We have an obsession with creating playlist mixes that feature great songs about a specific subject, theme or other categorization. Over many years, we’ve amassed hundreds of these playlists, and update them regularly. Sunday is the day we take off from putting out new music in order to bring you all another one of our special.
But the original, and still existing, name for this series – The Sunday 25 Mix (aka, S-25), is admittedly not one of our best names we’ve come up with, so we are taking suggestions. The name for this weekly mix series needs to somehow convey the Sunday aspect as well as the fact that it’s a special series with a particular focus and not restricted to one genre or one era of music.
This week we chose 25 tracks from our huge “Time Travel” playlist, including tracks from Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Submarines, The Radio Dept., The Clash, The Smashing Pumpkins, and many others. This mix is the first volume of what will be a re-occuring playlist mix series over the next year or so. Currently, we have more than 300 ‘time travel’ songs, so it’ll take time to whittle them down into 25 tracks per volume.
We are sure that there are plenty of great ‘time travel’ themed songs that are not included in this volume. In that case, it means they’ll be published in subsequent volumes in this series, or that we don’t have such and such a song (but probably did at one time). Somehow believing that Apple hard drives were indestructible, we failed to back up hundreds of playlists that had been in on-going development over the years.
One day last fall, we turned on the Mac to just a blue screen. Slowly but surely we were convinced that the hard drive was indeed fried. That broken hard drive is sitting in a box as we try to figure out if it’s worth hundreds and hundreds of dollars to try and do data recovery just to see what playlists can be salvaged.
So, in many ways, we had to start from scratch. It was a traumatic loss but we only have ourselves to blame for not backing them all up to an independent external hard drive. A loss like that you never really get over, especially when you know that you had so many amazing playlists that constituted probably hundreds of hours of organizing, updating, and reviewing songs and their appropriate playlist home. Lesson learned the VERY hard way.
That said, we hope you dig this first volume of the Time Travel Playlists series. Don’t forget to make your own lists in the Comments section because it’s very possible they’ll be included in subsequent future volumes of the Time Travel Playlists series.
“Oh What A Night (December 1963)” – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1976)
“Class of 2000” – Amida from Arts & Crafts EP (2004)
“1940” (The Submarines) – The Morning Benders from split tour only single (2009)
“1993” – The Great Nostalgic from Hope We Live Like We Promised (2011)
“August 12, 1992” – John Blaze from Introductions EP (2010)
“1983” – Pelle Carlberg from The Lilac Time (2008)