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We decided to throw together a few summer mixtapes for pumpin' in the car or beach blast partying. We love sharing mixes with friends, so if you're into that sorta thing, you can download them for free from Carpark's Soundcloud stream (https://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords).

So far we've only finished 1 of them. It's called "Drivin' On Nine" and it compiles a bunch of our favorite songwriters, bands and songs from Massachusetts (our state of origin).









1. Deluxx Folk Implosion “Daddy Never Understood”
Still unsure whether this was written by Bob Fay or Lou Barlow, or if it was collaborative. (There are two versions with each of them singing).

2. Swirlies “Pancake”
Darl got to see one of their reunion shows. The rest of us are "wicked jelly," and praying for more Swirlies reunions at some point in the near future.

3. Big Bear “Song 16”
We're unsure if they're still making music, but they had (at least 2) releases on Joyful Noise in the late 2000's.

4. Come “Secret Number”
Fulfilling Sadie's strong desire to somehow incorporate Chris Brokaw into the mix. (His other band Codeine is NYC-based.)

5. Heatmiser “Busted Lip”
Despite Elliott Smith’s heavy associations with NYC, LA and Portland, he also formed Heatmiser while attending school at Hampshire.

6. Drop Nineteens “Winona”
From the days when Boston's surprisingly prolific shoegaze scene had a shot at multiple appearances on 120 Minutes.

7. Sneeze “Dark Elf”
8. Grass Is Green “Somebody’s Something”

These ended up in sequence by happy accident. Both songs were pulled from two of 2012's best: Sneeze's I'm Going To Kill Myself (soon receiving a vinyl release) and Grass Is Green's immortal Ronson LP.

9. Sebadoh “Punching Myself in the Face Repeatedly, Publicly”
We opted for this instead of the solo Jason Loewenstein jam "I'm a Shit," and as a consequence Lou Barlow makes his second appearance in the Drivin' On Nine mixtape. No complaints here.

10. The Gutters “Lobotomy”
Experimental Western Mass band from the early 90s. All their stuff is nearly impossible to find, and apparently even The Gutters themselves had trouble searching. Ted from Feeding Tube might have some of their stuff in his vast archives, but he was away while we were putting this together, and so we ended up pulling "Lobotomy" from Youtube. (And even that was hard to find.)

11. Blake Babies “Girl in a Box”
When I was 13, a friend taped this song from a lower-dial station and dubbed it onto a mixtape for me. And ever since I’ve inserted it into just about every mix that I give to anyone. I didn't realize it was Juliana Hatfield's band until years later.

12. Bell Biv Devoe “Gangsta”
In the late 80s, New Edition's alumni became the leaders of the New Jack Swing era. "Gangsta" unfortunately marked the end of this period, with Bell Biv Devoe's valiant attempt at a post-Chronic update proving far less successful than "Poison."

13. Helium “Pat’s Trick”
We had considered a few deeper cuts, but I felt compelled to push for this jam. Along with "Gangsta," this makes a nice 2-in-a-row for videos that were on Beavis & Butthead.

14. The Cars “My Best Friend’s Girl”
From one of those rare albums where almost every song is a single. (I'm partial to the Benjamin Orr stuff like "Bye Bye Love.")

15. Morphine “I’m Free Now”
As it turns out, this album was recorded by none other than the great Paul Q. Kolderie, who also hugely and graciously assisted us with the "Taylor Swift" single last year.

16. Wicked Farleys “Fitchburg, MA”
There's an "album version" of this song also, but instead we went with the slightly grittier version from the Ken Theory 7-inch.

17. The Barbarians “Moulty”
From the Nuggets comp, it was either gonna be this or something from The Remains (the only Mass band to tour with The Beatles). Instead, we chose "Moulty" for 3 key reasons:
#1 Moulty was the drummer with a pirate hook for a hand.
#2 They were from Cape Cod, which explains his accent perfectly matching various Kennedys.
#3 The Barbarians didn't actually play on this song, but instead the members of The Band (Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, etc) were hired as session musicians. (Weird trivia.)

18. Cave In “Moral Eclipse”
Token metalcore. We had to. Darl sez: "Cave In was a big band for me when I first went to college, and was one of the first heavier bands I listened to. They were an important influence for a band I had with some friends at the time."

19. Spore “Number One”
Swirlies' contemporaries, and deserving of just as much credit.

20. Jonathan Richman “Twilight in Boston”
Matt sez: "My friend and I had a somber hangout the night of the Boston bombing and put on 'Twilight in Boston,' which is why I wanted to include it as the closer."

We realized it would have been impossible to cover every crevice of such a wide music scene within 20 songs. Here's a few that missed the final cut:

1982 “Up Every Night”
Converge “Forsaken”
Elliott Smith “High Times”
Fat History Month “Old Lady Smokers”
Galaxie 500 “Fourth of July”
Grass is Green “Greenville”
Jason Loewenstein “I’m a Shit”
Krill “Piranha Girl”
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch “Music for the People”
Mission of Burma “Academy Fight Song”
Pile "Big Web"
Powerman 5000 “When Worlds Collide”
Sunburned Hand of the Man "Fire Escape"
The Lemonheads “Rudderless”
The Modern Lovers “Fly into the Mystery”
The Remains “Don’t Look Back”
Thurston Moore "Frozen Gtr."