The OCMD Mixtape: Best Covers 2009

The OCMD Mixtape: Best Covers 2009

  1. “Steel and Glass” (John Lennon) – Alberta Cross
  2. “Walk A Thin Line” (Fleetwood Mac) – Atlas Sound
  3. Kundalini Express” (Love and Rockets) – The Flaming Lips
  4. “My Boys” (Animal Collective) – Taken By Trees
  5. “Too Many People” (Paul McCartney) – Earlimart
  6. “Military Madness” (Graham Nash) – Woods
  7. “Hospital Beds” (Cold War Kids) – Florence and The Machine
  8. “He Hit Me” – Grizzly Bear
  9. “Waltz #2” (Elliot Smith) – Audrye Sessions
  10. “Running to Standstill” (U2 ) – Elbow
  11. “Here I Go Again” (Whitesnake) – Botticellis
  12. “Ocean of Noise” (Arcade Fire) – Calexico
  13. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Cyndi Lauper) – Pyramid (aka Starfucker)
  14. “Crazy On You” (Heart) – Blitzen Trapper

the OCMD Mixtape: Sayulita

the OCMD Mixtape: “Sayulita

A few days of that and you get this – my Sayulita Mixtape.  Yup, this suits my state of mind right now. Just add surf, sand and cerveza and hit play. Enjoy.

1. Washed Out – “Feel It All Around”
2. Here We Go Magic – “Tunnelvision”
3. Atlas Sound – “Quick Canal”
4. The Ruby Suns – “There Are Birds”
5. Radiohead – “These Are My Twisted Words”
6. LCD Soundsystem – “Someone Great”
7. Flaming Lips – “Sagittarius Silver Announcement”
8. Built To Spill – “Done”
9. The XX – “Shelter”
10. Speck Mountain – “Angela”
11. The Shortwave Set – “Harmonia”

the OCMD Mixtape: Budget Rock 2009

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The OCMD Mixtape: Budget Rock 2009

Whoo hoo! The 8th Annual Budget Rock festival kicks into high gear this week right in my backyard from October 22-25. The Eagle Tavern, Thee Parkside and Bottom of the Hill will play host to the West Coast’s longest running garage rock festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some great local garage rock, including The Gris Gris, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Nobunny, the legendary Mummies and more! The best line up for sure is Sunday, October 25 at Bottom of the Hill featuring nearly all of the aforementioned bands.  Oh yeah, let the shitgaze begin!

1. Dan Melchoir Und Das Menace – “Wrapped in Fog”
2. The Mummies – “Die”
3. Thee Oh Sees – “Enemy Destruct”
4. Nobunny – “Boneyard”
5. The Fresh & Onlys – “Fog Machine”
6. The Gris Gris – “Mary #38”
7. Cheap Time – “Push Your Luck”

Flour + Water = Mixtape

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Flour + Water Mix

Good food, good wine, good friends, good music.  Do you need anything more than that?  You can get all that and then some this Thursday, October 8, at the hottest restaurant in San Francisco right now – the Mission district’s Flour + Water – where the OCMD will be curating an evening of strictly local music.

This unassuming neighborhood gem has earned the praise of The New York Times, WSJ, and our very own Michael Bauer. Even though the entire town is busting down the doors of this place, the owners remain decidedly laid-back and committed to preserving the hip, low-key neighborhood vibe. Fitting with that theme, I’m excited to share the local love by featuring some of the best up and coming bands San Francisco has to offer. To celebrate the occasion, the restaurant has set aside several coveted tables to bestow on a few lucky readers for this Thursday.  First four readers to email me at theocmd@gmail.com wins!

Here’s a taste of what’s to come. Enjoy the mix!

1. Papercuts, “Future Primitive”
2. Ty Segall, “Lovely One”
3. Sic Alps, “L Mansion”
4. Thee Oh Sees, “Can You See”
5. Leopold & His Fiction, “Tiger Lily”
6. The Ferocious Few, “Crazy Love”
7. The Dodos, “Fables”
8. Girls, “Lust for Life”
9. The Mantles, “Burden”
10. Garrett Pierce, “Your Feet In Wet Cement”
11. John Vanderslice, “Tremble and Tear”
12. LoveLikeFire, “William”
13. Stripmall Architecture, “Version”
14. Lilofee, “Lock and Key”

the OCMD Mixtape: SF Surf Punk

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I’ve been long overdue for a mixtape.  This is one I’ve been collecting for a while – pulling tracks here and there from the greater garage rock movement that’s exploding right now in San Francisco. This playlist is a subset of that sound that I’m really digging right now….lo-fi, fuzzed out rock with a distinct punk edge and surf riff. Or Surf Punk for short.  Yeah, I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of flack for that label but what the hell. There’s a nice south swell in town, and if I’m packing up my long board and wetsuit to go surfing, you can bet this is the mix I’ll be listening to.

Enjoy a taste of San Francisco.

the OCMD Mixtape: SF Surf Punk

  1. Ty Segall, “It #1”
  2. The Fresh & Onlys, “Fog Machine”
  3. Snake Flower 2, “No Way Home”
  4. Nobunny, “Boneyard”
  5. Thee Oh Sees, “Can You See”
  6. Sic Alps, “Gelly Roll Gum Drop”
  7. The Okmoniks, “What I Want”
  8. Bare Wires, “Teen Witch”
  9. The Mantles, “Trouble in the Streets”
  10. The Touch-Me-Nots, “Cool Enough for California”

Mixtape: SXSW Picks, Part 1

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My rock-n-roll vacation is just days, hours away.  I’ve been combing the line up of 1400 bands for weeks now. My list is made, I’m checking it twice and trying to keep the panic at bay as I struggle to find a way to fit it all in. 

SXSW is the equivalent of Mecca for the indie music junkie, like me. It’s the place you go to discover the best new artists everyone else will be listening 6 months or a year from now, depending on where you fall on the music curve.  And already I’ve found some gems.  Here’s a sample of a few bands I’m particularly excited to see. Believe me, there are many, many more.  Some of them are classics reunited – like Echo and The Bunneymen and Red Red Meat – others somewhat establish, but most are new to the scene and trying to break out.  Enjoy!

the OCMD SXSW Playlist #1

1. Benjy Ferree – “Pisstopher Christoper”
2. Obits – “Pine On”
3. Abe Vigoda – “Don’t Lie”
4. New Villager – “Rich Doors”
5. Foreign Born – “Vacationing People”
6. Iran – “Buddy”
7. Red Red Meat – “Gauze”
8. Wheat – “El Sincero”
9. Echo & The Bunnymen – “Killing Moon”
10. Handsome Furs – “Dumb Animals”
11. Wintersleep – “Drunk on Aluminum”
12. White Lies – “Death”
13. Let’s Wrestle – “I Won’t Lie to You”
14. The Transpersonals – “Twenty Twelve”
15. White Denim – “Mess Up Your Hair”

2009 | Keep Calm and Carry On

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My friend Erin had this print of an old British poster in her house that struck me.  It’s a reproduction of an old slogan used to allay public fear during the outbreak of World War 2.  The original poster was held in reserve for use only in times of extreme crisis.   Although thousands were produced, only a handful ever saw the light of day. (For a reproduction of the poster, go to Keep Calm Gallery.)

Some 60 years later, I couldn’t help but think how fitting it was in this day and age where fear and uncertainty has reached epidemic proportions. It seems as though the world is on the edge of its seat, waiting for life as we know it to end sometime in 2009.  Just how bad will 2009 be?  The speculation is endless and the anticipation exhausting. It’s only January 1 and I’m already tired of it.  And like a bunch of rubberneckers at the scene of an accident, we seem compelled to slow down and look at the wreckage, clogging up everything behind us.  Too scared to do anything else. While I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, I have decided to adopt this as my motto and modus operandi for 2009. I think we can all use a little more of that British ‘stiff upper lip’ right now.

So Happy New Year folks.  Let’s all just keep calm and carry on.  In honor of our wise British brethren, I’ve composed a mix of some of my favorite UK-based artists and songs.  Enjoy.  And let’s keep on rockin’ in the free world!

Keep Calm and Carry On Mixtape

  1. The Early Years, ‘High Times and Low Lives’
  2. Glasvegas, ‘Geraldine’
  3. Elbow, ‘Mirrorball’
  4. Radiohead, ‘House of Cards’
  5. School of Language, ‘Keep Your Water’
  6. The Duke Spirit, ‘Wooden Heart’
  7. Belle and Sebastian, ‘Stars of Track and Field’
  8. Jamie T, ‘Back in the Game’
  9. The Bees, ‘Better Days’
  10. Jim Noir, ‘Computer Song’
  11. Paul McCartney, ‘Oh Woman, Oh Why’

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Best Songs of 2008 – Indie Rock

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Every year I host a music swap with my music geek friends where we share our top albums of the year.  This year we spiced it up a bit by adding a new component – a mix of your favorite songs of 2008 by artists not represented in our Best Albums of 2008 list. (Ryan’s rules, not mine.) So here it is, my mix of some of my favorite indie rock tunes for 2008. I was struck by a lot of San Francisco local music this year and have noted those artists with an asterisk (**).  I enjoyed the emergence of such good music from my hometown and hope you will too. Enjoy!

  1. ** Pigeonhold by Port O’Brien
  2. Testify by Carney
  3. ** The Drag by Ty Segall
  4. Pot Kettle Black by Tilly and the Wall
  5. Operation by Deerhunter
  6. There Are Birds by The Ruby Suns
  7. The Dazzled by Crystal Stilts
  8. The Shedding Path by The Lord Bird Dog
  9. Chemtrails by Beck
  10. Oppressions Each by Brightblack Morning Light
  11. The Columbia by Lackthereof
  12. ** Hellhole Ratrace by Girls
  13. ** New York Through York by Lady Genius
  14. Charlyn, Angel of Kensington by Jason Collett
  15. My Baby by Juliana Hatfield
  16. Furr by Blitzen Trapper
  17. ** Peg by Cryptacize
  18. Lady Luck by Richard Swift
  19. Don’t You Worry by Jim Noir

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Mixtape: Best Songs of 2008 – Electro/Pop

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As many of you who read this blog already know, I’m mostly indie rock girl but I do dabble in a little indie pop/electronica from time to time. I am attracted to that Euro/ambient/dub pop/downtempo groove. However, it’s the rare album in this genre that can hold my interest all the way through. Which is why you won’t find many (if any) electro/pop albums on my top 20 list for 2008

But there were many great songs of this variety that stood out to me this year.  And here is a compilation of some of those tracks that moved me.  I love listening to this mix and hope you will too. Enjoy!

Listen to Best Songs of 2008 – Electro/Pop:

  1. Koushik, ‘Lying in the Sun
  2. Air France, ‘Collapsing at Your Doorstep’
  3. Martina Topley-Bird, ‘Phoenix’
  4. The Black Ghosts,Full Moon’
  5. Nightmares on Wax, ‘195LBS.
  6. The Notwist (Panda Bear Remix), ‘Boneless’
  7. Tobacco, ‘Hairy Candy’
  8. Lemonade, ‘Sunchips’
  9. Raised By Robots, ‘I Love You/U Luv Me 2′
  10. Starf**ker, ‘Florida’
  11. Rafter, ‘Juicy’
  12. Cut Copy, ‘Lights & Music’
  13. Nightmares On Wax, ‘Da Feelin’
  14. Rainbow Arabia, ‘Omar K’

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the OCMD Mixtape: Sunshine Daydream


I’m in a 70s bohemian state of mind at the moment.  All I want are wide leg jeans, vintage print blouses and great big sunglasses so I can look at the world through yellow-tinged lenses and feel like this. Luckily there’s a new crop of lo-fi, AM Gold music to match my mood.  Enjoy my Sunshine Daydream. To get the MP3 file, sign up for the OCMD Mixtape newsletter.

  1. ‘Dead Moon’ – Sam Champion
  2. ‘Knowledge of Evil’ – David Vandervelde
  3. ‘Eye on the Dollar’ – Citay
  4. ‘The Shedding Path’ – The Lord Bird Dog
  5. ‘Heart of Chambers’ – Beach House
  6. ‘Sugar Man’ – Rodriguez
  7. ‘Lady Luck’ – Richard Swift
  8. ‘Don’t You Worry’ – Jim Noir
  9. ‘Nobody Does it Like You’ – Department of Eagles
  10. ‘Ain’t it Strange’ – Dr. Dog