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Corsica Arts Club Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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L.A.’s Corsica Arts Club is the project of Brendan Thompson and Arash Parsee, with help from contributing members Nate Chovanec, Peter McArthur and Jason Mittleman. They will issue their new self-titled EP on May 29, following the release of a few acclaimed singles. Their brand of pop is upbeat and energetic with a variety of vocal ranges and clearly impressive musicianship. Now, they have been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

Can “Dizzy Dizzy”
A lot of excellent music came out of Germany in the 1970s: Can, Kraftwerk, Neu!, etc. This is the first track off the album Soon Over Babaluma from 1974. From the very first chord, it creates a certain atmosphere—you’re instantly transported to some far-off, mystical place. We were blown away the first time we heard this song in college, and to this day it still evokes that same feeling. Video

Curtis Mayfield “Blue Monday People”
Curtis Mayfield is a big influence on the way we both play guitar. His genius lies in the subtlety, the delicacy with which he plays. It compliments his voice and his songwriting so perfectly without overshadowing anything. This whole album, There’s No Place Like America Today, is fantastic. Video

Japan “European Son”
Up until recently, we’d thought Giorgio Moroder produced this song, but in fact it was Japan’s attempt at writing something in his style—with the four-on-the-floor kick drum, pulsating sequencer throughout, and airy string synth flourishes. Add David Sylvian’s inimitable crooning and Mick Karn’s unparalleled fretless bass playing, and it’s something uniquely their own. They eventually did work with Moroder on “Life In Tokyo.” Video

David Bowie “Sound And Vision”
We could have picked any song off Low. It’s a very important album to us: the lyrical themes, the production, really the whole zeitgeist of Bowie and Iggy Pop’s time in Berlin. Low changed our entire approach to making music. It helped us tear down boundaries we’d once perceived and helped define a clear vision of the sort of music we wanted to make. It’s an eternal inspiration, a constant muse. Video

The Band (With Van Morrison) “4% Pantomime”
The Band is one of our favorite bands of all time and one of our greatest influences, though you probably wouldn’t expect that listening to our music. They were pioneers of home recording, a pillar of camaraderie, and the truest definition of a band: five extraordinary talents uniting to create something far greater than the sum of their parts. This song is about a couple of musicians stranded in L.A. after a gig, with nothing to console them but a bottle of scotch (the title supposedly refers to the difference in alcohol percentage between Johnnie Walker Red and Black). Sharing vocal duties with the brilliant Richard Manuel is the Belfast Cowboy himself, Van Morrison. After the session, as Levon Helm recalled in his autobiography, “There was horror among the civilians at the studio when the two dead-drunk musicians argued about who would drive the other one home.” Video

Air “Kelly Watch The Stars”
We saw Air at the Hollywood Bowl about 10 years ago with the L.A. Philharmonic. They were one of the first artists that opened our minds to utilizing electronic sounds in songwriting. We find their production techniques and synthesizer aesthetic nothing short of elegant. Must be a French thing. Video

Lucio Battisti “Neanche Un Minuto Di ‘Non Amore'”
Arash: My parents showed me Lucio Battisti last summer, and it was a revelation! My dad lived in Rome when this album came out, and he says Battisti’s lyrics have the same sort of poetic quality in Italian that Leonard Cohen’s lyrics have in English. This album, Io Tu Noi Tutti, was actually recorded in L.A. with a who’s-who of session musicians: Hal Blaine on drums, Ray Parker, Jr. of “Ghostbusters” fame on guitar …
Brendan: Those dueling guitars! It’s a master class in song arrangement. Amazing across the board.
Arash: The perfect soundtrack to a summer evening in Rome, Negroni in hand. Video

Chris Bell “I Am The Cosmos”
If there’s a better way to open a song than by singing, “Every night I tell myself I am the cosmos,” we haven’t heard it yet. Video

Bryan Ferry “The Price Of Love”
We love his vocal phrasing and delivery. Both Bryan Ferry solo and Roxy Music are big influences on us, not just musically but aesthetically, too. Always impeccable album artwork, and always looking dapper like a boss. Video

The Beach Boys “(Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again”
Often overshadowed by his iconic brother Brian, Dennis Wilson was a genius songwriter in his own right. In our humble opinion, some of these Beach Boys songs that were never properly released are better than the material most artists put on their albums. Video

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Blind Lake Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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New-wave/pop sci-fi folk duo Blind Lake features Lotta Wenglén (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals) and Måns Wieslander (guitar, drums, bass, vocals). They use atmospheric melodies and layered synths to create a largely energetic sound and ready for the release of latest album On Earth, due out June 9. Their name is based on a 2003 sci-fi novel by Robert Charles Wilson, Blind Lake, in which scientists use alien technology and are able to follow the lives of aliens on other planets. Now Blind Lake, the band, has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape, check it out below!

David Bowie “Five Years”
Wenglén: I listened to this album constantly as a kid (The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust). It was like a journey and a perfect soundtrack for me playing with my Action Men. Like The White Album with the Beatles, it kept me listening for details, and with every listen I found something new. I also sampled the drums in the intro for my first demo recordings on my four-channel Tascam porta studio when I was 15. Video

Keene Brothers “Death Of The Party”
Wieslander: Razorsharp jingle-jangle power-pop perfection. I’ve always thought Robert Pollard is at the top of his game when collaborating. Preferably with Doug Gillard! This time, Tommy Keene helps him take it to the next level. I will never tire of this. Video

Yazoo “Too Pieces”
Wieslander: With subtle touches of Abba melancholy, this is a benchmark in making stripped down, heartfelt synth pop. As fresh now as when I first heard it as a 12-year old. Yazoo is part of the Blind Lake constitution. And the kids love them! Video

Amy Correia “Fallen Out Of Love”
Wenglén: I love the lyrics, Amy’s voice and the whole sound of the song. Her songs are like short novels or movies. Video

Kirsty MacColl “A New England”
Wieslander: In the words of Johnny Marr, “She was a fucking Jedi at harmony.” In 2000, she was killed in an accident, 41 years old. I’d like to believe her soul has touched the likes of Neko Case and Star’s Amy Millan; they’ve got some of that “Kirstyness.” Which, I guess, means brilliant, funny and tough, with tons of integrity. Anyway, this is truly beautiful and insanely catchy. Written by Billy Bragg, he added more words to this version, as Kirsty thought the original was too short. Nowadays, he performs the Kirsty version live. Bless him. And her. Video

Wilco “The Lonely 1″
Wenglén: At the time, this was the most beautiful song I’d ever heard. Jeff Tweedy at his best, and the song itself is so touching in its simplicity. Video

Residents “You Yesyesyes”
Wieslander: The sound of your rabid grandmother force-feeding you cookies. With the amazing Snakefinger on guitar and an excellent sax-riff. I fell in love with the Residents (or, the idea of them) and NRBQ (thinking they were the same band) around the peak of my Duran Duran fan-dom. Those were confusing and interesting times. Video

Pretenders “Don’t Get Me Wrong”
Wenglén: This song gets me going every time. “Happiness in a can” type of thing. I just have to pour it down and dance every time I hear it. Video

Herbie Hancock “Spank-A-Lee”
Wieslander: Is it possible to be this funky? Does Mr. Hancock have alien DNA? I’ve seen dead fish shake ass to this. There should be statues of Herbie Hancock in every town. Video

Roxy Music “Avalon”
Wenglén: As a kid, me and my friend Thomas spent hours and hours lying on a Persian rug, listening to this god-like song. The chorus is untouchable. As is Bryan Ferry. Video

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The Corner Laughers Make MAGNET A Mix Tape

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California pop quartet the Corner Laughers play a jangly brand of indie pop and will release latest album Matilda Effect on June 12. The LP features unique string instruments, such as the ukelele and the violin, which brings out the creativity of the band and the many guests featured on the album. The Corner Laughers have been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape (in haiku form, no less).

Linda Draper “Broken Eggshell”
Karla:
On endless repeat/
This song is pure perfection/
We wish we wrote it
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Andrea Perry “Throw Me A Line”
KC:
Incredible groove/
Heartache pours through melody/
But still I boogie
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Mouse Deer “Foreground”
Khoi:
Mouse Deer is Holly/
McIntosh, Bristol, UK/
And she plays bass well
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Heart “Crazy On You”
Charlie:
Was young when I learned/
Badassness knows no gender/
Female Led Zeppelin
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Rosie Abbott “Hard To Sleep”
KC:
Somnambulist waltz/
Gershwinesque sense of songcraft/
Ray Davies digs it
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Antonette Goroch “In Bocca Al Lupo”
Karla:
Punk-folk-rock priestess/
Often she’s in Italy/
Take us next time, please
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Alison Faith Levy “The Froggy Dance”
Khoi:
Loud Fam to tot rock/
The Start Of Things is out now/
Butterfly mic stands
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Salt N Pepa “Push It”
Charlie:
Ever since eighth grade/
It ain’t a dance ’til it’s played/
Cause we’re in effect
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Fiona Bevan “A Broken Heart Can Heal”
Karla:
Suffolk-born songbird/
We played with her in London/
Magical guitar
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The Orange Peels “Head Cleaner”
Wazu:
Begin The Begone/
New album from labelmates/
Mystery Lawn, yo!
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This Way To The EGRESS Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Bethlehem, Pa., group This Way To The EGRESS has been described as “gypsy jazz,” as it incorporates European musical styles to form a unique sound. The band will release a new album, Great Balancing Act, on May 19, an LP featuring a variety of diverse instruments including fiddle, trombone and accordion. Now, the group has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

DeVotchKa “We’re Leaving”
DeVotchKa makes the best road-trip music. It is no surprise they were chosen for the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack. All of the songs on this album, this one particularly, are driving. It drives you forward while pulling at your last heart strings. We make it a point to put it on in the band van whenever we leave a city on tour that we wish we weren’t leaving. It is the audio equivalent to life experience and wandering. Aside from the fact that the music is impeccably arranged, the lyrics strike the most perfect chord for us and would for anyone who felt they needed to leave a time or place or that their hometown had become too small. Video

Foxy Shazam “The Rocketeer”
Taylor: I love the unique writing style of this band! They have such interesting song subjects and lyrical content. They also put on a highly energetic live show! Video

Spike Jones And His City Slickers “Clink Clink Another Drink”
Sarah: Spike Jones has to be one of the band’s biggest influences and favorite listening music while on the road. The musicianship is amazing, and the songs are hysterical. I seriously think it is impossible to not utterly enjoy whatever you are doing while you are listening to Spike Jones. To this day, there is no one doing this. Video

Violent Femmes “Look Like That”
Taylor: One of my favorite all-time bands. This is the third track off their fifth studio album. The Femmes have been going strong for more than 30 years. They have the most loyal fan base I’ve ever seen, which is pretty amazing since they never really had any number-one hits. Great live band as well. I’ve seen them as minimal as a three piece and as big as a 13 piece. They’re amazing!!! Video

Beck “Missing”
Sarah: I fell in love with Beck when I was 13. My favorite album of his is probably Midnight Vultures, but this song has the most amazing groove and I love the strings. He is another enigma and amazing songwriter. He strikes a perfect balance between bizarre and pop culture and has left his mark on music while completely doing it his way. I admire that as a music listener and a musician. Video

Ween “Roses Are Free”
Taylor: Another one of my all-time favorite bands! This track is off their album entitled Chocolate And Cheese. Ween has always been such a unique band with a huge following. Every album, they free themselves to explore different genres and styles. They even recorded a full-on country album! Video

Buena Vista Social Club “Chan Chan”
Sarah: This is one of my favorite driving songs. I am just a sucker for Latin American music. It makes anything doing more fun to do, house chores, dancing in my kitchen, going for a jog and, especially, driving. Video

Tom Waits “2:19
Taylor: Tom Waits has been a huge influence on me for the last few years and, overall, an influence on everyone in the band. Another genius that spans more than four decades of constant, evolving music. He’s also influenced many other great and successful artists over the years. Tom Waits’ lyrics stand alone, and when added with his sound and voice, you can’t go wrong! Video

Yula Beeri (Yula & The eXtended family & Kiss Slash Crooked Smile) “Keep Me Satisfied”
Sarah: I originally couldn’t choose between the Beatles and Michael Jackson for this my choice but I said to myself, “Everyone knows the lasting power of that music.” I am going to choose a song that some people might not know about. Yula Beeri is probably one of the best songwriters, musicians and stage performers I have ever met. She commands something from the audience and the listeners that is indescribable. Video

Slayer “Angel Of Death”
Taylor: A bit of a change in genres on this one! I always listened to so many different kinds of music, and Slayer was a group I was really into when I was younger. Intense thrash metal and intense shows! The mosh pits were crazy to be in the middle of! This song was written by the late Jeff Hanneman, one of the epic guitarists of Slayer. Video

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Josh Gilligan Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Nashville-based singer/songwriter Josh Gilligan readies for the release of his debut full-length, Steady On, which exemplifies his talent and simplistic style of easy-listening country. Gilligan grew up in a musical home and listened to mostly oldies, and it can definitely be heard in his sound. Now he has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

America “Ventura Highway”
When asked what my favorite song is, this one almost always comes out in the short list. It’s the first song that really made me want to learn guitar. It’s one of the first songs that I memorized the lyrics to. My family vacationed in East Tennessee every summer, and this was on the vacation playlist every year. It’s always been a favorite. Video

Wilco “You & I”
This is one song I could probably listen to 50 times in a row. It’s just enough. Never too much. Driving music, background party music, wedding music, it’s just one of those songs. Love it. Video

José González “What Will”
To get a little more current: This is one of my favorite cuts off of his latest. Overall, it’s such a patient volume of work. Both the music and the lyrics weave smoothly between complexity and simplicity, and nothing ever feels overstated. I would’ve enjoyed this record 10 years ago, and I’m sure I’ll probably enjoy it 10 years from now. Just great stuff. Video

Laura Marling “I Was An Eagle”
Beyond the emotional impact it brings when I hear it, this song really changed a lot for me. As a listener and as a creator, this song (and the record it’s on) made me crave new things from music. It effortlessly reaffirms the beauty of musical simplicity, and the lyrics are so strong you feel as if you’ve lived each situation she sings. Note: You can’t listen to this song without listening to the following track, “You Know.” Just let it play… :) Video

Dawes “Moon In The Water”
There’s a lot of sad love songs. This one sits on the top of the pile for me. Video

The Staves “Blood I Bled”
The Staves just put out a new record. I saw them open for Justin Vernon in 2011, and it was gorgeous. It’s just hard to beat family members harmonizing together. I’ve loved their music ever since. The new record is wonderful, and this song is a masterpiece. It’s my number one played song right now. Video

The Real Efforts Of Real People “Ink & Tight Jeans”
Like some of the earlier tracks, this is another longstanding favorite. But, I’ve never really heard anything about the band since this release. I came across the Real Efforts’ music online when I was in high school, and the songs just stood out to me right away. After years of wearing this one EP out, I emailed the band through an old BandCamp link to extend my thanks. A swift reply let me know that it was one guy who had made the tracks from his house and never really put too much stock into the project. Slightly disappointing, but even more so it was a cool experience—music is so powerful, and you never know who your songs will find and what they’ll mean to that person. Video

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Beth Bombara Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Americana singer/songwriter Beth Bombara‘s story began as many musician’s did, with punk. She was in a punk band with some high-school friends and was given time to explore music. After finding her place in music, playing soothing Americana for the masses, she now she readies for the release of her self-titled album, due out June 23. Bombara has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape, so check it out below!

Smith And Weeden “Aim To Please”
I heard these guys for the first time at one of our shows in Nashville last fall, and I was immediately blown away. The chorus is such an anthem: “Don’t you try to speak to them of anything/They only aim to please.” Bonus points for putting on a raucous live show while also being super-friendly dudes. Audio

Bill Withers “Use Me”
I keep wanting to do a cover of this tune, but I’m going to wait until I figure out how to do it justice. What a sweet jam. Video

Big Star “Thirteen”
Remember when the world was still big and exciting, and falling in love was some new revelation? This song takes me back there. Video

Sturgil Simpson “Turtles All The Way Down”
My friend Jacob introduced me to this record during a tour last year. Jacob and I don’t always see eye to eye on music, but we can agree that Sturgill Simpson’s got some kinda magic that I hope to catch from him. Video

Karl Kling “Forward Thinker”
Karl Kling’s whole record is already a classic for me even though it just came out this month (a lot of people know him from his other project: RAC). This tune is comfortable leaving questions hanging in the air. So good. Audio

Mates Of State “Get Better”
I have such a soft spot for Mates Of State; they were an important part of my soundtrack as a young musician. I remember seeing them in a small dive bar where I grew up in Michigan, and having the best time. I felt inspired to be myself and do my own thing. Video

Spoon “Don’t You Evah”
I just found out recently that this is a cover song … Crazy cause this is one of my favorite Spoon jams. Both Spoon’s version and the original, by the Natural Selection, are cool in their own right. Spoon video / Natural Selection video

Dr. Dog “Lonesome”
“What does it take to be lonesome? Nothing at all” This tune is somehow whimsical and dark all at the same time. That’s a tough line to walk. Video

The Velvet Underground “Sunday Morning”
Can anyone other than Lou Reed make a song so beautiful and peaceful and sad? Video

Laura Veirs “The Sun Song”
Every time I hear this song, it feels like waking up out of a stupor and throwing the windows open on the first day of spring. Video

The Kinks “Mountain Woman”
Ahh, the Kinks. Don’t know if any other British band could make sense of a “rural America” concept album like Muswell Hillbillies, but it’s one of my favorite Kinks records. This tune has a great old Southern rock vibe, and the vocals are spot on. Video

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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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