march's mixtape will be up a little late - check back late tuesday or early wednesday.
  • The Greyboy Allstars - How Glad I Am
  • The Local Natives - World News
  • Dr. Dog - The Rabbit, The Bat, And The Reindeer
  • Fredrik - Alina's Place
  • Blind Pilot - The Story I Heard
  • Lewis & Clarke - Be The Air We Breathe
  • Cloud Cult - When Water Comes To Life
  • What Laura Says - Done What's Right
  • Wye Oak - I Don't Feel Young
  • Plants And Animals - New Kind Of Love

SEPTEMBERor, all good things must come to an end

so: summer is coming to a close. for the past few years, summer has been the time of year when i basically go a little bit insane about finding new music, and this summer has been no exception. i did a little math, and it would appear that i've rated and sorted about six and a half thousand new songs this summer? which is a decent amount.

the catch, of course, is that when this happens, i completely immerse myself in a whole bunch of new stuff, but i can only listen to each song once or twice before moving on to the next. at the end of the summer, then, i'm left with a library full of new music that's marked as being either really great or maybe not worth listening to, but i haven't really developed a relationship with any of this new stuff. all i can do is look at my ratings and say: oh, i sure did like the rural alberta advantage. or: man, no matter how hard i try, i just can't get myself to like earlimart.

but that is a garbage state of affairs! music is only worth anything when it transports you somewhere. when i hear broken social scene, i am on a soft, familiar couch and it is sunday afternoon and the sun's rays have gone golden and are slanting through my window to paint the wall opposite. when i hear pink floyd, i'm driving along the highway in texas, fifty miles from the nearest city, with power plants belching smoke from chimney forests on either side of the road, and it is one of the roughly five days of the year when the sky is overcast and the temperature is cold enough that you really do need to bundle up. i don't have that yet with any of these new bands. i hope to get to that point soon, but it takes time, and is what the rest of the year is for.

anyway: that is the state i am in. i have found a bunch of music, and it is all new to me, but i can tell that it and i are going to become fast friends, and i would like to share it with you. so, this issue is almost entirely made up of music i just discovered within the past month or so, which means that i don't know enough about most of the bands to write too much about them. i'll tell you what i do know, though:

i have been trying as hard as i can to get a copy of the local natives' album, but it has proven somewhat difficult, as said album does not appear to exist yet. i have not had that problem with what laura says, whose album is all of $2.42 on amie street as of the time of this writing. dr. dog took me a little while to get into, but give him a chance, he's worth it. i first heard plants and animals playing on a stranger's pickup truck's radio in a field in eastern washington at last year's sasquatch festival, and have unfortunately missed each of the four or five shows they've played in san francisco since then. cloud cult tend to be a little on the dramatic side, but their music is fantastic and i think they are grand regardless. finally, lewis and clarke are a wonderful group whose 'live on WPRB' album appeared in my iTunes library of its own volition about four years ago, and i have been very grateful for that happy accident ever since.

so: here is a lot of music. i think that it is great, and i hope that you will too.


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.