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WTF | A Mix by Smoke Don’t Smoke

WTF | A Mix by Smoke Don’t Smoke
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I figure I should start off the new year with a new mixtape, so my good buddy Tim from Smoke Don’t Smoke hooked us all up. It’s a fact that Tim has the best taste in music that I’ve ever seen/heard. I pride myself in having good taste in music, about knowing about new music pretty early. Tim is like that but x1000. So he’s put together a selection of some great songs by bands you’ve probably neve heard about, though a few have been featured on the site before. I’m a big fan of the GOBBLE GOBBLE track as well as Jesse Woods Drum Mix of his song Neon Rose, I get it stuck in my head constantly.

It sounds to me like a summer mix, so I decided to create some rather summer-y artwork to accompany it. The other day I tweeted that the artwork made my eyes bleed a bit, do you agree? If anything it’s just kind of ridiculous. Here’s a how Tim describes his mix:

I started out with some more electronic, beat centric tracks, and hopefully led you carefully into a more naturalistic place of introspection. Kind of like starting at a super chill space rave slowly drifting downward until you finally land gently in your bed on planet Earth. Plus after watching Risky Business, how could I not sample the “what the fuck” scene?!

Thanks Tim! Also, if you’d rather not DL the mix you can listen to it by clicking the little audio player below. I figure some of you might like to sample before you download it!

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Floating Like A Diamond Iceberg | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

Floating Like A Diamond Iceberg | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

A year ago, maybe a bit more, a made a mixtape about my feelings about New York. I had been on a couple of turbulent vacations there and I had a pretty negative outlook on the place. In my mind it was a sad, dirty place with nothing but chaos and frustration. Pretty dramatic, right? But that was the motivation nonetheless. So this mix is a buildup of noise and frustration and anger which gently tapers off, like when you leave the city on the Fung Wah, crossing over the Manhattan Bridge and back to the rest of the world.

The title of the mix is based on a Truman Capote quote, as he described Manhattan as “a diamond iceberg” floating between the East and Hudson Rivers. I thought it was an elegant name for a rather loud and distortion filled mix. There are a lot of my regulars on this mix, but this is definitely a different sound than I usually do…. maybe. The end is pretty classically me.

A Rat’s Nest by Thom Yorke
Vox Celeste by Deerhunter
Artificial Heart by Yo La Tengo
Poison Arrow by Sonic Youth
The Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana
These Years by Lotus Plaza
Bear by The Antlers
Invisible by Grouper
Nobody by Shearwater
False Knight on the Road by White Antelope


HELLAWEEN II | The Return of Punchy

HELLAWEEN II | The Return of Punchy
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So many things going on! I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet lately but I promise that it’s all for you. Better site, better design, better content, more of what you love, free puppies! But seriously, there’s a lot of big things happening behind the scenes right now that will come to fruition in the next couple weeks.

First things first, if you wouldn’t mind taking this quick survey for me, I’d totally appreciate it. I’ve made this blog for primarily me for the past 3.5 years but I’ve started to realize that I need to listen to you and your opinions more. This is growing beyond just a silly project of mines so this is your chance to let me know how I’m doing and what I should be doing better.

Your reward for taking the short quiz is a brand new Mixtape by the amazing Punchy! You may remember him from his Mixtape from two years ago called HELLAWEEN which is still my most downloaded mixtape ever. He’s back now with HELLAWEEN II / The Return of Punchy, an even dancier mix that’s perfect for getting ready for your Halloween party or driving around town to the next party you’re headed to. As you can see from the tracklist this is not the usual lineup of artists that would be featured on the site, but I’m having no problem dancing to this! A big thanks to Adam for the mix!

Don’t forget there’s also We Never Heard It’s Noise, the Mixtape I made last year.

Mad House Intro
Cousin Cole – Thuggish Ruggish Love
The Ting Tings – Hands
Nina Sky – You Ain’t Got It
MIA – XXXO (Riton Rerub)
Sia – Clap Your Hands (Diplo Remix)
Punchy* – Whoomp Like a G6
Nicki Minaj – Check it Out
Bobby Pickett – Monster Mash (DJ Greg J Edit)
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Chromeo – Don’t Turn the Lights On
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL – The Bike Song
Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
Kayne West (ft. Nicki Minaj) – Monster
Drake – Over (Esentrik Mix)
Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
New Order – Blue Monday
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Lady Gaga – Enter Telephone (DJs from Mars Mix)


Nonprojects | A Mix by Asura & Anenon

Nonprojects | A Mix by Asura & Anenon
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About a month or so ago I came across local Los Angeles record label Non Projects after hearing about one of their artists named Asura. I was a huge fan of Asura’s music, as I’ve mentioned him previously before, so I thought I’d also get in touch and see if they’d want to work on a little something for the blog, and they were kind enough to accept.

The mix is actually two people’s points of view, Asura and Anenon, who is an amazing musician himself and also runs Non Projects. Asura, who does the first half, describes it as:

“This mix gathers the music influencing my next steps. West African and Caribbean polyrythms, poylphonic choral compositions (so much Bulgarian), vocal free jazz, endless electronics, filth and black marble and gold. Some examples of the current syntheses are included. All is full of love.”

While the second half by Anenon:

“For this mix, space is the place. Not in the near cliched cosmic jazz sense, but in the actual expanse of the sound. Open wide bliss from Norway (Susanna, Arve Henriksen), the delicate yet epic beauty of early John Cage piano music (“In a Landscape”) along with the darkness of a Paul Bley improvised piano solo. The vast vocals of Will Wiesenfeld in Asura’s ridiculously clean Baths remix and one of my all time favorite solos in jazz history from Miles Davis in “Masqualero,” essentially the audio equivalent of watching a Jackson Pollack painting in action.

Elsewhere, music from close friends is sprinkled throughout alongside a couple of my own remixes and new obsessions (Oneohtrix Point Never, Toro Y Moi and new Caribou material).”

Overall it’s a hugely eclectic mixtape and that’s what I love about. From song to song it’s all over the place but it’s awesome to see the range of music that inspires these guys. I’ve also got to mention that Asura and Anenon have a split album coming on July 20th called Silver Trees/Damiel. I can say that I’ve had the chance to listen to it already and it’s rather brilliant. For more information and/or to pre-order it click here.

Side One: Asura
1. Orchestre Poly – Rhythmo de Cotonou-Malin Kpon O
2. Konono No.1 – Wumbanzanga
3. Oneohtrix Point Never – I Know It’s Taking Pictures From Another Plane (Inside Your Sun)
4. Sourakata – Dioula
5. Gary Bartz and Ntu Troop – DU (rain)
6. Oscar Mcclure – Cardboard (Asura Remix)
7. Quadron – Buster Keaton (Asura Neon Brakes Ruin)
8. Kitka (With Tzvetanka Varimezova) – Kalimanku Denku
9. Neu – Isi
10. Bougouni Yaalali – Track 2
11. Sunn O))) and Boris – The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)
12. Bjork – All is Full of Love (Live)
13. Asura – High Life
14. Boredoms – Super Good

Side Two: Anenon
1. [ a. d. l. r. ] – Hikikomori Family Values
2. Julian Priester – Love, Love
3. Caribou – Leave House
4. Miles Davis – Masqualero
5. Rarebit The Destroyer – Tape Shreds
6. Susanna & The Magical Orchestra – Jolene
7. Arve Henriksen – Viewing Infinite Space / Yagya – Snowflake 1
8. Paul Bley – Vocal Tracked
9. Soul II Soul – Back 2 Life (Anenon Remix)
10. John Abercrombie – Timeless
11. John Cage – In a Landscape
12. Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People
13. Baths – Hall (Asura Remix)
14. Take – Incredibright (Anenon Remix)
15. Toro Y Moi – You Hid


Soon Will Be The Break Of Day | A Mix by Pollyn

Soon Will Be The Break Of Day | A Mix by Pollyn
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Last week was kinda stressful with traveling and trying to get my life back into order so unfortunately I didn’t have time to put together a quality Mixcast. To make up for it I’ve decided to release a Mixtape that was put together by the folks of Pollyn. This Los Angeles based band is made up of vocalist Genevieve Artadi, guitarist Anthony Cava, and beatmaker Adam Jay Weissman, who together make dark and moody music fronted by a beautiful voice and backed by rad beats.

They’re having a show this Saturday at Bordello here in Los Angeles with The Robotanists which I’m actually presenting. It’s always fun to try new things! So I thought it would be awesome if they made a little Mixtape and then gave it away to you. It’s a pretty wide range of songs from all over the place but I think you’ll really like. You’ll also have to check it out for their cover for Tom’s Diner, it’s absolutely top notch.

If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend be sure to snag some tickets to the show by clicking here, they’re only $10. And for more information and music from Pollyn click here. Big thanks to Pollyn for making such a rad mix.

Enjoy the Mixtape and I’ll be back next week with a brand new Mixcast, cross my heart.

1. Blue Jay Way – The Beatles
2. Bad Trip – Cilibrinas Do Eden
3. The Amazing Sounds of Orgy – Radiohead
4. Hearts Entwine – Branda Ray
5. Histoire A Suivre – The Honeymoon Killers
6. Tom’s Diner – Pollyn
7. Destination Vertical – Masha Qrella
8. King Kong – Psapp
9. My Rocky Mountain – Erik Sumo
10. Lawdy Rolla – The Guerrillas
11. Roscoe (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix) – Midlake
12. Black Balloon – The Kills
13. Nightless Night – Husky Rescue
14. Ice House – The Creatures
15. D.A.R.E (Pollyn Remix) – Gorillaz
16. Captain Easychord – Stereolab
17. Moscow Nights – The Feelies
18. Purple (Ummah Remix) – Crustation
19. All Is Full of Love – Bitone
20. This Deed – Electrelane


Like Air, Like Twilight | A Mix by J. Crosson

Like Air, Like Twilight | A Mix by J. Crosson
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I felt bad that I didn’t release a Mixcast last week so I thought I’d giveaway this little mix that my buddy J. Crosson released. He’s a handsome, young DJ from Canada who made this little mix for me a little while back and I thought this would be a perfect time to give it away.

I know a lot of you like dancier mixes and this is some straight up house, techno dance marathon kinda’ stuff. It’s got a little bit of everything, new and old, and most of all it’s just fun. If you’re not a fan of fun things you should probably not download this mixtape. But if you want something to get you shaking this morning you should definitely give it a listen. Thanks again Jonathan!

1 Her (Original Mix) // Ghosts of Venice
2 Rollin’ & Scratchin’ // Daft Punk
3 Hold On // HOLY GHOST!
4 In The Morning // Junior Boys
5 Favorite Things // The Golden Filter
6 15 to 20 (Den Haan Remix) // The Phenomenal Handclap Band
7 Run Fay Run // Isaac Hayes
8 So Happy Together (Baron Von Luxxury ?’s You Remix) // The Turtles
9 I Will Come Back // HOLY GHOST!
10 Two Takes It ft. Carmen Castro // Mr. Oizo
11 Best Party Ever (Shazam Remix) // Toecutter
12 Serious // Donna Allen
13 Sequencer // Lifelike
14 Runaways // The Outrunners


What’s To Come Hasn’t Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

What's To Come Hasn't Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

What's To Come Hasn't Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

What’s To Come Hasn’t Come Yet | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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Merry X-Mas, I hope you’re having a nice holiday or are happy doing whatever you may do. I decided that my present to you this year would be a shiny new Mixtape called What’s To Come Hasn’t Come Yet.

This mix is filled with song that remind me of winter, or the idea of winter. I wanted something soft and beautiful to listen to, so I put together this little collection of songs that make me think of snow and peaceful things. The main theme of the songs is a lot of acoustic guitars as well as pianos, which flow throughout most of them. I think this turned out pretty well, though the Andrew Bird song is called Master Sigh not Sign, but I’ll fix that on Monday. I hope you enjoy this and have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.

Here’s the track listing:

01 St. Echo by Atlas Sound
02 Still by Volcano Choir
03 I Remember by Devendra Banhart
04 Foreground by Grizzly Bear
05 Donkey Ride by Windsor for the Derby
06 Crosswinds by J. Tillman
07 Om Nashi Me by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
08 Movement II: Sleeping Invader by Sufjan Stevens
09 Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) by Yim Yames
10 Master Sigh by Andrew Bird
11 Saturday Sun by Nick Drake

We Never Heard Its Noise | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

Last week I said I wouldn’t be making a Mixtape for Halloween. Well, I kind of lied. As I started to think about it, I realized that while I couldn’t make an epic Halloween dance mix like Punchy did with Hellaween, I figured I could make something creepy as hell.

The following mix is one of the weirdest and most complex things I’ve ever made. Usually when I make a mix I have about 12 to 15 tracks, sometimes throwing in some extra sounds here and there. This time around I used 55 to 60. The entire mix is filled with all sorts of weird sounds, strange and disturbing song transitions and a ton of great music to get really creeped out by.

This isn’t going to be everyone’s favorite Mixtape, but I hope you can appreciate what I was trying to do with it. Just as a heads up, the transition between Sébastian Tellier and Smashing Pumpkins is pretty loud and creepy and scary, but for some reason I think it’s absolutely amazing. So please enjoy and let me know what you think, and maybe even play it during your goth Halloween party!

I also wanted to mention that the artwork on the cover is by my BFF and roommate Garrett Vander Leun. He yet again hooked me up with some seriously amazing art to work with. I’ve put his original artwork under the cut and some of the steps I went through to get to the final cover.

Here’s the track listing:

01 Silent Woods by Husky Rescue
02 If I Had A Heart by Fever Ray
03 Sheena Is a Parasite by The Horrors
04 Jetstream by Thom Yorke
05 Come to Daddy (Little Lord Faulteroy Mix) by Aphex Twin
06 Morning Light by Girls
07 Trilogie Femme: Vierges/Une Vraie Maman/Face au Miroir by Sébastian Tellier
08 Bodies by Smashing Pumpkins
09 The Great Below by Nine Inch Nails
10 Infinity ytinifnI by These New Puritans
11 Even Balance (Part 2) by UNKLE
12 Horse Tears by Goldfrapp
13 Forest Families by The Knife
14 A Good Place by Grizzly Bear

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Nothing You Can Touch | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

It’s been a little over a month since the last mixtape, so I think you’re due for a new one. There won’t be a Mixcast this week, just this here Mixtape. It’s called Nothing You Can Touch, a Mixtape inspired by John Huges movies from the 80’s… but with a modern slant. Every song on here is from the last few years, if not brand new. But all of the songs definitely have an 80’s feel and vibe to them. Got it?

I was really inspired after seeing The Breakfast Club last month, and realized that I knew quite a few 80’s sounding songs, starting with Phoenix’s Girlfriend. From there I grabbed Bats for Lashes’ Daniel, of course Graveyard Girl by M83, and it just went from there. This is also one of the peppiest mixes I’ve ever made. Most of the time I make more somber Mixtapes (like the next one will be, it’s already ready to go).

Enjoy the mix, enjoy the last few warm days of the year, and I’ll be back with a new Mixcast next week and a new mixtape next month.

Here’s the track listing:

01 I Think I’ll Start A Fire by Faunts
02 Tree Frog by Daestro
03 Graveyard Girl by M83
04 Girlfriend by Phoenix
05 I Don’t Need Love, I’ve Got My Band by The Radio Dept.
06 Daniel by Bat for Lashes
07 Testament by Flying Lotus
08 Tell Me What To Swallow by Crystal Castles
09 Summertime by Girls
10 I Want You! by Peter Bjorn & John
11 Eyes As Candles by Passion Pit
12 Pretty in Pink by The National


As Long As It’s With Me | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

Well, today is my 27th birthday, so I thought I’d give you all a present, a summer mixtape I’ve made. This quite honestly might be one of my all time favorite mixtapes that I’ve made. It’s really laid back mix, filled with songs to help you enjoy the rest of summer. The total length is about 45 minutes, so it should be able to keep you busy for quite a while. I suggest listening to it while you work, driving at sunset, and when you’re cuddling with your lover.

I think the ending might be my favorite part. Once you hit James by Camera Obscura prepare to start crying, haha… It’s not that bad, but I definitely hit the nail on the head with it, I think. I hope you all enjoy it and be sure to tell your friends.

Here’s the track listing:

01 Little Garçon by Born Ruffians
02 C & O Canal by John Vanderslice
03 I Love The Weekend by No Kids
04 Two Doves by Dirty Projectors
05 Leonard Woolf by PrincetonBeneath The Veil by Chester French
06 Both When I Am Alone and
07 When We Both Are by Fourtet
08 Company I Keep by White Rabbits
09 Calling All Doctors by Telekinesis
10 Natural Light by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
11 James by Camera Obscura
12 You and I by Wilco
13 All My Friends by Broken Social Scene
14 You’re Too Gone by Jason Lytle