Various Artists - Six-Pork: Dad's Hick Mix, Vol. 6
Harold Budd and Brian Eno - Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror
(If you try clicking Six-Pork, you won't get anywhere. That's a mix CD I made my dad today for Father's Day, the sixth in a series of mixes I started making him about five years ago that feature old school country, alt-country, cow punk, roots rock and assorted rustic weirdness.
The first CD was called Too Much Pork: Dad's Hick Mix, name so after the Southern Culture on the Skids song "Too Much Pork for Just One Fork." That song in particular was a hit with everyone in my father's sphere of influence who heard it, so moving forward with subsequent mixes I decided to play off the word "pork" in the titles. Because, you know, pork is a funny word, especially when used as a verb, as in, "Last night I porked my girlfriend on the davenport for a change of pace." Pork. Huh huh.
I don't know if this is the best mix in the series — my wife described it as "more bacon-y than porky," which I interpreted as a creative way of saying she didn't like it — but I definitely put the most work into it, whittling down a shortlist of 111 songs to a crisp 23 for the final mix. I spent way too much time on it, but it's a labor of love. That partially explains why I didn't post anything today until 8 p.m.
Dad, if you're reading this, pretend you didn't. And watch the mail.)