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[Download Mixtape] Tape Tuesday: CDs for a Broken Record

New Tape Tuesday!

I feel like everyone numbs themselves to something. It’s like Louis CK said on Conan last September cell phones are a perfect way of subconsciously ignoring true and real and beautiful feelings. So I set out to make a mixtape to draw out those emotions and prevent any possibility of numbness. If this were an episode of Friends, “CDs for a Broken Record” is “The One Where Every Song Kills.”

“I’ll be your one and only,” every time you meet someone downtown

  1. Ricky Eat Acid – Inside your house; it will swallow us too
  2. Raury – Bloom
  3. Emily King – Distance
  4. Kevin Drew – Good Sex
  5. Sleepers’ Reign – Four Dots
  6. SBTRKT – r u n a w a y
  7. Years and Years – Real
  8. Young & Sick – Willow
  9. Day Three – Anxiety
  10. Beyoncé – XO
  11. Lincoln Jesser – Certainty
  12. Yumi Zouma – Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up
  13. Childish Gambino – what kind of love
  14. Frankie Cosmos – bottom lip
  15. TEL AVIV – Cucca
  16. Javeon – Give Up
  17. Fickle Friends – Swim
  18. Yellerkin – Leave Me Be
  19. Stonefox – All I Want
  20. Tom Misch & Carmody – The Last Song
  21. Leo Stannard – I Could Say
  22. Mike Mains and the Branches – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
  23. Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
  24. Nick Leng – Crawled Out of the Sea



Like I did with Welcome to Summer, I made a trailer for this Tape Tuesday. It really has nothing to do with the mixtape, but I thought it was a funny idea, and I executed the idea just okay.

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[MP3] Tel Aviv – Crosstown + Cucca

New Tel Aviv!

A great story can only go so far. So maybe after Tel Aviv released one of my favorite songs of 2013 (“Thriller“) and rode the wave of blog posts quoting their story of “being kicked off an international cruise for trying to sneak people on board and pretending to be an ’80s cover band,” they decided to take a step back and focus on making sure their new tracks impacted the crazy world of music even after their story died.

Today I woke up to these songs in my SoundCloud stream (follow me here), and I actually smiled. It was a goofy moment between myself and the air in the room, and I literally thought, “this is why I love music.” Man, am I make this weird? I think the lyric below from “Cucca” really just reminded me of my love for music. I haven’t written an individual song post in awhile, but I know this is where I’m supposed to be.

This love keeps me where I’m supposed to be, mostly

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Tape Tuesday: Lay Me Down

I always find it funny when people say, “Time goes fast when you’re having fun.” Well, no, time always goes the same speed–even when Destiny’s Child has a reunion during halftime of a Super Bowl (learned that the hard way). Time is one of the few constants in our lives. That’s probably why we despise it so much, and while it is always pushing forward, people don’t necessarily have to. I think it’s healthy to occasionally remove yourself from the equation and take a look back at the past. That’s what I think ‘Lay Me Down’ means (aside from being the title of Sam Smith’s legendary debut single). It’s directed at everything that’s constantly moving around us, saying let me go for one hour to listen to this mix and then another hour to listen to it again. Now, if that didn’t make sense to you, you can go suck a dick but download this mix first and hey maybe it’ll be a good soundtrack for your dick sucking.

Every night I ask myself, ‘Am I giving enough?’

  1. KOTA – Masters of the Sun
  2. Tel Aviv – Thriller
  3. Theme Park – Tonight
  4. American Authors – Believer
  5. Go Beach – Lord Knows We Tried (I Know)
  6. Heyrocco – Elsewhere
  7. Beatenberg – In B Flat
  8. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
  9. Fyfe – Solace
  10. Local Natives – Colombia
  11. Polytype – Devils Out
  12. Radial – Holdin’ On Together (Phoenix Cover)*
  13. CYMBALS – The Natural World
  14. Eliza and the Bear – Upon the North
  15. The Lawlands – Youth
  16. Coasts – Oceans
  17. Jim James – A New Life



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Now Playing: Eliza and the Bear, Tel Aviv, and Pale

Over the past few days, I’ve been compiling songs for the next Tape Tuesday. Yesterday, I visited SoundCloud, which turned out to be both a good and bad idea–good, because there I discovered the three talents below, and bad, because it reminded me just how much music is out there. I mean, that’s the crux of what music blogging is: the attempt at finding diamonds in the rough and exposing them to people who tend to like your diamonds. Sometimes it’s just frustrating knowing that there are so many diamonds and so much rough. That probably sounds weird, but it’s true. As for the tunes below, I was honestly just way too excited to share them with you to wait until TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013.

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