PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode One
I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of putting out monthly mixtapes again, and as luck would have it, i’ve finally pulled the trigger. Much like the previous mixtape series (Dreaming in Waves), the new series will be a two hour block of new and old gems, chosen to enhance the after hours - dream pop, shoegaze, ethereal, lo-fi, and everything in between. Basically, I want to recapture the sense of discovery that I used to get listening to my local college radio station, back in East Lansing, Michigan, late Sunday nights - when they would pull a two hour block of dreamy, spaced out, lesser known artists. It was everything that i could want in a radio show, and that in turn is what i’m trying to capture here. Some of the material might be new, some might be familiar, but they flow nicely and if you need a late night lullaby, this should more than suffice. Unlike previous mixes, the Perfect Midnight Radio sets will be split down the middle for ease of listening. Each hour as it’s own standalone block of music, for streaming and downloading. 
The goal is to release a new mix every month, with the occasional special release for fun. Please feel free to share and I encourage you to seek out the artists that catch your attention - they might be your new favorite band. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!
HOUR ONE: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)
"Repeat Pleasure" by How to Dress Well 
 “Memory Loss” by The Snow 
"Only in Dreams" by Holidays 
"Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults 
"Summer Rain" by Night Flowers 
"Not for this One" by Eternal Summers 
"Minha Menina" by Donovan Blanc 
"Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" by Craft Spells 
"Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls 
"Lonely Richard" by Amen Dunes 
"Habit" by Ought 
"Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts 
"Remember Our Days" by Lotus Plaza 
"Peach" by Your Friend 
"Running Scared" by Mode Moderne
HOUR TWO: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)
"Call My Name" by Haerts 
"It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone" by Fasano 
"Descent" by Fear of Men 
"Being Around" by Courtney Barnett 
"Angel" by Pure X 
"You Must Learn to Live Again" by Halls 
"Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" by The Jesus & Mary Chain 
"Ghost" by Autumn 
"Battles" by DNKL 
"Bright Lights" by Bedouin 
"Garden’s Heart" by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins 
"Me at the Museum You in the Wintergarden" by Tiny Ruins
"Down from the Rafters" by Hundred Waters 
 “In my Bed Again” by Perri 
"Rebirth" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic 
"Plains" by Tycho 
"Mercury" by Conner Youngblood
* Soundcloud Hour One (Stream/Download) 
* Soundcloud Hour Two (Stream/Download)  
**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode One

I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of putting out monthly mixtapes again, and as luck would have it, i’ve finally pulled the trigger. Much like the previous mixtape series (Dreaming in Waves), the new series will be a two hour block of new and old gems, chosen to enhance the after hours - dream pop, shoegaze, ethereal, lo-fi, and everything in between. Basically, I want to recapture the sense of discovery that I used to get listening to my local college radio station, back in East Lansing, Michigan, late Sunday nights - when they would pull a two hour block of dreamy, spaced out, lesser known artists. It was everything that i could want in a radio show, and that in turn is what i’m trying to capture here. Some of the material might be new, some might be familiar, but they flow nicely and if you need a late night lullaby, this should more than suffice. Unlike previous mixes, the Perfect Midnight Radio sets will be split down the middle for ease of listening. Each hour as it’s own standalone block of music, for streaming and downloading. 

The goal is to release a new mix every month, with the occasional special release for fun. Please feel free to share and I encourage you to seek out the artists that catch your attention - they might be your new favorite band. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!

HOUR ONE: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)

  • "Repeat Pleasure" by How to Dress Well 
  • “Memory Loss” by The Snow 
  • "Only in Dreams" by Holidays 
  • "Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults 
  • "Summer Rain" by Night Flowers 
  • "Not for this One" by Eternal Summers 
  • "Minha Menina" by Donovan Blanc 
  • "Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" by Craft Spells 
  • "Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls 
  • "Lonely Richard" by Amen Dunes 
  • "Habit" by Ought 
  • "Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts 
  • "Remember Our Days" by Lotus Plaza 
  • "Peach" by Your Friend 
  • "Running Scared" by Mode Moderne

HOUR TWO: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)

  • "Call My Name" by Haerts 
  • "It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone" by Fasano 
  • "Descent" by Fear of Men 
  • "Being Around" by Courtney Barnett 
  • "Angel" by Pure X 
  • "You Must Learn to Live Again" by Halls 
  • "Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" by The Jesus & Mary Chain 
  • "Ghost" by Autumn 
  • "Battles" by DNKL 
  • "Bright Lights" by Bedouin 
  • "Garden’s Heart" by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins 
  • "Me at the Museum You in the Wintergarden" by Tiny Ruins
  • "Down from the Rafters" by Hundred Waters 
  • “In my Bed Again” by Perri 
  • "Rebirth" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic 
  • "Plains" by Tycho 
  • "Mercury" by Conner Youngblood

* Soundcloud Hour One (Stream/Download) 

* Soundcloud Hour Two (Stream/Download)  

**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

Eurydice

"Eurydice" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart // Days of Abandon (Out 5.13.14 via Yebo Music)

The new album from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is just around the corner, so the band has dropped a second single - the shimmering, blissed out “Eurydice”. The track is a lushly textured beauty that stands up with the best of the band’s catalog. The band continues to push further into sweeping dream pop sounds, stepping back from the heavier shoegaze pop that they originally started with - and i couldn’t be happier to hear the evolution. It’s a great track. 

To The Top

"To the Top" by Twin Shadow // To to Top - Single (Available Now via 4AD)

George Lewis Jr (Twin Shadow) seems to have taken a break from his monthly covers series to work on a new album. One of the songs that may pop up on that as-yet-untitled album is the soaring anthem, “To the Top”. The artist continues to evolve his sound which started as dreamy chillwave before morphing into 2012’s dance-able synth rock. “To the Top” isn’t exactly either of those things, in fact the song is mostly a straight-forward widescreen power ballad that feels built for the big stage. It’s a great track and surely a hint at what awaits later this year when we hopefully get to hear a new full length. In the meantime, you can download this track for free from Twin Shadow’s Soundcloud page.

OUGHT - Habit

"Habit" by Ought // More Than Any Other Day (Out 4.29.14 via Constellation Records)

It’s one of my favorite things in the world to hear a song and be left at a loss for how to sum it up. Not in a bad way, of course - but rather in a manner that just leaves you wanting to spin it again rather than talk about it. “Habit” by Ought is just such a song. There are things to be said about it, or comparisons to be made (Talking Heads by way of The Mountain Goats with a smattering of Television, perhaps), but really, it’s better to just experience it because it’s really something special. Hit the download arrow on the artwork for a free download. 

Arcade Fire // Coachella 2014 

This year’s Coachella festival is only half over (the other half starting back up this weekend), but you can catch most of the full sets on YouTube. Sunday night’s Arcade Fire set was loaded with fan favorites, as well as a guest appearance from Debbie Harry. Watch the set in it’s entirety now. 

Setlist: Reflektor // Flashbulb Eyes // Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) // Rebellion (Lies) // Joan of Arc // The Suburbs // The Suburbs (Continued) // Ready to Start // Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) // No Cars Go // Keep the Car Running // Afterlife // It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) // Heart of Glass (Ft. Debbie Harry) // Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Montains) (ft. Debbie Harry) // Normal Person // Here Comes the Night Time // Wake Up (ft. Preservation Hall Jazz Band)

HONEY HONEY [olympia Ep]

"Honey Honey" by Cosmetics // Olympia … Plus (Out on 12” Vinyl, 4.19.14 via Captured Tracks)

This Record Store Day will see the vinyl re-issue of last year’s “Olympia” by Cosmetics. The synth pop release will also feature six other tracks, not included on the original EP, expanding the release and name to “Olympia … Plus”. One of the tracks featured is the darkly seductive “Honey Honey”, which has been floating around the better part of a year, but never gathered a ton of steam, which is a shame because it’s a pretty great track - sexy, ominous, and inviting. Check it out and pick it up on Record Store Day in 12” Vinyl. 

"The Rains of Castamere" by Sigur Ros // Game of Thrones (Season 4 // 2014)

Following in the footsteps of The National in season two of Game of Thrones, Sigur Ros has turned in a haunting version of “The Rains of Castamere”. Originally written by George R.R. Martin, the track has been used in each of the last three seasons of HBO’s hit show. Sigur Ros even appeared in tonight’s episode (episode 2 of season 4), as the wedding band for the wedding of King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell. Check out the latest above and if you feel inclined to purchase the track, you may do so at Amazon

Warpaint // Coachella 2014

The talented ladies of Warpaint took to Coachella this weekend as well - recreating the hypnotic and dark atmospherics of their studio work onto their live set. It’s impressive how easily they can whip up the vibe of a darkly lit, intimate club gig while playing in the middle of the desert to several thousand sweating fans. Check out their entire set from this weekend’s show: 

Setlist: Intro // Keep it Healthy // Bees // Composure // No Way Out // Disco/Very // Undertow // Love is to Die // Elephants

Future Islands // Coachella 2014 

Unless you’ve managed to avoid the internet or television all weekend, you’ve probably seen or heard plenty of Coachella news/gossip. If you’re reading this, then you probably are not there to witness the news/ gossip. Luckily, the shows have been streaming all weekend over at YouTube, and some wonderful folks have been collecting the sets and posting them  in their entirety. So, in case you missed the absolutely killer set put forth by Future Islands, you can check it out now - at your leisure. Setlist below:

Setlist:  Inch of Dust // Balance // Before the Bridge // A Dream of You and Me // Tin Man // Doves // Seasons (Waiting On You) // Spirit // Walking Through That Door // Long Flight // Vireo’s Eye

Wilsen - "Magnolia"

"Magnolia" by Wilsen // Magnolia EP (Out 5.18.14)

Tamsin Wilson feels due for a breakthrough. The music that she makes with her Brooklyn based band, Wilsen (she is originally from the UK), has a darkly textured dream pop sound that crosses into folk and atmospheric ambient pop sounds, but it’s her lovely vocals that weave everything together with ease. There’s a calming otherworldly air about the band’s sound that really comes into focus on the stunning single, “Magnolia”. With a little luck, we should be hearing a lot more from Wilsen in the coming months. Highly recommended for fans of Widowspeak and Beach House

Lack of Updates

Hey everyone, just wanted to drop a line here and apologize for the lack of proper updates as of late. Nothing serious, just been a super busy week. I’ll have everything back in order and updating this weekend sometime. In the meantime, i hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend. Take care!

Steve

Arcade Fire - Heart of Glass (Blondie cover)

"Heart of Glass" by Arcade Fire // Originally by Blondie 

This week, while at their Houston show, Arcade Fire continued their trend of breaking out random covers. This time it was the 1978 new wave classic, “Heart of Glass” by Blondie. The band doesn’t stray too far from the original, but that’s quite all right as it works well within the sound of their most recent release, Reflektor. Check it out via Arcade Fire Tubes.

White Reaper - Half Bad

"Half Bad" by White Reaper // Half Bad - Single (Out 6.24.14 via Polyvinyl)

Louisville’s White Reaper play hard, fast, and loud - cramming post punk, psych pop, punk rock and whatever else they can find into short blasts of energy. The band’s new single, “Half Bad”, comes from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP for Polyvinyl, but if you’re looking for more in the meantime - you can find other songs on Soundcloud and YouTube. That being said, “Half Bad” is the jam to get excited about. It’s a snarling shot of punk with power pop melodies and it’s infectious as all hell. Definitely something to give your waking hours a jolt of the energy it needs.