Art of the Mixtape is proud to feature a guest mixtape from Pete Willett. While not rooting and endlessly researching The Yankees; Pete enjoys playing ridiculous amounts of jazz guitar (Pat Metheny is an unfortunate favorite) and being inspired by the non-sequitur lyrics of Matt Berninger, 80’s pop, and plenty of 90’s and 2000’s melodramatic music. I kid, sort of, but here’s his mixtape after the jump.
Tag: Department of Eagles
Mixtape Monday: In Ears
In Ear Park- Department of Eagles
The intro to this song is a beautiful weave of guitars and pianos going in and out like waves crashing into the shores that leads into an ethereal vocal and beautiful backing instrumentation, a lament on loss, the beauty of this song just speaks volumes
So Far Around the Bend- The National
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Boxer nor did I see the big attraction to the National until this song came out. The lyrics are perfectly understated and performed, with a creative arrangement and a sentiment that everyone can identify with, it doesn’t hurt that the melody is so damn catchy as well
Veckatimest, the latest album by Grizzly Bear is full of songs that range from the sweet to the bizarre, Fine for Now starts off with a strangely beautiful vocal arrangement before turning into an otherworldly meld of guitar and drums and vocals, truly a song worth multiple listens
M. Ward has a knack for great studio production and melody, and this has a great chorus, and no theres no chinese in a single second of the recording, just a great overall song
Lost Coastlines- Okkervil River
I love the vocalist in this band, his range is affecting and his lyrics are well written, and i can hear glimmers of Paul Simons Graceland and the Jam’s Town Called Malice woven in
Like Blink 182, fun upbeat and catchy, but better because you don’t get tired of the nasal voice and the chord progression is classic
Race You- Elizabeth and the Catapults
Little known bands often provide the most happiness to the listener when they make great catchy songs, because you feel like you’re the one discovering them, it’s a little feistish and happy and just puts you in a good mood
Love this song, a little weezerish but with less pop culture reliant lyrics
Take A Walk Around the Table- White Rabbits
This song is so delightfully weird that you can’t help but listen to it over and over again
Of all the great Spoon songs there are to choose from, this is one of, if not their finest songs ever put to record
Beautiful acoustic guitar, beautiful singing, beautiful lyrics, need i even say more
Great progression and arrangement, both of which Beck has an undeniable knack for and this is one of his finer songs
Songs for the Fireflies- Josh Ritter
This is one of those songs that feels as if the performer is right in front of you not in some far off studio and the buildup is wonderful
The Honeymoon Song- The Beatles
It’s hard to find a Beatles song that the whole world hasn’t heard millions of times. This one comes from Live at the BBC and the arrangment lets Paul McCartneys voice take front and center, and how sweet and young he sounds, the only bad thing is the song ends so soon
Love every part about this song, the bass, the guitar, the singing, the build up, it works perfectly
Everything Hits At Once- Spoon
Another early Spoon song, undeniably their own, from the arrangment to the melody and the buildup as well the great guitar and piano hooks
this son builds from intimate guitar and vocals to a great energetic arrangement. Terrific vocal performance throughout
Because this song is undeniable in its classic status, love the progression and the lyrics
A Day in the Life- The Beatles
Arguably the greatest song Lennon and McCartney put together from the arrangement to the lyrics to the orchestra build up and McCartneys part. Also the interplay between the musicians is great, McCartney’s piano and Lennon’s guitar and Ringo’s drums couldn’t have fit any better
You Got the Silver- The Rolling Stones
this song goes a long way in saying that Keith Richards was as underrated a singer and songwriter as Harrison was in The Beatles.
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Wild Mountain Nation- Blitzen Trapper
I had never really heard these guys before, but my stepbrother recommended them and i was surprised to find they are actually very good. Wild Mountain Nation feels like Grateful Dead meets Southern Fried rock and what a combination.
This Is My Country- The Impressions
I don’t think its possible for these guys to make a sad sounding melody, everything they touch is uplifting and the lyrics are always powerful.
Teenagers- Department of Eagles
Department of Eagles came to my attention through the use of skreemr.com, a great source for finding songs online if you don’t torrent, the production is magnificent and their sound is utterly unique.
Saturday Nite- Blitzen Trapper
Another upbeat track from this band, but the production and arrangement is completely different, just goes to show how much range this band has. Saturday Nite has flashes of Spoon, Grateful Dead, and the Doors, and some great instrumentation.
Another great and upcoming band. Saint John comes across as a White Stripes kind of groove, dirty and catchy and the singer falls in between Jack White and Freddie Mercury. Some great harmonies here
Relax- G. Love and Special Sauce
Known mostly for their hip hop-blues vibe, I have always thought that G. Love put alot of time into the production of his songs. Relax is one of the most chill songs I have heard, perfect for those otherworldly times you might be having.
Race You- Elizabeth & the Catapult
Another band found from searching around random music blogs, if you like Fiest or her first band Broken Social Scene this song is for you, very clean production and a very catchy melody.
No One Does It Like You- Department of Eagles
Catchy as all hell, great harmonies, the kind of song for those people who dig Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes but the production is otherworldly, an amalgamtion that is completely original and familiar at the same time.
Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey)- The Impressions
For a studio produced track its got a great live sound to it. The best of the Impressions sound is on showcase, great harmonies, great groove, great horn lines and as always powerful lyrics.
Loving Me- G. Love & Special Sauce
For all of his professed love for the hip-hop blues, G. Love also is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and when he strips it down his lyrics really shine.
In Ear Park- Department of Eagles
Yes i know, three songs by the same band, but I dare you to find a song as otherworldy and utterly beautiful as this.
Hang Me Up to Dry- Cold War Kids
Catchy hook, great groove, gritty sound, gotta love those Cold War Kids.
Gimme Some Lovin’- G. Love & Special Sauce
Another great acoustic song by Mr. G. Love
Greatest song you will hear about a boy being raised by wolves, and falling in love with a girl, only to return to the wild. The singer has an eerie Elliot Smith meets Nick Drake quality. Some great production on this track
Front Porch Lounger- G. Love & Special Sauce
There is no one better than G. Love at the laid back groove. The song isn’t trying to be deep, it’s just there for you to chill out to, great guitar hook.
Feelin Alright- 6680 Lexington
Most people know this song from Joe Cocker’s very popular version. I dare say this one is better
Great instrumentation on this track, otherworldly duet between fiddle and guitar.
Black River Killer- Blitzen Trapper
A Johnny Cash delivery with Bob Dylan like lyrics and modern touches here and there throughout, this band has no limits.
Can’t Go Back to Jersey- G. Love and Special Sauce
Just a fun track and a great one to end on, the story is great and so is the bass and piano interplay and the harmonica line is unforgettable.