Friday Mixtape: October 9, 2015 (CMJ Edition)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs that I heard and love and every Friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

This week’s Friday Mixtape is a little different: instead of new songs, I’m sharing 10 artists that I’m most excited to see during CMJ next week. Some of these artists you already know, other you may not, but you should try and catch them all live. For the full list of CMJ 2015 acts click here.

NO ICE – “Eat This Heart (Summer Version)”

This Brooklyn group is a part of the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen DIY collective and they specialize in beautiful Wear-Your-heart-On-Your-Drunken-N-Stoned-Sleeve rock & roll. In a music scene that’s full of Beach House wannabes, theses guys are refreshing.

10/13 @ Muchmore’s


Perfect Pussy – “I”

This band doesn’t need an introduction, but just know that they’ll be performing all throughout CMJ. And apparently they have a new album coming out soon, so maybe you’ll hear new material?

10/14 @ Santos Partyhouse


Car Seat Headrest – “Something Soon”

This Will Toledo project has be getting a lot of good press lately, so you’ll want to see them play now before they get bigger. A lot of people are throwing around Guided By Voices comparison (good), but I’d also argue that they sound like lo-fi Killers (also good).

10/14 @ Santos Partyhouse

10/16 @ Rough Trade

10/17 @ Space Ninety 8


Juan Wauters – “Todo Terminó”

This Queens singer-songwriter made one of my favorite albums of 2015 so far, which is enough for me. Make sure he’s on your radar.

10/14 @ Knitting Factory


Diet Cig – “Sleep Talk”

This is another band that doesn’t need much of an introduction. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see them play this week, so you have no excuse.

10/14 @ Cake Shop

10/17 @ Knitting Factory

10/18 @ Palisades


Yung – “Nobody Cares”

The great Denmark band will be joining us stateside next week. I’ve heard great things about their live show. If they sound as good as they do on their record then I’m sold.

10/14 @ Santos Party House


Mitski – “Townie”

If you live in Brooklyn you’ve probably already seen her live, or at least you’ve heard of her. If you’re visiting from out of town, seeing her play is one of your top priorities.

10/15 @ Mercury Lounge

10/16 @ The Lutheran Church of the Messiah


Acid Dad – “Grim”

I just started listening to Acid Dad. You should start listening to Acid Dad. We should all go see Acid Dad next week. Great, see you there.

10/13 @ Good Room

10/15 @ Our Wicked Lady

10/16 @ The Wick


The Britanys – “City Boys”

I saw this band play at last year’s CMJ and they were loud and a lot of fun to watch. They’re also a part of the Mama Coco’s collective and they write great fuzzy guitar songs that’ll make you dance.

10/16 @ The Wick

10/17 @ Black Bear Bar


The Lemon Twigs – “Soothe”

I’ve written about this band before, but nothing I write can do their live show justice. This might be the band that’ll surprise you the most at this year’s CMJ.

10/16 @ Rough Trade


As a bonus, there’s an unofficial AdHoc Car Wash that’s happening all day Saturday (10/17) starting at noon. Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy, Porches, LVL UP, Downtown Boys, Pity Sex, Potty Mouth, Protomartyr, Sheer Mag, and Whitney will all be playing. Click here for more info.

And I won’t be posting all next week due to CMJ-related activities. Happy CMJ everyone!

Friday Mixtape (September 25, 2015)

Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs that I hear and love and every Friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

The Jazz Butcher – “All The Saints”

This song comes from Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, which came out in 2012 but is being reissued this December.

Fire Records @firerecordings


Tommy Stinson – “Breathing Room”

Any member of The Replacements releasing music is great, and it’s even better knowing that Paul Westerberg isn’t the only songwriter of the group.

@tommy_stinson

]Burger Records @BURGERRECORDS


Mile High Club – “Windowpane”

Very excited about this new(ish) moniker of Alexander Brettin. I’m a couple of months late, but this music sounds poppy and wavy like The Zombies.

Stones Throw Records @stonesthrow


Brothertiger – “Out of Touch”

Brooklyn electronic artist is currently touring the USA and will be back in NYC 11/4 at Webster Hall.

@Brothertiger


Alba – “Operator”

This Australian duo pulls you in with sinister beats and bass and will please any fan of classic house music.

@thisisalbatross


Yung – “Nobody Cares”

A great 2015 guitar song, but don’t worry it’s not emo.

Tough Love Records @ToughLove


Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – “As I Walk (ft. Josephine Oniyama)

You need to start following this Manchester-based trumpeter who’s become a rising star in the UK jazz scene. New album comes out 10/2 via Gondwana Records.

@Matthalsalljazz

@Gondwanarecords


Gaze – “Seedless”

Sounds pretty 90s right? That’s because this song came out in 1997.


PremRock – “Juliet Has Survived (Dr. Quandary Remix)

One of the more interesting-sounding rapper I’ve heard lately. He’s supposedly influenced by people like Tom Waits, Kool G rap, Ernest Hemingway, and Nina Simone, and his mixture of samples will appeal to many different listeners.

@PlanetPremRock


Steve Lawson – “The Way Home”

This song opens like an intro to a movie – everything slowly comes in when it needs to and it ends up growing into a compelling recording.

@solobasssteve

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I’m gonna go drink some Oktoberfest. Have a good weekend everyone!

Friday Mixtape (September 18, 2015)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs that I hear and love and every Friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

The Lemon Twigs – “Soothe”

I saw the latest addition to Winspear Records this week when they opened for Diane Coffee and they blew me away. Imagine if Foxygen sounded more like The Zombies or Cream.

@thelemontwigs

@w1nspear


Luhx – “Stay for the Night”

A power-pop ballad with dreamy vocals, coming straight outta Boston.

@luhx_music


Liris – “Iridescent Love”

Fans of Björk will love it, but this song has enough soul to appeal to any listener that might find Björk off-putting.

@lirismusic


Sego – “Townland”

A sunny jam that would fit right in with any ‘Grand Theft Auto’ soundtrack.

@sego_music


Chromatics – “Shadow”

I think I’ve posted about Chromatics each week. I’m ok with that.


Ezra Furman – “Androgynous (The Replacements cover)”

Westerberg would be proud.

@bellaunion


Beach Slang – “Young & Alive”

[see Chromatics note]


Marcioz – “Love Me, Tender (It Will be Alright)”

An Elvis song turned into a creepy lullaby that sounds like an Amnesiac B-side. I dig it.

@MarciozMusic


IGBO – “Creamy”

If the latest Blur album was more funky.

@igbotheband


Year Of Glad – “Umbro Season”

Another winner from Lame-O Records, one of my favorite Philly labels.

@LameORecords


Iman Omari – “Addicted”

Bonus points for sampling Once Upon A Time In The West (I think?).

@FreshSelects


TV Ugly – “QC”

The best guitar pop always comes from Canada.


Funeral Advantage – “Not In My House”

This is from way earlier this year, but it still sounds so great.

@FunAdv


Dynamo Royale – “Modern Western”

Hey Dynamo Royale: please write the new James Bond theme song instead of Sam Smith. Please and thank you.

@DynamoRoyale


Phil Cook – “Frazee, Minnesota”

This album is 4 years old, so I think we need a new Phil Cook album. Like right now.


The Kickstand Band – “Anxious Love”

Shout out to this Detroit band for making me smile with some great power-pop.

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Have a good weekend everyone!

Friday Mixtape (September 4, 2015)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs that I hear and love and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

Shunkan – “The Pink Noise”

Sweet vocals and noisy guitars go well together in this track by New Zealand band Shunkan. They were just featured in Spin and they will likely be making more headlines when their new album comes out November 20th via Art Is Hard.

@iamshunkan


B.Miles – “Salt”

B. Miles is a Los Angeles musician, which makes sense given that her dark and sultry vocals pair well with the LA sunshine. But “Salt” is a great song, and it even sounds good in NYC or anywhere else. Make sure to check out the rest of her work.

@brenna_miles


When Nalda became punk – “Song for Carrie Mathison”

This song came out last year, but it still sounds great. I especially love the album cover. Good for Carrie Mathison.

@Nalda


The Flatmates – “When You Were Mine”

Any band that can turn a Prince song into a UK garage sing-a-long is a winner in my book.


Car Seat Headrest – “Something Soon”

I’m hearing a lot of Guided By Voices comparisons with this Will Toledo project, which totally makes sense. However, what I’m hearing here is more of a lo-fi Killers, which to me is even more special.

@carseatheadrest


The Wanda Junes – “River Baby”

Emotional Response calls this Tucson band “country psyche desert darlings”. I would also throw in that they sound like the perfect New Orleans house band.


La Misma – “Kanizadi”

I have no idea what she’s saying, but that’s ok. With loud noises like this, we’ll all be ok.


Jim Guthrie – “So Small”

This is actually the remastered cut from the 10 year anniversary release of Guthrie’s Now, More Than Ever, which is an album that I’m glad I’m hearing even a decade late.

@jampants


sports. – “Words That Rhyme With Different, etc.”

The vocals and guitars remind me of the many great emocore revival bands dominating 2015, but sports. manages to rise above the cookie-cutter mix by adding actual guitar riffs and a lot more energy.

@RealSportsBoys

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So I’m actually heading out of town this weekend, so Headphone Nation is off all of next week. Posts will resume September 15th. Enjoy the holiday!

Friday Mixtape (August 28, 2015)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs that I hear and love and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

Whitewash – “Member”

This video from NYC-based Whitewash has everything I love: a sweet groove, a good chase, and of course Dunkin Donuts. Their latest album Shibboleth is out now on Sad Cactus.

@whitewashband


Liz Vice – “Empty Me Out”

There’s something to be said about soul music that sounds fresh and not like a throwback. Liz Vice is from Portland, Oregon and, though she’s no beginner, I have a feeling that we’ll be talking about her a lot more in the near future. Her debut album There’s A Light comes out September 25th.

@LizViceOFFICIAL


Small Black – “No One Wants It To Happen To You”

Another winner from the Jagjaguwar team. New album Best Blues comes out October 16th.

@SmallBlk


Astronauts, etc. – “No Justice”

Based out of Oakland, Ca, Astronauts, etc has been my soundtrack to my past couple of nights. New album Mind Out Wandering comes out September 18th.

@astronautsetc


Bill Mountain – “Let’s Get It Started”

More energetic than that one Black Eyed Peas song.

@Bill_Mountain_


Advance Base – “Trisha Please Come Home”

Sounds like a lo-fi Drive By Truckers ballad, which is a great kind of ballad.

@AdvanceBase


VARSITY – “Cult of Personality”

A great jam that comes from a band that’s from Logan Square aka the cool part of Chicago.

@varsitytunes

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See you guys Tuesday!

Friday Mixtape (August 21, 2015)

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(artwork and GIF by Nolan J. Downs)

Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs I hear and love and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

Note: my computer broke two weeks ago and it took me a week to repair it, so some of these songs are older than usual. But it’s all good, because they still sound great.

SALES – “big sis”

A Dreamy sound that takes me to a beach at sunset.

@WEARENOTSALES


Timber Timbre – “Hot Dreams”

This song is over a year old but I was overseas when it came out, so I heard it for the first time this week. This song is best heard while looking out at the LA skyline at night.

@Timber_Timbre


All Dogs – “Skin”

I’ve written about All Dogs a couple times before, but you should really be ready for August 28th when their debut album Kicking Every Day comes out. You can stream the new album via the New York Times.

@alldogsohio


Foxes in Fiction – “October (For J)”

This song doesn’t really have a chorus, but it’s so moving that you won’t mind six whole minutes of listening to this kaleidoscope sound. The musician behind Foxes in Fiction also runs Orchid Tapes.

@foxesinfiction

@orchidtapes


Beach Slang – “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”

I’ve been waiting for a new Beach Slang album ever since January when I heard one of my new favorite songs, and this first single off their upcoming October release does not disappoint.

@beachslang


Kero Kero Bonito – “Chicken”

It might sound gimmicky at first, but stay till the chorus and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

@KeroKeroBonito


Medasin. – “Coffee (Ft. Masego)”

Along with Miguel’s latest hit, 2015 might be the year coffee became sexy.

@MedasinMusic

@UncleSego


Bueno – “Assed Out”

I saw these guys last month at Shea Stadium and I was blown away by their live energy, even as the lead singer casually sings about George Costanza. Bonus points for also not sounding like every other indie rock band.

@buenonyc


Junior Pande – “Bubbz”

I’ve been saying it for years, but more hip-hop producers should sample my nonexistent home phone.


Sheer Mag – “Fan The Flames”

This is another great song that for whatever reason I missed when it came out in April. But don’t worry, because I will never miss another Sheer Mag song.

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That’s it for now, enjoy the weekend and I’ll see y’all Tuesday.

 

Friday Mixtape (July 31, 2015)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs I hear and love and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

Natural Child – “DTV”

The kind of throw back rock & roller that belongs in a Tarantino film.


Miserable Chillers – “Silvery”

If the Kinks were around long enough to try bedroom pop.


Ten Fé – “Make Me Better”

This sounds more like the Stone Roses than all those early 90s Stone Roses rip offs. I love it.


Gloria Ann Taylor – “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing”

Very rarely does soul/R&B sound this raw.


Diggs Duke – “We Grieve”

Diggs Duke is a jazz man who plays Jazz, man.


Arbes – “Key Largo”

Why am I not at a beach or driving along Pacific Coast Highway to this song right now?


Professor Brian Oblivion – “Big Talk”

A soothing beat that reminds me of walking through the streets of Tokyo at night.


Small Black – “Boys Life”

Another solid hit from Bloomington-based Jagjaguwar (go Hoosiers!).


Tenement – “Keep Your Mouth Shut”

Their latest album Predatory Headlights came out last month, but I finally got around to listening it. Man I wish I heard this album earlier, otherwise it’d be on my mid-year list of favorite albums of 2015. This song, like the album, is weird and ambitious power pop.


 

Friday Mixtape (July 24, 2015)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs I hear and love and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

Peaches – “Bodyline (feat. Nick Zinner)

It’s great to have Merrill Nisker back, especially with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and Adult Swim.


Foals – “Mountain At My Gates”

Foals is already big in the UK, but they’re about to have their Coldplay/U2/world-domination moment with this new album in August.


High Dive – “Anything to Anyone”

I’m always happy to share great music from my old college town of Bloomington, IN (Go Hoosiers!). Full length album New Teeth is available to download on Bandcamp for any price.


princess reason – “Your Divorce”

Baltimore continues being one of the more underrated music cities as it produces yet another great band. The full album comes out August 14th.


Golden Retriever – “2”

This song was released on Seattle’s Debacle Records, which is a self-described experimental label, yet all 22-minutes of this song is surprisingly accessible.


The Smoking Trees – “Trips”

Listening to this song is a trip(s), man.


Major Lazer – “Lost (feat. Mø)”

An unlikely duo successfully turns one of my favorite Frank Ocean songs into a reggae jam.


DJ Quik – “Puffin The Dragon”

In which DJ Quik channels his inner Gonzo.


Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”

It retains the best qualities of his last album, 2013’s excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze, but it also sounds leaner and more focused. Can’t wait for September 25th.


Manor – “Can You Hear Me Talking At You”

This Australian group might have just out Lana Del Rey’d Lana Del Rey.


Spraynard – “Applebee’s Bar”

Applebee’s has never sounded more angsty.


Night Beds – “Corner”

The latest addition to the great Dead Oceans label (another Bloomington, IN favorite).


The Rightovers – “Valerie”

Music as sky blue as, uh, its blood?


And that’s a wrap, see y’all on Monday!

 

Friday Mixtape (7.17.15)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs I hear and love and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

New to this week: A new name (now Friday Mixtapes instead of Week In Review) and I’ve learned how to make GIFs!

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Week In Review (7.10.15)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all my favorite new songs and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from the past weeks and finally hear it this week. No matter, all these songs are worth sharing.

Aero Flynn – “Dk/Pi”

This live version of this song, which appears on the band’s self-titled LP that came out earlier this year, reminds me so much of ‘In Rainbows’ in that this dark synth-pop stomp makes me wanna get up and dance. Fun fact: this band is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, hometown of Bon Iver and Field Report.

Kisses – “A Groove”

THE GROOVE WILL NEVER DIE LONG LIVE THE GROOVE

Public Image Ltd. – “Double Trouble”

John Lydon is back, and he’s pissed off about the fucking toilet (again).

LHF – “For the Town”

Sounds like Looney Toon gunshots sampled within a kind of electronic bliss that grows on you with each listen.

Michael Stasis – “Crushed”

For fans of the Ariel Pink aesthetic.

Vinyl Williams – “Space Age Utopia”

This song is cool, but what makes it even cooler is that Lionel “Vinyl” Williams is the grandson of John Williams. Yes, this John Williams.

Ought – “Beautiful Blue Sky”

If Interpol were more like Pavement? I mean this in the best way possible.

Shelf Life – “The Curse”

https://soundcloud.com/lefse-records/shelf-life-the-curse-2/s-BZVLg

Shelf Life is the project of Scotty Leitch, a recent drummer for Alex G and a well known musician around philadelphia. His debut album will come out sometime this fall.

Gordi – “Can We Work It Out”

So lush and uplifting that it belongs in my alternative John Hughes universe that lives in my head.

Lorenzo Asher – “Liverpool (ft. Michael Christmas)

https://soundcloud.com/lorenzoasher/liverpool-f-michael-christmas

A new Lorenzo Asher album is what I want for Christmas.

Laetitia Sadier – “Oscuridad”

A beautiful, albeit sometimes uncomfortable, music video to a great song.

Together PANGEA – “No Oz”

Upbeat West Coast fuzz-rock in the vain of Wavves and FIDLAR.

Gardens & Villa – “Fixations”

A silly music video that includes Foxygen’s Sam France playing the Andy Warhol look-a-like. Killer song too.

DMA’s – “Your Low”

A great music video can make a good song so much better.

Piney Gir – “Purple Heart”

Think Girlpool but with a spacier aesthetic.

Frankie & The Heartstrings – “Think Yourself Lucky”

Very charming, but this isn’t stale like most other retro-minded pop bands.

Guilty Simpson – “Vanguard Organization”

No-frills rapping over horns is how I like my rap.

Palehound – “Healthier Folk”

“Too stoned to take an antibiotic,” is a great way to start a song.

Sego – “The Fringe”

This might be LA’s answer to 2005 LCD Soundsystem.