WARMER MIXTAPES #1625 | by Tyler Taormina [Cloud] of Adam & Naive, Marblemouth and Fjords

Photo by Carson Lund

1. Secos & Molhados | Sangue Latino
This song is sheer energy. When the vocals come in I feel Hope and Wonder swell up in me. When that first chord change happens I feel a sort of momentum driving me towards a good place. Watch the video on YouTube to see the singer in his wonderful revolutionary garb in the face of a militarily dictated Brazil.

2. The Replacements | Swingin Party
First off, the flow. It’s impossible not to nod along to this tune. Then we can talk about the production value. I love those drums and guitars and Paul Westerberg’s voice strikes through like an angel’s would. I also love the lyrics here. All that business about the feather... So funny. What is that?

3. Sonoak | You Are Good
The first note strikes and I feel peaceful because I know the rhythm so well by this point. I know to nod back and forth as if in prayer. This song was clearly written at a time of Grace. Holy notes to Self.

4. Stereolab | Come And Play In The Milky Night
This song reminds me of the scene in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou where the whole crew takes their climactic plummet in the submarine, searching for the shark. It has a sense of exploring The Unknown. I love that bass riff too much, to me it’s The Anchor in The Exploration.

5. Sun Kil Moon | Duk Koo Kim
How can I spoil this one with my words? All I’ll say is I only listen to this song when tragedy happens in my life. It’s so powerful that it’s the only piece of Art I can trust when things go truly wrong.

6. Arthur Russell | Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun/ Let’s See
What a tune. I wish it were nine and a half minutes longer. I feel like this is a rare recording in that it seems like Arthur Russell was able to articulate an idle mind’s meander, only it’s the weirdest mind you can encounter. I love when he sings with a hush as if he didn’t want to disturb his roommates in the middle of the night or something.

7. Gang Starr | Moment Of Truth 
I listen to this song at the crack of dawn on the first day of every film shoot of mine. It not only gets me pumped up, but it also has a way of doing so with a samurai-like spirituality. I feel like Guru had a wisdom that all too many song writers lack.

8. Caetano Veloso | Cucurrucucú Paloma
Another song that is so masterful and holy that I really shouldn’t speak much about it. Cinema loves this song. It’s been used in four very good movies, but only one of them really deserves to be spoken of, Hable Con Ella by Almodóvar. I love songs like this that prove that the mark of Age is necessary for Full Communication. Sometimes it feels too much like the Music market is saturated by 20’s & 30’s that expire like milk soon after.

9. Blueboy | Fearon
Keith Girdler, Rest In Peace. Fear is one of my closest associates in my life. To hear him sing this refrain so gracefully just feels like those rare moments when the veil is lifted and all is clear once again. Then there’s that killer solo at the end.

10. Even As We Speak | Anybody Anyway 
The perfect Pop song. Lights up like a firecracker and every crackle and Pop of its 2:10 hits me right where it should. I think I’ve listened to this song forty times in a row when I first heard it. A little gem here.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1624 | by Abrão Levin [Abrão] of Kafka and Abrão E Os Lincolns

Photo by Ben Palhov

You asked me to dive in my turbulent soul and bring you back ten treasures.
Well... It has been a long road and more than half of a century...
My musical conscience start very faraway from the point I'm right now...

Growing up in the 60s and 70s in Brazil, a country under a military dictatorship,
was very difficult to have access to New Music, it was taken as subversive culture...
Everything started for me when I saw for the first time Elvis Presley singing in the movies.
All those beautiful girls falling in Love...
I just knew it! I wanted to be like that.

1. Elvis Presley | Kiss Me Quick
This is the first song I learn to sing and play on the guitar, as a 12-year-old boy. It says all I wanted to say to a girl. The rush feeling of the first kisses are unforgettable.

2. Caetano Veloso | Chuva, Suor E Cerveja (Rain, Sweat And Beer)
I remember still the first tape player/recorder that we had. And with it: two tapes cassettes. One with this song - the first Brazilian song I could hear and repeat again and again until I learned the lyrics so well that it made me understand that I can write in my own language my own words.

3. Led Zeppelin | Kashmir
This is the song that drove me to build my first electric guitar. I spent hours in front of the music instruments store window. Looking to the expensive guitars, dreaming to have the money to buy one. I managed the get enough to buy an amplifier, a pickup and steel strings that I used to transform my classic guitar in an electric guitar.

4. The Clash | London Calling
With Brazil back to Democracy, the first new and young Music started coming and The Clash was there to give us a boost of Creativity and a strong wish to play a lot of bands started just after the listening of the album London Calling.

5. Joy Division | Love Will Tear Us Apart 
My broken soul could finally find some others similar or even more tormented souls and Ian Curtis really catched me with his sensibility and sadness... I never heard anyone to express it so well.

6. Dead Can Dance | Enigma Of The Absolute
Why I have this karma with The Dark and Mysterious Side of Life? Maybe all humans have their dark and twisted side, that we try to heal or just survive it... This Music helps me to experience emotionally something that is very hard and painful to share in any other way.

7. Chico Buarque De Hollanda | Retrato Em Branco E Preto (with Antônio Carlos Jobim)
This song and its lyrics is a map of the Lonely Soul. It explains in a simple and genius way why there is all The Suffering of The Broken Hearth.

8. Francisco Alves & Castro Barbosa | Feitio De Oração
This is some of the best lyrics written in Portuguese of all times. Noel Rosa is the genius behind the Brazilian Music lyrics. I cannot sleep in peace if I don't include this song in my list.

9. Beck | Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime (The Korgis Cover) (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Everything falls in place in this song... In a time when I lost Hope in Humanity... When I thought that nothing more could be done to move my fossil self... This song saved me and comforted me, giving just enough air to breathe and survive another day.

10. Daft Punk | Technologic
I was lost, The World just moved on... I felt like an old vintage instrument living in a desert alone and waiting to die... The Digital Inside The Box era have started and I'm a part of The Past. Daft Punk showed me The Light at the end of the tunnel. While listening to this song I started rebuilding my studio and a new horizon appeared. I was now able, from my isolated little island, to compose, record, produce and release my Music. That was a big revolution and a new beginning.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1623 | by Adam Klopp of Bat Manors, Human Leather and Choir Boy

1. Kate Bush | Cloudbusting
I can’t remember the first time I listened, but this whole album is my favorite. Best written and produced Pop album of all time. This song in particular has always struck me with its sadness and hopefulness. Bizarre historical reference, yet still relatable.

2. Glen Campbell | Wishing Now
A friend got me hooked on Glen Campbell in summer of 2017, right before I left on tour with my other band Human Leather. The third morning into the trip was spent hanging out with some friends at a river in Missoula, MT. At some point this older man named Lee approached us and offered us beer and wanted to chat. He told us about the casino he hangs out at and all of the hats he’s found while riding his bike. Eventually he started singing, so we requested Glen Campbell. He knew all the hits. It was very serendipitous. After that, Wishing Now was frequently cued for Driving Music.

3. The Lotus Eaters | The First Picture Of You
My best buddy and bandmate Chaz showed me this song. It’s incredibly dorky, flowery and poetic - which we are mutually suckers for. The first picture of you, the first picture of Summer, seeing the flowers scream their joy... Heartbreaking and nostalgic. It sounds romantic, but I’m pretty sure it’s a recollection of childhood elation. Sometimes I feel stupid for loving it so much.

4. The Sundays | You're Not The Only One I Know
Winter of 2016 I tried acid for the first time. I went to the park by my house and saw a bunch of folks trying to wrangle a bald eagle that had escaped the aviary. One guy was tossing slices of wonder bread up in the air hoping to entice the big bird to come down from its perch. After that I went to a bowling alley that was over run by motorbike men with cigarette stained mustaches and piercing blue eyes. I ended the night cruising YouTube for tunes and came across this song. Beautiful ending to a strange day.

5. Lowlife | Swing
Beautiful song by a tragically overlooked band. Regarded as the most precious thing, we've lost the reason to swing.

6. The B-52's | Ain’t It A Shame 
I never thought I cared much for The B-52's until I heard Summer Of Love (also a great song) with fresh ears in summer 2017 on the radio. I dove into the rest of the record (Bouncing Off The Satellites) and found Ain’t It A Shame which became an immediate favorite. One of their moodiest, prettiest songs.

7. Valerie Dore | It's So Easy (Vocal Version)
This is my favorite Italo Disco song, sung by my favorite Italo Disco singer. I think she’s one of the few vocalists of the genre who did an albums worth of material stuck to a cohesive sound.

8. Cass McCombs | You Saved My Life
In my early 20’s, a group of my friends, that were all playing in various intersecting Music projects, decided to join a soccer league. We were terrible, but it was amazing. We innovated many cool moves and learned a lot about Sport Aggression. Anyhow, on the way to one of the games a friend put this song on. I felt how I used to feel in High School when I’d hear a new favorite song. Such a rare thing these days. The vocals are beautiful with strange phrasing and the beat is so sparse in the verse that you don’t catch on that it’s a waltz until the chorus hits and then it’s gone. It drives me bonkers in a good way.

9. Cleaners From Venus | The Jangling Man
I first heard this band at the deli I work at. Back when I started in 2015, I worked with this Rock & Roll purist named Joey. He’s a self proclaimed pizza guy with a no Pop policy apart from home recording weirdos like R. Stevie Moore & Martin Newell. One day this song came on and I was blown away. Very catchy and politically sharp. Incredibly relevant today. Joey turned me on to a lot of cool Music, and bravely swore at a lot of customers. Love you, Joey.

10. Them Are Us Too | Marilyn
This is a really special band that made one of my favorite albums of the last five years or so. Two of the most creative & talented artists of their genre and in general. I count myself incredibly lucky to have seen them a couple times. RIP Cash Askew.

+11. The Magnetic Fields | Why I Cry
I think I first heard this song on MySpace when I was 15 or so. I pretty much exclusively listened to Punk up until that point, so it was pretty unique to hear something like that.

Honorable mentions:

+12. The Microphones | The Moon
+13. Mount Eerie | Moon Sequel
+14. Tamaryn | Sugarfix
+15. Yellow Magic Orchestra | Kai-Koh 
+16. dip in the pool | On Retinae (East Version)
+17. Drab Majesty | Not Just A Name
+18. Homecomings | Did You Get My Note?
+19. Fleetwood Mac | Everywhere
+20. Depeche Mode | Blasphemous Rumours
+21. Talking Heads | This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
+22. Björk | Hyper-ballad 

WARMER MIXTAPES #1622 | by George Dervenagas [VHS Dreams]

1. Push | Universal Nation (Original 12" Mix) 
This is the track that made me wanna make Music for the first time in my life. I didn't listen to any Music at all until I reached 13 years of age, when this track came to my hands on a compilation CD of Trance Classics and to my young ears sounded like a signal from Space! I remember lying on my bed listening to it everyday, conjuring images of nebulas and cosmic rays in my head, and letting that feeling of Universality flow through me. Spending time also trying to understand what kind of instrument could ever make these sounds, it was right there and then that I had my first urge of becoming a Music artist. The extended original mix is 10 minutes long, and it's the version that I highly recommend.

2. The Age Of Love | The Age Of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix)
This remix of The Age Of Love by Jam & Spoon (commonly falsely referred to as the original artists) needs no introduction to an Electronic Dance Music fan. Also commonly referred to as the first example of a Trance track reaching the masses, and a genre anthem, I had this on the same compilation CD that included Universal Nation and the pair were played back and forth for hours upon hours on my Sony Diskman. The break with the swelling pads and the angelic synthesized stuttering voice is still one of the best moments I've come across in Electronic Music.

3. The KLF | What Time Is Love? (Pure Trance Original)
If all the essence of what Trance Music used to be in the early 90's could be condensed into one single song then it has to be the Pure Trance Original version of What Time Is Love?. Released in 1988 and widely considered the harbinger of a genre yet to come, the track was way ahead of its time. Hypnotic is probably the best way to describe it in a single word. Growing up in the 90's and 00's in rural Greece came with some disadvantages such as not having Internet access 'til the late 00's and thus no way to discover new Music except from whatever you could get from friends. While most of Europe had entered the Internet Age for good, Music on the Greek countryside was still circulating from hand to hand. I discovered this track very late after being a fan of The KLF for so long and knowing little about them or their work beyond their Stadium House trilogy. And yet, when I did, I was instantly transported back to that feeling.

4. Beloved | The Sun Rising (Adam & Eve's House Of The Rising Sun)
I first found out about this track quite late compared to most others on this list, on a documentary about the Second Summer Of Love. I knew The Beloved from other major hits they had, but this track is definitely their finest hour in my book. It encapsulates all that was great about Comedown Music, and the feeling of sunrise washing you down after a long night's party outdoors. It also leaves me with a wanderlust feeling to travel through not Space, but Time, and experience the Second Summer Of Love. Those times are gone now, and for us, younger ones, all we're left with is nothing but our imagination, and tracks like this one to offer solace.

5. Jean-Michel Jarre | Oxygene (Part II)
Oxygene (Part II) is my favorite track from Jarre's seminal album Oxygene. Overshadowed by the catchier Oxygene (Part IV), which is probably his signature track to this day, Part II is more introspective, longer and better. I first heard of it after years of coming across the album's name being mentioned here and there, and decided to have a listen. I was instantly hooked. Up to that point I only thought of Electronic Music as synonymous to Dance and Oxygene opened a whole new horizon! Whenever I hear it's pads, wind howls and effects, I get transported over cold winter seas back home. Its influence on me was massive, and can be heard on my latest album Lost World and especially on my track Shores Of Euboea.

6. The KLF | Madrugada Eterna
Only The KLF could have a second track on this top list. Madrugada Eterna appeared on their first LP, Chill Out, which helped popularize Ambient and, well, Chillout Music as well as establishing the term Ambient House. This particular track evokes Pink Floyd-esque vibes throughout. It is long and beautiful and everytime I hear it I get transported back to my family house at the balcony, overlooking the shores of Euboea on a warm summer night's dawn, drowsiness crawling in and letting the vista give way to dreams as I fall asleep with this track playing in the background. Madrugada Eterna means Eternal Dawn and I think the name says it all.

7. SNAP! | Rhythm Is A Dancer (7" Edit) 
I mentioned before that I grew up in rural Greece in the 90s. Life for kids there is sometimes difficult for foreigners to grasp. In summertime we used to stay out till 3 AM, laughing and chasing each other around like kids do, with our parents and family friends always at a close distance enjoying some fine wine and Music. Occasionally this same scene would end up at one of the outdoors lounge bars in the area. As a 6 year old I spent nights upon nights falling asleep on my mother's lap as my family and their friends were chilling, Music eminating from the indoors dancefloor nearby. That's where, I suspect, I heard this song for the first time and it gives me an almost womb-like feeling everytime I listen to it. It feels like a memory from another life, a life where Unity was felt and expressed though Music. The music video and the track's sonic aesthetics are so on point. Smoky colors reveal Space rockets, juxtaposed with the earthly vibe of black vocals. It is Nostalgia in its purest and most true form.

8. Global Communication | 5 23 
The Sun is rising, and you've finally found inner peace and felt whole again. Beyond these simple words there are no other to describe why I love this track and how it makes me feel.

9. Binary Finary | 1999 (Kaycee Remix)
Picture this: It is a bright day, The Sun is shining and The Horizon is filled with great fluffy white clouds. You're standing on top of a miles high cliff, overlooking the endless sea and the carpet of clouds in the distance. You take a free fall, and keep falling for minutes, great thoughts and feelings fill your mind. Just as you're getting closer and closer to hitting water, you land on a gigantic mythical bird which then takes you on a ride over the sea and the clouds at tremendous speeds. All that while this track's chorus is playing on the background. For me, this track and 90s Trance Music epitomizes the feeling of Freedom.

10. Dance 2 Trance | We Came In Peace (Original '90 Mix) 
This composition has a central role in my work as a Music producer, having interpolated it so many times in various tracks of mine. I get feelings of distant, elusive memories everytime the original version of We Came In Peace reaches its main riff. Images of a club in the earliest of the 90's, its dance space quite dark, yet of gigantic dimensions and with a massive PA system emanating this track. And I was there among people dancing in unison, becoming one with each other. I know this never happened in real life. It is what I imagined every time I sat in my bedroom and repeatedly played this song loudly on my headphones, for a period sometime in the late 90s. What I recall, what I am so nostalgic about, is nothing but a memory of a fantasy.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1621 | by Allysen Callery

Songs 2, 4 and 7 in my list are from albums my teen-aged parents owned, I lost them both in different ways when I was quite young, but The Music they loved is within me.

1. Shadow Band | Moonshine
Mike Bruno seems to step out from the gilded pages of Archaic Lore, creating himself from swirling smoke to sing the most beautiful Love songs, tinged with Sorrow. He has gathered some magical friends this time to share his intricate vision, calling themselves Shadow Band. This is my favorite of their songs.

2. Traffic | Dear Mr. Fantasy
Picture your head on a soft silk pillow, with your body laying upon an Oriental rug. Delicate incense smoke winds into the air, friends are nearby talking quietly, and laughing. Dear Mr. Fantasy is playing, and there's nowhere else you'd rather be.

3. Neil Young | Cinnamon Girl
Who is the girl you loved but don't talk to any more? Who wore blue jeans and laughed easily, her long hair blowing in the wind and sunlight ? Cinnamon Girl.

4. The Incredible String Band | Witches' Hat
More songs from the briar woods, for the quiet and shy people, the free folk. Wild Music for elves.

5. Jessica Pratt | Bushel Hyde
I think of Jessica Pratt as a soul sister in the Music she makes, Gentle Music belying themes of Longing and Aloneness.

6. Traffic | Rainmaker
Melancholy beauty, maybe I miss my old home? We lived in Taiwan then and listened to Music on a reel to reel, as well as vinyl.

7. The Rolling Stones | Moonlight Mile
Coming home very late at night from gigs, smoking the last cigarettes of the day, this song keeps me company as I drive home to my sleeping husband, I love him so much.

8. Iggy Pop | Funtime
I heard a snippet of this amazing song in a vampire movie I loved, called The Hunger. It came out in 1983 and had David Bowie in it, and Catherine Deneuve. I bought the soundtrack, but this song wasn't on it. This was pre-Internet, and no one could tell me what it was, or who sang it. Then, years later, I went to a party in Colorado, and someone told me about Iggy Pop/The Idiot, which I bought that week on vinyl.

9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Manic Depression
Beautiful Jimi Hendrix guitar and voice floats over a roiling sea of triple metre, Mitch Mitchell's gorgeous Jazz drumming. Loving someone who won't be loved, but needs it, cries out for it.

10. Ace Frehley | New York Groove
This one is kind of a joke, in that it always make me smile. I live in a small town, and the elation I feel when I drive into NYC to play Music is very real, and I get so excited. If I didn't make myself laugh, I might get nervous! Someone told me: Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1620 | by Dylan Citron [Bedbug/Deadbug]

Apologies to anyone who reads this and is on the list.
Now you know my true secret, I'm an embarrassingly enthusiastic fan.

1. The Radio Dept. | 1995
This was a hard pick, I knew I shouldn't repeat songs, but nearly every song in The Radio Dept.'s catalog has been a personal favorite at one point in my life. I landed on this one because I feel like every year I come back to it, it finds new relevancy in unexpected ways. I also feel like no band has influenced my own albums in the same way that The Radio Dept. has, really perfecting the acoustic guitar - Synth Indie Pop sound. Lots of the songs on this playlist are essentially ode's to Nostalgia (some literally) and this is no different.

2. Modest Mouse | Bankrupt On Selling
This is as close as I'll get to hearing a perfect song in my lifetime. It has more heart alone than 90% of the songs I've ever heard combined. The instrumentation is simple, nothing special, a variation on a pretty basic campfire progression, but the song really shines with the Lyricism and Delivery. My Art is pretty colored by Leftism and I honestly think I owe most of that trajectory of my life to this album alone. I could analyze it line by line, but I don't wanna destroy any of the magic. If you haven't heard it, listen to it once, then listen again with the lyrics in front of you. It's a smarter analysis of the bleakness of a non-existent American Dream than most of Modern Political Science, and a hundred times more poignant.

3. Noname | Paradise (feat. Queen SheCago)
I put this one on here because I remember having an awful work week at my old job, finding this song, and just listening to it on repeat on YouTube for hours on end. It's honestly a gorgeous song and I remember getting emotional on my lunch break the day I found it, listening to some of those lines. Aside from the incredible delivery, the lyrics alone flow together in such a smooth and poetic way, I actually referenced them in all of the seasons, remind me of you, because the line good things come to an end describing a failing friendship hit so so hard.

4. Frog | Catchyalater
I have to preface this by saying that my favorite Frog song is Everything 2002, BUT, since I honestly think this song is the best entry-point into their discography, I put Catchyalater instead. It was the first song I fell in Love with by them, and still today has all the elements that make them such a cool and inventive band. They have a way with lyricism that's so unique, and something I try to emulate often. They perfectly mix somewhat surreal/abstract nostalgic themes with the most intimate emotional expressions. Every one of their songs has a moment where you're living out some tableau of sepia-tone Americana childhood.

5. Elvis Depressedly | Living Dangerously
It took me a really long time to decide on the song here. I've been listening to Elvis Depressedly (as well as Coma Cinema) since I was in High School, it was one of the earlier bands I found through Bandcamp, and the first one I really fell hard for. I must've listened to Mickey's Dead and Hotter Sadness a million times each. I settled on Living Dangerously for a less sentimental reason, and mostly just 'cause it's, honestly, a beautiful song and, whenever I'm stressed/anxious, this song works wonders to calm me down. But listen to all of it, because they're awesome, and huge musical inspirations.

6. Kanye West | Everything I Am
I love Kanye. I was gonna end the blurb there, but this song is so genuine and likeable, it blows my mind that he's as contentious a public figure as he is when he writes songs like this.

7. P.S. Eliot | Troubled Medium
This whole album (Introverted Romance In Our Troubled Minds) is really important to me. It got me through a really tough time in my life when I was really unsure of where my life would take me, I had first left for College, I was in a really long distance relationship that was really tough for me, and I was pretty frequently having panic attacks. I listened to the album a ton the summer just before I left for Freshman Year of College when visiting family in Southern California, so whenever I listen to it now it just feels like The Summer, so it ended up sticking with me that whole year and being essentially an emotional safety net. The whole thing just really resonated with me in a way that not a lot of Music has (but then again, so has most of the Music on this list).

8. Chance The Rapper | Nostalgia
I've grown in and out of Chance, but I don't think I'll ever grow out of this song. It's everything I was looking for in a song. It takes all the reasons I like Bedroom/Emo Music (the Sentimentality/Nostalgia) and then outclasses them in every sense. It has a really youthful spirit, and I've yet to find another song with the same mood with as much heart that hasn't grown heavy handed after a couple listens.

9. Julia Brown | Bloom
I could listen to this song (and album)... Forever? All the songs on this list have had a profound impact on my own songwriting, but I think nowhere is it as transparent as with Julia Brown. I'd call it my favorite band of all time if every other artist on this list didn't also own that title. It's my favorite band of the moment I'm listening to it, which is... Extremely frequently.

10. Modest Mouse | Edit The Sad Parts
I added this one last minute because I realized that Bankrupt On Selling isn't an accurate representation of why I Love Modest Mouse (because it's pretty unique in their discography), but this one is. Imagine all of their earlier material condensed into one Greatest Hits-esque song, and you have Edit The Sad Parts. If I ever drive across the country, I'm putting this song on loop, and I doubt I'll change it.

+11. The Brave Little Abacus | Orange, Blue With Stripes
Who's ready for an essay? If Abundance Of Strawberries by Julia Brown is the album I listen too every night, Just Got Back From the Discomfort—We're Alright is the album I listen too every day. It's almost a joke amongst my friends about how much I talk about it (and Frog, to circle back, LOL). It captures all the youthful sentimentality I've mentioned on this list and it just bottles it into an eccentric and winding adventure in a way that no other album I've ever heard has done. Emo, as a genre, is essentially unlistenable for me now, but not because I don't like it, but because none of it will touch the amount of Creativity in a single BLA song. It all feels stale in comparison. I've been in competition with myself to write albums that create worlds even half as mysterious and fantastical as BLA creates in every track. I picked Orange, Blue With Stripes because it provides the perfect summary to the album, but listening to this song alone does it zero justice. They mix motifs that, by the end of the album, feel comforting and familiar. Also, maybe I'm just a sucker for Synth.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1619 | by Richard Flynn (The Junket) of Captain

1. The Breeders | Off You
I love Kim Deal more than most artists. She's got the knack to write stunning tracks that sound like she hasn't tried at all. This one is from Title TK and is one of my favourite tracks in The World. Tend to listen to it alone though...

2. The Flaming Lips | A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
To be honest, I could basically say anything off The Soft Bulletin. It was an album that changed everything for me. I must have gone to sleep to it about 3000 times when I was kipping on our drummer Reu's floor – way before Captain – when I'd just split with my long-term girlfriend. Things worked out OK, so I have fond memories of the period, it wasn't a trying to get over it LP at all, just a stunning way to fall asleep. I met Wayne Coyne when we played SXSW in Austin and made a complete dick of myself, he was lovely though. Told me to be careful not to get arrested…

3. Swervedriver | Sandblasted
My best friends and I count Swervedriver as one of the greatest bands in The World. We see them whenever they play London and it's kind of an event – we're all going again in May this year, actually, to pretend to be kids again. I must have listened to Mezcal Head, Ejector Seat Reservation, etc., etc., etc.... A trillion times! But it was this EP and the Raise LP that started it all for me – and us!

4. Evil Superstars | B.A.B.Y.
Another pivotal album for me and my friends. Not much to say, it's just a really dirty track that kind of exudes Cool, or my idea of what Cool should sound like if it were able to express itself. It's tuned super low too. It makes me feel very dweeby indeed, but it's OK to be a geek. The album it comes from – Boogie-Children-R-Us – is amazing.

5. The Beach Boys | Surfer Girl
My mum and dad only had about 4 cassettes in the car when I was a kid. One was John Denver, one was Simon & Garfunkel, one was Don McClean and the other was a Best Of Beach Boys one. The upbeat Surfy stuff kind of passed me by to be honest, wasn't into it, but this track has sort of followed me around wherever I go ever since like a personal soundtrack – that and the bloody Addam's Family theme tune that won't get out of my head. When I started writing Hazelville I wanted the first track I wrote to sound like this, mixed with a sort of blunt sampled feel for the rhythm track – Western High is what came out. I think Surfer Girl's just a beautiful song and so nice and simple. We always sing it really late at parties around a piano whenever my incredible pianist mate Michael is about. Love it.

6. Don McClean | Vincent
I just adore-adore this song – and, yes, it was another to come out of the endless cycling of the four cassettes in the family car on the way to Devon or whatever. We played a lot of I Spy too.

7. The Pecadiloes | Peace & Quiet 
Or anything from their catalogue... We saw every Pecas show we could after we'd seen them at In The City in Manchester back in the '90s. We were in another band back then that went nowhere really. We started a new, (slightly) more successful group and ended up rehearsing next door to them in Bedford – as we had the same manager. That was in The Junket – we were absolutely massive fans and we basically ripped them off quite a lot, because all we heard was them through the walls and it was kind of inescapable… (That's my excuse anyway). In retrospect it was pretty lame, but we were young and they were much, much better than us. They should have been huge. Anyway, Reu and I ended up playing in a band with Nick the singer, for one single (terrifying) show at Bedford Esquires. It was the shortest band in history… Caught On Venus, their debut (and only released) album is great – as it is most of their stuff.

8. Jacob's Mouse | It's A Thin Sound
Long haired twins on guitar and bass, a singing drummer and a generally brilliant noise. John Peel was a fan. I have everything they ever released. When I was 15 they were the only band that would agree to a charity gig at our school without asking for money. Nice guys. We gave them £12 for petrol from Bury St Edmonds – they gave us their entire rider of beer. I asked the singer Sam what all his lyrics were. Must have got really, really boring for him. Best night of my life though.

9. Elliott Smith | Speed Trials
Elliot Smith is a massive influence for me. Especially for my solo stuff that no-one's heard (or ever going to hear)… His is a truly tragic story though. This one is from Either/Or and it's a magical track that makes me feel sad in a nice way. It sounds like it's recorded in a hole, but I love that.

10. My Bloody Valentine | Only Shallow
Loveless is a true Indie classic, I know, but I am in Love with that era of Music and always will be, anything from Ride's early stuff could easily have ended up here too. Also, more recently, MBV influenced bands like Ringo Deathstarr are right up there for me. I love the way Kevin Shields created that massive noise using EQ rather than loads of effects. Saw them on the Rollercoaster Tour with Dinosaur Jr., The Jesus And Mary Chain and Blur when I was smaller.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1618 | by Travis Marsh (Amanda & Travis)

1. Thelonious Monk | 'Round About Midnight
I still remember the first night I put on this record. I was attending Middle School and was just getting into Jazz. I had worn out Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis and was hungry to find that flash of Genius in Music once again. I used to have a subscription back then to Guitar World magazine and they had an issue that came out that spoke about old Jazz musicians and the Fathers of Bebop. The article had a photo of Thelonious and he exuded cool with his pork pie hat and hipster suit coat. I immediately bugged my mom to drive me to Target and I picked up my first CD by the Monk and stuck it in my boombox when we got home. 'Round About Midnight (later named just 'Round Midnight) came on and... If jaws really could drop - mine did. It sounded like organized chaos. Dissonant notes flying from speakers left to right, but all in a beautiful fashion. I was hooked and this record has grown and stayed with me ever since.

2. Third Eye Blind | Narcolepsy
From the shimmering clean electric guitars to the power chords smacking you across the head... This song has it all. Stephan Jenkins really has a way with words and I absolutely loved the guitar solo played by Kevin Cadogan. I Love when The Music really matches The Words, there is an amazing tempo change after the last chorus where everything slows down and the pick scratches and slides down the neck while Stephan sings Sliiddeee!. Very neat!

3. Townes Van Zandt | Waitin’ Around To Die
Townes has always played to my secret inner desire to be an outlaw cowboy. This dark tune travels through abusive parents, Drug Abuse, Prison, and fly by night women all under a haunting finger-picking guitar. His solemn voice howls at The Moon.

4. Van Morrison | Into The Mystic
Van Morrison’s voice warms like a lullaby. Tied to his deep imagery of Mother Nature, it sets you at ease. Into The Mystic is one of those songs that feels like home when you close your eyes and belt out I want to rock your gypsy soul. Just like way back in the days of old... Then magnificently we will float into The Mystic... Elliot Scheiner, the engineer for this track, is at the top of his game. He has the acoustic guitars strumming along to the horns, blowing air through your speakers like the angels' horns from up above.

5. Steely Dan | Do It Again
Not much has to be said about Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s legendary writing duo. Donald Fagen sucks you right in from the top playing a groovy Wurlitzer riff behind syncopated Latin rhythms. I’ve always wanted to write Music that just grooves like this one. It can put you in a trance.

6. Nick Drake | From The Morning
We suffered a great loss with the suicide following shortly after this critically-acclaimed album Pink Moon by the English songwriter Nick Drake. In contrast to some of the darker songs on the album, like Parasite, From The Morning has this ounce of Hope that you can hear in his voice over the beautiful orchestral-like acoustic guitar. A day once dawned, and it was beautiful.

7. The Jackson 5 | I Want You Back
Michael’s voice on this track has the energy of Otis Redding and is undeniable. Just on that thought alone, I am completely dumbfounded every time I put this on. Wilton Felder just nailed it on the bass guitar for this track. This is definitely the most fun I’ve had learning a song on bass for the first time. I Want You Back is a quintessential tune and home run for the Motown band and writers. Props to Berry Gordy on this one!

8. The Doobie Brothers | Black Water
Some songs just ring with you in a way that can only be described as undeniable. Black Water is one of them. It makes you, wants you to witness some voodoo and eat some beignets down at the French Quarter with some Dixieland Jazz jamming in the background. I absolutely am mesmerized by the fiddle shredding over that simple little acoustic guitar riff. The A Capella section really makes the song. I love how the different members are hard panned left and right and the voices seem to just bounce back and forth between the speakers. This song must have been so much fun to mix!

9. Counting Crows | Sullivan Street
The electric guitar and piano dance with each other under Adam’s yearning voice in this song. This song has always evoked so much Emotion from me that sometimes it has become too hard for me to listen to and isn’t that what excellent Songwriting is all about? Unlocking all the emotions we drown throughout the day, but beg to be released. Adam Duritz paints these beautiful word pictures that are simple, but cut deep into the soul. He really touches on that moment when you know it’s over. When you are stuck in the same town with a broken heart, it can be hard to escape your emotions when everything reminds you of a different time. I Love the picture when he says, Where all the bodies hang on the air... If she remembers, she hides it whenever we meet. Either way now, I don’t really care...

10. The Avett Brothers | Murder In The City
I have always loved The Avett Brothers for their simplistic wholesome songs. I feel like I can always tell when songs are really from the heart and have some truth to the songwriter. This song is a great example. I have a very tight and close family and I relate to the deep Unconditional Love touched on in this song. In Murder In The City, Scott Avett speaks as if he was murdered and how he wants his family to deal with the aftermath. The song ends over one of my favorite quotes of all time, Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1617 | by Brett Gleason

1. Zwan | Declarations Of Faith 
This album came along when I needed someone to tell it was okay to feel okay and hearing my childhood hero Billy Corgan declare his faith in Faith was all I needed.

2. Patrick Wolf | The Magic Position 
If the incessant beat and riff don’t move you to march past your troubles, the lyrics will remind you that all you need is the right person to make your forget your pain. The second I hear this song I have a smile on face.

3. The Smiths | Sheila Take A Bow 
Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you! - I always loved that line, this song encapsulates the feelings of the start of the Friday night, the feeling of Hope, the excitement that anything can happen.

4. PJ Harvey | The Community Of Hope 
An insanely catchy song about how the support of a community can transcend the direst circumstances.

5. R.E.M. | Departure 
Everybody is young forever! So much to tell you, so little time… Even at 19 when I first discovered this album, this line struck me as poignant and inspiring and truly exciting.

6. Björk | Hyper-ballad 
I’m right there with her early morning at the cliff, before The World wakes, gathering my strength to face the day.

7. The Smashing Pumpkins | Inkless
It’s a perfect night out with your friends that you don’t want to end, the feeling of Infinity, that moment you’re always trying to manufacture but can only organically come about and you have to seize when it comes.

8. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra | Want It Back 
The ultimate post breakup revenge song. The groove, riff and hook will get you out of your slump immediately.

9. St. Vincent | Regret 
The instant this energizing song hits, you’ll see how great it can feel to let go of all that bitter regret.

10. Kate Bush | Running Up That Hill
If the simple visual of the title doesn’t inspire, watch the video and try to do the dance, that should do that.