Author: desertislandmixtapes

My Vinyl Collection, April 2017 Update

I started collecting vinyl in January of 2008.  Here is what I have amassed. (updated April 2017) AC/DC Back in Black American Football American Football Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha Appleseed…
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New RA Scion Video – Action Figures

RA Scion is teaming up with Seattle producer Qreepz for a new album, Blinking Sphinxx. Here's our first taste - Action Figures
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New Damien Jurado video – Exit 353

Damien Jurado has a new album coming out - Visions of Us on the Land - his third straight produced by Richard Swift. These last two haven't been my favorite…
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Craig Finn does Seth Myers, Plays 2 Songs

I have an unhealthy obsession with The Hold Steady, but was not thrilled with Craig Finn's first solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes. I was thus VERY excited when his…
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Video for new Blackalicious track – The Blow Up – featuring Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Blackalicious recently released their first album in 10 year, Imani Vol. 1. It has a number of awesome tracks, a few so-so ones, and a couple stinkers. Overall, I'm quite…
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Kendrick Lamar does Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Hip-hop may not be your cup of tea, but it is hard to deny Kendrick Lamar's talent as a writer, story-teller, and performer. His lyrics contain more profanity than I…
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Alabama Shakes does Conan, and, Wow

My word. Brittany Howard is something else! She can croon delicately or growl it out with such a powerful voice. I also love that she plays guitar too - not…
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Watch a 20 Minute Battles Documentary

Battles has a new album coming out in September, and to hold us over, here's a 20 minute documentary that showcases their song-making process.  
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New Maritime Song + Video – Satellite Love

Maritime / Davey von Bohlen / Promise Ring fans rejoice! Maritime is readying another LP - Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones - and have shared a song. It is bright, bouncy…
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Best Albums of 2015, v. 1.0 (January-June)

Best Albums of 2015 Version 1.0 (January-June) For previous years see Best of 2014      Best of 2013      Best (songs) of 2013 Best of 2012     Best (songs)…
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My Morning Jacket do Conan, Play “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, Give everyone goosebumps

Album opener from The Waterfall. Possibly the best track on the album. Here come the goosebumps.
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New song by Nate Ruess (of fun. and The Format) and Beck – What This World is Coming To

I still liked The Format a million times more than fun. fun. did have a few killer tracks though. We'll see what Nate does on his forthcoming Solo LP -…
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New Mikal Cronin video – Say – Spoofs Paul Simon’s You can Call Me Al

Mikal Cronin's new MCIII is pure gold. Get it. Here, he gets a bunch of comedians and spoofs the infamous Paul Simon / Chevy Chase video for You Can Call…
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Best Songs of 2014 Nr. 03: Braid – East End Hollows

Oops. I never got around to posting a ranked list of my favorite songs of the year in 2014. Instead, here is a belated series of un-ranked songs that I…
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Best Songs of 2014 Nr. 02: TV on the Radio – Trouble

Oops. I never got around to posting a ranked list of my favorite songs of the year in 2014. Instead, here is a belated series of un-ranked songs that I…
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Best Songs of 2014 Nr. 01: S. Carey – Glass/Film

Oops. I never got around to posting a ranked list of my favorite songs of the year in 2014. Instead, here is a belated series of un-ranked songs that I…
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The Tallest Man on Earth does Conan plays Sagres

The Tallest Man on Earth has a GREAT new album out - The Dark Bird is Home. Did I mention that its great? Also, he's Swedish, so that has to…
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Mikal Cronin does Conan – Turn Around

Mikal Cronin's new album, MCIII is out today and I have REALLY been digging it. Last night, he played Conan with the album opener, "Turn Around." 1. Go buy the…
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NEW BLACKALICIOUS Song + Album!!!! – On Fire Tonight from Imani Vol. 1

WAH?!?! Blackalicious is hands down my favorite hip-hop group. They haven't put out an album in 10 years, although MC Gift of Gab has put out a number of solid…
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Homestar Runner takes on Record Store Day, and all of Indie Rock

The opening bit is fine and all, but the song starting at 1:25 really is great - Hits all of the best tropes of obscure indie rock.
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Song du Jour Nr. 151: The Bee Gees – Spicks and Specks

Why? Because it popped up on shuffle and reminds me of my childhood. Also, because the world needs to know that The Bee Gees did some great stuff before the…
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Song du Jour Nr. 150: Lifesavas – And the Soul Goes On

Since we featured Vursatyl's new solo record earlier this week, how about some unreleased goodness from group he came from, the Lifesavas. I wish the group was still active. This…
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New Vursatyl (from the Lifesavas) track – Bring it to a Halt

Quannum's Lifesavas haven't put anything out for a while, but MC Vursatyl is putting out a solo album - Crooked Straights - on April 27 via BBE Music. I like…
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The Mountain Goats do Seth Myers – play Foreign Object

The Mountains Goats have a new album out - Beat the Champ. Ever the story-teller, Darnielle has crafted the entire album about the professional wrestlers he liked as a kid.…
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Song du Jour Nr. 149: The Walkmen – We Can’t be Beat

I love how this song builds and builds. I also like artists that are will to build a song on the strength of the singer's vocals. There isn't a lot…
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Song du Jour Nr. 148: J. Tillman – Crosswinds

Sigh. I know he is getting all kinds of accolades as his schmaltzy 70s lounge rock singer alter ego Father John Misty, but sure liked his music a lot better…
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New Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City

I don't know if I have ever loved a SSLYBY album front to back, but each is always good for a few infectiously catchy tracks. (See, Glue Girls). They are…
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Covers Nr. 021: S. Carey – Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was [Radiohead Cover]

S. Carey's full-length LP last year, Range of Light. was one of my favorite and still gets good airplay around the house. Recently we mentioned his new Supermoon EP. At the…
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Radiohead’s 1995 “The Bends” Turns 20 Years Old Today

20 years ago today, Parlophone Records released Radiohead's 2nd LP, The Bends. After the commercial success of their debut Pablo Honey (and its single, "Creep") the band had been given $ and…
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New Mountain Goats – Heel Turn 2

The Mountain Goats have a new album coming out in April, Beat the Champ. (preorder it, I dare you.) It is all about professional wrestling, because, of course the hyper-literate best-story-teller-ever John Darnielle…
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New Built to Spill – Living Zoo

Built to Spill have a new album coming out in April, Untethered Moon.  Here's our first sample. Sounds...well...very Built to Spill-esque. Can't wait!
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Live Tracks Nr. 06: The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

Start @ minute mark 40:30. From their live album, Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre My city's still breathing (but barely it's true) Through buildings gone missing like teeth The sidewalks…
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