{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)

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #106

Dark Meansmoke lake
(taken from their 2011 release Dark Mean)
The Trophy Firechasing the ghost
(taken from their 2011 release Armor EP)
(released as a digital single only)
Pepper Rabbitrose mary stretch
(taken from their 2011 release Red Velvet Snow Ball)
(taken from their 2011 release Champion Of The Noisy Negativists)
Divaglow worm
(taken from her 2011 release The Glitter End)
Burning Codeswe are like gold
(taken from their 2011 release Rivers Of Hope)
Twin Sisterbad street
(taken from their 2011 release In Heaven)
Active Childbody heat (so far away)
(taken from his 2011 release You Are All I See)
Peter Wolf Crierright away
(taken from their 2011 release Garden of Arms)
Braidthe right time
(taken from their 2011 release Closer To Closed EP)
Best Coastgone again
(taken from her Adult Swim Singles Club)

J MascisNot Enough

Dark MeanHappy Banjo

Blake MillsHey Lover

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Mini-Beats – June 2011 – Edition 44

LiturgyAesthethica (2011, Thrill Jockey) ♥♥♥½
:there’s no shortage of can-crushing beats and syncopation to satisfy the typical black metal crowd though the ‘pleasant’ thoughts used to create the music and the controversial interviews held with certain band members will certainly not appeal to Viking dark-lords and necrophiliacs; I could have lived without the interludes (like the 8-bit noodling of Helix Skull) and, well, the vocals in general….they’re paranormal, for sure: (buy vinyl)
BelongCommon Era (2011, Kranky) ♥♥♥
:can’t compare this to their heralded debut as I haven’t heard it yet but Common follows a simple, singular formula of naked shoe-gaze with post-punk leanings and ample ambience; I can get behind a few tracks but the album as a whole was a little messy: (buy vinyl)
Cold CaveCherish The Light Years (2011, Matador) ♥♥½
:I was somewhat disappointed in this new direction, aside from the anthemic opening track (one of the best singles of the year thus far) this was mostly cheesy 80’s rehash and way below average lyrics; kinda assumed a move to Brooklyn would’ve yielded better results..: (buy vinyl)
Blue Water White DeathBlue Water White Death (2011, Graveface) ♥♥♥♥
:expect the art-damaged pop(?) that we’ve all come to love/hate from Jamie Stewart and inject Jonathan Meiburg’s (Shearwater, Okkervil River) influence on the arrangements and this ended up seeing an unlikely marriage yielding quite the unhyped gem; dark and eerie, sparse and beautiful, essential!: (buy vinyl)
LowC’mon (2011, Sub Pop) ♥♥♥♥
:considering I’ve been a huge supporter of Alan, Mimi and Zak’s evolution since the early 90’s it means a lot to declare this their most powerful and endearing release since ’01’s Things We Lost In The Fire; Low consistently find ways to keep minimalism interesting while maintaining their integrity: (buy vinyl)
SharksThe Joys Of Living 2008-2010 (2011, Rise) ♥♥♥½
:had a chance to see these lads open up for Chuck Ragan and they thoroughly impressed; this is a collection of singles and whatnot culled into an LP steeped in 70’s & 80’s mod/punk revivalism: (buy vinyl)
GrailsDeep Politics (2011, Temporary Residence) ♥♥½
:pimped by several normally reliable sources but for the second album in a row (includes last year’s Black Tar 4) I walked away from a Grails LP with little to no positive impression…after 3 full (car ride) listens; the song structures and instrumentation are just flat and uninspiring when compared to earlier releases like Take Refuge or Burning; sadly, this diluted genre requires artists to stay on top of their game and broaden their palettes and, with that, Deep failed to satiate: (buy vinyl)
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Scandalous (2011, Lost Highway) ♥♥½
:by all accounts I should love this…it’s hi-energy nü-soul with sweat gland explosions and gyrating hips and Lost Highway is typically a reliable source for this brand but neither this or any past release of BJL’s has revealed any lasting power: (buy vinyl)
Dark MeanDark Mean (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥½
:this proper full-length combines the band’s first 2 excellent (but critically ignored) EP’s plus a few newer tracks; one of the better alterna-pop acts hailing from Canada right now and I hope they find the time to tour my neck of the woods soon:
Tim CohenTim Cohen’s Magic Trick (2011, Captured Tracks) ♥♥♥½
:tres busy frontman for Fresh & Onlys and handfuls of other projects puts together a swell collection of lite psyche-pop nuggets; I preferred this to anything his main gig has put out; RIYL White Fence, Jens Lekman: (buy vinyl)
Eternal SummersPrisoner EP (2011, Forest Family) ♥♥♥
:this picks up where last year’s Silver left off, brief, Spectorized pop songs that bounce to and fro except for my favorite track on the EP, ‘Pure Affection’ which reminded me of one of those slow, laid-back Sonic Youth numbers: (buy vinyl)
31knotsTrump Harm (2011, Polyvinyl) ♥♥♥
:there were some rough enough moments on here but nothing like their blisteringly good pre-Polyvinyl halcyon days: (buy vinyl)
High Tension WiresWelcome New Machine (2011, Dirtnap) ♥♥♥♥
:with Dirtnap it’s already been pre-determined that infectious, high-energy garage-pop is in order here; I’d have to say this is probably one of the signature albums from the genre’s recent history as it sinks its claws into your head and never really lets up; RIYL Marked Men, Jay Reatard, Mind Spiders: (buy vinyl)
Swim PartyThere Is Too Much Wood In My Coffin EP (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥
:if I had not bothered to look I would have just assumed these lads were from Scotland and not San Diego…regardless this does sort of have the feel of the last few Frightened Rabbit albums, edgy, mid-tempo indie rock with emotional ups and downs; RIYL Wintersleep, Jim Yoshii Pile-Up:
Touchy MobAtlantic Back EP (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥½
:real promising mix-mash of chill, folktronic sounds with almost dubstep-like beats from Berlin; some serious grooves found within and lo! free on his Bandcamp (along with all of his other output that I intend on listening to):

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #105

Stuyvesantduly noted
(taken from their 2011 release Fret Sounds)
The Unsacred Heartsthe honor bar
(taken from their 2011 released The Honor Bar)
EDM (Early Day Miners) – stereovideo
(taken from their 2011 release Night People)
Robert Pollardin a circle
(taken from his 2011 release Lord Of The Birdcage)
Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Poweron the rebound
(taken from their 2011 release Practice In The Milky Way)
The Black Swansmean medicine
(taken from their 2011 release Don’t Blame The Stars)
Idiot Gleetrouble at the dancehall
(taken from his 2011 release Paddywhack)
Love Of Everythingthree way answers
(taken from their 2011 release Sooner I Wish EP)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jickssenator
(taken from their 2011 release Mirror Traffic)
FLLsince 19-something
(taken from their 2011 release Skipping Stones)
Sun Airwaywild palms
(taken from their 2011 7-inch release Wild Palms)
(taken from their 2011 release Destroyer)
(taken from their 2011 release The Rip Tide)

Lia IcesDaphne

Dark Dark DarkWild Go

ShouldTurned Tables

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FreeMP3 Update – June 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.

VA – Nervous Energies Mixtape
Adam Balbo
Ivan & Alyosha
VA – Oh Canada! Vol. 16
Secret Sea, The
Human Resources
Je Suis France
Little Sur
To Disappear
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
VA – Hands Together Vol. 1 – Home and Abroad
The Sky Above and The Earth Below
Monster Rally
Spooky Campers
Point Reyes
Old Abram Brown
Ra Cailum
Hop On Pop
VA – Antenna Farms – We Are All Awesome
The Wooden Birds
Golden Grrrls
Skai Nine
Hemsworth, Ryan
Brazilian Money
Shakey Graves
Orion Rigel Dommisse
Pretty Bird
Single Lash
Emerald Park
Starry Tides, The
The Blueberries

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Miracle Drugs

Rally Records rarely steers me wrong, so when a new 7″ gets stuck under my nose I perk up and listen. Here we have a single from Miracle Drugs (in the “classic” 2-song format), which could probably stand on it’s own as a solid release, but I hope really it’s a tease and taste of more material to come. The band is fronted by Zac Damon, whose been around the punk rock block a few times with stints in Zoinks!, Screeching Weasel, and Squirtgun, among others. Both cuts are crunchy, rollicking power pop, the kind made by dudes with balls and booze. No skinny-tie nerds in sight. “I’ll Buy The Drinks” is the dance-by-the-jukebox hit, and while the tempo of “Oh Sookie-O” slows to a drunken stumble, it’s concise and catchy as well. Preview it here, get addicted, and then add another slab of wax to your shelf.

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