Thursday, November 01, 2007

NeffTunes MixTape October 2007: Gloomy Day Music

The other day, a friend at work told me she needed some music for the gloomy day we were having, so i put these tracks together.
01 - Either Way by Wilco
maybe the sun will shine today
02 - Ocean of Noise by Arcade Fire
a world of empty streets
03 - Ain't Gonna Rain Anymore by NickCave&TheBadSeeds
once there came a storm in the form of a girl
04 - The Past and Pending by The Shins
as someone sets light to the first fire of autumn
05 - Apartment Story by The National
sleep in our clothes and wait for winter to leave
06 - Cleanse Song by Bright Eyes
full of fever dreams that scare you sober
07 - I'll Be Around by Bobby Bare Jr's YCSL
when you need a warmth inside
08 - Open Doors by Josh Ritter
you don't see shadows on a cloudy day
09 - And It Rained All Night by Thom Yorke
the drops were the size of your hands and face
10 - It Covers the Hillside by Midlake
winter comes it sure is rough
11 - Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen
your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free
12 - The Bank and Trust by The Elected
the streets are full of snow, and the shops are closin' down
13 - Left and Leaving by The Weakerthans
the sidewalks are watching me think about you
14 - Let's Stay In by Bright Light Fever
we're gonna stay inside 'til it begins to rain
15 - Fine Day by Jawbreaker
fine day to sleep
16 - Plastic Jesus by The Flaming Lips
i don't care if it rains or freezes
=====Enjoy! :o]=====


kingpossum said...

Thanks neff for another great mix. The perfect soundtrack for a grey day here in Long Beach or wherever one may be.


Jason said...

I added your link.

gyeeker guy

Anonymous said...

The Leonard Cohen bit makes it ...


Anonymous said...

would like to download this..but the link does not work for me. :(

nffcnnr said...

Are you getting an error? i just checked it and it works okay. ??

Anonymous said...

re: the 11/16/2007 5:39 PM comment of non working link:


I'm another anonymous user ... and, as of 11/21/07, the link is working fine ...

(that one was for Neff ... )


Anonymous said...

BTW ...

Figured this the best place to ask ... and even though I'm a fan of your mixes I cannot help but wonder.

How come nobody from the music business (RIAA, etc.) complains about you making these tracks available?

And, of course ... it's not just your site that I sometimes peruse but other similar sites as well (Truesounds, etc.) ...

If I'm concerned about my own actions in downloading such content (although I'm not that acquainted with the law) ... I can't help but think it's much more risky to actively make such content available for download.

Can you comment on any of those thoughts? If so, I'd learn something from the reading I'm sure ...

Otherwise ... keep it up ...


nffcnnr said...

Anon 12/05,
i consider mixtapes to be "fair use" under the Copyright Act of 1976. i present these songs for review to my readers, and encourage them to support the artists by buying their records and merchandise and attending their shows. i do this as a free service to my readers and not for commercial gain, so i feel it's legit. i don't believe anyone's been sued for making or distributing a mixtape.
If i were uploading full albums, i would definitely be exposed to the legal wrath of the RIAA, and subject to shut down by Blogger for violations of TOS. Or if i accepted paid advertising on the awesome-o-meter, that would not only be in a legal grey area, but more importantly in my eyes, it wouldn't be conscionable. i love the bands i feature here and wouldn't feel right about making $ from their hard work. My hope is that i make more fans for the artists, while enlightening readers at the same time by providing them with fresh tunes. Plus it's fun.
Anyone else have thoughts on this?

Anonymous said...

Great comments ... thanks.

I'm very interested in this subject simply because I'm a big fan of music.

I've spent tens of thousands on CD's over the years but do occasionally download .mp3's from blogs and by searching open directories via google.

I always wonder ... will I hear a knock on the door or receive word from my ISP for downloading from's open directory? :-)

I too am a huge fan of making mix tapes/CD's ... generally I'll do about three a year ... usually about 23 tracks.

Anyway ... thanks for the insight ...

nffcnnr said...

Anon 12/09/2007 1:15 PM said, "I always wonder ... will I hear a knock on the door or receive word from my ISP for downloading from's open directory?"
Thoughts like this have crossed my mind plenty, but i think, Why would they target me? There are plenty of bigger fish to fry. And then again, why would they bully and intimidate people like this? *sigh*
Hopefully, the record companies will realize that digital music is here to stay and people will always share with their friends and online peers. And the smart ones will learn how to make $ from it, instead of losing $ from it. On that front, i read
this bit of news the other day. Is it the beginning of the end of the self-defeating RIAA as we know it? Stay tuned.

kingpossum said...

Hey neff, your comments and attitudes are spot-on. What the RIAA refuses to understand (or refuses to acknowledge that they understand) is that what you do promotes the artist, rather than undercuts them.

In fact, it could be argued that what you do is more conscionable (to use your astutely chosen word) than publishers using cover-mounted CD compilations to help sell their magazine: because those typically fall under promotional-use clauses in the artist contracts and thus no royalties are paid. Yet the publisher profits handsomely, in the name of promoting the artists.

Occasionally those cover-mount CD tracks are licensed and thus licensing fees are paid, but it's rare.

Keep up the great work.

BTW, is that Minneapolis on the cover of "Gloomy Day"?


kingpossum said...

Oops--I shoulda done the research first. That must be Dallas on the cover of Gloomy.


nffcnnr said...

Thanks for the comments. re: those cover-mounted compilation CDs on issues of CMJ, NME, Magnet, etc., have you noticed that the songs on the comps are from labels that advertise heavily in those publications? Funny how that works. Call it "periodical payola" ;o]

kingpossum said...

Hey neff,
The UK magazine Uncut does indeed pay the artists for use of their tracks on cover-mount CDs. The magazine belongs to a group called Respect Music, which renumerates artists for promotionally used tracks. The pub often includes tracks from unsigned artists, too, which is very cool.

Nonetheless, your efforts do the same thing that labels do by offering free tracks (which they often do on their websites)--expose the music as a tool to induce purchasing.

Rock on and have a great 08.

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