{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)

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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)

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Record Store Day ’11

RSD’11 – This year I ended up taking a 4-pronged approach to the still-relevant Record Store Day celebrations. This past Wednesday I took a trip to Fishtown’s very own Milk Crate Cafe, who announced the grand opening of their bargain bin basement. Most of these titles consisted of the 80’s rock and jazz, both of which I care little for. However, I did manage to score some nice finds upstairs and downstairs:

The Chamelons UKStrange Times (2LP version – MEGA-BONUS!) $5
FranklinGo Kid Go LP (classic local Philly emo-core band from the mid-90’s) $5
R.E.M.Document LP (long overdue) $5
TyvekTyvek LP (garage punk weirdos kinda like Titus Andronicus or Times New Viking on the legendary Siltbreeze label) $5
Nick LoweLabour Of Lust LP (also long overdue) $5
Hüsker DüNew Day Rising LP (arguably my favorite HD album and one of my top 10 fave albums of the 80’s altogether) $10 (VG+)
Saturday Looks Good To MeFill Up The Room LP (one of the most painfully underrated indie-pop bands in recent memory – TWO great songwriters in Fred Thomas & Chris Bathgate) $8

My mother was in town visiting this weekend so my official RSD trek was limited to one stop in hopes of A.) finding the few items I was looking for and B.) spending a little dough at a shop I don’t frequent very often, that being Repo Records. I scored the following (pictured above) but walked away without the repress of Matt Costa’s debut and the Piebald 3LP set (more on that later..):

Big StarThird LP (housed in magnetic tape box with replica music sheets and notes) $39.99 (FYI I did not win one of the 5 test pressing *sad face*)
tUnE-yArDsw h o k i l l LP (I’ve only heard the first single off of this (‘Bizness’) though after watching footage of some of these songs being played live I have no doubts that this will be one of my faves of 2011) $13
The Joy Formidable – Whirring 7″ (after their debut EP and seeing them live I’d buy a can of botulized creamed corn off them) $6
CreepoidHorse Heaven LP (thus far, one of my favorite local albums of 2011 and it keeps getting better with each listen – sad I missed their show @ Main Street Music in Manayunk…of all places)

I showed up at Repo at 10:45 and the doors were already busted open and a line of 30 or so people had formed so my immediate assumption that Piebald and Matt Costa would not be had was correct. The good news is that I found the Piebald release on eBay – sold for a cool $25 by the actual record label (love you, Rise Records) to prevent post-RSD ‘scalping’. A.K.A. Music will be special ordering the Costa LP.

The celebration continued on Sunday when my lady friend and I decided to check out the virtually-unknown Long In The Tooth (no website!) down by 21st & Walnut. A few short-winded reviews on Yelp claimed this place to be ‘off the beaten path’, ‘a treasure trove of gems’ and ‘overseen by a pissy shopkeeper’. Two of these were true – the owner’s main gripe consisted of the lone record-shopping common courtesy – if you flip through records with one hand you’re more likely to bend the edges and degrade the vinyl/jacket/sleeve. There are signs everywhere throughout the store to remind you of this. But man, a treasure trove indeed. I brought my girlfriend along thinking there would be a few crates of Kansas/Jethro Tull/Fleetwood Mac records but I was dead wrong. The used vinyl selection was equal to or even possibly greater than my favorite haunt, Princeton Record Exchange. The selection of used, new, 10″, 7″ records, movies and books/zines/memorabilia to browse through could easily take me an entire day to ingest but, out of respect for my g/f (who managed to pick up a few LP’s herself), I had to quit after the used LP section. LITT, hands down one of the most pleasurable experiences in recent memory and I’ll definitely be stopping back again as it’s literally two doors down from the Helium comedy club. Here’s the shortlist of what I walked away from here with:

ColourmusicF, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13 LP (popsicle orange vinyl) $8
Patsy ClineAlways LP (1964 Italian import) $10 (swoon)
Johnny CashEverybody Loves A Nut LP (his novelty, sing-a-along, not-quite-a-joke-not-quite-serious album) $5
Atom & His PackageMaking Love LP (blue vinyl) (love his package) $8
ThemFeaturing Van Morrison 2LP (1972 anthology in VG condition, shit my pants when I saw it for so cheap…) $20
Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinLet It Sway LP (peach vinyl) (the peachiness is sweet and Critical Drain is one of my favorite tracks from last year) $8
The PineLead Blocks For Feet LP (classic obscuro emo-core; muddled, frantic and essential!) $5(!)
VA – A Food Not Bombs Benefit LP (classic OOP hardcore/screamo/emo comp feat. Swing Kids, Franklin, Indian Summer etc. – sadly didn’t include the booklet) $8(!)
Film SchoolFission LP (this was recommended to me via Nada @ FWBA so I took a chance – 180g clear vinyl) $8
Elvis PresleyThe Sun Sessions LP (girlfriend’s squeeze) $10
Otis ReddingLive In Europe LP (girlfriend’s squeeze and I’m not complaining) $5
Bruce SpringsteenBorn In The U.S.A. LP (sure, why not) $4

It was a pretty good week for shopping that sent many worthy acquisitions to my shelves. I could probably live without the rat-race, Black Friday-esque trappings of the ‘holiday’ and the severe exclusivity of some releases but I still love the concept of Record Store Day and I hope to see y’all out and about next year.


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Special Monday Morning Tape – #97

Wolf Ram Hearthumming doves
(taken from their 2011 release Betrayal Of Hearts)
I Was Totally Destroying Itregulators
(taken from their 2011 release Preludes)
Code Pienorth side city view
(taken from their 2011 release Love Meets Rage)
Breathe Owl Breathemvp
(released as a digital single only)
Mount Moriahlament
(taken from their 2011 release Mount Moriah)
Ha Ha Tonkausual suspects
(taken from their 2011 release Death Of A Decade)
Cold Cavevillains of the moon
(taken from their 2011 release Cherish The Light Years)
The Rum Diarypyrrhic victory
(taken from their 2011 release Retrospective 2000-2007)
The Olympic Symphoniumsettle down
(taken from their 2011 release The City Won’t Have Time To Fight)
The Shiversused to be
(taken from their 2011 release More)
Sam Bayleaning pine
(taken from his 2011 release I Have A Fever)
Campaignold haunts
(taken from their 2011 release Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! EP)
Howe Gelb & A Band Of Gypsies4 door maverick
(taken from their 2011 release Alegrias)

Yellow OstrichWHALE (Big Ugly Yellow Couch Session)

YuckHoling Out

CreepoidGrave Blanket

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Mini-Beats – April 2011 – Edition 40

James BlakeJames Blake (2011, Atlas) ♥♥♥
-I’m not sure I understand what a dub-step is yet but as far as these ears can tell this is like Bon Iver without the log cabin, add a little piano and R&B; RIYL Antony & The Johnsons
Wye OakCivilian (2011, Merge) ♥♥♥½
-much like last year’s excellent stop-gap EP, this collection has its fair share of memorable moments recalling the halcyon days of 90’s indie-rock; RIYL Yo La Tengo, Versus
The DopaminesExpect The Worst (2010, Paper + Plastick) ♥♥♥½
-I can’t say I’m up on my pop-punk as much as I was, say, 10 years ago but I don’t need to be covered in ink and pierced in every crack to know well enough that Expect The Worst’s final results are much more clever and catchier than its competition-
Peter Bjorn & JohnGimme Some (2011, Columbia) ♥♥♥♥
-forgive PB&J for lacking what some writers are calling ‘depth’ and instead scaling back to the basics centered around penning ultra-catchy, finger-snappin’ pop anthems for a stiff indie scene that could definitely stand to lighten the hell up already….; RIYL Say Hi To Your Mom, Vampire Weekend, Supergrass
Chain & The GangMusic’s Not For Everyone (2011, K) ♥♥½
-we’d all love to have NoU back to help make our daily lives worthwhile but that’s not gonna happen and this continued foray into faux garage and kitsch isn’t going to help scratch your itch; it’s hard to take Ian’s social commentary seriously without a scream or pelvic thrust though I’m sure we can all agree that music’s not for everyone…-
Computer MagicSpectronic EP (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-one-woman, synth-pop project from Brooklyn (who the hell isn’t from BK these days…) with emphasis on precious melodies and songcraft…odd I haven’t seen Danz remixing others’ work…; get this and a few other of her EP’s gratis here
ALSOMusic Belongs In The Background (2011, self-released) ♥♥½
-mid-tempo alt-rock from LA that reaches for that ‘big’, dramatic sound but lacks that special something to make that sound their own; I was hoping for the inspiring diversity displayed on their unsung debut; RIYL The National (vocals), Elbow (music)-
William FitzsimmonsGold In The Shadow (2011, Nettwerk) ♥♥♥½
-those familiar with William (and his beard) will not be disappointed to know that not a whole lot has changed with his sound or approach since we last checked in; GITS is fundamentally his best record since 2006’s Goodnight; RIYL Postal Service, recent Jeremy Enigk, Iron & Wine
Walter MeegoWondervalley (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-a welcome combination of glam and synth-pop on the band’s sophomore release that would most likely appeal to MGMT and LCD Soundsystem fans; available as a free download here
Acid House KingsMusic Sounds Better With You (2011, Labrador) ♥♥♥♥
-Swedish twee pop royalty who can basically do no wrong return after 6 years to deliver another super-fun LP of feel-good, castanet-chattering, summertime hits; RIYL Belle and Sebastian, Hidden Cameras, Acid House Kings
Code PieLove Meets Rage (2011, Indiecater) ♥♥♥♥
-one can get the impression that Montreal is the Canadian equivalent of Brooklyn in that every time I check to see where a solid but unrecognized artist hails from…it’s Montreal; the band’s 3rd LP sees them combining elements from the first two albums like well-placed horns and muted ambience and adding even more depth (see the dirty blues homage on ‘Tunnel’ or the Afropop-influenced guitar on ‘Heart Spit’); RIYL Broken Social Scene, Anathallo
Tahiti 80The Past The Present And The Possible (2011, Human Sounds) ♥♥½
-French duo who have taken another 180 turn back to the weightless pop they received accolades for in the early part of their career; some moments were a little too airy and accessible for my personal tastes; RIYL Phoenix
RestorationsRestorations (2011, Tiny Engines) ♥♥♥
-see front-page review
RadioheadThe King Of Limbs (2011, XL) ♥♥♥
-this isn’t breaking any new ground like many glowing reviews elsewhere have hinted at nor is it bursting with diversity but it does make for a pleasant enough listen; I can see this having a more profound effect on vinyl or with headphones-
Owen TempleMountain Home (2011, El Paisano) ♥♥½
-Austin folkie who treads the fine line between Americana and cliche-ridden country; outside of the title track this didn’t too much for me-
Hurt ValleyTessara EP (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-hypnotic, underwater pop that shows signs of promise beyond this EP; RIYL Candy Claws
The Joy FormidableThe Big Roar (2011, Atlantic) ♥♥♥♥
-the JF’s quick jump to a major and more polished versions of my faves from last year’s ‘EP’ did little to dissuade me from loving every second of this intense, alt-rock powerhouse of a record; go see these songs live…they’ll hit even harder-
The StrokesAngles (2011, RCA) ♥♥♥½
-I mean, this is a Strokes album…ya got some winners (Under Cover, Taken For A Fool) and some losers (well, pretty much everything else); I didn’t see as much correlation between this and all the various side/solo projects that others have claimed to notice; BTW, is that Tom Petty on the third track?-
Josh T. PearsonLast Of The Country Gentlemen (2011, Mute) ♥♥♥♥
-former frontman for the short-lived but iconic Lift To Experience; whereas that project was dense and angelic this solo effort is a bare-bones approach to intimate folk touching on some pretty ignomious topics with sparse guitar and string accompaniment; I shouldn’t have listened to this while driving as I kept getting locked on Josh’s every word and next move; RIYL Bill Callahan, Jeff Buckley, Lift to Experience
The DodosNo Color (2011, Frenchkiss) ♥♥♥♥
-this is as close to the flagship Beware or Visitor albums as these fellas are gonna get; No Color is opened with and anchored by two of this year’s most unfuckwithable songs-
LemuriaPebble (2010, Bridge Nine) ♥♥♥
Pebble didn’t really come off as catchy-fun as their debut but it has far less embarrassing lyrical moments; regardless, this will appeal to anyone who misses Rainer Maria…-

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #96

Papercutsdo you really wanna know
(taken from their 2011 release Fading Parade)
Gray Youngvermilion
(taken from their 2011 release Staysail)
The Nationalthink you can wait (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
(taken from the 2011 Win Win OST)
Carpentermean things
(taken from their 2010 release Sea To Sky)
(taken from their 2011 release Human Hearts)
(taken from their 2011 release Big Blue)
Dangerous Poniesbumbershoot
(taken from their 2011 release Dangerous Ponies)
Cain Markoat sea in st. paul
(taken from their 2010 release At Sea EP)
El Obovrgn evl
(taken from his 2011 release Oxford Basement Collection)
Lowespecially me
(taken from their 2011 release C’mon)
Phil Cookballad of a hungry mother
(taken from his 2011 release Hungry Mother Blues)
Ladybug Transistorclutching stems
(taken from their 2011 release Clutching Stems)
Francois Peglauone minute to midnight dream (so sad)
(taken from his 2011 release The Imminent Failure Of Francois Peglau)
Something Fierceempty screens
(taken from their 2011 release Don’t Be So Cruel)

Cloud NothingsShould Have

Brown RecluseMirror Mansion

William FitzsimmonsThe Tide Pulls From The Moon

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FreeMP3 Update – April 2011

A couple times a month I intend to post a list of notable artists who have kindly offered their music to us for the low, low price of free (or willing donation). Although I don’t have nearly the amount of time to listen to everything given away here, I can assure you that I have at least sampled a few tracks from each to insure the integrity of the list. All artists links will be added to the mpFree list over in the sidebar for future reference with no guarantee that the music will still be available. Additionally, if you’re reading this and creating music that you’d like to pass along free to anyone willing to hear it please contact me and I’ll add you to the list. It’s very likely I won’t have the time to review your music but I can certainly point others towards it.

Party Photographers
Opsvik & Jennings
Treadmill Trackstar
VA – C44 Compilation (feat. Pandit, Ghost Animal, Coma Cinema, etc.)
Gypsy Treasures
VA – Failed Tribute Bands compilation (75 or Less Records)
VA – Snacky Tunes Vol. 1 (feat. Oberhofer, Surfer Blood Au Revoir Simone, etc.)
Benjamin Bear
VA – New Grenada Records SXSW Sampler
Divorce Party
Los Jardines de Bruselas
Phil Cook and His Feat (member of Megafaun)
Baby Teeth
VA – The Blue Indian Compilation Vol. 2
VA – Lujo Records Sampler (feat. A Lull, Pomegranates, etc.)
Collateral Soundtrack
Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots)
Mike Downey
Twin Library
Kalish, Nathan
Eureka Birds
VA – Midriff Records Sampler Vol. 2 (feat. The Beatings, Hands and Knees, etc.)
Falcon, Nicolas
Mozart’s Sister
Gorman, Mike
Horse Head
Polly Pockets
VA – Deep Heaven Now Vol. 3 compilation (feat. Asteroid #4, 28 Degrees Taurus, Autochrome, etc.)
VA – Danish Compilations (several comps featuring a variety of Danish artists spanning across many genres)
Echo Tongues
Love Cuts
Sun Mantra

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