Music Friday: LA Mix

This was going to be a Music Monday. But it kept getting bigger and finally turned into a full-fledged album-length mix full of LA-based bands. Consider this a love letter to LA and the fantastic music scene I’ve found here. It’s literally possible to go to a show nearly every day of the week and find bands you like. Even going much less often than that (two or three times a month), I’ve discovered many bands that keep me coming back for their shows, opening bands that I seek out everywhere they play, and seen what a great and supporting music culture exists here (if you look at the band line-ups below, you’ll find several people who are in multiple bands – nearly everyone is involved in multiple projects, creating really interesting cross-pollination). I’ve arranged them roughly from lesser known to better known (sort of an opening band – second opening band – headliner sort of thing), but that’s not completely accurate. Just a general rule of thumb.

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You can stream the songs individually or as a playlist (starting the first one will play them all in order), or right-click-save any song to download it. Or you can grab the whole mix, including my hastily-thrown-together cover art based on a Silver Lake mural, with this zip file (a little under 100mb). If you like the bands, please support them.

You’re going to want to click through the jump – full mix details are under there, with info and photos for every band. And it took me all week to do. So please. Click through. :) Most photos are not mine. Promo-type photos obviously aren’t. Crappy iPhone-looking concert photos probably are.

1) “It Comes and Goes” by Hello From Reno


Hello from Reno (live at Spaceland)

I promise, Hello From Reno are from LA despite their name. I guess they’re following in the footsteps of Architecture in Helsinki (from Australia) and Of Montreal (from Atlanta). Anyway, I caught these guys opening for Headlights on a sleepy Easter night at Spaceland. The crowd may have been small, but Hello From Reno’s mix of current and retro sounds and solid musicianship had me heading straight back to their merch table to grab their self-produced CD after their set.

Hello from Reno
Album: On Location
Hello From Reno are: Jerry Streeter (guitar, vocals), Todd O’Keefe (bass, vocals), David Jones Henderson (drums, vocals), Matt Roveto (guitar, keys, synth)
Discography: On Location (2009), Hello From Reno (2008)
MySpace
Amazon.com

2) “Bright Ideas” by The Sweet Hurt


The Sweet Hurt

The Sweet Hurt is basically Wendy Wang, who’s fairly prolific in the LA scene. She sings with Obi Best (see track #6) and Juliette Commagère (see track #10), and I wouldn’t swear to this, but she may be one of the backup singers that sometimes performs with The Bird and the Bee (see track #14). The night I saw her, she did triple duty with both of the former bands as well as The Sweet Hurt – a fantastic night of local music indeed.

The Sweet Hurt - In the Shade of Dreams
Album: In the Shade of Dreams (2008)
The Sweet Hurt is Wendy Wang (vocals, guitar)
Discography: In the Shade of Dreams (2008), Everyday Mistakes (2006)
Official Site
MySpace
Amazon MP3

3) “4%” by The Belle Brigade


The Belle Brigade

The Belle Brigade’s Barbara Gruska is another omnipresent LA performer – in addition to this band that she started last year with her younger brother Ethan, she plays drums for Obi Best and Jenny Lewis (see track #17). A female drummer is unusual enough, but one who can also play guitar and sing really well? (And in The Belle Brigade, she does ALL THREE AT THE SAME TIME, due to a drum set up that lets her play using foot pedals.) Barbara is a treasure. She’s also super-nice.

The Belle Brigade - everyone around you
Album: everyone around you (2009)
The Belle Brigade are Barbara Gruska (vocals, guitar, drums) and Ethan Gruska (vocals, guitar, keys)
Discography: everyone around you (2009)
MySpace

4) “Eyes on the Prize” by Eulogies


Eulogies

I hadn’t heard of Eulogies until I saw them open for Great Northern (see track #13) last week. They’ve been around for a few years though, and they gave a good, solid rock performance.

Eulogies - Here Anonymous
Album: Here Anonymous (2009)
Eulogies are Peter Walker (guitar, vocals), Drew Phillips (guitar), Garrett Deloian (bass), Chris Reynolds (drums)
Discography: Here Anonymous (2009), Tempted to Do Nothing (2008), Eulogies (2007)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

5) “Airplanes” by Local Natives


Local Natives

Local Natives recently did a residency at Silverlake Lounge, and I went one night to see Army Navy (see track #8) open for them. Glad I stayed for Local Natives – they’ve got a really unique and interesting sound. Sorta rock, sorta folksy, sorta experimental. Closest thing is probably Fleet Foxes, but even that doesn’t quite get it.

Local Natives - Sun Hands
Album: Sun Hands (2009)
Local Natives are Taylor Rice (vocals, guitar), Kelcey Ayer (vocals, keys, percussion), Ryan Hahn (vocals, guitar), Andy Hamm (bass), Matt Frazier (drums)
Discography: Sun Hands (2009)
MySpace

6) “Swedish Boy” by Obi Best


Obi Best

Obi Best leader Alex Lilly has sung backup for The Bird and the Bee for a while, and moving out on her own with Obi Best is working well, also. They’ve got a really unique sound, a bit twee perhaps, but with minorly inflected melodies that I haven’t heard too many people doing (okay, The Bird and the Bee a bit, perhaps, but Obi Best takes it a little further). Honestly, of all the bands on this list, this is the one whose MySpace I check most often lately to see when they’re playing again. Still bummed I didn’t bring enough money to that show to buy their album.

Obi Best - Capades
Album: Capades (2008)
Obi Best are Alex Lilly (guitar, keys, vocals), Bram Inscore (bass, keys), Wendy Wang (bass, guitar, vocals), Barbara Gruska (drums, vocals), Aaron Arntz (keys)
Discography: Capades (2008)
Official Site
MySpace
Amazon MP3

7) “Old Men” by The One AM Radio


The One AM Radio

So, The One AM Radio. They opened first for Bishop Allen when I saw them last year. I stood outside for a couple of hours with friends of One AM Radio’s keyboardist (the show listed as sold out online, so we were both there super early hoping to get tickets at the door – we did), but the line of ticket-holders was so long I didn’t get inside until about halfway through the set. But I made sure to catch them at their next show, loved them, met my line friends again, and now one of the line friends is my hair stylist. AWESOME. The One AM Radio is basically Hrishi Hirway, and the rest of the band has changed over the years – the current lineup is completely different to the one in all the albums below, so I chose a song off the Give.Listen.Help charity album that Urban Outfitters put out last year, because I think it does have the current group. Hopefully they’ll be putting out something new soon.

Give Listen Help
Album: Give. Listen. Help
The One AM Radio is Hrishikesh Hirway (guitar, vocals)
Discography: This Too Will Pass (2007), On the Shore of the Whole Wild World EP (2005) A Name Writ in the Water (2004), An Assembly (2003), The Hum of the Electric Air (2002), A Cloud’s Fear of Kites: A Kite’s Fear of Heights EP (2000)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

8) “Dark as Days” by Army Navy


Army Navy

My friend Lis turned me on to Army Navy after they had a song on Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Turns out one of the families she nannys for, the mom is a music supervisor (who did Nick and Norah among other things), and the dad is a music producer (who produces Army Navy, among other things). So we’ve seen them a time or two now, and they’re really great – both a great band and great guys.

Army Navy
Album: Army Navy (2007)
Army Navy are Justin Kennedy (guitar, vocals), Louie Schultz (guitar, vocals), Benjamin Gaffin (bass, vocals), Douglas Randall (drums, vocals)
Discography: Army Navy (2007)
MySpace
Amazon MP3

9) “Face Down in the Right Town” by Earlimart


Earlimart

That Bishop Allen show that I was worried I might not’ve gotten into? If I hadn’t, I would’ve gone downstairs to the other venue and seen Earlimart. :) As it is, I haven’t seen them at all, but hope to at some point. I really like what I’ve heard.

Earlimart - Hymn and Her
Album: Hymn and Her (2008)
Earlimart are Aaron Espinoza (guitar, vocals), Ariana Murray (bass, keys, vocals); band: Solon Bixler, Scott McPherson, Derek Brown, Russell Pollard, Brian Aubert, Andrew Lynch
Discography: Hymn and Her (2008), Mentor Tormentor (2007), Treble and Tremble (2004), Everyone Down Here (2003), The Avenues EP (2003), Kingdom of Champions (2000), Filthy Doorways (1999)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

10) “Overcome” by Juliette Commagère

Juliette opened for The Bird and the Bee (she also sang backup with them) at a show a few months ago, and I was immediately impressed with her epic, otherworldly sound. She’s virtually got an orchestra on stage with her – keys, guitars, trumpets, cellos, I don’t know what all, but it all ends up sounding wonderful. She just completed a residency at the Echo, and that show was fantastic, too.


Juliette Commagere

Juliette Commagere - Queens Die Proudly
Album: Queens Die Proudly (2008)
Juliette Commagère and band are Juliette Commagère (vocals, keys), Joachim Cooder (drums), Alex Lilly (vocals, keys), Eamon Ryland (guitar), Ben Messelbeck (bass), Emily Reppun (french horn), Candace Bartel (trombone), Ed Mann (trumpet), Mark Bush (trumpet), Lisa Grzanka (violin), Lindsey Stella (violin), Tim Weed (viola), Matt Cooker (cello)
Discography: Queens Die Proudly (2008)
Official Site
MySpace
Amazon MP3

11) “Open Your Heart” by Lavender Diamond

Lavender Diamond frontwoman Becky Stark has been busy of late, working on Lavender Diamond’s sophomore album, her own solo album, an eleven-woman chorus, and a trio project with Inara George (of The Bird and the Bee) and Eleni Mandell. Her flower-child-esque ethereal quality seems to roll with all this busyness with no problem, and we get finely tuned pop gems out of it. Interestingly, I was not terribly impressed with the band when they opened for Rilo Kiley at the Greek Theatre – but I want to blame the size of the venue (really far too large for them) more than anything else.


Lavender Diamond

Lavender Diamond - Imagine Our Love
Album: Imagine Our Love (2007)
Lavender Diamond are Becky Stark (vocals), Steven Gregoropoulos (keys), Ron Rege Jr. (drums)
Discography: Imagine Our Love (2007), The Cavalry of Light EP (2007)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

12) “Uh-Huh” by Munchausen by Proxy


Munchausen by Proxy

Okay, this is a bit of a stretch. Munchausen by Proxy is a band created for the film Yes Man (with Jim Carrey), but with Zooey Deschanel and Von Iva on screen to play the band, it still worked out to some great music. And this song in particular is so LA-esque and so hilarious that I couldn’t NOT include it.

Yes Man OMPS
Album: Yes Man ST (2008)
Munchausen by Proxy are Zooey Deschanel, Von Iva
Amazon MP3

13) “Mountain” by Great Northern


Great Northern

This is embarrassing, but my friend Lis had to DRAG me to see Great Northern last week. I somehow had them mixed up in my head with some other band with “great” in the name that I don’t care for. Thankfully I begrudgingly checked out their MySpace and decided to go, because this was an AWESOME show. They weren’t headlining, it didn’t matter, they could’ve played all night and I would’ve been happy.

Great Northern - Remind Me Where the Light Is
Album: Remind Me Where the Light Is (2009)
Great Northern are Rachel Stolte (vocals, guitar), Solon Bixler (vocals, guitar), with Dusty Rocherolle (drums), Marissa Micik (keys)
Discography: Remind Me Where the Light Is (2009), Trading Twilight For Daylight (2007), Sleepy Eepee (2007)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

14) “Love Letter to Japan” by The Bird and the Bee


The Bird and the Bee

I first came into contact with The Bird and the Bee when they opened for Rilo Kiley a couple of years ago when I saw them in Austin. And I liked them – Inara George’s ethereal voice along with Greg Kurstin’s keys and synths weren’t quite what I was used to hearing, but I enjoyed it. Now I’m much more into that pseudo-electronic sort of sound, and their new album is utterly amazing, one of my favorites of the year. Seeing them play again here (this time with a full set of back-up singers) was a highlight. And Inara has some of the best between-song banter of anyone I’ve seen.

The Bird and the Bee - Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
Album: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (2009)
The Bird and the Bee are Inara George (vocals), Greg Kurstin (keys); Alex Lilly (backup vocals), Juliette Commagère (backup vocals)
Discography: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (2009), The Bird and the Bee (2007)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

15) “Xavia” by The Submarines


The Submarines

This was a total off-the-wall let’s-check-them-out concert. Didn’t know them before I went (though I discovered they do have a song on Nick and Norah, this one in fact, and their “You, Me and the Bourgeoisie” is on the iPhone commercials, so I just wasn’t doing my research), and immediately fell 100% in love with them. I’ve seen them once more since then, and I was just thinking this morning I’m about ready to see them again. Blake and John are married now (met, dated, broke up, missed each other, got back together, all while writing amazing songs about their relationship), and they are seriously, the.most.adorable.thing.you’ll.ever.see.

The Submarines - Honeysuckle Weeks
Album: Honeysuckle Weeks (2008)
The Submarines are Blake Hazard (vocals, guitar, xylophone) and John Dragonetti (vocals, guitar)
Discography: Honeysuckle Weeks (2008), Declare a New State! (2006)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

16) “Does This Mean You’re Moving On” by The Airborne Toxic Event


The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event has gotten relatively well-known in a really short period of time, actually. I found out about them when they opened for The Fratellis, but they’re hitting the festival circuit really hard this year, and getting really decent set times for a band that’s only been together for a couple of years.

The Airborne Toxic Event
Album: The Airborne Toxic Event (2009)
The Airborne Toxic Event are Mikel Jollett (vocals, guitar), Daren Taylor (drums), Anna Bulbrook (strings, keys), Noah Harmon (bass), Steven Chen (guitar)
Discography: The Airborne Toxic Event (2009), Does This Mean You’re Moving On EP (2007)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

17) “The Highs and Lows of Being Number One” by Jenny Lewis


Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis needs no introduction if you’ve been reading my blog at all ever. She’s pretty much my favorite artist in the world right now, and I’ve seen her live more often than I’ve seen anyone else, too. Since I talk about her a lot and she’s pretty well-known at this point, I opted to share a song that’s only on the Japanese edition of her latest album Acid Tongue. (Don’t ask how I got it, because no, I didn’t import the Japanese edition.)

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
Album: Acid Tongue (2008 – Japanese edition only)
Jenny Lewis and band are Jenny Lewis (vocals, guitar, keys); Johnathan Rice (guitar, vocals), Jonathan Wilson (bass), Barbara Gruska (drums, vocals)
Discography: Acid Tongue (2008), Rabbit Fur Coat (2007 – as Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

18) “Substitution” by Silversun Pickups


Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups are kind of the poster band for the Silver Lake music scene right now, inheriting the title from Rilo Kiley (see track #18). Another embarrassing fact: I heard them two years ago open for Snow Patrol, and I didn’t like them AT ALL. Since them I’ve grown to, and I loved seeing them live this year, and hope to again at some point. If they ever decide to play some actual, like, local shows. *hint hint*

Silversun Pickups - Swoon
Album: Swoon (2009)
Silversun Pickups are Brian Aubert (guitar, vocals), Nikki Monninger (bass, vocals), Christopher Guanlao (drums), Joe Lester (keys)
Discography: Swoon (2009), Carnavas (2006), Pikul EP (2005)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3

19) “Somebody Else’s Clothes” by Rilo Kiley


Rilo Kiley

Oh, Rilo Kiley, I love you so. How could I not put Rilo Kiley in the premier position? I’ve shared, like, half their songs at one point or another, so instead of repeating songs or putting up something everyone who knows Rilo Kiley is likely to know, I picked this live recording from the Live at Fingerprints EP. This EP isn’t widely available – it’s from a live show (at Fingerprints, if you believe it) in 2004. Most of the songs are live versions of songs on More Adventurous, but this one isn’t on any of their studio albums, and I think it really represents them well.

Rilo Kiley - Live at Fingerprints EP
Album: Live at Fingerprints EP (2004)
Rilo Kiley are Blake Sennett (guitar, vocals), Jenny Lewis (vocals, guitar, keys), Pierre de Reeder (bass), Jason Boesel (drums)
Discography: Under the Blacklight (2007), Live at Fingerprints EP (2004), More Adventurous (2004), The Execution of All Things (2002), Take-Offs and Landings (2001), The Initial Friend EP (1999)
Official Site
MySpace
Wikipedia
Amazon MP3
  • http://spectralbovine.livejournal.com/ Polter-Cow

    I am…what the hell, my FoxyTunes just started playing shit WHAT THE HELL HOW FREAKY. I would normally be really annoyed, but this Hello from Reno song is pretty fun?

    Anyway, I am going to take a bunch of these! Mostly from artists I already know, though. Thanks!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

      LOL! I didn't intentionally set it to autoplay. Sorry about that. Let me see if I can set that somewhere. I've never used this Yahoo player thing before (last minute fix when my XSPF player decided it didn't want to work in a WordPress post.

      Glad you found some you like, anyway!

      • http://spectralbovine.livejournal.com/ Polter-Cow

        I am listening at work! Although the stream cuts out sometimes when I type in this box. Or I guess it thinks I'm pausing or something. Aha, it's the shift-space that does it. Anyway!

        Hello from Reno – I do enjoy this. It's nice. Nothing special, but I will add it to my playlist.
        The Sweet Hurt – Hm. I'm iffy on this one. It's vaguely Submarines-y, but I could take it or leave it.
        The Belle Brigade – Ooh, I really like this for some reason. It's…calm? Not OBSCENELY lovely, but regular lovely.
        Eulogies – Meh. Decent, but just kind of generic.
        Local Natives – Eh, not my thing. You mention a comparison to Fleet Foxes, who also didn't suit my fancy.
        Obi Best – Hm, has potential. Nice, interesting sound. Aw, the ending is adorable.
        The One AM Radio – All right. Sort of like Eulogies, nothing wrong, but kind of generic.
        Army Navy – This guy sounds like the guy from Peter Bjorn and John. Actually, this whole band sounds like Peter Bjorn and John. This song is generally pleasant to listen to.
        Earlimart – Calm, pretty, sort of blah? I don't know.
        Juliette Commagere – Sounded okay at first , but then it didn't really do anything for me after a while.
        Lavender Diamond – I like this.
        Munchausen by Proxy – Cute pop song. I haven't seen that movie.
        Great Northern – I love Great Northern! I haven't heard much from their latest album, so thanks.
        The Bird and the Bee – Huh, I didn't know they were so poppy! Fun, cute song.
        The Submarines – I like these guys. Well, this guy and this chick.
        The Airborne Toxic Event – This is the other song I know! I love "Sometime Around Midnight" to pieces, and I watched another video on YouTube, which was this one. It has a very different sound, but I like it.
        Jenny Lewis – Oh, Jenny Lewis. Very country-tinged, this one.
        Silversun Pickups – I love Silversun Pickups too. This new song is…all right.
        Rilo Kiley – Rilo Kiley!

        So out of the bands I didn't know, I think only a handful REALLY struck me. I'll add a few to my playlist and maybe some of the others to see if I warm up to them. Thanks for sharing!

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

          Oh, is that what it is? I was noticing it was doing weird things when I hit space sometimes.

          You're pretty much in line with me. I threw in Eulogies and Local Natives mostly to fill out the playlist – I did enjoy them live, but I don't know that I'd get their albums. Earlimart I do like, but this is the only song I happen to have. The One AM Radio may be one of those that works better for me because I enjoyed hanging out with them and their friends.

  • http://spectralbovine.livejournal.com Polter-Cow

    I am…what the hell, my FoxyTunes just started playing shit WHAT THE HELL HOW FREAKY. I would normally be really annoyed, but this Hello from Reno song is pretty fun?

    Anyway, I am going to take a bunch of these! Mostly from artists I already know, though. Thanks!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

      LOL! I didn't intentionally set it to autoplay. Sorry about that. Let me see if I can set that somewhere. I've never used this Yahoo player thing before (last minute fix when my XSPF player decided it didn't want to work in a WordPress post.

      Glad you found some you like, anyway!

      • http://spectralbovine.livejournal.com Polter-Cow

        I am listening at work! Although the stream cuts out sometimes when I type in this box. Or I guess it thinks I'm pausing or something. Aha, it's the shift-space that does it. Anyway!

        Hello from Reno – I do enjoy this. It's nice. Nothing special, but I will add it to my playlist.
        The Sweet Hurt – Hm. I'm iffy on this one. It's vaguely Submarines-y, but I could take it or leave it.
        The Belle Brigade – Ooh, I really like this for some reason. It's…calm? Not OBSCENELY lovely, but regular lovely.
        Eulogies – Meh. Decent, but just kind of generic.
        Local Natives – Eh, not my thing. You mention a comparison to Fleet Foxes, who also didn't suit my fancy.
        Obi Best – Hm, has potential. Nice, interesting sound. Aw, the ending is adorable.
        The One AM Radio – All right. Sort of like Eulogies, nothing wrong, but kind of generic.
        Army Navy – This guy sounds like the guy from Peter Bjorn and John. Actually, this whole band sounds like Peter Bjorn and John. This song is generally pleasant to listen to.
        Earlimart – Calm, pretty, sort of blah? I don't know.
        Juliette Commagere – Sounded okay at first , but then it didn't really do anything for me after a while.
        Lavender Diamond – I like this.
        Munchausen by Proxy – Cute pop song. I haven't seen that movie.
        Great Northern – I love Great Northern! I haven't heard much from their latest album, so thanks.
        The Bird and the Bee – Huh, I didn't know they were so poppy! Fun, cute song.
        The Submarines – I like these guys. Well, this guy and this chick.
        The Airborne Toxic Event – This is the other song I know! I love "Sometime Around Midnight" to pieces, and I watched another video on YouTube, which was this one. It has a very different sound, but I like it.
        Jenny Lewis – Oh, Jenny Lewis. Very country-tinged, this one.
        Silversun Pickups – I love Silversun Pickups too. This new song is…all right.
        Rilo Kiley – Rilo Kiley!

        So out of the bands I didn't know, I think only a handful REALLY struck me. I'll add a few to my playlist and maybe some of the others to see if I warm up to them. Thanks for sharing!

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

          Oh, is that what it is? I was noticing it was doing weird things when I hit space sometimes.

          You're pretty much in line with me. I threw in Eulogies and Local Natives mostly to fill out the playlist – I did enjoy them live, but I don't know that I'd get their albums. Earlimart I do like, but this is the only song I happen to have. The One AM Radio may be one of those that works better for me because I enjoyed hanging out with them and their friends.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Joffi Joffi

    Becky Stark is also "Margaret" on the Decemberists' The Hazards Of Love and has hit some of the major tour dates with them to perform it along with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, "The Queen").

    Love the inclusion of Zooey *grin* Nice playlist overall; some that are merely "meh" but none that make ears bleed and some really good ones :) Thanks for posting it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

      Oh, really? I didn't know the Decemberists connection. Wow.

      Thanks. The ones that are kinda meh on disc were probably be better live, which of course, influences how I hear them on disc. ;)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Joffi Joffi

    Becky Stark is also "Margaret" on the Decemberists' The Hazards Of Love and has hit some of the major tour dates with them to perform it along with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, "The Queen").

    Love the inclusion of Zooey *grin* Nice playlist overall; some that are merely "meh" but none that make ears bleed and some really good ones :) Thanks for posting it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

      Oh, really? I didn't know the Decemberists connection. Wow.

      Thanks. The ones that are kinda meh on disc were probably be better live, which of course, influences how I hear them on disc. ;)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Joffi Joffi

    Also, if you want to hear some recorded live Earlimart, head over to the Internet Archive. Permission was given by the band, so it's completely legal and freeeeee.

    http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=collectio

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Joffi Joffi

    Also, if you want to hear some recorded live Earlimart, head over to the Internet Archive. Permission was given by the band, so it's completely legal and freeeeee.

    http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=collectio

  • http://spectralbovine.livejournal.com/ Polter-Cow

    So the zip file isn't downloading for me; I just get a small file under a megabyte for some reason. But I downloaded all the songs individually, and I listened to the whole mix at work again, and here are my thoughts.

    Hello from Reno – Still good.
    The Sweet Hurt – After a few more listens, I lean towards taking rather than leaving.
    The Belle Brigade – Love! Especially once I actually listened to what the title is referring to.
    Eulogies – Still meh.
    Local Natives – Even more meh, and I may actually dislike the song, but it'll stay on the playlist in the interest of completeness.
    Obi Best – Love love love!
    The One AM Radio – I'm warming up to this one; it's nicer than the Eulogies song, less bleh.
    Army Navy – Liking this one, it's nice.
    Earlimart – I think I'm warming up to this one a bit too.
    Juliette Commagere – This one really has potential, and I think I'll end up liking it more.
    Lavender Diamond – I think I like this one a little a less after hearing it more, which is a shame because Becky Sharp looks totally adorable in that picture. I love the pictures you chose! But her voice is a little, I don't know, nasal? Is that the word?
    Munchausen by Proxy – SO MUCH FUN. I love the spoken-word parts the best.
    Great Northern – Loving the more I listen to it. I like the harder, pushing sound.
    The Bird and the Bee – I AM ADDICTED TO THIS FUCKING SONG JANDY. It is the catchiest thing in the universe.
    The Submarines – Still like.
    The Airborne Toxic Event – Like. Fun.
    Jenny Lewis – This song is so adorable! I love all the twang she puts in her vowels.
    Silversun Pickups – Fine, but I hope the rest of the album is better.
    Rilo Kiley – Good, but not my favorite.

    So overall, I really like your mix, and thanks for posting it, and I really like you so yay.

  • http://spectralbovine.livejournal.com Polter-Cow

    So the zip file isn't downloading for me; I just get a small file under a megabyte for some reason. But I downloaded all the songs individually, and I listened to the whole mix at work again, and here are my thoughts.

    Hello from Reno – Still good.
    The Sweet Hurt – After a few more listens, I lean towards taking rather than leaving.
    The Belle Brigade – Love! Especially once I actually listened to what the title is referring to.
    Eulogies – Still meh.
    Local Natives – Even more meh, and I may actually dislike the song, but it'll stay on the playlist in the interest of completeness.
    Obi Best – Love love love!
    The One AM Radio – I'm warming up to this one; it's nicer than the Eulogies song, less bleh.
    Army Navy – Liking this one, it's nice.
    Earlimart – I think I'm warming up to this one a bit too.
    Juliette Commagere – This one really has potential, and I think I'll end up liking it more.
    Lavender Diamond – I think I like this one a little a less after hearing it more, which is a shame because Becky Sharp looks totally adorable in that picture. I love the pictures you chose! But her voice is a little, I don't know, nasal? Is that the word?
    Munchausen by Proxy – SO MUCH FUN. I love the spoken-word parts the best.
    Great Northern – Loving the more I listen to it. I like the harder, pushing sound.
    The Bird and the Bee – I AM ADDICTED TO THIS FUCKING SONG JANDY. It is the catchiest thing in the universe.
    The Submarines – Still like.
    The Airborne Toxic Event – Like. Fun.
    Jenny Lewis – This song is so adorable! I love all the twang she puts in her vowels.
    Silversun Pickups – Fine, but I hope the rest of the album is better.
    Rilo Kiley – Good, but not my favorite.

    So overall, I really like your mix, and thanks for posting it, and I really like you so yay.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ScottBeamer Scott Beamer

    Stop making me spend all this money, dammit! First it was "Mates of State" and today it's "The Bird and the Bee".

    Thanks to you I just bought both their CDs and thier EP.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

      Hehe. And it was totally worth it, right? I've only gotten more and more into The Bird and the Bee since this. :) I do like their new album best, I think.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/ScottBeamer Scott Beamer

        I can't say yet, since I've not gotten the CDs (just ordered today) but from the samples I've heard I'd say so. I also agree w/you re their new album.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

          Ah, I see. You won't be sorry, though. They're good stuff. See 'em live if you get a chance, too. Inara is super-personable and always puts on a great show with a lot of banter.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ScottBeamer Scott Beamer

    Stop making me spend all this money, dammit! First it was "Mates of State" and today it's "The Bird and the Bee".

    Thanks to you I just bought both their CDs and thier EP.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

      Hehe. And it was totally worth it, right? I've only gotten more and more into The Bird and the Bee since this. :) I do like their new album best, I think.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/ScottBeamer Scott Beamer

        I can't say yet, since I've not gotten the CDs (just ordered today) but from the samples I've heard I'd say so. I also agree w/you re their new album.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jandy Jandy

          Ah, I see. You won't be sorry, though. They're good stuff. See 'em live if you get a chance, too. Inara is super-personable and always puts on a great show with a lot of banter.