It would seem an entire month has passed since I’ve last posted any words of significant importance. The end of summer turned out to be extremely busy for me. Somewhere in that span I took a vacation in Athens, GA – where I got to reunite with some old friends, eat a ton of great food, picked up a sweet pile of vinyl. I also had the pleasure of seeing Abbey Road Live! perform to support the Georgia Theatre (which sadly burned down recently while in the middle of renovations). The wheels of music and blogging continued to spin while I had been sidetracked so the good news is there are a lot of things to look forward to here on BTID in coming weeks. Next month will mark my 50th(!) mix anniversary so expect a fairly awesome presentation of some sort. We will also be releasing our latest netlabel release on Tuesday.
If you’ve been tuning in you noticed the super track from Tallest Trees kicking off this month’s mixtape. A little bit of investigation yielded a teaser EP of theirs made available for free download on their website. The band is currently working on a full-length and this will probably mean good things for all involved.
While on the subject of the October mix – Bandstand Busking has posted a video session of Sweden’s First Aid Kit. These crooning, Swedish sisters are about to boost themselves into indie stardom and I’m likely going to stay onboard. The girls were prepped to perform a few shows here in the states (NY, LA) but it appears they’ve run into visa issues. Thanks for keeping our country free of terror, Uncle Sam!
I’ve never been much for fashion or brand names or the like but Urban Outfitters has been ‘releasing’ a series of mixtapes that are dangerously in tune with my quest for melodies and harmony. You are able to directly download mixes 1-4. Mix #5 appears to be unavailable to download but OK to stream and #’s 6-7 require iTunes login for access. This might sound like a pain in the ass but, trust me, they’re well worth it. I’ve just discovered these mixes and several songs were featured on past BTID mixes. So it’s safe to say we’re like ‘this’.
Occasionally I like to promote new blogs/websites that make an impression on me. Many thanks to Weekly Tape Deck for bringing Small Estuaries to my attention. The two blogs have much in common, most notably the ability to introduce me to a healthy amount of worthwhile music I’ve never heard of. I also find both sites’ visual approach to be above-average. Welcome to my aggregator, Brian!
One of our favorite record labels, Park The Van, has made a fall sampler of their high-quality artists free for your downloading pleasure. Click on ‘Free Sampler’ then ‘Download Mix’ to secure the goods. Highlights include The Spinto Band, the super-awesome-hell-yeah Dr. Dog and Generationals. This more or less was released to coincide with the full-on label tour featuring the Spintos, Generationals and Pepi Ginsberg. Check the label’s Myspace page for dates. Also, consider purchasing some merch if you can’t make it to any of the shows – rumor has it the label has fallen onto hard times and is teetering on the edge. May I recommend the excellent Dr. Dog – We All Belong LP?
Yewknee has once again posted a mix themed specially for the Halloween season entitled Dark Despair (Undead Trespass). This is his 5th annual installement and I can, without hesitation, recommend all of them. Click the photos from this link to grab them all. BOO-yah!