The Adult Swim Singles Program 2012 came to a close today. Featuring previously unreleased tracks from the likes of Wye Oak, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Liars, Wavves, and more, it’s well worth the download. Visit the page here to download all 13 tracks.
Talented. Beautiful. Sweet. These are the words I’d use to describe Kelli Cohen if I was following the advice/rules of crappy internet dating sites. I met Kelli through a friend at the now-defunct Club 770. Our paths kept crossing and we decided we should probably just man up and be pals. A passion for music, photography, and whiskey runs common through our veins, and I quickly grew to love Kelli like a little sister. This summer while bonding over movie moments and summer nights, I tapped her to make a mix for M|H. Perfectly timed for the trading in of one year for the next, On Leaving Home explores change and embraces it. While Kelli and I no longer occupy the same city, leaving our trademark trails of red lipstick and dominating karaoke with “Dog Days Are Over” and the doubled power of our voices, I sit secure in the fact that absence only makes the heart grow fonder.
ON LEAVING HOME
01| She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles
02| I Don’t Feel Young by Wye Oak
03| Everyday by Rogue Wave
04| Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River
05| What Me Worry? by St. Vincent
06| Never Going Back Again by Fleetwood Mac
07| Chains, Chains, Chains by Elvis Perkins in Dearland
08| Winds of Change by Fitz and the Tantrums
09| Don’t Forget Me by Neko Case
10| The Past and Pending by The Shins
11| Troubled by Land of Talk
12| Ghost Town by First Aid Kit
13| Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan
14| Murder in the City by The Avett Brothers
15| See You Then by Roberta Flack
Wye Oak – Holy Holy
The Good Natured – Skeleton
Blitzen Trapper – Love the Way You Walk Away
Gem Club – Breakers
On their latest release, Civilian, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have let go in every sense of word. The lyrics reflect the notion, the music wanders beautifully, and for the first time the band ceded the album’s engineering to an outside party. In letting go, Wye Oak has created their best work yet.
Much of the album calls to mind a less brash incarnation of early-2000s alt-rock; Civilian is the chilled-out child of Elliott and Rainer Maria. The guitars are hypnotic, there are tinges of the psychedelic, and Wasner’s loose diction plays into her oft-floating vocals.
Must-listen tracks include the nicely partitioned “Dog Eyes” and the album’s title track which lets loose at the end with a squealing guitar and snapping percussion.
Civilian dropped 03.08.11.
Find out more about Wye Oak here.
Princeton – Martina and Clive Krantz (stranger danger)
Wye Oak – Sight, Fight (more for the song, not so much the video itself)
Music Go Music – Just Me (80s public access)
The Lovely Feathers – Lowiza (oh Jimmy)
Dan Deacon – Paddling Ghost (ghost pirate, skeleton pirate, puppet Dan)
Owl City – Fireflies (lost and found childhood)