searching our hearts for so long

Wrongchilde – Love Is a Battlefield

While much of this video is downright silly, Wrongchilde‘s cover of Pat Benetar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” is not. Where Benetar wore her scars like armor, Mat Devine sounds broken and worse for the wear. It’s a lovely through-the-looking-glass view of a familiar tune – different enough to stand out but not so far gone it’s unrecognizable.

fireworks disaster

This winter is never ending so I’ve decided to will it away with this summery mix. Please enjoy this Fireworks Disaster.

Fireworks Disaster Cover

Fireworks Disaster
01| My Girls by Animal Collective
02| Steve McQueen by M83
03| Take A Walk by Passion Pit
04| Ghosts and Creatures by Telekinesis
05| All Eyes On You by St. Lucia
06| Polish Girl by Neon Indian
07| Quickest Cut by All Tiny Creatures
08| Hard and Young by Zulu Pearls
09| Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2 by Father John Misty
10| River by Akron/Family
11| Lakeside Trust by Brave Baby
12| Younger Us by Japandroids

summer vibes – a mix by brendan benham of the altos

I first heard Milwaukee’s The Altos in the middle of the night, outdoors on a river bank, surrounded by fog. Backlit by colored lights, all I could see were sharp black outlines cutting through the fog. It was an overwhelming experience – I was surrounded by friends, the stars were bright overhead, and the icy fingers of fall were creeping in. The Altos’ songwriting is dark and complex, and the sheer force of their sound can bowl you over. When I heard they were coming to The Shitty Barn in Spring Green, I invited them to make a mix. Brendan Benham volunteered, and curated a collection of songs having much in common with The Altos’ sound, but left to warm in the sunlight.

From Brendan:

These tracks have been in heavy rotation for me lately, soundtracking my summer.
Many of these bands are my friends, and I highly encourage everyone to check out
their records, as they are all fantastic.

This mix is for your summer. Cruise around town to it. Bask in the sun to it.
Smell the lilacs to it. Make out in backseats to it. Party into the night to it.

Shut your eyes and see.

-BB

SUMMER VIBES
01| New Map by M83 (2011)
02| Kings & Queens by Apostle of Hustle (2004)
03| Brave World – Bowerbirds (2012)
04| Rip the Universe – Reverie Sound Revue (2003)
05| Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine (1991)
06| Violent Games – Polica (2012)
07| Aviation Class – All Tiny Creatures (2011)
08| Kiss Me Crazy – Bear in Heaven (2012)
09| Go Ego – Eight and a Half (2012)
10| Peg – The Darcys (2012)
11| Summer Dress – A Lull (2012)
12| Still D.R.E. (Shatterhors Refix) – Dr. Dre (2012)
13| Changes – Sandro Perri (2011)
14| Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries/Shampoo Suicide – Broken Social Scene (2002)

500

It’s our 500th post! Here’s a new mix.

500
01|  River by Akron/Family
02| My Girls by Animal Collective
03| Orifice Origami by Reptar
04| Tell Me Now by Generationals
05| Break My Heart by La Sera
06| Big Wave by Jenny & Johnny
07| Black Lotus by The Whigs
08| Reunion by M83
09| Paper Romance by Groove Armada
10| Comeback Kid by Sleigh Bells

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

car crasher

Imagine you are standing on a cliff, waves crashing endlessly below you as the oppressive gray sky bears down and rain soaks you to the bone. This is generally what it is like to listen to Mogwai. This is generally not the case on their latest record, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Make no mistake – Mogwai is still the same Glaswegian band we know and love, but this time around there’s a hint of sunlight behind the clouds.

Several songs on HWNDBYW call to mind other artists, but only in serving to highlight how Mogwai has influenced their sound as opposed to the other way around. Minus the Bear has “San Pedro” and M83 has “Death Rays”, one of the album’s better tracks. Also of note is “Rano Pano” – the ultra-crunchy guitar and repeated ascending melody are well-fit to score Donnie Darko should an alternate music cut ever be needed.

Expansive, ambient, and strong, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. augments the typical rock-instrument roll call with strings, organ, piano, and electronic pops and clicks to build itself above the breakers.

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. drops 02.15.11.
Tour dates, videos, and more at their Sub Pop artist page.
Download “San Pedro” and “Rano Pano“.