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I'm away on a little vacation (I know, again), so instead of putting together Episode 46 of the 'Mix Tape Radio' show and then failing to create posts for the music on that episode... I decided to make some 8tracks mix tapes that provide a little look back on the past 45 episodes.

So, this first 8tracks mix is made up of 50 tracks that were played on the first 15 episodes. Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the music that was played in the first 15 episodes, but it still will give you a pretty good idea of the good tunes you may have foolishly missed out on (I mean, you can listen to all the episodes over here, or even download them all over on iTunes).

I would write some more, but the wifi in our hotel room is spotty at best. So press play and enjoy the above mix (even if you've listened to all the episodes before, it's still a pretty enjoyable 50 track mix to have in the ol' headphones for a couple hours).

 

Episode 45 - Joe Fletcher / Roger Miller / Hozier

Episode 45 of the Mix Tape Radio show went online last week (listen to it here if you haven't already and/or get all the episodes on iTunes), and today I conclude my 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about the 18 tracks that were featured on episode 45 with these three…


|| (00:29:10) Joe Fletcher - Florence, Alabama ||

This is one of those albums that I could tell I was going to like based strictly on the cover art. I'm a sucker for a rough around the edges 'proper-country' album, so when this album appeared in my Bandcamp music feed, my spidey senses started to tingle. 10 seconds into the first track and I was sold. Which quickly moved this album from my Music Feed to my Collection.


|| (00:17:05) Roger Miller - It Happened Just That Way ||

I couldn't find an online version of the version of 'It Happened Just That Way' that was featured on Episode 45 (I could only find this version, and it's not the same and not as good) so I figured I would upload the track I had on my computer, along with the cover art. Just in case no one was wondering.


|| (00:50:01) Hozier - Work Song ||

I remember when Hozier first appeared on the scene, and his 3 track EP was available on Bandcamp for 'whatever price you fancy'. After one listen, especially to 'Take Me To Church', I could tell that this guy was going to get pretty big. Well, he got pretty big, pretty quick (with an SNL appearance last month) and now his music isn't available on Bandcamp anymore. I hate when that shit happens. I mean, I'm glad his music is doing well (because he makes good music), and he seems like a good guy and he's undeniably talented, I just wish bands wouldn't start off on Bandcamp and then disappear from there as soon as their careers reach that next level. Bandcamp doesn't have to be just for indie bands you know? Hozier… y u no Bandcamp?


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. Ok? Ok.

 

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Episode 45 - ARMS / Teen Mom / Jack Hayter

Episode 45 of the Mix Tape Radio show went online last week (listen to it here if you haven't already and/or get all the episodes on iTunes), and today I continue rambling about the 18 tracks featured on the episode, 3 tracks at a time


|| (00:40:11) ARMS - Ballad of Big Nothing (Elliott Smith cover) ||

There really isn't too much that needs to be said about Backwards Record, besides the following facts: it's 8 cover songs from the always great ARMS and it is a completely FREE download. Me writing anything else about it would just be waste of both of our times… so just go listen / get it now.


|| (00:33:47) Teen Mom - Kitchen ||

I thought I had already featured 'Kitchen' —my favourite track off Teen Mom's great EP Gilly— on an episode of Mix Tape Radio, but I guess I was just thinking about one of the 'Favourites Of 2013' mixes I made on 8tracks awhile back. I suppose when you make a lot of mix tapes and listen to a lot of music, you sometimes lose track of the tracks you have and haven't featured. Luckily, good music sounds good even a year after you first heard it, so there isn't really a time limit on when you can add it to a mix tape.


|| (00:18:40) Jack Hayter - Just as the Tide was Flowing ||

I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. A secret I only discovered when I went to get the embed code for this track on Audio Antihero's recent 5 year birthday compilation. This Jack Hayter track is a 'secret song'. Don't believe me? Just go look at the track listing. It's not on there. But it is on there. You just have to download the compilation to get it. Wanna know another secret? There are more secret songs stuck in that birthday ZIP. Happy birthday indeed.


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: 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.