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26th-Sep-2007 11:07 am - Soundtrack: All Over the Musical Map — Finding New England; Part 2/6
Other sections of this soundtrack can be found in:

  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 1
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 3
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 4
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 5
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 6
Track listing is under the cut and, where appropriate, a brief description of what makes the song fit in the soundtrack. Download for Tracks 13 through 28 is at the end of listing.

Track 13, 'Skinhead on the MBTA (Live)' by the Dropkick Murphys, Track 23 'For Better or Worse' by Averi, and Track 26 'Soft Hand' by the Willard Grant Conspiracy has been uploaded to SaveFile for download, since Box.net won't let me upload these there due to size restriction. The rest of the tracks will be in the Box.net applet.

Please comment if you download...or even if you just feel like it.

25th-Sep-2007 09:03 am - All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England Part 1/6
A zillion years ago (read: earlier this year) I created a 70-song music mix that focused on New England artists or songs about New England. Part of it was put up on ElJay, but I never finished the whole thing.

I've decided to refresh this puppy and post everything. It's going to take a couple of days to pull it together. I hope you think it's worth listening to/downloading/keeping.

This part contains the first 12 tracks of the mix, thanks to Box.net's uploading limitations on free accounts.

Most of the soundtrack is uploaded to Box.net, so you can listen to the tracks before you download. Those files that were too large (and there are some tracks that are too large), I've uploaded to SaveFile .

As noted in this post, Box.net allows you to listen before you download. For instructions on how to do it, go here.

Just a little refresher: This is a soundtrack of songs about New England or artists from New England (the "from" is interpreted very broadly here). I ended up with something on the order of 70 songs, many of them from people you've actually heard about.

For a brief overview of New England's unique culture and heritage, here's a good overview from Wikipedia. Upon reading the page and confirming that it's all true — yeah, I guess I can see why the rest of the U.S. thinks we're a bunch of weirdos. I like to think that it isn't us who are weird so much as it's all of you.

We are, if nothing else, an arrogant lot. (I'm joking about that last part. Sort of.)

While it's true that when someone goes through the list of U.S. regions with a strong musical tradition, New England is not the first place anyone would pick. I'm very sure that the Mississippi Delta (Blues), Austin (Americana), Nashville (Music City U.S.A. for the Country set), Chicago (Jazz), Seattle (Grunge), Orlando (Boy Bands), L.A. (Metal and Rap), and New York City (Punk and Rap) would all be vying for a spot on the list.

New England, by contrast, wouldn't even see the list, let alone be on it. There really isn't a typical "New England" sound. Hell, there isn't even a typical Boston sound. Fair enough. But what New England lacks in a cohesive, identifiable musical style, it makes up for it in variety.

Other sections of this soundtrack can be found in (Links will be added as they go live):
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 2
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 3
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 4
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 5
  • All Over the Musical Map: Finding New England, Part 6
Track listing is under the cut and, where appropriate, a brief description of what makes the song fit in the soundtrack. You can listen to the tracks in the Box.net Applet located at the end of this post. You can then use the applet to download whatever tracks you like.

Please comment if you download...or even if you just feel like it.


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