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 18, 2015)

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(Picture 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.

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!