Episode 47 - Man Meets Bear / TYPHOON / Kris Ellestad

EPISODE 047 went up on Mixcloud at the start of this week (and you can also listen to / snag it over on iTunes) and today I continue with my 'few tracks at a time' ramblings about the songs I haven't already talked about. And since I usually aim to natter about 3 songs per post, and since it's 'Covers Friday' (or at least, that seems to be a thing on Tumblr) and this episode had exactly 3 non-Christmas* cover songs... well, I'm sure you've worked out where I'm going with this.

* If you use your imagination a little, these songs can kind of be Christmas songs too. 'Everything You Believe Is A Lie' perfectly captures the way one feels immediately after finding out that Santa Claus is not real; 'Angel In The Snow' has the word "snow" in it; and... well, the John Prine one just captures that lovey dovey feeling that seems to flutter around the air every now and again this time of year.


|| (00:05:05) Man Meets Bear - Everything You Believe Is A Lie ||

When I first came across this excellent The Burning Hell tribute album, I was instantly sold by the mere fact that Dan Mangan, Great Lake Swimmers, and John K Samson were involved. I was then extra sold when I read the reasoning behind this 'tribute' album:

"Nick Ferrio and Andrew Stratis conceived of this album in the spring of 2014 after Mathias had gone through a particularly hard time in his personal life. During the whole process of contacting the different contributors, divvying up songs and orchestrating manufacturing, they managed to keep it all a complete secret. In early October of the same year, with the help of Dan Mangan via video projection, Nick announced it to Mathias while he stood dumfounded on stage in front of a packed crowd at the Rock House in St. John's. Mathias was speechless and barely made it through the rest of the show. He still can't get over this.
But he did decide that all the money raised from the sales of this record will go to the wonderful Kingston Humane Society, in memory of Mary Beth Kom."

I had kind of convinced myself that I was vaguely familiar with The Burning Hell, but I think I was just lying to myself in that way that people who take pride in listening to a lot of music tend to say "yeah... I think I've heard of them before" to any band you mention (even if they're not real). The reality is that I probably am just familiar with the words "the" and "burning" and "hell", so the combination of those 3 words felt recognizable.

But after listening a few times through, I think it's safe to say that I was not familiar with the music made by the combination of those 3 words. Because I think I would remember song writing this interesting. Every song seems to manage to feel like they're veering off into "silly" with one line, and then they pull a u-turn into "clever" with the next. It happens again and again and makes for quite the enjoyable listen. You should definitely go check it out in full yourself (and then, like I've put on my to do list, go check out the folks responsible for the originals).


|| (00:13:13) TYPHOON - In Spite of Ourselves ||

Speaking of great songwriters that manage to feel like they're veering off into "silly" with one line, and then pull a u-turn into "clever" with next (that's a reference to the write-up above if you tagged out of reading that one before the last paragraph)... John Prine has got to be one of the best at it. Not too many people can pull off lines like "smelling my undies", but John Prine can. And apparently, so can the folks from Typhoon, as their lovely little campfire sing-a-long cover proves.


|| (00:52:00) Kris Ellestad - Angel In The Snow ||

Kris Ellestad recently put out a full album of covers (which you can get for free), and the whole thing is really great. Although, if I'm being truthful, I've been so hung up on repeating his Elliott Smith cover that I don't think I've even given the others a second go around on the headphones yet. So I'm going to try and do that soon... I just need to do a few more plays of 'Angel In The Snow' first.


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 next week. Or at least that's the plan (Xmas in Denmark is fast approaching).

 

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.