Fridays Aren’t Just for Summer: Wintry Mix 001

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If there's two things I love it's Weather and Mixes. Three things: combining them. Something I don't love: the dreaded "wintry mix." Worst weather ever. Rain, cold, snow, yuck. So let's make that into something more palatable, like a whole bunch of brand new 2011 music. (including Yuck.) Well, Anika is technically 2010 but she came on the scene so late in the year most people missed it. Everything else is new for this year, though. 

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TRACKLIST:
Wintrymix_smallest 1. Pete & the Pirates – Winter 2
2. Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance
3. Anika – Yang Yang
4. Metronomy – She Wants
5. Wire – Please Take
6. Catwalk – Home
7. The Beets – Cold Lips
8. Tahiti 80 – Want Some?
9. Jonny – Candyfloss
10. Papercuts – Do What You Will
11. Anna Calvi – No More Words
12. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
13. Craft Spells – After the Moment
14. MINKS – Cemetery Rain
15. BOAT – Forever in Armitron
16. Yuck – Get Away
17. The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts
18. Dum Dum Girls – There is a Light That Never Goes Out
19. ??? – ???
20. Gruff Rhys – Christopher Columbus
21. Disappears – New Fast

In case you forgot…no shuffling, as these songs are mixed together. It'll sound weird if you do.I had a bunch of leftover songs on this one I didn't use. If you're lucky, I'll do a Pt2 next week. Liner notes after the jump.


1. Pete & the Pirates – Winter 2
One of the UK's best band are finally back with a new album. Well, not quite yet, but this spring. May this tide you over.

2. Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance
Swedish trio get back to basics and make maybe their catchiest album ever? This one is for sure their best single since "Young Folks"… more cowbell? No, just enough.

3. Anika – Yang Yang
Like Liliput meets The Slits meets Nico. From Germany, and BEAK> are the backing band. Yes, this is a Yoko Ono cover.

4. Metronomy – She Wants
Joseph Mount returns with a real band now for Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera. This first taste is a slow burn which owes more than a little to Roxy Music. 

5. Wire – Please Take
Wire make their finest album since 1986's The Ideal Copy. And this is probably the best Graham Lewis song since probably "Ambitious."

6. Catwalk – Home
First of four Captured/Tracks on this mix. No, I'm not on Mike Sniper's payroll. The label's just on a roll right now. Oxnard, California band (or dude?) making exemplary '80s inspired propulsive pop gems. And this is a b-side!

7. The Beets – Cold Lips
More Captured Tracks, the lead song from The Beets second album. It's only just over a minute long and you'll wish it was at least three times this length. 

8. Tahiti 80 – Want Some?
From the Parisians' sixth album. This one's a little more guitar-oriented than the last couple, especially this song which reminds me of the Pernice Brothers.

9. Jonny – Candyfloss
Norman Blake + Euros Childs = Indie rock Reese's Cup.

10. Papercuts – Do What You Will
Seattle band just signed to Sub Pop and this is the first single for the label. Reminds me of Cass McCombs, or maybe the other way around.

11. Anna Calvi – No More Words
Domino Records is falling all over themselves to hype this singer who get compared to PJ Harvey a lot. I think there's more of a new romantic vibe than that, by way of Siouxsie Sioux. I hear she's a real shredder. This song is great.

12. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
Cheesy puns aside, these Canadians are pretty good. Anthemic and danceble.

13. Craft Spells – After the Moment
From Stockton, California. Pavement, so much to answer for. Well, not really as Craft Spells are more like Pale Fountains meets OMD. Super crazy catchy.

14. MINKS – Cemetery Rain
The last Captured Tracks band on this mix. Everybody compares them to the Cure, but I think those people have only ever heard the Cure. There's a Felt vibe with this… though I will say the relentless dour romanticism, lyrically, is a bit much. My favorite MINKS song live.

15. BOAT – Forever in Armitron
We now enter the full-on indie rock portion of the mix with Seattle's great BOAT. This is from their new album Dress Like Your Idols which is out in March and is quite awesome. You've been warned.

16. Yuck – Get Away
Holy Dino Jr! Holy Sebadoh! It's the '90s in a nutshell, but with new tunes via this band that used to be half of Cajun Dance Party (a band than no one in America knows and is maybe just as well). Oh yeah.

17. The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts
Title track from the new Go! Team album which spends far too much time sounding like the two previous Go! Team albums. The two best songs — both of which feature Best Coast's Bethany Cosatino — are more in the indie rock vein than the indie cheerleader genre which this band pioneered.

18. Dum Dum Girls – There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Having dug DDG's dreamy version of the Stones' "Play With Fire," I was not expecting this cover of the Smiths' classic to rock as much as it does. Nice job, DeeDee.

19. ??? – ???
I can't tell you what this is, but will say this band is gonna finally get big this year due to their new record which is out late Spring. Enjoy this track in the meantime.

20. Gruff Rhys – Christopher Columbus
The hardest working man in Welsh indie rock and one of my heroes. His new album, Hotel Shampoo, is another winner in a 15 year career.

21. Disappears – New Fast
Somehow I doubt that Chicago's kraut-punks Disappears are referencing cult '90s Manchester band New Fast Automatic Daffodils, but you never know. New FADs did have some Can in there.  Disappears' second album, Guider, rocks and relentlessly grooves at the same time. Dig it, man.

3 Comments

  1. Bill, your mixes have saved my life on at least two occasions. Thank you.

  2. Great stuff. Thanks so much for posting. Your placement of the Anika song was perfect – brought new perspective. Will be turning others on to this site. Thx again.

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