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{MIXTAPE} June 2011


Artwork by the world-renowned, Stephen Smith

This month’s offering ended up being quite robust at 60 tracks but I assure you there are no duds here. Plus, I do what I want. You will start seeing a steady drop-off in quantity (QUANTITY I SAID) over the next few months as I continue to work on a few projects of which I will formally announce soon. I’ve also been committed to spending more time with my favorites and exploring classic albums that I’ve passed up over the years. This only means that future mixes will probably include older tracks among all the new stuff I’m digging. I’ve slowly come to the realization that I am plowing through so much new music that I’ve not only become one-dimensional but I’m not executing sufficient due diligence as a music blogger/writer. This in no way, shape or form implies that I am all jaded with the current music scene. In fact, it’s the exact opposite…as evidenced by the magnitude of this mix.

Disc One

1. Cold Cavethe great pan is dead
(taken from their 2011 release Cherish The Light Years)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. Fishboy adrian simmons
(taken from their 2011 release Classic Creeps)
4. Reading Rainbow always on my mind
(taken from their 2010 release Prism Eyes)
5. The History Of Apple Pie tug
(released as a digital single only)
6. Kid Icarus bicycle spokes
(taken from their 2011 release American Ghosts)
7. Jesu sedatives
(taken from their 2011 release Ascension)
8. Black Moth Super Rainbow forever heavy
(taken from their 2007 release Dandelion Gum)
9. Norweigan Arms jitterbug
(released as a digital single only)
10. I Hate You Just Kidding my little dove
(taken from their 2010 release Untitled EP)
11. The Unsacred Hearts the honor bar
(taken from their 2011 release The Honor Bar EP)
12. Quadron pressure
(taken from their 2009 release Quadron)
13. Josh Roberts & The Hingessteady as we can
(taken from the 2011 compilation Scene SC 2011 Sampler)
14. Kids On A Crime Spreei don’t want to call you baby, baby
(taken from their 2011 release We Love You So Bad EP)
15. Bare Wires ready to go!
(taken from their 2011 release Don’t Ever Change 7″)
16. Monogold spirit or something
(taken from their 2011 release The Softest Glow)
17. Ishi pastel lights
(taken from their 2010 release Through The Trees)
18. Baths pop song
(taken from his 2011 release Pop Song/False B-Sides)
19. Young Man playtime
(taken from their 2010 release Boy)
20. Burning God Littlenotes on being snowblind
(released as a digital single only)
21. Sloanthe answer was you
(taken from their 2011 release The Double Cross)
22. Joel Plaskettwhen i go
(released as a digital single only)
23. Onrathe anthem
(taken from the 2007 release Chinoiseries)
24. Lowtry to sleep
(taken from their 2011 release C’Mon)
25. Laura Stevenson & The Cansmontauk monster
(taken from their 2011 release Sit/Resist)
26. Quiet Lightssimple mechanics
(taken from their 2011 release The Big Fear EP)
27. Anni Rossiland majestic
(taken from her 2010 release Heavy Meadow)
28. Spring Skierchelsea
(released as a digital single only)
29. Milagresglowing mouth (edit)
(taken from an upcoming 2011 release)
30. Faces On Filmunder newry
(taken from their 2011 release Some Weather)

Download Zip File 182MB

Disc Two

1. Crystal Stiltsshake the shackles
(taken from their 2011 release In Love With Oblivion)
2. Angela Aux smells like screen spirit
(released as a digital single only)
3. Sea Oleena island cottage
(taken from her 2010 release Sea Oleena EP)
4. Apex Manorunder the gun
(taken from their 2011 release The Year Of Magical Drinking)
5. Wax Idols all too human
(taken from their 2011 7″ release All Too Human)
6. The War On Drugsbaby missiles
(taken from their 2011 release Slave Ambient)
7. The Demos meet at night
(taken from their 2011 release Lovely)
8. Sharks common grounds
(taken from their 2011 release The Joys Of Living 2008-2010)
9. Blue Water White Death the end of sex
(taken from their 2010 release Blue Water White Death)
10. The Soft Moon out of time
(taken from their 2010 release The Soft Moon)
11. arrange medicine man
(taken from his 2011 release Plantation)
12. The Gifted Childrenthe disciples of languor
(taken from their 2011 release Montgomery Blue Ash EP)
13. Little Sur a fragile thing
(taken from their 2011 release Little Sur EP)
14. Akron/Family island
(taken from their 2011 release S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT)
15. Blithe Fieldcrushing
(taken from his 2011 release Two Hearted)
16. The Very Most congrizzle 4evzzz
(taken from their 2011 release EardrumsPop Digital Single)
17. FLLsince 19-something
(taken from their 2011 release Skipping Stones)
18. Graham Repulski mongrel pie
(taken from their 2011 release Into An Animal Together)
19. Black Booksthe big idea
(taken from their 2010 release An Introduction To EP)
20. Tim Cohendon’t give up
(taken from his 2011 release Magic Trick)
21. Dark Meanhappy banjo
(taken from their 2011 release Dark Mean)
22. Hospital Shipshoney please
(taken from their 2011 release Lonely Twin)
23. Northern Portraitlife returns to normal
(taken from their 2010 release Criminal Art Lovers)
24. Thao & Mirahhallelujah
(taken from their 2011 release Thao & Mirah)
25. Vacation Dad i’ll always find you
(taken from his 2011 release Nightmare Makeout)
26. Lykke Liparis blue
(taken from her 2010 release Get Some 7″)
27. Royal Bangsbad news, strange luck
(taken from their 2011 release Flux Outside)
28. Dreamendwhere you belong
(taken from their 2010 release So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite)
29. Long Walks On The Beachi didn’t want to make out
(released as a digital single only)
30. The Shiversso long woman
(taken from their 2011 release More)

Download Zip File 210MB


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{MIXTAPE} May 2011


Artwork by Thee Bloggar Pindar, Stephen Smith

Disc One

1. The Dodosblack night
(taken from their 2011 release No Color)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. Sad Accordions sacrificial chumpsucker diatribe
(taken from their 2011 release The Colors & The Kill)
4. Chad VanGaalen sara
(taken from his 2011 release Diaper Island)
5. Seekae gnor
(taken from their 2011 release +Dome)
6. Germany Germany just go (ft. steffaloo)
(taken from their 2011 release Adventures)
7. The High Wire odds and evens
(taken from their 2010 release The Sleep Tape)
8. Graham Repulski wire appeals
(taken from their 2011 release No Expectations EP)
9. Graham Repulski i’m love
(taken from their 2011 release My Dreams Have Arms EP)
10. Mussels don’t leave your coffee on the bar
(taken from their 2007 release Little Voices)
11. Maritime it’s casual
(taken from their 2011 release Human Hearts)
12. Yourself and The Air sick days
(taken from their 2011 release Who’s Who In The Zoo EP)
13. Tokyo Police Clubboots of danger (wait up) (daytrotter)
(taken from their 2010 Daytrotter Session)
14. Other Livesfor 12
(released as a digital single only)
15. MillionYoung calrissian
(taken from his 2011 release Replicants)
16. The Luyas cold canada
(taken from their 2011 release Too Beautiful To Work)
17. Starfucker mystery cloud
(taken from their 2011 release Reptilians)
18. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. morning thought
(taken from their 2011 release It’s A Corporate World)
19. Should slumberland
(taken from their 2011 release Like A Fire Without Sound)
20. Sharon Van Ettenlike a diamond
(released as a digital single only)

Download Zip File 113MB

Disc Two

1. tUnE-yArDsgangsta
(taken from her 2011 release w h o k i l l)
2. Marnie Stern roads? where we’re going we don’t need roads
(taken from her 2008 release This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That)
3. Generationals ten-twenty-ten
(taken from their 2011 release Actor-Caster)
4. Echo Lakesunday evening
(taken from their 2011 release Young Silence EP)
5. Eat Your Birthday Cake poor young werther
(taken from their 2011 release Enemies)
6. Code Pieoperator
(taken from their 2011 release Love Meets Rage)
7. Smug Brothers interior magnets
(taken from their 2011 release Fortune Rumors)
8. Natural Child hard workin’ man
(taken from their 2011 release 1971)
9. Bachelorette blanket
(taken from their 2011 release Bachelorette)
10. Crooked Fingers angelina
(taken from their 2003 release Red Devil Dawn)
11. P.O.S. low light low life
(taken from his 2009 release Never Better)
12. Class Actresslet me take you out
(taken from their 2010 release Journal of Ardency EP)
13. Get Help it’s only your head
(taken from their 2011 release The Good Green Earth)
14. The Lonely Forest we sing in time
(taken from their 2011 release Arrows)
15. Art Brutaxel rose
(taken from their 2011 release Brilliant! Tragic!)
16. The Joy Formidable cradle
(taken from their 2011 release The Big Roar)
17. The Warped 45’sgrampa carl
(taken from their 2011 release Matador Sunset)
18. Monster Movie bored beyond oblivion
(taken from their 2010 release Everyone Is A Ghost)
19. Youth Lagoonjuly
(taken from their 2011 release The Year Of Hibernation)
20. Henry Pedromidnight sun
(taken from his 1983 release Tender Loving)

Download Zip File 121MB

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Restorations – S/T LP (2011, Tiny Engines)

I had the chance to make it out to the Restorations record release party last month at Kungfu Necktie. I picked up the LP before the show even started, based solely off the 2 new songs available to stream at the time and the stamp of get-this-shit-now I gave to their previous 12″ on Paper + Plastick. Strange Behavior hinted at the band’s ability to seamlessly cross genres and Restorations sees these guys taking this skill a step further, into a sparsely occupied realm of unclassifiable post-everything-core centered around chiming to cascading guitars, lead singer Jon Loudon’s signature growl and unpredictable twists/turns/ups-downs. Case in point, I was a little caught off guard by the opening track’s dark-alley-crawl into a crescendo of fuck-yeah buzzing, space-guitar action. They also opened the show with this to très maximum effect. Again, you’d think a band with such a steep hardcore/punk-rock pedigree would stray from any sort of sing-along melodies but cuts like ‘Neighborhood Song’ and the anthemic closer ‘When You’re Older’ embed themselves into that certain sweet spot in your brain where great songs go to earn their keep. Don’t take that the wrong way – I’m not playing the aging-punks-write-pussy-mature-rock-album card (I’m probably older than any single member here…) – these guys can rip, on tape and live. If you pine for music with true staying power instead of the standard daily dose of band/song-of-the-moment, hype-machine bullshit then you could stand to set this on repeat to help wash away that excess. The LP can be had for a cool $13 – still available from Tiny Engines in classic black or clear with yellow swirl. Stream and/or purchase the digital version on their Bandcamp. As I write this I think the band is looking for a new practice space in the Fishtown area. If I weren’t renting I’d offer up my basement, considering my neighbor’s kids are as loud as jackhammers at all hours of the day and week.

Neighborhood Song

Val ‘d Or

Official video for When You’re Older

Nonlocality (acoustic) @ Grindcore House


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Closet Drama


Closet Drama sprung forth from the same TX scene that gave us Joe Jitsu (the new band sharing 2 members of the old band), and now lead singer/songwriter Charlie has, if I may be so presumptuous, finalized his vision. Not that Joe Jitsu were without merit, releasing at least 2 great albums and a superb EP over the course of 10 years, but where that band leaned one way (four-eyed pop punk) and then another (melancholic punk pop), and yet another (Brian Wilson “pure” pop) Closet Drama firmly has it’s sound and style on sure footing. Dream State is a confident declaration of a band that knows what it wants in the studio, and has the chops to deliver. The sheer enjoyment I get from the production is almost ridiculous. Since when do the harmonies and melodies (both top-notch here, natch) and lyrics take a back seat to guitar sound? With me, rarely. Another unlikely but welcome thing about the album is that all 11 tracks clock in over 3 minutes, many close to or over 4 minutes, and yet each song feels half as long. The sequencing makes the album flow so smoothly it’s a nice ride no matter the length. My favorite tune at the moment is the epic album closer, “Faux.” Although there’s a tiny bit of bite and speeds pushing the limits of what can actually be called “mid-tempo” for the most part this is good old crunchy pop. Fans of Lemonheads, the A/V Club, and regular visitors to the Power Pop Madness blog should seek this out post haste.


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{MIXTAPE} April 2011


Artwork courtesy of Jon Kraynak

Not only does today mark the unleashing of over 3 hours of new(ish) music on the April mix but, in case you are A.) blind or B.) reading this from an aggregator, you’ll have noticed a brand new BTID logo up above. A very special \m/(-_-)\m/ goes out to Jon Kraynak for not only putting said logo together for the site but providing artwork for this month’s mixtape. If you are in need of any illustrating or design don’t deny yourself his services.

Disc One

1. Lykke Li get some
(taken from her 2010 release Wounded Rhymes)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. Thao & Mirah eleven (feat. tUnE-yArDs)
(taken from their 2011 release Thao & Mirah)
4. Guitaro chateau 100
(taken from their 2010 release JJ’s Crystal Palace)
5. Restorations nonlocality
(taken from their 2011 release Restorations)
6. Mind Spiders no romance
(taken from their 2011 release Mind Spiders)
7. The Kills dna
(taken from their 2011 release Blood Pressures)
8. The Limiñanas af3458
(taken from their 2010 release The Limiñanas)
9. Cut Copy take me over
(taken from their 2011 release Zonoscope)
10. Idiot Glee don’t go out tonight
(taken from his 2011 7″ release Don’t Go Out Tonight)
11. Skeletons grandma
(taken from their 2011 release People)
12. Timber Timbre creep on creepin’ on
(taken from their 2011 release Creep On Creepin On)
13. Woodsmanbeat the heat
(taken from their 2011 release Rare Forms)
14. Meursaultflittin’ (demo)
(released as a digital single only)
15. William Fitzsimmons bird of winter prey
(taken from his 2011 release Gold In The Shadow)
16. Wye Oak two small deaths
(taken from their 2011 release Civilian)
17. Page France jesus
(taken from their 2005 release Hello, Dear Wind)
18. Norwegian Armsrun! ran! run! rah!
(taken from their 2011 release Trimming Of Hides EP)
19. Ringo DeathStarrdo it every time
(taken from their 2011 release Colour Trip)
20. Lowespecially me
(taken from their 2011 release C’Mon)
21. All Tiny Creatures an iris (feat. Justin Vernon)
(taken from their 2011 release Harbors)
22. Peter Bjorn and Johneyes
(taken from their 2011 release Gimme Some)
23. Dangerous Poniesi only wear my favorite clothes at home
(taken from their 2011 release Dangerous Ponies)
24. The Døstay (just a little bit more)
(taken from their 2008 release A Mouthful)
25. Archesthis isn’t a good night for walking
(taken from their 2011 release Wide Awake)

Download Zip File 163MB

Disc Two

1. Long Walks On The BeachmetaPhysical
(released as a digital single only)
2. Seryn we will all be changed
(taken from their 2011 release This Is Where We Are)
3. Telekinesis dirty thing
(taken from their 2011 release 12 Desperate Straight Lines)
4. BOATlandlocked (feat. John Roderick)
(taken from their 2011 release Dress Like Your Idols)
5. Austra lose it
(taken from their 2011 release Feel It Break)
6. Matthew Friedbergermeet me in miramas
(taken from his 2011 release Meet Me In Miramas)
7. Kelli Schaefer gone in love
(taken from her 2011 release Ghost Of The Beast)
8. AtletA evasión y victoria
(taken from their 2011 release Catedrales)
9. K-Conjog uno is walking
(released as a digital single only)
10. Lykke Li love out of lust
(taken from her 2011 release Wounded Rhymes)
11. Belong perfect life
(taken from their 2011 release Common Era)
12. Love Inksblackeye
(taken from their 2011 release E.S.P.)
13. unouomedude frequency
(released as a digital single only)
14. Five Eight your god is dead to me now
(taken from their 2011 release Your God Is Dead To Me Now)
15. Smith Westernsall die young
(taken from their 2011 release Dye It Blonde)
16. Kurt von Stetten our little boy
(taken from his 2006 release Birds & Clouds)
17. All Tiny Creaturesglass bubbles
(taken from their 2011 release Harbors)
18. The Lumineers flowers in your hair
(taken from their 2009 release The Lumineers EP)
19. Peter Bjorn and Johnlies
(taken from their 2011 release Gimme Some)
20. Hussaloniai now doth crazy go
(taken from his 2011 release Deep In A Donut Dream)
21. Page Francechariot
(taken from their 2005 release Hello, Dear Wind)
22. Banjo Or Freakoutgo ahead
(taken from his 2011 release Banjo Or Freakout)
23. A Grave With No Namestreams
(taken from their 2011 digital 7″ single release Streams/Feathers)
24. James Vincent McMorrowwe don’t eat
(taken from his 2011 release Early In The Morning)
25. Josh T. Pearsonsorry with a song
(taken from his 2011 release The Last of The Country Gentlemen)

Download Zip File 160MB

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William Fitzsimmons (and his beard…)

Tonight I’ll be finally getting around to seeing William Fitzsimmons at World Cafe. Will has a perfect songwriter’s background which includes being born to two blind parents and suffering from a variety of psychological struggles, most recently post-divorce depression. I’ve long been a fan of his heart-on-sleeve take on the soft-spoken folk genre (i.e. Iron & Wine/Elliott Smith though simpler) so seeing him upstairs at WCL should make for real treat and a much-needed change of pace as far as live shows go. (My ears are still ringing from the recent Joy Formidable gig…) His last few albums have been leaning towards a considerably more accessible sound (read: more Ben Gibbard or recent Jeremy Enigk than Sam Beam) but I feel compelled to at least see the beard him once. His latest, Gold In The Shadow, is seeing a vinyl release on April 16 (Record Store Day, posers) via the semi-giant Nettwerk and it’s easily his best since 2006’s Goodnight. Slow Runner is along for the ride and although I’m not at all familiar with their catalog I’ve heard some positive words spoken by others.

Bird Of Winter Prey (from 2011’s Gold In The Shadow)

Hold On With My Open Hands (from 2006’s Goodnight)


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