So I watched Glee
this week (I'm so sorry), and in spite of being targeted fodder for tween-age girls, their supportive parents, and homosexuals, it had its moments! Like almost everything Jane Lynch said/did. Certain instances of situational humor NOT involving the American popular songbook or dancing. And when that cheerleader said "Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?" LOL. Meta! Glee
is totally a dolphin, which is secretly devouring my limbs while I stare at Jayma Mays
and her very large eyes, in a state of vague recognition, expecting a "save the cheerleader" subplot to wrestle me from another outburst of All American Rejects sing-a-longs. Ouch, my sanity!
got me thinking. For those of us who DON'T want to wear sequins and sing "Razzle Dazzle" to our potential sex-partners (as is the message of Glee
), there is an old, sacred, art of the 80s called a "mixtape", and it expresses emotions pretty great, right Nick Hornby? At least it expresses OUR emotions to you pretty great. So without further delay, Mixtape 55, for your enjoyment.
See you next time, campers. -joe
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "Chase Scene" - Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Literally gets the blood pumping and the head banging, with amazing sounds. If this doesn't make you want to buy six copies of Forgiveness Rock Record
, man, this is just the TIP of the ICEBERG. My iTunes play-count for this song has already surpassed too much for comfort/sanity.
2. "Big Bad Wolf" - The Happy Hollows
A new free track this week from one of my favorite finds of 2009. Still can't figure out how everything they do is so catchy and quirky, but as long as they keep cranking 'em out, we have lots of mixtape spots! Tell your band!
3. "I Can Change" - LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
LCD Soundsystem made this a good week for music lovers. It's been a long long time since we've been graced with some new Murphy creations, and now the whole thing is streaming for your listening pleasure (post leaking earlier this week). I can safely say you know exactly what to expect, so expect it. And dance.
4. "Yellow Wings" - Keepaway - Baby Style EP
I don't know know much about this band YET, but I picked up this track earlier in the week and me likey. It reminds me of Dan Deacon if he was a band from Brooklyn and not Dan Deacon. That will make more sense once you hear it.
5. "Bad Stuff" - Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
Important bulletin: I would put every song on this record as one mixtape if that was socially acceptable/made any sense. It is quickly becoming my unimpeachably favorite straightforward rock record of the year. There'll come a time when it's different... BUT NOT TODAY.
6. "Shutterbug" - Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot
Approximately one half of Outkast still equals 100% gold, apparently. I don't know complex rap formulas but I do know I've heard two things from Big Boi in the past two months and I've been obsessed with both of them.
7. "Latin America" - Holy F*ck - Latin
Let's talk some TROOF. It is hard to keep things interesting with no vocal parts, especially when not writing a symphony. It is even harder to keep things WOW. And it is the hardest your band name is an exclamation of amazement, denoting an expectation of greatness. BUT. These guys do kind of earn the title, don't they?
8. "Starving Robins" - Horse Feathers - Thistled Spring
From Horse Feathers' soon to be released album Thistled Spring.
, Starving Robins is pretty indicative of Justin Ringle's move towards something more polished with his latest album. Here, as on the rest of the album, the band give the familiar elements of their make up (acoustic guitar, banjo, precise violin arrangements) a near perfect gloss. Thistled Spring
will be released this Tuesday.
9. "Falling Down" - Kaki King - Junior
With lyrics of stories falling like drops of blood, a cinematic twirl of medieval guitar work, and a stratospheric cloud of programming enveloping the entire body of work, Kaki King sounds like John of Arc with a guitar here, plodding through as intense a song as we've ever heard from her. Extra credit: watch her rip through this one earlier this week on Fallon
10. "Pink Graffiti Pt. 1" - Secret Cities - Pink Graffiti
A band we only recently got hip to
, this dream ready track from Secret Cities suggests a promising road ahead for the native North Dakotans. Pink Graffiti Pt. 1 is from the band's June 8th release Pink Graffiti
. We're ready to hear Pt. 2.