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The North Country Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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The North Country is a melodic indie-folk sextet from D.C. that will release latest album There Is Nothing To Fear on April 20. The band has a special way with melodic hooks, and its music clearly comes from the heart. These guys show strength in songwriting but are most notable for their fantastic musicianship. Now, they have been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

Luke Temple “Hard Working Hand”
Luke Temple is one of the most underrated artists today. He fronted Here We Go Magic and is now doing mostly solo stuff. I’ve seen him a bunch of times and it’s always different and always incredible. This song is the first cut off his album Good Mood Fool, which a dear friend introduced to me as, “the album the ’80s wished it had made.” Video

Kraftwerk “Vitamin”
One of the things I love about Kraftwerk is how minimal its lyrics are. This song is off the 2003 soundtrack for the Tour de France, and the lyrics are literally just a list of vitamins and bodily chemicals associated with strenuous cardiovascular activity. Seriously, though, what else do you need? Video

Panda Bear “Mr Noah”
This whole album is so amazing. It pushes the envelope so much in terms of sonic textures while still staying rooted in good songwriting. Video

R.E.M. “Welcome To The Occupation”
I recently discovered early R.E.M. and fell in love with Document. This is one of my favorite songs off that album. Video

Stronger Sex “Temptation”
D.C. is a hotbed of some really fantastic music right now, and Stronger Sex is a testament to that. Music today is rarely this fearless or seemingly devoid of any sort of self-awareness, and the result is deeply compelling and thoroughly inventive music. I’m lucky enough to be able to call these lunatics my friends and can easily say they are a regular source of inspiration for me as a writer and performer. Audio

Philip Selway “Coming Up For Air”
Radiohead’s drummer comes from behind and makes a really great solo record. Video

Leonard Cohen “Everybody Knows”
The ’80s production doesn’t age well, but the lyrics are timeless. Video

Brian Eno “Deep Blue Day”
This song was a gateway for me into a whole new world of sonic possibilities. I don’t know anyone who can pull off space-country as well as Brian Eno. Video

Steve Reich (Performed By Jonny Greenwood) “Electric Counterpoint III: Fast”
When most take time off from a band as big as Radiohead, they relax and don’t work so hard. What I love about Jonny Greenwood is during his brief hiatus with the band, he’s busy with many projects, one of them being recording looped guitar versions of classic pieces by minimalist composer Steve Reich. Video

Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes”
I first heard this song on the soundtrack for The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. I’ve been in love with it ever since. Video

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Drift Lifted Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Drift Lifted plays a heavy brand of bluesy psychedelic rock and soon readies for the release of its debut album this year. The psychedelic aspect of the band brings to mind artists like Sabbath, and the shredding riffs and solos call back to giants like Hendrix, but you can tell Drift Lifted has its own thing going on. The group has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

The Roots “I Can’t Write Left Handed”
This one is Cody’s favorite song, and he loves this cover. It reminds him that his problems aren’t as bad as others, and he loves driving around while listening to is. It is on repeat. Video

The Damnation Of Adam Blessing “Morning Dew”
Austin loves the powerful vocals of the track; it is very spiritual for him. The dynamics of the song really add to the powerful vocals as well. Video

Bob Dylan “Song To Woody”
Spencer has always loved Bob Dylan. He started playing guitar when he was 10 because he wanted to write a song for Bob Dylan and have him hear it someday. Without this song, he never would have picked up a guitar. Video

Led Zeppelin “Bron-Yr-Aur”
This song changed Joe’s life forever because when he was 14 and was just learning to play guitar, his dad said, “If you can play that song, you can play anything … if you learn it, I’ll buy you a guitar.” Joe learned it note for note in one day. His dad was so shocked he went out the next day and bought him a guitar. Every time he hears this song, it puts him in a trance. Video

The Foundations “Build Me Up Buttercup”
Dave grew up listening to this song. There is a special place in his heart for it. He loves the vocals on it; “They get nasty.” Video

The Jimi Hendrix Experience “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)”
This Hendrix tune is more than a song to us; it’s a musical journey full of experimentation that shows his vast talent. This song takes you in so many directions and changes. It is brilliant. Video

The Doors “When The Music’s Over”
We love the Doors. When we drive to a show, we usually all jam this song and scream it at the top of our lungs. The dark sense of the music really vibes with us as well. Video

Son House “Grinnin’ In Your Face”
This is the blues. No instruments; just a man clapping his hands and singing his heart out. Video

The 13th Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
We love psychedelic music from the ’60s, and this happens to be our favorite as a collective. The “amplified jug” really gets to us. Nobody does that. Video

The Beatles “Helter Skelter”
When we want to rock out, we throw on “Helter Skelter.” For the Beatles, it was really heavy for them, and you get to hear Paul rip into his vocals. Video

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Cariad Harmon Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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NYC-based singer/songwriter Cariad Harmon released her self-titled sophomore album last year to much praise. The record touches on personal aspects, such as hope, loneliness, the human condition and relationships. Her songwriting is impressive and captivating to say the least, and now she has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

Willie Nelson “Funny How Time Slips Away”
Willie Nelson, I mean come on! This song is perfect. I love how conversational the lyrics are; it puts me in the room with the protaganist and his ex-lover. It starts so sweet and there’s such a nostalgia to it, and then the second verse slays me. It’s an F.U. to this woman, wrapped up in a beautiful bow. I have a wonderful guitar teacher who showed me this video during a lesson, and I love it because it’s just Willie alone, doing his thing and everyone in the room is transfixed. They all just look like they can’t believe it. A true master at work. Video

Ry Cooder “Billy The Kid”
My dad used to listen to the album Into The Purple Valley on repeat in our car when I was a kid, and I still love all of it. I’ve only recently started revisiting Ry Cooder as an adult, and I keep coming back to this LP. This song in particular stuck with me forever; it’s folk in the truest sense, simple changes as a vehicle for the telling of a story. Of course, it’s Ry Cooder, so the playing is complex and wonderful. As a little girl in England, it conjored up this fantastic image of the Wild West, and I wanted to marry myself an outlaw. It still reminds me of car journeys through rainy wet London Town, dreaming of the desert. As a guitar-playing and songwriting adult, I am amazed at how easy he makes it all sound—and he just keeps creating. What a gift he is. Video

Parker Milsap “Truck Stop Gospel”
I saw Parker open for Patty Griffin at Music Hall of Williamsburg a few months ago and I just fell in love with his music. I love the character portrait in this song and the point of view. It’s another tune that paints a picture by having a direct conversation with the listener. I love that device, and it’s just so well done here. This guy is going places, and he’s only 21! God damn him! Video

Margaret Glaspy “Best Behavior”
My friend and guitar player Jon Paul introduced me to Margaret’s music about a year ago, and I fell in love! This was the first song I heard, and it’s still my favorite. Her lyrics and point of view are interesting and smart and her whole vibe is so unique. I love what she does and she’s just about to go into the studio to record. I can’t wait to hear what happens next. Video

Randy Newman “Losing You”
I love me some Randy Newman. The first time I discovered him, I was in school and someone played a version of “Short People” that instantly had me in stitches. In the serious and competitive music-school environment, it was this unexpected moment of hilarity; I was hooked. I so admire the humor in so much of his work, and it’s had a huge influence on me, understanding that you can break hearts and make people laugh at the same time. This song is just pure heartbreak, I love hearing songwriters talk about their inspiration and knowing the story behind this one makes it all the more poignant. What a beautiful piece of work. Video

Emily King “Distance”
Emily is another New York-based songstress who I admire and adore. She can sing like it’s nobody’s business, she writes a great song, and her band is killing! I dare you not to love her. Video

Otis Redding “Look At That Girl”
This was a song that for some reason I hadn’t heard until recently. I love discovering classic music that’s new to me; I feel like I’ve just found a new room in a house I’ve lived in for years but didn’t know was there. It always makes me imagine how I’d feel if I ran across someone like Otis Redding as a new artist today and how exciting it must have been to be a part of the explosion of this kind of music and talent. I love the simplicity of the lyrics; there’s nothing convoluted about any of it, and the conviction and delivery is absolute. He’s giving us everything, and you can hear it in his voice. Yay for humans; we do so many terrible things to each other, but some people are born and open their mouths and make music that sounds like this. Video

Paul Simon “Something So Right”
Paul Simon just astounds me. His lyrics are like watching a movie, they’re so rich with imagery. And the way he puts everything together is always so slick and smart. My experience of one song could be so different to yours because I’m painting such a specific and personal visual picture in my head from his cues, and I love that about him. Every time I hear “Graceland” or “Still Crazy After All These Years,” I’m just amazed that it all came out of one person. This one makes me cry, almost every time. I love Paul Simon and I want to marry him, and I don’t care who knows it. Video

Cyndi Lauper “When You Were Mine”
Cyndi Lauper is just one of my favorite vocalists and performers. The woman has an unbelievable voice; she seems so unafraid and irreverent to me. I just love that about her. I had to add this tune because I love everything about this performance and this Prince cover is phenominal. Video

Peter Gabriel “Sledghammer”
As this is a playlist of videos, I had to add the first music video I remember loving to see as well as hear. I can remember watching this in the house I grew up in over and over and over again. I haven’t sat down and listened to this song in a long time but I thought of the video for this mix tape and hearing it caused me to go to iTunes to download the album. I’m checking the whole thing out tomorrow, and I’m putting this perfect pop song on repeat. Video

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Moonbabies Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Sweden’s Moonbabies are back after a seven-year hiatus and are finally getting the attention they deserve. They plan to release double single “Chorus”/”Raindrops” this year. Their music is soft, light and sounds similar to Fleetwood Mac but with a new and different modern edge. Now they have been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

TV On The Radio “Mr Grieves”
Kicking off with one of the greatest bands of our time covering one of the greatest of past times. Acapella. Seldom heard a cover done better … or do you have another opinion? Video

Baths “Disorderly”
This is great for waking up senses or cleaning up your head. Headnumb. Video

Wire “Outdoor Minor”
Yes, Wire. They’ve created many fantastic albums, and, of course, they created “Outdoor Minor”! One of the greatest pop songs from an era where all studio productions sounded just fantastic. 1978! Listen to the dryness and weep. Video

Caribou “Can’t Do Without You”
We loved his psychedelic phase, but adore the path he’s taken with the last two LPs. The electronic journey of a naive and playful genius. Video

Kate Bush “Suspended In Gaffa”
If we had to choose one of Kate’s tracks, this is the one. Come on, she’s just fantastic. Video

Beach Boys “Don’t Talk”
I mean, come on, no other than Brian Wilson could come up with those chord progressions. This outtake session is a gem for anyone loving Pet Sounds; skip the intro and start at the 3:00 mark. Video

Modeselektor “Deboutonner”
Berlin! Endless dancing! These guys and Apparat also goes under the moniker Moderat. Video

Daft Punk “Television Rules The Nation”
Television, Hallucination. Video

Lindsey Buckingham “Go Insane”
Amazingly great ’80s single, which in 1984 was a commercial failure. Surprisingly, three years later he took basically the same chord patterns and kept the same production style, and released Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night. Seriously, hearing this back to back to “Big Love,” etc., makes no doubt who was the brainchild behind that album. Video

Barbara Morgenstern “Das Wort”
What a great way to end a mix tape. Nighty night. After witnessing a live concert in Stockholm in the winter of 2001, where Barbara performed her set in the most mesmerizing fashion, she has been one of our favourites. She sings in German, and just like Brian Wilson, has very personal chord progressions and melodies unlike no other. Video

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September Girls Make MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Dublin quintet September Girls play a fuzzed-out brand of shoegaze-y garage rock. It’s a unique blend of genres and works quite well together. Their music oozes with catchy harmonies and noisy goodness, and now they have agreed to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

Lower Dens “Brains”
Sarah: This song kills me in the best possible way; it’s genius. I don’t think I will ever tire of it. Every time I hear it, it takes over me and I get lost in it. Although it’s quite a recent song (2012), it’s nostalgic for me. When it was released, I was figuring out some life stuff, and with this song I could just close my eyes and escape. I love how it builds and builds, drums, then guitars, then an open hi-hat, some organ, then Jana’s voice. At about 1:40, the music strips back and the song starts to build up again through some amazing layered vocals. It’s sort of mysterious—it’s perfect. Video

George Harrison “My Sweet Lord”
Caoimhe: This is probably the most uplifting song of all time by my favourite Beatle. It’s so simple, and I love the opening, the jangly layered guitars and then the solo bit. George’s guitar lines are so distinctive and melodic. He was sued by the Chiffons because the vocal in the chorus is similar to their song “He’s So Fine,” but his wife Patti Boyd said he didn’t even have a radio during that time. Video

Françoise Hardy “Tous Les Garcons”
Caoimhe: Françoise Hardy’s vocal delivery is always so cool. I love the crazy nursery-rhyme-style music in this song. It’s a song about being lonely as a teenager—seeing everyone else your age in love when you’re not. Video

Shellac “Prayer To God”
Paula: Just an unbelievably powerful song. Heavy of music and tone, I think it would be hard not to feel something listening to this. The lyrics detail how the protagonist would like God to treat his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. “Her, she can go quietly, by disease or a blow”/”Him, just fucking kill him, I don’t care if it hurts.” There’s an element of cowardice and helplessness to the lyrics as well, almost as if the singer would do these things himself if he could. Instead, he pleads with God to do his work for him. Video

Almighty Defenders “Cone Of Light”
Paula: Almighty Defenders are a supergroup of sorts, consisting of the members of Black Lips, King Khan & Mark Sultan (a.k.a. BBQ).The first time I heard this, I thought it was an old Sam Cooke song I hadn’t heard before. The album the song is taken from came about when Black Lips got chucked out of India whilst on tour as a result of some high jinks. They fled to Berlin, hung out with King Khan & BBQ and recorded this amazing album. Video

Mac DeMarco “Passing Out Pieces”
Jessie: This song has got this crazy harpsichord synth, a super chilled-out bass line and shimmery guitar. It reminds me of a long-lost George Harrison tune. I first heard this song over the Summer, and it’s got this really sunny feel. Plus it has a long fade out, which no songs seem to do anymore. This is me and Jasper (my one-year-old)’s jam. We put Salad Days on the record player, turn it up really loud and have a dance around the living room. Video

The Smiths “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
Jessie: I could listen to this song all day, every day. Johnny Marr’s amazing jangly guitar and Morrissey moaning about first world problems. The song also reminds me of being 20, happy in the haze of a drunken hour being driven home to Brooklyn after giving myself a massive sunburn at the Jersey Shore. I was certainly miserable the next morning. Glorious. Video

Gloria Jones “Tainted Love”
Jessie: I seriously question anyone who doesn’t dance when this song comes on. For a song that’s about a seriously bad relationship, it’s incredibly uplifting and joyful. Gloria Jones’ incredible voice spars just perfectly with the driving rhythm guitar, hand claps and intense horn section. Video

The Cars “You Might Think”
Lauren: I love the Cars. To me they’re pop perfection, and “You Might Think” is a shining example—a three-minute smile. Plus, the image of Ric Ocasek as a fly for some reason has stuck with me since childhood … no idea why. Video

Weezer “Island In The Sun”
Lauren: Weezer are one of my favorite bands, and when they put this one out, I went apeshit for the song and video—I mean, bear cub. Lion cubs. Orange kitten. Baby giraffe. ‘Nuff said. My boyfriend at the time bought the CD single for me as a cute gift so I’d have the video, but it turned out to have the alternate video at the Mexican wedding on it. Poor fella was crestfallen. Video

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Fiancé Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Experimental pop quartet Fiancé started in the small town of Newark, Del., among close longtime friends who just wanted to make music. There were no definite plans, but what came out was indie-rock gold. The five tracks on their debut, EP 1, were written over the course of last summer and fall, and the band succeeded in making a name for itself in its local music scene. Now, the band has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

George Harrison “Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
Tyler: Continuing a musical career after being in a band as prolific as the Beatles could not have been an easy task. George Harrison’s first solo LP, All Things Must Pass, is one of the most important albums to me on many levels. Song by song, he proves himself as an independent entity, especially on this track. All of Harrison’s lead tracks are ducked in the background, soaked in reverb, and the rest of the song is driven by an “eyes-closed-slow-head-bang-rhythm.” I love how the piano drives on one chord only to quickly resolve and repeat the melody in a very addicting manner. Video

American Football Honestly?
Andrew: This whole album is perfect to me. And it is also the best autumn-y album ever.This song has so much going on emotionally for me, especially at the end portion with the droning guitars and constant melody. It’d be hard for me to explain why the songs on this album mean so much to me so I won’t try. Video

The Cure Close To Me
Octie: This is my favorite production on any song. And I shouldn’t even say this because I play drums, and this is all a drum machine. It’s so minimal but so full. When the horn lines come in, they are perfect. The little trumpet solo gives me chills. Video

Liars Mess On A Mission
Tyler: One of the most impressive things to me is art that is genuinely dark and makes me feel uneasy. It is not like you can pick up a guitar or synthesizer and start playing a bunch of minor chords and get the same effect. Liars have covered a lot of territory, but I love the dancy-industrial vibe of their new album, MessVideo

ILOVEMAKONNEN Featuring Drake Tuesday
Andrew: I have a tendency to obsess over random songs, and this one has been on repeat. I think I made the band listen to it over and over for an hour the other night after practice. For some reason, it quells my anxiety. Beyond that, it is really a perfect tune, bound to be a classic. Video

Descendents Myage
Octie: I love playing in my band. But there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I was in the Descendents. It would be too much fun to play in this band. Video

Weezer Across The Sea
Andrew: Weezer is my favorite band. I keep going back to this song lately because of how open Rivers is lyrically. You can tell he means what he wrote. Weezer has a lot of songs that maybe weren’t so sincere, and you can tell. I’m trying to get to the point of being more comfortable being sincere and honest when it comes to lyrics, so this album is always inspiring to me. Video

GOAT Det Som Aldrig Förändras/Diarabi
Tyler: I caught a live set from GOAT this year and it was one of the most wild musical experiences I’ve ever witnessed. Driving, primitive and original, this group was only missing a live-animal sacrifice to make it look and feel like a beautifully constructed bad acid trip. This band is helping to take psychedelic music in new direction. Video

The War On Drugs Red Eyes
Tyler: As a musician who grew up obsessing over prog and math rock, one of the most interesting learning curves I have run into is learning when to hold back. I feel that this song completely embodies the idea of playing when necessary and allowing a band as a whole to develop a song together. Every instrument helps to push this perfectly constructed melody forward, creating a very human experience. Not to mention that these guys are from Philadelphia, and it makes me proud to know such great music is being written so close to where I live. Video

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins I Put A Spell On You
Octie: It was just Halloween, so I had to pick this one. First time I heard this song was in the movie Hocus Pocus, and Bette Midler was singing it. I probably didn’t hear this version until a few years ago. Screamin’ Jay is off his rocker. The rest of this album is fucking crazy. Video

Röyksopp Remind Me
Andrew: My girlfriend showed me this song one morning driving me to work. It was on a commercial a while back I think, too. I’ve had it on repeat a lot, and it makes me think of her whenever I hear it. Video

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Anabot Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

As Analise Nelson’s name is a combination of “Ana” and “Elise,” Nelson also created Anabot by combining “analog” and “robot,” which is quite fitting when paired with the sound of her music. It has a strong electronic base, and it’s altogether a very catchy and well-composed. As Nelson prepares for her upcoming EP, Kiss Like A Knife, due out December 2, she has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape of songs from her favorite year in music: 1979. Check it out below.

The Cars “Candy-O”
From the opening guitar line, you get this strange sense you’ve been here before. And perhaps we have! The rhythm feels uncannily reminiscent of the classic 1965 Strangeloves tune, “I Want Candy.” (And how appropriate!) I haven’t read or heard anything that could support this little theory of mine, but it’s almost as if somewhere along the way, “I Want Candy” went on a bender and came out as “Candy-O.” From the pulsing synth to that killer guitar solo that clearly tells us we’re not in new-wave territory anymore, I adore this track. It’s always seemed just slightly off-kilter in the most delicious of ways. Video

XTC “Making Plans For Nigel”
In my second chapter of new wave, we go more classic in terms of style. There’s something beautifully hypnotic about the guitar riff that carries over a great deal of the song. Certain things I could just listen to all day, and for whatever reason, I’ve always felt drawn to this tune. It might be its seemingly contradictory nature with the choppy and layered guitar patterns, pleasant major harmonies and incessant cymbal crashes. You’re meant to really question if Nigel could ever really be happy. It’s equal parts hopeful and dreary. “In his wooooorrrrld … ” Video

Joe Jackson “Look Sharp”
I’ll admit that the first time I heard this song was in one of my favorite episodes of Freaks And Geeks, and every time I listen to it, I get that image of Sam Weir in his Parisian Night Suit walking into school, his confidence sharply waning as more and more people stare, snicker and laugh. It’s a painful moment to behold (because I think each of us has been Sam at one point or another in our lives), but it’s accompanied by the perfect song. I think what I really love about this song is how simple it is. There really isn’t that much going on in terms of instrumentation here: a funk-tastic bass line, fast strummin’ guitars, a solid beat and those brilliant Joe harmonies in the chorus. It’s the perfect example of how a “well-produced song” needn’t be overbearing or over-layered. Guitar riff. Bass riff. Beat. Hit! Video

Supertramp “Gone Hollywood”
The opening track off of a classic record. I visit Breakfast In America quite often and am always entranced by “Gone Hollywood.” It truly plays as an overture to the record with the verse/chorus structure acting more open ended, both lyrics and orchestration playing hand-in-hand to the narrative of the lost Angeleno. I love that only a minute in, the grandiose guitars give way to that hauntingly beautiful piano ostinato and sax with that line that just hits so many close to home, “Ain’t nothin’ new in my life today … ” The idea that the purposeful guitars cut out to what seems like a lost moment is so perfect. I could really pick this song apart piece by piece, but I’ll refrain and just say that there are so many hidden treasures here that I’m always eager to discover more each time I return. Video

Electric Light Orchestra “The Diary Of Horace Wimp”
I’m an ELO fan through and through, and had a very, very difficult time trying to pick my favorite song off of their 1979 release, Discovery. I went back and forth between this tune and a few others, but ultimately, I couldn’t deny how much I adore this song and its charm. I’ve always thought it felt like a semi-futuristic Magical Mystery Tour b-side. The vocoder use here is great, and almost acts as its own instrument with its more ambient/rhythmic properties, rather than a way to change the voice for melodic purposes. And really, who doesn’t love a song about the awkward lad who gets the girl? (Also, I continue to gleefully sing the “Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday … ” refrain at random times during my day-to-day life). Video

B-52’s “52 Girls”
There have already been loads of people who have written about the genius of this song, so instead I’ll just say this: No song that is just listing the names of girls has the right to be this good. But the B-52’s managed to do just that. Addictive and driving, this one stands the test of time. Video

The Clash “Guns Of Brixton”
There was zero chance that I could do a 1979 mix tape without mentioning something from London Calling (debated just sending in a track-by-track play-by-play of the whole album, to be honest). So when I sat down to figure out what song I really couldn’t do without, “Guns Of Brixton” came into my mind immediately. I was a high-school kiddo heavily into 2 Tone and reggae when I fell in love with London Calling, so the fact that this song would be my “desert island choice” should come to no surprise. Interestingly enough, what always comes to mind when I think fondly back to this tune is that use of the “boing” sound effect. Really, it seems like a bizarre thing to focus on, but it plays so delightfully with the guitar’s tremolo bends that it somehow works with the lyrical frustrations of the chaotic police brutality. And the classic bass line? I could truly listen to that on a loop forever. A truly fantastic piece, this one, and the only appropriate way for me to end my little mix. Video

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Gwyneth Moreland Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Singer/songwriter Gwyneth Moreland readies for the release of her new album, Ceiling Floors And Open Doors, out November 14. Her music is beautifully simple folk/rock that’s calm and relaxing. It tells a familiar story, but does so in a subtle and entertaining fashion. Now, Moreland has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

Jeffrey Martin “Old Good Friend”
We all have loved someone who just can’t seem to get ahead. This sweet song is written by one of my favorite West Coast songwriters. Video

Guy Clark “Dublin Blues”
One of my favorite Guy Clark tunes, it is a timeless song of longing. Video

Gillian Welch “I Dream A Highway”
The first thing you may notice about this song is that it is 14 minutes long, so needless to say you have to be in the right place and time to listen to it and fully absorb it. I first started loving this song when it would pop on my iPod shuffle during those epic midnight drives on tour. I would feel like I was actually a part of the song. “I dream a highway back to you love, a winding ribbon with a band of gold.” Video

Cat Power “Silver Stallion”
As always, Charlyn really makes this cover totally her own. Originally done by the Highwaymen, it really has a different impact coming from the feminine point of view. Video

Hazel Dickens “West Virginia, Oh My Home”
Hazel was just a small-town girl at heart, and I can truly identify with that. This song has been known to pull my heart strings more than once while far away from home. Video

Billie Holiday “Fine And Mellow”
This is a live video/recording that starts off with a great quote from Lady Day: “Blues is kind of a mixed up thing, you just have to feel it. Anything I do sing, it’s a part of my life.” Billie wrote this jazz standard. “Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on, sometimes when you think it’s on, baby, it has turned off and gone.” Video

Jesse Fuller “San Francisco Bay Blues”
The amazing one-man band. Video

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The Rural Alberta Advantage Make MAGNET A Mix Tape

The Rural Alberta Advantage formed in 2006 and put out its self-titled debut EP that same year. Since, the Toronto trio has gained popularity in the music world with the release of two full-length albums. The music itself has a definite country twang, but at its core it’s energetic and enjoyable rock ‘n’ roll played excellently. Vocalist/keyboardist Amy Cole has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Enjoy it below.

Tom Petty American Girl”
This is my go-to jukebox song. A great band we used to play shows with all the time, the Wooden Sky, does a fantastic cover of it as well. They once dedicated it to me at a show, and I swooned. You would, too! Video

Alvvays Adult Diversion
My favorite new band of the year. And they’re from Toronto! Video

Dennis Wilson Dreamer
I love every choice the horn section makes in this song. Video

Doves Pounding
This song brings back memories of U.K.-themed dance nights at Toronto’s finest dive bars in the early 2000s. It never fails to make me smile. Video

Charles Bradley Lovin’ You, Baby (Live On KEXP)
We saw Charles Bradley play an after-party at a festival last summer, and it was just an incredible experience. If you ever get the chance to see him live, do it. Video

Hayden Bad As They Seem
I saw Hayden play at a tiny all-ages club when I was 15. It was my first concert ever. I bought a T-shirt, and I asked Hayden to sign it and he said yes, and I just about died. Now we have mutual acquaintances, but I’m still nervous to meet him again. Video

The Hold Steady Constructive Summer
This song brings me right back to our first summer on tour. It captures the “what the hell is going to happen next” kind of exhilaration we had when we first started crossing the border and playing shows (legally). Video

The National Don’t Swallow The Cap
There are a lot of songs I would like to choose from this band, and I went through a few before narrowing it down, but this is my favourite off the newest record. I love the vocal layers, the simple piano, the lyrics: all of it. Video

Pepper Rabbit The Annexation Of Puerto Rico
We had the good fortune of touring with this late, great band. The boys have gone on to bigger and better things, but I miss them very much. Video

CSNY Suite Judy Blue Eyes” (Live At Woodstock)
This is a great performance, but my favourite thing about it is the end, when they confess to the crowd that it’s their second gig ever! Woodstock! Can you imagine? Video

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The Belle Sounds Make MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Indie pop/rock group the Belle Sounds is the creation of singer/songwriter Noëlle Hampton. Thee band’s new EP, Black Stone, is out now, and the Belle Sounds just released the title track, which reaches back to Hampton’s roots. Now Hampton has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

“Black Stone” (download):

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The The (Featuring Sinéad O’Connor) “Kingdom Of Rain”
I love the drama of many of the songs from the ’80s. There was so much unapologetic emotion; it was almost theatrical at times. Matt Johnson’s voice is stunning, and Sinéad O’Connor takes this song to a whole other level. Video

The Spring Standards “Only Skin”
We met them years back in Austin during SXSW. They gave us an advance copy of this record, and I fell head over heels in love. When we were recording our first record for the Belle Sounds, we referenced this album for all of its sonic bliss. Heather takes lead on this one, but they all switch off on lead vocals. Their live show is incredible as well. Video

Shearwater “You As You Were”
I could have chosen any Shearwater song, because they are all insanely amazing, but I believe this was the first song Andre and I ever heard them play live. We are friends with a few of the guys in the band, but had no idea what to expect until we saw that first show. Shearwater is the kind of band that pisses you off because they are so damn good, it just breaks your heart. And Jonathan’s voice calls back to all of my favorite male voices of the ’80s. Video

Tupac “Keep Your Head Up”
I was friends with Tupac during the time he was at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. We used to drive every weekend up to this shitty little under-18 dance club in Coatati where he could rap. Sometimes, he would call me to run new material by me, or read me a poem that he had just written. He was a true gentleman, one of the kindest people I have ever known. This song reminds me of his positive, sweet nature, and his respect for women, which he wrote numerous songs about. Video

Tom Waits “Tom Traubert’s Blues”
When Andre and I first started dating, Tom Waits was one of the only things we were both obsessed with musically. Living in the Bay Area, we were in close proximity to him, but never imagined crossing paths. I saw him live one time in Oakland, and he nearly blew my head off with his powerful voice. When Andre and I transitioned from our pagers (yes, we had pagers) to cell phones, we were freaked out when Andre’s phone rang for the very first time. It was Tom Fucking Waits, calling my husband. He was interested in having Andre engineer a record for him, and Andre got to go hang with him and Kathleen in the studio a few times. I am still jealous. This is the first Tom Waits song either of us ever heard. Amazing. Video

Joseph “Cloudline”
I went to a small house concert in Austin earlier this year with this band playing. Holy crap! Three sisters who sing the perfect sibling harmonies, and are absolutely in tune with each other. I took the record home, and it has been a regular in my player lately. Watch out for these Portland up-and-comers. They are crazy talented. Video

Kristin Hersh “Your Ghost”
When I was asked to make this mix tape, this song kept appearing in my head. It was so haunting and hypnotic. I saw her perform this at Slim’s in San Francisco, solo, and it was just as mesmerizing. She gave me courage to write these kinds of songs every once in a while. Video

Cocteau Twins “Heaven Or Las Vegas”
I recently looked up the words for this song, which only magnified the fact that I have been singing all the wrong words for 20-plus years. Who cares what she is saying? Her melodies are perfection. God I love this woman, and I love this band. This particular record has been a mainstay in my musical life since it came out. I never let it get too far away. Video

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