Summer Mixtape Vol. II

August 11, 2009

It’s time for another mix tape. Here’s what we’re listening to:

Friendly Fires – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)
Passion Pit featuring Ellie Goulding – Sleepyhead (Starsmith Remix)*
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Hysteric (acoustic)
Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able
Blue Roses – I Am Leaving
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks (featuring Kanye West)
Phoenix – Girlfriend
Bibio – Lover’s Carvings
Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi

*Just a great remix with radically altered vocals. Ellie Goulding (of no prior fame really) has a sharp and delicate voice that seems on the precipice of cracking. The ocean of synth is pretty much opposite the “organic” instrumentation of recently written-about “Let The Beat Build.” Without a doubt this is where pop music is moving [back?].

darabuc-pablo-amargo-ballena-exposicion-en-garabat-bilbao

The extra credit…

Advertisements

Summer Sounds Mixtape I

June 25, 2009


More than any other season, summer seems to naturally grow into its own soundtrack. This kind of natural association that forms between a track or album and a time was the primary motivation for this blog when it began. I really can’t explain why summer is the most likely season to become its own musical genre, maybe it’s major chords, or maybe it’s just sunshine.

So here it is, with as little pretense as possible, after all, a mixtape like this makes itself.

Grizzly Bear and Dead Prez – Two Weeks of Hip-Hop (The Hood Internet Mash-up)
Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move
YACHT – Psychic City
The Hundred in the Hands – Dressed in Dresden
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Remix)
Passion Pit – The Reeling
Santigold – Lights Out (Tepr Emo Remix)
Kleerup featuring Lykke Li – Until We Bleed
Camera Obscura – French Navy
St Vincent – The Party
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

Read the rest of this entry »

The Democratic Music

February 27, 2009

fireThere was a plan. It was to share a new group, and a new single coming out on an album due out soon. So much for that plan, because Phoenix, a band no one has ever I have never heard of dropped this smoking hot track for free on their website. Since when is free music awesome?.. since it was free.

Go here to hear it and download it, and to see the OP.

Put it on repeat until the teeny boppers steal it for their GG commercials. An aside: it’s only a matter of time, until popularity makes anything mainstream. All the bloggers that call themselves independent, may one day be just as mainstream as your top 40 station. At what point does Stereogum lose its indie-street cred? Should it matter? And that is the democracy of music.