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[MP3] Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

New Arctic Monkeys!

Arctic Monkeys have another hit with “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?.” Following up one of the year’s best singles “Do I Wanna Know?” and its subpar b-side “2013,” Alex Turner and Co. return to pose yet another question. Somehow the English rock band has caught a wave of inspiration ten years into their career and on their 5th studio album. So far, AM looks to be a special record reminiscent of the band’s early work. The album will be out on September 9th; you can pre-order it here.

UPDATE: The band just released the official video for the track documenting a drunken night out that results in a string of misguided drunk texts.

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Tape Tuesday: Voyeurism

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I recently started doing “freelance graphic design” work (in quotes because what). Part of me hates it. Selling stuff that you make is an odd business and perhaps an even odder reason to call a mixtape Voyeurism. As soon as money is involved, people are suddenly interested in your process and want to overlook your creative reaches. I’ll be the first to admit that I make horrible covers all the time, but I know that and put pressure on myself to improve. Added, exterior pressure is completely unnecessary.

I promise this mix isn’t as self-involved as its title. It includes a super fun Snoop Dogg/Oliver Tank mash-up made by Oliver, a solo track by Yeezus producer Arca, an interlude by one of my favorite beatmakers Ta-ku, the best song from Observer Drift‘s free album, a hilariously out of place Death Grips song, and the most hardcore closing tracks of all time. Voyeurism is a freakin’ adventure.

  1. Wise Blood – Alarm
  2. Oliver Tank – Drop It Like It’s Beautiful
  3. Arca – Love You in Chains
  4. Ramsay Almighty – Vampire
  5. Ta-ku – Chop
  6. SAFE – Normal Needs
  7. Ang Low – Life Goes Down
  8. Sleeping At Last – You Are Enough
  9. TV Girl – My Girlfriend
  10. Observer Drift – Binary Love
  11. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Old Yes
  12. Death Grips – Bitch Please
  13. GROUPLOVE – Ways to Go
  14. Bipolar Sunshine – Blossom
  15. Raleigh Ritchie – A Moor
  16. Jack Magma – SuperPowers
  17. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
  18. Young Fathers – I Heard

Sometimes we live too fast as it seems, we don’t even look around


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Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

New Arctic Monkeys!

Man, “Fluorescent Adolescent” was my jam in 2007. “Flicking through a little book of sex tips” is easily one of my favorite lyrics of all time. And damnit, Arctic Monkeys were virtually untouchable after Favourite Worst Nightmare. But now here we are: two mediocre albums (sorry, I couldn’t get into Suck It And See) and an incredibly under appreciated Submarine soundtrack from lead singer Alex Turner later. Maybe to temper expectations a bit or just to skip the usual fanfare, AM surprised fans by dropping “Do I Wanna Know?” yesterday on hip-hop’s great day. This track is heavy and lustful and aggressive and exactly the sound you would expect from a more mature band. Fire.

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Tape Tuesday: Summer’s Gone (A Flashback)

New Tape Tuesday!

The summer between middle school and high school was a time of change (#cliché). Yet despite all of the changes, a few things remained constant. One of these constants was my friendship with Josh. We started hanging out in 7th grade, and by the summer after 8th grade, we were ready to make a movie together. The concept was simple. Summer’s Gone would be a coming-of-age story about two young filmmakers who created and submitted a film to a big festival. In the end they would get rejected because “being accepted would be too obvious,” and because they would end up “learning a valuable life lesson from the whole experience anyway.” We had this vision, and we went for it. Kind of. We made a kick-ass trailer for the movie and then moved on to another project.

When people think about the “Wonder Years” they either think about the TV show or their childhood. But for me and Josh, that summer before high school epitomized our wonder years–when we could be carefree and creative and have the time to do whatever we wanted to do. I’m sitting here in my dorm room typing this, which might be sad. But the purpose of me typing all of these words is to say that the wonder years aren’t over until you forget about them. The songs on this mix are from around the time Josh and I started making Summer’s Gone (some of them were even on the official movie soundtrack). I made this “flashback” mixtape as a way of eternalizing that summer before I forget about it, and hopefully these tracks will remind you of something important that you hope to never forget.

It feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel too.

  1. Jack’s Mannequin – Holiday from Real
  2. Nada Surf – I Like What You Say
  3. Bowling for Soup – Almost
  4. Eve 6  – Inside Out
  5. Something Corporate – Drunk Girl
  6. Ben Kweller – Sundress
  7. Augustana – Boston
  8. Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me
  9. The Killers – Read My Mind
  10. Keane – Spiralling
  11. Aqualung – Brighter Than Sunshine
  12. Griffin House – The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind
  13. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  14. Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Teenagers Remix)
  15. Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
  16. Spoon – You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
  17. Nada Surf – If You Leave (OMD Cover)
  18. City and Colour – The Girl
  19. Matthew Perryman Jones – Save You


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