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Sara’s Trash Hat: Mixtape 2

This looks suspiciously regular, being the second week in a row that I’ve posted my musical journey for 2019. But I promise, it’s completely sporadic. (Story behind “Sara’s Trash Hat” below.)

Sara’s Trash Hat: Mixtape 2 on Spotify— 12 songs

1 Move Your Feet, Junior Senior — From the cool “docu-narrative,” Skate Kitchen on Hulu, featuring the real all-female Skate Kitchen skate crew.

From the NYT review, “Older New Yorkers often wax nostalgic about places that were important to them and are gone, and grouse that the city doesn’t have the same “magic” that it used to. This movie is a useful reminder that each subsequent generation of New York children gets the city’s magic where they find it. “Skate Kitchen” is a depiction of a particular kind of hangout freedom that’s at its most beautiful when it’s nearly languid, as characters sit on tar-beach rooftops taking in the city at twilight, or navigate street corners on their boards in relaxed arcing motions. Many of its moments perfectly capture the delight and dread of a summer in the city at an age when you may think you’re invincible, in spite of all the everyday defeats life may be handing you.”

2 Young, Dumb and Broke, Khalid — Skate Kitchen

3 Vitamin C, Can — A friend of mine posted it to Facebook with, “They’re playing Vitamin C by Can at this bar. I’m in a movie written by me.”

4 Run Rabbit Run, The Paris Buns — I saw this singer’s flyer this week on a light post on the chilly Lower East Side. “Will Sisskind and his group of imaginary (and sometimes real) friends. Will has a blue guitar and plays folk rock. Thank you.”

5 Push Gently — The Paris Buns

6 Darkening of the Light, Concrete Blonde — I had never really listened to Concrete Blonde, but got inspired by Grant Reynold’s new comic art on Spiralbound.

“As Dream 6, they released an eponymous EP in France on the Happy Hermit label in 1983. When they signed with I.R.S. Records in 1986, label-mate Michael Stipe suggested the name Concrete Blonde,[2] describing the contrast between their hard rock music and introspective lyrics.” — Wikipedia

7 The Sky is a Poisonous Garden — Concrete Blonde

This is the drawing of the child’s umbrella left in my WeWork that I drew the first time I listened to Bloodletting (not to outdo Grant Reynold).

8 The Hounds of Winter, Sting — How is there a Sting song I’ve never heard? Inspired by friend/filmmaker @armour1 who realized he was really into Sting after he posted photos of the first mixtape he ever made (2000) on Facebook.

9 Bent, Matchbox Twenty — Ian’s mixtape

10 Northwest, College Radio — They tweeted it at me and I liked it.

11 Applause, Tiny Moving Parts — An artist I follow on Instagram @MerryDanger is vaguely subversive and super clever, so I went creeping on their account to see if they were a full-time artist. I was on the B41 bus and it was too hot and someone smelled like Citronella. I couldn’t tell re: Merry Danger, but they had some dealings with EAR Electronics of St. Paul, which handcrafts guitar pedals. EAR in turn did some work for Tiny Moving Parts, according to a post from November.

12 Caution — Tiny Moving Parts

The Legend of Sara’s Trash Hat

First — SO, I HAD THIS HAT. It was a winter cap with the logo for my wife’s whiskey distillery on it, and it was so pretty. Her boss is really good at swag, and he only ordered a few.

I wore it to a drink and draw at The Way Station (a local bar) a month ago, and couldn’t find it when I walked out. It was packed in there, so I called them the next day. The bartender didn’t see it.

We live a 30-minute bus ride from The Way Station, but to put that distance into perspective, the bar has a Tardis for a bathroom, and every store our Brooklyn street sells two kinds of yucca root.

Walking out of our Stop and Shop after buying groceries the other night, Rachel and I passed a lady looking at her phone by the Redbox, like waiting for her mom to finish shopping, WEARING MY HAT.

(Identity concealed to protect the innocent, the lucky finder of my cap.)

In the Facebook comments for the above post, this took place:

Or a great name for an album.