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

november mp3 roundup

We’ve finally hit bottom – the bottom of our inbox anyway. Here are the last of our backlogged mp3s. Thanks for listening!

DeVotchKa – Along the Way

GEMS – Void Moon

Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down

Caspian – Halls of Summer

Heart of Hearts – Love of Pearls

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King of Spain – Green Eyes

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My Jerusalem – Born in the Belly
Other Lives – Take Us Alive
The Helio Sequence – Hall of Mirrors
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations (St. Lucia Remix)

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songbook: little secrets

In M|H’s weekend feature, songbook, I’ll be looking at some of my favorite songs. Some I haven’t listened to in years, some I keep in regular rotation, but all having in some way informed my life, my taste, and and how I view music.

Passion Pit – Little Secrets

In late 2009 I lived in San Francisco and interned for 826 Valencia – non-profit writing and tutoring center fronted by the Pirate Supply Store that brought in money for the center. In the bay is Treasure Island, former home to a World’s Fair exhibit and a naval base. Once a year the island plays home to the Treasure Island Music Festival, and while I worked for 826 we set up a booth and hawked our wares (eye patches, pirate flags, what have you). I worked the night shift, so during the day I was free to roam and enjoy the bands. One of those bands was Passion Pit.

The first time I heard Passion Pit had been a few months earlier at a friend’s house, soundtracking his post-breakup beard removal. I loved Manners, and was excited to see Passion Pit play. While I knew they were fun and made generally happy music, I had no idea that they’d be able to move the crowd as much as they did. It was a perfect sunny day on the island, and the crowd was cheerful and engaged. When “Little Secrets” came on, though, the whole festival exploded. Even in the best of circumstances, there’s always that smattering of people in the crowd who are just too cool or too afraid to dance and sing along. However, for a few minutes, I literally could not find a single person who wasn’t smiling, swaying, singing. Hands were in the air, getting higher and higher. I’m sure someone, somewhere was standing arms crossed, but not anywhere near me. It’s incredibly rare to see a thousands of people transform for a common purpose in a matter of seconds. Hearing “Little Secrets” live that day is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced.

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

february mp3 round-up

Here’s a collection of all the mp3s we gave away via Twitter in February.

Josiah Wolf (of WHY?) – Master Cleanse (California)
Portugal. The Man – The Dead Dog
Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard (Passion Pit Summertime Radio Remix)
Club 8 – Western Hospitality
Bobby Birdman – Only For A While
Cap’n Jazz – Oh, Messy Life
Neon Indian – Terminally Chill
Field Music – Measure
Tunng – Don’t Look Down or Back
Magnetic Fields – Book of Love (Peter Gabriel cover)
Peter Gabriel – Flume (Bon Iver cover)