Calinfornia Dreamin'
2016 : River - Bishop Briggs -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Beyonce - Sand Castles ; Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dosed
2017 : Black Water Lilies - Aurora -------------------------------------------------- RUNNER UP's: Bastille - Requiem for Blue Jeans