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 (August 21, 2015)


(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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Kero Kero Bonito – “Chicken”

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


Medasin. – “Coffee (Ft. Masego)”

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



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.


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.


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