Monday, July 14, 2014

Mux151: Oregon Plates


1. Strand of Oaks - Same Emotion (Heal)
2. Phantogram - The Day You Died (Voices)
3. Parquet Courts - What Color Is Blood? (Sunbathing Animals)
4. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites) (Sea When Absent)
5. St. Vincent - Digital Witness (St. Vincent)
6. Prefuse 73 - Choking You (One Word Extinguisher)
7. Wye Oak - Civilian (Civilian)
8. Cheatahs - Fall (Cheatahs)
9. Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day (Led Zeppelin III)
10. Cloud Nothings - Giving Into Seeing (Here And Nowhere Else)
11. Mastodon - Tread Lightly (Once More 'Round The Sun)
12. King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King (Edit) (In The Court of the Crimson King)

Rookies: King Crimson, Strand of Oaks, A Sunny Day In Glasgow

2014 music: Cheatahs, Cloud Nothings, Mastodon, Parquet Courts, Phantogram, Strand of Oaks, St. Vincent A Sunny Day In Glasgow

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mux150: July 2014

If you think the sequencing sucks, blame the World Cup. At least I can finally take goddamn "Supersymmetry" off my to-be-muxed giant list of random songs. Boom.

1. Death In Vegas - Girls (Scorpio Rising)
2. Friendly Fires - Pull Me Back To Earth (Pala)
3. Disclosure - White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge) (Settle)
4. Aesop Rock - No Jumper Cables (Bazooka Tooth)
5. Justin Timberlake - Tunnel Vision (The 20/20 Experience Part 1)
6. EMA - When She Comes (The Future's Void)
7. Boris - Vanilla (Noise)
8. Weekend - Scream Queen (Jinx)
9. Tony Molina - Don't Come Back (Dissed And Dismissed)
10. Superchunk - Martinis On The Roof (Indoor Living)
11. Arcade Fire - Supersymmetry (Reflektor)
12. How To Dress Well - What You Wanted (What Is This Heart?)

Rookies: Death In Vegas, Tony Molina

2014 music: Boris, EMA, How To Dress Well

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mux149: Cascadian Summer


1. Cloud Nothings - Now Here In (Here And Nowhere Else)
2. Cheatahs - Northern Exposure (Cheatahs)
3. Perfect Pussy - Big Stars (Say Yes To Love)
4. Black Lips - Waiting (Underneath The Rainbow)
5. No Age - I Won't Be Your Generator (An Object)
6. Unwound - All Souls Day (Rat Conspiracy)
7. Baths - Ocean Death (Ocean Death EP)
8. Ought - Today More Than Any Other Day (More Than Any Other Day)
9. Parquet Courts - Black And White (7" Version) (Sunbathing Animals)
10. Wye Oak - Glory (Shriek)
11. Chvrches - Night Sky (The Bones of What You Believe)
12. Bear In Heaven - Time Between (Time Is Over One Day Old)

TRT 43:49

Rookies: Parquet Courts, Perfect Pussy, Unwound

2014 music: Baths, Bear In Heaven, Black Lips, Cheatahs, Cloud Nothings, Ought, Parquet Courts, Perfect Pussy, Wye Oak

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mux148: June 2014

Featuring The New Smash Single "Do It Again" By Royksopp & Robyn. Et cetera.


1. Kevin Drew - Bullshit Ballad (Darlings)
2. EMA - So Blonde (The Future's Void)
3. Real Estate - Fake Blues (Real Estate)
4. The Men - Different Days (Tomorrow's Hits)
5. Michael Jackson - Workin' Day And Night (Off The Wall)
6. Chromeo - Old 45s (White Women)
7. Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again (Do It Again EP) (For JCD)
8. !!! - Fine Fine Fine (THR!!!ER)
9. The War On Drugs - Red Eyes (Lost In The Dream)
10. Liars - Pro Anti Anti (Mess) (For BH)
11. Led Zeppelin - In The Light (Physical Graffiti)
12. The Roots - Tomorrow (And Then You Shoot Your Cousin)

TRT 54:55

2014 music: Chromeo, EMA, Kevin Drew, Liars, The Men, The Roots, Royksopp & Robyn, The War On Drugs

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mux147: Nuclear Sunshine


1. Cheatahs - Get Tight (Cheatahs)
2. Wye Oak - Holy Holy (Civilian)
3. Ought - Around Again (More Than Any Other Day)
4. Phoenix - Chloroform (Bankrupt!)
5. Life Without Buildings - The Leanover (Any Other City) (For JCD)
6. Justin Timberlake - My Love (FutureSex / LoveSounds)
7. Big Boi - Descending (Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors)
8. Kanye West - Two Words (The College Dropout)
9. Boards of Canada - Over The Horizon Radar (Geogaddi)
10. The National - Pink Rabbits (Trouble Will Find Me) (For JET)
11. Black Lips - Dog Years (Underneath The Rainbow)
12. Cloud Nothings - Now Here In (Acoustic) (Live on RadioDBC)

Rookies: Ought, Life Without Buildings, Wye Oak

2014 music: Black Lips, Cheatahs, Cloud Nothings, Ought

TRT 49:04

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mux146: May 2014


1. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Coming Down (feat. Matt Berninger) (Only Run)
2. Chvrches - Under The Tide (The Bones of What You Believe)
3. Phantogram - Black Out Days (Voices)
4. St. Vincent - Regret (St. Vincent)
5. Beck - Debra (Midnight Vultures)
6. The Range - The One (Nonfiction)
7. Todd Terje - Strandbar (It's Album Time)
8. EMA - Solace (The Future's Void)
9. The War On Drugs - Suffering (Lost In The Dream)
10. Led Zeppelin - No Quarter (Houses of the Holy)
11. Liars - Left Speaker Blown (Mess)
12. Real Estate - Had To Hear (Atlas)

TRT 57:24

Rookies: Todd Terje

2014 music: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, EMA, Liars, Phantogram, Real Estate, St. Vincent, Todd Terje, The War On Drugs

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.


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.)


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.


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