Mixtapes for Modern Life 


Songs To Wake Up To

By Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor


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Parts & Labor's new album, Constant Future, is due out on March 8, via Jagjaguar.


1. Liars - "Rose and Licorice"- Listen here
Beautiful Oneida cover from the Liars/Oneida 2002 split. Listen and be healed.

2. Albert Ayler - "Omega"- Listen here
Three minutes and twenty seconds of ecstatic horns and harpsichord. Harpsichord kinda nails the whole waking up thing.

3. Sunroof - "Machine"
Twinkling synths, bubbling drones, sunny chimes (BJ used this with an MP3 alarm clock for a while to fantastic results.)

4. Th' Faith Healers - "Sparklingly Chime"
Sweet, underrated, 90s shoegaze/kraut rock from the UK, emphasis on rock.

5. Can - "Future Days"- Listen here
Slow building, peaceful, classic, hugs.

6. Kemialliset Ystavat - "Kajastusmuseo" - Listen here
Playful Finnish psych experiments. Sounds like a brain starting to work.

7. Terry Riley - "A Rainbow in Curved Air"- Listen here
Mystical 60s electronic jams. 18+ minutes long. Possibly the perfect choice.

8. Chet Atkins - "Swedish Rhapsody" - Listen here
Try and have a bad morning. Seriously. Step out of bed into a puddle of cat puke. It's cool.

9. Godflesh - "Spite" - Listen here
90s industrial riff destruction. The day cowers before you.

10. Deerhoof - "This Magnificent Bird Will Rise" - Listen here
One of my favorite opening tracks of any record. Use it to start anything.

11. Rashid Ali and Frank Lowe - "Duo Exchange - Part 1"
WAAAAAKE UUUUUUUP!!!!!! WAKE UP!!! WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!!!!

12. James Brown - Any of the high speed instrumental interludes from Live at the Apollo
Well, or any of the rest of it.

13. Swans - "Half Life" - Listen here
Possibly the strongest recorded argument ever for just staying in bed. Ambition is senseless. Learn from Experience.

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