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This is one of my favourite mixes. It’s short, but it’s made up of some of my all-time favourite soft/chill-out sort of tunes. I’ll often go through phases of obsessive mixtape listening, then eventually tire of them. I’ve had this one in my iTunes for near 2 years now*, and it’s one I constantly re-visit and listen to over and over again. I love it just as much now as I did the day I created it. I hope you’ll all enjoy it as much as I do. :)
01. Trespassers William – Weakening
02. Lotte Kestner – Leif Erikson
03. Mariee Sioux – Buried In Teeth
04. Fever Ray – When I Grow Up
05. Bang Gang - Inside
06. Fauxliage – Let It Go
07. Sia - I’m In Here
08. Trespassers William – Different Stars
09. Julia Stone – With The Light
*For funsies and to switch things up a little bit, I added in one new favourite song – the final Julia Stone track – as she’s a recent musical find that I’m loooving to death and whose music perfectly fits this existing mix.
It’s summer. (No, really guys. It is! Don’t let this rain fool you.) In my books, Summer means laid back cheery tunes. And that’s what we’ve got here… some moderately upbeat feel good sort of music mixed in with a few more mellow gems. My sort of soundtrack to the summer. What are your summer go-to tunes?
01. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Shampoo
02. Metric – Satellite Mind
03. Polly Scattergood – Nitrogen Pink
04. Bat For Lashes – Priscilla
05. Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining
06. St. Lola in the Fields – Sunny
07. Bon Iver - Towers
08. Elizabeth & the Catapult – Race You
09. Sea Wolf – Dew in the Grass
10. Heather Woods Broderick – From the Ground
11. Goldfrapp - A&E (Maps Remix)
12. Emiliana Torrini – Unemployed in Summertime
13. Cathy Davey – Wild Rum
14. Sarah Slean - Parasol
15. The National – Ada
16. Regina Spektor – Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
About a month or so ago, Canadian band Metric released their newest album, Synthetica. I tend to go through spurts with their music. I remember discovering them for the first time 5-6 years ago and being positively obsessed with their album Grow Up and Blow Away. Before a few weeks ago, I’d have said hands down that was my favourite album of theirs and it probably would never be topped in my eyes. (It’s all sorts of amazing. White Gold, Soft Rock Star, The Twist, Raw Sugar – super duper epic songs right there.) Excuse me while I eat my own words now because I’m positively obsessed with their new album, Synthetica. It’s been on repeat for almost the entirety of June and into July now too. So. Stinkin’. Good. And the perfect soundtrack to the upcoming summer.
I don’t get to see a lot of my favourite bands/musicians live; living where I do, very few of them ever make it even remotely close to me. Now, Toronto isn’t particularly close to me. It’s a 2 hour plane ride. But I hear Metric (and Stars!) are playing in Toronto in November. I would seriously consider making a special trip up there just to see them. Any friends in/around Toronto in need of a concert buddy? ;)
What music are you guys currently obsessing over? As always, I love to hear about awesome music to check out.
It’s mixtape time again! This time around, I’m all about tunes that completely take you over, that make you get up immediately within seconds and make you want to rock out alongside these awesome ladies. Basically, if I were a sorta rock star, I’d want to sing these songs. I may not be super into hardcore rock rock, so this is as close as I’ll get. But I think these are some pretty bangin’ tunes. They’ve got attitude, and they make me sing along at the top of my lungs every time (along with the occasional head bang and/or arm pump…) I know I’ll be listening to this as I prep for a show with the band I’m playing in tonight (ahh!) – nervous+excited.
I’m having difficulty putting into words what exactly this month’s mix is about. Like the majority of my mixes that are, more often than not,ra about some random+abstract feeling, this one also follows that pattern. So pardon my lack of eloquence when I simply say that this mix is a chill-meets-peaceful-and-soft-but-also-happyish-slash-optimistic-slash-feel-good-all-the-while-being-relaxed sort of mix. Sound good? Marvelous! On with the tunes…
It’s been a loooong while since I last posted a mixtape. Too long, really. I can’t explain the mini hiatus this feature has had on the blog other than I just wasn’t feelin’ all that musically inspired over the last few months. But fear not, my mixtape making frenzy is back in full force! I’ve put together three (!) in the past week alone. The following, titled Three Thirty-One Twelve after the day the mixtape lull ended, doesn’t so much have a specific theme or concept behind the selected tracks. They were instead chosen for the feeling of a specific moment. Do you ever just zone out and pull together songs at random that just feel right? Like they were somehow meant to be together in that exact moment? (You’re either nodding along enthusiastically thinking, “Preach, sister friend!” right now or looking at me like I have 5 heads. Both are acceptable.) That’s what happened here. These songs just felt like they had to be together and they perfectly describe that March 31st afternoon.
Allow me to preface this mix with the following: silliness ensues.
Back story: iTunes shuffle can be mighty hilarious and/or clever. First, it played “July, July” by The Decemberists. Next up was Fiona Apple’s “Pale September”, followed by “Flowers in December” by Mazzy Star. Notice a bit of a pattern there? You bet I did! So for the sake of being a dork, I was curious if I had a song titled with each month of the year in my iTunes library. I did. (And with songs to spare.) I warned you that silliness was abound! I probably should have mentioned dorkiness, too. So I picked my favourites, and made myself a little mix.
Thirty Days Hath September, April, June and November
01. Tori Amos – Black-Dove (January) ♪
02. Architecture in Helsinki – One Heavy February ♪
03. Anya Marina – Waters of March ♪
04. Simon & Garfunkel – April Will Come She Will ♪
05. Alpha – May ♪
06. Eberg – June ♪
(♥) 07. The Decemberists – July, July ♪
08. Rilo Kiley – August ♪
09. Fiona Apple – Pale September ♪
10. Broken Bells – October ♪
11. Azure Ray – November ♪
12. Mazzy Star – Flowers in December ♪