Episode 46 - Greg Mullen / Willow Darling / Nonsemble

Episode 46 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up online two Mondays ago (which means you can stream it here OR you can now download it on iTunes), and today I wrap up my 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about all the music featured on this episode. So scroll downwards until you see a play button, and then hit that play button, and then repeat until there are no more play buttons to hit…


|| (00:26:12) Greg Mullen & The Cosmic American Band - Postcard From Des Moines ||

I'm a year late getting to this album, so if you also missed out on it, there's no better time than right now to go fix that. I've been listening to it all week and I gotta say, it's pretty damn great. If you can imagine what might happen if Willy Mason, Conor Oberst, and Craig Finn were to get together and morph into one person (kind of like these baby ducks on the Regular Show), well then you'd be able to partly imagine why this record is something you should be popping over to Bandcamp and adding to your collection right now.


|| (00:57:38) Willow Darling - Ghost In The Farmhouse ||

Willow Darling are a band from Down Under making music that could easily be mistaken for something that was long lost down a dirt road in California back in the 70s. Or, as the band themselves have put it better, they make music that is “rooted in the discipline, honesty and layered harmonies of the golden years of the 60s and 70s Laurel Canyon folk rock scene.” I also used to be Myspace friends with one piece of this 5 piece band back when people had friends that were on Myspace. So all kinds of 'the past is the present' going on here.


|| (00:22:33) Nonsemble - Practical Mechanics Movement II (Mi_Ke remix) ||

The main reason I started writing blog posts for all the music that gets featured in an episode was to try and give each track a 'second chance' for being heard. Because maybe not everyone listens to the episode (shame on you!) or maybe they listen once, but don't think to go check out the tunes further (double shame!). Well, if any song deserved the 'second chance' for being heard this week, it would have to be this one from Nonsemble. This is not because it is any more deserving of your ears than the other songs, it's just that this song only had a very brief moment on the mix tape before fading into another track. You see, some times I fart around with the mixing in an attempt to add “layers” and “flow” and “other things I fail at“. So please make-up for my messing around by giving Bigo & Twigetti's latest lovely release a proper listen (this is an especially good idea if you're in the need for some instrumental music to soundtrack some thinking / reading).


Well, that's it for Episode 46. If you made it down here without clicking on anything above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the other 12 songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about. Yeah? Yeah.