Friday, April 11, 2014

Mux145: One For The Teenagers

Consider it one of those Back To Rock muxes. Sans the title change.

Subsequent listens of my initially-eh impression of Cloud Nothings' Here And Nowhere Else are reversing. Who knew an album like that could actually be called a grower? But since my new mux rules state that no band can be on two consecutive muxes, I'll likely go through their whole album one track per month and eventually toss it up to the Hall of Fame (where they'd join Japandroids' Post-Nothing and CN's own Attack On Memory). Helps that two advance tracks have already been muxed.

And the Green Day-to-Rage transition? Get outta here.

Boom.

1. Ty Segall Band - Death (Slaughterhouse) (For that guy who got me kicked out of the Ty Segall 7th St. Entry show)
2. The Kinks - You Really Got Me (Kinks)
3. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not) (For Post)
4. Sleater-Kinney - Entertain (The Woods) (For JCD)
5. Cheatahs - The Swan (Cheatahs)
6. Black Lips - Funny (Underneath The Rainbow) (For that cute girl I talked to for three minutes at the BL show)
7. Cloud Nothings - Giving Into Seeing (Here And Nowhere Else)
8. The Sword - Freya (Guitar Hero II / Age of Winters) (For BTS, JLV and all those others who suffered through the hand-cramping GH II chart)
9. Green Day - Brain Stew (Insomniac) (For JMG, because, eh, why not?)
10. Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade (Evil Empire)
11. The Stooges - 1970 (Fun House)
12. Death From Above 1979 - If We Don't Make It We'll Fake It (Heads Up! EP)

TRT 44:18

Rookies: The Kinks

2014 music: Black Lips, Cheatahs, Cloud Nothings

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mux144: April 2014

If this mux could talk, it'd say, "Boy, there sure were a lot of changes from when the opening track was 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' by The Darkness!" You just can't have anything after it. Or before it. It's a song that exists in a vacuum.

So here's the alternative. And yes, I'm allowed to have two tracks fronted by Kevin Drew. Don't like it? Fine. Make your own series of 144 painstakingly-sequenced, twice-monthly mixes. (Just be sure to drop me a download link.)

Boom.

1. Darkside - Heart (Psychic)
2. Kevin Drew - It's Cool (Darlings)
3. Angel Olsen - Heart (Burn Your Fire For No Witness)
4. Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin)
5. Radiohead - Talk Show Host (The Bends B-Sides)
6. Broken Social Scene - Sweetest Kill (Forgiveness Rock Record)
7. The Men - Pearly Gates (Tomorrow's Hits)
8. Liars - Vox Turned D.E.D. (Mess)
9. Purity Ring - Obedear (Shrines)
10. The War On Drugs - The Haunting Idle (Lost In The Dream)
11. Phantogram - I Don't Blame You (Voices)
12. Washed Out - Paracosm (Paracosm) (For JET)

TRT 55:47

Rookies: Angel Olsen, Darkside

2014 music: Angel Olsen, Kevin Drew, Liars, The Men, Phantogram, The War On Drugs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

JDK's Favorite Music of Q1 2014

I like to take stock of what I've been digging at the beginning of any year, only to look back on it at the year-end and just shake my head. Not like there are any slim pickings, but since I'd rank "staying power" as one the things I look for in an album, you really can't tell if time will be kind or not.

Also, I like procrastinating on Octoberan and posting little album art. (Even though, shit, Dark Soul 2 just showed up at my door.)

Alphabetical order to be fair, and only one sentence (one!) for each.



Black Lips - Underneath The Rainbow
Highlights: "Boys In The Woods," "Smiling"

Oh how I love Black Lips' brand of nuclear-sunshine punk.



Cheatahs - Cheatahs
Highlights: "Geographic," "The Swan"

If you don't mind some not-so-subtle MBV ripoffs and a lite tour of recent rock history (or, well, rock sounds), then this is my stealth favorite of the year so far.



The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
Highlights: "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You," "Oaks"

So what if I just finished my first listen two minutes ago?



Katy B - Little Red
Highlights: "5 AM," "I Like You"

I will not apologize for my love of British dance-pop whatever, especially when the deluxe version includes a seamless mix of the entire album resequenced.



Kevin Drew - Darlings
Highlights: "Good Sex," "It's Cool"

Now that this one isn't "Broken Social Scene presents..." we can all get on with the music of all those wonderful BSS players.



Liars - Mess
Highlights: "Vox Turned D.E.D.," "Mess On A Mission"

Very glad my hope that this album would be cut from the same cloth as WIXIW's electro-experiment "No. 1 Against The Rush" and the glow-in-the-dark raver "Brats." (Frontrunner for album art of the year, despite how it strangely reminds me of Gloss Drop or, specifically, Dross Glop.)



The Men - Tomorrow's Hits
Highlights: "Dark Waltz," "Pearly Gates"

And thus continues the trend of The Men to veer hard from their roots of scuzz-punk into some sort of big-band brassy country rockout.



Phantogram - Voices
Highlights: "Nothings But Trouble," "Fall In Love"

I have said this once and I'll say it a million times (and Minneapolis Bill has my back): To all the dudes out there, I guarantee your girlfriend will like this band as much or more than you do. (Edit: Whoa! Apparently this was up at #11 on Billboard. The regular Billboard, not any of its niche charts.)



Real Estate - Atlas
Highlights: "Had To Hear," "Talking Backwards"

These guys have some motherfucking chops as musicians, which they so cleverly hide amid all the idyll.



St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Highlights: "Birth In Reverse," "Regret"

While she might not be able to shred in the conventional sense, Annie Clark makes the craziest sounds out of her guitar since Tom Morello.



The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Highlights: "Suffering," "The Haunting Idle"

Gotta throw in some dreamy, fractured, quasi-ambient rock.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mux143: Muxploitation

I came up with the title then threw a bunch of stuff together. Apologies in advance for sudden aural shifts.

Boom

1. Cheatahs - I / Geographic (Cheatahs)
2. Metz - Dirty Shirt (Leave Me Out / Dirty Shirt 7")
3. Jack White - Sixteen Saltines (Blunderbuss)
4. Haim - Honey & I (Haim)
5. St. Vincent - Birth In Reverse (St. Vincent)
6. Real Estate - Crime
7. Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma (Here And Nowhere Else)
8. Superchunk - Unbelievable Things (Indoor Living)
9. The National - Learning (Perfume Genius cover) (I Need My Girl single)
10. Chvrches - Tether (The Bones of What You Believe)
11. Arcade Fire - Afterlife (Reflektor)
Bonus Track: Kanye West - Bound 2 (Yeezus)

TRT 45:06

Rookies: Cheatahs, Jack White

2014 music: Cheatahs, Cloud Nothings, Real Estate, St. Vincent

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mux142: March 2014

For all zero of you who feverishly follow my Last.fm stats, you've known this lineup for two weeks. Getting dangerously ahead of myself.

Boom.

1. Klaxons - Children of the Sun (Untitled 2014 album)
2. Phantogram - Nothing But Trouble (Voices)
3. Sonic Youth - Sugar Kane (Dirty)
4. Savages - She Will (Silence Yourself)
5. Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zeppelin III)
6. Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank) (Extended Version) (Good Kid M.A.A.D. City)
7. Fatlip - What's Up Fatlip (What's Up Fatlip?)
8. Aesop Rock - Save Yourself (Labor Days)
9. Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You (Channel Orange)
10. Four Tet - Unspoken (Album Version*) (Rounds)
11. Chromatics - Kill For Love (Running From The Sun Remix) (For JET)
12. Katy B - I Like You (Little Red)

TRT 57:48

Rookies: Fatlip, Katy B Kendrick Lamar, Led Zeppelin

2014 music: Katy B, Klaxons, Phantogram

*A prior mux had a version of "Unspoken" not featured on Rounds. Specifically, it used a piano sample from Tori Amos's "Winter" that was never cleared but isn't hard to find. Yep. Thrilling.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mux141: Jack The Ripper

Boom.

1. !!! - The Most Certain Sure (Strange Weather, Isn't It?)
2. Disclosure - F For U (Mary J. Blige version) (Settle remixes)
3. Prefuse 73 - The Color of Tempo (One Word Extinguisher)
4. The Range - Everything But (Nonfiction)
5. Chromatics - Let's Make This A Moment To Remember (Night Drive)
6. EMA - Satellites (The Future's Void)
7. Pissed Jeans - Cathouse (Honeys)
8. Metz - Leave Me Out (Leave Me Out / Dirty Shirt 7")
9. Black Lips - Boys In The Woods (Underneath the Rainbow)
10. The Hold Steady - I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You (Teeth Dreams)
11. Cloud Nothings - I'm Not Part of Me (Here And Nowhere Else)
12. Nick Drake - Pink Moon (Pink Moon)

TRT 44:30

Rookies: Nick Drake

2014 music: Black Lips, Cloud Nothings Disclosure, EMA, The Hold Steady

Sunday, February 2, 2014

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman



He was a Master of his craft. It was too soon for a man who was still reaching the height of his talents.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mux140: February 2014

[Released early into the wild since it was finished early and because Mux139 is terrible. Have already listened to it a dozen times in my car. I'm actually in that dangerous territory of basically having the final tracks and sequence for Mux141, but at the rate I'm ripping new songs, the end product could be wildly different.]

Tradition dictates that first-of-the-month muxes are dated, since otherwise this would be Mux140: Jack The Ripper given how much stuff I've yoinked from yet-to-drop albums via Soundcloud and YouTube videos. At least the quality of rips these days is pretty damn good.

Because of the ripping and running, I had an embarassment of riches to choose from versus scraping the bottom of the barrel for the last few. At one point I think I was debating just tossing out a two-hour mux, but that betrays my Rules and all. So I guess I've spared you a semi-hardcore breakdown with Rollins Band and Rage Against the Machine.

And any day I can toss on some Professor Murder is a good day. "Charttjunk" also has the best guitar solo of 2014 thus far.

So yeah.

Boom.

1. Kevin Drew - Good Sex (Darlings)
2. Real Estate - Talking Backwards (Atlas)
3. Thee Oh Sees - Toe Cutter Thumb Buster (Floating Coffin)
4. Japandroids - For The Love of Ivy (Gun Club cover) (Celebration Rock)
5. Professor Murder - Dutch Hex (Manhattan Version) (Professor Murder vs. The Magazine Culture)
6. Liars - Mess On A Mission (Mess)
7. Friendly Fires - Running Away (Pala)
8. Chvrches - Recover (The Bones of What You Believe)
9. Broken Bells - The Changing Lights (Live Acoustic) (Untitled 2014 Album)
10. Washed Out - Don't Give Up (Paracosm)
11. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Chartjunk (Wig Out At Jagbags)

TRT 40:50

2014 music: Broken Bells, Kevin Drew, Liars, Real Estate, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mux139: Rookies 4

Sometimes you have to end a run of great muxes by throwing together a sort of garbage mountain equivalent of Mux139. Hard to track down rookies these days.

Boom.

1. Pissed Jeans - Bathroom Laughter (Honeys)
2. Queens of the Stone Age - The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret (Rated R)
3. Atoms For Peace - Before Your Very Eyes... (Amok)
4. The Russian Futurists - Why You Gotta Do That Thang? (Our Thickness)
5. Ratatat - Seventeen Years (Ratatat)
6. Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star (That's The Way of the World)
7. Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces (AWB)
8. Bob Seger - Love The One You're With (Smokin' O.P.'s)
9. HAERTS - All For You (Hemiplegia) (For JET)
10. Waxahatchee - Swan Dive (Cerulean Salt)
11. The Changes - Her, You And I (The Changes EP)

Really hope none of these are accidentally elsewhere. The final track just might be, since I have such an odd affection for that song. I showed up to see Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at the Metro in Chicago some random night and missed the openers. All I caught of The Changes was "Her, You And I," and while I don't think the album cut can do justice for what those gentlemen do live, it was one of those moments that cemented my rule of Never Miss The Opening Bands.

Rookies: See title.

TRT 44:00

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Mux138: January 2014

New year, new mux.

Boom.

1. Aesop Rock - Keep Off The Lawn (None Shall Pass)
2. Phantogram - Fall In Love (Voices)
3. HAIM - The Wire (Days Are Gone)
4. Chvrches - We Sink (The Bones of What You Believe)
5. !!! - Get That Rhythm Right (THR!!!ER)
6. Deerhunter - Pensacola (Monomania)
7. Iceage - Morals (Live in the Studio)
8. Tortoise - I Set My Face To The Hillside (TNT)
9. Feist - The Water (The Reminder)
10. Justin Timberlake - Blue Ocean Floor (The 20/20 Experience Part 1)
11. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ouroboros (Returnal)

TRT 47:01