Ever since I saw them open at a Givers concert last year, I’ve been incredibly transfixed by Lord Huron’s sound.  It’s immense, yet intimate, spiritual yet worldly.  It’s the type of music you’d expect to hear score a summer drive across the country, an epic vision that makes everything seem larger than life. Lord Huron may be hidden from the masses for now, but come October 9th, when their debut LP Lonesome Dreams is released, fans of the Fleet Foxes, Local Natives, and Bon Iver sound may have found themselves a new band to love.  Check out the first single from Lonesome Dreams, "Time To Run".

Time To Run – Lord Huron 

Small Stack Tuesdays

A new feature here on Art of the Mixtape is Small Stack Tuesdays, an ode to those good old 45’s and 78’s from back in the day.  The inaugural edition features a great duet from two unlikely sources as well some great other bands recent releases. Stay tuned and enjoy the music.

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Mixtape Monday: Too Young to Burn with A Soul Full of Love

This week’s Mixtape Monday mixes some great up and coming bands (Cotton Jones, Field Music, The Dutchess and the Duke, and Robert Francis to name a few) established new acts (The Morning Benders, Josh Rouse, Fleet Foxes) with some old (Elliot Smith) and even older classics (The Beatles, E.L.O., The Four Tops, The Impressions).  As always downloads are encouraged to promote the artists and raise awareness of all the great music out there.

1a.White Water Hymnal (Fleet Foxes) (remix)- Mondo Boys

1b. Bottle Up and Explode (Elliot Smith) (remix)- Mondo Boys

The great thing about these two remixes is that they don’t do too much, rather they add to the song ever so subtly, tinkering with the rhythm here, adding bits to the song there, it does what a remix should, which is highlight the original work, and avoids taking anything away from it.  These two should be listened to in succession.

The full mixtape after the jump

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Pick Up the Pieces: Mix for the Weekend

Everybody Knows I’m Still In Love With You- Sad Brad Smith

The name might suggest otherwise, but Sad Brad Smith comes off like a happy Elliot Smith, a creative arranger, a sweet voice and a multi-instrumentalist, and its just a damn good song.

Blue Ridge Mountains- Fleet Foxes

Ethereal out of this world harmonies meets a pastoral spirit, if I believed in heaven, the angels themselves would be crying from the beauty of this song. Blasphemy? Yes, worth being sent to hell for for saying it? Also Yes.

Ragged Wood- Fleet Foxes

More grounded than Blue Ridge, Ragged Wood features a great lead vocal and supporting harmonies and a chugging rhythm, the most rocking this band gets.

Funny How Time Slips Away- Al Green and Lyle Lovett

The Reverend himself covering a song from his earlier output, a great reworking with a funky backing rhythm and great harmonies between Al and Lyle, bright and organic and a joy to put on.

Funny How Time Slips Away- Al Green

The original, a slow burner sung when Al Green was at his absolute peak, absolutely no one else could convey the power he could in a whisper.

Old Habits Die Hard- Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart

A soulful reminiscing song, originally recorded for the Alfie remake, Jagger’s performance here is perfect, you can hear the longing in his voice and its a catchy melody to boot.

Darkness of Your Love- Dave Stewart and Gary “Mudbone” Cooper

Another off of the Alfie soundtrack with bright horns and a inspirational melody, the song just grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go.

Peace Dream- Ringo Starr

Yes he didn’t have the musical talent of his famous counterparts, but the man’s almost 70, and his voice has aged miraculously and his songwriting better than anything previous, Paul McCartney provides the bass line and the melody has that Beatle catchyness written all over it, and its a good message.

Walk With You- Ringo Starr

Another great song off the new album, with a melancholy backing harmony provided by Paul McCartney, its almost a little sad how much McCartney’s voice has aged in comparison to Ringo’s but its sweet and sentimental.

Mr. Bojangles- Jerry Jeff Walker

Great song, period.

Pick Up the Pieces- Jon Cleary

Off of Cleary’s debut, Pick Up the Pieces starts off slowly, reminiscent of a song Lionel Ritchie wished he was good enough to write, before progressing into an Elton John and Little Feat like groove; funky, powerful, and absolutely golden.

Street People- Bobby Charles

A wonderful artist lost in the annals of time, a Louisiana native who achieved and perfected the sound The Band became known for after their debut The Big Pink, in fact, The Band plays the second fiddle here, backing Charles up.

Some Kinda Love- Maiko Watson

Retro funky disco soul at its best.

I’ve Never Found A Girl- Al Green

No one will ever match that warm bright punchy sound that Al Green dominated and his vocals are just without equal.

Nobody Gets Me But You- Spoon

A song off their new album Transference featuring a bubbly bassline and their always creative arrangements, I could see Phoenix covering this song its right up their alley, so if you like Phoenix or Spoon (and who doesn’t) grab this song.

Bye, Bye, Bye- Plants and Animals

No no no, its not a cover of N’SYNC or Backstreet Boys or whoever, just a great song by a great new band.

Multiply (In a Minor Key)- Jamie Lidell

The original is already a stone cold funky classic, this version has a reworked bright 70’s styled piano and a live background, Natalie Cole ((This Will Be) An Everlasting Love) would be proud.  Oh did I tell you he’s a white british guy, because he sure doesn’t sound like it.

For The Good Times- Al Green

As marvelous as his originals were, Al Green was a fantastic interpreter of well, anything thrown at him.  For The Good Times is originally a country song written by Kris Kristofferson and Al Green puts forth a powerful version, inhabiting, not just singing the lyrics.

Black Peter- Grateful Dead

A classic from the Grateful Dead, organic and beautifully done.