Friday, May 18, 2012

Slacker of all Slackers

Fatherhood has allowed this blog to take a significant backseat. That being said, I have now moved over to Spotify as the app du jour to hold many of my various playlists. I am including my 2011 playlist here and may continue to add to it from Spotify. Most of these gems were discovered via my new love Sirius XM Radio. Specifically the Sirus XMU channel whidh does it's best to unearth indie gems. Most of the songs were great loves for me last year and I hope you can enjoy as well!

Specific Standouds included Lorelai by Fleet Foxes, Cruel by St. Vincent - so quircky but so good, and the lovely Local Natives track, though many songs came from that album as a whole that may still make this list.   Enjoy!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of year Shenanigans

XM radio has been good to me this year. Helping me stay mildly in the loop while daddyhood takes center stage. I've run into some truly great gems this year and i'm thankful for it. I could have made this mix significantly longer, but never like a too long mix.

Here's the original order.

Weezer: Prettiest Girl in the whole wide world. - Rivers can always write a meaty hooky song. I just want to sing along.
Tennis: Marathon. I found a new love in this retro 60's chanteuse goodness. I love this song. It makes me long for old record players and static-ey speakers.
Best Coast: When I'm with you. This video is totally nuts and this is actually an 09 single, but I love the Lazy summertime California feel of this.
Foster the People: Pumped up kicks. Still has that vocal in a tin can quality that producers are into these days, but I also love it. Just pop goodness that make me want to go to an mod dance party.
Diamond Rings: All Yr Songs. Sometimes all you need is a drum machine and a guitar. Hypnotic dance pop with it's playful sing song uh oh ohhhhsss. Another 09 single.
Metric: Black Sheep. Despite the fabulous goodness of their Fantasies release this year, this gem off the weird Scott Pilgrim soundtrack is Emily Haines in fine form.
White Lies: To lose my life. I understand the urgency of this wrapped in a delightful gothy wrapper. Now where are my creepers?
Matt & Kimm: Cameras. Hipsters in New York doing their electro pop damndest to stay on my radar and succeeding. I love all this whirring and chirping.
Arcade Fire: Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains): Slow gallop of a song that cheers on the suburbs! Hooray stripmalls ;) I'm just glad I can be along for the ride.
Crooked Fingers: I am not Willing. Rolling piano verse drives along Eric Bachman's smokey voice on this afternoon drive of a song.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ultra Grrrl playlist from Nylon Magazine's book "Play"

I love this book!

Nylon Play, The Nylon Book of Music

Share Sarah Lewitinn AKA ultragrrrl playlist from Nylon Mag book

  • The Cutter-Echo and the Bunnymen
  • Rebellion (Lies)-Arcade Fire
  • 36 Degrees-Placebo
  • The Rapid-The Oohlas
  • Not Even Jail-Interpol
  • Midnight Show-The Killers
  • Credit In The Straight World-Hole
  • Apocalypse Please-Muse
  • Lithium-Nirvana
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart-Joy Division

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New year goodness... iMix Jan10

Here's a new release on the mix horizon. It's been awhile I know, but here it is in all it's lovely glory.

My original mix order is thus:
1. Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson: I don't know what to do
Though her voice is heavily processed, I'm still loving retro chanteuse quality of it.
2. Twighlight Sad: I became a prostitute
Fantastic and noisy goodness.
3. The Sunshine Underground: Standby for nothing.
Great new uk indie
4. The Big Pink: Velvet
5. Mew: New Terrain
6. Muse: Undisclosed Desires
7. Martin Gore: Gone
An old cover from the Depeche Mode songwriter of his first solo album. I've always loved it.
8. Weezer: Girl got hot
Man those weezie boys know how to throw down a pop party gem!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

2010 Anticipation: Alt/Indie mix - courtesy of Rhapsody

a tiny glimpse of most anticipated alt/indie albums set to release during the first quarter of 2010. Enjoy!

1. Got Nuffin - Spoon
2. Ambling Alp - Yeasayer
3. The High Road - Broken Bells
4. Heaven Can Wait - Charlotte Gainsbourg
5. One Life Stand - Hot Chip
6. Psyche (Flash Treatment) - Massive Attack
7. Grain of Salt - The Morning Benders
8. There Are Listed Buildings - Los Campesinos!
9. Swim - Oh No Ono
10. In The Dark - The Whigs
11. Swim Until You Can't See Land - Frightened Rabbit
12. Cousins - Vampire Weekend"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The June 09 iMix

Lots of electronic indie pop including tracks from Metric, Iamx and SLC retro newwavers Cavedoll. Ends with guitar noodling from Jason Lytle of Grandaddy fame, Manchester Orchestra and old faves BTE.

Metric: Gimme Sympathy
Cavedoll: Decoder
Kyle Andrews: Blow it out
IAMX: You can be happy
Cavedoll: Vader
Better Than Ezra: Absolutely still
Jason Lytle: Yours Truly, The Commuter
Manchester Orchestra: My Friend Marcus

Manchester Orchestra:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Airy iMix April 09

Today's mix turned into a more significant challenge than I expected. I've always loved the song Battersea by Hooverphonic and wanted to build a mix around it. I found the first few songs easily and knew they'd fit my mix. These included Geneva's Tranquilizer and Wanderlust by Delays. But soon thereafter it became significantly more difficult to find that same sort of feel that the original songs had. I was looking for songs with a light airy feel, orchestral perhaps and hopefully with a soaring upper octave range vocal. I didn't meet it for every song, but I like the end product. The mix comes off like a post britpop hangover with many of these songs filling a late 90's early millenium pocket of time.

Hooverphonic: Battersea
Geneva: Tranquilizer
Delays: Wanderlust
Cocteau Twins: Iceblink Luck
Radiohead: Let Down
Badly Drawn Boy: Silent Sigh
Haven: Til the End
Puressence: Heart of Gold
Blur: The Universal