theOCMD Mixtape: Songbirds

The days are shorter, the nights are colder. And so I found myself compelled to make a mix to fit this mood. So here it is, a collection beautiful, etherial sounds from some of my favorite female artists. Songbirds who are Mon the rise whose sounds you can curl up to…or fly away with.

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Twin Shadow Remixes

How nice of George Lewis Jr. – aka Twin Shadow – to load up all of his remixes into this handy dandy SoundCloud set for us all to enjoy. While none of these are necessarily new tracks, I’ve been enjoying the collective reprise of these classics from Surfer Blood, Lemonade, Bear in Heaven and more. Kinda like a walk down indie music lane, circa 2010.

The OCMD Mixtape :: Lime Taffy

the OCMD Mixtape“Lime Taffy”

  1. Lubec – “Your Magic Wand”
  2. Coasting – “What You Want”
  3. Hornet Leg – “Wait”
  4. White Fence - “Growing Faith”
  5. Kelley Stoltz – “Rock and Roll with Me”
  6. Devendra Banhart – “Lover”
  7. Girls – “Heartbreaker”
  8. Papercuts – “Do What You Will”
  9. Woods – “Deep”
  10. Spectrals – “7th Date”
  11. Tennis – “Seafarer”
  12. Smith Westerns – “Weekend”

[Mixtape] Love, San Francisco

Love, San Francisco

  1. “Original Sin” – Geographer
  2. “Hesitation” – E x r a y’ s
  3. “Mild Confusion” – Tamaryn
  4. “Pure” – Blackbird Blackbird
  5. “Cut from a Different Clay” – Phantom Kicks
  6. “Rocketeer” – Sunbeam Rd.
  7. “Marmalade” – Sea of Bees
  8. “Spark” – Grand Lake
  9. “Mama Fell Asleep” – fpodbpod
  10. “Heartbreaker” – Girls
  11. “Hot Sprawl” – Man/Miracle

the OCMD Mixtape: Permanent Ink

The OCMD Mixtape: Permanent Ink

May love, laughter and music be with you always, CMC and AJH. Congratulations on your nuptials, beautiful love, new life and ink together. Here’s to you and the many music memories we’ve shared. And….uhh… my apologies for committing the worst party foul in wedding reception history. When it comes to shotgunning beer, I’ll always be on the J.V. team. *sulk*

  1. LCD Soundsystem – “Someone Great”
  2. Radiohead – “Nude (Holy Fuck Remix)”
  3. Caribou - “Shes’ the One”
  4. Phantogram – “When I’m Small”
  5. The Black Ghosts – “Full Moon”
  6. Atlas Sound – “Walk a Thin Line (Fleetwood Mac Cover)”
  7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Hysteric”
  8. The XX – “Islands”
  9. The Temper Trap – “Love Lost”
  10. Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”
  11. Elbow – “Forget Myself”
  12. Yo La Tengo – “Periodically Double or Triple”
  13. Imperial Teen – “Everyone Wants to Know”
  14. Local Natives – “Sun Hands”
  15. Spoon – “Got Nuffin”
  16. Kings of Leon – “On Call”
  17. TV on the Radio - “DLZ”
  18. The Soft Pack – “Answer to Yourself”

the OCMD Mixtape: S.P.L.A.T.

Fawk. I’m just going to lay here in my pretty little skirt until it’s all over. Can someone come get me when it’s done? Thank you.

the OCMD Mixtape: “S.P.L.A.T.”

  1. Sonny & The Sunsets – “Too Young to Burn”
  2. Ty Segall – “So Alone”
  3. King Khan & The BBQ Show – “Invisible Girl”
  4. The Pharmacy – “Coldest Morning Light”
  5. The Peelies – “Them”
  6. Malachai – “How Long”
  7. Jeff the Brotherhood – “Heavy Damage”
  8. Tame Impala – “Make Up Your Mind”
  9. Geographer – “Original Sin”
  10. The Radio Dept. – “Domestic Scene”
  11. Future Islands – “Inch of Dust”

The OCMD Mixtape: Done

the OCMD Mixtape:Done

  1. The National, “Terrible Love”
  2. Future Islands, “As I Fall”
  3. Tame Impala, “It’s Not Meant to Be”
  4. Built to Spill, “Done”
  5. The Besnard Lakes, “And This is What We Call Progress”
  6. Heartless Bastards, “Blue Day”
  7. The Veils, “It Hits Deep”
  8. Alberta Cross, “The Devil’s All You Ever Had”
  9. The Vision of a Dying World, “Mantra/What Is and What is Not”
  10. The Helio Sequence, “Lately”

Trendspotting: Cassettes Are The New Vinyl

Dig out your boom boxes, tape decks and head cleaners because another almost obsolete music format, the cassette tape, is quickly being brought back to life. They’re turning up everywhere, being released by bleeding edge DIY hipster indie bands with a penchant for the self-released EP.  Dive deep into your local indie music scene and you’ll see what I mean. Merch tables are filled with them and the frequency of the cassette EP press announcements in my inbox are quickly rising. If vinyl is the format for the high browed music snob, then the cassette is the format for the DIY, crafty crowd.

It’s been a source of great frustration for me of late to discover fabulous up and coming bands live, then realize the only option for continued enjoyment of their music is a format I haven’t owned equipment for in a good decade. Grass Widow, The BathsBlank Dogs. These are all bands that released music on cassette that I would have liked to have in my music rotation but couldn’t do so because….I DON’T HAVE A CASSETTE PLAYER!  God dangit. Who still owns a cassette player? (Besides Blogger Mike who has three. Sheesh.)

Frustration turned to anger after my third attempt to buy music from a band with a cassette only option. (Why, why, why are you making it so difficult to support you?!) Then the anger turned to action.  I needed to understand the rationale these artists had for adopting a format that is clearly not widely used. Was it a cost factor? Cool factor? Sound factor? Did they want to languish in obscurity because no one could readily appreciate their music? What…what was the allure?

Welcome to The OCMD trendspotting series, “Cassettes Are The New Vinyl”, where we’ll explore the rational of artists and labels reviving this nearly dead format that so dominated my youth. Tune back in for Part 2 where we’ll get insight from a band and their reasons behind choosing cassette for their physical format.

the OCMD Mixtape: Best Electro/Pop 2009

  1. “Lock and Key” – Lilofee
  2. “On My Way” – The Sweet Serenades
  3. “Creeper” – Islands
  4. “New Theory” – Washed Out
  5. “Ecstacy” – JJ
  6. “You’ve Got the Love (The XX Remix) – Florence & The Machine
  7. “Want Me Too” – Tune-Yards
  8. “Kundalini Express” – The Flaming Lips
  9. “Beast In Peace” – Bear In Heaven
  10. “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses” – Thom Yorke
  11. “When I Grow Up” – Fever Ray
  12. “Version” – Stripmall Architecture
  13. “A Happening” – Hyperstory
  14. “Testimony” – The Phenomenal Handclap Band

theOCMD Mixtape: Best Garage Rock 2009

the OCMD Mixtape: Best Garage Rock 2009

  1. “Heavy Krishna”- Jeff the Brotherhood
  2. “Pine On” – Obits
  3. “Fog Machine”-  The Fresh & Onlys
  4. “Lovely One” – Ty Segall
  5. “L Mansion”-  Sic Alps
  6. “Wrapped in Fog”-  Dan Melchoir und das Menace
  7. “Blew It Again” – Electric Tickle Machine
  8. “English Teeth Invasion”-  English Teeth
  9. “Goddamn”- Girls
  10. “Burden”- The Mantles
  11. “Over the Ocean”- Best Coast
  12. “Can You See”- Thee Oh Sees
  13. “Boneyard”- Nobunny
  14. “I Won’t Lie To You”- Let’s Wrestle
  15. “What’cha Gonna Do About It”- Condo Fucks