october is probably my favorite month. it's spooky, overcast, and dark - doubly so now that i live in glen park, which is basically one perpetual cloud. awesome.
this john vanderslice song was supposed to make it into last year's "spooky" october issue, but somehow slipped through the cracks. whoops. here it is. we had a shearwater song a few issues back - again, this is the guy from okkervil river doing slightly more melancholy music. we've heard quantic (aka "the limp twins", before a few times) - here he is with his combo barbaro again, doing a nice little tune. they crank out this killer riff at 5:15, and i really like how they sort of hint at it throughout the song before that point - it's sprinkled in as a solo trumpet riff in the background a few times, for example. pretty neat.
crooked fingers is this guy eric bachmann who has a ridiculously earthy voice. sort of like a more comforting-sounding tom waits, maybe. anyway, i've been listening to him for a while and really like this song's vibe, aside from the recurring thing where a woman's yelling through a bullhorn in cantonese. so, uh, forgive him for those parts. the rest of the song is real good. devendra's completely insane and makes good music, here's a song. "humans" is the first islands song i ever heard — the thing just showed up in my library a few years ago, and i liked it a lot. still do. i don't know much about the mojave 3, but i like this version of one of their songs.
don't know much about south san gabriel either, but i like this tune. you remember the books - here's another song of theirs, which feels sort of appropriate for the month. finally, here's a song i like a lot by a skinny lion's-mane of a guy named phosphorescent. as the story goes, he was driving down the highway one day and heard this high school drumline practicing, so he pulled over, got out of his car, and leaned against the fence with a tape recorder in hand - and that's where the drums in the background of this song come from.
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.