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Playmix Two

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments · Playmix

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Round two, results posted below. This is what we’ve been listening to this past month. Let us know what you think, and of course, enjoy!

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Track Listing:

1. Black Ghosts vs. Lindstrom – I Feel vs Something New (Tyler)
2. Crystal Castles – Air War (Tyler)
3. The Honeydrips – Fall from a Height (Tyler)
4. Thao Nguyen – Swimming Pools (Tyler)
5. Ruby Suns – Oh, Mojave (Tyler)
6. Elf Power – Spiral Stairs (Tyler)
7. Cat Power – Lost Someone (Kevin)
8. Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Kevin)
9. Vetiver – You May Be Blue (Kevin)
10. Alyssandra Nighswonger – Blow All Your Troubles Away (Kevin)
11. Good Luck Bear – Grab Your Coat (Kevin)
12. Angela Correa – Fascination (Taylor)
13. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Our Hell (Taylor)
14. Donora – Shh (Taylor)
15. Merz – Lucky Adam (Taylor)
16. Destroyer – Blue Flower / Blue Flame (Taylor)
17. Evangelicals – Midnight Vignette (Taylor)
18. The Ting Tings – Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix) (Taylor)

For Your Reading Pleasure:


Black Ghosts vs. Lindstrom, I feel vs something new
Up beat remix.This sound is very organic and original for electronic music.
It never gets off the path of good song writing, an obvious producer at heart.

Crystal Castles, Dancer in the dark, Air War
Off a great soundtrack and it keeps me interested in Crystal Castles as a staple in my ever evolving musical collection. It’s playful but precise.

The Honeydrips, Here comes the future, Fall from a Height
Recently on tour with Jens Lekman, this band caught my ear with this song. I put this track on repeat and enjoy the samples just as much as the consistent bass track that keep this song driving. It’s a song that really stands out on “Here comes the future” but I recommend a good listen to the rest of the tracks.

Thao Nguyen, We Brave Bee Stings and All, Swimming Pools
I’ve been obsessed with these guys since I heard them on a compilation. But I come back to this track more than any other due to it’s ability to keep me wanting more. It tells a story and is upbeat within the folk realm.

Ruby Suns, Sea Lion, Oh, Mojave
Although this is the screw I enjoy throwing into my play mix it has the same energy as Crystal Castles but reflects on a timeless art of music making. I see myself sipping on a cold corona somewhere along the shores of Mexico. I hope you find it as light and enjoyable as I do.

Elf Power,In a cave, Spiral Stairs
I felt it to be a soft alternative to end off the mix with a strong melody and stylized much in the same fashion as Industrialized Shirts, The frosted AMbassador, and others taking an ambiguous step into their musical development.


Cat Power, “Lost Someone” from her 2008 album “Jukebox”
You might usually be put off by a covers album but man, has this album grown on me. Very blues oriented and very dark. Oh I love it.

Whitest Boy Alive, “Golden Cage” from their 2007 Album “Dreams”
Ever since I died and went to heaven after hearing Kings of Convenience I decided I should give their most recent project a chance. You can expect a slightly different approach that feels close to home.

Vetiver, “You May Be Blue” from their 2006 album “To Find Me Gone”
More freaky, folky, neo-psychedelia…

Alyssandra Nighswonger, “Blow All Your Troubles Away”
This is a fellow Long Beach musician. When I listen to her I get striking images of old photographs, dusty roads, bicycles, leather shoes with hard tack soles, top hats, and freaky beards.

Good Luck Bear, “Grab Your Coat”
From the LA area, Good Luck Bear possesses some great pop skills. He’s bold and honest because he’s not afraid of simplicity, and I love him for it.


Angela Correa – Fascination
The end of this song has a Mark Martucci / early Death Cab mood to it that I really appreciate.

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Our Hell
The album that this song is from, entitled “Knives Don’t Have Your Back” is a must-listen. Emily Haines is the lead vocalist of the band Metric, who’s recent album, “Grow Up and Blow Away” is worth investigation as well. This particular song is deep, lost, sad, and musically complex. Watch this song’s music video at . Really well done.

Donora – Shh
Merz – Lucky Adam
I don’t know much about either of these artists, but both of these particular tracks have a simple, fun, light-heartedness to them.

Destroyer – Blue Flower / Blue Flame
One of my favorite bands of all time. As for the line “A woman by another name is not a woman”, well, I’m at an utter loss there. If you at all enjoy their music, see them live. One of the best performers I have ever had the chance to enjoy.

Evangelicals – Midnight Vignette
It’s a bit like a pile of leaves. Seemingly a little messy, but all kinds of pleasure once you’re in it.

The Ting Tings – Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)
Unfortunately, the only copy I could find of this song seems to cut out prematurely.  Regardless, the catchiness of this song haunted me for at least a week. I hope it does the same for you and keeps you busy until the next playmix. “Imagine all the girls, ah-ah ah……….”

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