Sometimes sunny days make you feel gloomy. This mixtape is for anyone who feels like seeking shelter in the shade.
When I think of “summer music,” I think of infectious, upbeat pop, but a couple interesting artists are releasing rather deep and moody albums this summer. The mix includes brand-new tracks from Ancient Warfare (whose album The Pale Horse comes out in August from Alias Records), Jessie Jones (whose self-titled album comes out on Burger Records in July), and Drinks (whose LP comes out in August from Birth Records). Plus, I included a song from Icelandic singer Soley (whose new album includes a song about being buried alive) and some Fleetwood Mac for good measure.
Dark Summer from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.
Track list below the cut!
Jenny Lewis: Look, she's amazing.
I fell in love with Jenny Lewis when she was the lead singer of Rilo Kiley—her brassy but confessional voice became the soundtrack to my long drives and late nights studying sessions.
Michelle Chamuel is a pop singer who can still rock a button-up. Photo by Andrew Taylor.
As a fan of competitive reality television shows, The Voice offers a compelling premise: a singing competition based solely on one’s voice.
When I first sought out “non-mainstream” music as a teenager, I only listened to male artists. This is not hyperbole.
The cover of Jessica Hopper’s new book makes a statement by title alone: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. Who better to put together a playlist for when you’re feeling a bit blue? Hopper curated this mixtape of blue-times listening.
Wild Blue Yonder from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.
When I meet Jessica Hopper at the café attached to The Empty Bottle, Chicago’s notoriously dive-y alternative music bar, we both order root beers.
This June, Twin Cities indie rock band Sick of Sarah is releasing their first EP in four years, Anthem. And today we’re debuting a new song off the album, “Blind.”
“Sorry this isn’t Amy Schumer,” joked Dar Williams, when she answered the phone for our interview.
Downtown Boys is a "bilingual political sax punk party." Photo via the band's Facebook page.
Providence punk band Downtown Boys puts their politics at the center of their music.
For May Day, here's a mixtape of songs about working for a living—with a couple down-with-the-man anthems thrown in for good measure. Whether you're out at a protest today or stuck behind a desk, I hope this can be a soundtrack for your afternoon.
Workin' For a Living from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.
Track list is below the cut!