Some of you may recall that my pal Steve makes great mixtapes. They are essentially all I’ve been listening to in the car since moving to Alabama. Steve favors a good 50/50 mix of UK and US music—at least, he does on the mixes he sends me. From them I’ve discovered such now-beloved acts as The Incredible String Band, Vic Godard, Orange Juice, Pants Yell!, the Soft Pack, Comet Gain, and many many others.
Now, there’s a The Authentic Animal mix, full of cover songs, the taxidermy of the pop-music world. I’m listening to it now and you have to, too, now.