Special Guests

Guest Mixtape + Interview / COYOL “Farmers’ Almanac”

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To start with, I owe this band a huge apology.

They sent me their mixtape a year and a half ago. It took me months to set up the interview them, and (after briefly thinking the audio was lost with my stolen computer) finished transcribing it this past fall.  And now at long last it is now here for you to see/hear/read.  Thankfully, the songs are timeless and the theme is rather timely with the new year, making changes, etc.

I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of my favorite mixes I’ve ever received. I mean, all of them have a special place in my heart, both because they were created for me, and I always appreciate how no matter what my musical horizons are challenged or expanded (often both).  The tracks included in “Farmers’ Almanac,” however, are probably the closest to my personal taste.  And not just a genre I’m partial to, but a genre that has a tendency to elicit strong emotions from deep inside my being.  At least three of the artists on here have moved me to tears with their songs.

It does make sense though, as the music COYOL themselves make is not unlike what you will hear on this mix.  Perhaps with a dash of the American Southwest, to spice things up.  A write-up in Black Book Magazine this past fall praises “the fantastic arrangement that seems just a little yet perfectly off and the oddly beautiful lyrics that stick with you long after each track.”
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Happy Halloween! A Special Guest Mixtape / DJ Bumbaclot “GHOSTS ON GHOSTS ON GHOSTS”

Yet another artfully constructed listening experience from DJ Bumbaclot.

Despite the decidedly un-scary and delightfully un-ironic viral video the title is referencing (as least, I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s referencing), this time he delivers a spooky and off-beat Halloween mix that might be just the thing to get you in the mood to celebrate a holiday on a BORING WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  Living room dance party!

Need a little more inspiration?  Try the recipes below for Witches Brew and Honey Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread.

DJ Bumbaclot GHOSTS ON GHOSTS ON GHOSTS

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Guest Mixtape + Interview / Greylag “The Essence of the Pacific Northwest”

Photo Credit: Greylag

It’s true that there are no shortage of emotive folk artists in the world, but that certainly does not negate their ability to make an impact.

Take Greylag for example; the band has captured such purity in their music that it is impossible not to connect with them.  Minimal and raw, their debut EP, The Only Way To Kill You, is far too short to do justice to the depth of emotion that the band is capable of.

In a way that I can’t quite describe (maybe because I haven’t been myself) it makes complete sense for them to pay homage to the Pacific Northwest with their mix.  Yes, the band is based in Portland, but the relationship is deeper than that.  Their whole “musical aura” seems to be the color of gloomy skies, and the feel of a cool drizzle on your skin.
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Guest Mixtape + Interview / LA Font “Garage Rock To Clean Out The Garage To”

Photo Credit: Noé Arteaga

I recently declared that this blog was going to be all about me.  Well, that’s kind of true here.  Yes, this post features a mixtape from the class clowns of the Los Angeles music scene, LA Font, but I’m going to start by talking about a book that I am reading.

Considering how many times I’ve recommended it, it’s embarrassing that I’m just over halfway through it, but Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad is a must read for any music writer (or fan).  Particularly if you like indie rock. Or punk rock. Or garage rock.  Which brings me to LA Font.
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