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Modern Mixtape Vol. 23: Caught Up Inside

They say blogging is dead, but I’d like to think mine is just in a coma or battling some kind of chronic illness called busyness. I won’t bother making any false promises that 180360 will come back to life any time soon, even though I really want it to. Until then, I have a little Christmas gift for you — a new mixtape! 

As always, I’ve picked my favorite alt-indie-electro tracks, most of which are new releases from the past few months of 2017. I don’t know if there’s an exact science to making mixes, but I spend a lot of time working on the flow and creating a kind of backstory to mine. This one goes through several emotions, so I hope you stick with it to the end. And turn the last song up LOUD!

As far as the bands go, I’m really digging the new ‘Antisocialites’ album from Alvvays. There are so many amazing songs on it! Sadly, I missed their tour this year. I also recently discovered Brooklyn band, Big Thief. The song I picked for the mix is a little different than the rest, but it kind of reminds me of Liz Phair, which is always a good thing! And of course, there are loads of bands that regularly make their way onto my compilations. Lastly, be sure to check out more from Japanese Breakfast and Beck’s latest album, Colors. +++

Happy Holidays and fingers crossed, I’ll be back in the New Year with a bunch of new photo and travel posts that I’ve half written. 

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MODERN MIXTAPE Vol. 23

01 Diving Woman // Japanese Breakfast

02 Dreams Tonite // Alvvays

03 Hard to Say Goodbye // Washed Out

04 Stars Last Me a Lifetime // Cut Copy

05 Electric Blue // Arcade Fire

06 Dear Life // Beck

07 Los Ageless // St. Vincent

08 Little Dark Age // MGMT

09 To the Moon and Back // Fever Ray

10 Find Me // Porches

11 You’re So Cool // Jonathon Bree

12 Mourning Sound // Grizzly Bear

13 Do I Have to Talk You Into It // Spoon

14 Mythological Beauty // Big Thief

15 Apocalypse // Cigarettes After Sex

16 How Can I // Plastic Flowers

17 PDA // Day Wave + Hazel English

18 Moonshine Freeze // This is the Kit

19 oh baby // LCD Soundsystem

20 St. Purple & Green // Wolf Alice

Modern Mixtape Vol. 20: Down to the Sound

modmixvol20coverHello strangers! Thought I’d pop in with a little gift of music for the holidays. I know I always say this, but I really hope to find more time for this neglected space in the new year. (once my little monkey is in preschool!) Until then, here’s what I’ve been listening to recently…

Loving girl groups like Warpaint, Computer Magic, Maggie Rogers and of course, Angel Olsen. She’s got a spot-on Stevie Nicks vibe in the song I’ve shared. Jim James’Here in Spirit” is a new soulful find and Cass McCombs, “Bum Bum Bum” is super catchy. There are some perennial favorites like Bon Iver, Flaming Lips and Temples. Plus there’s some new to me finds like Beverly, Blood Orange and High Highs. Honestly, they’re all good songs — but more importantly, I can’t believe this is my 20th mix!

Sadly, I just learned that 8tracks is now charging for any listening beyond one hour a day. What a bummer! I’ll put this mix up there for now, but will be on the lookout for another free streaming service. Happy Holidays!

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Modern Mixtape Vol. 19: Like Right Now

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Hello, hello dear friends! I’ve had a few requests for an updated mix, so what the people ask for, the people should get. Right?!

I made this compilation for all things Summer 2016 related; road trips, lying on the beach, maybe a casual get-together, or in my case — as something to listen to on a few Trans-Atlantic flights and long journeys in the car with 3 kids.

It’s full of all my current favorites from the Alt/Indie music scene like Mitski, Kristin Kontrol, Wild Nothing, Yumi Zouma, M83 and DIIV. But there’s also a couple of appearances from old school faves like Beck, DJ Shadow and Garbage. And as usual, there are always a few stragglers sneaking in from last year that I was late to discover. 

Lastly, I’ve decided to turn in my pirating patch, so this will only be available through playlist services. The good news is, I finally figured out how to make a playlist on Spotify. I think… 🙂 (If you have another app you like to listen to mixes, please let me know and I’ll add it!) Enjoy.

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Modern Mixtape Vol. 16: Slip Away With Me

180360ModMix16Happy Friday, my friends! This has been a hell of a week. I’m ready for the weekend and hopefully a handful of cocktails, a dinner party, a photo shoot, and going to the theatre to see my best friend in her latest play. How about a soundtrack to go with that and to help drown out this past week?!

I’ve been compiling this mix pretty much since the last one 6 months ago, and frankly that was too long ago. Some of these songs are a little older than I’d like, as I prefer to share new releases. In an effort to keep it current, I removed several but had to keep one that I loved too much.

There are a few surprises on here… namely Coldplay! Normally they’re too mainstream for my taste, but this song is good. I’m also really loving Wolf Alice and Angel Olsen. What can I say? I’m a sucker for strong female vocals. TV On the Radio’s Happy Idiot is a super catchy and solid track; it makes me want to dance every time I hear it. And lastly, there’s the one I had to keep in, Misses, by Girls in Hawaiiwhich reminds me of Elliott Smith. [icon size=”small” style=”none” icon=”heart” ]

 

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Sacco Kerosene

Coldplay Magic

Wye Oak Sick Talk

Angel Olsen Forgiven/Forgotten

Alt-J Every Other Freckle

Wolf Alice Moaning Lisa Smile

FoxyGen Mattress Warehouse

TV On the Radio Happy Idiot

Spoon Inside Out

Stars No One is Lost

Wildcat! Wildcat! Sentimental

The Horrors So Now You Know

The Holidays Voices Drifting

Bear in Heaven Autumn

Interpol Everything is Wrong

Dum Dum Girls Lost Boys and Girls Club

Girls in Hawaii Misses

Bleachers a Who I Want You to Love

Modern Mixtape Vol. 13: Love You + Leave You

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These past few weeks have been a blur. My heart and schedule have been so full!

Even though we’ve had back to back guests during my busiest time of year, I was sorry to say goodbye to the last of our visitors (my sister, et al.) when they left earlier this week. These days I’ll take any dose of family over nothing at all.

But now it is time to get back to work. I’m in pedal-to-the-metal work mode and you know what that means… it’s time for more music. While I camp out in my digi-photo lab over the weekend (head cold be damned!) you can bet your boots I’ll be listening to these tunes.

Here’s the latest mix. Have a great weekend!

MODERN MIXTAPE VOL. 13 – Love You + Leave You

01. Hold On When You Get Love STARS
02. Life Was Young GIANTREE
03. Benny Goodman SAINT MOTEL
04. Clouds DEEP TIME
05. Miss You CLINIC
06. Lonesome DR. DOG
07. Fang ERAAS
08. Crest THE ANTLERS
09. Dissolve Me ALT-J
10. Paradise WILD NOTHING
11. Sleep Alone TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
12. Mine Tonight DUM DUM GIRLS
13. Bruises BAND OF SKULLS
14. 3, 6, 9 CAT POWER
15. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards TAME IMPALA
16. The Hunt GRIZZLY BEAR
17. Follow Through FREELANCE WHALES

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