march's mixtape will be up a little late - check back late tuesday or early wednesday.
  • The Most Serene Republic - Catharsis Boo
  • Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Buriedfed
  • Belle & Sebastian - A Space Boy Dream
  • Why? - Berkeley By Hearseback
  • Phosphorescent - Wolves
  • The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
  • The Microphones - The Moon
  • Dosh - Simple Exercises
  • Wilco - You Are My Face
  • Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)

NOVEMBERor, clouds brewin'

november's a good month, too. it rains in november.

you remember the most serene republic - i said that listening to their music is like swimming in the ocean, i think. this song is a good example of that. miles benjamin anthony robinson is a great singer/songwriter, and this song has this... world-weary tone to it. i like it. everyone else likes belle and sebastian more than i do, but this song is one of my favorites of theirs. probably because it's about being in space.

why? just keep growing on me. i listened to this song while the sun came up a few days ago, and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. phosphorescent was in last month's issue - when i saw him perform this song, he used a loop pedal to record layer upon layer of his vocals, until by the end of the song it sounded like he was howling at the moon with a chorus of, well, wolves. the cinematic orchestra make really nice music, and i think that this is their most beautiful song.

these next three songs have been special to me for a long time. the microphones are phil evrum's band - you might remember him as mount eerie, he showed up in an issue last year. "the moon" is a song that i like to listen to when i'm driving alone on the highway, miles from the nearest city. oh - it's very important that it's played pretty loudly, it's one of those ones that is at its best when it can just wash over you. dosh is andrew bird's drummer; we've heard one of his songs before, and we'll hear another next month. this issue's dosh-song eventually ended up turning into an andrew bird song - mr. bird gave it some words and whistles, and his version is very good, but the dosh version just seems slightly more earnest and believable. this wilco song is very special.

finally - turns out sufjan stevens made another album out of nowhere. he has changed, but i still like his music, even if the simon and garfunkel references in this song are a little heavy-handed for my taste. the music's good, is what matters.


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.