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I did one two years ago. I did one last year. I’m doing one now. Seriously though, theres no need for descriptions, just listen to the songs and enjoy yourself. Also, I want to clear things up: This mixtape is for everyone to enjoy, not just those who listen while in elevated states. I would have called it the ATG Relax Mixtape but I didn’t. It’s my blog.
The mixtape starts off with the two minute whirlwind of emotion that is Sparrow House’s “Heart Flood”, building in passion and, well, noise, until it reaches a breaking point at which point the words “give up” are all that you can remember about the song. That just set the mood, now let’s keep going. Up next is Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”, which they had to know was going to be used for weed mixes when they created it. Oren Lavie contributes his quiet, soothing “Her Morning Elegance”, which sadly was featured in a Chevy Ad, albeit a tasteful one. Next we have Vampire Weekend’s trippy insane mix of “Walcott”, though any of their songs are worth listening to at any moment. I had a really tough time choosing between three Yeasayer songs for this mix (“2080”, “Sunrise”, and “Wait for the Summer”), and ultimately i chose the latter of the three because it not only represents synths at their very finest and most unique, but also because 4/20 is so close to the summer for me that I cannot wait anymore.
The middle third of the mix is led off by Morningbell, who may just be the most interesting band on this list, as their 2006 release, Through the Belly of the Sea, is a choose your own destiny album. That’s right. Just like those Goosebumps books, listeners are asked to choose where to go next. Eat your heart out R.L. Stein. Green-friendly indie rock outfit Cloud Cult had to make an appearance somewhere, given my love for their music in elevated states, and their newest, “When Water Comes to Life” was the most obvious choice. Jimmy Tamborello (aka Dntel aka 1/2 of The Postal Service) returns to the Cannabliss mix, this time with “Apologies”, released under his other other moniker, James Figurine. YACHT gives us song number nine in the form of “If Music Could Cure All That Ails You”. I just recently saw Jona Bechtolt open for Vampire Weekend, and his music was so enthralling, but more importantly his demeanor was completely vulnerable. He was approachable (he even goes back to the merch stand after the show, sells his stuff, and talks to those who want to pick his brain). This has nothing to do with the mix, I just wanted you to know how cool YACHT is. Coconut Monkeyrocket provides easily the strangest and happiest song on the mix, with an almost unbearably infectious hook and sing-along vocals.
The final third of the mix is much darker, more ambient, yet equally as passionate and worthy of recognition. Sébastien Tellier gets his masterpiece “Divine” remastered by Midnight Juggernauts, and Holy Fuck has “Lovely Allen” redone to sound even more insane and profound. Weird electronica eccentrics The Knife provide the ambience with “Forest Families”, and Mojib calms us down with his semi-remix/sample of Sigur Ros’ “Staralfur”, called “Break of Dawn”. Finally, Syme sends us off into oblivion with their beautiful and unique cover of David Bowie’s “Modern Love”.
DOWNLOAD: All Things Go Cannabliss Mixtape III [follow link
MP3: 1) Sparrow House – “Heart Flood”
MP3: 2) Radiohead – “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”
MP3: 3) Oren Lavie – “Her Morning Elegance”
MP3: 4) Vampire Weekend – “Walcott (Insane Mix #2)
MP3: 5) Yeasayer – “Wait for the Summer”
MP3: 6) Morningbell – “Ch. 8: Utopian Fantasy at the Center of the Earth”
MP3: 7) Cloud Cult – “When Water Comes to Life”
MP3: 8) James Figurine – “Apologies”
MP3: 9) YACHT – “If Music Could Cure All That Ails You”
MP3: 10) Coconut Monkeyrocket – “Accidental Beatnik”
MP3: 11) Sébastien Tellier – “Divine (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)”
MP3: 12) Holy Fuck – “Lovely Allen (Minotaur Shock Broadmead Revelopment Version)”
MP3: 13) The Knife – “Forest Families”
MP3: 14) Mojib – “Break of Dawn”
MP3: 15) Syme – “Modern Love”
I just noticed that the number 8 next to James Figurine turns into 8) (or the sunglass smiley face on some browsers). This was unintended, but awesome.