Here’s a Fall present for you. Baa Mix 80. Julian! Lupe! Andrew! Cold War Kids! Theophilus! IT’S TOO MUCH GREATNESS. *Swoons*
If you’re going to listen to one song on here, let it be the spectacular musical chaos of “Where No Eagles Fly” because WOW. (Oh, and “Tribe”. For the love of God, listen to “Tribe.” That’s two. I know, I’m cheating.)
P.S. The video for “Where No Eagles Fly” is not so good, what with the fake blood and the creepy close-ups and the 80s effects. But the music is YES.
- Theophilus London/Jesse Boykins III—Tribe
- Wiz Khalifa—Promises
- Cold War Kids–First
- Julian Casablancas—Where No Eagles Fly (From about the halfway point on is basically one of the best things I’ve heard EVER EVER EVER IN MY LIFE.)
- In the Valley Below—Lover
- In the Valley Below—Dove Season
- Iggy Azalea—Walk the Line
- Broods—Mother and Father
- Bear’s Den—Above the Clouds of Pompeii (Warning: If you listen to this song closely, it might make you sad.)
- Mike Doughty—Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future
- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness—Cecilia and the Satellite (About his daughter, SO SWEET.)
- Lupe Fiasco/Jennifer Hudson—Remission (This song. Oh this song. Created for Stand Up to Cancer, so GO BUY IT. Original is great too.)
- The Zolas—Strange Girl
- The Zolas—Invisible (His Majesty Andre Remix)
- The Kooks—Bad Habit
- New Found Glory—Selfless
- Hands Like Houses—Introduced Species. (There’s a new remix out, but I prefer the orignal.)
After the disappointing (also, free) U2 album, I needed something to put my faith back in rock. Knew I could count on the Kooks. “Bad Habit.” P.S. This is a precursor to Baa Mix 80, which should be up later today or tomorrow.
Soul paces unsatisfied
Bound in this body.
Beats fists against the doubt.
Heart bucks, thrashes, fights
To cast off ties and tethers.
My head is loud. Loud with
Shadows that menace and
Drifting dunes of truth.
Below above inside outside always
A bass beat deep like war drums.
A storm that never quiets.
Huzzah for the music of late summer/fall! I still have my summer and spring mixes on heavy rotation, but the fall mix is starting to take over, just in time for Sept. The new mix is up on my music page. Favorites include Thousand Eyes, I Don’t Wanna Be Here and Shut In. I’m also very happy to add a song sung by fellow author and Fearless 15er David Arnold (The song is Kids of Appetite by Cinema Cycle)! Enjoy!
The fantastic Nerdist.com hosts an article and short video about my trip to Comic Con. We play “This or That?” and much geeking out occurs. Also Optimus Prime gives AN EMBER IN THE ASHES a thumbs up, which might be one of the greater moments of my life. Here’s the article: http://www.nerdist.com/2014/08/exclusive-an-ember-in-the-ashes-author-sabaa-tahir-at-sdcc/
And here’s the video! Enjoy!
If you, like me, have been listening to a lot of what Jack Black once deemed Old Sad Bastard* music, then here’s something to shake it up. “Let it Burn” by the Orwells.
*From “High Fidelity”, when Barry is trying to play his mix tape and Rob nixes it.
The cover for AN EMBER IN THE ASHES was revealed this morning on the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy Blog!!!!! Here’s the link to the reveal and the interview. Much appreciation to Penguin’s designer Emily Osborne, as well as design shop Art Machine. Their vision and skill and general radness led to this sick cover and I’m SO excited about it!