Episode 45: Bear Medicine / Blake Mills / Bro. Stephen

Episode 45 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs two Mondays back (listen to it here if you haven't already and/or get all the episodes on iTunes), and I'll be spending this week briefly talking a little bit about the tracks that were featured that I haven't already spoken about. Why? Well, the tunes featured on the episode 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 track sampling of the 18 tasty tracks that made up Episode 45


|| (00:42:51) Bear Medicine - Red Bird ||

I admit that I haven't got around to listening to this album in full yet (what I have listened to so far has been very good), but April from Common Folk sent me an email about it when I was in the middle of putting together Episode 45 and all it took was me listening to the lovely opening track to realize I should probably save a spot on the mix tape for it (and in my defence, although I haven't listened to the full album yet, I have listened to that opening track A LOT). You can pick up the album in a bunch of formats over on Bandcamp, so I suggest you pop over there and give it listen (and after I'm done writing this post, I'll be doing the same). Also, since this little rambling from me doesn't do the album proper justice, I suggest you also go read Wake The Deaf's thoughts on it.


|| (00:06:00) Blake Mills - Seven ||

This is the 3rd track from Blake Mills latest album that has ended up on one of these Mix Tape Radio episodes (#40 & #41 to be exact), so I guess you could probably say that I'm a big fan of this record. It probably would have made sense to make this track the 7th song on the mix, given the lyrical content, but things didn't play out that way. This track did make me want to go through a bunch of other albums and see if it is true that the 7th song on most records is the one most likely to make one cry. I will let you know what my research on the topic turns out (you know, once I actually do the research).


|| (00:23:02) Bro. Stephen - Bare Wood ||

This is one of those albums that anyone who likes simply beautiful tunes should own. The whole thing is one bit of loveliness followed by another. I'd already put 'Tears On Tape' on a previous episode of Mix Tape Radio (the 'best of 2012' mix), so when it came time to feature another track from this album (and it was definitely time for that), I had 11 great options to chose from. I went with 'Bare Wood', but it could have been any of them. Because there ain't a single dud on here. You should go get it.


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 45: Joel Brandt / Wilson Pickett / Patchwork Guilt

Episode 45 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs a week ago today (listen to it here if you haven't already and/or get all the episodes on iTunes), and I'll be spending this week briefly talking a little bit about the tracks that were featured that I haven't already spoken about. Why? Well, the tunes featured on the episode 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


|| (00:45:33) Joel Brandt - river song ||

This lovely track is one of those tunes that I don't remember exactly how I came across. The EP came out 3 years ago, and I guess at one point I had downloaded the track and it ended up in the rotation of the little internet radio station that I run. And every now and again, this song would come on —because, yes, I listen to my own radio station— and I'd find myself going “this is nice, who is it?”. Well, after about the 4th or 5th time of that happening, I made a note to remember to include it in an episode of the Mix Tape Radio show. And here we are (I've since changed that note for myself to say “go check out the rest of that Joel Brandt EP that you seem to only have one song from”).


|| (00:14:56) Wilson Pickett - I Found a True Love ||

I've said this before, but it's worth saying again: they sure don't make soul music like they used to And that's a shame. Because this kind of soul music is still so damn good. I just don't understand how it ever fell out of fashion. Surely the world is still making people that can sing like this?


|| (00:53:43) Patchwork Guilt - Washing Line ||

This Patchwork Guilt EP is one of my favourite EPs that came out this year, so it was only a matter of time before I featured another song from it on one of these mix tapes. But what I just noticed, when I went to grab the embed code for the above player, is that Patchwork Guilt now has a full length album available on her Bandcamp page. It features all the tracks from that excellent EP, but with an added 6 more songs. So I guess if you slept on that EP, you'd probably be better off picking up the LP instead. And while you're contemplating that, I will also be contemplating whether I should be picking up an LP that has 5 songs on it that I already have. First world problems strike again.


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.

 

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.