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RIYL Mixtape / Florence + The Machine :: When Women Become Animals

RIYL Mixtapes: Because sometimes the best way to get to know a new artist is to use them in a sentence.

Chances are that if you owned a television or went to the movies in 2010 you know of Florence + The Machine.  Songs from her debut album Lungs have been used in trailers for Eat, Pray, Love, on TV in ABC Family’s Wild Child, Saving Grace, The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, V, So You Think You Can Dance, Covert Affairs, Glee, and on the big screen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Jennifer’s Body.  Dizzee Rascal and The xx have remixed her tunes.  She performed all over the place, including Coachella 2010, Glastonbury 2010, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with David Letterman, the MTV Music Video Awards 2010, and the 2010 Brit Awards among many other venues.

In other words there was no way to miss the London native.  

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TA Mixtape / Sleep Tight: You’re Naked and Late for Class!

I can't go to sleep after watching this. So effing scary.

After weeks of hype and buildup, “Inception” is finally in theatres. Many people I know rushed to see it this weekend, including myself. And the verdict?  Ultimately, mixed. Too much hype?  Too slow?  Too thick?  Except for the last moment, which I won’t reveal here, but I found bothersome – I thought the film was a marvel. Stylistically cool, amazing editing, action that kept you at the edge of your seat, and frequently baffling writing.  They just kept raising the stakes until I myself felt like I was experiencing everything with the characters. Most of all though, I was impressed by the richness of the world Nolan creates. What would the plane of your subconscious look like?  Who would be in there?  What would they do? He thoroughly and creatively capitalizes on dream experiences we’ve all had to answer those questions and set the rules – having a dream within a dream, waking up from the sensation of falling, etc.

Right before I went into the film, I found myself struggling with the last few songs on this nightmare mixtape.  It was a hard one, especially since a week before even starting it the perfect nightmare song fell into my lap via Strangers in Stereo.  It was “Cola” by Beaty Heart and it fit all my criteria: dreamy, strange and builds into a terrifying climax.  But then I couldn’t find anything to match it.  First off, I had a hard time finding songs about nightmares that sounded the way I wanted.  Tonally I didn’t want to go too electro, or veer into noise rock, or into ambient shoegaze – though I was tempted.  I sought the artists that represented the cross section of all three.  If you know any seriously let me know, because I had an impossible time.

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