march's mixtape will be up a little late - check back late tuesday or early wednesday.
  • Andrew Bird - The Trees Were Mistaken
  • The Felice Brothers - Greatest Show On Earth
  • Tom Waits - Jockey Full of Bourbon
  • Apostle Of Hustle - My Sword Hand's Anger
  • Menomena - Evil Bee
  • Okkervil River - Westfall (live)
  • Wild Beasts - This Is Our Lot
  • Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew - Frightening Lives
  • Sufjan Stevens - They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!
  • The Silent Years - Black Hole

OCTOBER mk. 2or, slightly spooky stuff

leaves are falling, the wind is blowing, and it's all of two days after first rain. fall has arrived at last, with october as its shepherd. like i mentioned a couple weeks ago, i associate october with a particular kind of song, and you'll find a few representative ones on the right hand of this web-page. there are a few departures from the theme - "my sword hand's anger" and "black hole" might not be exactly relevant - but they're good songs, and i wanted to put them there, so they are there.

a couple notes before we begin with the fun facts! first, check out how most of these songs have really distinctive openings. i can't quite express what i'm talking about here in words, but if you listen for it you'll see what i'm talking about. i think that that's pretty rad. also, i chose the live version of "westfall" because it captures a frenzied tone that you just don't hear in the album version, and it's really integral to the song; it does have a few seconds' worth of chatter in the beginning, though, so please bear with it. now then:

you're already familiar with andrew bird, the mad whistling multi-instrumentalist, but you should definitely check out the linked video for his song "lull," especially if you like cephalopods. you probably know this tom waits song already, too, but his music is just so spooky that i couldn't help but use it. the apostle of hustle plays music with broken social scene, which is a group of excellent musicians whose music you'll be hearing in a few months, and puts out sort of strange music via this solo outlet of his, but it's good all the same.

menomena are apparently from portland, oregon, which i learned after living with a couple of girls who are lightly obsessed with the group. i first heard of them a year and half or so ago, when i stumbled across the video for their song "evil bee," which you'll find below. that saxophone turn at the climax of the song just gets me every time. okkervil river is the main project of will sheff - one of his side projects is a band called shearwater, and you heard a song from them last issue.

wild beasts are completely bizarre, their lead singer does this falsetto thing that's like bon iver except not at all, but their music is fascinating and speaks to me on some level, somewhere. broken social scene presents kevin drew is sort of like broken social scene, but mainly kevin drew - the main band is called broken social scene, but sometimes they put out records which focus really specifically on the music of individual members of their band, and so they aren't quite by broken social scene. like i mentioned before, we'll probably get a "true" broken social scene song on here in a couple months. but i digress. you know sufjan stevens already, but this song is definitely october-appropriate, so it is here.

finally: i first heard "black hole" almost exactly a year ago, and it just absolutely blew my friggin' mind. it is just... it is just something. i think that it is incredible.

so, that is the rest of october. hope you enjoy it! see you in a couple weeks, when we resume our regular schedule and whatnot.


every month, i'll put up a new mixtape on the right side of this inter net site, and some words having to do with that mixtape will run down the left side. some tapes will have more or fewer songs than others, and sometimes tapes will have themes. i hope that the one thing that they will all have in common will be that they are all made of good music, and that my mom and anyone else who cares to listen to them will find new music that they like by listening to these things.

which reminds me: this site is a birthday present for my mom. because, in the words of a wise otter, my mom should always get presents because she is my mom. for the technically inclined: this site is powered by php, duct tape, sheer force of concentration, and a modified version of opentape.

my name is jrheard.