The May Mixtape

MP3 :: And The Hazy Sea - Cymbals Eat Guitars (original post)
MP3 :: Northern Lights - Bowerbirds (original post)
MP3 :: The Fade - Megafaun (original post)
MP3 :: Symptoms - New Ruins (original post)
MP3 :: Young Hearts Spark Fire - Japandroids (original post)
MP3 :: Reflection Of The Television - The Twilight Sad (original post)
MP3 :: I Want You To Know - Dinosaur Jr. (original post)
Link :: Blood - The Middle East
Link :: Lisztomania - Phoenix
MP3 :: I Knew - Lightning Dust (original post)
MP3 :: Nothing Broke - Meursault (original post)
MP3 :: January - Trashed On Fiction
MP3 :: It Ain’t Gonna Save Me - Jay Reatard
MP3 :: Josephine - Magnolia Electric Co. (original post)
MP3 :: Genevera - Jay Bennett (original post)

Like I’ve been doing the past few months, here is a collection of the best new music I’ve heard this month. I’ve posted most of these songs before (follow “original post“ links if you‘re interested in more detail), but there are a few others here that I haven’t gotten to yet. May brought at least 3 very noteworthy new albums our way - the primal, exhilarating rush of JapandroidsPost-Nothing, Pink Mountaintops’ psyche-folk opus Outside Love, and the expansive indie-pop of Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest. My favorite of these songs though is probably that new one from Bowerbirds - “Northern Lights” is a very straightforward folk ballad that proves you don’t need anything overly fancy to make a deeply affecting song. The “title” of this mix is a line from that song.

The mix closes with a track from Jay Bennett’s The Beloved Enemy. Bennett’s untimely passing last week was obviously very unexpected. I’ve always thought it was a shame that he became one of indie-rock’s favorite whipping boys when he really deserved much better. Bennett was a truly gifted songwriter, musician, and producer who played a huge role in making Wilco America’s best band for about 5 or 6 years. “Genevera” is a creaky acoustic ballad and my favorite of his post-Wilco solo tracks.

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