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[Download Mixtape] Tape Tuesday: Speculators

New Tape Tuesday!

The surprise album drop has been a popular trend for the past couple of years. I think the concept is a boatload — maybe ever many boatloads — of fun. The problem is it often keeps music media in the dark, and music media doesn’t like being in the dark. This forces them to speculate a lot. As a result music media has been flat out wrong more this year than any other year in its history.

How many times recently have you seen Pitchfork or Fader report false information and then apologize for it? The answer is way too many times, but the media is a reflection of the people. We are the worst speculators of all. We are constantly speculating on Twitter — like 24/7. It’s all we do. Bro, one of Drake’s… friends… instagrammed… fake artwork of a Drake-Future collab, and people lost their shit. Now, that rumor happened to be true, but as this constant speculation transforms into obsession, it becomes a totally unhealthy behavior.

Speculators is a 21-track tape. The original idea for the tape came from 19th century oil speculation à la There Will Be Blood. Somewhere along the way it morphed into the rant above. With this tape I made an effort to include more indie rock songs, like the older Tape Tuesdays.

There are so many discoveries on this one. I hope you take the time to listen.

Now I could die today and the world won’t change, so I’m not ready

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[MP3 + Lyrics] Darwin Deez – Bag of Tricks

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Darwin Deez has been bringing fans his relatable, fun music for years now and he’s nowhere near stopping. This time around, he’s got a track about a potential love interest with an interesting little story. As usual, the quirkiness of Darwin Deez blooms the most out of anything else and this tune will get listeners tapping their toes. His latest album will be out this Friday and  will most likely be filled with more of the Darwin Deez fans love. For now, stream the latest song “Bag of Tricks” and follow along with the lyrics below.

Lyrics:

hats off to you, i’ll never know how you make that rabbit crawl out your shoe
showtime tonight, so many men crowd around you, so crowded i can’t get through

but when your bag of tricks runs out, will they still love you when they doubt?
remember readymade gags come with a price tag
and i’m concerned about your health the way you prostitute yourself
remember readymade gags have price tags

backstage the ace you’re tucking inside of your sleeve is more interesting than me
you look away whenever i say i miss you, you shuffle the deck and leave

(chorus)

i remember the day we met in the park, you sawed my body in half
you were drunk on me and high on your self, you made me laugh and laugh

(chorus)


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[Festival Review] Positivus 2013 Festival in Latvia

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Positivus truly is a festival like no other. Set a brief drive away from Latvia’s capital city of Riga, in Salacgriva, the festival is a beautiful combination of all of the elements we’ve come to love from frequenting both small indie festivals, and the more renowned festivals like Primavera and Glastonbury. Featuring a wonderfully diverse line-up including Sigur Ros, The XX, Jack Beats, Tom Odell, Michael Kiwanuka, Two Door Cinema Club, Imagine Dragons, C2C, Darwin Deez  and John Grant – amongst many others. Continue reading to get a full rundown of Positivus Festival.

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Tape Tuesday: girlshapedlovedrug

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In the modern digital era we inhabit today, there are so many things going on all the time. It’s frustrating, and it’s something that affects everyone and everything–the clutter, the screens, the unanswered messages, the tweets. I think if you told God about Twitter he’d be kinda pissed, like “What the fuck is a tweet? I made you people, so you can talk to other people with your mouths!” I just think life will be difficult no matter what; why should we make it more difficult? Think about the years that could be added to your life if you stopped worrying about a girl not texting you back (after you saw the “…” of her typing) or not getting a satisfactory amount of retweets on some shit you probably should not have put on the Internet forever (hypothetical situations, of course). But really, this mixtape probably has nothing to do with what I’m saying, but it’s something I felt like I had to say.

The cover was created using a lot of pictures and edited to form a simple heart. The title is inspired by a Gomez song from back in the day.

  1. Darwin Deez – Chelsea’s Hotel
  2. The Spinto Band – Shake It Off
  3. Bangladesh – Lean
  4. Lowrider – Golden Sun
  5. Eden Mulholland – I Will Echo
  6. French Horn Rebellion – Girls (ft. JD Samson and Fat Tony)
  7. Darwin Deez – Redshift
  8. Fyfe – St. Tropez
  9. Dan Croll – Compliment Your Soul
  10. Born Ruffians – Needle
  11. Slow Dakota – June 4
  12. Homeboy Sandman – Hold Your Head
  13. Stroik – One More Time
  14. Magic Man – Paris
  15. MISTERWIVES – Vagabond
  16. Good Oak – Fill My Cup
  17. Whisky Winter – Heavy

‘Cause I’m not leaving, this is just the place, I’ve been homeless since the dimples on her simple face , and I’ve spent my fortune, torn this town apart to build a hotel on her heart

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Tape Tuesday: #Roadtrip

Tape Tuesdays will be a biweekly feature on Sunset in the Rearview. I will be compiling a new playlist every other week, with a new theme each time. My advice: stream the music on MixPod, listen to the songs, and if you’re a fan, put them together on your computer or iPod as a playlist. My shorter playlists are always better than the longer ones because they seem to have a consistent flow; larger playlists tend to get overpacked and diluted. Every tape will be short enough to fit on a single CD, so if you feel so inclined, burn one and put it in your car or something. So listen, hopefully enjoy, and let me know what you think. Drop any playlist theme ideas in the chat to the side!

Hell yeah, roadtrip! Right? All roadtrips start out with a little gusto, in excitement to get to your destination. Ya know, like “Eff it, we’re going to NYC even if it’s going to take us 9 hours in this packed, little car! Yipee!” While that excitement almost always ebs and flows, that’s how these trips almost always start. Unless, of course, you’re traveling to Idaho or some fly over state with your entire family. That just sucks, and you’d probably be playing emo music. Sucks. Let’s get to it. Hit the jump for entire tracklisting and download link.

Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats

“Let’s dance to joy division/ and raise our glass to the ceiling/ Cause this could all go so wrong/ but we’re so happy”

Make it last all night? You talking about making the drive last all night, Tom?

American Girl – Tom Petty

“Well she was an American girl/ Raised on promises/ She couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life/ Somewhere else”

I spent a fair amount of each summer in Nantucket, so this song is usually ironically relevant. Especially the summer before last, where I left Nantucket to sail in Mystic Seaport, then back to Cape Cod, then back to Nantucket. Also relevant because I have vampire like fangs. #truestory

Walcott – Vampire Weekend

“The lobster’s claw is sharp as knives/ Evil feasts on human lives/ The Holy Roman Empire roots for you”

So at this point that original gusto has subsided and you’re like, “Damn, this is going to be a long ride.” So you kick back a little bit, and listen to some calmer tunes. Like Jason Schwartzman’s, for instance.

West Coast – Coconut Records

“And if you shake her heart then she will appear/ Tonight I think I’ll be staying here/ and you never did like this town/ I’ll talk out loud like you’re still around”

I had some of the best times of my lives, with my best friends (Bryan T, MM Head, Devon K, Thead, etc) listening to The Killers. I can relate to a lot of this song, and a great song to rock out to. Beautifully nostalgic.

Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers

“And someone is calling my name/ From the back of the restaurant/ and someone is playing a game/ In the house that I grew up in/ and someone will drive her around/ Down the same streets that I did”

Wish You Were Here – Incubus

“I dig my toes into the sand/ The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds/ Strewn across a blue blanket/ I lean against the wind/ Pretend that I am weightless/ and in this moment I am happy”

I honestly think this next one is the best roadtrip song there is. No matter what mood you’re in, you can relate to it. Unbelievable instrumental, and more power to them for recognizing the fact that it was too beautiful instrumentally to write lyrics over-let the sounds speak for themselves.

Pacific Theme – Broken Social Scene

Another great instrumental song, this next one has a similar quality. Really unique sounds, I don’t know what makes the harmony over the top although I assume it’s a guitar.

My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven

Homecoming King – Guster

“The sooner you leave the sooner you’re home/ Back in Massachusetts/ To your golden age/ Where they tuck you in at night”

Man I love Xaphoon Jones (the producing half of Chiddy Bang). He’s got really eclectic influences, and that certainly comes through in his sound. Great remix to a great song.

Radar Detector (Xaphoon Jones Remix) – Darwin Deez

“You are a radar detector/ I drive 1,000 miles an hour/ I won’t go on and on/ But you are always looking out for me”

Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear

“Would you always/ Maybe sometimes/ Make it easy/ Take your time”

Gotta throw some rap in there to kick back to, nothing better than a little laid back J. Cole.

Leave Me Alone feat. Kevin Cossom – J. Cole

“Hey dear Mr. Policeman/ Hey am I wrong or ain’t you supposed to keep the peace man?/ I coulda swore I was driving pretty peaceful/ So why the hell is you pullin’ over me fo’?/ Is it this black Mercedes?/ Or cause I’m black? Hmmm, maybe”

Soundcheck – Tayyib Ali

“And it’s the best feeling ever man/ No more rainy days under the umbrella man/ Cause when I’m outside I run into hella fans/ I love the top floor and I want this forever man”

This one is an absolute classic. Probably one of my top 50 songs ever, if not top 25. Grew up with this. Jam.

You Get What You Give – The New Radicals

“Fri-enemies, who when you’re down ain’t your friend/ Every night we smash their Mercedez-Benz/ First we run and then we laugh till we cry/ But when the night is falling/ And you cannot find the light/ If you feel your dream is dying/ Hold tight”

Amsterdam – Peter Bjorn and John

“Oh it’s a kind of stupid groove/ That you can’t ignore/ Oh it’s a kind of natural fact/ Sometimes you’re just left to be alone”

Turn into Something – Animal Collective

“Oh blissful bleed I came out peaking/ and leaked out like a wet clown/ My tears rolled down and arms went round”

The Kings of Leon are unbelievable, to put things simply.

Pyro – Kings of Leon

“Everything I cherish/ Is slowly dying, or it’s gone/ Little shaken babies/ and drunkards seem to all agree/ Once the show gets started/ It’s bound to be a sight to see”

The Way We Get By – Spoon

“We found a new kinda dance in a magazine/ Try it on, it’s like nothin’ you’ve ever seen/ You sweet talk like a cop, and you know it/ You bought a new bag of pot/ So let’s make a new start/ and that’s the way to my heart”

Destination reached. Feelings of glory ensue. Couldn’t be a better song for that than this one. On a sidenote, they were unfuckingbelievable at Lollapalooza. Out of body experience really. Truly, ridiculously majestic is the only way I can put it.

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

“Just stay there/ Cause I’ll be comin’ over/ While our bloods still young/ It’s so young, it runs/ Won’t stop til it’s over”

Dream Big

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Radar Detector – Darwin Deez

 

MUSIC VIDEO: “Radar Detector” – Darwin Deez

Hilarious video. This guy seems funky AND funny. Double win!

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