MIXTAPE: On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

It’s certainly been a while between mixtapes, but hopefully this is a triumphant return to form! We’ve got something for everyone with this one. Guitar-based songs, softer tracks, a Talking Heads cover, sample-based electronic songs, hip-hop mash-ups, acoustic ditties, and some post-rock to finish everything up.

Plus, it’s all completely legal. I asked every single artist or their management if I could use the tracks. No guilty conscience for anyone involved. It feels nice, doesn’t it?

Enough of my ramblings though. Feel free to peruse this fine tracklisting and download the mixtape at your leisure. Happy listening!

P.S. Cover art is by the incredibly handsome Michael “Sea Monkeys” Forrest.

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Size: 131.09 MB

Tracklist:

1. Winter Street – A Little More

2. The Moniters – Lights Go Down

3. The Panda Band – The Fix

4. The Deer Republic – Feel Like Dancing

5. Millions – Those Girls

6. Udays Tiger – Machine

7. Tim Fitz – Disposable Youth

8. The Dead Leaves – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

9. Buckley Ward – So Pretend

10. Anton Franc – Letting Go

11. Air France – It Feels Good To Be Around You

12. Lion & the Lotus – Vistas De Oro

13. Gotye –  Somebody That I Used To Know (Phatchance Hip Hop Remix) Remixed by One Above

14. The Trouble With Templeton – Bleeders

15. Cheer Advisory Council – Coach

16. Solkyri – This Can’t Wait!

17. Tom Day – Home

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NEWS: Noel Gallagher makes an idiot of himself, again + Fall Out Boy finished.

It just had to happen, didn’t it?

‘No, I’m not having someone with ginger hair making music’, he said regarding Florence from Florence + The Machine. ‘I’m not going down that road. I’m sure she’s a nice girl, but she sounds like someone’s stood on her fucking foot’.

Has this tool even listened to any of her music before? Noel Gallagher is a terrible representation of the modern musician, every single time his arrogant attention-seeking comments make the media it makes me sad to be part of the human race.

He also commented on the quality of the musicians around these days.

‘People are far off being the best band in England or the best band in the world. There’s some good bands out there but there’s no one claiming that mantle’.

I have a sneaking suspicion he believes that mantle is reserved for himself. Oh how wrong he would be.

I’m aware that although this blog has a small readership I’m clearly not helping the media attention surrounding his obnoxious statement by posting about it, but my disdain is so strong that I need to express it somewhere.

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On another note, pop punk band Fall Out Boy have unofficially broken up. Whilst on hiatus, numerous tweet’s from bassist Pete Wentz regarding his feelings about the band indicated the unlikeliness of him playing with them again. This sparked tweets and statements from other members regarding a break-up, and it seems evident that they won’t be doing anything together again, at least for a while. Nothing official has been confirmed as of yet.

I will admit, normally the bands that rabid 14-year-old fangirls drool over are not my thing musically anyway, but From Under The Cork Tree is a really catchy album. The others have their moments, but I guess any hope of them moving back into those kinda days is gone now anyway.

REVIEW: Rain Machine – "Give Blood"

TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone released his self-titled debut solo album under the moniker "Rain Machine" in September of 2009. Though much of his sound can be likened to that of TVotR’s musical style, the exact opposite can be said as well, so it’s very interesting, to say the least, to listen to how he works without his usual band members beside him.

Malone’s distinct vocals mark the opening of "Give Blood" around light rhymic tapping. It doesn’t take long for the layers of messy guitars to come in and give the song a feeling of density and busyness. The chorus has something about it that hooks on, the simple repetition of the words "give blood" combined with the stomping drums have an appeal to them.

I’m not going to lie, "Give Blood" doesn’t sound at all like it would be out of place on TVotR’s "Return To Cookie Mountain" or "Dear Science" (despite them both being very different albums). It has that distinct feel to it that is so often present in his band work. This isn’t a bad song, it’s a bit of a grower (again, not unlike TVotR’s work is for me), and I don’t mind it. But it doesn’t sound good enough to eclipse TVotR’s work in this style (though it is good quality), nor does it feel different enough for me to be able to view it in it’s own light. Comparisons are unfortunately inevitable between the two, and they’re difficult to avoid when they have the similarities that they do.

Grab a free download on Spinner here.

Score: 5/10

REVIEW: Death From Above 1979 – "You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine"

Death From Above 1979’s first and last album, "You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine", gathered quite a devout following for the short-lived dance-punk duo. The band were only active for around 5 years, from 2001 to 2006, but they clearly left quite a large imprint on their fans. With drummer Sebastien Grainger holding the primary vocal role, and Jesse F. Keeler on the synths and bass, the line up of DFA1979 is certainly an interesting point of discussion, and without a lead-guitarist of any kind, it definitely contributed to their unique sound.

Deeply distorted grinding bass-lines dominate on the album, and layered on top of loud and aggressive vocal lines, the reason behind being classified as "dance-punk" becomes apparent. Yet their sound holds something different about it. The infectiousness inherent in fast – sometimes messy, sometimes simple – melodies is drawn out from where it so often hides from even the most persevering of musicians. Not all bands can pull off something so stylistically different, yet so catchy.

Discordant riffs sometimes make songs a little difficult to listen to, but DFA1979 are one of those bands that are good, but become so much better once you know what you’re getting into. "Romantic Rights" is a clear stand-out track, as is the title track, and although the album as a whole is stylistically similar, when it clocks in at 35 minutes, it doesn’t seem to bore. When you’re in the mood for it, it’s a fun album, full of out there riffs. It’s a shame that it slightly all merges together at times, leaving little distinction between one track and the next. That said, there’s little room for a slow-pace, and it thunders along at an alarming rate for two musicians. They clearly deserve the following they have.

Score: 6/10