Episode 45: Jamie T/ Evan P Donahue / Bryant Eugene Vazquez

Episode 45 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on the interwebs on Monday (listen to it here if you haven't already), and I'll be spending the 2 weeks between this episode and the next one briefly talking a little bit about the tracks that were featured. Why? Well, I think the tunes featured 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 song breakdown of the 18 tasty tracks that made up Episode 45

|| (00:03:27) Jamie T - Love Is Only A Heartbeat Away ||

I'm gonna need to listen to the new Jamie T album a few more times. I was a massive fan of the first two albums, so I think my first listen was spent waiting for a 'If You Got The Money' moment, and that never really came (I guess the closest thing to that was the track 'Zombie'). However, I was also hoping for a 'Jilly Armeen' moment and 'Love Is Only A Heartbeat Away' definitely checked that box. And that was enough for me to snap out of my “this wasn't quite what I was hoping for”. So now I just need to go back and listen to the album without any expectations for things I liked from his past work. Because that's how one should listen to the new album from an artist you really like and are super stoked is back in the game (I was also hoping for a moment like that), and I really like Jamie T and I'm really glad he's back.

|| (00:10:38) Evan P. Donohue - Felix ||

This track, off Evan's latest album, doesn't really hit you with how great it is until you get to the spoken word explanation around the 2:34 mark. And then after Evan explains that the song is basically a theme song he wrote for a cool dude he met while covering for a buddy as a valet, everything clicks. Which just goes to show how important it is to listen to a song all the way through. I really hope the accompanying music video will be some sort of mini-doc on this Felix cat, and most importantly, I want to see this guy driving around in his Miata bobbing his head and pointing two thumbs back at himself singing the chorus. Can someone make that happen?

|| (00:58:47) Bryant Eugene Vazquez - Countryside Mess ||

Bryant Eugene Vazquez just put out a little collection of 5 wonderfully lofi, rough around the edges tunes. It's the perfect companion piece to came-out-last-year-but-I-only-came-across-it-this-year 'Dear Brother Death'. So if you only have one of these albums, or even worse, don't have any, you should pop over to his Bandcamp page and go fix that (he's actually got quite a few albums over there, so I probably need to go investigate more and fix the fact that I only have two).

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. Alright? Alright.