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Belle & Sebastian with Jenny Lewis = WIN

So my all-time favorite artist is Jenny Lewis, right? Not too far back, at least according to my last.fm stats, are Belle & Sebastian. So when Belle & Sebastian rolled into Los Angeles for their first US tour in I don’t know how long (it’s been four years since their previous album) and it was announced that Jenny and Johnny would be supporting them, ordering tickets at the earliest opportunity was a complete no-brainer. And it was a fantastic show all the way around – just Jenny and Johnny’s set would’ve been worth the ticket cost, and then Belle & Sebastian raised the bar that much more. But this moment right here…Belle & Sebastian did an older song called “Lazy Line Painter Jane” from a late ’90s EP that was originated by guest female vocalist Monica Queen, but since Jenny was right there, they brought her out to do the lead female vocal. I ALMOST DIED FROM AWESOME OVERLOAD. And then I was sad because I could never hear that version again, but I forgot about the magic of the interwebs, and sure enough, someone very close to the stage recorded the whole thing and put it on YouTube. Thank you to that person. I haz a happy now.

Music Thursday: Melancholia Mix

I was driving home one day last week, really tired after several days of late nights, and I needed a playlist of very calming, down-tempo, melancholy-type songs. And I liked what I came up with so much I decided to hammer it down into a mix. I’ve called it the Melancholia Mix because that most closely approximates the sound I was going for, but really, it’s not morose or depressing music – most of it honestly makes me smile. It’s the type of music that you’d listen to in the fall or winter when it’s raining softly outside and you have a fire in the fireplace and you’re curled up with a book or just staring into the flames with a cup of hot cocoa. It’s a very easy-going, very comforting mix. Which is pretty different for me, since I usually tend to pick upbeat songs for mixes. It’s cool, though, because I’ve gotten to choose a few songs from bands that normally do upbeat songs but this particular one happens to fit the theme – like Babyshambles and Mates of State.

Melancholia

Grab the whole mix in this zip file, or stream and download individual songs below (if you’re reading on Facebook, click through to my blog to stream the music). You can right-click > save on the artist/song title to download each song. Clicking on the album title will take you to Amazon.com [disclaimer: through my affiliate link] to buy the album (in MP3 format when available, on CD when not). If there’s no link on the album, it’s out of print or otherwise not available. If you like the music, please support the artists by buying their music and going to their concerts. If you are or represent one of these artists and would like the files removed, please contact me.

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(from Masters of the Burial, 2009)

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(from Help!, 1964)

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(from The Boy With the Arab Strap, 1998)

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(from You Forgot It In People, 2002; yes, this was on my last mix, too – what’s your point?)

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(from Rose City, 2009)

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(from Fingers Crossed, 2003)

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(from Taller Children, 2009)

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(from Demo, c. 1999)

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(from Watch the Fireworks, 2007)

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(from Swim, 2008)

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(from Where the Wild Things Are: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2009)

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(from Shotter’s Nation, 2007)

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(from Acid Tongue, 2008)

14 Citizen Helene – ‘Til Tomorrow
(from The Gilded Palace of Gin, 2007)

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(from Two Suns, 2009)

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(from Grow Up and Blow Away, 2001/2007)

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(from Blacklisted, 2002)

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(from Given to Sudden Panic and Hasty Retreat, 2007)

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(from Bring It Back, 2005)

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(from Declare a New State!, 2006)

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(from The Initial Friend EP, 1999)

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(from Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future, 2008)

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Featured Video: Jenny Lewis – “See Fernando”

Jenny Lewis is coming out with videos for her Acid Tongue songs fast and furious lately, and “See Fernando” dropped today. This is one of the most fun songs on the whole album, and the video matches perfectly, with a lampoon of 1960s spy capers. She channels her ’60s spy chick here, making me wish she’d exercise her acting chops a bit more often!

Featured Video: Jenny Lewis – “Carpetbaggers”

And by Jenny Lewis, I mean Jenny Lewis + Elvis Costello, as well as members from both their bands. At first I was disappointed because someone not Barbara Gruska was playing drums (!), but then she showed up later and I was mollified. And there’s even a Zooey sighting, singing backup! This is a great low-key recording-studio style music video that makes me very happy. I think I’ll go watch it again.

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.

LA Mix Cover

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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.

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