Guest Mixtape + Interview / Mystery Claws / Summer Lovin’ : BBQ Days

If you’re an LA denizen and you haven’t heard of Mystery Claws, you will soon. Comprised of rockers Julia Bembenek and Matt Kivel (Princeton) and featuring drummer Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), the band’s first single, “Flashlights” premiered on Stereogum late April and now their debut album Hydaspia (on Easter Everywhere Records) is on the market.

In the spirit of the season, band member Julia Bembenek was kind enough to throw together a BBQ mixtape for Tadpole Audio. I grabbed a meal with her a few days before their kickin’ record release party this past weekend at Pehrspace to chat about it…

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Summer Lovin’: One Time At Band Camp…

Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere

Most of my favorite summers were spent away as summer camp.  Singing dorky camp songs.  Canoeing.  Capture the flag.  That one summer where I spent four weeks doing manual labor and it was called a “learning experience.”  The best times were always had in the evenings.  It was great to be able to see the stars and there’s something incredibly bonding about being in the middle of the woods at night.  Campfires happened at night.  Ghost stories.  Fireflies.  Bonding chats.  Listening to your cabin-mates’ hilarious sleep talking.

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Summer Lovin’: Beach Bum

With the long weekend fast approaching my mind has been entirely focused on the impending vacation and the fact that in just a few days I will be sitting by a pool in Las Vegas, preferably with a cold beer in hand and reading a girly magazine.

Which means that it’s only a matter of time until I will be enjoying the same accoutrements lounging by the ocean instead. Feeling the warm sand under my toes, listening to the waves crashing against the shore, napping AND tanning simultaneously…aw crap, I got phones to answer.

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