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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Episode 44: A Singer Of Songs / Sea Oleena / SALES

Trying to half-ass keep up with the pace of the internet has finally wore me out. And if it has worn me out, I can't even imagine what folks with a more normal 'need for new music' have been feeling. So I'm gonna be slowing my roll a bit. Every 2nd Monday, I'll continue to post an episode of the Mix Tape Radio show (Episode 44 being the latest one). Then I'll spend the next 2 weeks slowly highlighting the tracks that were featured in that mix tape (as opposed to the old plan of immediately trying to think of even more music to try and talk about).

Which should work out to me quietly shouting about 18 tracks every two weeks (all the while, updating and improving the 24hr internet stream). That seems like plenty. Maybe even too much still. I guess we'll see. But for now, here are 3 of those tracks… 


|| (00:06:06) A Singer of Songs - Map of Lost Places ||

You know, I almost was one of the people going “woah woah woah woah woah woah woah woah woah” on this track. But my shitty microphone went from shitty to not working, and Lieven ended up having to scrap the idea of getting friends from around the world to be his drunken choir to friends close enough that he could record them himself. So now I just walk around with this on my headphones and “woah woah” along with it, pretending that I actually am on the record. You should go get it and do the same. Even if you don't want to “woah woah”, the entire album is great and contains some of A Singer Of Songs best work to date.


|| (00:14:04) SALES - getting it on ||

SALES has been dropping ace single after ace single for about a year… and now all those ace singles (+ a couple more) have been put together into an ace EP. If you haven't already, you should go snag it now.


|| (00:34:09) Sea Oleena - Everyone WIth Eyes Closed ||

“Hey, the song in the above player isn't the track you featured on Episode 44!”. Very observant of you. The thing is, even though Shallow has now been officially released, you can only sample one track on Bandcamp. It's an excellent track (and one that was featured in Episode 43), but 'Everyone WIth Eyes Closed' is locked behind doors. Well, locked behind doors on Bandcamp, but you can go sample the whole thing on Spotify. Although, you don't really need to sample more than the 1st track to know that this album is a beauty and should be added to your collection. So maybe go do that, yeah?


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 if you haven't already as well, go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on.


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