December Mixtape

Twelve nut cracking good tracks for your listening pleasure. Thanks to my friend Kris for lighting a fire under my butt. Enjoy.

1. Jets To Brazil – Resistance Is Futile [jade tree]
2. Vanishing Life – Seven Pointed Star [dine alone]
3. Dama Scout – Forget It’s Good [self]
4. No Sun – Erase [don’t look down]
5. BEACHMEN – Deathwish [self]
6. First Base – If I See You With That Girl Again [la-ti-da]
7. JEFF The Brotherhood – Juice [dine alone]
8. Scooterbabe – Sick Spine [jigsaw/perfect attendance]
9. Veronica Falls – Buried Alive [slumberland]
10. Veiny Hands – Tonguing [self]
11. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Fall [major]
12. Violet Nox – Snow King [self]

September 2016

September 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

15 tracks of anti-fall/winter goodness. Enjoy.

1. Four Tet – And Then Patterns
2. Odd Nosdam – Ethereal Slap
3. Monster Rally – Pelicans
4. Dr. Octagon – 3000
5. Cornelius – Drop
6. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Pay To Cum (Bad Brains Cover)
7. Redspencer – Fuss
8. Lake Kwan Do – Horn (Maybe)
9. The Hot Puppies – The Word On The Street
10. birdbird – Pet Boyfriend
11. The Persian Leaps – See Me Unaware
12. Good Boy – Poverty Line
13. Hot Vodka – Prisoner of Paradise
14. Bishops – Hookup
15. Swamps – Hate Hate Hate

August 2016

August 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

18 top of the charts tracks perfect to end your summer with. Enjoy.

1. DJ Spooky – Polyphony of One
2. Descendents – Victim of Me
3. B-52’s – Dance This Mess Around
4. Honeycomb Bones – Jackdaw
5. Maidavale – (If You Want Smoke) Be The Fire
6. Digable Planets – What Cool Breezes Do
7. RUMTUM – Spirits Remain
8. Blade of Grass – Light In My Eyes
9. ORB – First And Last Men
10. Joanna Gruesome – Occult Bookshop
11. Mateo Katsu – Hey There Elevator
12. The Reverberations – I Want Yer Love
13. Fiancé – H.A.G.S.
14. Bodies Be Rivers – Making Plans
15. Monster Rally – Color Wheel
16. VTCN RADIO – Venus Flytrap
17. Xiomara – YDKJ Pt. II (Amerigo Gazaway Mix)
18. A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions

July 2016

July 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

15 tasty tracks perfect for your backyard BBQs?

1. Japandroids – Continuous Thunder
2. The Rentals – Friends of P.
3. Fourth of July – Surfer Dude
4. Fascinations Grand Chorus – I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love
5. The Up! Up! Ups! – Love Tuck And Roll
6. Primitive Programme – Modern World
7. Foster Body – Touching & Moving
8. The Read – Yr Garbage
9. bellwire – Time Out
10. bed. – Wayward
11. The Light Footwork – Coastlines And Landmines
12. Betty & Oswald – Schmuck
13. The Scrap Dealers – She Doesn’t Wanna Leave Your Mind
14. Leggy – July
15. Devin Davis – The Choir Invisible

June Mixtape

June 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

16 RAD summertime hits!

1. Conveyor – What A Low Heart
2. Sculpture Club – Thieves
3. Time Travelling Toaster – Cosmosoboso
4. The Herbaliser – The Missing Suitcase
5. Leggy – Kick The Habit
6. Night School – Last Disaster
7. LiquidLight – Get Up/Get Around
8. Stefan Weich – Holy Nights
9. Cedar Spring Motel – Waiting (For The Rain)
10. B-17 – Down On The Beach
11. Sweetie – Eyeliner Kid
12. Pure Moods – Blurb
13. Newstalgia – Blake’s Theme
14. Spinach Prince – Frantic Session
15. Maple Stave – Danzig Has All The Fun
16. Odonis Odonis – Needs

May Mixtape

May 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

Fifteen tracks that are sure to put some pep in your step.

rainlord. – spaghetti flavored ice cream
Seckar – Sail
Cool Sounds – In Blue Skies
Apothek – Waiting For The Thunder
Del Sur – Been So Long
Toui Manikouth – The Fire And Disguise
Beloved Elk – The Light of Dead Stars
Chambers – Yeagin Stone
The Butterscotch Cathedral – Loud Heavy Sun
The Above – I Wanna Take Her Home
Gris-de-Lin – The Kick
Friends of Cesar Romero – The Girl In Scorpio 70
LADADA – New Psych
Stellastarr* – Jenny
Wolf Parade – Fancy Claps

March Mixtape

Fifteen nifty hits sure to get you ready for spring.

1. Odd Nosdam – Sisters
2. RUMTUM – Makin Magic
3. Christmas Day – Defend Uptown
4. TV Girl – Song About Me (feat. Maddie Acid)
5. Alpenglow – Solitude
6. Woods – Find Them Empty
7. S.M. Wolf – Midnight Shake
8. Ted Leo And The Pharmacists – Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?
9. Radiator Hospital – Do You Remember?
10. Geisha Girls – Retaining Water
11. Suzies – The Log Lady
12. Ex-Pet – Summer Alone
13. Jumpers – Center Stage
14. Lasso – Suckatash
15. jinsang –

January Mixtape

11 resolution worthy tracks to start the new year off on the left foot.

1. Leggy – Even Lana
2. Azores – Tusk
3. The Dentists – You Make Me Say It Somehow
4. Sea Ghost – Goldfish
5. Electoral College – Zo
6. The Trash Templars – Wanna Know
7. Peter Stringer-Hye – Throw Away The Day
8. Saski – Alaska
9. Sin Fang Bous – We Belong
10. Mates of State – Beautiful Kids
11. Bis – Dead Wrestlers

Top Albums and Songs of 2015 (Sam List)

Inspired by Todd and a really great year for music, I’m coming out of hibernation with my tops of 2015…

Top Albums

Jamie xx In Colour (Young Turks)
I figured this collection of dancefloor etudes wouldn’t hold up to repeat listens but here I am, on the last day of the year, still unable to shake the hooks from my head.

Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment Surf (self-released)
A remarkably eclectic and powerful album. The fact you don’t see any of the guest stars credited in song titles tells you everything you need to know about how this “experiment” fared.

Protomartyr The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
Riveting post-punk from Detroit; kinda like Interpol without the pretense.

Young Guv Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland)
Ben Cook set out to satirize bands like Cheap Trick, Big Star, Marshall Crenshaw, etc. only to end up creating a completely epic power pop album of his own.

Jose Gonzalez Vestiges and Claws (Mute)
I respect Jose’s absolute commitment to the whispery folk formula that made him famous, especially when it produces a gorgeous album like this one.

Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
Like Jose, Sufjan keeps doing his thing and it keeps getting better.

Thundercat The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam (Brainfeeder)
Yearning, confident, proggy, funky – like nothing else out there.

Colleen Captain of None (Thrill Jockey)
An art album that plays like a pop record.

Kamasi Washington The Epic (Brainfeeder)
I may be the only so-called music snob who thought Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly was just okay (or is that just me being extra snobby?) – but if the Kendrick Lamar phenomenon means former studio musicians like Kamasi see more sunshine, I’m all about it.

Beirut No No No (4AD)
Even a B+ record from Beirut will make my top 10.

Top Songs

Young Fathers “Shame” (Big Dada)
Nosaj Thing feat Chance the Rapper “Cold Stares” (Innovative Leisure/Timetable)
Baio “Sister of Pearl” (Glassnote)
The Arcs “Stay In My Corner” (Nonesuch)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” (Jajaguwar)
Lonelady “Groove It Out” (Warp)
Bicep “Just” (K7)
Swervedriver “Last Rites” (Cobraside)
Spectres “Where Flies Sleep” (Sonic Cathedral)
Beliefs “Tidal Wave” (Hand Drawn Dracula)
Low “What Part of Me” (Sub Pop)
Helen “Motorcycle” (kranky)
Four Tet “Morning Side” (Text)
William Alexander “Strangest Things” (Yellow K)
Open Mike Eagle feat MC Paul Barman & Milo “Trickeration” (Mello Music)

Top 25 Albums of 2015 (ToddS List)

25. Leggy – Nice Try EP [self]

24. Library Voices – Lovish [nevado]

23. Faith No More – Sol Invictus [reclamation]

22. Say Hi – Bleeders Digest [barsuk]

21. Giggly Boys – Bastards of Young [self]

20. The Diamond Center – Crystals of the Brass Empire [funny / not funny]

19. Gun Outfit – Dream All Over [paradise of bachelors]

18. Woolen Men – Temporary Monument [woodsist]

17. Expert Alterations – You Can’t Always Be Liked [kanine]

15. Albino Father – II [self]

14. Mikal Cronin – MCIII [merge]

13. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down… [matador]

12. King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon [ato]

11. L’Orange & Kool Keith – Time? Astonishing! [mello music]

10. Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes [trouble in mind]

9. Wand – Golem [in the red]

8. Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv [slumberland]

7. Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun [sacred bones]

6. Lazy Knuckles – Bucolic [gold robot]

5. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeted At Last [castle face]

4. Danny James Etc. – Pear [burger]

3. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear [sub pop]

2. Destroyer – Poison Season [merge]

1. The Butterscotch Cathedral – S/T [trouble in mind]