Oh Carolines

There are a lot of songs written about Caroline.

When compared to the amount of Carolines I've actually met in real life —I went to school with one (probably a couple more, but I only remember one), I have a friend of a friend named Caroline, and then my mom is friends with a couple (although they go by Carol, so I don't know if that counts)— it all seems a bit out of proportion (I mean, the amount of Roxannes that I know is more in line with how many songs are about Roxanne). It is so much so, that I figured I'd put together an 8tracks mix featuring songs about this mysterious Caroline muse that seems to have been so absent in my life.

There are 20 tracks about Caroline in this mix, although I could have easily kept going. I didn't keep going because I figured I'd keep the mix to songs that I thought were good (sorry Kaiser Chiefs). If you know your Caroline tunes, you've probably guessed that I've included the one about the Caroline who thinks her sh*t doesn't stink & the one about the Caroline that is sweet (although, it's the Roy Orbison cover). But over the course of the 20 tracks featured, there is a lot of lesser known and fairly new Caroline gems here to discover (10 that have come out in the last 8 years). In fact, the mix was inspired by an unexpected bit of 'Mix Tape Radio' randomness that had the Noah Gunderson, Coma Cinema & Bill Baird odes to a Caroline play close enough together in one day that made me stop and take note.

So… even if Caroline isn't your name or you've never had your heart broken by one or been infatuated with one, this mix should still sound good in the headphones. But if you do know a Caroline, or if you are a Caroline, maybe you'll get a slightly bigger kick out of it.


My Week In Review - Mar 30th - Apr 5th

Another week done gone. Here's a recap of some of things that helped me get through mine.

Alright… meet you back here, same time next week (or follow on Twitter / Tumblr Facebook and catch most of these things in real time).



Four From My Bandcamp Collection - 13

It's Saturday. Again. Which means I've popped over to my Bandcamp Collection, grabbed 4 gems that I think anyone with properly working ear drums would enjoy, and then I set them down nicely on the screen below. Have a listen and then maybe go add them to your own collection.

The whole thing is great… but track number 2 is the one that really kills me. Favorite track: Somehow To Keep It Going.

A really excellent album, and further proof as to why keeping up with Gold Flake Paint recommendations should be on everyone's To Do list. Favorite track: Steady Your Hands.

This is the kind of album that you put on when you are going to spend the entire day sitting on the front porch, maturely savouring a bottle of whiskey. Favorite track: Love Song.

This is one of those albums that transports you back to a time where you didn't actually exist, so pop on the headphones and just pretend you're in a smoke filled room where everyone is dressed sharp, dancing cool, and calling each other “cat”. Favorite track: Sleepin' Pills.

Hope you find the time to give all 4 a proper listen, cause if you do, then the next logical step would be thinking about adding them to your own collection (if they're not already in there). And then remember come back next week for the exciting continuation of this weekly feature (or you can check out / follow my Bandcamp Collection and stay one step ahead of these posts, if that's your bag).


Boring Ecstasy: The Bedroom Pop of Orchid Tapes

Some musical recommendations don't require wordy metaphors, you can just describe things exactly as they are.

For example, this compilation comes from one of the best labels going right now (Orchid Tapes) and it features 14 tracks from 14 artists making some of the finest bedroom tunes around. You can get the digital version for whatever price you fancy, and if you have one of those old school “put a needle onto spinning vinyl and somehow amazing sound comes out” machines, you can chill out to the coke bottle green or electric blue LP version.

If you need anymore swaying, just press play and the music will do any further persuasion that is required to get you hitting the 'buy' button.



Owen Dacombe Steel - Time Machine Blues

The other day, I received an email from Bandcamp informing me that Owen Dacombe Steel had just released a new album… but this isn't that album. Why? Well, two reasons:

  1. The "new" album was actually just 2 songs from this excellent "old" album
  2. That new album has since been removed

But I didn't let those two things get me too bummed out, as the whole minor incident was a good reminder that even though I have been thoroughly enjoying the loose & old-timey vibes of the appropriately titled TIME MACHINE BLUES for a good while now, for some reason it wasn't a part of my Bandcamp collection (I guess the reason was that I must have downloaded it for free back in moment of penny pinching weakness). Well, this album is too good not to kick a few shekels towards, not too mention that it's way too good to not have sitting up on my digital record shelf.

On top of that, I've also never officially said "hey this album is really great and you should all go get it" (unless you count having a track from it sandwiched in between a bunch of other tracks on one of my Favourites Of 2013 mixes). So today is a day for killing a few birds with just one stone (i.e. it's now in my collection & you've all been warned about its excellent-ness).

So go get it if you don't have it already.