The August Mixtape

This month’s mix of the best new music holds together quite well as a compilation, if I do say so myself. It‘s been a quiet summer around here at the luxurious PHW headquarters - with 6 month old twins to take care of there hasn’t been a lot of time to get outdoors as much as my wife and I would have liked. There have been a lot of lazy (but still plenty hectic) days around the house filled with dirty diapers, hungry babies, and the occasional stolen nap. While I wouldn‘t trade the time spent with my daughters for anything, there was always the sense of missing out on the beaches, boardwalks, festivals, vacations, and concerts that have been a regular part of my summers since forever. Hence kind of feeling like a deadbeat. Hence also the “title” of this mix - which is also a nod to the grainy, lo-fi beach music circulating this summer (not to mention this comp featured over at Aquarium Drunkard recently).

Luckily the comfortable feeling of semi-isolation I‘ve experienced lately have been well-soundtracked. “Island, IS”, by Justin Vernon and his friends in the Volcano Choir side project, seems predetermined to bleed into Au’s “Ida Walked Away” and the Afro-pop of The Very Best’s “Julia”. Some of those aforementioned blurry beach jams come next, followed by the latest free Radiohead tune, a batch of skuzzy garage rockers, the supersonic sheen of The Big Pink, and finally a run through a pair of lilting folk tunes, the last of which is the elegiac title track to the upcoming Simon Joyner record. It’s actually quite a seemless little mix - much more than just a collection of the month’s best music…which it also is. As always, thanks for reading and ch-check it out:

MP3 :: Island, IS - Volcano Choir (original post)
MP3 :: Ida Walked Away - Au (original post)
Link :: Julia - The Very Best
MP3 :: Feel It All Around - Washed Out
MP3 :: Deadbeat Summer - Neon Indian
MP3 :: Despicable Dogs - Small Black
ZIP :: These Are My Twisted Words - Radiohead (original post)
MP3 :: Bowie Knives - Mazes
MP3 :: You’re A Target - No Age (original post)
MP3 :: Girl In Love - Smith Westerns (original post)
MP3 :: Cone Of Light - The Almighty Defenders
Link :: Dominos - The Big Pink (original post)
MP3 :: Ravens - Secondstar (original post)
MP3 :: Out Into The Snow - Simon Joyner (original post)

And check out the rest of the year’ monthly mixes:


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