#Compilations

Herohill just put out a big, free Leonard Cohen tribute album, which features a ton of Canadian artists covering the great bard of Montreal. On first listen, this Teenage Kicks version of The Partisan is my favourite… although I wish someone would have done ‘Passing Through’. And I wonder why no one took on ‘Hallelujah’. Although, that’s probably because Jeff Buckley’s perfect cover is too intimidating to try and best.

Did I mention the whole thing was free?

Shakey Graves has yet to put something to tape that I haven’t dug completely. So it is no surprise that his Lucinda Williams cover is the one that stands out to me the most on the great covers compilation ‘We All Go Twang’ (the great, country fried blog When You Awake is responsible for the mix tape). Besides the Shakey Graves cover being brilliant, the whole thing is magic. With great, twangy covers of songs from Led Zeppelin to The Magnetci Fields, even if this mix tape wasn’t free (which it is), it would be a must download. Get it HERE.

And while on the topic of Shakey Graves, I recently saw that Rollo & Grady named ‘Roll The Bones' as one of their favourite albums of 2011. So I just thought that I would mention that that album would definitely have landed at the top of my list too, I just wasn’t sure when it was released. His Bandcamp page cheekily puts the release at 1987 and I thought I had downloaded it back in 2010. But memory is fleeting thing. All I know is that it is one of my favourite albums of recent years, and Shakey Graves is one of my favourite artists of recent memory. You should check him out, if you haven’t already (since we’re on Tumblr, why not start with his Tumblr).

Shakey Graves: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Soundcloud

Some songs try to tackle life’s most important questions, like “What does it all mean?” or “Why girls be so crazy?”. But life is full of questions and who is to say what the important ones are. For example, this The Asteroid Theory of Death song asks some questions that I find myself asking every now and again, mainly “What’s that cooking?” and “Where have all the blankets gone?”. Maybe it’s because the walls in an English house seem to let in all the cold and smells from outside.

All seriousness aside, it really is a lovely little song. But what makes it even more lovely is that it came with about 80 other songs—all from different artists and all for free— on the brilliant Eardrums Pop compilation A Good Crop. If you’d like yourself a mixed bag of great indie pop (and why wouldn’t you), then act fast: this compilation, originally released back in the hope and change Autumn of 2008, is only available for a week and then never more.

So go get it.

Multiple hat tips are required to show the path that led to me waking the neighbours with this song:

Think or Smile puts out an always great curated list of the months best free music -> FWBA is one of those curators and one of her selections was a compilation put out by Aquarium Drunkard -> Aquarium Drunkard’s compilation was put together by Portlands Ghost Capital -> Garnet Mimms recorded this gem.

It probably goes without saying, but you should really download that compilation from AD, it is a great slice of perfectly aged pie (and this Garnet Mimms track is just one of the flavours). Also, checking out / regularly following all the guilty parties in this post is another must do.

I won’t go as far as to say that Old Ugly represents the entire musical scene of my former stomping ground (Edmonton, AB), but I think it is fair to say that it represents damn near all of it (especially when you consider not just the music released, but the shows put on). They’re led by the ultra creative and never sleeping rapper / hype man / guru The Joe, and are made up by an amazingly talented collective of great artists.

This track is off of their recent label sampler, but Teddy Hotbody’s modern soul hop won’t even give you the foggiest idea of the wide spectrum of music featured on the compilation, which touches every corner of genre you could dream up (except for icelandic death metal).

Get the whole thing for free on their Bandcamp and then spend some time exploring the vast collection of Edmonton jams they are responsible for so far.

MJMJ (that’s Two Michael Jordans) are back in bizness, but with a ‘niss’ and not a ‘ness’ (back from what? check this old Kickstarter video out). And to celebrate their return, they recently put out a free compilation, which I am just getting to listening to now and this track by Bones has been getting the most second, third and forth play from me.

Swing by Bandcamp and download the entire brilliant compilation for freeee.

It’s Tumblr Tuesday today. Turns out it is also an ebb and flow kind of day. Looks like this reblog deals with both (i.e. give flamgirlant a follow, if you don’t already, and then snag this sweet mix tape she put together).
flamgirlant:

Ebb/Flow - a flamgirlant mixtape
It’s a transition time of year.  60 degrees one day, 90 the next.  Passing over recipes that require the oven to be on and going straight for fresh fruits and veggies.  Trading in my red wine for vodka lemonade.  It’s the time of year I find myself going from 0 to 60 and back  again over the course of a few days only to repeat it again and again.   Too much to do, brief respite to catch my breath, too much to do.   That’s how things roll before I find myself lockstep with summer. 
Some days ebb, some days flow.  This mixtape works much the same way.
Ebb/Flow
01  Arches - This Isn’t A Good Night For Walking02  Lake - Within/Without03  TRANCE FARMERS - BETTY BOP - babe, terror mix04  Cousins - Write Me A Song05  Sic Alps - Cement Surfboard06  Sutja Gutierrez - Vacation Theme (Bossa Nova Hotel Holidays)07  tUnE-yArDs - Powa08  Manganese Madness - Dame09  Little Scream - Cannons10  Karl Blau - Celebrate By Singing11  Peaking Lights - All The Sun That Shines12  PEACE - The Dark13  Soft Healer - Soeur (Daytrotter Session)14  Family Portrait - Wait15  Shimmering Stars - I’m Gonna Try16  Sun In Sound - Such A Let Down17  Vetiver - Strictly Rule
There are some great tunes here, folks.  You’re bound to fall for one or two.  When you do fall, please do the right thing - buy a record, see a show.  Send the band some love so they can keep doing what they do.
As always, visit my mixtape hub to listen to more mixed goodness!
xox!
It’s Tumblr Tuesday today. Turns out it is also an ebb and flow kind of day. Looks like this reblog deals with both (i.e. give flamgirlant a follow, if you don’t already, and then snag this sweet mix tape she put together).
flamgirlant:

Ebb/Flow - a flamgirlant mixtape
It’s a transition time of year.  60 degrees one day, 90 the next.  Passing over recipes that require the oven to be on and going straight for fresh fruits and veggies.  Trading in my red wine for vodka lemonade.  It’s the time of year I find myself going from 0 to 60 and back  again over the course of a few days only to repeat it again and again.   Too much to do, brief respite to catch my breath, too much to do.   That’s how things roll before I find myself lockstep with summer. 
Some days ebb, some days flow.  This mixtape works much the same way.
Ebb/Flow
01  Arches - This Isn’t A Good Night For Walking02  Lake - Within/Without03  TRANCE FARMERS - BETTY BOP - babe, terror mix04  Cousins - Write Me A Song05  Sic Alps - Cement Surfboard06  Sutja Gutierrez - Vacation Theme (Bossa Nova Hotel Holidays)07  tUnE-yArDs - Powa08  Manganese Madness - Dame09  Little Scream - Cannons10  Karl Blau - Celebrate By Singing11  Peaking Lights - All The Sun That Shines12  PEACE - The Dark13  Soft Healer - Soeur (Daytrotter Session)14  Family Portrait - Wait15  Shimmering Stars - I’m Gonna Try16  Sun In Sound - Such A Let Down17  Vetiver - Strictly Rule
There are some great tunes here, folks.  You’re bound to fall for one or two.  When you do fall, please do the right thing - buy a record, see a show.  Send the band some love so they can keep doing what they do.
As always, visit my mixtape hub to listen to more mixed goodness!
xox!

It’s Tumblr Tuesday today. Turns out it is also an ebb and flow kind of day. Looks like this reblog deals with both (i.e. give flamgirlant a follow, if you don’t already, and then snag this sweet mix tape she put together).

flamgirlant:

Ebb/Flow - a flamgirlant mixtape

It’s a transition time of year.  60 degrees one day, 90 the next.  Passing over recipes that require the oven to be on and going straight for fresh fruits and veggies.  Trading in my red wine for vodka lemonade.  It’s the time of year I find myself going from 0 to 60 and back again over the course of a few days only to repeat it again and again.  Too much to do, brief respite to catch my breath, too much to do.  That’s how things roll before I find myself lockstep with summer. 

Some days ebb, some days flow.  This mixtape works much the same way.

Ebb/Flow

01  Arches - This Isn’t A Good Night For Walking
02  Lake - Within/Without
03  TRANCE FARMERS - BETTY BOP - babe, terror mix
04  Cousins - Write Me A Song
05  Sic Alps - Cement Surfboard
06  Sutja Gutierrez - Vacation Theme (Bossa Nova Hotel Holidays)
07  tUnE-yArDs - Powa
08  Manganese Madness - Dame
09  Little Scream - Cannons
10  Karl Blau - Celebrate By Singing
11  Peaking Lights - All The Sun That Shines
12  PEACE - The Dark
13  Soft Healer - Soeur (Daytrotter Session)
14  Family Portrait - Wait
15  Shimmering Stars - I’m Gonna Try
16  Sun In Sound - Such A Let Down
17  Vetiver - Strictly Rule

There are some great tunes here, folks.  You’re bound to fall for one or two.  When you do fall, please do the right thing - buy a record, see a show.  Send the band some love so they can keep doing what they do.

As always, visit my mixtape hub to listen to more mixed goodness!

xox!

The second instalment of the sweet 50’s / 60’s flavoured mix tapes from Cactus-Mouth and Unholy Rhythms came out the other day, although I’m just finding the time to sink my teeth into it now. Like the previous one, it is a collection of modern takes on on old classics; based on the first listen, Guitars, SLUTEVER and Lizard Kisses provide the standout tracks, but on the second go around I can tell there are a few other growers in the bunch. The whole thing is well worth the effort of the few clicks it will cost you to get it in your headphones (i.e. it is free).

So… get clicking.

This sweet mix tape from bloggers Cactus-Mouth and Unholy Rhythms was exactly what my day needed to get properly going. It is a mix of brilliant 50’s and 60’s era covers and it’s free, so I’m not sure what else you could ask for… besides the link to get it for yourself.

Also, it is Tumblr Tuesday. So if you aren’t already, you should definitely start following the two responsible for this gem of a compilation.

Jose Delhart deserves to be in a lot more folks headphones. We were actually ‘myspace friends’ back in the day and have a few mutual friends, but I had almost forgot about the brilliant tunes he writes. And then I found this track on a compilation put out by the DIY collective Gold & Silver Recordings, which you can download for free over HERE, and I was hooked again. The track can also be found on Jose’s album Little Red Buddha, which is well worth investigating further - it is quite the beautifully mesmerizing listen.

And once you’ve filled up on that, check out this recent duet with the lovely Craven Canary:

"Tonight" duet with Craven Canary rough mix by josedelhart

You’ll have a pretty hard time finding a better free mix tape than the Diddywah one that is up over on probably the best music blog online, Aquarium Drunkard. Click on the picture above to go find out more and, most importantly, get the link to download it. Then, put it on your headphones and pretend that you’re in a sweet Tarantino movie.

Or, just listen to it. Your call. Just don’t don’t go download it. It is the bees knees.

I recently rediscovered the lovley site Error! LoFi Recordings through the new charming release by Pequeña Fiera!. But, being as cold as it is today and with Christmas shopping on my mind, I also ended up downloading the free xmas album from which this track comes from.

Now, back to that Christmas shopping.

You can hear more from Green.Means.Love by visiting their Mysapce page.

I’m super slammed with the last week of school and I was feeling a bit guilty about not having time to do a post, but then I saw this sweet mix tape.
Dog bless all the other sweet tumblr pages out there and Dog bless the reblog button.
yvynyl:

Secret Meats - a yvynyl mixtape
Once in a while, a batch of songs just simply falls into place. This group did. I hardly had to even change the order in which I had lumped them all into the ‘save for later’ playlist. Each of these tracks is a stunner, and I was too excited about them all to wait to share ‘em. I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do.
Please click through to listen to more music by these bands. Most of them are putting out music completely independently and would love the support.  Many offer free music, so if you dig a track a lot, why not check out some of their other work. Best yet, buy their records, artwork, merch and tickets to their shows. Support indie artists.
Artwork by Brooklyn designer and illustrator Marion Bolognesi. Pick up this excellent print and others at her web store. Used with permission.
Tracklist:
White Fence - Lillian (Won’t You Play Drums?)
The Black Tambourines - Tommy
Power Animal - Better Water
Will Stratton - Bluebells
Dream Band - Mr. Shaking and Pills to Judge
This Horn of Afrika - uhoh
Headless Horseman - Wavlngth
Adelyn Rose - Willow Tree
Dead Drums - Carousin USA
Echo Tongues - French Phrase for Purpose
Weed - Release Party
Juana Molina - Vive Solo
Anika - Yang Yang
Purling Hiss - Don’t Even Try It
Celebration - Battles
Expensive Looks - Found Out
Fox Hands - Patella
Continents - Future Waves
Lost Boy - Frost Bite
Conner Youngblood - Monsters
Girls - Heartbreaker

Download directly here: http://bit.ly/emPaTa

Please create a new playlist in iTunes and then click and drag the folder to import, thereby maintaining track order. If your file doesn’t uncompress, you may have had a glitch in your internet connection during transfer. I suggest waiting and then downloading again in a while.
Check out more yvynyl mixtapes here.
I’m super slammed with the last week of school and I was feeling a bit guilty about not having time to do a post, but then I saw this sweet mix tape.
Dog bless all the other sweet tumblr pages out there and Dog bless the reblog button.
yvynyl:

Secret Meats - a yvynyl mixtape
Once in a while, a batch of songs just simply falls into place. This group did. I hardly had to even change the order in which I had lumped them all into the ‘save for later’ playlist. Each of these tracks is a stunner, and I was too excited about them all to wait to share ‘em. I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do.
Please click through to listen to more music by these bands. Most of them are putting out music completely independently and would love the support.  Many offer free music, so if you dig a track a lot, why not check out some of their other work. Best yet, buy their records, artwork, merch and tickets to their shows. Support indie artists.
Artwork by Brooklyn designer and illustrator Marion Bolognesi. Pick up this excellent print and others at her web store. Used with permission.
Tracklist:
White Fence - Lillian (Won’t You Play Drums?)
The Black Tambourines - Tommy
Power Animal - Better Water
Will Stratton - Bluebells
Dream Band - Mr. Shaking and Pills to Judge
This Horn of Afrika - uhoh
Headless Horseman - Wavlngth
Adelyn Rose - Willow Tree
Dead Drums - Carousin USA
Echo Tongues - French Phrase for Purpose
Weed - Release Party
Juana Molina - Vive Solo
Anika - Yang Yang
Purling Hiss - Don’t Even Try It
Celebration - Battles
Expensive Looks - Found Out
Fox Hands - Patella
Continents - Future Waves
Lost Boy - Frost Bite
Conner Youngblood - Monsters
Girls - Heartbreaker

Download directly here: http://bit.ly/emPaTa

Please create a new playlist in iTunes and then click and drag the folder to import, thereby maintaining track order. If your file doesn’t uncompress, you may have had a glitch in your internet connection during transfer. I suggest waiting and then downloading again in a while.
Check out more yvynyl mixtapes here.

I’m super slammed with the last week of school and I was feeling a bit guilty about not having time to do a post, but then I saw this sweet mix tape.

Dog bless all the other sweet tumblr pages out there and Dog bless the reblog button.

yvynyl:

Secret Meats - a yvynyl mixtape

Once in a while, a batch of songs just simply falls into place. This group did. I hardly had to even change the order in which I had lumped them all into the ‘save for later’ playlist. Each of these tracks is a stunner, and I was too excited about them all to wait to share ‘em. I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do.

Please click through to listen to more music by these bands. Most of them are putting out music completely independently and would love the support.  Many offer free music, so if you dig a track a lot, why not check out some of their other work. Best yet, buy their records, artwork, merch and tickets to their shows. Support indie artists.

Artwork by Brooklyn designer and illustrator Marion Bolognesi. Pick up this excellent print and others at her web store. Used with permission.

Tracklist:

  1. White Fence - Lillian (Won’t You Play Drums?)
  2. The Black Tambourines - Tommy
  3. Power Animal - Better Water
  4. Will Stratton - Bluebells
  5. Dream Band - Mr. Shaking and Pills to Judge
  6. This Horn of Afrika - uhoh
  7. Headless Horseman - Wavlngth
  8. Adelyn Rose - Willow Tree
  9. Dead Drums - Carousin USA
  10. Echo Tongues - French Phrase for Purpose
  11. Weed - Release Party
  12. Juana Molina - Vive Solo
  13. Anika - Yang Yang
  14. Purling Hiss - Don’t Even Try It
  15. Celebration - Battles
  16. Expensive Looks - Found Out
  17. Fox Hands - Patella
  18. Continents - Future Waves
  19. Lost Boy - Frost Bite
  20. Conner Youngblood - Monsters
  21. Girls - Heartbreaker

Download directly here: http://bit.ly/emPaTa

Please create a new playlist in iTunes and then click and drag the folder to import, thereby maintaining track order. If your file doesn’t uncompress, you may have had a glitch in your internet connection during transfer. I suggest waiting and then downloading again in a while.

Check out more yvynyl mixtapes here.

I always have mixed feelings about this time of year. On the one hand, it is a time of family and friends and childhood memories. On the other hand, it is a time of misguided consumerism and horribly cheesy music (music that is forced upon you as soon as you leave the safety of your house, from every imaginable angle). The air is filled with a feeling of love for humanity, while at the same time, it always feels a little hypocritical. And then there is also the bitter coldness and lack of sunshine.

This compilation originally came out last year, but after listening to it all day yesterday, I can safely say that it still captures every mixed emotion I have about Jesus’ upcoming birthday. The highs of Christmas morning (before the gifts have been opened) and the lows of Christmas morning (after the gifts have been opened) and every day before and after are all there in one way or another. And it is a free download as well.

Head over to the HI54LOFI RECORDS bandcamp page to grab a copy for yourself and remember: sharing is caring - so pass it on to a friend (and also, Happy Holidays!)

I grew up in a very small (white) town, before the internet. But, since I played basketball throughout junior and senior high (some would even go as far as to say I was a small town basketball legend), I’ve always been a little into hip hop.

I still remember how foreign hip hop used to feel and how little I connected to most of it on a lyrical level. This was mostly due to the fact that small white towns (before the internet) did not have the greatest selection of hip hop to choose from. Gangster rap was what was popular, so gangster rap was mostly all we got. I can remember listening to songs about popping caps in asses and selling rocks on the corner while I was doing about the exact opposite of those things.

I still like myself some hip hop, but nowadays, I try to stick to the stuff that I can relate to. The socially conscious stuff. The self aware, clever word play, poet laureate stuff. And when it comes to relating to a hip hop song, you’d be hard pressed to find something more relatable at this very moment than this fresh Cadence Weapon track, Lemonade. Not only am I sitting in an apartment off Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta, but it is -30 Celsius outside and our heater has been broke for over 2 days. This track really speaks to the ‘cursing the winter, missing the summer’ theme that I’ve been living lately.

You can get the entire Cadence Weapon Tron Mixtape for as much or as little cash as you want. Just CLICK HERE to go to his website and check things out.

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