Futurecop! – My Summer Girl Mixtape

I’ve never featured a mixtape, but this one was just way to good.

Put together by 80s enthusiast Futurecop! it’s the perfect blend of old and new going back for generations of kids trying to breathe in their entire summer.

“It was Summer of …., you were in love, everything was perfect ( you take a deep breath with a feeling of happiness and heartache at the same time, remembering those friends, that girl, the adventure) = “My Summer Girl” (a Mixtape By Futurecop!)” from Futurecop!’s Soundcloud page.

Mine was the summer of 2003, and my summer soundtrack consisted pretty primarily of Postal Service as I not only began to fall in love with electronic music, but also with my future wife. As soon as I got to “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” with this mixtape I was transported back in time.

You need to immediately download this, burn it on a cd, and go drive around wherever you live!

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A Trip Through My iTunes Library

I’m not really sure at what point my iTunes library became the memoirs of my life.  For as far back as I can remember I’ve loved music, and specifically collecting music.  It all began when my parents bought me a CD player when I was in fifth grade, along with my first CD (Billy Joel’s Storm Front).  As I grew older my musical tastes changed, as did the common media for music.  I went from tapes, to CDs, to burning my own mixtapes via my dad’s CD burner, and finally digital media.  By that point my collection exploded and I was hopelessly hooked to collecting music.

Each album in my iTunes library tells a story.  Whether it be a CD found while scouring my local Hastings on my weekly visit, or an album I downloaded on the recommendation by a friend.  They all remind me of specific times in my life.  Some bad, but mostly good.  Music though has been the foundation that has held it all together, and simply hearing a song while scrolling through my library can take me back to whatever exactly moment and emotion that I have related to it.

I recently have been going back through my library as I moved all my music and subsequently lost a good majority of my album artwork.  My musical OCD will not allow me to put the music on my iPod without having artwork, so I’ve been hard at working going through all 24,756 songs.  This has led to me being reminded of some gems that have been hidden on my iPod for years, so here they are…

Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

May just might be one of my favorite months.  As a teacher, it means that summer break is so close that I can taste it.  Teachers need a break too!

May also means that it’s warm enough to drive around with the windows down, and not so hot that you feel like you’re melting into your seats.  Now if you’re going to be driving around with your windows down you have to have some perfect loud warm weather music to blast through your speakers.  Who better than those crazy Canadians the Japandroids.  All of theirs songs are meant to be played as loud as possible with no regards to your ear drums.

Enjoy, your inner-teenager will greatly appreciate it!

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Atlas Genius – “Trojans”

I know I am totally behind the boat on Atlas Genius.  I finally picked up their debut album When It Was Now, and dang is it good.  It has been on heavy repeat on my iPod, and I’m pretty sure I found one of my go-to albums for the summer.

Ryan Adams – “Wonderwall (Live version)”

I can still remember the first time I heard this Ryan Adams track.  It was way back when I was a freshmen in college, and I could hardly believe it.  Hands down my favorite singer-songwriter covering one of my favorite songs.  It was like a dream come true.

Through the years, I constantly find myself coming back to Ryan Adams.  Whether it’s his Whiskeytown albums or his plethora of solo material, I just can’t get enough.  Every few weeks I find myself listening to one of his albums.  For whatever reason, it really resonates with me.  Might be all the good memories associated with it.

Before my wife and I were married, for my 21st birthday she took me all the way to San Francisco to see Adams play at the Fillmore.  Almost every stage off my adult life Adams has been there for me.

For all the tracks that he has written though, this cover might be one of my favorites.  Way better then the album version, this is just Ryan and his guitar playing the crap out of the track, complete with beat boxing.  It’s the perfect blend of seriousness with a smidge of humor.  Something I think we all need in our lives.

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Chiddy Bang – “Never”

It has been a super long time since I’d posted anything, and I’ve finally gotten around to it.  Life has just been super crazy, with the addition of the newest member of my family making her appearance back on April 4th.  We named her Madeline Grace, and she is perfect, beautiful, and wonderful.  Having a newborn again in the house is a bit of an adjustment as I am now recalling what functioning on small amounts of sleep really is.  All of it incredibly worth it though.

The track I’m sharing today is an old Chiddy Bang track off their mixtape Swelly Express.  It’s hands down my favorite track on the mixtape, and even now I just can’t stop listening to it.  With that pitch-shifted hook, and some great lines it is no wonder how Chiddy Bang blew up as quick as they did.  One of my favorite parts about the song though is how Chiddy looks at his life and talks about how he wants to live it in an uncompromising manner.  Chasing his dream and doing it his way, not worrying about what others think.  You also have to love a Harry Potter reference in a hip-hop song.

So here’s to going about life in an uncompromising fashion, focusing on what God has for you instead of getting caught up in what the world has for you.

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Ecovillage – “Before We Knew The Cross”

I came across a new band today called Ecovillage.  They are two from Sweden, and are really making some interesting music.  Filled with some shoegaze and chillwave elements mixed with a little bit of Animal Collective their track “Before We Knew The Cross” really has a lot going on.   The chorus really has some beautiful elements to it, making me come back to it over and over again.  I don’t know if it’s that little bit of a sad element to it with the lyrics,or the guitar chords swirling around in the background.  Regardless these guys are worth checking out.