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I got the opportunity a couple weeks ago to see M. Ward in an intimate studio setting at Apogee Studio in Santa Monica, hosted by KCRW as part of their Berkeley Street Studio Sessions. With a capacity of 150, the studio is probably the best venue I have ever witnessed live music at: the sound was excellent, and you had no choice but to have a great up-close view. M. Ward was fantastic, with an excellent backing that included a pedal steel guitar (a weakness of mine). He started off with a few older tracks… I remember at least “Poison Cup” and “Requiem,” before he started debuting a number of tracks from his upcoming A Wasteland Companion.
Like the title says. A mix for a friend. Bachelorette, Antwon, Grimes, and a bunch of songs that have already made it on to monthly mixes. Stream it on 8tracks: http://8tracks.com/topomodesto/mix-for-lena
Whenever there is a new music streaming service that starts up, the first thing I wax philosophic about is how the character of hand-crafted music selections is lost when music is selected by algorithm. In addition to self-motivated discovery, I grew up in a time where I could listen to radio stations like WFMU, WKCR, and WFUV. I could get the sense of the personality of each DJ, understand where I stood next to their music tastes, and let their selections transform my own tastes.
I very nearly kept with the themed mixes of vintage tunes, but thought, “No, it’s just not fair to everyone…” I know you (like, both of you) count on me for new music, as well as the old, so I needed to bring it this month. And there’s still a good serving of old stuff, but hopefully enough things with “2011” in the year category to make this feel relevant if the last few months have felt dated. If you don’t enjoy Paul Brunelle’s take on country, or Opus 3’s cover of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again;” you’re not invited. But for the rest of you, it’s playtime.
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I know I’m late on this month’s mix… This was to be on one of the mix options that are in the works.