The unidentified man behind Fleet Foxes Sing is a vocal dead-wringer for FF’s Robin Pecknold and captures the band’s sound with 12 vocal overdubs and an acoustic guitar. What started as one cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” has grown to a small arsenal of solid pop songs stripped down to the raw emotion behind them. Fleet Foxes Sing has made all the songs available for free download on the FFS SoundCloud page, plus you can stream them below.
WHO IS MIRANDA TSANG? A darn-fine lady, that’s who. When not making offerings to the tumblr. gods via salt-tooth and bizarro “anytime” newsletter Swak! Bitches., Miranda is thinking of the children – specifically those who benefit from one of my favorite organizations in the world, 826 Valencia. I had the pleasure of working with Miranda while interning at 826, and quickly discovered her sense of humor was twisted at the same angle as mine and that she knew what was up when it came to music. I asked her to make M|H a mixtape, and she bestowed upon us the 19-track Wake Up & Say Good Morning.
Now that Miranda’s got the mix out of the way, she can focus on becoming a cheater – but she needs you to help. 826 Valencia is hosting a Spelling Bee for Cheaters. In exchange for funds raised, contestants can get help spelling their words. Miranda’s team, Black Swan (comprising Miranda, Miel Alegre, Emilie Coulson, Christel Chan, and John Vanderslice), is halfway to their goal. Help them meet it! Proceeds benefit kids in the SF Bay area via 826 Valencia, a non-profit writing and tutoring center. Miranda & Black Swan are up against some stiff competition, including Thao Nguyen (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), Adam Savage (Mythbusters), Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), and Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay).
Though contributors will feel much better for helping the children (the sweet, adorable, literate children!), even non-contributors will love the mix. Enjoy!
WAKE UP & SAY GOOD MORNING
01| Crave You (Bxentric Remix) by Flight Facilities
02| Party & Bullshit in the USA (Hathbanger Mashup Remix) by Notorius B.I.G. & Miley Cyrus
03| Since You’ve Been Gone by Aretha Franklin
04| Be Brave by The Strange Boys
05| Seven Fingers by Frank Black
06| Four Floors (Diplo Remix) by Sunday Girl
07| New Pony by The Dead Weather
08| Fish Paste by Die Antwoord
09| Dance Wiv Me (Shazam Remix) by Dizee Rascal
10| Vy Fraan Ett Luftslott (Punksjumpup Remix) by Kent
11| Phantom Mountain by Ghost Eyes
12| When I’m Small by Phantogram
13| When Will Happiness Find Me Again? by Frank Black
14| Random Girls by So Cow
15| Paradise Circus by Massive Attack
16| Keep the Streets Empty For Me (Majikers BPM Remix) by Fever Ray
17| I’m Not Alone by Calvin Harris
18| Indestructible (A-Trak Edit) by Robyn
19| Pap Smear by Crystal Castles
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