Friday Mixtape: October 9, 2015 (CMJ Edition)


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 4, 2015)


(GIF by Nolan J. Downs)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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!