I’m using my old Tumblr to distribute this mixtape for the Project Music Project 2012 initiative. Not because I want to call attention to this ol’ defunct music blog, but because it’s a great format for this type of thing.
I’ve been assigned “play” and have tried to put together a playful mix of music, hopefully not completely overzealous in its focus on the proverbial “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” However, to say those elements aren’t a heavy thematic chord through the mix would be an understatement. As a professional, fun-loving and relatively unencumbered adults living in LA, shouldn’t our playtime be a boozy, hazy mix of good times spent with friends and lovers?
Because I’ve complained about the process of having to download people’s mixes in the past, I’m proud to be the first to offer a streaming option for my sonic selects. The streaming site is mobile compatible as is the HTML5 player at the bottom of this post.
For those of you who’re still not convinced that it’s ‘access’ not ‘ownership’ which matters in digital music, you can find the download here:
My hurried and lackidazical liner notes can be found here.
And lastly, because we’re in the age of video, I’ve compiled a YouTube playlist of music videos for these tracks. Remarkably, with the exception of just one, there was compelling video to watch for each song. I’ve noted the *must watch* video tracks in the liner notes.
That’s it. I hope you find this a balanced and pleasant mix of new and old. Something you can put on an enjoy whenever. Let it be a nice transition into a beautiful spring. Enjoy with <3
This song is living room dance-parties. Bedroom dance-parties. Cut-loose with your friends and loose yourself, momentarily, to the music. Nostalgic, warm, driving and optimistic in tone. Love.
Um, holy shitballs. Daft Punk’s TRON score is shaping up to be absolutely epic. Well, everything about this film is starting to look pretty out of this world.
Just listen to some of these samples…
I’ll concede that some of it sounds just like what it is, movie score. But this is one thick-as-hell movie score.
Can’t say I was ever a huge fan of this band, but love this song. It’s been playing heavy all week. Woot.
Listened to this so many times today. So freakey good.
LISTEN: “Bang Bang Bang” by Mark Ronson featuring MNDR and Q-Tip (via The Fader)
Mark Ronson premiered “Bang Bang Bang” a few days ago on Zane Lowe’s show. It’s a super catchy pop song with a fairly simple beat. Nice vocals on MNDR sounding like a British Santigold.
Record Collection is set to be released in September and features collaborations with Boy George, Miike Snow, Theophilius London and others
Basic Element - Touch You Right Now
Epic, catchy and so incredibly cheesy.
Enjoy the long weekend.
Samples of Arcade Fire’s new 12”.
Great fun. Simple. Digital. Execution.
And, of course, an album crazily anticipated.
I’ve had a crush on the song “Yours to Keep” since the first time I heard it, in the soundtrack to the snowboard film Afterlame. (That soundtrack, BTW, was full of hits, check out a few more below.) For a song released in 2000(!), it still sounds fresh and contemporary and really fits in nicely with a lot of the new, synth-heavy chillwave tunes. Plus, it’s a total summer slammer.
Anyway, as it goes with music, sometimes you forget about the old stuff you really like while you struggle to stay atop of the endless torrent of exciting new tracks. It had been a long time since I’d listened to or thought about “Yours to Keep,” that is, until a new song came along that triggered my memory.
That track was Neon by Teen Daze. Listened to back-to-back, I think these songs really have a lot in common, both in sound and general tone. So thanks, Teen Daze, for putting out a great song that reminded me of another really great song.
Others Afterlame Hits:
MP3 :: Heartbeats - The Knife
MP3 :: Going Nowhere - Cut Copy
This song killed it for me over the weekend. It got multiple plays at home and in the car. Perfect music for the great weather over the weekend and also heavily reminiscent of another song I’ll post in a minute. Until then, enjoy these sweet synth sounds.
Teen Daze - neon
Took me all but 30 seconds in to realize I needed to share this with you.
Hu. This isn’t really want I was expecting from Mark Ronson, but I’m happily surprised. Pretty stoked now to hear the rest of the new recored, titled Record Collection: Via Stereogum. Props to them on their “Link” pun. Or was it a play on words? And the always appropriate follow-up to anything gaming related: Full embed disabled by YouTube/AdultSwim :(
Mark Ronson – “Circuit Breaker” Video
Hu. This isn’t really want I was expecting from Mark Ronson, but I’m happily surprised. Pretty stoked now to hear the rest of the new recored, titled Record Collection:
Via Stereogum. Props to them on their “Link” pun. Or was it a play on words?
And the always appropriate follow-up to anything gaming related:
Full embed disabled by YouTube/AdultSwim :(