you are my plan

Barbarossa – The Load
Smooth move.

Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
The power of dance compels you.

How to Dress Well – & It Was U
A sweet 90s segue.

Dog Bite – Prettiest Pills
The witching hour burns bright.

Isaac Delusion – Transistors
Lives lived in tandem.

november mp3 roundup

Still cleaning out the inbox – here’s a bunch of stuff from May and June. We like to think we’ve just let them age properly. Enjoy!

Frank Ocean – Pyramids

Violens – Totally True

Black Pistol Fire – Long Tall Sally

Royal Headache – Down the Lane

How to Dress Well – Ocean Floor for Everything

Poor Moon – Holiday
Corduroy Road – Love You Can’t Shake
Chase King – Bed of Lies

Guided By Voices – Class Clown Spots a UFO

october mp3 roundup

Cleaning out the inbox and passing along some songs that we dug.

Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows

Asherel – Shake the Dust

Cruiser – Don’t Go Alone

Sweet Valley – Stone

How to Dress Well – Again (Janet Jackson Cover)

The Reflections – Summer Days

WHY? – Jonathan’s Hope

A Shoreline Dream – February Truths

Black Marble – Static
Jinja Safari – Mermaids
Santah – Teeth
The Calm Blue Sea – Mary Ann Nichols

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Hawk Highway
My Jerusalem – Mono
Cold Showers – Violent Cries

november mp3 roundup

Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down
Dum Dum Girls – Bedroom Eyes
Vanaprasta – Nineequalsnine

Ivan & Alyosha – Be Your Man (Acoustic)
Doomtree – The Grand Experiment
Active Child f/How to Dress Well – Playing House (Houses Remix)
Acid House Kings f/Dan Treacy – Heaven Knows I Miss Him Now
Lanterns on the Lake – Keep On Trying

i ain’t missing you at all – active child, washed out, mogwai

Active Child – You Are All I See – 08.23.11

Cavernous choir-like touches and Pat Grossi’s clear, pure vocals make for a somewhat otherworldly feeling on Active Child’s first full-length, You Are All I See. A perfect album for quiet introspection, Active Child breaks free a bit when pairing up with Tom Krell of How To Dress Well for the excellent “Playing House”. Click here to download the track.

Washed Out – Within and Without – 07.12.11

The first full-length album from Washed Out (aka Atlanta’s Ernest Greene) is a mix of ultra-chill tracks, love letters to disco and 90s dance music, and a smattering of truly beautiful tracks – “Eyes Be Closed”, “Far Away”, and single “Amor Fati”. While gaining pop-culture clout by having his song “Feel It All Around” featured in the Portlandia opening credits, Greene shows he’s more than just a blip on the radar with Within and Without. Click to download “Amor Fati” and “Eyes Be Closed“.

Mogwai – Earth Division EP – 09.13.11

On the Earth Division EP, the normally expansive Mogwai does an excellent job hemming themselves in to create a lovely and restrained album that reflects the nature of the medium. Reminiscent of their work with Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet for The Fountain, the band has employed strings and piano to soften their sound a bit, culminating with the stunning “Hound of Winter”. Mogwai doesn’t completely depart from their signature sound, though – “Drunk and Crazy” starts cold and mechanical, loud and razor-edged. In a moment of calm reflection strings and piano enter, connecting it to the rest of the EP, then reincorporates the electronic elements as uncertainty takes hold again.

waiting for a ride in the dark

We were just dancin’ in the dark.

Waiting For A Ride in the Dark
01| Second Song by TV on the Radio
02| Why I Love You by Jay-Z & Kanye West
03| One Pure Thought by Hot Chip
04| Fences by Phoenix
05| Swimming in the Flood by Passion Pit
06| Islands by The xx
07| Nothing Compares 2 U by Evan Voytas
08| Wicked Games by The Weeknd
09| Ride by Courtship
10| Playing House (Houses Remix) by Active Child f/How to Dress Well
11| Midnight City (Man Without Country Remix) by M83