Posted by: Jeff | March 14, 2011

Mixtape XXXII

The sun is out, the air is getting warmer, and this University, at least, is on Spring Break.  Here’s a mix of songs to listen to with the windows rolled down.

** Download the entire mixtape here. **

R.E.M. – Moral Kiosk (1983):

R.E.M. released their 15th album this month, as good a reason as any to go back to amazing albums like 1983’s Murmur, an iconic release for alternative rock fans.

Ra Ra Riot – Boy (2010):

The band’s characteristic violin and cello largely take a back role to the frenetic bass line and crashing drums, but come in around the chorus to soften the edge of this chamber pop rocker.

Wye Oak – Civilian (2011):

This Baltimore band’s latest full-length, Civilian, has been met with critical acclaim, much of it praising the group’s dynamic use of volume shifts to lend the folk duo a big rock band sound.

The Joy Formidable – Whirring (2011):

This Welsh threesome may have only released their first album (the appropriately titled Big Roar) in the past week, but they’re already making a name for themselves for their preference for huge guitar swells.

R.E.M. – Mine Smell Like Honey (2011):

Did I mention R.E.M. has a new album?  Tracks like this one demonstrate that though Stipe, Mills, and Buck are now over 50, they can still rock out like their younger selves.

Dodos – Don’t Stop (2011):

The Dodos have one of the more interesting percussion sections in the indie scene, and this track – proclaimed the best on the new album due this week by prolific collaborator Neko Case – is a demonstration why.

Deerhunter – Desire Lines (2010):

Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest is one of those releases from 2010 that continues to grow, in part due to the epic instrumental spirals on tracks like this one.

** Download the entire mixtape here. **

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