A Songdrop Mix Tape | August 2014

Just like this time one month ago, I've picked 5 songs each from YoutubeSoundcloud, & Bandcamp and assembled them all in an order that sounds good to these ears in the player below (or if you prefer, you can jump over on Songdrop, or you can even download the Songdrop app and listen on that little computer in your pocket that you use to screen phone calls from your mom).

So press play on a lovely new track from Sea Oleena and then just leave it playing until Adult Mom finishes singing about probably being old enough (and in between those you'll hear: new tracks from Danielle Fricke, Dude York, Justin Townes Earle, Sea Wolf, Thrupence, Owl John + Jeff Tweedy singing in a cave with Lucius + a NSFW Timber Timbre + even more).

And while you're listening, remember to remember: music makes all our lives a bit more bearable, but the continued making of that music requires all of us listeners to give a little love back (whether that be by buying the artist a metaphorical pint, turning your friends on to them, or even just letting the artist know you dig… anything beyond secret appreciation goes a long way).


Four From My Bandcamp Collection - 31

It's Friday again. You know the drill. I pop over to my Bandcamp Collection and put 4 albums into an invisible sack and not-literally nail them on to the wall below (with my favourite track from said album queued up and a little blurb about the album below it). Then you give them all a listen and (hopefully) go “yeah, I like that too”, right before you go add the albums to your own collection.

This album oozes cool & bad ass-ness. If you're into that, then you should get into this. Favorite track: Shave Yr. Brain.

pre-Parquet Courts, but not pre-awesome tunes. Favorite track: Landlocked State.

I'm not sure why the cover art doesn't seem to show up… but don't let that stop you from pressing play. This is some quality stuff (especially, but not exclusively, if you're from western Canada). Favorite track: Why Am I Leaving?.

Hat Tip to my buddy Lieven for playing this record last time I crashed at his pad in Barcelona (Zoe had just played a secret show on his roof the night before). Lovely stuff. Favorite track: Fade.

Remember to come back next Friday for the exciting continuation of this weekly feature. You can also check out / follow my Bandcamp Collection and stay one step ahead of these posts (if that's your bag) AND/OR you can also listen to my Bandcamp collection as a big ol' playlist over on Minilogs (not to mention an even bigger playlist of ‘available on Bandcamp’ goodness). And finally, you'll hear the above artists (and a whole bunch more) over on my 24hr internet radio station 'Mix Tape Radio by HI54LOFI'.


Michael Cera - true that

Like a lot of people, I was coloured very intrigued by the news that Michael Cera had put out an album of lofi bedroom recordings on Bandcamp. There's just something very unexpected and modest about the whole thing. He's a pretty successful dude, but the release happened the same way most albums on Bandcamp happen: it wasn't there one day, and it was there the next.

Of course, the Michael Cera-ness of who released it definitely put the album on a lot more radar's than your typical Bandcamp bedroom release. But there is something quite charming about it (perhaps the fact that it sounds like your typical Bandcamp bedroom release). The charm factor being high probably has to do with how, usually, when someone from Hollywood decides to dip their sexy toes in the music world, there is a lot of money & people behind their plunge and the whole thing feels a bit phoney. But this album sounds exactly like some non-Hollywood guy made it in his bedroom in between working as temp in an office or as a barista. I am a little surprised that he didn't opt for a 'Name Your Price, No Minimum' charge instead of $7, but hey, there are 18 tracks on it.

Is it good? Well, it is not bad. It has its moment (also, I'm writing this while listening for the first time, so I haven't quite made my mind up yet - but the Blaze Foley cover is great). I think I still need to get over the fact that it's the guy from Arrested Development & Super Bad fame (and Juno, and Scott Pilgrim, and etc.) noodling away on the guitar and piano. But on the overall, I definitely think Michael Cera casually releasing an album of lofi bedroom recordings on Bandcamp (under his own name) is a pretty cool thing in its own right.

And can you really ask for more than that on a Thursday?