7-Day Mixtape: Vol. 50 – JAMES AND BLACKBURN
Last month, The iM’s Jan.2012 featured artist was a recent addition to the Toronto music scene: JAMES AND BLACKBURN. If you didn’t read up on our review of their stellar debut full-length Island Universe we strongly recommend you do so immediately… this whole paragraph is a link…
Obviously since we were so impressed with the once-Ottawan, now Torontonian rock trio we slapped them on an awesome lineup at Rancho Relaxo this month, and then we figured “why not make it a trifecta?”, so we asked them to put together a mix of some of their favourite tracks – some influences, some current jams, and probably at least a few that’ll be right up your alley.
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1. Built To Spill – Life is a Dream
A great song from a great album. Dreamy, flowy, spiritual. Brings back warm and fuzzy memories of university and long intoxicated bike rides.
2. Kurt Vile – Dead Alive
Here’s a man who is a potent lyricist and songwriter. This track is taken off Childish Prodigy – a real gem in his ever-expanding discography. An airy guitar picking on an acoustic guitar, muddled through a slew of effects, nicely folded atop a buzzing underground, creates a proper state of musical euphoria for Vile’s cryptic lyrics to do some talking.
3. The National – Conversation 16
This song features some of the craziest tones of recent recordings. Everything on this record – High Violet – is tracked with such such clarity and mixed with such intention that it’s really hard to choose just one. Nevertheless, “Conversation 16″ was one of the first tracks which stuck and led us to an inevitable infatuation with the record as a whole.
4. The Waking Eyes – Trouble on the Patio
Here’s an underrated Canadian band that offer a whole range of flavors for one’s pallet. Putting it simply, the chorus in this song is just catchy as hell and will be sure to stomp around in your head for a few days following your first encounter.
5. Hey Rosetta! – Young Glass
This song showcases so many of Hey Rosetta’s strengths. Amazing breakdown with just vocals and guitar, then they bring it back up again in the end with a monstrous build which ends the song on a high.
6. The Maccabees – No Kind Words
This song gets dirtier and dirtier the further in you are. The song is divided into two major parts, and their transition between the two is nuts. Finishes with an amazing jam.
7. Camp Lo – Luchini (aka This Is It)
A dope old-school joint… I guess you could say.