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 25, 2015)

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 Jazz Butcher – “All The Saints”

This song comes from Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, which came out in 2012 but is being reissued this December.

Fire Records @firerecordings

Tommy Stinson – “Breathing Room”

Any member of The Replacements releasing music is great, and it’s even better knowing that Paul Westerberg isn’t the only songwriter of the group.


]Burger Records @BURGERRECORDS

Mile High Club – “Windowpane”

Very excited about this new(ish) moniker of Alexander Brettin. I’m a couple of months late, but this music sounds poppy and wavy like The Zombies.

Stones Throw Records @stonesthrow

Brothertiger – “Out of Touch”

Brooklyn electronic artist is currently touring the USA and will be back in NYC 11/4 at Webster Hall.


Alba – “Operator”

This Australian duo pulls you in with sinister beats and bass and will please any fan of classic house music.


Yung – “Nobody Cares”

A great 2015 guitar song, but don’t worry it’s not emo.

Tough Love Records @ToughLove

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – “As I Walk (ft. Josephine Oniyama)

You need to start following this Manchester-based trumpeter who’s become a rising star in the UK jazz scene. New album comes out 10/2 via Gondwana Records.



Gaze – “Seedless”

Sounds pretty 90s right? That’s because this song came out in 1997.

PremRock – “Juliet Has Survived (Dr. Quandary Remix)

One of the more interesting-sounding rapper I’ve heard lately. He’s supposedly influenced by people like Tom Waits, Kool G rap, Ernest Hemingway, and Nina Simone, and his mixture of samples will appeal to many different listeners.


Steve Lawson – “The Way Home”

This song opens like an intro to a movie – everything slowly comes in when it needs to and it ends up growing into a compelling recording.



I’m gonna go drink some Oktoberfest. Have a good weekend everyone!