Mixtapes

Indie Music Filter: Best Of February 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of February 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

And, the playlists are up!  Check out what rocked in January, via all your favourite platforms (RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube).  This past month started off 2015 in a great way with some killer tunes from EXGF, The Wombats, The Tallest Man On Earth, Young Empires, Passion Pit and many more.

Best of February 2015: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Youtube)

Guest Playlist: Dan Frazier (Free Bike Valet)

Guest Playlist: Dan Frazier (Free Bike Valet)

In my blog resolutions I made at the beginning of the year, I promised myself I’d do a better job at bringing more outside contributions to the blog, from additional regular writers, to putting up custom playlists from other blogs and tastemakers who I think have a great ear for new music.  In the list of sites I check daily, I regularly read the words of Dan Frazier of Free Bike Valet, “a beach city music blog that focuses on capturing the coastal lifestyle, sand romanticism, brisk fog, desert dust, and gold rush nostalgia that characterizes the West Coast”.  Dan is an entertainment music journalist who has written for Entertainment Weekly, SPIN, Nylon, Paste and many other publications.

When I e-mailed Dan out of the blue yesterday, he broke a world record for sending me back a playlist, taking just 24 minutes to put this great mix together.  It’s a great sampling of the bands he normally features on his site, which only covers artists/bands from California.  Some songs we’ve featured, but a bunch of new bands to check out…. hit play on the playlist below (and start checking Free Bike Valet daily too).

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Stay tuned for more of these posts as I continue to reach out to other blogs I follow online.

Indie Music Filter: Best Of January 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of January 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

And, the playlists are up!  Check out what rocked in January, via all your favourite platforms (RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube).  This past month started off 2015 in a great way with some killer tunes from Favela, Satellite Stories, Hey Rosetta!, Kagu, The Barr Brothers and many more.

Best of January 2015: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of January 2015: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of January 2015: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of January 2015: Playlist (Youtube)

Best Songs Of 2014

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It’s been another great year for new music, 2014 did not disappoint at all.  This post is always my favourite one to put together, the problem is always trying to keep the number of songs down.  I settled on 50 tracks (listed here in playlist order, not a ranking) that rocked my year, take a look below and agree, disagree, discover of just hit play.  As usual, I did my best to make these playlists on soundcloud, spotify, rdio, youtube and this year on Dropmark (which I use for saving videos).  For those who like to watch your playlists, try out my collection.

1. The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”
2. Jungle – “Busy Earnin'”
3. Saintseneca – “Happy Alone”
4. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”
5. Broods – “L.A.F”
6. Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″
7. Brolin – “Swim Deep”
8. Bastille vs Haim – “Bite Down”
9. Moscow Metro – “Future Fades”
10. Austin Basham – “All Is Well”
11. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
12. Sego – “Wicket Youth”
13. Ghost Beach – “Moon Over Japan”
14. Sucre – “Young And Free”
15. Strand Of Oaks – “Shut In”
16. Lowell – “The Bells”
17. Arkells – “Come To Light”
18. Nate Eiesland – “Drifting”
19. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
20. Ben Khan – “Youth”
21. Prinze George – “Make Me”
22. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Luna”
23. Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
24. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
25. Fickle Friends – “Swim”
26. Snakadaktal – “The Sun II”
27. Old Man Canyon – “Wiser”
28. Chad VanGaalen – “Monster”
29. Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me”
30. Skaters – “Miss Teen Massachusetts”
31. Spoon – “Inside Out”
32. Haerts – “Giving Up”
33. Kevin Drew – “You In Your Were”
34. Wye Oak – “Glory”
35. SOHN – “Artifice”
36. Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi”
37. Wolf Saga – “You Only Live Once (Strokes Cover) feat. Lyon”
38. Seoul – “Stay With Us”
39. Panama Wedding – “All Of The People”
40. Magic Man – “It All Starts Here”
41. Phoria – “Atomic”
42. Vance Joy – “Mess Is Mine”
43. New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”
44. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”
45. Prides – “Messiah”
46. Operators – “True ”
47. Snowmine – “Tidal Wave”
48. Still Parade – “Beach”
49. Breakfast In Fur – “Shape”
50. Odesza – “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)”

BEST SONGS OF 2014 (RDIO PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SPOTIFY PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (YOUTUBE PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (DROPMARK VIDEO PLAYLIST)

Prides 2014 Mixtape

Prides 2014 Mixtape

This is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I say that I’m looking for bands that are doing something different.  Bands take notice, this is a great way to get on a blog (especially in December, when it’s all about year end content).

Glasgow’s Prides recently recorded themselves at The Old Mill Studios performing a mixtape of their favourite tracks, including Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Ryn Weaver’s “OctaHate”, and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (to name a few).  Here’s a note from the band:

2014 has been a year where we spent a lot of time in a van listening to the radio. We decided to wrap up the year with one of our mixtapes of our favorite tracks, but this time we decided to play it live. These are the songs that we sang on the way back from shows, played incessantly whilst out on tour, and cranked when they came on the radio. Hope you enjoy!

When I look back on 2014, I’m really glad that Prides popped up on my radar.

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Indie Music Filter: Best Of November 2014 (PLAYLISTS)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of November 2014 (PLAYLISTS)

Playlists are up!  This one is a beaut, get on this playlist right now, on all your favourite platforms (RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube).  This past month had no shortage of great songs from bands like Mt. Wolf, Brave Shores, RY X, Bipolar Sunshine, Tei Shi, LYON and my favourite discovery last month, Sego (plus many more).

Best of November 2014: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of November 2014: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of November 2014: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of November 2014: Playlist (Youtube)