Halloween 2014 (an 8tracks mix)

I wasn't planning on making a Halloween mix.

But then I came across a sweet tune about a zombie lamenting the other day, and Shakey Graves recently put out an ace song about a house being haunted, and Jamie T's new album has a track called 'Zombie'… and, well, before I knew it I had fell into that all too common mix tape hole and came out with an all hallow's eve themed playlist of 20 tunes.

So press play and get a little haunted.

And if you think that 20 tunes is not enough, then go press 'play all' on my 8tracks Halloween Playlist, which contains two more Halloween mixes.

 

Episode 45: Jamie T/ Evan P Donahue / Bryant Eugene Vazquez

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, I think the tunes featured are too good to just have me put them in a mix tape on one day and then move on to talking about something else.

So here's another 3 song breakdown of the 18 tasty tracks that made up Episode 45


|| (00:03:27) Jamie T - Love Is Only A Heartbeat Away ||

I'm gonna need to listen to the new Jamie T album a few more times. I was a massive fan of the first two albums, so I think my first listen was spent waiting for a 'If You Got The Money' moment, and that never really came (I guess the closest thing to that was the track 'Zombie'). However, I was also hoping for a 'Jilly Armeen' moment and 'Love Is Only A Heartbeat Away' definitely checked that box. And that was enough for me to snap out of my “this wasn't quite what I was hoping for”. So now I just need to go back and listen to the album without any expectations for things I liked from his past work. Because that's how one should listen to the new album from an artist you really like and are super stoked is back in the game (I was also hoping for a moment like that), and I really like Jamie T and I'm really glad he's back.


|| (00:10:38) Evan P. Donohue - Felix ||

This track, off Evan's latest album, doesn't really hit you with how great it is until you get to the spoken word explanation around the 2:34 mark. And then after Evan explains that the song is basically a theme song he wrote for a cool dude he met while covering for a buddy as a valet, everything clicks. Which just goes to show how important it is to listen to a song all the way through. I really hope the accompanying music video will be some sort of mini-doc on this Felix cat, and most importantly, I want to see this guy driving around in his Miata bobbing his head and pointing two thumbs back at himself singing the chorus. Can someone make that happen?


|| (00:58:47) Bryant Eugene Vazquez - Countryside Mess ||

Bryant Eugene Vazquez just put out a little collection of 5 wonderfully lofi, rough around the edges tunes. It's the perfect companion piece to came-out-last-year-but-I-only-came-across-it-this-year 'Dear Brother Death'. So if you only have one of these albums, or even worse, don't have any, you should pop over to his Bandcamp page and go fix that (he's actually got quite a few albums over there, so I probably need to go investigate more and fix the fact that I only have two).


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. Alright? Alright.

 

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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