Finally, the long awaited sequel to the Adorable Mixtape Pt. I is available. This time, the artists are a nice mix of ATG favorites (The Flaming Lips, Eels, NMH) and some newcomers (PAS/CAL, M. Bison, Weakerthans). This time I’ve made them available for download directly (apparently zshare is too hard for you guys), so download the mix as a whole or each song individually, and make sure to smile while you listen.
The mix starts off with the PAS/CAL gem “The Bronzed Beach Boys”, which is aptly titled as it is perfectly fitting for a 50’s dance party on the beach. The upbeat, summer vibe continues into the next track, a Flaming Lips ditty written for and featured on the Spongebob Squarepants movie soundtrack. This song is not only relevant because it’s featured in a silly movie for children, but also because it features bubble noises, goofy lyrics, and continues the trend of unnecessarily long song titles on this mixtape. The Weakerthans make their first appearance on an ATG mix with their short and thoughtfully crafted song which was originally introduced to me by former ATG writer Alex. Up next is The Format, whose 2006 effort, Dog Problems, could be an adorable mix all on it’s own. “Snails” stands out because it is my favorite song on an album that sounds both immature and refined; flawless yet emotionally flawed. The Boy Least Likely To make a repeat appearance (“Be Gentle With Me” was featured on the Adorable Mix Part I), this time with a B-side that, in my opinion, outshines most every other track the band has released. “Rock Upon a Porch With You” is about losing youth, but the band demonstrates through the song that growing up isn’t all bad.
The second half of the mixtape starts off with Eels, who I’ve been a huge fan of ever since hearing “Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues” in Road Trip. Eels lyrics tend to be very reflective and profoundly sad, yet his instrumentation and tone allows for listeners to feel equally sad and hopeful, and “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)” is the perfect example. Jim Noir shows us on song 6 that not only is the “Key of C” easier to play in, but also music tends to be much more adorable in said key. Adorable experimental bliss-pop kings AiH donate “The Owls Go”, a song that is all over the place with many different key changes and bridges. Also featured in the track is a little girl saying “attic in the basement”, which is either very cute or very disturbing. I cannot decide yet. I got the 8th track “Slow Atop the Mountain” when I was reading one of my favorite blogs, I Guess I’m Floating, a while back. Connor, Nathaniel, and I seem to have very similar tastes in music, as much of what they feature on their site has been featured here, and vice versa. NMH finishes off the mixtape with “The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. I”, which is eerily cute and contains lyrics that are so abstract that I cannot tell whether or not the message of the song is positive or not. Finally, since I decided that an Adorable Mixtape couldn’t be considered complete without a song from LA up-and-comers The Little Ones, I added the bonus track, “There’s a Pot a Brewin”, which was featured on the Lovers Who Uncover 7″. This song has all the makings for a bliss-pop gem, with upbeat instruments added one by one (much like one adds ingredients to a brewing pot of stew!) until the song practically bursts with excitement, energy, and flavor.
Enjoy the songs below, and remember that if you like them, be sure to purchase the albums.
DOWNLOAD: All Things Go Adorable Mixtape Part II [follow link]
MP3: 1. PAS/CAL –
“The Bronzed Beached Boys (Come on Let’s Go)”
MP3: 2. The Flaming Lips –
“Spongebob & Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy”
MP3: 3. The Weakerthans –
“Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961)”
MP3: 4. The Format –
MP3: 5. The Boy Least Likely to –
“Rock Upon a Porch With You”
MP3: 6. Eels –
“Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)”
MP3: 7. Jim Noir –
“Key of C”
MP3: 8. Architecture in Helsinki –
“The Owls Go”
MP3: 9. M. Bison –
“Slow Atop the Mountain”
MP3: 10. Neutral Milk Hotel –
“The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. I”
Bonus MP3: The Little Ones –
“There’s a Pot a Brewin”
I hope you all enjoyed the long awaited Adorable Mixtape Part II. Thanks for waiting, and expect more frequent updates in the near future, as I’m finally done with work this friday.