Friday Mixtape (July 24, 2015)


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!


1,001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: Peaches – “Fuck the Pain Away”


Year: 2000

Album: The Teaches of Peaches

This song raises so many questions. Are you supposed to go clubbing to this music? Is this satire? Is this hip-hop? Is this electronic? Why the Andy Griffith Show?

When Billboard asked Peaches mastermind Merrill Nisker about her song’s seemingly out of place directness, she said that, “The music must first be good, then I can offend, make people think and make them dance…artist like Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent get away with so much more lyrically, without being questioned. But, because I’m a woman, there’s that double standard.”

The song has been featured in many popular movies and TV shows, including Lost in Translation, and Thom Yorke has claimed that this song inspired him to write “15 Step”.

Fun fact: Nisker used to be a school teacher before becoming a musician, so she’s serious when she’s saying, “Stay in school, cos it’s the best”.

Another fun fact: There is actually no official music video for this song – below was just a fan-made video, though I’m sure Nisker enjoys it.