the rhythm section: great drum beats – a mix by california wives

When I first heard California Wives, I thought I was in love. Then I went to see them live, and I knew it. After their excellent set I hit up singer Jayson Kramer and guitarist Graham Masell and chatted about touring, communicable disease, and the excellence of hair metal. Since we got on so well I thought I’d invite them to make a mix, and with the help of their lovely manager Tom got this love letter from the band to the rhythm section in return. Ranging from sleek new wave to shimmying soul, this mix has wide appeal. If you get the chance to see California Wives on tour, do, but until then check out their SoundCloud page to see how their musical tastes influence their own work.

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The Rhythm Section: Great Drum Beats
01| Human by Human League
02| Race: In by Battles
03| Rosanna by Toto
04| Jazz (We’ve Got) by A Tribe Called Quest
05| He Would Have Laughed by Deerhunter
06| Solitude is Bliss by Tame Impala
07| Peg by Steely Dan
08| Myxomatosis by Radiohead
09| Pictures of You by The Cure
10| I Will Possess Your Heart (Album Version) by Death Cab For Cutie
11| I Wanna Be Adored by Stone Roses
12| The Payback by James Brown

nick’s mix – nick whetro of icarus himself

The first time I saw Icarus Himself was in May 2008 – back then it was just singer Nick Whetro, and he was opening up for Owen. In the passing years Whetro expanded his project into a full band, put out one of our favorite songs (“Digging Holes“), and made us this mix. On Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, the band will release their second full-length, Career Culture. Until then, you can listen to Nick’s mix, check out the band’s website here, and hit up their CD release show on Saturday, October 8th in Madison (FREE!).

NICK’S MIX
01| (Don’t Worry) If There’s Hell Below, We’re All Gonna Go – Curtis Mayfield
02| Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
03| Baby I Love You – Andy Kim
04| Baby’s Arms – Kurt Vile
05| Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
06| Pictures of Lily – The Who
07| Don’t Cry – Deerhunter
08| Strangers – The Kinks
09| On Some Faraway Beach – Brian Eno