Episode 47 - Gorgeous Bully / Generationals / Lowpines

EPISODE 047 went up on Mixcloud on Monday (and it should be showing up on iTunes any minute now, if you want to go subscribe now) and today I start the 'few tracks at a time' ramblings about the 15/20 songs that are not Xmas songs (here's the 5/20 songs that taste a little of eggnog). So, plug the headphones on and give a listen to these 3 gems…


|| (00:02:32) Gorgeous Bully - love song for someone else ||

When it came time to put together EPISODE 47, I was torn about whether to go full Christmas, no Christmas, or a little bit of both. This brand new ditty from Gorgeous Bully helped me seal the deal on deciding to go a little bit of both. You see, I was in TK MAXX —which for any Canadians reading this, that's England's version of Winners— and I was in a massive queue of people waiting to purchase their xmas gifts. I had my headphones on, as going into department stores this time of year without your headphones on is ear suicide, and 'Love Song For Someone Else' came on and the chorus took on a Christmas related meaning: “Cause I spend all my time waiting in line for you”. And that's the story behind how EPISODE 47 went from “should I go full Xmas?” to “you don't need to go full Xmas to maintain an Xmas-ish vibe”.


|| (00:23:27) Generationals - Black Lemon ||

I had been hoping Generationals latest album would make its way onto Bandcamp for awhile now… and then the other day I checked again, and there it was. So I guess, despite what the naysayers would try and tell you, hoping does still work. This is good news, especially considering that Christmas is just around the corner and I've been doing a whole lot of hoping lately. Really looking forward to all those other 'hopes' to come to fruition any day now. In the meantime, I'll just be jamming to the latest catchy gem from these guys. Tapping my feet and waiting.


|| (00:27:16) Lowpines - Call If You Need Me ||

Awhile back, I made myself promise to myself that we would not buy anymore cassette tapes until we actually had in our possession one of those things that could actually play cassette tapes. We were doing well with this promise until Lowpines went and released their lovely music on a limited to 25, individually hand-drawn sleeve cassette tape (FYI - there's only a few left). I guess it was my own fault for trying to make a resolution prior to the first of January.


Well, that's it for today. If you made it down here without clicking on anything above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the rest of the songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about later this and next week. OK? ok.

 

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Episode 47 - Landlady (ft Amelia Meath) / Danielle Fricke / Mi Mye / Tom Waits / Diamond Rugs

EPISODE 047 went up on Mixcloud yesterday (it'll be up on iTunes in a few days if you want to go subscribe now) and as I mentioned, it has just a little pinch of a Christmas feel to it. I didn't go full Christmas like I did the last time Mix Tape Radio show went 'Xmas Special', but I've sprinkled just enough discarded tinsel throughout the episode to capture a little bit of the current season. Out of the 20 songs featured in EPISODE 047, only 5 are Christmas songs… and only 2 of those 5 songs are what the elders would call “actual” Christmas songs.

So, I guess I'll start off my 'music featured on the show' ramblings with the tunes that supplied all the eggnog for the coffee that went into putting the latest episode together…


|| (00:00:26) Landlady ft. Amelia Meath - Please Come Home For Christmas ||

There's no avoiding Christmas, but there is avoiding bad Christmas music (pity the fool who goes into a department store in December without their headphones). But avoiding bad Christmas music doesn't necessarily mean you need to avoid all Christmas music. Yeah, most of it can be a bit grating on the nerves, but like it or not, it can also bring back some pretty good memories. So the key is finding some good Christmas tunes for when you want to reminisce without simultaneously gouging your eardrums out. Well, that's just one of the reasons you should really go get this brilliant Xmas Compilation that Hometapes put out this year. It's chock full of the good kind of Christmas music. The other (and probably more important) reason would be that all proceeds go to benefit The Bushwick School of Music. It 'tis the season, after all.


|| (00:09:08) Danielle Fricke - Santa Baby ||

I never really thought of it before, but I think 'Santa Baby' was one of my least favourite Christmas songs. You can probably blame Mariah Carey. It just always had this weird sexed up toddler feeling to it (kind of like the way Marilyn Monroe sang 'Happy Birthday' to JFK). But now that I've heard Danielle Fricke's beautifully haunting version, I guess it wasn't the song so much that irked me, it was the delivery. Danielle's version (and the accompanying video) replaces the Bratz doll with one of those creepy old Victorian dolls. And I dig it (could really hear her version being used in a Christmas episode of American Horror Story). If you dig it too, then you should pop over to her Bandcamp page and pick up the lovely Christmas EP that she recently put out.


|| (00:46:41) Mi Mye - So Cool ||

Ever since meeting the affable chap behind the brilliant Mi Mye at an Indies Keeping Secrets gig earlier this year, I've been meaning to include them in another episode of the Mix Tape Radio show (the last and only other time was all the way back on EPISODE 033). And since I was putting together an Xmas-ish episode, and since Mi Mye put out a Christmas EP last year, now seemed like the perfect time to do so. The other thing I've been meaning to do since that gig was go stock up on previous Mi Mye albums, as one thing that became clear when Jamie was asking if any of us had any song requests for the show… I had only listened to their most recent album (in my defence, I've listened to it A LOT). So if u you also need to catch up on mi mye, I suggest we both agree to go meet up over here.


|| (00:15:18) Tom Waits - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis ||

I'm not one for making absolute statements, but I think it is probably safe to say that this is the best song about receiving a Christmas card from a prostitute… EVER. At the very least, it has to be hands down the best song EVER written about receiving a Christmas card from a prostitute that resides in the Minneapolis area. I'd bet all the Christmas money my Grandma sends me on it. Speaking of which, did anyone else's Grandma stop sending them Christmas money when they moved to another country?


|| (00:57:20) Diamond Rugs - Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant ||

I mentioned yesterday that EPISODE 47 has a little “It's Jesus' Birthday” theme to it, albeit, more of a “JC drinking eggnog, celebrating his birthday alone” kind of vibe. Well, the one song that best captures that mood perfectly is this yuletide jingle from Diamond Rugs. It's such a good Christmas tune that I actually listen to it all year round. Which is no easy feat. Because usually I keep my Christmas songs in a box that I only take out in December.


Well, that's it for today. If you made it down here without clicking on anything above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the rest of the songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about later this and next week. And have a happy holidays, alright? Alright.

 

Booyakasha! Report | Oct + Nov 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, it's been awhile since I posted a 'Booyakasha! Report' (although, if you count yesterday, than it actually has only been a day since the last one). Today I finish up with the task of clearing up the backlog of booyakashas, and then I hopefully won't let things get so built up in the future. But no promises.

For those of you wondering “what the hell is a booyakasha!?”, well it's quite simple. When somebody buys something on Bandcamp that they've directly come to because they've been either poking around your collection (here's mine, if you want to poke), or maybe something you've bought caught their ear in their music feed, or maybe in an email of ‘here's what people you follow have bought lately”, you get a 'Booyakasha! Email'. It would even appear that sometimes you can get a ‘booyakasha!’ for helping someone discover something that you haven't bought. I'm not entirely sure how that bit works, but hey, you should never look a Booyakasha Horse in the mouth.

So, now that all of that is all cleared up, get your headphones ready, scroll down and start clicking on some play buttons to hear all the music that had the 'booyakashas!' hitting my inbox in October and November.

Three Booyakashas! From…

Two Booyakashas! Each From…

One Booyakasha! Each From…

If you'd like to help keep the Booyakasha's coming, you can peruse my Bandcamp collection and find something to add to your own. If for some reason you don't already, now'd be a good time to get your own Bandcamp fan account (which is as simple as just buying some music… and then you can feel the joy of receiving your own Booyakashas!) and then make sure to follow HI54LOFI's fan account, as that way you'll get notified of my new purchases via email and in your Music Feed.

Of course, if you don't like the music I like, then don't follow me… but do still get a Bandcamp Fan account going and then just find people with ear drums that beat closer to your own and follow them.

And remember: every time a Booyakasha rings, an artist gets some bling. Win win win.