Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Great Northwest

The kind folks at The Kora Records sent over a press kit and album for The Great Northwest (out of Portland, OR). The album, The Widespread Reign of the Great Northwest is due out July 29th and is led by a gentleman named Brian Coates (interesting bio).

The album is spacey, mellow, eerie at times and occaisonally has a faint familar sound of the Dandy Warhol's slower stuff. Note, album was mixed at the DW's oddotorium in Portland and Peter Holmström or (Loew), the DW's guitarist is also featured on this album.

The lead single should grab your attention and is even hypnotizing at times (in a great way). So, do yourself a favor...grab a beer and listen to the lead single here- Chief John.
Its also streaming in the top box to the right.

One of my favorite songs from this album so far is titled "Know What I mean". Its a crunchy yet melodic tune that reminds me a little of Grandaddy's Am180. Listen here- Here

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Joggers (New Songs)

A few songs from the Joggers' Tour Only CD have been floating around and I'm glad to say I've finally got my mits on a couple. Also, there is a pretty interesting interview with the Joggers, courtesy of Funeral Pudding out of Austin.

I've posted multiple times about this group and each time I listen to these guys or hear something new it always surprises me that they're not more popular and even a bit frustrating, but hopefully this year or next year they will get the attention they deserve or find a label that is a good match. Pure talent from everyone in this quartet.

The two songs I speak of are streaming in the top box to the right.
The First is- "Talking at Keith"
The Second is- "Top O the Cat"

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Montage to myself

Below is a video assignment for Work and is titled "Montage to Myself"

We were asked to make a video and post it to youtube, then our blog. "Montage to Myself" is random pictures of myself that I had on my computer.

The song is by White Denim- "Sitting"which can also be heard on the recent Gare Bear Sounds '08 Summer Mix

Monday, June 2, 2008

Summer '08 Mix

Since Memorial Day I've been trying to complete my Spring / Summer '08 mix, but now that I've finished its June and time to drop the Spring. I love listening to and creating mix tapes oh so much but they take a while for me to craft and never sound the same in the end as they began.

Even though its summer time this isnt necessarily your summer dance mix, in fact it starts a little slower and easy listening like, but if you're patient and let each song play out you'll hopefully be snapping your fingers midway through so dont worry it has its fair amount of pop as well.

FAQ section:
What time would this mix be good for?
Saturday....late afternoon heading into the evening before placing steak on the grill

What type mood should i be in when listening to this?

What to drink with this mix?
Zon or a summer or white ale for Beer. Pinot Grigio for wine

Now to the mix:
There are 11 tracks on this mix and it runs slightly under 40 minutes so its an extremely easy listen. While putting this together I went up to 15 tracks, but they werent fitting and I was just starting to add new songs i liked but had to hold back because it was getting to be convoluted and all over the board. Not all of these songs are brand new either- 4 are from 2008, 4 are from 2007, 2 from 2006 & 1 from 2005.

Without further delay here is the Summer mix. Feel free to download each song by- Right Clicking, "Save Target As". This will also be streaming in the Music box to the right if you're not into downloading this.

I've talked about him before and mentioned I really like his solo album. This song is beginning to make its way into movie trailers and commercials.

A recent summer favorite that is calm, but also has something very powerful midway through especially at the end..

Reminds me of an old 60's outlaw song....running in the summer heat from the law in a comfortable cadiallac.

Blends nicely with the two songs around it and what a better song for those summer road trips. I kind of like Tourist Traps.

Beautiful nostalgic song. This song felt right to swing the mood upwards. At the 2 minute mark it turns colorful and pushes the rest of the songs in that direction.

Picks up okay from Beiruts "Postcards" Starting to become one of my favorite songs of the year

I like this song off their latest album and it could almost go anywhere but it makes for a tastey White Denim & Midlake sandwich
This is an older song but I've always liked it and it fits nice as the 'ol 8 hole.

This band continues to impress me. This is a Architecture of Helsinki cover, but I actually like their take of the song better

Jack White gets most of the credit for the Raconteurs, but Brendan as a writer and musician adds his pop to the group. Here's a song from his 2005 solo album

I cant get tired of this song. Each time i hear it i enjoy it, it makes for a nice ending to a summer mix

I hope you enjoy and get as much pleasure as i did creating this. I'd love to hear any thoughts or areas that you enjoy. Please also send any songs you dont feel fit or should be in a different order. I'm curious to hear.