Special Monday Morning Tape – #90

Dangerous Poniesi only wear my favourite clothes at home
(taken from their 2011 release Dangerous Ponies)
Okkervil Rivermermaid
(taken from their 2011 release I Am Very Far)
Micachu and The Shapeseverything
(taken from their 2011 release Chopped & Screwed)
Eksi Eksocarte de visite
(taken from their 2011 release Brown Shark, Red Lion)
The District Attorneyssweetheart all reckless and humble
(taken from their 2011 release Orders From…)
The Asteroid #4wicked wire
(taken from their 2011 release Hail To The Clear Figurines)
The Raveonettesforget that you’re young
(taken from their 2011 release Raven In The Grave)
La Resistanceisolation
(taken from their 2011 release Philosophy)
(taken from their 2011 release The Eyes Of The Fly)
Wolf Ram Heartviewgirls
(taken from their 2011 release Betrayal Of Hearts)
Cold Cavegreat pan is dead
(taken from their 2011 release Cherish The Light Years)
The Wilderness Of Manitobaorono park
(taken from their 2011 release Summer Fires EP)


Tennis – Pigeon

HOODED FANG – Mutant Bear

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{MIXTAPE} February 2011


Original artwork by the imitable Stephen Smith

Disc One

1. Way Yesgino
(taken from their 2010 release Walkability)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. Austra the beat and the pulse
(taken from their 2011 release Feel It Break)
4. Women’s Basketball indian lunch buffet
(taken from the 2011 compilation One Year Of Original Music From February Records)
5. Annabel the forgetting of names and faces
(taken from their 2010 7″ release Here We Are Tomorrow)
6. Hurt Valley i’m an avalanche
(taken from their 2011 release Tessara)
7. Peter Elkas cool thing to do
(taken from his 2011 release Repeat Offender)
8. Lucy Stone just a girl
(taken from her 2011 release Small Treasures EP)
9. Lia Ices daphne
(taken from her 2011 release Grown Unknown)
10. Restorations title track
(taken from their 2010 release Strange Behavior EP)
11. The Dopamines public domain
(taken from their 2010 release Expect The Worst)
12. Shy Mirrors reactors
(taken from his 2010 release Reactors EP)
13. Telekinesiscalling all doctors
(taken from their 2010 release Parallel Seismic Conspiracies)
14. Creepoiddream out
(taken from their 2011 release Horse Heaven)
15. The Red River apple valley
(taken from their 2010 release Little Song About The Big Picture)
16. Loney Dear loney blues
(taken from his upcoming 2011 full-length release)
17. Faust herbststimmung
(taken from their 2011 release Something Dirty)
18. The Cave Singersswim club
(taken from their 2011 release No Witch)
19. Early To Bedtil i arrive
(taken from their 2011 EardrumsPop Digital Single)
20. Class Actresscareful what you say
(taken from their 2010 release Journal Of Ardency EP)
21. Touchy Mob crooked lust (Bowerbirds cover)
(released as a digital single only)
22. Love In Octoberpaper heart
(taken from their 2011 release Love In October II)
23. The Deloreansbuffalo
(taken from their 2011 release American Craze)
24. Panditpack your bags
(taken from his 2011 release Eternity Spin)
25. The Gifted Childrenif the accident will
(taken from their 2011 release Fallacy Stilts EP)

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Disc Two

1. Shugo Tokumarurum hee
(taken from his 2010 release Port Entropy)
2. Hunx & His Punx lovers lane
(taken from their 2011 release Too Young To Be In Love)
3. Mind Spiders don’t let her go
(taken from their 2011 release Mind Spiders)
4. The KVBit’s too late
(taken from their 2011 BEKO Digital Single)
5. DeVotchKa all the sand in all the sea
(taken from their 2011 release 100 Lovers)
6. Apex Manorteenage blood
(taken from their 2011 release The Year Of Magical Drinking)
7. The Rural Alberta Advantage tornado ’87
(taken from their 2011 release Departing)
8. Akron/Family silly bears
(taken from their 2011 release S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT)
9. Christine Owman spelling words
(taken from her 2010 release Throwing Knives)
10. The Humms jesus lied
(taken from their 2010 release Lemonland)
11. J Mascis is it done
(taken from his 2011 release Several Shades Of Why)
12. Lia Icesgrown unknown
(taken from her 2011 release Grown Unknown)
13. Jon McKiel motion pictures
(taken from his 2011 release Confidence Lodge EP)
14. Southeast Engine ruthie
(taken from their 2011 release Canary)
15. The Backyard Committeeso long ago
(taken from their 2010 release The Backyard Committee)
16. Lifeguards paradise is not so bad
(taken from their 2011 release Waving At The Astronauts)
17. Early To Bedweathervane
(taken from their 2011 EardrumsPop Digital Single)
18. Eat Your Birthday Cake lightweight stars
(taken from their 2009 release I Know You Can)
19. The End Of Americafiona grace
(taken from their 2010 release Steep Bay)
20. Little Screamthe heron and the fox
(taken from her 2011 release The Golden Record)
21.  Cotton Jonesegg on a sea
(taken from their 2011 release Sit Beside Your Vegetables EP)
22. Far Concernplaytime
(taken from his 2011 EardrumsPop Digital Single)
23. Cat Matadorthe address
(taken from their 2010 release The Address EP)
24. Sarah Jaffetwo intangibles can’t be had (daytrotter)
(taken from her 2011 Daytrotter Session)
25. High Highsflowers bloom
(released as a digital single only)

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The Forms – Derealization EP

I have to say, I am wary when I hear about bands revisiting older material with plans on changing it up and re-releasing them. One of my favorite Arcade Fire songs was ruined that way. However, I can’t begrudge musicians from indulging in the practice; they probably live on taking their own songs and changing them up slightly to sound new and interesting. Otherwise, how mind-numbingly boring would it be to play the same songs exactly the same way all the time?

In this EP release, The Forms, with help from producer Scott Solter, take six previously released songs and not only change the speed, but change words and showcase new elements, most noticeably strings and guest vocals. The guest vocals come from collaborations with Matt Berninger from The National, Andrew Thiboldeaux from Pattern is Movement, and Craig Wedren from Shudder to Think. Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projector and Daniel Hart of St. Vincent lend support with the new string arrangement. I’m a huge sucker for strings so any addition of them is a good thing in my book.

I love this idea of collaborating with other musicians and letting them put a new spin on your material. That instead of sealing your creation up in a vault no one can touch, you are releasing it for others to work their hands over. Most of the new versions see a sped up approach, like the new take of ‘Knowledge in Hand’, here titled ‘Same Path Mantra’, which reminds me of how Pinback significantly speeds up their songs when playing them live. One setback with this is a slightly letdown feeling that the songs end too soon. Overall, I like the re-workings of these previously released songs. It illustrates how versatile musicians can be with their work.

Stand out track for me would have to be Matt Berninger’s take on ‘Red Gun’, here titled ‘Fire to the Ground’. His mellifluous croon coupled with the upbeat string arrangement gives a warmer, fuller tone to a favorite of mine.

Derealization Track List:
01. Fire to the Ground (feat. Matt Berninger)
02. Same Path Mantra
03. Steady Hand (feat. Andrew Thiboldeaux)
04. Alpha Wave
05. Finally (feat. Craig Wedren)
06. Derealization

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Mini-Beats – February 2011 – Edition 36

Sam HumansHeligoatsLive Free & Let Loose Split 10″ (2011, Greyday) ♥♥♥
-a formidable pairing of Sam Humans (formerly Modernstate) and the former singer for Troubled Hubble now rolling as Heligoats; Portland’s SH is locked into that darker, folkie sound much like recent Lou Barlow offerings while Heligoats are more interested in weaving largely amusing sing-song tales to great effect-
EmeraldsDoes It Look Like I’m Here (2010, Emego) ♥♥♥½
-warm, synth-heavy drone with a knack for slowly elevating one’s heartbeat to ‘pure excitement’ level; this would have been a much better suit for the Tron OST than the horrid job Daft Punk did; I recommend this but caveat audiens, at 64 minutes its a little overbearing-
TennisCape Dory (2011, Fat Possum) ♥♥♥♥
-I was hoping this didn’t stray from the alarmingly endearing Specter-pop they presented on all the ’10 singles; it’s a harmless, worry-free listening experience that also lacks the pretension of others currently mining this territory-
Cat MatadorThe Address EP (2011, Beard Museum) ♥♥♥½
-compelling dream-pop that resides on the darker (but not gloomy) side of the fence; the violin and multi-part harmonies are used to great effect here; RIYL Interpol, British Sea Power
DestroyerKaputt (2011, Merge) ♥♥♥½
-if there’s anyone who could turn loungey jazz into something worth listening to more than a few times through, it’s Dan Bejar; though the bulk of your attention should be paid to his storytelling prowess which is still on point and perhaps at an all-time high (see: ‘Suicide Demo For Kara Walker’ & ‘Song For America’)-
BraidsNative Speaker (2011, Kanine) ♥♥♥½
-one of the most anticipated releases of ’11 based solely off the few singles they’ve trickled out into the blogosphere; i’d file this under the hypnotic variety of chill-wave with elements of trip-hop and tropicalia but what seals the deal is Raphaelle’s otherworldly singing; RIYL Glasser, St. Vincent
The Cave SingersNo Witch (2011, Jagjaguwar) ♥♥♥
-there’s definitely a bluesier feel to this album not necessarily present on previous efforts and it bogs down the more impressive spiritually-energized folk like ‘Swim Club’ & ‘All Land Crabs and Divinity Ghosts’; RIYL Two Gallants, Blitzen Trapper
You Say Party! We Say Die!Hit The Floor! (2005, Sound Document) ♥♥
-my, how far they’ve come since this inessential debut; it’s full of energy but lacking in staying power and there’s even a few moments of embarrassing disco-pop…stick to the newer stuff-
CarpenterSea To Sky (2010, Paper + Plastick) ♥♥♥
-artists mining the melodic emo-core/punk formula have a tendency to find themselves on the wrong end of the cat-o-nine-tails more times than not critically but these Canucks occasionally rip with focused intensity, anthemic choruses and populist ideals…an EP’s worth of genre gold here; we seem to both share an affinity for John Cougar…; RIYL The Milwaukees, Hot Rod Circuit, Piebald
SalemKing Night (2010, IAMSOUND) ♥♥½
-there’s no doubting this trio has stumbled onto something unique but when the doom-heavy shards of synth overpower the matter-of-fact style of rapping its like chalk on chalkboard; call this ‘witch house’, ‘drag’ or ‘grave-wave’ or whatever you want….the favorable hype was misleading and unjustified-
The FormsDerealization EP (2011, Ernest Jenning Recording Co.) ♥♥♥
-a collection of older songs ‘derealized’ with guest spots from Matt of The National, Craig W. of Shudder To Think and Andrew from Pattern Is Movement; there was plenty of room to wiggle with these songs to begin with…however, I prefer the warm, consistent texture of The Forms‘ tracks realized; of note, this is being pressed on 12″ with the band’s debut, Icarus, on the B-side-
Dirty BeachesBadlands (2011, Zoo) ♥♥♥
-unabashedly lo-fi and bleak…as a RateYourMusic friend put it ‘Elvis is yelling at us from hell‘; at 26 minutes its the perfect length, any longer and I’d have to ‘go get my gun’-
The HummsLemonland (2010, Gypsy Farm) ♥♥♥♥
-primarily the brainchild of Georgia’s Zeke Sayer; when he’s not hammering out swampland rockabilly (an attempt to soundtrack the next season of True Blood?) he’s gently plucking lite psyche-folk numbers; hard to believe this is their debut LP as its so impressive and, gosh darn, it’s a hoot to boot-
DeVotchKa100 Lovers (2011, Anti) ♥♥♥♥
-I find I’m always holding everything new up to everything old in the DeVotchKa catalog and that’s a mistake….even a mediocre LP from this camp is better than 95% of whatever else you’ve been listening to; 100 Lovers sees Nick’s vocals more being up front and ubiquitous than ever and there’s even a folk-mariachi offering for those yearning for the diversity found on How It Ends
Shugo TokumaruPort Entropy (2010, Polyvinyl) ♥♥♥♥
-I couldn’t care less that I don’t understand a lick of what Shugo is on about (unfortunately I haven’t retained any bit of Japanese as a result of my stay in Nippon), this is exquisite tinker-toy pop with an abundance of melody and arrangements; was never hot for his earlier albums but I feel he’s at the apex of his songwriting career after this LP-
AgallochMarrow Of The Spirit (2010, Viva Hate) ♥♥♥½
-prompted to hear this as it landed on many reputable year-end lists and while it’s expansive and beautiful and informed by the halcyon days of black metal, it gets a little predictable and repetitive at times; that aside, I can see this appealing to fans of Envy or Godspeed! You Black Emperor
CakeShowroom Of Compassion (2011, Upbeat) ♥♥♥
-its as decent as it is irrelevant; the band haven’t changed their sound over the course of their entire existence and that would normally be OK if my personal tastes hadn’t gone through a massive transformation in the past ten or so years; if I were to pick a standout it would be ‘Sick Of You’-
TristenCharlatans At The Garden Gate (2011, American Myth) ♥♥♥½
-Nashville native following up on her stellar 3-song single from last year; her sound is not-so-country-not-so-pop songwriting with an emphasis on her voice not unlike a recent favorite of mine, Lissie
HeligoatsGoodnight Gracious (2010, Greyday) ♥♥♥
-old fans of the horrificly underrated Troubled Hubble will be pleased to know Chris Otepka is still cranking out albums under this, his solo moniker (though he’s since added a few bros to round out the band); Chris’ distinct, nasal vocals and the ability to pen engaging tales of everyday life and self-deprecation have led many to compare his music to the Mountain Goats, myself included-
The BeetsStay Home (2011, Captured Tracks) ♥♥
-I guess I should have expected to not like this after not even making it all the way through their latest Daytrotter session; it’s trashy, lo-fi songs that usually appeal to my indie rock roots but this album falls flat due to a lack of engaging songwriting and it even comes off as amateurish and unlistenable at times-
Signe TollefsenBaggage EP (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥
-Signe is a promising Dutch singer-songwriter with exceptional vocal range; this is a short EP of covers ranging from flaccid (‘No Thank You’) to memorable, a rendition of PJ Harvey’s ‘Down By The Water’ which stands up only because it’s such a powerful tune to begin with and a poignant version of Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’-
The Rural Alberta AdvantageDeparting (2011, Saddle Creek) ♥♥♥½
-the last RAA release topped my year-end list in ’09 and while Departing album still features some of the most important aspects of what I loved about Hometowns like Nils’ vox and Paul’s unpredictable drum beats, it seems to have been thinned down with less harmonizing and a terrible remake/version of ‘Barnes’ Yard’ (originally found on their Daytrotter session); it’s still worthwhile enough for you to hear-
Nana GrizolRuth (2010, Orange Twin) ♥♥½
-I felt a little let down considering this was reviewed positively by several reliable sources and it saw release on the indie-psyche-pop powerhouse, Orange Twin; the band struggled to climb out of its own cuteness at times which made it more difficult to get into the rambunctious or instrumental numbers; maybe I will have better luck with the debut…-
TalonsHollow Realm (2010, Big Scary Monsters) ♥♥♥♥
-I am all over this like flies on shit because they are all over what 65daysofstatic should have released instead of their turd of an album last year…; this is explosive, mathematical post-rock of the highest order-
Post HarborThey Can’t Hurt You If You Don’t Believe In Them (2010, Burning Building) ♥♥♥
-my reviews have been rather wordy lately but oddly enough this release came and went without much to say other than its ‘average’ and ‘pretty’ and one track uses the auto-tune ‘app’ to great effect-
The End Of AmericaSteep Bay (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-this seems somewhat out of place considering these 3 lads call NY, NY their home; Steep Bay recorded live in a cabin in the northern parts of the state (sound familiar) and the first 30 seconds will immediately make you think Elliott Smith but then the 3-part harmonies and banjos and mandolins kick in and it takes on a whole new (welcome) meaning; the band intends to travel to different regions of the US to record future albums and I’ll be riding along with them…-
MoondoggiesTidelands (2010, Hardly Art) ♥♥♥
-this is your basic Neil Young-inspired beardo rock that now finds itself up against a crowded genre of competition; its pleasant and palatable but I don’t think this has the staying power to help it remain in rotation-
White FenceWhite Fence (2010, Woodsist) ♥♥♥½
Darker My Love’s Tim Presley sure knows his way around a record collection…when’s he not ripping his way through Little Stevens-approved blues-garage numbers, he’s deconstructing psyche-pop songs and his tenor in The Fall shows glowingly on my favorite track, ‘Baxter Corner’-
Lonnie WalkerThese Times Old Times (2010, Terpsikhore) ♥♥♥½
-collective from Raleigh that brought to mind the type of hootin’ and hollerin’ Broken Family Band or Langhorne Slim has featured for years; the rowdy numbers are full of unbridled energy and clever wordplay but this album seems to suffer a bit when the pace slows up around halfway through-

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #89

Royal Bangsgrass helmet
(taken from their 2011 release Flux Outside)
The Hummsbuttermilk
(taken from their 2010 release Lemonland)
Vivian Girlsi heard you say
(taken from their 2011 release Share The Joy)
Matthew Sawyer and The Ghostsmyna birds call
(taken from their 2011 release How Snakes Eat)
Talonspeter pan
(taken from their 2010 release Hollow Realms)
Five Eightyour god is dead to me now
(taken from their 2011 release Your God Is Dead To Me Now)
The End Of Americafiona grace
(taken from their 2010 release Steep Bay)
(taken from their 2011 release Big Blue)
Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceshipwarm eyes
(taken from their 2011 release Hanga-Fang)
(taken from their 2011 release Outside)
Fleet Foxeshelplessness blues
(taken from their 2011 release Helplessness Blues)
Six Organs Of Admittancehold but let go
(taken from his 2011 release Asleep On The Floodplain)

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