PFU’s Best of 2011

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USE: Examining/enjoying the past year by the music it inspired.

PFU #021 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 1]

  1. Felt Letters – 600,000 Bands
  2. YACHT – Shangri-la
  3. The Cars – Free
  4. Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes
  5. Kanye West & Jay-Z – That’s My Bitch
  6. Emily Bell – Back To The Way I Was
  7. Thee Oh Sees – Dead Energy
  8. Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band – Stay Away [Nirvana Cover]
  9. Miami Horror – Holidays
  10. The Black Lips – Modern Art
  11. The War on Drugs – Baby Missiles
  12. Chain & The Gang – Detroit Music [Pt. 1]
  13. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?
  14. Patton Oswalt – The Vestibule of Dreams
  15. DJ Shadow – Run For Your Life
  16. Justice – Newlands
  17. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  18. Wu-Tang & Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary [ft. GZA & U-God]
  19. Wire – Please Take
  20. SebastiAn – Tetra
  21. Telekinesis – Please Ask For Help
  22. Dirty Beaches – Sweet 17
  23. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Tiger
  24. Four Tet – Locked
  25. Jacuzzi Boys – Zeppelin
  26. David Lynch – Good Day Today
  27. Veronica Falls – Stephen
  28. Moon Boots – Gopher It
  29. The Generationals – Dirty Mister Dirty
  30. Young Hunting – Into Yr Mind
  31. King Krule – Bleak Bake
  32. Okay Colour! – (Caribbean) Dreams
  33. The Caretaker – All You Are Going To Want To Do Is Get Back There
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PFU #022 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 2]

  1. The Archers of Loaf – Web In Front
  2. Cut Copy – Need You Now
  3. Dom – Some Boys [ft. Emma]
  4. Dr. Dre – Kush [ft. Snoop Dogg & Akon]
  5. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Wrong Time Wrong Planet
  6. Kids At The Bar – Young Ones [ft. Glasnost]
  7. Gospel Music – Let’s Run
  8. Lykke Li – Jerome
  9. Modest Mouse – That’ll Be The Day [Buddy Holly Cover]
  10. Night Beats – Puppet On A String
  11. Nicolas Jaar – I Got A Woman
  12. My Morning Jacket – Victory Dance
  13. Big K.R.I.T. – Dreamin’
  14. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
  15. Real Estate – Barely Legal [Strokes Cover]
  16. Stornoway – Zorbing
  17. Thurston Moore – Benediction
  18. Tom Waits – Kiss Me
  19. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
  20. M.I.A. – 27 [Amy Winehouse Tribute]
  21. Washed Out – Soft
  22. Widowspeak – In The Pines
  23. Wu-Tang Clan – Only The Rugged Survive [ft. RZA]
  24. The Strange Boys – Me & You
  25. Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads!
  26. Cults – Never Saw The Point
  27. Chain & The Gang – Not Good Enough
  28. Paul Simon – Rewrite
  29. Wild Beasts – End Come Too Soon
  30. Youth Lagoon – July
  31. YACHT – Tripped and Fell in Love
  32. Yuck – Georgia
  33. Puro Instinct – Luv Goon
  34. Bosco Delrey – The Afterlife
  35. Charles Bradley – How Long?
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PFU #023 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 3]

  1. Little Dragon – Little Man
  2. Peaches – Turn It On [Franz Ferdinand Cover]
  3. Edwyn Collins – Come Tomorrow, Come Today
  4. Explosions in the Sky – Trembling Hands
  5. Fujiya & Miyagi – Yoyo
  6. The Generationals – Please Be It
  7. Guided By Voices – Chocolate Boy
  8. Holy Ghost! – Wait and See
  9. I Break Horses – Winter Beats
  10. Mikal Cronin – Apathy
  11. Night Beats – High Noon Blues
  12. Radiohead – Morning, Mr. Magpie
  13. Toro Y Moi – Still Sound [Glasnost Remix]
  14. Okay Colour! – Tropical Fleetwood
  15. Ty Segall – My Head Explodes
  16. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffriends
  17. Lana Del Ray – Video Games
  18. M83 – Midnight City
  19. Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita
  20. Kanye West & Jay-Z – Niggas In Paris
  21. Justice – On’n’On
  22. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Huzzah! [Remix] [ft. Despot, Das Racist, & El-P]
  23. Royal Headache – Wilson Street
  24. The Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself
  25. Thee Oh Sees – Chem-Farmer
  26. WU LYF – Dirt
  27. Wild Flag – Electric Band
  28. Phantogram – 16 Years
  29. Cat’s Eyes – Over You
  30. Toro Y Moi – I Can Get Love
  31. The Drums – Money
  32. Widowspeak – Fir Coat
  33. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
  34. Danny Brown – EWNESW
  35. Chairlift – Wrong Opinion
  36. Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’
  37. Johnny Falstaff – Honky Tonk Blood
  38. Marc Maron – Working Out Their Daddy Issues
  39. Marc Maron – “Stop Talking!”
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PFU #024 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 4]

  1. The Sounds – It’s So Easy
  2. Real Estate – Out of Tune
  3. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – New Whaling
  4. Motel Aviv – The Unknown
  5. YACHT – Paradise Engineering
  6. Youth Lagoon – Daydream
  7. Battles – My Machines [ft. Gary Numan]
  8. Washed Out – A Dedication
  9. The Rapture – In The Grace of Your Love
  10. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
  11. People Like Us – I’m Dreaming Too
  12. Phantogram – Don’t Move
  13. Quintron & Miss Pussycat – Ring The Alarm
  14. Andre Williams – My Time Will Come
  15. Anthony Jeselnik – Seduction
  16. Big K.R.I.T. – American Rapstar
  17. Bitch Perfect – Holiday in America
  18. Boris – Attention Please
  19. Beastie Boys – OK
  20. The Feelies – Nobody Knows
  21. Eleanor Friedberger – One Month Marathon
  22. Four Tet – Pinnacles
  23. Brian Lopez – Montjuic
  24. John Maus – The Crucifix
  25. Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever
  26. Major Lazer – Original Don
  27. Man Man – Spookie Jookie
  28. The Go! Team – Ready To Go Steady
  29. Adele – Rolling in the Deep
  30. Jacuzzi Boys – Los Angeles
  31. Veronica Falls – The Box
  32. The Antlers – Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
  33. Frank Ocean – Thinking About You
  34. The Roots – The OtherSide [ft. Greg Porn & Bilal Oliver]
  35. Candles of Paradise – In The Chapel
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PFU #025 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 5]

  1. The Caretaker – Libet’s Delay
  2. Christmas – Pyong
  3. Clams Casino – Natural
  4. Crystal Fighters – At Home
  5. Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best
  6. Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx – Nightcall
  7. Charlotte Gainsbourg – All The Rain
  8. Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean
  9. The Psychic Paramount – Isolated
  10. Katy B – Disappear
  11. The Strange Boys – Over the River and Through the Woulds
  12. J. Viewz – Salty Air
  13. Cat’s Eyes – Face in the Crowd
  14. David Lynch – Pinky’s Dream
  15. Vockah Redu – Lay Wit U [J-Dawg Mix]
  16. Adele – Rumour Has It
  17. Raphael Saadiq – Good Man
  18. Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa
  19. Lauren Wood – Summer Skin [ft. Haley and Abby]
  20. Austra – The Noise
  21. Southern Backtones – Forever
  22. TV on the Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness
  23. Wale – Chain Music
  24. Wilco – The Whole Love
  25. Lindsey Buckingham – Rock Away Blind
  26. Freddie Gibbs – Heaven Can Wait
  27. Ghostface Killah – Purified Thoughts [ft. GZA & Killah Priest]
  28. Girls – Vomit
  29. Tom Waits – Talking At The Same Time
  30. Toro Y Moi – New Beat
  31. Nerves Junior – Champagne & Peaches
  32. Night Beats – Ain’t Dumbo
  33. Radiohead – Little By Little [Caribou Remix]
  34. My Morning Jacket – Movin’ Away
  35. SebastiAn – Ross Ross Ross
  36. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Witchhunt Suite for World War III [9/11 10th Anniversary]
  37. Chain & The Gang – Music’s Not For Everyone

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SPECIAL GUEST CHRISTMAS MIX: PROXY’s HOLIDAY ARMAMENT VOL. 5

Proxy (ne Todd Buker) is amazing. He’s an electronic music dynamo, a crack designer, master digger of crates, acclaimed theater director, and all around winner. PFU has featured him on our Christmas mixes before mashing up Billie Jean and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on our very first mix.

Here’s another one of his exceptional creations.

He sent me his annual Christmas mix and I had to share it. The tracks are numbered on the files, so please sort the mix by track number and listen to this in order. It’s a Christmas Program of amazing (and family accessible) holiday music and extremely rare seasonal nuggets. This is a great mix.

PFU #G001 – PROXY’s HOLIDAY ARMAMENT VOL. 5 [2011]

  1. The Free Design & the USAF Dance Orchestra – The Now Sound of Christmas
  2. Broadcast – Winter Now
  3. Bela Lugosi – Snowkenstein
  4. Herman Apple – Let it Snow
  5. Baby Pac Man – Snowflakes & Frozen Lakes
  6. Mangus T. Cook – Snow Bunny
  7. Janette Eden – You Turn Me On (And Light Me Up)
  8. Jimmy McCracklin – Christmas Time [Pt. 1]
  9. Pattie Marie Joy – Space Age Santa Claus
  10. Ambassador Record Corp Ensemble – Donner & Blitzen
  11. Harvie June Van – Dasher
  12. Preston Penn – Little Pee Wee
  13. The Legend of the Monkey Santa Claus
  14. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Santa [Alt Version]
  15. Cordell Jackson – Rock N Roll Christmas
  16. Snowflakes [Pt. 1]
  17. Good King Wenceslas
  18. Larry Rivera – Menehune Santa
  19. Jimmy McGriff – The Christmas Song
  20. Ben Light and His Surf Club Boys – Christmas Balls
  21. Jimmy Jones and the Versatiles – Christmas is a Drag
  22. Sonny Boy Williamson – Christmas Morning Blues
  23. Mary Denise Cawley – The Day That Santa Cried
  24. J.J. Barnes – Snow Flake
  25. Mary White – Christmas Bells
  26. Jingle Bells [Live]
  27. Walter “Crybaby” Stone & the Tradewinds – Christmas Time Again
  28. Santa Claus, That’s the Signal
  29. Eric Idle – Fuck Christmas
  30. The Christmas Holidays are Over…and Reprise

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THE PFU CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: PT. 1 [2007]

Hello out there kiddos. In the lead up to this year’s Christmas mix I thought I would dig all of the previous mixes up and re-post them for all those who haven’t heard them. Some mixes are made for those who can enjoy some blue humor and wildly untraditional music, and other are designed to be played for the entire family (if anything just to avoid hearing our parents Michael Buble cd’s). Also, in the spirit of December fun I have included a couple Christmas “Stories” as well.

These mixes are made every year in an attempt to keep holiday music from being too dull or trite, but while still trying to maintain the Christmas aesthetic or “spirit”. Each year’s mixes have had their own particular feeling, but they have all still fit quite well into my season. I hope they are useful throughout your holidays, and I hope you find some happy surprises while listening.

Christmas is a raging cultural animal and most working American musicians have made their own interpretation of this time of year, be it religious, funny, heartbreaking, offensive, bizarre, or just amazing. Sorting through thousands of variations on the same root theme each year has become an annual sociological roller coaster that always leaves me feeling fulfilled and my December activites are better for it. I hope you feel the same. Enjoy the music & Happy Holidays.

ALSO, YOU CAN FIND US ON FACEBOOK NOW. WE ARE RELEASING OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. FIND US AND LIKE US: www.facebook.com/productionforuse

PFU #00: CHRISTMAS 2007

2007 TRACKLIST:

  1. NORAD – Santa Promotional Spot
  2. Sufjan Stevens – Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time!
  3. Ike & Tina Turner – Merry Christmas Baby
  4. Bey Ireland – All I Want For Christmas is A Go-Go Girl
  5. Jack Scott – There’s Trouble Brewin’
  6. Run DMC/Clarence Carter – Christmas In Hollis/Back Door Santa (Mix by DJ Riko)
  7. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – Let It Snow!
  8. The White Stripes – Candy Cane Children
  9. Unknown – Christmas Tumor
  10. Elvis Presley – Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
  11. Clyde Lasley & The Cadillac Baby Specials – Santa Came Home Drunk
  12. Johnny Cash – It’s Not Cool To Kill On Christmas
  13. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of The British Empire – Pete Townsend’s Christmas
  14. Marvin Gaye – Purple Snowflakes
  15. Pizzicato Five – Snowflakes
  16. Luna – Egg Nog
  17. Kay Martin & Her Bodyguards – Up Your Chimney
  18. The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song
  19. Proxy – Sugarplum Jeans
  20. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Skating
  21. The Manhattans – Alone On New Year’s Eve
  22. Loretta Lynn – I Won’t Decorate Your Christmas Tree
  23. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas
  24. The Maytals – Happy Christmas
  25. The Rolling Stones – Winter
  26. Starflyer 59 – I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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CHRISTMAS STORY:

William S. Burroughs & Kurt Cobain – The Priest They Called  Him (A Junkie’s Christmas)

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Welcome. This is my Music Blog. Since the prestigious Internet is so saturated with these things I had to select a concept that I thought was fitting considering what I have to offer. I wanted more than random 1-4 track leaks and I’m not suited to handle a dangerously hyper-focused (and wonderful) dorkout blog so I picked something that fit comfortably in the middle.

The aim of this blog is to give you a mix at least once every week. A small collection of songs with a central purpose, but not just a theme. I’ve found that 24 songs about water or visible panty lines don’t really have much of a practical use. The topic usually gets pretty tired by song 10 or 11, particularly without some sort of commentary. The mixes here will be soundtracks suited to real life situations so that when in those situations they (hopefully) will be a top notch companion. Each mix will fit onto a regular blank CD and occasionally will have printable artwork and track listings.

I’m starting with Christmas because I’m a Christmas freak and I thought there should be more mixes out there for people who probably hate most Christmas music. This is essentially a soft opening of the blog to work out any kinks, take suggestions on the format, and gear up for the first polished Production for Use mix in January. I’m including last year’s Christmas mix just to have some good kickoff swag. Download them both. I’ve added two Christmas stories this year. Enjoy the holiday music, please give me feedback or questions, and enjoy the end of 2008.

***ALL MIXES & STORIES HAVE BEEN REPOSTED WITH FRESH LINKS***

NOTE: I’m not trying to just give away songs. If ANY band does not want their work available through this blog, PLEASE tell me and I will repost the mix without it. Upon request I will provide ways to purchase any of the albums that these songs originally appear.  If you like these artists, buy their albums, and more importantly: Go to Their Shows and Buy Their Merchandise.

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PRODUCTION FOR USE MIX: #00/#000

USE: Enjoying the Holidays without enduring Mannheim Steamroller.

2008 TRACKLIST:

  1. Steve Carell – The Countdown
  2. The Soul Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul
  3. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire – Mistletoe
  4. Jacques Dutronc – La Fille Du Pere Noel
  5. Caribou – The Snow Capes
  6. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Santa
  7. The Fireflies – X-Mas Song
  8. Kay Martin & Her Bodygaurds – I Want A Casting Couch For Christmas
  9. Reuben Anderson – Christmas Time Again
  10. The Soulful Strings – Merry Christmas Baby
  11. Diplo – When Eggnog Goes Bad
  12. Mahalia Jackson – Christmas Comes To Us All Once A Year
  13. Ringo Starr – C’mon Christmas
  14. John Coltrane – Greensleeves
  15. Donny Burns – Cool Yule
  16. Daniele et Michele – L’hiver
  17. Margo Guryan – I Don’t Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
  18. Hot Lava – X-Mass Wii
  19. Chuck Berry – Merry Christmas Baby
  20. The Purse Snatchers – Christmas Lights
  21. Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra – It’s Christmas Time All Over The World
  22. Ernest Tubb – Happy Texas Christmas You All!
  23. The Walkmen – New Year’s Eve
  24. The Black On White Affair – Auld Lang Syne
  25. Donovan – New Year’s Resolutions

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CHRISTMAS STORY:

David Sedaris – Six to Eight Black Men

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2007 TRACKLIST:

  1. NORAD – Santa Promotional Spot
  2. Sufjan Stevens – Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time!
  3. Ike & Tina Turner – Merry Christmas Baby
  4. Bey Ireland – All I Want For Christmas is A Go-Go Girl
  5. Jack Scott – There’s Trouble Brewin’
  6. Run DMC/Clarence Carter – Christmas In Hollis/Back Door Santa (Mix by DJ Riko)
  7. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – Let It Snow!
  8. The White Stripes – Candy Cane Children
  9. Unknown – Christmas Tumor
  10. Elvis Presley – Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
  11. Clyde Lasley & The Cadillac Baby Specials – Santa Came Home Drunk
  12. Johnny Cash – It’s Not Cool To Kill On Christmas
  13. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of The British Empire – Pete Townsend’s Christmas
  14. Marvin Gaye – Purple Snowflakes
  15. Pizzicato Five – Snowflakes
  16. Luna – Egg Nog
  17. Kay Martin & Her Bodyguards – Up Your Chimney
  18. The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song
  19. Proxy – Sugarplum Jeans
  20. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Skating
  21. The Manhattans – Alone On New Year’s Eve
  22. Loretta Lynn – I Won’t Decorate Your Christmas Tree
  23. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas
  24. The Maytals – Happy Christmas
  25. The Rolling Stones – Winter
  26. Starflyer 59 – I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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CHRISTMAS STORY:

William S. Burroughs & Kurt Cobain – The Priest They Called  Him (A Junkie’s Christmas)

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