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Playmix One

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments · Playmix

Welcome to the First Playmix!

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Contributors:

Taylor
Tyler
Kevin
Bill

Track Listing:

1. Andrew Bird – Plasticities (Taylor)
2. Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe (Taylor)
3. Lykke Li – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Taylor)
4. Hot Chip – We Are Looking For A Lot Of Love (Taylor)
5. Ming & Ping – Beautiful Things (Taylor)
6. Thao – Beat (Health, Life and Fire) (Tyler)
7. The Magnetic Fields – Underwear (Tyler)
8. Pale Young Gentlemen – Saturday Night (Tyler)
9. Barton Carroll – Certain Circles (Tyler)
10. The Helio Sequence – Can’t Say No (Tyler)
11. Panda Bear – Comfy in Nautica (Turbostation Remix) (Tyler)
12. Dreadful Yawns – You’ve Been Recorded (Kevin)
13. The Avett Brothers – Dancing Daze (Kevin)
14. Os Mutantes – Panis Et Circensis (Kevin)
15. Devendra Banhart – Onward the Indian (Kevin)
16. Langhorne Slim – The Electric Love Letter (Kevin)
17. Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight (Bill)
18. Dave Tamkin & Co. – Let Me Hear You Scream (Bill)
19. Ike Reilly – Duty Free (Bill)
20. Will Hoge – Ms. Williams (Bill)
21. Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost (Bill)

For Your Reading Pleasure:

Taylor

Andrew Bird – Plasticities
I wanted to start out with a song that was approachable enough to be enjoyed on the first listen. This track luckily pulls that off, while also having a great amount of musical depth.

Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
The first few times I heard this song I was surprised that Will Sheff (lead singer) resisted switching over to falsetto during the chorus lead-in. It sort of sneaks up on you and makes you think “man, he’s going for it”.

Lykke Li – I’m Good, I’m Gone
This started out as a guilty pleasure for almost being “too” catchy, but hey, I couldn’t resist. I was tempted to put up “Little Bit” by Lykke Li instead, so if you enjoy this track, give “Little Bit” a listen as well.

Hot Chip – We Are Looking For A Lot Of Love
This song just kills me. It’s so… you just have to hear it. Hot Chip has the ability to explore the electronic landscape while instilling a soul in each song, which I haven’t found in many electronic bands.

Ming & Ping – Beautiful Things
The keyboard riff that plays during the chorus has the ability to stick in your head for days. There’s a mid-frequency fuzz sound that gives this song a delightful, thick sound with smooth vocals on top.

Tyler

Thao Nguyen & The get down stay down: Beat (Health, Life and Fire)
Bringing something modest mouse never did for me. With lines like “health, life and fire” over cool melodies who couldn’t enjoy these clever hooks.

The Magnetic Fields: Underwear
One of my Favorite Magnetic Fields songs, I can’t stop listening to this beat driven song that questions what’s better than a boy or girl in their underwear? A song so mellow yet driving can be played at almost any chosen time.

Barton Carroll: Certain Circles
Brings a twang to the table that is full of melody and progression. The instrumentation of this piece gives an interesting twist yet is smoothly audible.

The Helio Sequence: Can’t Say No
Starts off almost like a wave and pushes a strong chorus throughout the remainder of the song. If you enjoy British Sea Power or even Nada Surf you’ll find a little gem in this artist.

Pale Young Gentlemen: Saturday Night
I play this song every Saturday night, need I say more? Well I will, it has a carefree overlay and I’m not surprised that this band has so many amazing hits. I enjoy the singer and it brings me back to the old country in a way Beirut doesn’t.

Panda Bear: Comfy in Nautica (Turbostation Remix)
I found myself getting lost in the vast sea that is Panda Bear. Now thanks to the Turbostation Remix I can easily find my way along this epic adventure that will cap off my playmix.

Kevin

Dreadful Yawns, “You’ve Been Recorded” from the 2007 album “Rest” – These guys just fell into my lap one day as I was sifting through piles and piles of CDs at a radio station I used to frequent. It’s dreamy, it’s tinged with modern vices, and the entire album is a great play. An album that plays through is hard to find these days, so I send it off to you!

The Avett Brothers, “Dancing Daze” from the 2006 album “Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions” – This trio (two are actually brothers) rocked so hard that their stage techs were handing them guitars with broken strings because they had no more guitars left and no time to change them. Needless to say, I was absolutely blown away at their energy and their ability to create a mountain of sound with just three. It’s fast, it’s tender, it’s naïve and wise, it’s old and it’s new. They’ve got one hell of a spirit and man, can they play. (Coming to LA in March, don’t miss them!)

Langhorne Slim, “The Electric Love Letter” from the 2005 album “When the Sun’s Gone Down” – Langhorne, like the Avett Brothers, possesses a true spirit that is hard to miss. Backed by some tremendous musicians on this album, you’ll be delighted by wonderful banjo arrangements, fast guitars, and booming upright precision. He also writes songs pretty well, and you’ll be singing in the midnight and dancing like a fool in no time.

Os Mutantes, “Panis Et Circensis”, from the 1968 album “Os Mutantes” – This Brazilian psychedelic pop group is nothing new, yet they posses a surprisingly modern feel for forty years later. As spacey as the music gets, it still manages to keep its pop sensibilities and is quite a break from the standard American psychedelic instrumentation.

Devendra Banhart, “Onward the Indian” from the 2003 album “The Black Babies (UK)” – Now a media darling, it’s nice to reflect on Devendra’s humble past and remember that he too started somewhere. These recordings posses his mystical wandering spirit and low-fi sound that many grew to love. We can’t blame him for his success, so let’s relish in nostalgia from the not-so-distant past.

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