Monthly Mixtape – February 2020


February was a short month with a bumper crop of good new tunes.  What are you listening to these days?  Let me know in the comments.

Black Market Brass :: “The Thick”

Coriky :: “Clean Kill”

Destroyer :: “Crimson Tide”

Down Time :: “Not a Complicated Person”

Jaimie Branch: “Simple Silver Surfer”

MGMT :: “In the Afternoon”

Smokey Brights :: “Flash Your Lights (Rudy Willingham Remix)”

Wednesday :: “Fate Is…”


Previous Mixtapes:

Album Review: Little Dark Age by MGMT


Album: Little Dark Age
ArtistMGMT
Release Date: 2018 February 9
Favorite Tracks:

  • Little Dark Age
  • Me and Michael
  • One Thing Left to Try

Thoughts:

Little Dark Age sounds like it was recorded in 1985 and has been sitting in a vault all these years to finally be released.  You could find it on the shelf somewhere between Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and the Pet Shop Boys, and even the lyrics of songs like “She Works Out Too Much” sound like commentary on the 80s aerobic craze. The songs on this album are hit or miss, and it’s never going to live up to Oracular Spectacular, but it’s a fun pop confection.

Rating: ***

Podcast of the Week: “Song Exploder: MGMT”


In each episode of Song Exploder, a musician or band breaks down a song and explains how it came together, both in stripping down to different musical tracks and instruments and in the creative process of writing a song.  In this episode the band MGMT “explodes” one of their earliest songs (and one of my favorites) “Time To Pretend,” which is particularly amusing in that it’s a song about playing at being a rock star that actually launched them into stardom.

Here’s the video for the song as well:

Ten Favorite Songs of 2007


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2007.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Challengers – The New Pornographers

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LDN – Lily Allen

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Missed the Boat – Modest Mouse

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My Moon My Man – Feist

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Paper Planes – M.I.A.

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Seven Days of the Week – They Might Be Giants

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Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse

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Tell Me ‘Bout It – Joss Stone

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Time to Pretend – MGMT

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To the Dogs or Whoever – Josh Ritter

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And my song of shame for 2007: American Wedding – Gogol Bordello

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 And what are YOUR favorite songs from the year of 2007?