Get ready for another thrilling Mixtape Monday presentation. This time around I have a lot of goodies ranging from new indie acts to some great collaborations and some little known older stuff. As always the stuff on the site is free and available for download (just a right click and save target/ link as) but if you enjoy the music, please support the artists involved. The full mix after the jump.
1. Vaporize- Broken Bells
Broken Bells is the mega publicized super-group of James Mercer and DJ Dangermouse (the super producer behind everything from The Grey Album, Gnarls Barkley, Attack and Release, and many more). James Mercer is of course the lead singer of indie darlings The Shins. “Vaporize” starts with a rhythmic jangling acoustic guitar and solo vocal before bursting into a shot of Northern Soul, organ and all.
2. Spinning Away- Brian Eno & John Cale
Yet another collaboration of super-producer and music legend “Spinning Away” starts out with a faint similarity to The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”. The production here is fantastic, a combination of bright guitar, a beat machine, 80’s reverbed vocals and a live string section in the bridge.
3. Elevator Music- Beck
Beck is no stranger to unique sonic atmospheres and bringing together organic and electric instrumentation. In those above terms “Elevator Music” is one of his lesser known best.
4. Fuck You- Cee-Lo Green
The ingenuity of this track isn’t its title, but how Green crafts a downright funky gospel groove with the chorus line profanity as heart-felt as any crooner’s I love you.
5. Art- Louque
While this band may never find the recognition it deserves, this song is a true Citizen Cope-esque gem that deserves a greater audience.
6. Somehow to Keep It Going- Cotton Jones
Cotton Jones has become a master of the atmospheric rock that Beck brought into prominence.
7. Shuffle Your Feet- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Down and dirty nitty-gritty blues, brought to you by a band with a worthy enough name to do the job.
8. Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me Now- Juston Stens
Retro-Motown sound at its best.
9. Run From The Gun- Dead Confederate
A nice little track from a little known band.
10. Sexx Laws- Beck
In this no-holds barred arrangement filled with banjos horns and electronic sounds galore, the real story here is the pumping rhythm section.
11. Oh! Tonight- Rosewood Thieves
The Rosewood Thieves combine an Americana lyrical narrative with vocals similar to rock legends John Lennon and Bob Dylan. A band whose output deserves much more attention than they’ve been given.
12. The Dead Dog- Portugal. The Man
The strange syntax that is Portugal. The Man came out with a great album a little while back called The Satanic Satanist. This follow-up American Ghetto proves to be all that and more and this number features a great back-beat and great guitar work, think a more psychedelic Black Keys.
13. Mixed Bizness- Beck
Beck is at his crazy best in this frenetic paced little funk groove.
14. Keeping The Faith- Billy Joel
This little known Billy Joel song features some of his most sincere and soaring vocals and a nice little reggae back beat.
15. The Tale of Gustav Grimes- The Rosewood Thieves
The hands down heir apparent of Mean Mr. Mustard.
16. Lonely Lonely Night- Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang
Not even Brian Wilson could have come up with a melody this beautiful and an arrangement so beautifully crafted.
17. Burning Hell- Tom Jones
In just this one barn burning number, a John Lee Hooker cover, Tom Jones gains the respect as a rocker that he never had in his crooning days.
18. Hard Enough- Brandon Flowers & Jenny Lewis
The former Killers front man bears an eerie similarity to a young Springsteen both in its Born in the U.S.A. arrangement and his gruff vocal delivery.
19. Wide Eyes- Local Natives
It wouldn’t be hard to compare Local Natives to Dispatch, all the members multi-instrumentalists who craft intricate rhythms and tight vocal harmonies, but yet there is something intriguingly refreshing about them, and although they have only released their great debut Gorilla Manor, they sound like they’re a veteran band.
20. The Hypnotist- Sonny & the Sunsets
An eerie flute opens this beautifully thumb-picked lo-fi acoustic song, filled with heart-warming vocals, a great end of the day song.