The L.A. Burnout Compilation

We posted about this a while ago, but since I’ve been revisiting this great compilation, here it is again. It’s the perfect soundtrack to a mellow weekend.

From Aquarium Drunkard.

The L.A. Burnout comp was mailed to me in November from a longtime reader based in NYC, which coincidental arrived at the same time I was reading two books (Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood & Hotel California: The True-life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young) chronicling the late sixties-early seventies Laurel Canyon incestuous music scene. The L.A. Burnout mix has since proved to have been the perfect companion piece.
I am now sharing it here, in three parts, with ye Drunkard faithfuls. If you too live in Los Angeles, play this mix around dusk while driving through the hills or Topanga with the windows down — it’s the next best thing to time travel.

Download Part 1
Download Part 2

Omri S. Quire's Second Annual Halloween FREE Mix Tape

Omri S. Quire

Get yourself into the Halloween spirit with Omri S. Quire‘s second annual FREE Halloween mix tape!

Click HERE to peep the track list and download the mix with over an hour worth of tunes that will take you on aural journey through the darkest hours of the day!

Band to Watch: Beige

Beige - Brooklyn Band


There are lots of great reasons to go to Coco66 tonight, ahem, John Waters will be there. But after you check him out, be sure to stick around for Beige. This up-and-coming band’s reverb-drenched drone (which is much more colorful than their name lets on) has been in heavy rotation over here at the FREEwilliamsburg offices.

Beige has been playing regularly at Cameo and Glasslands and is definitely a band you will be hearing more about in days to come.

Tonight they are playing with Violens. (Doors are 10pm, with Beige performing at 11 and Violens at midnight.)

MP3: “In Kind”

Sufjan Stevens: "I Walked"

Last week, Sufjan Stevens surprised us with his All Delighted People EP. Now, he’s starting our weekend off right with a free track from his upcoming record, The Age of Adz. Grab “I Walked” here. Asthmatic Kitty has the 411 about his upcoming record, due out October 12:

It’s much too soon to cast descriptive lots, but we can say the new album sounds nothing like the All Delighted EP (although it shares similar themes of love, loss, and the apocalypse). Nor is this new album built around any conceptual underpinning (no odes to states, astrology, or urban expressways).

We can say it shows an extensive use of electronics (banjos and acoustic guitars give way to drum machines and analog synthesizers), and an obsession with cosmic fantasies (space, heaven, aliens, love), to create an explicit pop-song extravaganza, augmented by heavy orchestration, and maybe even a few danceable moments. Enjoy Your Rabbit meets the BQE. But with songs. Verse, chorus, bridge, backbeat. Gated reverb. Space echo. Get your boogey on.

The “Adz” of the title loosely refers to the apocalyptic paintings of outsider artist Royal Robertson (1930-1997), whose work is used for the album cover, interior design, and as general inspiration for the tone of the album.

MP3: Fever Ray Cover Peter Gabriel's 'Mercy Street'

I guess we can blame (or thank) Vampire Weekend for making Peter Gabriel relevant again. Is it weird that I would have preferred a cover of ‘Sledgehammer’?

Anyway, NME has the new track available for download now, so go grab it here.

Grab it soon though, they will be removing it at 4pm on Friday August 20th.

Music We Like: SUMMER CAMP – "Round the Moon"

We loved Summer Camp the first time we heard ‘Ghost Camp’ (after the jump) and now we love them even more. Why does summer always sound the best with lots of reverb? This boy-girl duo of Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey is based in London and according to their label, Moshi Moshi, their EP will be out in September:

Summer Camp release their new single Round The Moon on limited edition 7″ and download on 13th September shortly after they release their brand new Young EP on 6th September.

MP3: Summer Camp: “I Only Have Eyes For You”

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New Sam Prekop Track: 'The Silhouettes'

Sam Prekop’s new record Old Punch Card is scheduled to be released September 7th by Thrill Jockey. Those who accuse him of continually putting out the same record may be surprised:

Inspired by early electronic music and avant-garde composition, Old Punch Card is an album of dark and mysterious beauty. Comprised entirely of modular synthesizers (with only one instance of guitar, no vocals, and no beats), the album is a hard turn away from Prekop’s usual fair and an interesting look at some of his more obscure musical interests.

If you’re curious, here’s a taste after the jump. [Read more…]

Remix Request: "Queen of the Lesbians"

ATTN all bands, DJ’s, and other noteworthy performers. This jam is begging to be remixed, remade, or otherwise sampled.

Girls, come and see my vagina, oh oh oh.