Spring Mixing pt. Alex

Well here it is folks, the All Things Go Spring Mix (tape). Each one of us has picked five songs that have something to do with spring for them, or something like. I’m starting this off because I can and haven’t been able to contact Zack this afternoon noon. And… onwards!

So it’s finally spring here in DC. No more crappy weather and the ice cream man will finally come back to my neighborhood. To me spring means a lot of things, but primarily it’s the time when I get rid of my slow sad winter CDs and break out something a little more up beat and active. These songs aren’t particularly up beat or happy, but they have brought grins to my face in springs past and continue to add a spring (pun intended) to my step.

This Bike is a Pipe BombJack Johnson
This weekend I went up to visit Bard College with my dad. The drive there was great, but on the way home it was raining, freezing cold, and we witnessed three accidents. Despite the conditions, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb was on the stereo and neither of us could be happier listening to this blend of fast folk, rockabilly, and punk rock.

The PietastersOut All Night
Once upon a time I really really really liked ska. Now I’m not as crazy/stupid as I once was, but I sure do love The Pietasters. These guys put on a hell of a live show and it hard not dance and enjoy yourself while listening to their music. Alex Fact: The Pietasters are the only band I have seen over five times.

Pretty Girls Make GravesAll Medicated Geniuses
This song has everything I like: a sharp quick guitar, a catchy bass line, a lovely female voice, and maximum rocking. Bewarned this song will be stuck in your head for a long time, it’s been in mine since spring 2004.

MadcapYouth Explosion
I remember two years ago driving out to some obscure part of Pennslyvania, getting my assed handed to me in lacrosse, and then having to endure a long silent, stinky bus ride home. Thankfully this song came up at random on my ipod and I listened to it for the last hour of the ride, making me a Madcap fan and proving that the day wasn’t a total bust.

The Mighty Mightys BosstonesSomeday I suppose
I don’t care what you have to say about The Bosstones being a one hit wonder or shitty 3rd Wave ska band, they were the first band I ever loved and will always hold a special place in my heart. What’s more, their ska-core rocking is totally appropiate this time of year.

All done.

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