Episode 49 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up last Monday (you should go stream it on Mixcloud or download/subscribe on iTunes —or both— if you haven't already), and today I finish up with the usual 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about all the tracks that were featured on the episode. So get your headphones on and give a little ear time to the three artists below…
If it seems like only a couple of weeks ago that I was talking about Mimicking Birds in one of these '3 From the Episode' posts, that's because it was only a couple of weeks ago. Episode 48 featured a track from Mimicking Birds latest release, and the act of putting together a little ramble for that track led me to recommending you all go check out their earlier recordings on their Bandcamp page. Which led me to realize I didn't own their lovely album Early Recordings, which this gorgeous 'The Ravine' track is from. So I guess that means at least 1 person reads these posts.
Right before Christmas, I wrote a little post suggesting that a good last-minute-Xmas-Gift-solution would be to buy someone something on Bandcamp. That way you wouldn't have to worry about paying for postage or gift wrap. Which, if like me, you live in a different country than most of your friends and family, is a very major bonus. This was made especially clear when Amazon shipped my nieces Christmas presents to the apartment I used to live in, rather than the house and town where my nieces actually live (in Amazon's defence, they did resend the gift to the proper address, free of charge). Well, not only did I then go and follow my own 'buy people stuff on Bandcamp' advice, but some other folks did as well. More importantly, people like Travis from Half Stop Sessions bought ME something. That something, was this Luke Redfield album (and since Christmas, Luke has released a brand new album). Happy Birhtday Jesus indeed.
Continuing on that topic of 'sending and receiving Bandcamp gifts', this album from The Yellow Dress may never have won over my ears if it weren't for Wake The Deaf putting a bow on it and sticking in my stocking this Christmas. On their Bandcamp page, The Yellow Dress describe themselves as being described as “a Magnetic Fields with less self-loathing, and a Velvet Underground without all the drugs”, but I hear The Mountain Goats more than anything else. You know that story about how coffee was discovered? The one where the goat herder noticed his goats acting unusually upbeat and hyper after eating a bunch of coffee beans? Well, I think they should add “a Mountain Goats with a belly full of coffee beans” to their list of descriptions.
Alright, that's it from me for today and probably this week. If you made it down here without pushing play or clicking on any of the things above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artists 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 while you are doing that, I'll try getting another episode ready for next week and we'll do it all over again. Yeah? Yeah.