WARMER MIXTAPES #1244 | by Pete Feigenbaum [Blizzardo] of Dinowalrus

1. Gene Loves Jezebel | The Motion Of Love
Goth/Post Punk with a tasty side of sleaze and frolic. They are one of the few bands that successfully blended Post Punk and Glam Rock successfully--something only a few dared to do (the others being Killing Joke, Love And Rockets, Sisters Of Mercy and The Cult).

2. The Southern Death Cult | Moya
Such a simple chord progression, but it gets me every time. It's like the long lost cousin to Transmission by Joy Division. Dark and mysterious, yet epic and soaring.

3. Double 99 | Ripgroove
Seems like classic UK Garage is still somewhat untapped in the USA. This is jacked up and gangsta street-tough, yet still has a great swinging groove. Very ahead of its time and still sounds fresh today.

4. The Dogs D'Amour | Last Bandit
A great Stones/Faces style drinking song by unheralded Glam Punk troubadours.

5. Ride | Leave Them All Behind
Spacious, bittersweet and mysterious, yet still very danceable and packed with those classic soaring British vocal harmonies. I'm surprised we haven't written a song like this yet!


6. World Of Twist | Sons Of The Stage
The tension and perpetual momentum in this riff is amazing. Somehow this track sounds very retro and current at the same time--it takes the classic 60s Freakbeat sounds of The Pretty Things or Tomorrow and takes them into the 1990s with some cool synth swirls and samples.

7. Primal Scream | Imperial
So jangly, springlike and youthful. The 60s meets the 80s in the best possible way. Sonic Flower Groove is such an underrated album, but actually sounds super relevant today. A lot of bands in Brooklyn sound like this album now.

8. Johnny Thunders | Daddy Rollin' Stone
Johnny Thunders commands respect, even if he never respected himself. Some nice classic Glam Boogie Rock with Steve Marriot from the Faces and Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy. What a rad collaboration!

9. Guns N' Roses | 14 Years
Izzy Stradlin is definitely the member I can relate to the most. I love all the GN'R songs he wrote and sang on: Dust And Bones, Double Talkin' Jive, etc.... He brought a mysterious Gypsy Glam Punk troubadour vibe to the whole affair, in contrast to most other LA Hard Rock bands at the time. This one sounds like a lost Iggy Pop song.

10. Jagwar Ma | The Throw
My favorite new band, probably because they are doing exactly what we are trying to do: Acid House with guitars; second Summer of Love Madchester throwbacks.

+11. Echo And The Bunnymen | Rescue
The Bunnymen create beautiful drama with very minimal and repetitive riffs.

+12. Liars | Brats
This is the Liars song I had hoped they would make for the past 12 years. The finally circled back to the great bangin' Dance grooves of their 2001 debut, while adding all of their new found Electronic wizardry into the mix. Sounds a bit like the Silver Apples even! Liars are one of the few contemporary bands that have held my interest for the past decade in an age where attention spans usually last a few days.

+13. Loop | Collison
Just saw these guys reunite in NYC. They pretty much took every rad Stooges riff, distilled them to their pure essence, launched them into Outer Space, and proceeded to generate Perpetual Motion. It's almost like Minimal Techno... With guitars!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1243 | by Adam Gnade

1. The Velvet Underground | Pale Blue Eyes
Sometimes living out here in the country is like living in the jungle; the sounds anyway... Crickets and frogs, the yip yip then how-oooh of coyotes down past the cattle pasture. The Midwestern Jungle. Every night this summer we've had bats in the sky at dusk but you don't hear them. Once in the inner-woods of London I went on a bat walk with some friends. We took some kind of hand-held radio device that picked up the frequencies of bats and turned them into audible clicks. Later we saw a ring of women in the darkness of the trees, holding hands, red candles at their feet, chanting something. It feels like a dream now that I'm writing it but it's all true and Life's true and it's true that we don't hear the bats out here and it's true that the night is full of jungle noise. This month I have the farm to myself. Enter hours of playing The Velvet Underground's Pale Blue Eyes on a mixtape someone sent me; rewinding it each time, counting to 28, then hitting play again (on repeat but the repeat is me). Enter The Big Quiet and solitary meals and giving myself haircuts while Lou sings, I thought of you as my mountaintop... I thought of you as my peak... I thought of you as everything I had but could not keep. When Lou died last fall I was in New Orleans and I walked around at night by myself with my phone pressed to my ear listening to Pale Blue Eyes over and over again, waiting for the part where the guitar drops slightly out of tune and sounds incredible. Enter The Incredible. Enter The Lonely. Lou Reed is dead. Someone bring me beer and whiskey...

2. Artist That Doesn't Exist Yet | Playing A Song That Doesn't Exist Yet From A Conceptual Genre That Doesn't Exist Yet (But I Keep Hearing Ideas For It In My Head And It's Kind Of Intriguing)
Okay. Here goes. The genre would be called City Folk, a new genre of Country Music where the stories in the lyrics are by City Folk (i.e. city people as seen through the eyes of country people when they see them [the city folk] first come to their rural area). The songs would be the stories of these city people upon first visiting the country, their impressions of it, their first attempts at making Country Music about their experiences. Think about it. Actualize it. Make it happen. It's all on you now...

3. Castanets | You Are The Blood
Spooky and haunted. Derailed Country someone said in a review and everyone we knew laughed but it was kind of right on. Dark, Lonely Road Music. I've crossed the country so many times to Cathedral, the record this is on. Buses, trains, planes, cars, tour, off tour, aimless, with purpose, and this record is always there. Ray Raposa is a damn good writer. Ray Raposa's Cathedral. Ray Carver's Cathedral. Connect the dots, Mickey Mouse.

4. Elton John | Song For Guy
Soundtrack to an endless odyssey through coastal Mexico I took as a kid where everyone nearly died from tainted taco stand shrimp. We were stranded in Cabo San Lucas for what felt like months while the ill were nursed back to health--months, years, a lifetime. Memories are scant but vivid: monkeys in the trees by the cave where we bought our ice; eating human flesh in 120 degree heat that was really cactus meat; swimming in the mangrove swamps without getting cholera; checkpoints with Junior High boys in shorts, barefoot, pointing AK-47s into the cab and asking for toll money; a goat skull in the tent (and the light through the tent, orange, thin nylon, the morning flapping it; lobster tails cast over the cliff-side and prodded by cats; and this song from Elton's essential but mostly forgotten A Single Man LP. When I hear it I see a flash of brown desert and pale blue sky outside the hippy van, headed south, fast. I see the spot in the desert where someone dumped ten-thousand dead and sun-dried sandsharks; a stinking, curling pile. Elegiac song. Elegy to a lost friend. Near-instrumental. Used the song as an undercurrent for my last book, Caveworld. High ache and raw soaring. Only lyrics go Life isn't everything, a mantra. Hope for some kind of Afterlife. (In the words of my friend Marc Saviano's bumper sticker, Immortality or Bust.) Best thing the man ever did.

5. Galaxie 500 | Ceremony (New Order Cover)
The sound of Depression as Kalashnikov. Ian Curtis wrote this song and then he became a sad story teenagers like to fantasize about. Death isn't cool, but this song is.

6. The Locust | Nice Tranquil Thumb In Mouth 
The wild card. The end of Cohesion. If you put this one on a mix-tape with the rest of these tracks it wouldn't work but it's no exaggeration to say this song changed my life. It's what? Forty-five seconds, tops? Seeing this live for the first time at the Che Cafe was like biting your brand-new braces into the power grid. Pure tremoring, pulsing violence. Jerky, robotic, ravenous grindspazz and full-band call-and-response screaming that feels like a Pop song and is catchier than half the shit on the radio. This is what Punk Rock was born to become--the proper next stop/step on the evolution rail-line.

7. Swans | A Piece Of The Sky
The beauty in this song comes after (what feels like) an hour of end-times noise, but rising up from the hurt-sound of the first part of the song (which is really a suite) comes Gira and his band doing some kind of early morning comedown country The Velvet Underground/Nico thing... Clean, light, graceful, almost healing maybe, definitely ecstatic (though calm) and there's Gira singing some of his best lines. (My favorite: In the blood of the swans... As the Sun fucks the Dawn.) Beautiful dusty green safire on an album of red coals and Earth cracking and opening up to reveal teeth in crags and whipping tentacles. The sweet heart beating in the ribcage of the Sarlacc.

8. Lower Dens | Completely Golden
I'm not much of a guitar solo guy. My records don't have them (well, there's one) and I usually cringe when they come on, but, goddamn, if this early-in-song solo isn't the best Minimalist Surf guitar solo by a non-Surf-Rock band in a non-Surf-Rock song. It happens again at the end of the song; all Simplicity and reverb like some kind of White Williams Daytrotter session from 2008 I half-remember. It's a sunny, dazed-out piece of a California that never existed from the hands of a Baltimorean by way of Texas. Excellent. Lower Dens is my favorite band right now. Both records. Everything they do.

9. David Bowie | Five Years
The part when he sings And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor... And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there... Your face, your race, the way that you talk... I kiss you, you're beautiful, I want you to walk is the most Glam Rock moment in History. Urgent! I can see him (back-lit, dressed in white feathers) singing this on stage. I think the film Velvet Goldmine was written around that singular moment alone. If I could become a song and live inside it it would be Five Years.

Sub-section: I also love:

10. Queen & David Bowie | Under Pressure
The perfect song. LISTEN TO THE WORDS. Don't fuck around.



+11. David Bowie | Starman
I'm listening to this record right now in the farmhouse and it's playing so loud I'm afraid it's going to jump off the turntable and fly around the World killing liars.

+12. David Bowie | Life On Mars?
No comment. Too good to talk about. No more talking.

+13. David Bowie | Kooks
The sweetest song about kids and family.

+14. David Bowie | Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
Seal this in amber, make it live again on Jurassic Park island. Watch the water rumble in the cup. T-Rex! Resurrection!

+15. David Bowie | Ziggy Stardust
I once explained what a guitar riff was to a friend at 3am while sitting on my porch in Portland, popping beer bottles to pieces with a Red Ryder BB gun. Used this song as an example.

+16. David Bowie | Lady Stardust
That scene in the Natural when he hits the ball into the lights?

+17. David Bowie | Heroes
Self-belief as essential Coping Mechanism.

+18. David Bowie | China Girl (Iggy Pop Cover)
I claim this one for Iggy, but this version is maybe better. Don't tell Iggy. No shirt, no problem.

+19. David Bowie | Young Americans
Hello Dance Music. Goodbye Blue-Eyed Soul. Hey... Where's Prince? Prince! Prince, c'mere. Prince, cover this song. You did already? On an Alternate Dimension? Bullshit. You know that doesn't count... Come on. Get to work. Your hair looks like shit.

+20. Crocodiles | Summer Of Hate
To start with Lou and end with Lou: This feels like San Diego Punk's take on All Tomorrow's Parties. Big, proud, elegant, majestic. These guys were in The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower and now they're up in some evil, best-when-it's-slow Shoegaze-ish '50s Pop that sounds like flowers rotting in time lapse when you hear it on decent headphones. This whole record is great, I Wanna Kill, Young Drugs. Fucking right on. Land a spaceship on my head.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1242 | by Jason Drakes and Mannie Seranilla of The Airplane Boys

SIDE A | by Mannie Seranilla

1. N*E*R*D | Run To The Sun
When we first started crafting songs a lot of our reference points would be from listening to N*E*R*D and this song stuck out to us on our car rides.

2. OutKast | B.O.B
We used to go crazy to this in the school yard, and their presence as a duo was hella inspiring. The high octane in this song is unmatched.

3. Kenna | Say Goodbye To Love
As you can tell we loved the Star Trak movement. So when we first got our license, this was a favourite along with N*E*R*D and Chester French that we were bumping on the highway.

4. Radiohead | Everything In Its Right Place
Reflective.

5. K-OS | Superstar, Pt. 1
K-OS was a Canadian artist we looked up to because how courageous he was with his sound. This song was big for the Hip Hop community in the city back then, and 'til this day we still hustle to it.



6. Arcade Fire | We Used To Wait
When we started to get invited to festivals we would always play this on our travels.

7. The Notorious B.I.G. | Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Puff Daddy & Mase)
Our favourite song when we were 10 years old.

8. The Diplomats | Dipset Anthem (feat. Cam'Ron & Juelz Santana)
This was our anthem in High School.

9. Wu-Tang Clan | Triumph (feat. Cappadonna)
We would always spit these lyrics word for word in our Grade/Elementary School yard.

10. Fugees | Fu-Gee-La
We looked up to Lauryn and Wyclef mostly, and this song was vibes all Summer.


SIDE B | by Jason Drakes

1. Kanye West | Flashing Lights (feat. Dwele)
We were inspired to perform and create Stadium Music World Wide after we heard this record.

2. Nas | Still Dreaming (feat. Kanye West & Chrisette Michele)
Our Love for Story Telling and Lyricism grew whenever we played this in the car.

3. Lupe Fiasco | Real
Lupe was a big influence in our Music when we first started. Our favourite song from him was this record.

4. Jay-Z | Beach Chair (with Chris Martin)
When all is said and done we want to have perspective in our career that this song's soundscape and lyrics tell.

5. Gorillaz | Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
Our first time in LA we would be at peace driving around the city playing this.



6. N*E*R*D | Sooner Or Later
Our first gig as The Airplane Boys were Jazz festivals. We would play this all the time driving to and from those performances.

7. Frank Ocean | Lovecrimes
When nostalgia, ULTRA. dropped we were embracing Frank's melodies and story telling. This was the soundtrack to an unforgettable summer.

8. Cults | You Know What I Mean
We drove to Montreal to perform for Osheaga Festival from Toronto. It's a 6-8 hour drive with our team packed in one car, and our manager played us this song and the feeling was surreal.

9. When Saints Go Machine | Hos Mig Igen (feat. Coco O) (Xander Cover)
We were excited to be in California playing Coachella festival. On our drive there and back this song was the pulse of our soundtracks.

10. Drake | Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)
One of our closest friends ILLANGELO produced this, when we first heard it we knew it was a special song and it remains an anthem for our city.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1241 | by Even Steine of Kid Astray

1. Todd Terje | Inspector Norse 
First heard this one in the movie short called Whateverest, which is about the Norwegian drug chef Inspector Norse. Great movie, great song. Todd Terje is the hottest act on the Norwegian Dance scene this year, and a source of inspiration for us.

2. Mustard Pimp | Wide Eyes (feat. Chali 2na)
A Kid Astray's pre-practice-warm-up classic. If this song had arms, they would have huge muscles and smell of sweat and Pure Testosterone. As well as having some really badass tattoos.

3. Radiohead | Pyramid Song
I can't think of any song more beautiful than this one. Reminds me of how it felt like to sit in the backseat off a car as a kid, driving alongside steep Norwegian mountains in the winter. Safe and warm, yet a bit scary, but most of all truly fantastic.

4. John Farnham | You're The Voice
I'm not sure if this is a guilty pleasure or not. I think not...? Anyway, it's hard to argue that this is powerful, uplifting, over the top 80's Pop like it's meant to be. Few songs pull off a bagpipe solo like this.

5. Herbie Hancock | Stitched Up (feat. John Mayer)
This song seems to be the result of a jam between Hancock and Mayer, both superb in their own way. It opens Herbie Hancock's 45th album, Possibilities, which all in all is a great album. I remember that my brother sent me this song just prior to a holiday trip from Germany to Southern France. We were driving, and I got totally hooked on it as we passed the last bit of the Alps and got into the fields below. I can see that memory as clear as if it was yesterday every time I put it on.



6. Mutemath | Chaos
When we made Easily Led Astray I found myself skiing down to Benjamin's house each morning for two weeks, as the snow was heavy. And this song was on every morning. It lasted as long as it took me to get down there and made every trip magical and exhilarating. I had some hyper mornings in other words.

7. John Williams | Main Title (Star Wars Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Instant goosebump-excitement. Yes, I saw Star Wars when I was 5 years old. Totally hooked ever since. The intro just screams anticipation for adventure and makes a couple of generations excited I think.

8. A Perfect Circle | Gravity
A Perfect Circle is sort of a superband, with loads of great musicians making something Progressive, cool and unique. I started listening to them after watching the first two Resident Evil movies, because Danny Lohner's remix of their song The Outsider was on the soundtrack of the second one. As I checked them out this drowsy masterpiece stood out and instantly made me relax while at the same time making me slightly melancholic. Perfect for walking home in the middle of the night, or just lying down lost in thought. Nighttime chillout.

9. Muse | Hysteria
Well, I'm a bassist. This song is sick. And while we were on High School, Benjamin, Alex, Elizabeth and me learned that you don't try to cover Muse. It's not possible.

10. Jamie Cullum | Don't Stop The Music (Rihanna Cover)
The Ultimate Nachspiel song. And arguably the best cover in the World.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1240 | by Cajsa Siik

1. Portishead | Roads
Passion and Darkness. Hits me every time.

2. Massive Attack | Paradise Circus (with Hope Sandoval)
Just a brilliant song. Suggestive and fragile. The Minimalistic details and the build-up are powerful. Like breathing in and out.

3. James Blake | Retrograde
I remember the first time I heard this song. I was riding my bike through the empty streets of my hometown Umeå. It was at 2 AM, I was a bit drunk and the Midnight Sun was shining - pale and beautiful. Epic moment.

4. PJ Harvey | Let England Shake
PJ Harvey is a creative force. Let England Shake makes me want to join the Circus. Everything is possible.

5. Elliott Smith | Waltz #2 (XO)
Sad intelligent melodies with a feeling of wanting to give up but in a somehow hopeful way. A very important friend of mine introduced him to me when I started to play the guitar. Then Elliott became important to me.

6. The Perishers | Come Out Of The Shade
A band from my hometown Umeå that inspired me a lot when I started writing Music. Simple beautiful melodies. Brings back memories from the North and the period when I started to discover Songwriting.

7. The xx | Islands
This song has a cold flow to it that makes me want to dance on my own late at night.

8. Bon Iver | Perth
All tracks on all Bon Iver albums are special to me in so many different ways. It's hard to choose just one song. After listening to Blood Bank the first time, I was hooked. Justin Vernon is such a Musical Genius. He's also a member of the bands Volcano Choir and Gayngs.

9. The Strokes | Tap Out
Puts me in an somehow edgy mode. Great playful guitar arrangements. Strong melody. A few tracks on Comedown Machine became important to me when recording my album Contra.

10. Loney, Dear | I Do What I Can
I often return to Loney, Dear. Great songwriter and artist. This song as a soft energy to it that makes me want to run faster and try a bit harder.

+11. Simon And Garfunkel | Song For The Asking
1 minute 50 seconds long. Less is more. The string arrangement is so dramatic and tasteful. It's almost like a lullaby. Reminds me of my dad and the Music we listened to at home when I grew up.