Mixtape #118

A tremendously talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, Julie Carpenter‘s musical involvements include performing, recording and collaborating with an array of bands and projects, including Brian Jonestown Massacre, Eels and The Autumns, amongst others. Her move to Joshua Tree from LA, paired with her orchestral experience and electronica influences, gave birth to Less Bells, her sublime ambient orchestral project. She has just released her second album, Mourning Jewelry, an utterly engrossing and beautiful record that is both ominous and melancholic as well as contemplative and joyful. So it’s with immense pleasure that we present the mixtape Less Bells cooked up for us. Press play and let the magic happen.

  1. Bulgarian State Radio Choir – Polegnala e Todora [Elektra Nonesuch]
  2. Magnet & Paul Giovanni – Willow’s Song [Trunk / Silva Screen]
  3. The Lickets – Crowd of Pimps in the Rain [International Corporation]
  4. The Books – Take Time [Tomlab / Temporary Residence]
  5. Welcome to The Heart of Gold – The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio play
  6. Marshweed – Je t’adore, Fyodor
  7. Insides – Bent Double [4AD / Guernica]
  8. BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Sutekh Time Tunnel – Pyramid of Mars (Dr. Who)
  9. Love – Andmoreagain [Elektra]
  10. Crime & the City Solution – Six Bells Chime [Mute]
  11. Deerhoof – Mothball the Fleet [joyful Noise / Polyvinyl]
  12. Dionne Warwick – Don’t Make Me Over [Scepter Records]
  13. Alvvays – Forget About Life [Polyvinyl / Transgressive]
  14. Pauline Oliveros – Crossing the Sands [hatOLOGY]
  15. Dorian Wood – Glassellalia [Antigen]

Mixtape #111

With immense technical ability and creativity, Alexander Noice is one of the most interesting contemporary musicians out there. Over the last decade, Noice has played a vital role in the LA music scene and abroad, performing, recording and collaborating with a slew of artists and projects, including his own ensembles Falsetto Teeth and NOICE. A phenomenal composer, guitarist, producer and bandleader drawing from an amalgam of genres, from art-rock and jazz to minimalism, opera and electronic music, Noice released an exhilarating and inventive self-titled album last year, which made it to our Album Picks of 2019. So we’re ecstatic to catch a glimpse of his wide range of influences in this month's mixtape!

  1. The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year [Epic]
  2. Thelonius Monk – Brilliant Corners [Riverside]
  3. Deerhoof – Milking [Free Porcupine Society / ATP Recordings]
  4. Minutemen – Viet Nam [SST Records]
  5. Ornette Colenman – Folk Tale [XL Recordings / Interscope Records
  6. Charlie Parker – Kim [Clef Records]
  7. Talking Heads – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) [Sire]
  8. Nino Rota – O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia [Cam]
  9. Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble & Rupert Huber – Christian Wolff In Cambridge [Hänssler Classic]
  10. Charles Mingus – Solo Dancer [Impulse!]
  11. M.I.A. – Steppin Up [XL Recordings / Interscope Records]
  12. Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra – The Draughtsman’s Contract [Venture]
  13. Broadcast – America’s Boy [Warp]
  14. Cornelius – New Music Machine [Matador]
  15. Dirty Projectors – Not Having Found [Western Vinyl]
  16. Philip Glass – River Run [Virgin]
  17. Fugazi – Turnover [Dischord]
  18. Iggy Pop – Funtime [RCA]
  19. John Coltrane – Configuration [Impulse!]
  20. David Bowie – What In The World [RCA]
  21. Arthur Russell – Being It [Upside Records / Rough Trade]
  22. Leadbelly – Green Corn [Folkways Records]

Mixtape #83

The Evil Usses are a band like no other. Their wild and exhilarating live shows flow fluidly between thoughtful composition and improvisation as they venture into a dense jungle of sounds and influences, clearing their singular path with sharp melodies and heavy grooves. All of this, as well as the wide dynamics and playful humour of this unique Bristolian quartet can somehow be found in the mix they made for us this month. Press play and enjoy!


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Deerhoof share new video ahead of international tour

Deerhoof

Last year Deerhoof gave us La Isla Bonita, which was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2014. So we’re excited to know the band is heading to Europe for a month-long tour in support of the album, with a stop in London at the Oval Space on February 26th. They’ll head back to the US in March for more shows, including appearances at SXSW. Check all their dates and other info here.
To celebrate the upcoming tour, the foursome unveiled a video for ‘Black Pitch’, featuring Satomi on a boat going down the river Thames before disappearing into the North Sea. Gary McQuiggan directs. Watch it below.