November mix

Original artwork by the ever-so-altruistic Stephen Smith

Side A

A1. Shy Mirrorsone way rat
(taken from his 2010 release Reactors EP)
A2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
A3. Writer miss mermaid
(released as a digital single only)
A4. Kenseth Thibideau black hole
(taken from his 2010 release Repetition)
A5. Sailor & I where’s the love
(taken from their 2010 release John Franklin EP)
A6. Pomegranates 50’s
(taken from their 2010 release One Of Us)
A7. Arcade Fire empty room
(taken from their 2010 release The Suburbs)
A8. Ivan & Alyosha glorify
(taken from their 2011 release Fathers Be Kind EP)
A9. Lost In The Trees song for the painter
(taken from their 2010 Daytrotter Session)
A10. Shugo Tokumaru lahaha
(taken from his 2010 release Port Entropy)
A11. Matt Costa the season
(taken from his 2010 release Mobile Chateau)
A12. Tiny Fireflies snow
(taken from their 2010 EardrumsPop Digital Single)
A13. Glasser plane temp
(taken from her 2010 release Ring)

Side B

B1. Jesse Payne yards of paint
(taken from his 2010 release Nesting)
B2. Three Mile Pilot grey clouds
(taken from their 2010 release The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten)
B3. Yellow Ostrich whale
(taken from his 2010 release Wild Comfort)
B4. Boy & Bearblood to gold
(taken from their 2010 release With Emperor Antarctica EP)
B5. Dan Mangansold
(taken from his 2009 release Nice, Nice, Very Nice)
B6. Still Flyin’ good thing it’s a ghost town around here
(taken from their 2010 Daytrotter Session)
B7. Aqueduct past the point
(released as a digital single only)
B8. Hotel Mexicoits twinkle
(taken from their 2010 release His Jewelled Letter Box)
B9. Acid House Kingsare we lovers or are we friends?
(taken from their 2011 release Music Sounds Better Without You)
B10. Matthew & The Atlasi will remain
(taken from his 2010 release To The North EP)
B11. Laura Stevenson & The Cansnervous rex
(taken from her 2008 release A Record)
B12. Futurebirdsman with no knees
(taken from their 2010 release Hampton’s Lullaby)

Side C

C1. The Gifted Childrencome on, november
(taken from their 2010 release Autumn Ghosts EP)
C2. Geographer kites
(taken from his 2010 release Animal Shapes EP)
C3. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band messengers
(taken from their 2010 release Where The Messengers Meet)
C4. Heligoatsmoonsie daisie
(taken from their 2010 Daytrotter Session)
C5. Bikini acheerlaeder
(taken from their 2010 release RIPJDS EP)
C6. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsincritical drain
(taken from their 2010 release Let It Sway)
C7. Kid Icarus projection loop
(taken from their 2010 release Imaginary Songs & Aluminum Hits)
C8. Noiserv 06:00am – mr. carousel
(taken from his 2010 release A Day In The Day of Days EP)
C9. Young Mammals confetti
(taken from their 2010 release Carrots)
C10. Cotton Jones somehow to keep it going
(taken from their 2010 release Tall Hours In The Glowstream)
C11. Sufjan Stevens from the mouth of gabriel
(taken from his 2010 release All Delighted People)
C12. Dead Heart Bloomflash in a bottle
(taken from their 2008 release In Chains EP)
C13. Ezra Furman and The Harpoons take off your sunglasses
(taken from their 2008 release Inside The Human Body)

Side D

D1. Keep Shelly In Athens running out of you
(taken from their 2010 release In Love With Dusk EP)
D2. The Thermalspower lies
(taken from their 2010 release Personal Life)
D3. The Walkmen victory
(taken from their 2010 release Lisbon)
D4. The Joy Formidable ostrich
(taken from their 2009 release A Balloon Called Moaning)
D5. Zola Jesus lightsick
(taken from her 2010 release Stridulum II)
D6. Cataldofive years coming
(taken from their 2008 release Signal Flare)
D7. Pepper Rabbit babette!
(taken from their 2010 release Beauregard)
D8. Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Bandlos cuatro muleros
(taken from their 2010 release Anda Jaleo)
D9. Scattered Trees four days straight
(taken from their 2011 release Sympathy)
D10. U.S Royaltyequestrian
(taken from their 2011 release Mirrors)
D11. Karkwadors dans mon sang
(taken from their 2010 release Les chemins de verre)
D12. Papermoonscar lights
(taken from their 2008 release New Tales)
D13. The Wiggly Tendrilssong for nikolai and dmitri on the occasion of their 15th year
(released as a digital single only)

Download Zip Files: LP 1 & LP 2

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Mini-Beats – November 2010 – Edition 30

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam BandWhere The Messengers Meet (2010, Dead Oceans) ♥♥½
-i wasn’t particularly smitten with any of the sounds on here until the last few tracks…perhaps too late; oddly, this is the same exact feeling I had with their debut…shenanigans!-
GlasserRing (2010, True Panther) ♥♥♥♥
-the beautiful Cameron Mesirow has blessed us with her most celestial voice set to electronic ryhthms that will no doubt bounce and slink their way into your must-have year-end lists; her father happens to be a member of the Blue Man Group, for what it’s worth…-
StereofanYou Can’t Go Home Again (2007, Space Photo) ♥♥½
-Bloomington, IN husband/wife duo checks in with their sophomore release which, unfortunately, doesn’t do much to expound upon their folk-pop gem of a debut-
Kid IcarusImaginary Songs & Aluminum Hits (2010, Summersteps) ♥♥♥½
-see front page review
Cotton JonesTall Hours In The Glowstream (2010, Suicide Squeeze) ♥♥♥♥
-it seems like everything has finally fallen into place for Michael and Whitney after the terribly unimpressive Paranoid Cocoon; the warm, organic texture of the production propels this into a category of its own (Midwestern soul?); in the top ten for ’10, easily; RIYL Roseanne and Johnny, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Shy MirrorsReactors EP (2010, Thinking About The Needle) ♥♥♥♥
-do you ever find yourself wishing that Superchunk would record No Pocky For Kitty and On The Mouth over and over again? Meeee too!; the second release on No Love For Ned’s super-limited record label and every song is mixtape-worthy, no kidding-
Strand Of OaksPope Killdragon (2010, eMusic) ♥♥♥½
-mope-folk not unlike Will Johnson or Bill Callahan but with a little more to offer by way of diversity, loud/soft dynamics, lyric repetition, droning and even a few hints of stoner-rock allegiance-
Magic KidsMemphis (2010, True Panther) ♥♥♥
-infectious, good-times twee/indie-pop that thankfully clocks in at about a half hour; too much of this will rot your teeth out-
Sun AirwayNocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier (2010, Dead Oceans) ♥♥♥½
-i was surprised to see out of all the recent Animal Collective devotees that Sun Airway was signed to Dead Oceans but this debut of some older tracks re-recorded as well as a handful of new songs makes for a solid listening experience capable of inducing a dream-like state-
Ambience AffairPatterns EP (2010, Indiecater) ♥♥♥
-Scottish dream-pop that offers up a lot of potential; RIYL Wintersleep, Aarktica
Olan MillPine (2010, Serein) ♥♥♥
-delicate movie-score variety post-rock that serves as excellent background music but little else-
VersusOn The Ones and Threes (2010, Merge) ♥♥
-don’t expect the edgy, seat-of-your-pants version of Versus that you were listening to 10+ years ago in your indie rock formative years; this is mostly ineffective and lifeless-
Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinLet It Sway (2010, Polyvinyl) ♥♥♥
-still a great moniker, still very average indie-pop with one or two worthy mixtape tracks….EP next time?; RIYL Free Energy, Fountains Of Wayne, Nerfherder
The WalkmenLisbon (2010, Fat Possum) ♥♥♥♥
-10 years into their career and the lads in The Walkmen have unquestionably carved themselves out a definitive niche/sound in today’s indie scene by which a hundred other artists can be judged against; oh, the record? it’s great, maybe even their best-
Arcade FireThe Suburbs (2010, Merge) ♥♥♥♥
-I tried not to unjustly over-analyze this LP like I believe many critics have; it’s a seemingly perfect move away from the bitter, ineffectiveness of Neon Bible into a more relaxed state of melodic (and sometimes satirical) indie-rock that most of us know they can excel at; it’s solid and consistent from start to finish with perfect bookend tracks, thus making this their best effort to date-
Lord HuronInto The Sun EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-a short safari into a tropical landscape built on the heels of Animal Collective’s success-
Pepper RabbitBeauregard (2010, Kanine) ♥♥♥½
-Nawlins duo comprised of multi-instrumentalists Xander and Luc; there are several beautiful moments to soak yourself in here-
VA – Afro Rock Volume 1 (2010, Strut) ♥♥♥½
-a collection of 70’s Afro-beat unknowns re-issued on the dub/reggae/Afrobeat-centric Strut Records; I can see every ancient, unkempt record store owner spinning this in their shops to create a ‘groovy’ atmosphere and that, if for no other reason, is why I love and recommend this!-
Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig (2010, Nonesuch) ♥♥½
-lord knows I love this hee-haw, porch-swing-on-a-hot-sunny-day, bluegrass sound with lots of banjo, kazoo, jug etc. but this came off a little too predictable/kitschy as opposed to feeling genuinely Appalachian; the cover of ‘Hit ‘Em Up Style’ is fun though-
The ThermalsPersonal Life (2010, Kill Rock Stars) ♥♥♥
-simple songs about love and heartbreak that stray from their normal instense indie-punk diatribes against The Man and whatnot; takes a little getting used to but not as repugnant as some have claimed-
UnivoxUnivox (2010, ROIR) ♥♥½
-a scattered affair of garage, psychedelia and fuzz-pop; seemed like there was a little bit too much variety here, I’d prefer them to stick to the propulsive sounds on the opening track-
Three Mile PilotThe Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten (2010, Temporary Residence) ♥♥♥½
-my initial reaction was ‘blah’ but the 2nd and 3rd listen yielded an understanding of how long it can take the current version of TMP to allow its sweet underbelly to float to the surface unlike the immediate melodies of Systems Officer or Pinback; its not as abrasive and dark and profound as Another Desert but miles beyond what I was expecting-
Ludlow LionsNo Stories (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-I had a difficult time describing where this fits into the grand scheme of music right now which could be construed as a positive note; however I don’t see myself coming back; the press sheet compares them to Chavez and I can at least agree on that as well as Kite Operations
Small BlackNew Chain (2010, Jagjaguwar) ♥♥♥
-this is probably one of the weaker choices from the crowded chill-wave genre to make its way up to a major indie (what I consider Jag) though hazy tracks like ‘Photojournalist’and ‘Light Curse’ might keep you coming back for more; RIYL Washed Out
The Tallest Man On EarthSometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird EP (2010, Dead Oceans) ♥♥♥½
-as with every other release Kristian’s soothing coo and effortless finger-picking evokes uncontrollable daydreaming and waves of nostalgia, thus qualifying this as NSFW-
No AgeEverything In Between (2010, Sub Pop) ♥♥♥
-modern-day shoegaze with a tendency towards aggro post-punk; sounds better than it was but this will no doubt grow on me-
Centro-matic/South San GabrielEyas EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-there’s no shortage of moping about by Will and his gangs here; the Lionel Ritchie cover was a pleasant surprise as well-
Weed DiamondCarry On + Sweater Kids (2010, Bridgetown) ♥♥½
-gathering up all of WD’s tracks into one album seemed like a good idea but little outside of the killer opening two tracks will keep me coming back to this-

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #76

Grand Hallwayblessed be, honey bee
(taken from their 2010 release Promenade)
Tapes ‘N Tapesfreak out
(taken from their 2011 release Outside)
(taken from their 2010 7″ release Candor/Clamor)
Tennistake me somewhere
(taken from their 2011 release Cape Dory)
Radio Dept.the one
(taken from their 2010 release Never Follow Suit EP)
(taken from their 2010 release Paisajes)
Solar Temple Suicidespale blue dot
(taken from their 2010 release Sentinels Of The Heliosphere)
Acid House Kingsare we lovers or are we friends
(taken from their 2010 release Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends?)
Modern Skirtsbumper car
(taken from their 2011 release Gramahawk)
Jesse Paynescripting carolina
(taken from his 2010 release Nesting)
Cloud Nothingsunderstand at all
(taken from their 2011 release Cloud Nothings)
Air Wavesknockout
(taken from her 2010 release Dungeon Dots)

Eternal Summers – Dye

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News / Updates / Vinyl Additions

It might seem like things slowed down on the site there for awhile but it was just me cashing in a week’s vacation to go see friends in Athens. I had the distinct pleasure of serving up breakfast for the lads in Old Canes, after seeing them spread musical cheer at the Caledonia Lounge the night before. I also managed to catch Frightened Rabbit for the second time this year at the 40 Watt. Take note vinyl enthusiasts – the Athens/Atlanta area is home to no less than 6 above-excellent record shops. The amount of wax booty I plundered while in town is not of this world. Granted, some of the rekkids on that list were purchased direct from mail-order (do you doubt my love for Graveface Records?) but the bulk of them were procured in various and sundry dusty bins throughout Georgia (of all places). As if that week weren’t enough I FINALLY witnessed the Guided By Voices rock and roll machine at the Troc here in Philly. That shit was LOUD.

For those of you not regularly tuning in to the Gifted Children web updates (or unfairly ignoring my praise!) there is a new EP to be downloaded. Autumn Ghosts clocks in at a measly 9 minutes so even the least attentive of y’all have no excuse not to listen. Their massive 5CD boxed set of collected earlier works is still available for $30 – highly recommended for the lot of you who are late to the show.

Did you know the Eardrums music blog has started a (free) digital single netlabel? Well now you do. Technically the EardrumsPop project was started with the release of the Summer’s Here and A Good Crop compilations a few years ago and followed up with Birdsongs, Beesongs and Between Two Waves endeavors. Any self-respecting indie-pop aficionado should have these compilations in their collections. The label’s current status promises a digital single release every week (or so) – I’m a little late to the show as they’re now on their 4th proper single release. I expect a steady flow of quality not unlike the tenured BEKO-DSL project.

While we’re pimping all things Eardrums – they happen to be Norway’s representative in the ongoing Musical Alliance Pact bizness. October’s edition is ready to be digested with a healthy 35 countries represented. Twin Shadow (and his hair) waves the American flag on this one. Expect the November edition any day now…

Twin ShadowYellow Balloon

Which also means that Jonathan from Built On A Weak Spot has posted his October mix.

I’ve recently moved the links section from the sidebar to its own tab at the top of the page – should make browsing through this a little more friendly. Those of you following the gigantic list of free albums list will be happy to know that I’ve added more worthy candidates to the list. Many thanks be to all artists who have graciously offered up their work for mass-consumption at zero cost to us. Please, please, please donate or make it out to their shows when the music moves you. I’m still working on the list of CD’s I will be giving away as part of the BTID logo design contest. Shan’t be long now.

R.I.P. White Guys With Beards blog and Delicious Scopitone. I understand and hope I avoid the feeling someday. Blogging can be rather detrimental to any writer’s listening experience when you begin to feel like you absolutely MUST post for fear of falling into the blog-void. So far I’ve avoided the trappings of feeling like I need to write-up every single artist I come in contact with either through PR, e-mails or my own devices. This website is not only intended to broaden its readers musical horizons through words and mixtapes but it also serves as a historical document for myself.

Out with the old and in with the new – Styrofoam Drone is another blog based in the local Philly area. I very much enjoy the lot of bands Zac is pimpin’ so I suggest you aggregate that cat.

Loooong-time musical ally (No Love For) Ned has released the second offering on his record label, Thinking About The Needle,  and its a straight-up knockout. If there are many of you out there like myself who wish Superchunk would have kept on releasing Foolish or On The Mouth over and over again then this is for you. The Reactors EP contains no less than 6 tracks of hyper-melodic pop from Sweden’s Shy Mirrors. Stream or purchase the digital EP from their Bandcamp page and enter ‘btid’ in the discount section for an additional 20% off. Those loyal to vinyl will be happy to know there’s an ULTRA-limited, hand-numbered run of 25 lathe-cut 12″ records, yours for a cool $18. Don’t know what a lathe-cut record is? Observe. Dig this!

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #75

Hussaloniathrough with music
(released as a digital single only)
The Superionsfruitcake
(taken from their 2010 release Destination:Christmas)
Shy Mirrorsone way rat
(taken from their 2010 release Reactors EP)
Belle and Sebastiani didn’t see it coming
(taken from their 2010 release Write About Love)
Dinosaur Bonesbirthright
(taken from their 2010 release Birthright EP)
Impossible Hairthe high official
(taken from their 2010 release Toast A Dozen (On The Outside))
Marshmallow Staircaselesbian sushi
(taken from their 2010 release Terror de Lune)
Franz Nicolayhave mercy
(taken from his 2010 release Luck and Courage)
100 Flowersthree dresses
(taken from their 2010 release Mechanical Bride)
Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Bandlos cuatro muleros
(taken from their 2010 release Anda Jaleo)
Keep Shelly In Athensrunning out of you
(taken from their 2010 release In Love With Dusk)
Baron Baneorchids
(released as a digitial single only)

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Kid Icarus

With perhaps the inevitable oversaturation of the indie market with ignomious band names and umpteenth-rate home recordings it’s nice to know that Scranton, PA’s Kid Icarus are still putting out records. I happened to stumble across them (and by association, Summersteps Records) when I bought massive lots of ‘indie cd’s’ on eBay several years back. Be My Echo, My Dad Is A Dinosaur and Naked In The Afternoon: A Tribute To Jandek were strewn about in the pile, all released by Summersteps. Given my closet retro gamer status I quickly reached for Kid Icarus and was greeted with lo-fi panache and a cover of one of my all-time favorite tracks, Roky Erickson’s ‘You’re An Unidentified Flying Object’. Almost ten years later and Eric Schlittler is still at it with his latest statement, Imaginary Songs And Aluminum Hits. Long-time fans will soon realize that while the production has become a little more crisp since the band’s earlier musings, the hooks and the manner in which they sink themselves you still remain. Fans of Bee Thousand-era Guided By Voices, Sebadoh or Spare Snare (whoa, remember them???) will latch onto what’s being offered up here. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling to know the coal region of PA (my birthplace) is exporting something other than Yuengling and pierogies.

The band has a page full of album tracks, demos and live takes over har and you can also sample two tracks off Aluminum below. And lest ye turn your nose up to (inferior?) mp3’s (like I have a tendency to do) there’s a vinyl pressing – limited to 250 copies with a free digital download of the album. Spin it right round.

Projection Loop

Disappearing Act

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