Sythe – Just You

Posted on Monday 29 December 2014

Love & happiness embodied in Vancouver-based rapper Sythe‘s love note, “Just You.”

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Future Islands on Letterman

Posted on Tuesday 4 March 2014

Yeah, I just wrote that. At first I was worried that Samuel was holding back on the crazy voices that we all love so much. But he pulled it out for sure.

“I’ll take all of that you got.”

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Moses Gold – Paradise Lost

Posted on Wednesday 26 February 2014

New Moses Gold single produced by Espher and it’s a lurker.

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Future Islands in Eagle Rock/on KCRW

Posted on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Future Islands at The Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Future Islands played a small and sold-out show at The Eagle Rock Center of the Arts last night, spending most of the night unveiling songs off their pending 4AD debut, Singles. It was really exciting to hear the new songs for the first time, and the band seemed genuinely excited about them as well. They opened with a song called, “Back In The Tall Grass,” which was by far the highlight of the night for me – slowly building until a rhythm break that had everyone dancing. Can’t wait to hear it again.

They also played KCRW in the morning, doing a short mix of new and old songs. As much as I love their live show — and having seen them now 4 times — I have to say, I really wish that lead singer Samuel Herring didn’t give intros to tell you what each song is about. Because they’re (mostly) about different things for me as the listener. I wish he was OK with leaving the songs open to interpretation rather than so finite. At least he only did it twice on the KCRW show. In Eagle Rock last night, it was almost every song.

01. Give Us The Wind (“a song about finding what you love and doing it with all your heart”)
02. Seasons (Waiting On You)
03. One Day
04. A Dream Of You And Me (“a song about standing out by the ocean, wrestling with a question”
05. Long Flight

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february 2014 mix

Posted on Sunday 2 February 2014

Mid-last year, I had a momentary lapse while listening to Songs: Ohia‘s “Just Be Simple” — one of those thoughts that you are immediately embarrassed about — that I should make a point of checking Jason Molina’s touring schedule so I could see him the next time he came to town. It’s amazing how one can put sad thoughts out of one’s mind rather than hang on to them. It was only mere months ago that I had read with great pain of the loss of Jason to addiction. Those songs still live with me, though they hit me a bit harder now that he has left us.

So this mix was kinda intended to be a take on modern country, but with my taste is more folksy than I originally envisioned. I find it soothing, but it probably won’t exactly put you in a good mood.

Rest in peace, Jason.

February 2014 Mix – “Just be simple”

01 Songs: Ohia – Just Be Simple (2003)
02 Neko Case – I Wish I Was The Moon (2007)
03 First Aid Kit – Ghost Town (2010)
04 Damien Jurado – I Had No Intentions (2006)
05 Califone – Michigan Girls (2003)
06 Townes Van Zandt – My Proud Mountains (1969)
07 Iron & Wine – Upward Over the Mountain (2002)
08 Bosque Brown – Fine Lines (2005)
09 Sera Cahoone – Nowehere To Be Found (2006)
10 Cat Power – Silver Stallion (The Highwaymen cover) (2008)
11 Bill Callahan – Riding For The Feeling (2011)
12 Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I Called You Back (2006)
13 Patsy Cline – Tennessee Waltz (Radio Transcription) (1963)
14 Angel Olsen – Tiniest Seed (2012)
15 Neko Case – Tightly (2002)
16 Bishop Allen – Busted Heart (2003)
17 Songs:Ohia – Hold On Magnolia (Demo) (2003)


(Streamable version of the mix)

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Oddisee – Le Boulevard Montmartre

Posted on Tuesday 28 January 2014

Mello Music Group, currently the record label home of some of hip-hop’s best boom bap producers and biggest drum programming, Oddisee & Apollo Brown, just released a 2-part compilation of new material from their roster, Mandala

Vol. 1 & 2. Vol. 2 is billed as the boom bap volume, and doesn’t disappoint. Especially loving this Pete Rock-inspired Oddisee instrumental, “Le Boulevard Montmartre,” which sounds like it was pulled straight off 2001’s Petestrumentals. But with even more kick in the drums. Love it.

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Angel Olsen

Posted on Thursday 9 January 2014

Angel Olsen

I am absolutely in love with the new hints of an album coming out of St. Louis/Chicago’s Angel Olsen. I mean, seriously. This new track, “Hi-Five” has a beautiful Patsy Cline feel to it. “Are you lonely too?” Probably.

And then there’s the heartbroken anthem of “Forgiven/Forgotten”:

If there’s one thing I fear
It’s knowing you’re out
So close but not here
So close
But not with me here

Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her third album — but first to be amplified and released on Jagjaguwar — is out on February 18th. And she comes to L.A. on 3/2. Can’t wait.

Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten (right-click to download)

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january 2014 mix

Posted on Friday 3 January 2014

2013 was a good year for me and my bicycle – a new job and a new transit line conspired to allow me much more freedom in my daily movements. I commuted by bike more than I have in previous years in what must be one of the most car-centric cities in the U.S. Me and my bicycle also added a portable speaker to our happy commuting group mid-year, which dramatically changed the music that I listen to on my commute. With headphones I might be comfortable listening to mopey indie rock, twangy vintage country, or the screamings of Deafheaven. But blasting out loud, I’ve ended up listening to more funk, hip-hop, and poppy electronica. You know, respectable music.

So I thought I’d consolidate some of my biking mixes into a monthly mix. I will say, that some selections are far more mainstream than I normally am interested in promoting (in my small and insignificant way) on this blog. But they’re good! So no individual mp3 links this month, but listen and enjoy.

January 2014 Mix – “Juicy Ride”

01 Holy Ghost! – Okay (2013)
02 Star Slinger – Mornin’ (2010)
03 Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information (1974)
04 Yo Majesty – Club Action (2008)
05 Gorillaz feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack – Stylo (2010)
06 Ghostland Observatory – Glitter (2010)
07 OHYEAH – Oh My God It’s Boogie Music (2011)
08 Frank N Dank – Ma Dukes (2003)
09 M.I.A. – Paper Planes (DFA Remix) (2008)
10 A$AP Rocky – LVL (2013)
11 George McCrae – I Get Lifted (1974)
12 U.N.K.L.E. – Restless (2007)
13 Real Magic – The Trance (2013)
14 Duke Westlake – Roll (2013)
15 Co$$ feat. Kemizt & Blu – Heroin (2013)
16 Dungeon Family – Trans DF Express (2001)
17 Nightmares On Wax – 70s 80s (Rjd2 Remix) (2003)
18 Little Dragon – Feather (2009)


(Streamable version of the mix)

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Alice Boman – Waiting

Posted on Thursday 2 January 2014


OK I honestly thought YVYNYL had retired last year, and then I check and turns out he’s been posting gems since August. Damn. This is what the obliteration of Google Reader has done to me.

I mean. How does this somber, reserved-but-honest Alice Boman track not just destroy you?

I want you more than I need you
I need you so bad
Are you coming back?
Are you coming back?
I’m waiting


She’s from Sweden and her debut EP came out last year. And it has other gems like THIS too.

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december 2013 mix

Posted on Thursday 26 December 2013

What do you say after 7 months of neglect? “Sorry?” “Is anyone out there?”

As is probably obvious, I took a long break from the monthly mixes. Well, I didn’t really take a break from crafting them, just from posting them. So I actually have a stockpile of half-finished mixes waiting for you and me that I’ll put out there over the next few months.

Here’s the first. It started as a bad collection of tear-themed soul songs, and — although it didn’t manage to completely shrug off that melotraumatic mood — it’s still a beautiful collection of songs. It feels about right for winter/holidays. I think the average year of tracks is around 1967. And the few newer songs are phenomenal. I dare you to not get fucked up by Dark Dark Dark.

Boogie somberly.

December 2013 Mix – “Needles and Pins”

01 Petula Clark – La Nuit N’En Finit Plus (1963)
02 Ramones – I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (demo) (1976)
03 The Spyrals – Lonely Eyes (2012)
04 The Kinks – Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (1965)
05 Danny White – Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1963)
06 The Players – Guilty (196?)
07 Bob Lind – Fennario (1966)
08 Ben E. King – It’s All Over (1964)
09 Mickey Murray – Lonely Room (1967)
10 Marianne Faithfull – As Tears Go By (1965)
11 Erma Franklin – Piece Of My Heart (1967)
12 Naomi & The Boys – Bad Loser (1967)
13 Tashaki Miyaki – Best Friend (2012)
14 Big Bo Thomas & The Arrows – How About It (1965)
15 Irma Thomas – Wish Someone Would Care (1964)
16 The Matadors – You’d Be Crying Too (196?)
17 Nolan Strong & The Diablos – Try Me One More Time (1956)
18 Ernie K-Doe – Reapin’ What I Sow (1964)
19 Galt MacDermot – Field Of Sorrow (1966)
20 The Incredibles – Standing Here Crying (1969)
21 Forest Fire – Alone With The Wires (2013)
22 James Carr – To Love Somebody (1969)
23 Dark Dark Dark – Patsy Cline (2012)


(Streamable version of the mix)

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