Episode 45: The Weather Station, Sturgill Simpson, Benjamin Woods

Episode 45 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs on Monday (listen to it here if you haven't already), and I'll be spending the 2 weeks between this episode and the next one briefly talking a little bit about the tracks that were featured. Why? Well, the tunes are just too good to just have me put them in a mix tape one day and then move on to talking about something else. So here's the first 3 bite breakdown of the 18 tasty tracks that made up Episode 45


|| (00:00:26) The Weather Station - Soft Spoken Man ||

Sometimes the only appropriate way to describe an album is to just say “it's lovely”. Well, maybe in the case of the latest album from The Weather Station, “it's really lovely” would be more appropriate. So now that all my written convincing is out of the way, all that's left for you to do is press the play button and hear for yourself.


|| (00:32:13) Sturgill Simpson - A Little Light Within ||

I had the pleasure of seeing this guy play live the other month, and from my position of 5 feet away, I can confirm that he's just as good in person as he is on tape. It really is a shame that the vast majority of people who claim to be into “country music” —and in America, that is a massive number— are not talking about this kind of “country music”. Because this guy makes the real stuff.


|| (00:25:45) Benjamin Woods - Nobody Ever Got Rich By Making People Sad ||

I'm not sure if this little EP should be considered a Benjamin Woods one or a Golden Dregs one. I guess the cover art sort of makes that obvious, but it is on The Golden Dregs Bandcamp page and Benjamin Woods is kind of The Golden Dregs… so maybe it's best to think of it as pre-Golden Dregs. Or maybe you shouldn't waste your time thinking about all that and just pop over to Bandcamp and grab it for yourself. Oh yeah… and speaking of Benjamin Woods being more than one thing, you should totally go check out his latest musical project Lost Dawn and their bad ass tune 'Manchild'.


If you haven't already, you should totally give these 3 albums your ears at some point this week. Maybe even a bit of your wallet. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on as well. Yeah? Yeah.

 

Episode 44: Foxes In Fiction / Drug Cabin / the Growlers

This here post is the last one to feature 3 songs from Episode 44 of the 'Mix Tape Radio' show. Why is it the last post? Well, there were 18 tracks featured on that episode and I have already posted about the other 15 over the last two weeks. So the math kind of  does itself. So scroll downwards and give a listen to these 3 gems and when something catches your fancy, go listen to the full album (they are all great and worthy of a spot in your Bandcamp collections). And then maybe go follow HI54LOFI on Mixcloud (and / or subscribe on iTunes) as Episode 45 will coming next week.


|| (00:05:00) Foxes in Fiction - Amanda ||

This is one of those albums where you can't really pick one track out, you really need to listen to the whole thing, start to finish. One track leads into the next. In other words, Ontario Gothic is an 'album' album. And it is really lovely. Since the nature of these posts is me embedding that track that featured on the Mix Tape, I've embedded Amanda above… but you really should just start your listening out at track 1 and don't stop till it hits the end.


|| (00:54:33) drug cabin - Baywatch ||

If you had a similar musical past as me, you too may have always wondered “what the hell happened to Ambulance LTD?”. They put out an excellent self-titled debut back in 2005, and then they sort of disappeared. Which always kind of bummed me out, as it seemed like they should of done the opposite of disappear. Well, good news kids. Drug Cabin not only features a guy from Ambulance LTD, but you can totally hear that Drug Cabin features a guy from Ambulance LTD. So go dig in.


|| (00:57:45) the Growlers - Going Gets Tuff ||

This Growlers album is full of catchy tunes. Someone on Bandcamp described it as “Nineties Brit Pop meets Surf Rock” and I'd have to agree with that. Or at least, I've been trying to put my finger on the English band (or bands) that I keep having moments of being reminded of, and since I've yet to put my finger on it, I'll just 2nd what this Joyce lady said. And I'll just add that you should probably go check it out in full for yourself.


Alright, that is a wrap on Episode 44 and all the songs that were featured. If you've scrolled all the way down here without hitting a play button, go scroll back up and give these 3 tracks (and the albums they come from) your ears at some point today / this week. Maybe even a bit of your wallet. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should probably also go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. OK? Ok.

And see you next week with a brand new episode.

 

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Episode 44: Shakey Graves / Wes Tirey / Majestico

Episode 44 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs last week —listen to it here if you haven't already and/or grab it over on iTunes as well— and today I continue the task of briefly talking a little bit about each of the tracks that were featured on it (in the hopes that if you listened to the mix tape but didn't go investigate any of the tunes further, these posts will be a good reminder to do so)…


|| (00:00:25) Shakey Graves - Family And Genus ||

You should already know this yourself, but I will say it anyways: the new Shakey Graves album is brilliant. If you haven't already listened to it, but you have listened to past releases, then the one thing you should prepare yourself for is an album that is a little more produced. I've seen some people complain about this, but those people are crazy. So don't listen to them. Just go listen to the album, because as much as we all fell in love with the guitar and suitcase drum, Shakey's got a lot more up his sleeve than that.


|| (00:42:34) Wes Tirey - Blue Ridge Mountain Blues ||

Wes Tirey's an old soul. And his latest album is another example of that. The tunes sound like they were pulled straight out of the dirty thirties. Or at least that's what I like to think. Of course, I was not around in the dirty thirties, so I don't really know if that is an accurate description of his music. So maybe go find an old person and put some Wes Tirey on and see if that makes them start reminiscing about dust storms and lard sandwiches.


|| (00:46:37) majestico - I'm Gone (The Great Escape) ||

I was reminded of this great old Majestico album when I downloaded a NoiseTrade compilation that had a track off his latest album. I still need to give the new album a proper investigation, but since I already owned the old album and have somehow never included a track off it on one of these mix tapes, I figured Episode 44 would be could place to put an end to that.


If you haven't already, you should totally give these 3 tracks (and the albums they come from) your ears at some point today / this week. Maybe even a bit of your wallet. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should probably also go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. Alright? Alright.

 

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Episode 44: Gorgeous Bully / The Golden Dregs / Allah-Las

Episode 44 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs last week (listen to it here if you haven't already and/or grab it over on iTunes as well), and today I continue the task of briefly talking a little bit about each of the tracks that were featured on it.

So without further ado-ing, Here's 3 more of the 18 tracks featured on Episode 044


|| (00:16:54) gorgeous bully - Beauty Don't Give A Shit ||

If you've only recently got into Gorgeous Bully, it's pretty likely that you were only partly aware of how great they were. You see, a bunch of excellent early releases disappeared off the internet a little while back, slightly disguising just how many great tunes they've been responsible for. Luckily for anyone that wasn't down with GB from the get go, they've just put out an ace collection of new & old recordings to dive into. So go dive into them. And then cross your fingers that they'll be putting together another similar collection, as there are even more gems from their back catalogue that never made it onto 'Smiling, Laughing' (for example: Devil Woman).


|| (00:38:19) The Golden Dregs - What a Life, What a Waste ||

The Golden Dregs are fast becoming one of my favourite bands discoveries of 2014. Not only have I yet to hear a track online that I didn't more than really like, I was also sent a sneak peak of their upcoming album from that good looking bully mentioned above, and it's going to be a beauty of a record. I'm not sure when that full length will drop, so for now, go grab this excellent compilation from 80N7 (which features a bunch of great tunes) and then go spend some time on The Golden Dregs Bandcamp page doing a little prep work before their album comes out.


|| (00:22:23) Allah-Las - Buffalo Nickel ||

There are not too many negatives that come from getting to take a 2 week vacation in Tenerife followed by a 1 week vacation in Barcelona. But in my case, there was one. And that was having to miss out on the Allah-Las concert in Nottingham last month because I had to work the night of the concert and couldn't really get somebody else to cover for me because it fell in between already getting people to cover for me on my two vacations. Life always finds a way to be a bitch.


If you haven't already, you should totally give these 3 tracks (and the albums they come from) your ears at some point today / this week. Maybe even a bit of your wallet. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should probably also go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. Yeah? Yeah.

 

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