WARMER MIXTAPES #1400 | by Harry Dean, Jr. of Project Dim Mak, Federal Moguls and Bloodhound Gang

1. Devo | Whip It
Loved the video when I was younger and the fact they wore safety goggles with some sort of a plastic piece of pottery on their head. Way into it.

2. Ramones | I Wanna Be Sedated
This track was one of my first 45’s I ever owned. It's a great track to fuck up someone’s parents’ house while they were away.

3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show | Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
One of the best movies ever made. Need I say more?

4. Pantera | Walk
I wasn’t a huge fan of the band, but, Jesus Christ, this song kicked ass. It made the meanest mosh pit to where even Ravishing Rick Rude would be like fuck that shit.

5. Roxette | The Look
A closet favorite, but it got kind of awkward pulling up to a stop light, blaring it and having a car full of chicks flip you the finger.

6. Run-D.M.C. | King Of Rock
This song was and still is a classic. I still remember watching Krush Groove and getting hype when Run came out on stage to this.

7. James Brown | Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2
James Brown was a bad man!

8. The Rolling Stones | Sympathy For The Devil
I actually didn’t get into this song until about a few years ago. Now it’s on heavy rotation along with Miss You and Under My Thumb.

9. Kanye West | We Don't Care
The College Dropout is a classic album and this was the 1st song on the record.

We put shit on layaway, then come back
We claim other people kids on our income tax

10. Primus | Jerry Was A Race Car Driver
Primus was one of the first bands I got into that were quirky, but their bass lines kind of moved the songs instead of how like a lead guitarist does in most bands. My Name Is Mud is another one I enjoy.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1399 | by Benedict Kupstas (Blushing, Future Wife), Jamie Reeder (Weird Mirror, Helado Negro, Tarantula, Bonfire Madigan, Halifax Pier), Phillip Pantuso, Tim Simmonds (Ex Extract, Future Wife, The Actual Facts), Matthew Evans (Tigue, Rokenri, Private Elevators, Bearthoven) and Madeline Caldwell of Field Guides

SIDE A | by Benedict Kupstas

1. Peggy Lee | Is That All There Is? (Georgia Brown Cover)
I first heard this song when it was covered by this strange band called The Hix at a show in Trumansburg, NY. I was in College in Ithaca and I had really dived into the local Music scene, which has this rich tradition of bent Folk and weird Americana Music (Johnny Dowd is the epitome of this, and is excellent!). They really captured the Existentialism and menace of this song and turned it into a dark Bluegrass number. I remember finding the Peggy Lee LP on vinyl at a thrift shop a week or so later and it felt serendipitous. (That was before you could just find any song on YouTube or Spotify or whatever... Such a bygone era.) So I remember taking the album home and listening on my shitty turntable, hearing her devastating voice emanate from this dusty, well-scratched record. So perfect. It's one of those songs that has always stayed with me. The lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are just so unlike anything I'd ever heard and the arrangements by Randy Newman are so terrific. There's something clearly nihilistic about the song, and I'm usually really turned off by Nihilism, but her voice bends Nihilism into something so haunting and mesmerizing. I think it's probably all within that question mark? Or maybe the if that comes after it. There is something ultimately hopeful or triumphant in the sentiment; it's about always wanting more from ostensibly profound experiences, wanting to feel always more alive, never being satisfied with the surfaces of things. To me, it's about persevering and not letting the inevitable accumulation of Life's disappointments congeal into cynicism... I wrote the last song on our album about the dissolution of a very intense relationship, and the chorus to this song kept echoing in my mind, so I borrowed that line (Is that all there is to a fire?) as a coda to my song. It was maybe a little hubristic, but I sort of wanted to insert my own personal chapter into Peggy's inquiry... So I changed the title of the song from The Four Corners to Peggy Asked A Question & The Answer Is 'Yes' & 'Let's Keep Dancing'...

2. Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser | All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun (Unreleased)
While working on our album, I fell really deeply in Love with someone, and she sent me this song one day last Spring. I had never heard it. Before we got together, I had sent her a bunch of duets that I thought we could either sing together one day or take as inspiration for collaborations (Lee & Nancy stuff, Serge & Jane, etc.). This song leaves me crumbling when I listen to it now. It's absorbed all the weight of that failed Love. She and I shared a sort of deification of Cocteau Twins, and Elizabath Fraser's laugh at the beginning of this recording—which I believe was just an unfinished demo—reminds me so much of her and of our brief time together. The lyrics feel all the more heartbreaking because they read as incomplete, inarticulable sentiments. I read somewhere that Elizabeth Fraser was upset that this recording got leaked, so there's this added layer that makes listening to this song feel voyeuristic or invasive. I still struggle so much with sharing some of my songs that are excessively personal or diaristic (interesting how similar that word is to diarrhea, isn't it?). There's obviously an impulse to share the emotions and ideas or else I probably wouldn't be writing songs, but it still feels so terrifyingly vulnerable. With this song, everything is so clearly charged... Listening to it really does feel like a violation, like you're hiding behind some amps in the studio while they're recording this idea of a song, sharing these private moments and having a conversation through Music, like those minutes never should have been captured. It's almost too heavy to even think about how Jeff Buckley's tragic end relates to this song. All the unrealized potential of a Song, of a Relationship, of a Life...

3. Arvo Pärt | Für Alina (Performed by Alexander Malter)
This piece has reached an extreme degree of cultural saturation, having been used in so many film trailers. It's become this shortcut to evoke a certain profundity. But its ubiquity is understandable given just how heart-wrenching it is with such an economy of notes and movement. This is my go-to if I need something to calm me during a bout of insomnia. Those slow arpeggios conjure such vivid memories, mostly somnambulant early-AM half-dreams.

4. Vic Chesnutt | Flirted With You All My Life
Vic Chesnutt is one of my all-time favorite songwriters. This song devastates me every time I hear it. I am a man... I am self-aware... And everywhere I go... You're always right there with me. Sorry to spoil it if you haven't heard it, but it turns out to be a Love song to Death. Considering that it was one of the last songs he recorded before killing himself, it's fucking heavy. I've struggled with severe depression for much of my adult life, so Vic's words resonate all too well. I don't know many other artists as honest as he was. There is nothing remotely uplifting or triumphant about this song, no silver lining to the dark cloud of Loss and Desperation. Even when he sings Really I'm not ready, the line is imbued not with Hope or Perseverance, but with a frustration at the delayed inevitability. A heart-wrenching resignation. That isn't to say that the song flirts with self-pity, though. It's just honest. So much of the conversations about suicide end up revolving around Selfishness or Narcissism. I really think only someone fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with true depression could have the opinion that suicide is fundamentally selfish. I remember reading Jonathan Franzen's tribute to David Foster Wallace in The New Yorker after his suicide and being so infuriated. Franzen went so far as to imply that it was Wallace's final strategic move to secure his place as a canonical troubled artist. He took Wallace's suicide as a personal affront, and came off looking so selfish himself—petty and clueless and without empathy. I would love for Franzen to hear this song.

5. Desmond Dekker | You Can Get It If You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff Cover)
I'm not sure why I prefer Desmond Dekker's version of this song over Jimmy Cliff's original. Both are superb. An old band of mine was once driving upstate to play a couple shows and we were blasting Desmond Dekker and singing along at the top of our lungs, and I guess I got carried away because we got pulled over going the speed of Ska, which is apparently illegal in New York State. But we got off with a lesser violation because we told the cop we were a famous band and gave him a t-shirt for his daughter.

6. Michael Hurley | O My Stars
Michael Hurley is a heroic man. I first encountered his Music when I heard Yo La Tengo's cover of his song Griselda on their album Fakebook. Years later I saw him perform at my favorite NYC venue, Zebulon (which tragically no longer exists), while the members of Yo La Tengo sat mesmerized at an adjacent table. I played this song from my phone one night while walking in the pitch-black with a beautiful woman and a nightmare of a dog under the starriest sky in upstate New York.

7. Ben Seretan | Light Leaks
Ben is like a brother to me. His voice is always such a sweet salve. I love him immensely.

8. Arthur Russell | A Little Lost
I'm not even sure what to say about Arthur Russell. So many people share my adoration for him with such a depth that it sometimes feels cultish. He clearly hit upon something that so many artists strive toward, a Purity and Fearlessness and Curiosity that make his Music so endlessly compelling. It's hard to select just one song by him. World Of Echo is monumental. I remember the first time I listened to that album. I discovered him right after I moved to New York City, and people were beginning to drop his name like a secret handshake. I remember it was snowing outside and I turned off all the lights and the yellow streetlights outsides were casting these shimmering shadows across the walls and his voice and cello just washed over me like a baptism.

9. Yo La Tengo | Our Way To Fall
This band is such an inspiration. Serious without ever being pretentious; experimental without succumbing to self-indulgence; funny one moment, heartbreaking the next. This song still gives me chills every time I listen to it. It is so simple and direct and describes the sort of love for which I'm a total sucker.

10. Arrested Development | Mr. Wendal
Nostalgia is a weird thing. I don't have a good memory for lyrics (not even my own!), but for some reason I can remember every word to this song. The first Music I sort of discovered independently as a kid was early-90s R&B and Hip Hop (A Tribe Called Quest, TLC (whose Waterfalls should probably be on this list as well!), Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, De La Soul, Digable Planets, Nate Dogg and Warren G, etc.). I didn't have any siblings to introduce me to cool Music, but I had MTV and was drawn to that Music more than Grunge or anything else happening at that time. There was a strain of Hip Hop emerging in the late 80s and early 90s as a reaction to Gangster Rap that emphasized this sort of New Age-y Positivity and progressive politics that probably felt less intimidating to a young white kid going to Catholic School and living in a largely conservative, homogenous area. I didn't understand that at the time of course. Like so many middle class white people, I was oblivious to the brilliant vitality and warranted aggression of the Music that was being avoided as confrontational or angry by the Mainstream in favor of friendlier African American Music like Arrested Development and Boyz II Men. I later caught up and developed a broader and deeper love of Hip Hop, but I still have such a fondness for a lot of these songs from my childhood. I remember feeling so earnestly connected to the ethics extolled in this song. In 1992, I hadn't yet slipped out from under the grasp of a religious education (it would still be another few years before I came out as an atheist), but I think I was already trying to formulate my own personal ethics and politics in contrast to the close-mindedness and bigotry that made all the folks at church seem so phony. I was trying to be a little crusader, still cloistered from any truly dire injustices, making pamphlets about global warming and getting into fights with classmates when they'd make racist remarks. So, yeah, Mr. Wendal really spoke to my adolescent idealism. I've always been really cognizant when making lists like this of the racial or gender makeup of my selections, which is admittedly problematic. But I think it's important to own up to our anxieties about these issues, not to let them idly fester into complacency or apathy. I saw my friend Young Jean Lee's new play, Straight White Men, the other day, which in a way explores the transition of the straight white male into a labeled minority demographic and all the loaded identity politics that come along with that. She has definitely encountered what a charged topic that can be. White liberal guilt is a complicated and problematic thing. As a clueless kid, there's this perceived innocence in our connections to Music, but there are all these politics and mechanisms behind the scenes exerting such an influence. But I've totally derailed here... I liked this song a lot and still do!

+11. Jonathan Richman | That Summer Feeling (Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers Cover)
I couldn't stop at 10 because I cannot in good conscience omit Jonathan Richman. (And because I'm pretty lousy with brevity or boundaries, if you hadn't noticed.) Richman is another hero, and probably the one whom I emulate more than any other. I think my best buddy Nate first introduced me to JoJo and The Modern Lovers. It was an epiphany. He manages to combine this childlike naïveté and directness with these universal sentiments of Affection and Longing in a way that's somehow never cloying. Such an inspiration.

+12. Brian Eno | 1/1 (from  Ambient 1 (Music For Airports))
I love nearly everything Brian Eno does: the Ambient stuff, the Pop stuff, his production work (especially Bowie's Berlin Trilogy), the Oblique Strategies, the collaborations...

+13. Brian Eno | St. Elmo's Fire
Let's bring the tally up to a lucky 13! He's just so ridiculously erudite and finds ways to bridge so many disciplines in such a cohesive and conceptually rich way.

SIDE B | by Jamie Reeder

1. Steely Dan | Haitian Divorce
So in Love the preacher's face turned red. When I get a divorce, I want it to be a Haitian divorce.

2. Sharon Van Etten | Tornado
It's so slow and sleepy and at the same time so powerful. And I love the bells.

3. Palace Music | Lost Blues
I listen to this when I'm sad in a bad way and it makes me sad in a good way.

4. Sublime | Mary
One of the most beautiful melodies paired with some of the grossest lyrics.

5. She Keeps Bees | Gimme
I love the vocal rhythm and I think this is one of the sexiest songs of all time.

6. Patti Smith Group | Pissing In A River
This song is so desperate. The piano is so slow and so good. This song is how I feel when I'm in Love.

7. Elvis Costello & The Attractions | No Action
I don't wanna see you 'cause I don't miss you that much is one of my favorite lyrics ever. And I love how this song starts super quiet especially when I play the record.

8. Helado Negro | Dance Ghost
It's hard to pick just one Helado Negro song. He is kind of a hero. This song makes me feel safe, like someone is watching over me. I like to listen to it on repeat when I'm driving alone.

9. Devendra Banhart | First Song For B
I love the arc of this song, the way it rushes in and grabs you and then gets quiet again. My favorite part is the refrain: Please destroy me, please destroy me, please destroy me... I think there is no better way to describe how it feels to be left by someone you love.

10. Bikini Kill | Suck My Left One
Kathleen Hanna's voice is so astounding and powerful. This was my anthem through High School. It's a perfect Punk song. I wrote suck my left one on everything. It's so much better than suck my dick.
SIDE C | by Madeline Caldwell

1. John Prine | Angel From Montgomery
I grew up in Wyoming and many of my earliest Musical experiences were Country and Bluegrass. I'm always drawn to Music that reminds me of open spaces and moments of pure Solitude. Every year, John Prine came to town. For the first eighteen years of my life, my family would caravan to sit in a small room full of cowboy boots, patchouli and ski goggles—my neighbors—and listen to this man who was gruff, old and felt like my friend sing the most heartbreaking song. So, in some ways, this song is my home.

2. Lyle Lovett | If I Had A Boat
Another old Country tune. I think I've held on to my whimsy because, if I had a pony, I'd ride it on my boat. I live with an unshakable sense of Wonder. It might be crazy to admit, but I still absolutely believe in Magic.

3. Patricia Morison | So In Love (Kiss Me, Kate Original 1948 Cast Recording)
I used to listen on repeat to these beautiful recordings of Cole Porter singing his own songs. Of course, they've been recorded by some of the best singers of all time, but I still love listening to his reedy, tenuous, vulnerable voice.

4. Dinosaur L | Go Bang! #5
This song makes me smile and think of friends and parties and sparkly dancing fish.

5. Carole King | Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (The Shirelles Cover)
Maybe it says something about me that I think this is the most romantic song ever written, but I don't quite believe that Love can be permanent.

6. Erykah Badu | Tyrone (Live)
If some monster told me I could only sing one song for the rest of my life, this would probably be it. Or R. Kelly - The World's Greatest (can #6 be two songs?)...

7. Robyn | Call Your Girlfriend
There are very few songs that I'll dance to. There is only one song that I can't not dance to. Yes, that's a very serious double negative. I've danced-off to this song and won.

8. Belong | Come See 
So I think everyone has a walking around song, and this is mine. I'm in New York. I'm dodging folks on the sidewalk. My knees are practically buckling from the pace. A lightening bolt could strike and I'd probably not even notice. And this is the song in my head.

9. Dark Dark Dark | Daydreaming
I listened to this song many times with a person I loved. It still feels like it was written about us.

10. The Caretaker | In The Deep And Dark Hours Of The Night
This album is the most dreamy, haunting thing I've ever listened to. In many of my dreams, I'm waltzing in a ballroom spinning until I can't see the floor and always this song is playing.
SIDE D | by Phillip Pantuso

1. Thomas Wayne With The DeLons | Tragedy
Once, while going through a breakup, I accidentally left this song on repeat before I went to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night, and it was pitch-black except for the luminescent glow of my computer screen, and quiet but for the faint strains of this song. Thomas Wayne was the brother of the guitarist in Johnny Cash’s band, and while on Tragedy he sounds like a man well acquainted with heartbreak, he was only 19 when the song it came out. It was his only hit.

2. New Order | Lonesome Tonight
This is the song I listen to when I want to remember how to carry my Fatalism. There’s Hope in that Peter Hook bassline.

3. My Bloody Valentine | Come In Alone
Listening to Loveless is like staring at the Sun; the album sounds completely otherworldly to me, elementally alien from anything else I’ve ever heard. It remains a mystery, better experienced than analyzed. But occasionally it cracks open, just a little bit, and you hear something you hadn’t before—a whispered vocal that materializes into English, a guitar line surging amidst the dense churn. In those moments, it’s like you’ve peered behind a veil. One of my fondest memories was taking acid with a girl I love, lying down on the hardwood floors of her house, and listening to this record, and in particular this song, as loud as we could. I heard something new that day.

4. Cocteau Twins | Fotzepolitic
I never quite know what Elizabeth Fraser is singing, but I hear the first line as My dreams are low... They’re sick and must be dressed. That is a good description of Melancholy, isn’t it? This song (the whole album, really) is so supersaturated, all indigos and reds and violets, overwhelming and airless. From that shuttle-launch intro you’re just along for the ride.

5. Chris Bell | Speed Of Sound
This is such a huge, raw song, with a subjugated Meanness fading at the cold heart of it. Every time that rattled-bones chorus comes around, it surprises me. Bell wrote this song in either 1974 or 1975, not long after leaving Big Star, where he felt overshadowed by the more famous Alex Chilton. He was battling Depression, a heroin addiction, and the growing sense that he wasn’t fit for the World, which he tried to reconcile with a strong belief in Christ. He was either 23 or 24 when he recorded it, already a fading light outshone by other, brighter lights, and it wasn’t released until 1992—fourteen years after he’d died, at age 27, in a car crash in Memphis.

6. Bob Dylan | Love Minus Zero/No Limit
I’ve given many, many hours of my life to Dylanology. I’ve got stacks of live bootlegs, where I think Dylan was really at his best. But for my money, this is the best song he put to wax.

7. Fleetwood Mac | I Know I'm Not Wrong
I’m a sucker for upbeat sad songs—there are a few on our record. This is probably the purest Pop song on my mix, three perfect minutes that encapsulate an affair and a breakup.

8. Galaxie 500 | Ceremony (Joy Division Cover)
This song unfurls like a harrowing opiate experience. The audacity of Dean Wareham’s performance here—it’s like a dare. I feel like he’s staring right through me. When the tambourines and the root note on the bass come in near the end—what a moment.

9. Robert Palmer | Woke Up Laughing
I’m a constant worrier, often up to my eyeballs in anxiety. I worry about money, my career, my family, whether or not I’m doing the right thing at the right time, if I’ve made the right plan, or if I should make no plan at all. Only occasionally do I feel like very little of that stuff isn’t Life-or-Death important. But of course, none of it is. Life is an absurd theatre, and you should have fun, right? For me, this song is the soundtrack to that feeling.

10. Pale Saints | A Thousand Stars Burst Open
The girl I mentioned earlier? Some years ago, driving in my car in Texas, we decided we felt the exact same way about this song, and about each other. Decided—that’s not the right word. The best and worst things impel themselves. They make the decision for you.
SIDE E | by Tim Simmonds

​1. Soltero | Pure Joy
This song climbed inside my head weeks ago and has been bouncing around in there ever since. It wants to tell me about Joy. Apparently, it has something to do with Sam Cooke at the Apollo.

2. Pharoah Sanders | The Creator Has A Master Plan
Or maybe it has something to do with this. The restaurant across the street from my apartment blasts this song out into the street on weekends. When that happens, I keep my windows open.

3. Randy Newman | Marie
Randy Newman taught me everything I know about America, my adopted home. I think it's safe to say there is no more beautiful Love song than Marie.

4. Case Studies | From Richard Brautigan (Demo from Todo Muere Volume 3)
Field Guides are not the only band to appropriate Richard Brautigan for their own wicked ends. Case Studies remade this song for their album, but I like this demo version the best. It’s distant and mournful.

5. My Bloody Valentine | You Made Me Realise
Time hasn’t softened this one, and never will. You cannot do Yoga to this.

6. Nick Drake | Road
The first Nick Drake song I ever heard, and still the one I come back to. So unbearably sad.

7. The Shangri-Las | Out In The Streets
Almost as unbearable as the Nick Drake song. The drama of this song always gets to me.

8. Orange Juice | Flesh Of My Flesh
I’ve always had a touch of Glasgow envy. So many great bands. I don’t think I could have made it there, though. I’m a touch too delicate. This was on my first mixtape made for me by my High School girlfriend. I remember every song and this was my favorite.

9. Melody Dog | Futuristic Lover
This band barely existed, and the song itself seems to be hanging by a thread the whole way through, but there’s such sweetness.

10. The Fall | Fantastic Life
There’s a Fall song for every day of the year. This one is for today.
SIDE F | by Matthew Evans

1. Nick Drake | One Of These Things First
Such simple and powerful songwriting with elegant orchestration and voice.

2. Lower Dens | I Get Nervous
Like the Nick Drake song, there is an intimacy to this track that I love.

3. Nico | It Was A Pleasure Then (with Lou Reed and John Cale)
I'm drawn to the Abstraction in this song.

4. Women | Can't You See
There's a sense of Freedom and Experimentation in the individual parts of this song; blankets of Sound that surround the song itself.

5. Steve Reich | Four Organs
I'm drawn to methodical compositions as much as I'm drawn to songs. I constantly search for Music that is about its Construction and Form. I've studied and performed a lot of Reich's work and his Music was a strong part of my youth.

6. Horse Lords | Macaw
Horse Lords bring a similar Meticulousness to their compositions but in slightly different context, not to mention their live show is unbelievable.

7. Suicide | Che
This song is extremely simple in its construction. It is anxious yet anthemic.

8. Yo La Tengo | Last Days Of Disco
Here is a different form of Persistence. This song is nostalgic and warm. They're very different songs but I'm magnetized to their repetition.

9. Eno | Needles In The Camel's Eye
Catchy riffs, a depth of Production, and a fearless vocal performance. This is one of my favorite tracks from Here Come The Warm Jets, an album full of studio experiments.

10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Heavy Metal
CYHSY's self-titled album is packed with layers—the first 10 seconds of Heavy Metal, for example—and riffs that get stuck in my head for days.

1. Nick Drake | Hazey Jane II
I only pick this song because it was the first time I heard him sing. It could be any of his. It was 1982 and I found a copy of Bryter Layter in a second hand store in Newcastle (Australia). I only liked it for the cover photo. Nick sitting there, lank hair, shoes off. I’d never heard of him. I also saw John Cale in the credits so I took it home, put it on. The opening track was an instrumental. Then Hazey Jane II came on and Nick started singing and it was like taking my first drink. I was living in a bedsit just off the main street and night and day forever I played that album. I made cassettes for friends. In 1985 I found an album Heaven In A Wild Flower which was a compilation and the first I knew there were other albums. In 1998 when my band was playing in London I traveled to Danzey by train and walked to the village to visit his resting place. I had a copy of our new album as a gift for Nick’s folks, Rodney & Molly, who I had heard gladly welcome pilgrims. I found the family house and knocked and was told they had both passed away.

2. Smog | Running The Loping
I keep coming back to this song, it says so much but also captures Stillness & Nothingness. Like many of my favourite artists, his oeuvre merges into one.

3. Jarvis Cocker | From Auschwitz To Ipswich
...Not one single soul was saved. I was ordering an Indian take-away... One of my favourite lines of all time. The sentiment of this song carves like a knife through the trollop of Pop.

4. Elliott Smith | Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?
He paints such a picture and, perhaps, now knowing the back end of the story, the irony cuts even deeper. I miss him a lot. I was at a Cat Power show and he was standing beside me. Just before we left I told him I loved him.

5. New Order | Age Of Consent
In 1983 I was living in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, going to Art School, surfing, gobbling whatever I could, playing bass in a romantic Punk band. The guitar player made me a mix tape that included Age Of Consent and I guess it summed up the times. There were loads of great songs on that tape and I played it for years. In 1985 I saw New Order play in Manhattan. They got about 15 minutes into the set when something ticked them off and they quit the gig. People threw chairs and whatever they could at the stage. It was mayhem and everything I hoped they would be.

6. Sparklehorse | Shade And Honey 
It could be any Sparklehorse song, but this is playing today. From the opening note of Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot through to every thing he ever did, Mark Linkous saved me a thousand times. I think actually, maybe I should pick Saturday.

7. Elton John | Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
An old friend of mine played piano and we’d go around to his house after School and jam. It was the mid to late 70’s and he loved Elton John. We played Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters a lot. What maybe makes this song more poignant for me was that my old friend who was the most ridiculously talented musician went on to become a banker.

8. Leonard Cohen | I Can’t Forget
I first heard a Leonard Cohen album in 1982. I think it was New Skin For The Old Ceremony. Then I went back through and explored his catalogue and poetry and books. Needless to say it was a revelation and I’m sure he is one of my greatest lyrical influences. This particular song resonates perhaps because I was in Greece in 1988 and I’m Your Man had just come out and there were Life-size black & white cut outs of Leonard outside all the Music stores eating a yellow banana. I have always found him very amusing. My parents came from Greece so I was initially intrigued to learn he spent a lot of time on the island of Hydra. Sometime in the late 90’s I was there and met an older German lady who knew he & Suzanne well. She wrote a letter of introduction for me and drew a map to their house. I found it, but felt dumb about intruding.

9. The Necks | Sex 
How can this record be? After so many listens it continues to change. It’s like watching the Sea. And it’s the most aptly titled of tracks.

10. David Lane | Lucky Joe
I’m sure I first heard this song in a bar in Glebe (Australia) and it quickly became one of my favourites. Why, I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s the way he describes the Isolation you feel at the end of the working day and Hope seems gone, but when really it’s everywhere around you. I later met the singer and we’ve gone on to be friends. It was recorded some years later for his Compass album.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1397 | by Ryan Schmidt [Ryan Skyy]

1. Arthur De Lulli | Chopsticks (Performed by Brett Youens)
An unlikely choice for a top 10 favorite, but I chose this because it was the first song I ever learned on the piano, taught to me by my great Aunt Shirley on her piano, of which she would eventually pass down to me after she passed away from breast cancer. My great aunt introduced me to the piano which ultimately shaped the rest of my life as a musician, composer, producer, singer and performer. She had no formal training, but could play anything by ear. Her mother played piano for silent movies and her cousin, Chester Shull, wrote the #1 Billboard hit (It’s No) Sin by The Four Aces in 1951 and so she was passing along the musical torch to me.

2. Donny Hathaway | A Song For You (Leon Russell Cover)
This song holds special meaning in my heart because the melody, lyrics, and SOUL behind it really captivated me as a child and made me fall in Love with Motown and Soulful Music. I would listen to this song on repeat as a kid and just get lost in the story and picture Donny was painting for me. It was one of my first experiences with the Power of Songwriting.

3. Ace Of Base | The Sign 
My first taste of Swedish POP Music! I was obsessed with this song when it first came out. I was only a kid at the time, but the delicious beats and catchiness of the melodies and vocals really resonated with me. This ended up being my gateway drug into Dance Music and eventually lead me to House Music, which I produce now! Swedish Music’s influence on POP and Dance Music stays with me even to this day and has definitely shaped my Musical Palette.

4. Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
My favorite album of all time. It saddens me now because of how homophobic Lauryn has become publicly in her recent statements, but as a kid the rawness in her voice, in the poetry behind the lyrics, was riveting for me. I remember being at my grandma’s house with my family in the other room, just sitting on her steps listening to this album over and over and over again. I didn’t necessarily relate to everything she was saying, but her unapologetic realness and willingness to wear her deepest thoughts on her sleeve was what stuck with me. I also studied her voice and learned to sing like her connecting the Emotion to the vocals. She shaped my voice as I’d sing along.

5. Dixie Chicks | Cowboy Take Me Away 
This song is rather difficult for me to list, but still represents a major part of my adulthood. It was my song for my ex-boyfriend Phillip and I, who after 5 years of us being together, passed away from suicide. When we first met, our romance was rather swift and unforgiving and he was set to leave for College 4 weeks later. He always said I saved him and the song reminded him of me. When he was leaving for School I remember being in my car, his parents behind us in their SUV with all of Phillip’s things packed up ready to make the long drive to drop him off at College for the first time. We were both so sad because we thought it was the end and, when he came over to say goodbye to me, this song started playing in my car and we both completely lost it. I’ll never forget that moment and also the moment watching him drive away and just feeling so lost and helpless. He ended up transferring so we could be together and we spent 5 years together, moving to NYC, and pursuing our dreams. It was quite a rollercoaster of a relationship that ultimately ended on a bad note, and not soon after he passed away. I will always remember the good times and never forget the lessons I’ve learned from the hard times.

6. Stevie Wonder | Ribbon In The Sky 
Stevie is hands down my favorite writer and vocalist of all time. I’ve admired him ever since I was a kid, learned all of his songs, learned to sing like him, play like him. I just loved him so much. Mainly the Soul and Emotion behind his voice and his incredible songwriting abilities. Him overcoming his handicap/obstacle of being blind inspired me to overcome my own obstacles and, what I thought to be, handicaps. This song is also where my last name Skyy comes from. I used to lose myself in the hallways of School singing Stevie tunes and I sang this all the time. People used to call me Stevie or Mr. Ribbon In The Sky or Mr. Sky and it eventually just stuck and I went with it.

7. Medina | You And I (deadmau5 Remix)
When I was in College I became a bartender and eventually a club promoter for a popular Saturday night party in Pittsburgh. This song was popular at the time, and up until I began promoting, I really didn’t like Dance Music (ironic since I produce Dance Music now, LOL) mainly because I wasn’t exposed to it enough. This was one of the first House tracks I fell in love with that really showed me the beauty of Dance Music. Watching the way people would respond to the Music and the Love in the room really made me fall in love with and want to produce Dance Music.

8. Ryan Skyy | No One (Radio Edit)
I’m not putting my own song on here to say it’s my favorite, but it is memorable because it’s the first Dance song I wrote and also what introduced me to my now mentor of 10 years, DJ Strobe, whom I met working on this song. Strobe produced it for me and showed me what could be if I wrote Dance Music. I never had a chance to hear my Music like that and he really opened my eyes to the possibilities and inspired me to keep going.

9. Pulse | The Lover That You Are (with Antoinette Roberson)
Carla Bianco is my other mentor of 10 years, and this song she wrote in the 90s and became a #1 Billboard hit after she more or less stalked Jellybean (the producer who discovered Madonna) for 3 days waiting for him outside his office and eventually being let in and signed to an RCA Publishing deal after she played him her Music. Carla has always been fearless and inspires me to push harder, push deeper and always break rules and boundaries.

10. The Five Satins | In The Still Of The Night
In High School I was in an A Capella boy group that formed from our local choir and this was my solo number during our sets. It’s memorable to me because being in this group introduced me to 5-part tight harmonies and a musical repertoire ranging from Classical to Medieval to Motown to Contemporary Pop to Folk Music to Doo-Wop. The 5 of us toured Italy when I was in 10th grade and performed in Central and Northern Italy before returning. It was an important experience for me to really immerse myself in harmonies and arrangements and definitely shapes every song I write and record today.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1396 | by Mathieu Hocine [Kid Francescoli] of Husbands

1. Air | J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau
They are my biggest influence. Their Music puts you in a good place. That's exactly my goal in making Music. Plus they made me discover so many wonderful synthesizers by putting their list of gear on the sleeve notes of Moon Safari. It became like a Bible to me and inspired me to buy my first Analog synth, the Korg MS10.

2. The Beach Boys | Surf's Up
How can you write or imagine a song like this? I still don't know. Brian Wilson is way too far above us. He's an alien or something. Even listening to The Beatles, with all their incredible songs and studio experimentations, I just hear a band of guys playing, but in the best moments of Brian Wilson, I don't know, it's like animals, or angels, or something.

3. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood | Paris Summer
I remember clearly the first time I heard this song. It was the beginning of the Slow Internet that made all kinds of Music more accessible. And I also remember the thrill I felt at the chorus, Oh... Oh... Paris Summer. It’s so simple and graceful. I heard that and I thought : 3 chords, 2 words, I can do it. It makes me want to write songs. That's why Lee Hazlewood is still my main influence in terms of chord changes and lyrics. Plus, he and Serge Gainsbourg made made want to start recording women voices.

4. Ratatat | Crips
My favorite contemporary band, next to The Strokes. The equivalent of Lee Hazlewood for Production. I love all of the sounds they use: synths, bass lines, guitars, percussions. I would love to sit in the studio while they work, with my mouth shut and my eyes and ears wide open. They also have great visuals: covers, logos, press pics, everything in good taste. There is something ideal in their universe.

5. Ennio Morricone E La Sua Orchestra | Il Vizio Di Uccidere (Per Qualche Dollaro In Più Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtracks and movies have always been very inspiring to me, and Maestro Morricone is my favorite. What I like in soundtracks is that they can involve these intricate orchestra pieces, but at the end of the day you just find people whistling the main themes in the shower like a typical Pop song. I like Morricone’s themes so much that it sometimes gets in the way of my own writing. I find myself playing the guitar and whistling, and just as I’m about to record, I think, No, wait, this is too Morricone, again. And he wrote so much material. I take my time going through it so I can keep discovering him for the rest of my life.

6. Serge Gainsbourg | L'Homme À Tête De Chou
Impossible not to be influenced by him when you make Music in France, and yet it's impossible to imitate him because he is so unique. He's an amazing songwriter and piano player. He's got style, he's refined, cultivated, and intellectual, and he made Love to the most beautiful women. That's too much, he's a beast. I like his lyrics because they are clever - sometimes it's like he winks at you with his voice. In this song, for instance, at the beginning he says mec, which is sort of like dude. He could say man or guy or something to match the elegance of the Music, but mec is popular, it speaks to everybody. Plus it's the way my grandfather addresses me.

7. Grandaddy | He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
I've probably listened to this song a thousand times. I remember that period when Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and Sparklehorse released their masterpiece albums around 2000. It changed the way people looked at Pop bands. Suddenly they could be serious and deep and adventurous.

8. Wu-Tang Clan | Shame On A Nigga
Wu-Tang is what made me start listening to Hip-Hop and I've never stopped. The RZA production is crazy: the cuts, beats and bass-lines are sort of strange and quirky, but that's what gives them their special groove. And the Method Man verse is my all-time favorite. I memorized it completely. Then I realized I'll never be a rapper.

9. Nirvana | Drain You
Like all the kids my age, I got my first Rock 'N' Roll fix with Nirvana. They played three songs on French TV. At the end of Drain You you get Kurt Cobain throwing his guitar and screaming like an angry eagle swooping down on its prey. You're at the table eating your pasta and suddenly you're like: that’s what I’m going to do when I grow up and suddenly everything stops (you can find it on YouTube by typing Nirvana Nulle Nart Ailleurs). I also learned how to play drums by watching Dave Grohl.

10. Spiritualized | Broken Heart
Listening to Jason Pierce helped me find my own voice, especially this song. It's a murmur. It's sometimes a problem on stage, but I like the gap it creates on a record, thanks to Technology: a quiet voice very compressed at a huge volume. It brings so much Intimacy to the listener, especially when you are listening to it with headphones (which for me is the best way to listen to it).

+11. Pachanga Boys | Time
I've discovered clubs and Nightlife in the last few years. I'm not a crazy dancer, but I spent a lot of time listening to the Music at these places, trying to get how Electronic Music is built: cuts, beats, bass-lines, use of filters, etc. This song spoke to me in particular. It made me get the importance of Production, because it's ultra Electronic, but the chords suite could be played on the guitar or piano and make a sad and beautiful Folk song or something for a soundtrack.

+12. Arvo Pärt | Spiegel Im Spiegel (Performed by Vladimir Spivakov and Sergej Bezrodny)
I discovered this song in the movie Gerry by Gus Van Sant. I’ve been learning to play the piano and when I had to pick a song, I chose this one and spent a night analyzing it. It’s the perfect song to play on loop for a peaceful Sunday or a long, quiet drive.

1. Whitman | So☆Cal 
Growing up in San Diego County I wanted nothing more than to go somewhere else. So much of my angst and disgust with my hometown can be felt in this song. When I found out that Abe from Treasure Mammal was making a compilation with my other homies like Space Alien Donald and Peter/Renata I got very excited. I discovered Whitman through this compilation and reflect on this song anytime I feel homesick. I am almost always instantly cured. I heard from my friend John that Whitman was a rad but unstable dude. Once, John told me that after a show Whitman tried to drown himself in a lake or something like that. I don't know if that’s true. Favorite lyric: Oh, Southern California... Where most of the trees are cell phone towers...

2. Gorillaz | The Swagga
Damon makes great Music. Blur and his side projects all are great too. There is this documentary called Bananaz that I saw when I was graduating High School. The first pre-theatrical release online for a feature and I think there are many other great firsts the Gorillaz represent. Their roster has had Del, MF, Kid Koala, and so many others... How can you not love this band. Favorite lyric:

But I go: Wooh!
I just go: Wooh!
We all go: Wooh!
We all go: Wooh!
All right!

3. The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Deep In The Devil's Eye & You (Unreleased Alternate Version)
Dig! BJM saved my life. XOXO. Have you ever felt like Anton in your life, someone that is rare breed too crazy to die, too rare to live? This is way more Shoegazey then their other stuff and that might be why it is one of my favorites. P.S.: LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN FIND LYRICS TO THIS SONG!

4. LAKE R∆DIO | Always
Such a devotional and pastel song. Get caught at airports listing to this as a goodbye song... Favorite lyric : I will always think of you, and only you...

5. Elliott Smith | Condor Ave.
I drove across a fair portion of California one night to this song with all my stuff. Sad stuff. Favorite lyric: A sick shouting like you hear at the fairground...

6. aNTOJE | LVL_WEST [ode to JudgeJudy]
Snap my neck to my favorite ‘younger-than-me’ producer from Canada. So Lo-Fi crunchy, Breakbeat down, mothafuckin' blow my speakers out, bleeding lean and dro from Space shiz. Great tape from France last year, stop sleeping on this, bruh, bruh!

7. Aesop Rock | Drawbridge (feat. Doseone)
Hypnotic. Last time I saw Aesop perform it was with Kimya at the Timberland Regional Library in my town last Spring. One of the few events I have seen in a library. One time I saw Tommy Chong promoting his book The I Chong: Meditations From The Joint, but that's pretty much it for library shows. Favorite lyric: I've got charcoals in my heart, but I've got charcoals in my heart... I've got charcoals by the armfuls that burn my armor apart...

8. The Mothers Of Invention | What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?
Mother never lets me down. I met some guy named Dweezil in the proverbial waiting room when I used to go to Humboldt State University. Who isn’t in it for the money?

9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls.
One of the first vinyls ever given to me. Such a powerful and cinematic album. The way the Music guides and builds has left me feeling more relaxed and entranced than any Classical composition. The back of this album and the story about how Godspeed! owned up to not doing their’ homework always makes me smile too.

10. Wanda Jackson | Whirlpool (Played at 33RPM *popcorn* YouTube Version)
Only Lovers Left Alive is based on my lifestyle.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1394 | by Sonia Güttler [Sonae]

1. Fläskkvartetten | Innocent
Fleshquartet... I first heard this track while watching the Grand Pas De Deux of Mats Ek's ballett Appartement danced by Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Le Riche. It is such an intimate, focussed composition - it makes me stop breathing.

2. Philip Glass | Glassworks: I. Opening 
Sadness and Hope, repetitive and floating like a Musical Mantra. Played on a piano, the perfect instrument. Does it need more?

3. Maurice Ravel | Boléro (Tempo Di Boléro, Moderato Assai) (Played by Boston Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Seiji Ozawa)
One of the most exciting pieces of Music I've ever heard. It is powerful and thrilling from first to last moment. When I was young I played the Boléro up and down... A killer tune!

4. Max Richter | November
It is hard to name one favourite track when it comes to Max Richter. You'll love him or you'll hate him. He is a master of celebrating a melancholic, yearning, painful listening experience. He has a poetic understanding for the dramatic dialouge between Minor and Pause.

5. Apparat | Granular Bastard
It is not only about this one track when speaking about Apparat, but his understanding for the relation of Beauty and Roughness in Music, his atmospheric but fragmentary arrangements feel very familiar to my own Music aesthetical understanding. But well, you never know... Music offers too much space for interpretation.

6. Nils Frahm, Anne Müller | 7fingers
This album was written for me, I am sure. What else to think when you finally get on vinyl what you have been dreaming of for many many years? A perfect combination of my beloved frickelige and glitchy Electronics and Classic Music. Yay!

7. Jon Hopkins | Vessel
Another piece of that kind of Electronic Music you want to hear when you love Ballett.

8. Nathan Fake | Castle Rising
For me the most inspiring artist regarding track structure. He knows how to keep things flowing without getting boring. He also works with very rough sounds in dialouge/contrast to sweet, beautiful moments... It's about friction, about leaving the comfort zone behind. When Music starts questioning itself, it becomes Art. (This is why House is boring.)

9. James Holden | Lump 
+ The Inheritors. One of the most honest artists I've heard so far. The edgy, raw, beautiful track Lump already was one of my favourites and it somehow reffered to what would happen later in the album The Inheritors. An album that sounds like someone is getting completly mentally naked. It feels like a view into every hidden corner of the artist's soul. It's an amazing album. Consequent, radical and beautiful. I'd wish more protagonists of the Club Scene would speak out an artistic statement like James Holden did.

10. Moby | Go 
+ Age Of Love - The Age Of Love... + Underworld - Rez... + Metal Master - Spectrum... + UNKLE - Reign and many more... I do not want to hide the fact that I have an intense love for Hard Trance, Techno and Rave anthems. After spending childhood and teenage years listening mostly to Classical Music, wondering why common Pop and Rock does not touch me at all, the instrumental and epic sounds of 90's Club Culture meant a musical revelation to me. There is nearly no Music out there for me, I thought. And suddenly there was. I found out that I am not the only one being bored of Charts Music. It was a wonderful Welcome To The Club experience, opening an universe full of great Music beyond what common radio and television had to offer.