18 posts tagged compilations
Teenage Kicks • The Bard of Montreal
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?
Passionate Kisses (Lucinda Williams)
Shakey Graves • We All Go Twang
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).
Where Have All The Blankets Gone?
The Asteroid Theory of Death • A Good Crop - Eardrums Autumn Compilation 2008
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.
As Long As I Have You
Garnet Mimms • Aquarium Drunkard Presents :: Ghost Capital II
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.
Teddy - Here Is Something
OLD UGLY Recording Co. • â
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).
Bones • Back in Bizniss
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).
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.
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!
Guitars • Tears On My Pillow: Part II
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.
Nothing Can Change This Love
Tashaki Miyaki • Tears On My Pillow: Part I
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 • Gold & Silver Recordings 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: