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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Episode 44: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy / Perfume Genius / Leonard Cohen

Episode 44 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs on last week (listen to it here if you haven't already and/or grab it over on iTunes as well), so today I'll continue the task of briefly talking a little bit about each of the tracks that were featured on it. Here's 3 more of the 18 tracks featured on Episode 044


|| (00:30:23) Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Quail And Dumplings ||

When I first heard this track on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's latest album 'Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongue', I thought “boy this guy must love himself some quail”, as it appeared to me that this was at least the 2nd time I've heard him sing about it. But it turned out that this was just a re-working of the same quail song off 'Wolfroy Goes To Town' (in fact, more than a few songs on this latest album are re-works from 'Wolfroy'). Luckily, Will is a master of doing covers of his own songs (best example: this upbeat version of the previously very downbeat 'I See A Darkness'), so this new album still manages to sound like a new album, even though it kinda isn't.


|| (00:28:10) Perfume Genius - Don't Let Them In ||

Perfume Genius knows his way around a hauntingly beautiful piano ballad. His latest album has strays away from the slow jams more than the past albums have (hello 'Queen'), but for me, it's the stripped down beauties like 'Don't Let Them In' that resonate the most. But if you haven't already, you should go give the whole thing a spin or two. It's another great album from him.


|| (00:19:00) Leonard Cohen - You Got Me Singing ||

It's hard to believe that this guy is 80. Not because he hasn't been around in our culture long enough for that number to seem too high, it's just that his latest album seems too good and cool for an 80 year old to knock out. I don't have a tonne of personal experience with 80 year olds, but I'd have to say that 100% of the 80 year olds I've met in my life would not be capable of putting together anything close to 'Popular Problems'. I guess that's why Leonard is a legend and not hogging a bench in a park somewhere.


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.

 

Audio Antihero Turned 5 Years Old!

Hey folks… my arch nemesis Audio Antihero turned 5 years old the other day. Which means a couple things…

  1. You can get this swell compilation for whatever you fancy.
  2. You can get 50% off any of their many ace releases (only until midnight tonight, after that the discount goes down to 15%) with their NSFW discount code “fuckthisshit”.

So go and support one of the best DIY labels around, helping yourself to some great music all the while helping them push on for 6 candles on the next cake.

 

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Episode 44: Field Report / Field Medic / Winter Aid

Episode 44 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs on Monday (listen to it here if you haven't already), and as I mentioned yesterday, I'll be spending the days between this episode and the next one briefly talking a little bit about the tracks that were featured. Because the tunes are too good to just have me put them in a mix tape and then move on to something else. So here's 3 more of the 18 tracks featured on Episode 044


|| (00:50:48) Field Report - Marigolden ||

The new Field Report album is amazingly good. I'm not gonna say anymore about it, because the good folks at Wake The Deaf have already written a brilliant post about the hows and whys, so if well formed thoughts on an album are required for further convincing (i.e. if pressing play on the above track isn't enough for you to go “ok. yeah. that is fucking great”), go read what Jon had to say about it.

My only complaint about the album is that it is not available on Bandcamp (like their 1st —and also brilliant— album). That's not just because I prefer to buy things on Bandcamp (which I do), but also because I currently live in the UK and the album doesn't drop here until next month.


|| (00:25:02) Field Medic - GYPSY DEAD GIRL ||

Speaking of the good folks over at Wake The Deaf, who knows when this great Field Medic EP would have found its way to my ears if not for my frequent stops over to their Tumblr. Since one often sees cover art before they hear the music, I definitely wasn't expecting to hear such a americana-tinge in these tracks, especially on the lovely opener 'Gypsy Dead Girl'. I think I was expecting something a bit more grungy, but I guess that's why the familiar expression “don't judge a book by it's cover” got so familiar.


|| (00:09:31) Winter Aid - The Wisp Sings ||

Speaking of finding out about great music through other people… I only came across this lovely Winter Aid EP through a ‘check this out’ post from Todd Goldstein of ARMS. Which just goes to prove that if you really like the music that someone makes (i.e. ARMS makes great music), then the odds are pretty good that you'll also like the music they like (i.e. this Winter Aid album).


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.

 

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