Part of my iTunes "on repeat until I blow up" playlist for the past month has been the consistently enjoyable and occasionally mind-blowing Friday tracks from Mr. Kanye West. So in his honor, he gets two slots on this week's collection (and some imitation artwork).
Monday we'll be taking a sabbatical, but check back for a few loose MP3s and a rap song I wrote for Columbus Day. Just kidding! Or am I?
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "Lost In The World" - Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
A leak off Kanye's incredibly anticipated album dropping 11/22. I apologize for the annoying blog tag all over the place, but this thing has been on repeat for the week and I CAN'T STOP. Featuring Bon Iver's "Up In THe Woods" and a spoken word interlude by Gil Scott-Heron. Makes me lose it, everytime.
2. "In Every Direction" - Junip - Fields
From their debut album (finally!), Junip has an impressive collection of strangely mellow/compelling tunes, and this little diddy opens it up. We filmed them recently
, so a bit of a bias there, but we filmed it for a reason.
3. "Echoes" - Klaxons - Surfing The Void
Upon further inspection, the best song off of their latest EP. A particularly fantastic acoustic rendition can be found here on Baeble
4. "Doubt" - Delphic - Acolyte
I'm paying closer attention to these eletro up-and-comers after one of our writers gave them a nod
. You should too.
5. "I Want To Be Well" - Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz
I think it's cool our former videographer Reuben (the mustache wielder) and I both singled out this as one of the high points of Age of Adz
, but in retrospect it's no coincidence. The titular cry is one of the most compelling we've heard from Stevens in a long time.
6. "Coronado" - Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Bradford Cox: awkward, weirdo, genius. Halcyon Digest
is out now and most definitely mispelled several times on this website somewhere (sorry guys!).
7. "Crush" - Abe Vigoda - Crush
is a bunch of sweaty, discontent noise pop, but I'll be damned if I don't enjoy it, despite my crippling inability to agree with anyone who looks like they belong on the other side of my arguments at Other Music
. See? I enjoy your pet bands! Stop laughing at my love of Enema Of The State
. Animal Collective still sucks live. Get over it.
8. "All Tan Everything" - Das Racist - Sit Down, Man
Das Rcist's goes way beyond the brilliant play on Jay's "All Black Everything". It's free (grab the whole mixtape here
, it's hilarious, and most importantly, it's a masterfully crafted word-playground. Listen to these lyrics. These guys do this for like 20 tracks. Unreal.
9. "Percussion Gun" - White Rabbits - It's Frightening
VINTAGE. If all the pros can put old stuff on their tapes, so can I. Someone sent me It's Frightening
again (it's over a year old), so here we are, heavy listening again. If you haven't picked it up yet, you're in for a treat, one of my favorites of last year. Nothing terrible new to report, they'll be in New York soon and I WILL BE THERE.
10. "I'm So Appalled" - Kanye West - G.O.O.D. Friday
Congrats, Kanye. You get on this week's tape twice. This GOOD Friday track from a few weeks ago is just so good, and Jay Z usually just annoys me these days, but this verse is no fluff, solid blistering. Also featuring RZA, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, and Cyhi Da Prynce.