Episode 45: Bear Medicine / Blake Mills / Bro. Stephen

Episode 45 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs two Mondays back (listen to it here if you haven't already and/or get all the episodes on iTunes), and I'll be spending this week briefly talking a little bit about the tracks that were featured that I haven't already spoken about. Why? Well, the tunes featured on the episode are too good to just have me put them in a mix tape on one day and then move on to talking about something else.

So here's another 3 track sampling of the 18 tasty tracks that made up Episode 45

|| (00:42:51) Bear Medicine - Red Bird ||

I admit that I haven't got around to listening to this album in full yet (what I have listened to so far has been very good), but April from Common Folk sent me an email about it when I was in the middle of putting together Episode 45 and all it took was me listening to the lovely opening track to realize I should probably save a spot on the mix tape for it (and in my defence, although I haven't listened to the full album yet, I have listened to that opening track A LOT). You can pick up the album in a bunch of formats over on Bandcamp, so I suggest you pop over there and give it listen (and after I'm done writing this post, I'll be doing the same). Also, since this little rambling from me doesn't do the album proper justice, I suggest you also go read Wake The Deaf's thoughts on it.

|| (00:06:00) Blake Mills - Seven ||

This is the 3rd track from Blake Mills latest album that has ended up on one of these Mix Tape Radio episodes (#40 & #41 to be exact), so I guess you could probably say that I'm a big fan of this record. It probably would have made sense to make this track the 7th song on the mix, given the lyrical content, but things didn't play out that way. This track did make me want to go through a bunch of other albums and see if it is true that the 7th song on most records is the one most likely to make one cry. I will let you know what my research on the topic turns out (you know, once I actually do the research).

|| (00:23:02) Bro. Stephen - Bare Wood ||

This is one of those albums that anyone who likes simply beautiful tunes should own. The whole thing is one bit of loveliness followed by another. I'd already put 'Tears On Tape' on a previous episode of Mix Tape Radio (the 'best of 2012' mix), so when it came time to feature another track from this album (and it was definitely time for that), I had 11 great options to chose from. I went with 'Bare Wood', but it could have been any of them. Because there ain't a single dud on here. You should go get it.

If you haven't already, you should totally give these 3 albums your ears at some point this week. Maybe even a bit of your wallet. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on as well. Yeah? Yeah.