Neutral Milk Hotel

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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Valentunes: I'm So (Getting) Over It

Big day of breakup songs, Neutral Milk Hotel and Rilo Kiley being the repeat offenders. What makes your heart hurt, helps it through the pain, or just fuels your desire to throw things?

1. “Magnetic Fields” – Boa Constrictor

2. Neutral Milk Hotel “King of Carrot Flowers”

3. Neutral Milk Hotel – Two Headed Boy ♫ http://twt.fm/375365

4. Bon Iver “Skinny Love” ♫ http://twt.fm/375400

5. Bright Eyes “Lover I Don’t Have To Love” ♫ http://twt.fm/375413

6. The Avalanches “Since I Left You” ♫ http://twt.fm/375347

7. Florence and The Machine “Cosmic Love” ♫ http://twt.fm/375453

8. The Ramones “I Wanna Live” ♫ http://twt.fm/375482

9. St. Vincent “Human Racing” ♫ http://twt.fm/375499

10. Rilo Kiley “Breakin Up” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGnJYMRC9NE (vid)

11. Blue Kid “The Dismemberment Song” http://bit.ly/94EL7C (vid)

12. Alkaline Trio “Trouble Breathing” ♫ http://twt.fm/375591

13. Go West “King of Wishful Thinking” ♫ http://twt.fm/375595

14. Glacier Hiking “Cried For You” ♫ http://twt.fm/375602 (live)

15. Feist “Let It Die”

16. Rilo Kiley “Silver Lining”

17. Beck “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime”

18. Regina Spektor “Samson”

19. Diana Ross “Where Did Our Love Go?”

20. Paramore “Let This Go”

21. REM “Everybody Hurts”

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