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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top Albums of 2013 (#20-1)

#50-21 are here

20. Yo La Tengo - Fade

Indie Rock, Chamber Pop


Hoboken indie rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo have been making compelling music since the mid-80s and show no signs of stopping soon. Fade is the band’s thirteenth (!) studio album, and it’s arguably their best yet — a soothing, dreamy set of songs that breezes by in just over 45 minutes. It’s never a particularly challenging record, but it isn’t boring either; between the psychedelic dirge of the opener “Ohm” and the lush, horn-laden expanse of closing track “Before We Run,” there’s enough variation to keep any listener interested. 

19. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels

Underground Hip-Hop


Separately, Killer Mike and El-P both have a reputation for making Serious Rap Music full of Deep Political Agendas and Important Statements. That’s cool and all, but sometimes it’s important to take a break from the preaching and cut loose for a minute. Their collaborative LP as Run The Jewels is just that — a light-hearted, though hard nosed, hip-hop romp through 10 awesome tracks with titles like “36” Chain” and “A Christmas Fucking Miracle.” It’s like they took the formula from El’s “The Full Retard” and Mike’s “Big Beast” and sustained that absurd energy for a full album. El-P handles production while he and Mike go toe to toe on the mics, along with help from a few choice guests. Fuckboys know the combination ain’t healthy. 

18. Owen - L’Ami du Peuple

Indie Folk


Owen's latest LP L’Ami du Peuple is Mike Kinsella’s most mature record to date, counting those released under both his traditional solo moniker or by any of his other bands. Kinsella touched on fatherhood and the bittersweet strains of marriage on his last Owen album, 2011’s Ghost Town, but on L’Ami du Peuple (which translates as ‘Friend of the People’) he seems to have a stronger lyrical handle on such ‘adult’ themes. L’Ami du Peuple also benefits from the best production and arrangements on any Owen album thus far — electronic flourishes, bright strings, and keys surround Kinsella’s pitch perfect vocals and distinctive guitar playing. 

17. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

Art Rock


Nick Cave is one of the last old-guard art rock weirdos still at the top of his game in the 2010s. His Grinderman side project delivered an incredible record in 2010, and Push The Sky Away — the latest album from his main band the Bad Seeds — provides a terrific contrast to Grinderman 2's brutal tones. Push The Sky Away, with its muted electronics and spacious arrangements, sustains a remarkable dramatic tension throughout its relatively brief 43 minutes, cutting loose only when necessary, as on the intense centerpiece “Higgs Boson Blues.”

16. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

Underground Hip-Hop


If there is one word I’d use to describe Earl Sweatshirt's return to rap music over the past two years, it would be 'reluctant.' For a rapper so talented and so deservingly adored, dude sounds really reluctant to be 'present' any time he's behind the mic. Doris seems to indicate an awareness of this; the terrific, Pharrell-produced “Burgundy” begins with Vince Staples apparently confronting Earl, saying, “Don’t nobody care about how you feel, we want raps…”  Earl, of course, reluctantly obliges, delivering two fiery, incredible verses before quietly dipping out. Even when he’s self-aggrandizing, as on the Tyler-assisted “Whoa,” Earl only seems to half-believe that he’s as great as he is. Humility is a virtue, though, and Earl’s #sadboy melancholy only makes his lonesome, greyscale rap all the more compelling. 

15. Coma Cinema - Posthumous Release

Indie Rock


Last year’s Elvis Depressedly release Mickey’s Dead clinched the #14 spot on my 2012 albums of the year list, and now Coma Cinema's new record Posthumous Release sits at #15, one year later. I’m still not sure which of South Carolina songwriter Mat Cothran’s projects I prefer, but Coma Cinema seems to have a higher stakes game. Posthumous Release, like its 2011 predecessor Blue Suicide, is a coherent collection of big ideas translated into small moments — money, death, God, the mysterious darkness that permeates the world, all conveyed through Cothran’s unique melodic and lyrical lens. If there was any other record released this year that deserves Porches.' perfectly apt self-description of “bummer pop,” it's this one. 

14. Bill Callahan - Dream River

Contemporary Folk, Country


Bill Callahan is an American treasure, a stoic, mature songwriter carrying on the tradition of the rambling legends of folk music. Dream River is a sweeping, pedal steel-laden tour of an American frontier that no longer exists, a Manifest Destiny journey into Callahan’s self to seek out a deep American essence. As he approaches 50, Callahan is no longer the ‘Teenage Spaceship’ of his Smog days, and although he still displays his vulnerability on occasion (look no further than tear-in-beer opener “The Sing”), most of the emotional heft of Dream River comes from his sad-eyed, passive resignation, surveying the landscape below from his “Small Plane.” 

13. Drake - Nothing Was The Same

Pop Rap, R&B


Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak seemed like a major touchstone for hip-hop and R&B this year. Kanye himself created its angrier, rougher sequel with Yeezus, while Drake created an album in Nothing Was The Same that seems to exist in direct correspondence with it. Evidently, 808s… has aged really well, because Drake copped its style expertly on this record, evoking Kanye’s emo R&B experiment through Noah Shebib’s icy synth textures and Drake’s distinctive, melancholy croons. Nothing Was The Same is ultimately superior to its predecessor, though, because Drake commits to the aesthetic more fully; jokes about his oversharing and vulnerability aside, Nothing Was The Same is a really genuine portrait of one of hip-hop’s most flawed, fascinating personalities.

12. The So So Glos - Blowout

Pop-Punk, Power Pop


The So So Glos are the current harbingers of Brooklyn’s punk rock scene, hosting DIY shows out of their personal warehouse space Shea Stadium in Bushwick and preaching the good word throughout the nation with bands such as Titus Andronicus and Desaparecidos. They worked the crowd into such an impressive frenzy when I played with them earlier this year in Hamden that I knew I had to pick up their record immediately. Blowout, their third full length record, never disappoints. It’s raucous, sarcastic, and catchy as hell, stacked with massive sing-along choruses and power chords that won’t make your jaded ass feel so bad about pumping your fist a little. 

11. Danny Brown - Old



Danny Brown's new double album Old is a meta-reflective work, two complementary halves that both examine separate sides of Danny’s unique current position in hip-hop on lyrical and musical levels. The first half, a series of brief, mostly hook-deprived cuts, explores the Detroit rapper’s childhood and recaps his career up to 2010’s The Hybrid, while the latter half, full of guests and hooks, evokes his past album, the drug-addled party fuel XXX. Danny can’t quite decide which of these polarized sides most accurately represents his identity, but this split personality is what makes him such a phenomenal figure in rap. 

10. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave


Okkervil River's latest full length is leagues better than I Am Very Far, their misguided 2011 experiment. Instead of doubling down on that album’s gritty soundscapes and abstract songwriting, the Austin, Texas-based band went full pop for this one, harking back to the synth-heavy, heartland rock sound of Born In The USA. Like Springsteen’s work, The Silver Gymnasium is at least allegorically autobiographical; Will Sheff sings about his hometown and his life as a kid with deep, passionate sincerity that rings out over the beautifully produced instrumentation. This is new lyrical territory for Sheff, who has spent much of his career crafting elaborate characters to populate his songs. This turn towards the self suits him well.

9. Pity Sex - Feast Of Love

Shoegaze, Noise Pop


The sophomore record from Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex is a dynamic firecracker of an album, as noisy and violent as it is tender and clean. Taking a page from the My Bloody Valentine playbook, the alternating male/female vocals help to establish this interplay, as do the guitar tones on this album, constantly set to either blisteringly loud and distorted or delicate, quiet, and clean. Whichever side they’re on, Feast Of Love is consistently awesome, intensely melodic and full of life. 

8. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator

Dream Pop, Synth Pop


In the blurb I wrote for “Childhood’s End” on my songs of the year list, I wrote that the song works by “supplying minimal textures and vocals and allowing us to fill in the gaps ourselves.” This is true for all of Majical Cloudz' 2013 full length Impersonator, an album that says more with silence and space than most albums are capable of with layers of instruments and noise. The darkness of Devon Welsh’s lyrics and the resonant depth of his vocals plant the seed with our minds as listeners, and we supply the rest. Impersonator is, superficially, a soothing listen, but darkness lurks beneath; it sneaks in calmly and implants itself deeply. 

7. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Indie Pop, Chamber Pop


This album surprised the hell out of me when I first gave it a spin, even after hearing the very promising lead singles “Step” and “Diane Young” in advance. I only passively enjoy Vampire Weekend's self-titled record, and to this day I can't stand Contra, but Modern Vampires of the City is an incredible leap forward in terms of songcraft and maturity for the New York four piece. Frontman Ezra Koenig has clearly improved his lyrical game and has mostly abandoned the half-serious bourgeois sentimentality that plagued his previous work; however, this record’s greatness is mostly due to the production and arrangements, which are respectively some of 2013’s most inventive. Rich, upright bass resonates perfectly with harpsichord, surf rock guitar, vocal manipulation, and other seemingly anomalous individual qualities that come together to form a unique whole. It’s a great, delightfully weird, lowkey profound full length from a band that I never expected to make such an album.

6. The Front Bottoms - Talon Of The Hawk

Pop-Punk, Folk Punk


Speaking of surprising quantum leaps forward in songcraft and maturity, The Front Bottoms' 2013 LP absolutely blows away their past material, mostly comprising shambolic folk punk. Talon Of The Hawk builds on this formula, but everything about it is bigger and better. The guitars, newly electrified, spark vigorously amidst the newly beefed-up punk rock arrangements, while Brian Sella’s hyper-enunciated vocals resonate more clearly and with more conviction than before. The band’s musical base may be nothing new, but Sella’s unique melodic sensibility and adamant conviction to his intricate, often dialogue-style lyrical tales of romantic instability is too effective to be denied. 

5. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Indie Rock, Chamber Pop


The National have mastered their clean cut, nocturnal brand of indie rock down to a science on their latest LP Trouble Will Find Me. It’s perhaps the least surprising or, in some sense, least ‘interesting’ album that the Brooklyn veterans have put out, but it’s more consistent in terms of songwriting than anything Matt Berninger and friends have released before. Ironically, it’s the sound of a lonesome, depressive band reveling as kings of their established scene. It almost feels happy. 

4. Kanye West - Yeezus

Experimental Hip-Hop


Three years removed from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, an album that will surely go down as one of the greats of the decade, Kanye West followed it up in the best way he possibly could — by making an album that was essentially its opposite. Wherever Dark Fantasy was ‘maximalist,’ Yeezus is minimal; it’s short, brash, noisy, almost lo-fi at times, and whereas Dark Fantasy dealt with complicated feelings of uncertainty, Yeezus is remarkably strong in its essential conviction — anger. It feels refreshing and necessary, even though nobody would have held it against Kanye if he had never released something as ambitious as Dark Fantasy again. 

3. Slow Warm Death - Slow Warm Death

Garage Punk, Noise Punk


Speaking of necessity, Slow Warm Death's self-titled official debut was easily the album that I felt my 2013 most 'needed.' John Galm teased some of these songs last year when he dropped the Slow Warm Death demo collection, but the project's expansion into a full band improves upon the demo on every level. The group's style is massive, urgent garage rock, loaded with all the punk energy that made Galm's previous bands (emo acts Snowing and Street Smart Cyclist) so vital in their time. Slow Warm Death’s aesthetic is a little more time-honored than that of those bands, and if the band continues to commit to it, they could become truly great. Until then, we have this terrifically promising debut to hold us over.

2. Porches. - Slow Dance In The Cosmos

Indie Pop, Chamber Pop, Folk Rock


Slow Dance In The Cosmos is the result of a lifetime’s worth of breeding up in the DIY scene. Porches. frontman Aaron Maine is that lifer, and this album is set to be his big break — an elegant, graceful, emotional roller coaster of a full length that entered my life out of nowhere and refuses to relinquish me. All great songwriters have a certain unique, distinctive aspect about them, and Maine’s lies in his ability to craft a narrative thread, as well as his deeply evocative voice — a mournful, countrified croon that conveys the brutal depth of his emotional experience. Rather than descend into folk singers’ acoustic insularity to convey this experience, Maine surrounds himself with rich synths, reverb-heavy guitar pedals, and aching female backing vocals from Greta Kline, aka Frankie Cosmos, all of which adds to the narrative he crafts. It’s a triumph of an album, a “bummer pop” masterpiece, and the year’s most convincing promise of greatness from such a relatively young band. 

1. Phosphorescent - Muchacho

Folk Rock, Country


If Slow Dance In The Cosmos is the sound of a young band recognizing its greatness for the first time, Phosphorescent's Muchacho is the sound of a seasoned master operating in creative his prime. Alabama native Matthew Houck has been recording as Phosphorescent since 2001, crafting passionate songs ranging from rollicking country rock to quiet, lonesome folk. His latest album is the distillation of the past 12 years of his career; each of the various hats that he’s tried on throughout the decade turn ups somewhere on this albums ten tracks. Of course my song of the year pick “Song For Zula” is there, a beautifully sentimental romantic epic, but it’s also got the massive, psychedelic rager “The Quotidian Beasts,” the pining, paranoid “Terror In The Canyons,” and the aching, mournful waltz “Down To Go.” I could really go on — each of these songs is incredible in its own right — but the album obviously works best as a whole. Even though it occasionally lacks musical coherence, producer John Agnello swaths everything in an reverberant analog balm, smoothing over the cracks in Houck’s whiskey-worn vocals. Muchacho is the kind of record that feels fortuitous, even mystically borne, but such is the nature of great music. This record didn’t come from nothing; rather, it came from the deliberate creative action of one of modern folk music’s greatest living figures. It’s a testament to the musical power of humanity, and my favorite album of the year. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 2/15/13


Thanks to everyone who tuned in and the people who made requests during my radio show last night on WNHU. Check out the full playlist below, and stream the available tracks via Spotify through the embedded link at the bottom. Tune in again next Friday from 6 to 8 PM for another live broadcast.

  • 1. The Thermals - “I Might Need You To Kill”
  • 2. David Bowie - “A New Career In A New Town”
  • 3. Broken Social Scene - “Fire Eye’d Boy”
  • 4. By Surprise - “Criteria”
  • 5. My Heart To Joy - “Giving My Hands Away”
  • 6. Sondre Lerche - “Modern Nature” (Requested by anonymous)
  • 7. LVL UP - “Graveyard”
  • 8. Elvis Costello - “No Dancing”
  • 9. Cymbals Eat Guitars - “…And The Hazy Sea”
  • 10. Yo La Tengo - “Paddle Forward”
  • 11. My Bloody Valentine - “Who Sees You”
  • 12. Ducktails - “Sedan Magic”
  • 13. Foxygen - “Shuggie”
  • 14. Serge Gainsbourg - “Ballade De Melody Nelson”
  • 15. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - “Push the Sky Away”
  • 16. Cat Power - “Metal Heart”
  • 17. Beat Happening - “I Love You” (Requested by dbldblwhmmy)
  • 18. LVL UP - “Nightshade”
  • 19. Infinity Crush - “Sleeping In On A Snow Day (In 2011)”
  • 20. Julia Brown - “Virginia”
  • 21. Teen suicide - “Falling In Love”
  • 22. Perfume Genius - “Normal Song”
  • 23. Giraffage - “All That Matters”
  • 24. Elvis Depressedly - “Cry Babies”
  • 25. The Tallest Man On Earth - “Wind and Walls”
  • 26. The Decemberists - “Odalisque”
  • 27. The Comsat Angels - “Independence Day”
  • 28. Crystal Castles - “Suffocation”
  • 29. Destroyer - “Downtown”
  • 30. LCD Soundsystem - “Great Release”


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lewis and his Blog January 2013 Mix

Congratulations! You made it through the first month of 2013. Give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it. Honestly, we both do. In celebration of your success at surviving this cruel and confusing world, give a listen to my first Monthly Mix of 2013. If you’re unfamiliar with my monthly mix series, the concept is fairly self-explanatory; every month, I publish a 10 track mix via 8tracks, featuring some of my favorite new music that I heard that month. You can find all of my monthly mixes HERE, at my “Monthly Mix” tag.

This month’s mix features tracks that came out in January, many of which are from forthcoming albums. Stream the entire think at the embedded link below, and read up on each track below that. Thanks for listening and reading!

Lewis and his Blog//January 2013 Mix

1. Milo - “Sweet Chin Music (the fisher king’s anthem)”

Permanently-disaffected mumblecore rapper Milo (aka Rory Ferreira) kicked off his new EP Things That Happen At Day with an uncharacteristically hopeful cut that seems to promote self-acceptance even in the face of an unwelcoming world. On “Sweet Chin Music,” Milo waxes poetic about his love for pro wrestling, Delta Force 3, and “egg fried rice and fruits,” occasionally dipping out of his distinctive monotone and into a sumptuous half-sing. He reminds himself, rather soothingly, that he “[doesn’t] feel the need to be the best thing ever.” That self-awareness is not entirely anomalous within Milo’s body of work, but it does stand in stark contrast to the material on his darker accompanying EP, Things That Happen At Night. Pick up both of the records at the HellFyre Club bandcamp page.

2. A$AP Rocky - “Long Live A$AP”

Unlike the lyrically-focused and DIY-motivated Milo, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky bases almost the entirety of his appeal on image and aesthetic. Frankly, the extremity of this image is what makes Rocky such an interesting figure; he is very much a mirror of rap’s fascinatingly narcissistic cutting edge. “Long Live A$AP” is the title track from his major label debut, a triumphantly hi-fi explosion of a record that manages to say absolutely nothing substantial in the best way possible. The song itself is representative of Long.Live.A$AP as a whole, presenting Rocky as the 2013’s greatest hip-hop paradox. He is, at once, a youthful legend, a geographically-transcendent New Yorker, an underground sellout, and a deeply insecure popular kid, both as self-conscious and self-obsessed as only a true narcissist can be. It’s not conceit if you’re right, and Rocky forces us to wonder just how right he may be. Pick up Long.Live.A$AP via iTunes.

3. Beach Fossils - “Generational Synthetic”

With their forthcoming LP Clash The Truth, Beach Fossils are poised to once again usurp the throne of Brooklyn’s guitar pop scene from their overrated labelmates DIIV, who are led by former Beach Fossils member Zachary Cole Smith. Beach Fossils might not have DIIV’s marketably nihilistic look or vague conceptual coherence, but they make up for it in song quality. “Generational Synthetic” toes the line between pop and punk, and although the singer doesn’t lyrically commit himself like a true punk frontman, there’s enough grit to rock out to. Clash The Truth is out February 19th via Captured Tracks.

4. Bleeding Rainbow - “Pink Ruff”

One part shoegaze, one part noise pop, and one part sugary female vocals, Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow are a delectable duo with a lot of potential. Formerly called Reading Rainbow, the band had to change their name in lieu of a potential lawsuit from PBS, but the name change shouldn’t do much to stop them from winning over your heart. Fans of Dum Dum Girls should enjoy “Pink Ruff,” off their latest LP Yeah Right, for its subtle juxtaposition of garage-rocking minor key power chords and infectious pop melodies. Pick up Yeah Right via Kanine Records now.

5. Iceage - “Coalition”

Iceage’s sophomore LP You’re Nothing leaked well in advance of its release, but if you haven’t gotten on the bandwagon yet, now is the time. Lead single “Coalition” is probably poised to be the consensus standout track on the new record from these Danish, mostly teenage punks, and for good reason. In just over two minutes, the band reaches peak levels of catharsis, thrashing about with dualing guitars and cymbals blaring while frontman Elias Rønnenfelt drags himself out of his usual nihilistic apathy and lashes out in an impressively vigorous display of energy. Like the best moments of their last LP New Brigade, “Coalition” is also deceptively catchy, but this track manages to accomodate aggression and pop sensibility in nearly equal measure. You’re Nothing is out February 19th via Matador.

6. Comadre - “Hack”

The best description I’ve heard of Comadre’s aesthetic is that they “graduated from the Fucked Up school of yelling over what is essentially straight up indie rock.” It’s a true description, but the comparison to Fucked Up ends there; unlike their Canadian contemporaries, this Californian punk group doesn’t seem to take themselves so seriously. Their sound benefits from this looseness, allowing them to experiment with sounds and themes that are generally considered ‘outside’ of the realm of punk. On “Hack,” from their new self-titled record, the vocals are as throat-shreddingly aggressive as anything, but the instrumentals contrast starkly, blending shoegazy guitars with a theremin-reminiscent organ patch. Pick up Comadre via Vitriol Records.

7. Junip - “Line of Fire”

Although I’ve grown increasingly apprehensive about listening to sad singer/songwriters playing solo with acoustic guitars over the past few years, I think I’ll always appreciate the presence of a great songwriter singing over full band instrumentation. For this reason, I like Jose Gonzales’ group Junip more than his solo material, although I appreciate the precedent that he set on his own. Though a great song in its own right, “Line Of Fire” just benefits tremendously from the added texture and energy of the synths, drums, and backing harmonies; they actually make Gonzales’ signature Spanish guitar sound even better. Junip’s self-titled LP is out April 23rd via Mute.

8. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “So Good At Being In Trouble”

This single from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s sophomore LP (creatively titled II) is deceptively, subtly infectious. Stripping away some of the more psychedelic aspects of their sound, the group took a decidedly low-key approach on “So Good At Being In Trouble,” an analog R&B jam that harks back to the more soothing, gentler side of 70’s Northern Soul. With an earworm chorus and an arsenal of effects pedals at their disposal, Unknown Mortal Orchestra could have easily turned this cut into an anthemic, festival-ready banger, but they didn’t; this restraint is admirable, even though part of me would like to hear them rock out on this track. II is out now on Jagjaguwar.

9. Yo La Tengo - “I’ll Be Around”

New Jersey stalwarts Yo La Tengo may be the most dependable band in indie rock. Until the release of their new LP Fade, I was hesitant to fully commit myself as a fan, but it’s hard to deny the appeal of their genre-sweeping aesthetic on this record. Fade veers, calmly and tactfully, from the psychedelic heft of “Ohm” to the horn-laden grace of closer “Before We Run,” stopping briefly to catch its breath on tracks like the lovely, gentle “I’ll Be Around.” It’s a mostly acoustic piece with subtle inflections of modulated keyboard — the perfect aesthetic for a great romantic mixtape. It’s a respite on the record, but a highlight in its own right as well. Pick up Fade via Matador Records.

10. Christopher Owens - “Part Of Me (Lysandre’s Epilogue)”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I actually like Christopher Owens debut solo album Lysandre quite a bit more than some of Girls’ material. Girls’ records had the ambition and aesthetic prescience, but Lysandre has the heart. As evidence, look no further than the highlight closing track “Part Of Me (Lysandre’s Epilogue),” a heartbreakingly bittersweet Dylanesque anthem that subverts the guitars and harmonica of “I Want You” into something entirely personal to Owens and yet entirely relatable to us. As a songwriter, Owens’ greatest strength has always been forging this balance, and that above all is what comes through on Lysandre.


Stream the whole mix HERE via 8track. Thanks for listening and reading, and have a great February!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 1/4/13


My first radio broadcast of 2013 went off without a hitch. Thanks for everyone who tuned in and enjoyed some of my early pickings of great new music for the new year. January is a great time because there aren’t too many high-profile new records coming out, but I’ve found that the ones that do get released or leaked around this time are often very good. Last year we had that Cloud Nothings album, the Sharon Van Etten LP, and Perfume Genius all within the first month or so, and this year I’ve already heard solid-to-great new records from Low, Yo La Tengo, Christopher Owens, A$AP Rocky, and more. I’ve also gotten a chance to listen to some stuff that I missed in 2012, such as that terrific Bat For Lashes album. 

Check out the full playlist below and stream it via Spotify at the embedded link at the bottom. Unfortunately, since much of the material was new, unreleased, and/or rare, not many of these tracks were available in the Spotify database.

  • 1. By Surprise - “Who’s To Say This Year Will Be Any Different?” 
  • 2. P.S. Eliot - “Mood Ring”
  • 3. Aye Nako - “Molasses”
  • 4. Beach Fossils - “Generational Synthetic”
  • 5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “From The Sun”
  • 6. Tame Impala - “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  • 7. Yo La Tengo - “Ohm”
  • 8. Bomb The Music Industry! - “Big Kisses”
  • 9. Into It. Over It. - “A Curse Worth Believing”
  • 10. Jake Shaker - “Hard To Find”
  • 11. Christopher Owens - “Everywhere You Knew”
  • 12. Milo - “Sweet Chin Music (The Fisher King’s Anthem)”
  • 13. Big Boi - “Higher Res” (feat. Jai Paul & Little Dragon)
  • 14. jj - “From Africa To Malaga”
  • 15. Junip - “Rope & Summit”
  • 16. Crayon - “Snow Globe” (Requested by fistfuckthesky)
  • 17. Crystal Castles - “Sad Eyes”
  • 18. Grimes - “Vowels = Space and Time”
  • 19. cLOUDDEAD - “Rifle Eyes”
  • 20. Burial - “Truant”
  • 21. Teen Suicide - “xxxxxxx”
  • 22. Jens Lekman - “Silvia”
  • 23. Bat For Lashes - “Laura”
  • 24. Low - “On My Own”
  • 25. Christopher Owens - “Part Of Me (Lysandre’s Epilogue)”


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 11/30/12

Thanks to everybody who tuned in to my broadcast of Left of the Dial on WNHU last night. I won’t be on the air next week, but I will return on the 14th to start playing some of my favorite songs of the past year in a three part radio series that will take place over the next three Fridays. 

The full playlist from last night’s show is below, along with a Spotify link to stream the available songs at the bottom*. Thanks again for listening! 

*Edit: Spotify’s embed code doesn’t seem to be working with tumblr today. I will update this if it starts working again in the near future. Until then, I’m afraid you won’t be able to stream this playlist. Oh well! Enjoy it anyway.

  • 1. Bomb The Music Industry! - “25!”
  • 2. Sufjan Stevens - “Alphabet St.” (Prince cover)
  • 3. Anamanaguchi - “Overarrow”
  • 4. Parquet Courts - “Borrowed Time”
  • 5. Title Fight - “Numb, But I Still Feel It”

— Interview with Jamie Rhoden of Title Fight

  • 6. Title Fight - “Head In The Ceiling Fan”
  • 7. Title Fight - “Sympathy”
  • 8. Tigers Jaw - “Between Your Band And The Other Band”
  • 9. The Guru - “Cow”
  • 10. Yo La Tengo - “Avalon Or Someone Very Similar”
  • 11. Red House Painters - “Lord Kill The Pain”
  • 12. Low - “Words” (Live, feat. Benjamin Gibbard)
  • 13. Elliott Smith - “Waltz #2 (XO)”
  • 14. Snowing - “Pump Fake (Demo)”
  • 15. My Heart To Joy - “That Ungodly Arch-Villain Voltaire Is Dead”
  • 16. Joie De Vivre - “Sundays”
  • 17. Koji - “Matches”
  • 18. WHY? - “Gnashville”
  • 19. Radiohead - “These Are My Twisted Words”
  • 20. Elvis Depressedly - “A Bible In A Bath of Bleach”
  • 21. Paul Baribeau - “How Could That Be True”
  • 22. Cat Power - “Empty Shell”
  • 23. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - “Love Letter”
  • 24. Carissa’s Wierd - “Low Budget Slow Motion Soundtrack Song For The Leaving Scene”
  • 25. Sharon Van Etten - “Tornado”
  • 26. Waxahatchee - “Bathtub” (Requested by firewalkwithmel
Friday, October 5, 2012

odd-spirit said: could you please play any yo la tengo song?

For the betterment of every person who might be listening to my show and secondly for you I will definitely play any Yo La Tengo song. I’ll do it after the next mic break.


Tune in to Left of the Dial on WNHU HERE.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lewis and his Blog Back To School/Fall 2012 Mix

Since so many people started reblogging that Carissa’s Wierd song recently, I thought it might be a good idea to make a little mix for going back to school and just for the fall in general. I put this together pretty quickly, but I think it serves its purpose. 

I mostly made this for myself, so I apologize to those of my followers who aren’t in school or won’t be returning to school this fall. Still, I hope that everyone who listens to this finds it enjoyable and appropriate for the fall. This summer was pretty cool, and I’m a little sad to see it go.

I’ve made this mix available to stream via 8tracks, but you can also download it via mediafire HERE. Everything is properly tagged and arranged and it all has the above album artwork, so you don’t have to worry about anything being out of order. Check out the tracklist and give it a spin at the embedded link below.

  • 1. Serengeti - “Greyhound”
  • 2. WHY? - “Strawberries”
  • 3. Desaparecidos - “What’s New For Fall”
  • 4. The Get Up Kids - “I’m A Loner Dottie, A Rebel”
  • 5. Jens Lekman - “Maple Leaves”
  • 6. Tawny Peaks - “With Steps”
  • 7. Yo La Tengo - “Autumn Sweater”
  • 8. Sun Kil Moon - “Among The Leaves”
  • 9. The White Stripes - “We’re Going To Be Friends”
  • 10. Ty Segall - “Goodbye Bread”
  • 11. The Shins - “September”
  • 12. Paul Baribeau - “When You Go Back To College”
  • 13. Carissa’s Wierd - “September Come Take This Heart Away”
  • 14. Destroyer - “Streethawk II”
  • 15. Joie De Vivre - “Autumn In New London”


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 8/10/12

Thanks for tuning in to my radio show Left of the Dial last night on WNHU. I hope everyone who listened liked the show.Here’s the full playlist below. If you’d like, you can stream the Spotify version of the playlist at the embedded link below that. 

  • 1. Destroyer - “Streethawk I”
  • 2. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - "I See A Darkness" (Now Here’s My Plan version)
  • 3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Mature Themes”
  • 4. The Mountain Goats - “Cry For Judas”
  • 5. Defiance, Ohio - "Horizon Lines, Volume and Infinity"
  • 6. Yo La Tengo - “Autumn Sweater”
  • 7. JEFF The Brotherhood - “Country Life”
  • 8. Now, Now - “Thread”
  • 9. Dum Dum Girls - “Lord Knows”
  • 10. Hop Along - “Tibetan Pop Stars”
  • 11. Liars - “No.1 Against The Rush”
  • 12. Ethan Uhl - "self help books"
  • 13. Crystal Castles - "Plague"
  • 14. Animal Collective - “Today’s Supernatural”
  • 15. The Antlers - “Drift Dive”
  • 16. Mount Eerie - “Waves”
  • 17. Desaparecidos - "MariKKKopa"
  • 18. Desaparecidos - "Backsell"
  • 19. Wavves - "Hippies Is Punks"
  • 20. I Kill Giants - "Life Instead of Sleep"
  • 21. Punch - “Time Apart”
  • 22. White Lung - "Thick Lip"
  • 23. Grizzly Bear - “Yet Again” (requested by sea-fence)
  • 24. Jens Lekman - “I Know What Love Isn’t”
  • 25. Ty Segall - “Goodbye Bread”
  • 26. Slow Warm Death - “Kill You”
  • 27. Modest Mouse - “Paper Thin Walls” (Requested by anonymous)
  • 28. Jaill - “Horrible Things (Make Pretty Songs)”
  • 29. Perfume Genius - “Dark Parts”
  • 30. TNGHT - “Bugg’n”

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