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{MIXTAPE} September 2011


Original artwork by Yolagringo

Disc One

1. Eww Yaboomake it fast
(taken from their 2011 release Yeah What? 7-inch)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. I Break Horses wired
(taken from their 2011 release Hearts)
4. Something Fierce afghani sands
(taken from their 2011 release Don’t Be So Cruel)
5. Oregon Bike Trails cayucas
(taken from his 2011 release High School Lover 7-inch)
6. Christine Owman the agreement
(taken from her 2011 release Throwing Knives)
7. The Weather Station everything i saw
(taken from her 2011 release All Of It Was Mine)
8. Y La Bamba fasting in san francisco
(taken from their 2010 release Lupon)
9. The Drums money
(taken from their 2011 release Portamento)
10. The Japanese War Effort summer sun skateboard
(taken from his 2011 release Surrender To Summer EP)
11. CSLSX keep on shining
(released as a digital single only)
12. Barn Owl turiya
(taken from their 2011 release Lost In The Glare)
13. Don Caballero haven’t lived afro pop
(taken from their 2000 release American Don)
14. Nursesfever dreams
(taken from their 2011 release Dracula)
15. Kitchen Table, Illinois don’t come back
(taken from their 2010 release West 67th Street EP)
16. Shirley Wahls because i love you
(taken from her 1967 release Because I Love You/I Don’t Know 7-inch)
17. Beirut the rip tide
(taken from their 2011 release The Rip Tide)
18. The Gifted Children the short sugar
(taken from their 2011 release The Portable Sun EP)
19. Treefight For Sunlight facing the sun (video)
(taken from their 2011 release Treefight For Sunlight)
20. Wugazighetto afterthought
(taken from the 2011 release 13 Chambers)
21. You Won’ttelevision
(taken from their 2011 release Skeptic Goodbye)
22. Palpitationin five years
(taken from their 2011 release I’m Absent, You’re Faraway)
23. COOLRUNNINGSthunderbirds
(taken from their 2011 release Dracula Is Only The Beginning)
24. Art Imperialbugs out of my mind
(taken from their 2011 release Surf Suburban EP)
25. The Deloreansintermission: thanks, y’all!
(taken from their 2011 release American Craze) (143MB)

Disc Two

1. Niki & The Dovethe fox
(taken from their 2011 release The Fox EP)
2. Civil Civic street trap
(taken from their 2011 release Lamington Drive)
3. Swans power and sacrifice
(taken from their 1991 release White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity)
4. Firs of Preywhat you say
(taken from the 2011 compilation Well, I Don’t See Why Not Vol. 3)
5. Chad Valley fast challenges
(taken from his 2011 release Equatorial Ultravox EP)
6. Kitchen Table, Illinoisking of the county
(taken from their 2011 release Possum In The Henhouse)
7. Blessed Feathers stinging nettle, honeysuckle
(taken from their 2011 release From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)
8. Shuteye Unison century m
(taken from their 2010 release Our Future Selves)
9. Guided By Voices big school
(taken from their 1993 release Static Airplane Jive EP)
10. The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library civil engineering
(taken from their 2011 release Volume One)
11. Shrag rabbit kids
(taken from their 2010 release Life! Death! Prizes!)
12. Oscar + Martinmy blood
(taken from their 2011 release For You)
13. Deirdre & Conor saturnday
(taken from the 2011 split release Capitol Limited EP)
14. Don Cavalli new hollywood babylon
(taken from his 2007 release Cryland)
15. The Tree Peoplethomas
(taken from their 1984 release Human Voices)
16. You Can’t Win, Charlie Brownover the sun, under the water
(taken from their 2011 release Chromatic)
17. Celebration shelter
(taken from their 2011 release Hello Paradise)
18. Lou Barlowgame of pricks
(taken from the 2011 compilation Sing For Your Meat: A Tribute To Guided By Voices)
19. Marmoset peace in the valley
(taken from their 1999 release Today It’s You)
20. Joasihnointerlude ii
(taken from his 2011 release You Say: Oh Well)
21. The Hidden Camerasboys of melody
(taken from their 2003 release The Smell Of Our Own)
22. The Townhousesasleep
(taken from their 2010 release Islands)
23. Nick Jainaawake when i’m sleeping
(taken from his 2011 release The Beanstalks That Have Brought Us Here Are Gone)
24. Silver Tonguesblack kite
(taken from their 2011 release Black Kite)
25. The Gifted Childrenparenthetical nashville blues
(taken from their 2011 release The Portable Sun EP) (162MB)


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Night Birds – The Other Side Of Darkness

There’s not much more to be said about Night Birds. Over the last couple years they’ve released a slew of 80’s inspired surf punk 7″s, and their debut album on Grave Mistake is more of the same. However, just because they are mining the same territory, doesn’t mean I can’t dig in there with ’em. I suppose instead of saying things like “Adolescents meets Agent Orange!” I can come up with new comparisons like “State of Alert meets Man Or Astro-Man?!” Heck, I might even be justified to name drop For Science, Pysched To Die, Hunchback, and the Ergs! since the band is comprised of members of those groups. But nay, I’ll attempt to be above such drivel. Time to delve in a little deeper and see if I can’t do an old-school follow-the-tracks review!

The album starts off with “Demon Haunted World,” a pummeling pile of hardcore, surf riffs, and a bit of melody that feels like the soundtrack to a punk rock nightmare. It shoots seamlessly into “Neon Gray” which is slightly more straightforward and catchy, and that leads us to “Born of Man and Woman,” which inspires even more of a dark-basement-sing-along. It’s a song from Mike H., and it’s reminiscent of old Hunchback went they leaned more toward memorable horror punk than towards straight up weird. The climax of catchiness concludes with “Landfill Land.” Perfectly simple (the kind of song you can hear once and shout and bounce along with before it’s even over), perfectly dreadful.

“One Eye” and the title track are both solid, but plateau at the “more 80s hardcore/surf” level. The instrumental “Day After Trinity” picks things up again, giving us more evidence of the band’s musical prowess. They play fast, hard, and leave no ounce of energy out of the performance. That might go without saying considering they charge through 13 tracks in 22 minutes, but I’ll include it just in case. I consider it a good sign when a band can rip through an album faster than I can type about it.

The second half of the album starts off with “Hoffman Lens” which again has all the cylinders of influences working overtime and “Sex Tape,” which surprisingly is the closest thing to a love song on the album. The speed (even compared to the rest of this adrenaline blast it’s moving) of “Failed Species” is impressive and captivating. They bring it to a slower chug with “Can’t Get Clean,” but end everything on the best notes possible with their old “hit” “Paranoid Times” and “Oblivious” which I’m sure will be their next one. Will this album end up on my year-end best-of list? My magic 8-Ball says “Of course, don’t be stupid.”


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{WAX ECSTATIC} The Japanese War Effort – Surrender To Summer 10″

The Japanese War EffortSurrender To Summer 10″ (Song, By Toad)

It would appear that the internet has had only a minimal effect on America’s isolationist attitude toward music. I know this for a fact because Edinburgh-based label Song, By Toad Records has not been featured on any American blogs I’m following. This is a shame – not only because I’ve enjoyed almost every release I’ve heard from the catalog (Meursault’s All Creatures Will Make Merry was my very favorite album of 2010) – but because SBT’s modus operandi is very much in tune with why I continue to do what I do with this website and record label. This undeserved lack of attention is why I decided to kick off a new BTID feature with one of the label’s most recent releases.

 The Japanese War Effort is not a collective of any sort nor does it have anything to do with Nippon’s nationalistic battle cry to arms – it’s merely a side project for Martin Moog (or James Scott, to his mother), one half of Glasgow’s electronic duo Conquering Animal Sound. Surrender To Summer clocks in at less than 15 minutes but Moog accomplishes quite the lot of hazy, pop pyrotechnics within that short span. Remember chillwave? ‘Pool Attendant’ has the same lo-fi recording approach deployed by the thousands of PBR-soaked post-graduates with samplers/synths/gadgets in their parents basements. The crystalline squall of noise opening Beach Buddies gave me a warm, fuzzy Washed Out/Houses vibe. However, Moog’s end result, while it can be tagged ‘bedroom electronica’, is comprised moreso of quirky substance and hypnotic grooves rather than geek chic and Barbary pants-on-too-tight dance offs. Lead-off track and, undoubtedly, one of my favorite singles of the year, Summer Sun Skateboard glides along on a bossa nova beat, stringy guitar basslines and a tasteful collage of electro-adornments. Moog’s vocals might be acquired taste for some though his accent isn’t nearly as thick as some of his fellow Scottish contemporaries. I like his style (a lot) and although he loves hip-hop and claims to not be able to rhyme himself out of a paper bag, I could see supporters of Why?, Emperor X or Dosh spooning this up right quick.

You can pick up the 10″ on the Song, By Toad website for a fair price (considering the int’l shipping!). As you can see, the record was pressed on eye-popping funfetti vinyl. A visit to TJWE’s Bandcamp will yield more pleasantries for those looking to hear more.

Summer Sun Skateboard

Yr Tanlines (Le Metrohead Version)


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{MIXTAPE} August 2011


Original artwork by Kale Ogle
(don’t pass up a free download of his Moon/Ruin project as well as a rad video for My Demons)

Disc One

1. Umecaptive
(taken from their 2011 release Phantoms)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. Shy Mirrors i’m not around
(taken from an upcoming 2011 release)
4. Piebald we believe in karma
(taken from their 1999 release If It Weren’t For Venetian Blinds, It Would Be Curtains For Us All)
5. Eleanor Friedberger i won’t fall apart on you tonight
(taken from her 2011 release Last Summer)
6. Iceage broken bone
(taken from their 2011 release New Brigade)
7. Obits you gotta lose
(taken from their 2011 release Moody, Standard and Poor)
8. Moon/Ruin cosmic w/o logic
(taken from his 2011 release Ocean EP)
9. Cults abducted
(taken from their 2011 release Cults)
10. Idaho the space between
(taken from their 2010 release You Were A Dick)
11. Beat Radio teenage anthems for the drunken boat
(taken from their 2011 release Teenage Anthems)
12. Turf War cheers to the year
(taken from their 2011 release Years Of Living Dangerously)
13. Piston Mahlathini & The Queens nomacala
(taken from the 2010 compilation Next Stop…Soweto Vol. 1-3)
14. Deirdre & Conor / Kitchen Table, Illinoislove in philadephia
(taken from an upcoming 2011 release)
15. Johnny Cash orange blossom special
(taken from his 1968 release At Folsom Prison)
16. Little Sur barbarosa
(taken from their 2011 release Little Sur EP)
17. Black Books green screen
(taken from their 2011 release Black Books EP)
18. Mount Kimbie would know
(taken from their 2010 release Crooks & Lovers)
19. Warm Weather the dance
(taken from their 2011 release Dances EP)
20. Brown Recluseimpressions of a city morning
(taken from their 2011 release Evening Tapestry)
21. The Jezabelsendless summer
(taken from their 2011 release Prisoner)
22. The Dirty Nil fuckin’ up young
(taken from their 2011 7″ release Fuckin’ Up Young)
23. Iróiusual pop line (populous remix)
(released as a digital single only)
24. Dinosaur Jr.thumb (live)
(taken from their 1991 release Whatever’s Cool With Me EP)
25. Gray Youngvermilion
(taken from their 2011 release Staysail)
26. Alexa Woodwardweary
(taken from her 2011 release It’s A Good Life Honey If You Don’t Grow Weary)
27. The Deloreansintermission: thanks, y’all!
(taken from their 2011 release American Craze) (167MB)

Disc Two

1. White Denimriver to consider
(taken from their 2011 release D)
2. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks tigers
(taken from their 2011 release Mirror Traffic)
3. Long Walks On The Beach literally crazy for you
(released as a digital single only)
4. Shady Blazeno fear
(taken from his 2011 release Distorted)
5. Touchy Mob nice place to crash my plane
(taken from his 2010 release No EP)
6. Kindercastlepale noon
(taken from their 2011 release Number B)
7. Boston Spaceships christmas girl
(taken from their 2011 release Let It Beard)
8. Sebadoh magnet’s coil
(taken from their 1994 release Bakesale)
9. Dum Dum Girls coming down
(taken from their 2011 release Only In Dreams)
10. Neverest Songs paper trumpets
(taken from his 2011 7″ release Paper Trumpets)
11. Dylan Trees victoryville
(released as a digital single only)
12. Pokey LaFarge & The South City Threehard times come and go
(taken from their 2010 release Riverboat Soul)
13. Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse valerie
(taken from his 2007 release Version)
14. Still Corners cuckoo
(taken from their 2011 release Creatures Of An Hour)
15. Cut Off Your Handshollowed out
(taken from their 2011 release Hollow)
16. EXITMUSIC the sea
(released as a digital single only)
17. Campfiresamelia
(taken from the 2011 V/A release Chicago Compilation)
18. The Kills future starts slow
(taken from their 2011 release Blood Pressures)
19. Tuurksbone orchard
(taken from their 2011 release Bisbee)
20. Super Furry Animals(drawing) rings around the world
(taken from their 2001 release Rings Around The World)
21. Alexa Woodward pale blue line
(taken from her 2011 release It’s A Good Life Honey If You Don’t Grow Weary)
22. The Points Northstone walls
(taken from their 2009 release I Saw Across The Sound)
23. Jenny Owen Youngsgreat big plans
(released as a digital single only)
24. Kids On A Crime Spreetrumpets of death
(taken from their 2011 release We Love You So Bad)
25. Apparat ash/black veil
(taken from their 2011 release The Devil’s Walk)
26. Loney, Dearmy heart
(taken from his 2011 release Hall Music)
27. Keith Freundthe ortzi
(taken from his 2011 release Constant Comments) (196MB)

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PREMIERE: Chef Menteur


The lads of Chef Menteur are asking for your help in funding their latest album, East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon, on vinyl via Kickstarter. I’ve written about CM before and featured their songs on monthly mixtapes. I first stumbled across their music when I bought a giant lot of ‘indie’ cd’s on eBay years back and this stuck out of the pile so I decided to tackle a review of it and I never looked back. In my opinion CM are one of the most unheralded pioneers of ambience in the past 10 years. Bandmember/multi-instrumentalist, Alec Vance, is also the curator of Backporch Revolution, a label and collective of musicians in the NOLA area specializing in the occult of experimental/psychedelic/unexplainable sounds . I’ve had first glimpse of the new album and it’s a massive, genre-busting supernova of sound. Taken from their Kickstarter page:

:::We wanted to make sure that when trying to release a classic double album, in all its monstrous glory, there were still no excess or throwaway tracks: Just as much time was spent whittling songs down as it was building them up. At least as many songs didn’t make it on the record as those that did in the interest of providing the most conceptually pure experience. This is an epic aural journey, containing songs for lovers of classic psychedelia, space-odyssey synth drones, Warp-records style electronica, krautrock and kosmische, doom drone, hints of early metal, folk-, math-rock and prog-rock sneaking in from time to time as well. “A symphony of space rock” one might even call it..:::

Their funding drive ends in 3 days so please help out with whatever you can – you shan’t be disappointed. If ever there were music meant to be immortalized on wax, this is it. I chipped in a cool 50, which earns you the double LP plus a test pressing, compliments of the sick United Pressing promo. Check out a track and video from East below as well as a few bonus songs from their 2 (outstanding) previous LP’s.

I Belong To This Plateau (from 2011’s East Of The Sun & West of The Moon)


I.E.D. (from 2008’s The Answer’s In Forgetting)

W.A.S.T.E. (from 2005’s We Await Silently Tristero’s Empire)

Chef MenteurIIl obstrue ma vue de Vénus



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{MIXTAPE} July 2011


Original artwork by Stephen Smith (stop by his first art show if you’re in the Roanoke area 7/22!)

Can you guys believe this is the 70th(!!) edition of the monthly mix here on BTID? To give you an idea of how long I’ve been doing this – a snapshot of the website after posting Vol. 14 & Vol. 33 & Vol. 43 (back when I was more of a ‘true blogger’). 8 years and counting! The first 18 mixes were actually hand-assembled, burned and mailed out to several of my closest musical allies!

This month marks a somewhat special occasion – I have begun mixing the old with the new, as evidenced by the inclusion of classics like Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Nick Lowe, etc. You’ll also see a hint of broadening ‘genre support’ (Apemen, The Ify Jerry Krusade, Oscar & Martin i.e.). In the beginning of the year I made a commitment to, not only sift through new releases, but relive classic albums as well as branch out into unexplored territories musically. I’m finding the majority of music blogs/websites have become a bit too narrow in their scope (intentionally or not) and I’d like to try and break free from that mold.

But really, thanks to all of you who have taken my opinions and advice to heart over the years. For as much as I love the music I feature – I’ve always had my loyal readers in mind when setting the imaginary deadlines that go along with posting these mixes. Enjoy and please do spread the word!

Disc One

1. Say Hi To Your Momnorthwestern girls
(taken from his 2008 release The Wishes and The Glitch)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah same mistake
(taken from their 2011 release Hysterical)
4. Joasihno von
(taken from their 2011 release We Say: ‘Oh Well’)
5. Nick Lowe american squirm
(taken from his 1979 release Labour Of Lust)
6. Yo La Tengo damage
(taken from their 1997 release I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One)
7. Wooden Shjips lazy bones
(taken from their 2011 release West)
8. Computer Magic electronic fences
(taken from their 2011 release Electronic Fences EP)
9. Hunx and His Punx keep away from johnny
(taken from their 2011 release Too Young To Love)
10. The Ify Jerry Krusade nwantinti/die die
(taken from the 2010 compilation The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970’s Nigeria)
11. Oscar & Martin chaine maile
(taken from their 2011 release For You)
12. Sonic Youth skip tracer
(taken from their 1995 release Washing Machine)
13. Male Bondingbones
(taken from their 2011 release Endless Now)
14. Sebastian Dangerfieldyou played your part, singer!
(taken from his 2011 release The Sound Of The Old Machines EP)
15. Lost Boy hemorrhages 1 & 2 / df’s mansion
(released as a digital single only)
16. Throwing Muses not too soon
(taken from their 1991 release The Real Ramona)
17. Dan Mangan oh fortune
(taken from his 2011 release Oh Fortune)
18. The Longwalls king of country
(taken from their 2011 release Careers In Science)
19. Ringo DeathStarr so high
(taken from their 2011 release Colour Trip)
20. Blood Diamondsgrins
(released as a digital single only)
21. Kid Icarusfigure b
(taken from their 2011 release American Ghosts)
21. Esmerinea dog river
(taken from their 2011 release La Lechuza)
22. The Deloreansintermission: thanks, y’all!
(taken from their 2011 release American Craze)

Download Zip File 133MB

Disc Two

1. Sluteveri can dream the rest away
(taken from their 2011 7″ release Pretend To Be Nice)
2. Jeff The Brotherhood bummer
(taken from their 2011 release We Are The Champions)
3. Saganism the information
(taken from his 2011 release Ode To Voyager)
4. Germany Germanytoo fast
(taken from their 2011 release Adventures)
5. The Apemen apes of spades
(taken from their 1993 release Surf’s Up)
6. Empress Hotelmach bach
(taken from their 2011 release Empress Hotel EP)
7. Paul Simon so beautiful or so what
(taken from his 2011 release So Beautiful Or So What)
8. Lily Of The Valley balloon
(taken from their 2011 release Aquatree)
9. Dreamers Of The Ghetto tether
(taken from their 2011 release Dreamers Of The Ghetto)
10. Young Buffalo catapilah (demo)
(taken from their 2011 release Young von Prettylips)
11. Flamin’ Groovies please please girl
(taken from their 1976 release Shake Some Action)
12. Say Hi To Your Momback before we were brittle
(taken from his 2008 release The Wishes and The Glitch)
13. The ACB’s be professional
(taken from their 2011 release Stona Rosa)
14. Centro-matic all the talkers
(taken from their 2011 release Candidate Waltz)
15. Fredstereoscope
(taken from their 2011 release Leaving My Empire)
16. Epic45 summer message
(taken from their 2011 release Weathering)
17. The Deloreansnon
(taken from their 2011 release American Craze)
18. Shop Assistants fixed grin
(taken from their 1986 release Shop Assistants)
19. Big Spider’s Backblack chow
(taken from his 2011 release Memory Man)
20. Frederik Teigeyou always tried to pull us down
(taken from his 2011 release Body God)
21. Suunsarena
(taken from their 2011 release Zeroes QC)
22. Le Daysi’ve got a masterplan, playing in my mind
(taken from their 2011 release Dead People On Tape)

Download Zip File 149MB

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