All Things Go March Mixtape

March 29, 2010


March is a transitional month. Spring hasn’t quite yet arrived, as warm sunny days are peppered amongst the chilly mornings and windy afternoons. College spring breaks transition students from knowledge-seeking scholars to tuned out lazy bums. Lastly, March represents my transition from year to year, and this year I moved from 21 to 22 years of age (on March 4th, it’s not too late to get me something!), which marks my first of many absolutely irrelevant birthday.

What does this have to do with the March Mixtape? Not much, to be honest, I just wanted to sound profound. The mix is a blend of introverted, self-reflective folk and somber, nostalgic indie rock. Established artists like Built to Spill, The Helio Sequence, and Atlas Sound anchor the mixtape while fresh-faced artists Freelance Whales, Coeur de Pirate, and Local Natives chip in beautifully crafted pop. Faded Paper Figures make their second appearance (see: November Mixtape), but their unique blend of Death Cab-esque self-pitying lyricism with Fujiya and & Miyagi’s too-cool-for-school rhythms and vocalization. Theo London gives us a little taste of his brand of new school hip hop, somewhat in the vein of KiD CuDi, though that comparison is slightly unfair. All in all, the March Mixtape captures the essence of the month: partly comforting and cozy, partly refreshing and hopeful. Enjoy.

.ZIP: All Things Go March Mixtape [mediafire]

MP3: 01: Freelance Whales – “Generator ^ 2nd Floor”
MP3: 02: Built to Spill – “Else”
MP3: 03: Chief – “Far Away”
MP3: 04: Local Natives – “Airplanes”
MP3: 05: Vampire Weekend – “Taxi Cab”
MP3: 06: Coeur de Pirate – “Printemps”
MP3: 07: Faded Paper Figures – “North by North”
MP3: 08: Theophilus London – “Humdrum Town”
MP3: 09: Atlas Sound – “Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)”
MP3: 10: The Helio Sequence – “Hallelujah”

Love,
Zack

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All Things Go November Mixtape

November 17, 2009

The time-honored tradition of the All Things Go Mixtape has returned, albeit in a new form. Instead of its themed predecessors, the new ATG mixtape will be released each month and will stay somewhat within a general motif or mood, but will not be constrained by a specific theme.

We kick the new monthly mixtape series off with the November mixtape, which features a cozy combo of memorable bands and warm, fuzzy newcomers. We start off with Little Red, a band I keep thinking I’ve posted about, but really never got around to it. “It’s Alright” sounds like it was birthed out of the early sixties pure, unadulterated soulful pop era. Next up is “Lust For Life” by new indie darlings, Girls, followed by The Dodos “Walking”, which is one of the band’s more perfectly crafted melodies. Justin Vernon delivers the fourth track, “Island, IS” with his new side project, Volcano Choir (which I discussed here). TV on the Radio’s “Crying” clocks in at number five, and was a song that I completely let slip through the cracks until very recently, and the same goes for all of Dear Science,. What a mistake that was.

The second half of the mixtape gets a bit more interesting, starting with Wave Machines’ bouncy “I Go I Go I Go” followed by quite possibly my favorite song on the mixtape, Faded Paper Figures’ “Logos”. I don’t know much about the group (other than that they sound quite a bit like Fujiya & Miyagi, Postal Service, and heaven), but I love what I’ve heard thus far. The National’s “Guest Room” is an absolute classic, and finds its way onto the mixtape as the eighth track. The last two tracks, “Half in Love with Elizabeth (Delorean Remix)” and “Two Weeks (Fred Falke Remix)” are a bit more synth-driven than the rest, but I wanted to share with you two of my favorite remixes in the whole wide internetz. As usual, you can grab the mix as a .zip or download each song individually.

.ZIP: All Things Go November Mixtape [mediafire]

MP3: 01: Little Red  – “It’s Alright”
MP3: 02: Girls – “Lust for Life”
MP3: 03: The Dodos – “Walking”
MP3: 04: Volcano Choir – “Island, IS”
MP3: 05: TV on the Radio – “Crying”
MP3: 06: Wave Machines – “I Go I Go I Go”
MP3: 07: Faded Paper Figures – “Logos”
MP3: 08: The National – “Guest Room”
MP3: 09: Mystery Jets – “Half in Love with Elizabeth (Delorean Remix)”
MP3: 10: Fred Falke – “Two Weeks (Fred Falke Remix)”

The All Things Go mixtape has returned.

Love,
Zack