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!

Playlist: 20 Songs For August 2015

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1. Lyla Foy – “Impossible”

2. The Rolling Stones – “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”

3. Donnie Iris – “Ah! Leah!”

4. Nada Surf – “Blonde On Blonde”

5. Timber Timbre – “Hot Dreams”

6. Bruce Springsteen – “Land Of Hope and Dreams”

7. Langhorne Slim & The Law – “Changes”

8. Youth Lagoon – “Highway Patrol Sun Gun”

9. Sibylle Baier – “Colour Green”

10. Among Savages – “New York City”

11. Jefferson Starship – “Jane”

12. Apanhador Só – “Mordido”

13. Gabor Szabo – “Love Is Blue”

14. One Direction – “Little Black Dress”

15. Beach Slang – “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”

16. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Gimmie Love”

17. Beach House – “Sparks”

18. Mac Demarco – “Another One”

19. Arbes – “Key Largo”

20. Small Black – “No One Wants It to Happen to You”

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.