Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thanksgiving Mix 2009

Keith Richards and Gram Parsons - Photo from TSY

The only thing better than making mix tapes is giving them to someone who appreciates them.

I try to put together a mix tape every few months for my girlfriend and she does the same thing for me.  A little bit precious, yes, but a great way to communicate new bands and sounds to someone you care about.  (awww...)

Here are a couple of songs that I liked from the last mix I put together for Thanksgiving.  I'm using players to stream the songs from LaLa so if you are reading this post in an RSS reader you probably need to come to the site since it relies on Flash.  I'm also linking the legal downloads where appropriate.

This mix skews towards recently released indie.  The old saw regarding writing about music (dancing about architecture) I think is pretty true, so I'll do my best to keep it to a one sentence description and a similar band so you can dip your toes into sound before you start streaming.  

Freelance Whales - Generator First Floor (Download)

You know that Ronald Reagan television ad campaign "Morning in America" where everyone is happy and getting ready to work on the farm and raising American flags - well - this mines the same exact feeling except I call it "Morning in Williamsburg, Brooklyn."  Good if you like Sufjan Stevens.   

The Dirtbombs - Sherlock Holmes

The Dirtbombs buzz-saw guitar attack manages to sound both sweet and menacing, aggressive and diplomatic.  Good if you like the Black Keys.  

Sleigh Bells - Crown on the Ground

Pop hooks and electro-guitar fuzz.  Good if you like listening to RATATAT or The Yeah Yeah Yeah's through blown-out speakers.  

Sleigh Bells "Crown on the Ground" LIVE at Le Poisson Rouge NYC from AbzPunkPhoto on Vimeo.

Girls - Lust for Life

This song is getting a lot of hype and you may have already heard it - but how can you not like a song that says, "I wish I had a Pizza and bottle of wine"? Listen if you like Pavement, but wish they were more coherent sometimes.


  1. I've been burning through the Girls album like crazy. Great fucked-up surf rock.

  2. That Sleigh Bells song is the truth!