Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ethno-memorial-musico...: Mike Pace's "Ben... The Last Mix"

Mike Pace's first mixtape was "Ben Blattburg Looks Just Like Jesus Christ." So it's only fitting that the last has some reference:

If you can't read that, it says "Ben = Jesus." The other side is blank, but we don't come to the mixtapes for the packaging. (Packaging just makes it all better.) We come for the music.

Side A:
  1. Avail, "Tuesday"
  2. Lifetime, "Rodeo Clown"
  3. J. Church, "No Surprise"
  4. Blink, "Apple Shampoo"
  5. Clockwise, "She Was"
  6. Rocket from the Crypt, "Ball Lightning"
  7. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Rascal King:
  8. The Suicide Machines, "So Long"
  9. Less Than Jake, "How's My Driving?"
  10. Plow United, "Plow II"
  11. Jawbreaker, "Bad Scene"
  12. Archers of Loaf, "Greatest of All Time"
  13. Frank Black, "Headache"
  14. Man or Astroman?, "Transmissions from Venus"
  15. NWA, "Automobile"
  16. Fall Victim, "3rd Movement"
  17. Willis, "Harvey Keitel"

Side B:

  1. Snapcase, "Caboose"
  2. By the Grace of God, "Fissures"
  3. Bad Brains, "Rock for Light"
  4. Snuff, "Martin"
  5. NOFX, "Last Caress"
  6. Ten Foot Pole, "My Wall"
  7. Downset, "Empower"
  8. 108, "Solitary"
  9. Silent Majority, "Polar Bear Club"
  10. Texas is the Reason, "Back and to the Left"
  11. Face to Face, "You Lied"
  12. Mephiskapheles, "Bad John"
  13. Public Enemy, "911 is a Joke"
  14. Orange 9mm, "Glistening"
  15. Christie Front Drive, "Field"
  16. Gorilla Biscuits, "Time Flies"
  17. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Toxic Toast"

So there's a lot here that might sound familiar from other mixtapes, like Texas is the Reason's "Back and to the Left"; others that might sound familiar just because you're culturally aware, like Public Enemy and NWA; and at least one that you probably never heard of, unless you went to my high school--and even then, you might not remember Willis. Willis was a friend's band and whenever I want to hear Jay Travis growl "Harvey Keitel," I know where to find it.

(I can't remember exactly, but Willis was either the later name of, the later form of, or the replacement for their earlier band, Ketchup Enema.)

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