true american

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For the Fourth of July we decided to use a hackneyed theme to make a decent mixtape. Every song has something about America or the USA in its title or artist name, they’re all songs you’ve probably heard, and there are thirteen of them to represent the colonies. Is it groundbreaking? Nope. Is it perfect for grilling in the sunshine and starting the USA chant? Indeed it is. Mixtapes|Heartbreaks presents to you: True American.

TRUE AMERICAN
01| Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
02| American Woman by Lenny Kravitz
03| Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World
04| Lump by The Presidents of the United States of America
05| Ventura Highway by America
06| Never Meant by American Football
07| My Paper Heart by The All-American Rejects
08| So American by Portugal. The Man
09| USA by Yellow Ostrich
10| American Hearts by Piebald
11| American Girl by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
12| American Boy by Estelle f/Kanye West
13| Party & Bullshit in the USA by DJ Crazy J Rodriguez

brave baby mixtape

We first heard Brave Baby about about a little over a year ago here at M|H and it was love at first listen. “Lakeside Trust” is one of the best songs to have come out in the last few years, catchy as all get out. When we saw that Brave Baby was coming to Madison as part of the Communion Madison club night series we asked them to make us a mixtape. A mobile mail mishap kept us from getting their mix up before the show, but we’re pleased to present it for your enjoyment now. Eclectic and full of songs you might have forgotten you loved, let Brave Baby take you on a ride.

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BRAVE BABY MIXTAPE
01| Fleetwood Mac –  What Makes You Think You’re The One – Tusk (1979)
02| Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – Jazz (1978)
03| Roy Orbison – You Got It – Mystery Girl (1969)
04| The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down –  The Band (1969)
05| Willy Mason – Talk Me Down – Carry On (2013)
06| Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On – Fear Fun (2012)
07| Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved – Uprising (1980)
08| Tame Impala – Elephant – Lonerism (2012)
09| The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody – Just Once In My Life (1965)
10| Wilco – Impossible Germany – Sky Blue Sky (2012)
11| The Killers – Read My Mind – Sam’s Town (2006)
12| Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror – Bad (1987)
13| Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place – Speaking in Tongues (1983)

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

yo la hannukah mix by yoni wolf of why?

WHY? is a weird, weird band, and that’s why I dig them. I first encountered them when a coworker at the public library I worked at in college gave me Elephant Eyelash and was surprised to find it was nothing like I’d ever heard. M|H has been featuring WHY?’s work over the years and when we saw they were coming to town to play a free show at the Sett in Union South with Astronautalis and Dream Tiger we jumped on the chance to have them make us a mixtape, and WHY? founder Yoni Wolf passed along his Yo La Hannukah mix to us. Be sure to check out WHY?’s website for more tour dates, videos, and Yoni’s blog.
Yo La Hannukah
01| I Shall Be Released by Bob Dylan
02| True Love Will Find You in the End by Daniel Johnston
03| Lady May by Michael Wolf
04| Prince Song by Dump
05| Wonderwall (Oasis Cover) by Cat Power
06| Blimps Go 90 by Guided By Voices
07| Kids Party by Chris Morris
08| Tears of Rage by The Band
09| Hide Your Love Away by The Beatles
10| Among Those Killed in the Dawn Raid Was a Man Aged a Hundred by Dylan Thomas
11| 8 Million Stories by A Tribe Called Quest
12| Money Trees (feat. Jay Rock) by Kendrick Lamar
13| Nice Train by The Donkeys
14| What’s Up Freaks? by Fog
15| Ol’ English by The Game
16| Bad Religion by Frank Ocean
17| Night at the Knight School by Thee More Shallows
18| Figaro (101 Remix) by Madvillain
19| Hit by Guided By Voices
20| I Like Dat by Lil’ Wayne
21| Minha Galera by Manu Chao
22| Nehadar Zéytkéwen by Teweide Redda
23| Deny Deny Deny by Hood
24| Tshitua Fulia Mbuloba by Kasai Allstars
25| Long Ears by Serengeti
26| On a Good Day by Joanna Newsom
27| Song One by cLOgs
28| Elevators by Outkast
29| Dying Crapshooter’s Blues by Blind Willie McTell
30| Mermaids by Liz Hodson
31| Queston by May Swenson
32| I Shall Be Released by The Band
33| Grave Robbers by Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron, Fred Squire

young empires mix

Young Empires is on tour and coming to Madison and we asked them to make us a mixtape before their show on Wednesday, February 6th at The Frequency. The band’s contribution turned out better than we could hope for, expertly mixed and with an amazing flow. We’ve been sitting on the mix for a week waiting for the track list and a name, but we can’t keep it from you any longer. Give it a listen, get pumped, and check back to see if we were able to fill in the gaps of what we couldn’t sleuth out. When we released the mix earlier this week we didn’t have a full track list, but we’ve got it now and are further impressed with its expert craft. Please enjoy and let us know what you think (and be sure to give the boys a big thank you for giving us such a wonderful mix)! 

RAE ▲ YE

01| Shadows by Young Empires (unreleased RAE ▲ YE edit)
02| Dreaming Legend by Pegase
03| Send Me Down by Haim
04| Wings by Haerts
05| Holdin’ On by Flume
06| Young + Attractive by Joseph and the Mercurials
07| Magenta by Apes and Horses
08| Youth by Daughter
09| Slow Burning Bliss by End Times
10| Although You May Laugh by David E. Sugar
11| All This Madness by Sons of Wind and Soil (RAE ▲ YE edit)
12| Hills by Black Atlass
13| Tulips by New Hands (RAE ▲ YE edit)
14| HyperParadise by Hermitude (Flume Remix / RAE ▲ YE edit)
15| Anna Dub 01 by Albert
16| Cat Gotcha Tongue by Jack Magma
17| Too Much by Amateur Best
18| Thinking About You by Ted Lyons and His Cubs
19| Heavy Pop by Wu Lyf

berlin rain – a mix from zulu pearls

Zulu Pearls’s debut, No Heroes No Honeymoons, was instantly one of my favorite records of the year. After listening to it obsessively for a week, I knew I had to ask ZP’s songwriter Zach Van Hoozer to make M|H a mixtape. Chilled out and wistful, it’s an excellent listen as autumn days fade to gray.

From Zach:
Just got back to Berlin, where it’s dark at 4 PM and raining, this quick mix sums up my vibe at the moment…best save it for a rainy day.

BERLIN RAIN
01| Thank God for the Rain by Bernard Herrmann
02| Lord Knows Best by Dirty Beaches
03| My Kind of Woman by Mac Demarco
04| Sin Título by Esplendor Geométrico
05| Some Things Last a Long Time by Daniel Johnston
06| County Line by Cass McCombs
07| You Know More Than I Know by John Cale
08| Here’s That Rainy Day by Tony Bennett

as always, diaper daniels – karl christenson’s labor day mix

If the cover art for this mix isn’t a dead giveaway, Cribshitter‘s Diaper Daniels has a penchant for the ridiculous. When I saw Diaper Daniels and company play earlier this year, the band was sporting traditional Bethlehem gear in honor of their current release, Methlehem. This afternoon I learned that the band is currently mining material for an upcoming release tentatively called Jizz Hands. Oh my. Despite outwardly profane appearances, Cribshitter is at heart a deeply catchy band with a heart of gold. To witness their mayhem live, click here to purchase tickets to the Shitty Barn’s barn blowout party on October 20th.

If Diaper Daniels looks familiar but you can’t place his face, scratch off that crusty mustache and behold Karl Christenson of our Madison fave Icarus Himself. Straddling two worlds, Christenson made us a “mellow one for a mellow autumn” ranging from the tongue-in-cheek “Your Party” by Ween to the earnest ELO’s “Telephone Line”. Check it out below, and be sure to catch at least one of Christenson’s projects this fall.

LABOR DAY MIX 2012
01| I’m Mandy Fly Me by 10cc
02| Your Party by Ween
03| Black Moriah by Sat. Nite Duets
04| Fake Natives by Fake Natives
05| Running Back by Thin Lizzy
06| Our Angel’s Ululu by Deerhoof
07| ??? by Ethiopiques
08| Sherry by Jonny Corndawg
09|Oh Baby by The Concretes
10| Suffering Jukebox by Silver Jews
11| When I Die by Inboil
12| Telephone Line by Electric Light Orchestra
13| Gar by Lambchop
14| XL-30 by Shuggie Otis
15| Bitties in the BK Lounge by De La Soul
16| Swing It Low by Morphine
17| Furget It by Jason Lytle