august 2016 mix

Posted on Tuesday 2 August 2016


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August’s mix is mishmash of sources: Soulection-type instrumental hip-hop, 99pi background favorites, and various instrumental electronica I’ve found myself listening to. There’s a bit of singing here and there, but this should probably be my most work-friendly mix to-date.

Let me know how I did.

August 2016 Mix – “START AGAIN”

01 Cristobal Tapia de Veer – Lucidity Gone (2014)
02 RARI – Birth (2016)
03 Set In Sand – Sifting In Sans (2014)
04 B. Fleischmann – Composure (2005)
05 AbJo – Kalimba Song (2011)
06 Four Tet – This Unfolds (2010)
07 Melodium – Dirty Reprises (2002)
08 Monster Rally – Black (2012)
09 Insightful – Gods Getting Drunk (2012)
10 Ta-Ku (2010)
11 Def Dee – Yeah (2012)
12 9 Lazy 9 – Tumbleweed (2003)
13 Plaid – Slam (2014)
14 Katie Dey – Fear O The Dark (2015)
15 Brian Eno – The Big Ship (1975)
16 Damaged Bug – Gloves For Garbage (2014)
17 S – Outro (The Agony) (2010)
18 OK Ikumi – Slope (2012)
19 Kate Simko – The Creative Part (2009)

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july 2016 mix

Posted on Friday 1 July 2016


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This one is real good. It’s for when you got the feels but are ready to land on your feet. Folksy/country-ish in the vein of February 2014.

July 2016 Mix – “I’ll be somebody.”

01 Dragging An Ox Through Water – False True Love (2014)
02 Townes Van Zandt – Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel (1970)
03 Gun Outfit – Legends Of My Own (2015)
04 First Aid Kit – Emmylou (2012)
05 Denny Lile – Hear the Bang (1973)
06 Sturgill Simpson – Pan Bowl (2014)
07 Bry Webb – Rivers of Gold (2011)
08 Tim Hardin – Reason To Believe (1966)
09 Bob Dylan & The Band – I’m Not There (1967)
10 Red Red Meat – Gauze (1995)
11 Angel Olsen – All Right Now (2014)
12 S.E. Land Otter Champs – Wolf Like Howls From the Bathhouse (2013)
13 Mitski – A Burning Hill (2016)
14 Sera Cahoone – Happy When I’m Gone (2008)
15 Marissa Nadler – Little Hells (2009)
16 Fulton Lights – Fire In The Palm Of My Hand (2007)
17 David Kauffman & Eric Caboor – Kiss Another Day Goodbye (1984)
18 Jessica Jalbert – Lack of a Lake (2011)
19 S – The Coffin of Your True Love (2004)
20 The Mountain Goats – Attention All Pickpockets
21 Carissa’s Wierd – Heather Rhodes (2000)
22 Valerie June – Somebody To Love (2013)

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june 2016 mix

Posted on Sunday 19 June 2016


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I posted about this first track by Imperial Tiger Orchestra back in January, but the truth is that I’ve been aiming to do an Ethiopian Jazz-oriented mix for many, many years now. I wanted to celebrate my favorite melodies, but didn’t want to end up recreating the Broken Flowers soundtrack, or just pilfering the Ethiopiques series. So there are some non-Ethiopian curveballs in there to round it out.

I love this mix for today and the many more warm Summer days that we are bound to get. Play it at a BBQ and impress your friends with this tragically under-appreciated genre, or get down and jam all by yourself.

June 2016 Mix – “ENDENGENA”

01 Imperial Tiger Orchestra – Emnete (Live) (2010)
02 Mahmoud Ahmed – Bekifir Atkelidg (1974)
03 Akalé Wubé – Jawa Jawa (2010)
04 Alemayehu Eshete – Ayalqem Tedenqo (1970)
05 Muluqèn Mèllèssè – Tènèsh Kèlbé Lay (1975)
06 Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Woghenei (1974)
07 Woima Collective – Puno (2010)
08 Getatchew Kassa – Tezeta slow (1974)
09 Dengue Fever – Yègellé Tezeta (2003)
10 The Psychedelic Aliens – Blofonyobi Wo Atale (1970)
11 Alemayno Eshintay – Love is Love (1970)
12 Alèmayèhu Eshèté – Eté Hoy (1972)
13 Mulatu Astatke – Yèkèrmo Sèw (1974)
14 Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako – Mbouran Mousso (1976)
15 T.K. Ramamoorthy – Mohana (1969)
16 Mulatu Astatke – Emnete (1970)
17 Tèklé Tèsfa-Ezghi – Sèlam Tèmagwèt (1975)
18 Admas – Tez Alegn Yetintu (1984)

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may 2016 mix

Posted on Sunday 8 May 2016


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for each inch cut
the roots grow ten
where we
can’t see them

Epic shit.

May 2016 Mix – “i rise.”

01 Vetiver – Stranger Still (Daniel.T. Remix) (2016)
02 U.S. Girls – Damn That Valley (2015)
03 Requin Chagrin – Poisson Lune (2016)
04 Operators – Nobody (2016)
05 Sun Glitters feat. Rob Boak – Softly And Slowly (2011)
06 Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming (2015)
07 True Widow – Four Teeth (2013)
08 Swell – Come Tomorrow (1989)
09 Teleman – Superglue (2016)
10 Twin Peaks – Irene (2013)
11 Evenings – Babe (2013)
12 Goon Soul – Them Changes (Thundercat Cover) (2016)
13 SASKATCHEWAN – Beast Coast (2011)
14 Cross Record – High Rise (2016)
15 Lee Moses – If Loving You Is a Crime (I’ll Always Be Guilty) (1968)
16 Carissa’s Wierd – Fluorescent Lights (2000)
17 sleeperzzZ – Bones (2016)
18 The Range – Copper Wire (2016)
19 Mathew Lee Cothran – No Way Out (2013)
20 Holy Esque – Oslo (2016)
21 The Mills Brothers – You Always Hurt The One You Love (1944)

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we like the way that you sway

Posted on Saturday 9 April 2016

sleeperzzZ

Kind of in love with this slow jam from Los Angeles-based duo, sleeperzzZ. Steven Vernet (Stevie Sleeper) & Kelly Gibbons (Kelly Sleeper) of Silver Lake.

I don’t like the way that you’re looking at me
Keep your eyes closed, baby now you can see
I never really listened to anything you said
Gotta lot of things that are going through my head
Never really sleep till we dead
Never get sleep, never get rest
Never get rest, never get rest, ne-ne-never get rest

We like the way that you sway, oh no
We just keep moving

We don’t like the sun, we don’t like the shade
Spit it all out cuz we don’t like the taste
Everything we do takes long
But we like the way you sing our song

We like the way that you sway, oh no
We just keep moving

We don’t like the sun, we don’t like the shade
Spit it all out because we don’t like the taste

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april 2016 mix

Posted on Friday 1 April 2016


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My body is a jar for a special insect caught inside it
Sometimes it lights me up but I would never let you know it
Sometimes it crawls around and makes me laugh when I am down
I don’t wanna let it out yet I am greedy, little bug

The 90s throwback mix I’ve been meaning to do for months is finally here. It’s about a bug. You will never know how it feels to light up the sky. But you will love it.

April 2016 Mix – “TAKE THIS WITH YOU”

01 Bikini Kill – Feels Blind (1992)
02 Geek – Herasure (1988)
03 Built To Spill – So & So So & So From Wherever Wherever (1994)
04 The Van Pelt – His Steppe Is My Prarie (1996)
05 Archers of Loaf – Lowest Part is Free! (1994)
06 Autoclave – Hot Spurr (1991)
07 Cat Power – Rockets (1994)
08 Lungfish – Nothing is Easy (1995)
09 Vomit Launch – Donut Ass Me Butt (1990)
10 Gaunt – Now (1995)
11 Tsunami – Water’s Edge (1993)
12 Modest Mouse – Super Saver Day (1993)
13 The Bats – Calm Before the Storm (1987)
14 Cub – Green Eyes (1995)
15 Heavens To Betsy – Firefly (1992)
16 Versus – Sunburned (1995)
17 Superchunk – Sprung A Leak (1991)
18 Cupid Car Club – M.P. Skulkers (1994)
19 The Pooh Sticks – On Tape (1988)
20 The Halo Benders – On A Tip (1994)
21 Chisel – Sunburn (1994)
22 Chavez – Unreal Is Here (1994)
23 Sebadoh – Brand New Love

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I loved you California

Posted on Thursday 31 March 2016

Operators
Operators new album, Blue Wave, is set to come out tomorrow, and while I skipped over it, I wanted to highlight the new track, “Space Needle,” which serves as the album’s finale.

“I loved you California but you only leave me blue.”

For a transplant living in California, even after a decade I’m still finding myself within the inevitable mixed bag of the state’s proverbial promise of boundless opportunity. I doubt I’m the only one in a state that sees so much relocation that find the lyrics are easy to identify with. It’s that realization of constantly rising living expenses in California’s major cities coupled with the thought of letting life slip by you that fuels Boeckner’s repeat of “We’re leaving here tomorrow / But tomorrow never comes.” Calling the song “Space Needle,” feels apt when I think weekly whether the PNW is a more appropriate place for me and others like me.

But despite being drawn to the lyrics, I think it’s really the pace of the track — with its three movements — that is so engrossing. By the time the synths and drums fully kick in in the last movement, I’m hypnotized. Wake up with me.

Sleep
Only for a little while
Dream
Dreaming of a little lie
Breathe
Breathing in a waiting room
Leave
Believing what they told you
We’re leaving here tomorrow
But tomorrow never comes
We’re leaving here tomorrow
But tomorrow never comes
I wait and wait and wait I’m easy
And so are you

You’ve got rights
At least you thought you used to
Where’s your rights?
Think we’re policing everything you do
Born under glass into all of the light
And you’re separated from the world
Light
Had nothing much to do with you

I loved you California but you only leave me blue
I loved you California but you only leave me blue
I loved you like a fire because
I’m burning you

I’m dreaming in your waiting room
Dreaming in your waiting room
Dreaming here is easy because you’re dreaming too

All my days
Are spent with you
On the screen
Everything’s true for a moment
Stay
Stay with me
Wake
Wake up with me

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without you

Posted on Saturday 26 March 2016

The Range
Feelin’ this.

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it’s alright now

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2016

Angel Olsen
There was a deluxe edition of Angel Olsen‘s heartbreaking introspective, Burn Your For For No Witness?! Can’t believe I missed this, but even more, I can’t believe “All Right Now” missed the original release.

Maybe it’s because it’s more resolved & hopeful than the rest of the album? I guess it doesn’t work with the open-eyed dismissal of “Enemy” or the heartbroken putdown of “Windows.” It’s a gem. Glad to finally hear it.

It’s all here now
It’s all here now
It’s all here now
It’s always been here
It’s alright now
It’s alright now
It’s alright now
It’s always been right

You do not have to leave girl
Go out walking, dear
You do not have to reach out
To somebody new
You do not have to hold her
In your fingertips
It’s always been there with you
You are what I need

And it’s alright now
It’s alright now
It’s alright now
It’s always been right
All right, all right, all right, all right

I hear you in my thoughts
I see you in my dreams
I know you’re on my mind
And you are everything
Stay in and stay a while
Hands telling lies
I’ll be here
And stay an age

All night, all night, all night

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the best american girl

Posted on Thursday 3 March 2016

Mitski

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Mitski‘s 2014 album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek was likely my favorite (belated) find of last year: a powerful and unapologetic female voice over a varied musical backdrop that at times recalled the cleaned up garage rock of Blue Album Weezer. But even more that that is the range of excitement (“First Love / Late Spring”), heartbreak (“Drunk Walk Home”), and clear-eyed resolution (“Last Words of a Shooting Star”). The album is fucking spectacular, and if you haven’t already listened to it 30 times through, you should stop whatever you are listening to and get on to Bandcamp or Spotify or Youtube or whatever source you usually go to to listen to music with little-to-no commitment and listen to the album start-to-finish right now.

Mitski (Miyawaki) announced that her next album, Puberty 2, will be released this Summer on June 17th. And she’s touring too. She’ll be in L.A. on July 7th.

I’m absolutely floored by this first single from the album, “Your Best American Girl,” whose lyrics touch on love, culture, racism, and identity in a shockingly simple way. Fuck Big Spoon’s mother. Seriously.

If I could
I’d be your little spoon
And kiss your fingers forever more
But big spoon
You’d have so much to do
And I have nothing ahead of me

You’re the sun
You’ve never seen the night
But you hear its song from the morning birds
But I’m not the moon
I’m not even a storm
But awake at night
I’ll be singing to the birds

Don’t wait for me
I can’t go

Your mother wouldn’t approve of how my mother raised me
But I do, I think I do
And your an all-American boy
I guess I couldn’t have helped trying to be your best American girl

You’re the one
You’re all I’ve ever wanted
I think I’ll wait good good

Your mother wouldn’t approve of how my mother raised me
But I do, I finally do
And your an all-American boy
I guess I couldn’t have helped trying to be the best American girl

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