Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 Mixtape

fig. 1 Beach Slang

I am a complete and total sucker for year end lists - have been as long as I can remember - and I love comparing my own rankings to those of the digital/print media world.  But this annual exercise is making a number of things clear to me: 1.) I know absolutely nothing about new hip-hop/rap (or pop or EDM); 2.) My lists continue rely heavily on bands and artists I have listened to for decades (see Sleater-Kinney and Mac McCaughan below); 3.) I listen to relatively little new music in relation to the volume released; and 4.) If your musical hero is also Paul Westerberg, chances are good that we will get along (see Beach Slang below).

So here's another mix for 2015.  Not necessary the best songs of the year, but those that I keep coming back to.  Cheers.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Despite The Mix Vol. 16 - WDC Version

fig. 1 The Shirks
 fig. 2 Chisel

 fig. 3 Jawbox

 fig. 4 The Make-Up
fig. 5 Title Tracks
 fig. 6 The Most Secret Method

fig. 7 The Paranoid Style

We're getting ready to move from DC this summer and as I am inclined to wax nostalgic I've put together a little mix of homegrown favorites. Cheers.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

2014 Mixtape

fig. 1 Priests

I'm stealing from the boys over at Sound Opinions and making a mix tape instead of a Best Of list.

1.  Braid - East End Hollows
The sound of a emo band creeping up on 40 (in a good way).

2.  Wussy - Teenage Wasteland

3.  Angel Olsen - Forgiven/Forgotten

4.  Sharon Van Etten - Taking Chances
Wow, this part of the mix is a tad depressing.

5.  The New Pornographers - War on the East Coast

6.  Priests - New (fig. 1)
Katie Alice Greer is at the same time the most unnerving and captivating performer I saw all year. 

7.  Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me

8.  J. Robbins - Abandoned Mansions
This is a new song from an acoustic album J. recorded that otherwise contains Jawbox, Burning Airlines and Office of Future Plans songs. I heard the full band version a few weeks back with Office of Future Plans and let's just say it translates well. Not on Spotify so listen here.

9.  Phantogram - Fall in Love

10. Bob Mould - Hey Mr. Grey
Unapologetically 1992 - the sound of getting old (in a good and self aware way) 

11. CANCERS - Be Cool 
Speaking of 1992...Also not on Spotify, mp3 here.

12.  Ex Hex - New Kid
My favorite song from my favorite album of the year.

13.  Cymbals Eat Guitars - Warning
Joe D'Agostino describes his best friend looking like David Bowie on Soul Train in the first verse - brilliant.

14.  Cloud Nothings - I'm Not Part Of Me
Is this the best song of the year? Probably.

15.  Protomartyr - Come & See (mp3)

16.  Haley Bonar - Last War

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Survival Knife

On further review, Unwound is a band I probably should have loved at the time.  From 1991 to 2002, the Olympia, Washington trio released a number of post-hardcore works that challenged convention. My one and only live exposure was an opening slot for Fugazi in the spring of 1995 and while I remember being impressed, I didn't pursue them any further.  Now, 12 years after the demise of Unwound, 2/3 of the original line up is back as Survival Knife.

So if you are a sucker for angular guitars and scream/sung vocals (a la Drive Like Jehu, Hoover, Jawbox, early Modest Mouse), this is for you. Follow link for SoundCloud streams. Enjoy.

Divine Mob 
Roman Fever 
Name That Tune
Fell Runner

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Despite The Mix, Vol 15

fig. 1 Cancers

It has been just over 650 days since my last post. So much has changed over that time. Most notably as it relates to the posting of music on the internet - as in, the whole downloading a physical file has largely gone the way of floppy disks and Palm Pilots.  I envision this as my last mix with actual downloads and then I'll move (hopefully sooner than 650 days) to this whole new world of streaming music. Yes, I get it, I'm about three years behind the curve.  Some of us just like the idea of physical music - even the notion of physical property is a series of 1's & 0's on my computer or Ipod. 

Please enjoy this assortment of digital goodies.  My favorite is the first track by the Athens, GA-based Cancers which answers the question, if post-punk and dream-pop had a baby, what would it sound like?

Cancers - Moral Net (mp3)
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Warning (mp3)
Thurston Moore - Forevermore (mp3)
Protomartyr - Come & See (mp3)
Protomartyr - Scum, Rise! (mp3)
Say Hi - Such A Drag (mp3)
Say Hi - Love Love Love (mp3)
White Reaper - Funn (mp3)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Top Albums of 2012

fig 1. Rebecca Gates and the Consortium

My favorite albums of 2012. Enjoy.

Rebecca Gates - The Float 
Stream "Suite Sails" and "&&&" here

The Evens - The Odds 
Stream "King of Kings" here

Bob Mould - Silver Age 
Stream the entire album at Merge Records

A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets 
Download mp3 of "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns"

Cat Power - Sun
Download mp3 of "Ruin" and "Cherokee (Nicholas Jaar remix)"

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Download mp3 of "Serpents"

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Download mp3 of "Younger Us"

Archers of Loaf - Vee Vee (Best Reissue)