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HOLIDAY DREAMS // A P|M|W Mixtape
So, I made this mixtape last year for the holidays, and in the process - sort of burned through a lot of my regular holiday listens. This year, I was planning to do the same, but time got the best of me and then a dear friend reminded me of this mix, so I thought I’d share it again until, perhaps, a whole new batch of holiday treats drops into our ears. 
After the tracklist, you will find links for streaming and downloading. Enjoy, share, and happy holidays! Thanks to everyone for all of the support this year. Happy Holidays!
FEATURED MUSIC (click band name for more info)
“I Wish It Was Christmas Today” by Julian Casablancas
“Just Like Christmas” by Low
“The Christmas Song” by The Raveonettes
“Last Christmas” by The XX
“In This Home on Ice” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
“Do The Know it’s Christmas” by Fucked Up (and Friends)
“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” by The Ramones
“Christmas With You is the Best” by The Long Winters
“Maybe This Christmas” by Ron Sexsmith
“Christmas Party” by The Walkmen
“White Christmas” by Mark Kozelek
“It’s Christmas Time” by Yo La Tengo
“Frosty the Snowman” by Fiona Apple
“Carol of Bells” by The Bird and the Bee
“Christmas Reindeer” by The Knife
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Sufjan Stevens
“12/23/95” by Jimmy Eat World
“Untitled 3” by Sigur Ros
“Christmas Time is Here (Vocal)” by The Vince Guaraldi Trio
“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Death Cab for Cutie
“2000 Miles” by Coldplay
“I Feel Like Going Home” by Yo La Tengo
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Bright Eyes
“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues
(stream) HOLIDAY DREAMS (mp3) // (via Soundcloud) 
(download) HOLIDAY DREAMS (mp3 // (via Soundcloud)
Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind. 

HOLIDAY DREAMS // A P|M|W Mixtape

So, I made this mixtape last year for the holidays, and in the process - sort of burned through a lot of my regular holiday listens. This year, I was planning to do the same, but time got the best of me and then a dear friend reminded me of this mix, so I thought I’d share it again until, perhaps, a whole new batch of holiday treats drops into our ears. 

After the tracklist, you will find links for streaming and downloading. Enjoy, share, and happy holidays! Thanks to everyone for all of the support this year. Happy Holidays!

FEATURED MUSIC (click band name for more info)

  1. “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” by Julian Casablancas
  2. “Just Like Christmas” by Low
  3. “The Christmas Song” by The Raveonettes
  4. “Last Christmas” by The XX
  5. “In This Home on Ice” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  6. “Do The Know it’s Christmas” by Fucked Up (and Friends)
  7. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” by The Ramones
  8. “Christmas With You is the Best” by The Long Winters
  9. “Maybe This Christmas” by Ron Sexsmith
  10. “Christmas Party” by The Walkmen
  11. “White Christmas” by Mark Kozelek
  12. “It’s Christmas Time” by Yo La Tengo
  13. “Frosty the Snowman” by Fiona Apple
  14. “Carol of Bells” by The Bird and the Bee
  15. “Christmas Reindeer” by The Knife
  16. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Sufjan Stevens
  17. “12/23/95” by Jimmy Eat World
  18. “Untitled 3” by Sigur Ros
  19. “Christmas Time is Here (Vocal)” by The Vince Guaraldi Trio
  20. “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Death Cab for Cutie
  21. “2000 Miles” by Coldplay
  22. “I Feel Like Going Home” by Yo La Tengo
  23. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Bright Eyes
  24. “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues

(stream) HOLIDAY DREAMS (mp3) // (via Soundcloud) 

(download) HOLIDAY DREAMS (mp3 // (via Soundcloud)

Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind. 

(Source: perfectmidnightworld, via juststartingagain)

"Faith" by I Break Horses // Chiaroscuro (Out 1.20.14 via Rough Trade) 

The Swedish duo, I Break Horses, is due back with a new full length in January, and they’ve also recently dropped a video for their second single, “Faith”. The new track is a surprising shift from the bend who’s previous efforts have fallen into a more dreamy, electro shoegaze sound (see M83). This time around you’re likely to hear a sound resembling something more akin to The Knife - with it’s warbling synth lines and machine gun beat. The video, directed by Magnus Hardner features stark black and white photography of teenagers doing teenager things (parties, bikes, and ultimately a late night pool party), while moving in slow motion. It’s a simple concept that works extremely well against the heavier sound. The new album promises a combination of the light and the dark (hence the name which means just that, in Italian), and I for one cannot wait.                                                   

MY HEART THE BRAVE - KEEP ME FROM IT

"Keep Me From It" by My Heart the Brave // Keep Me From It (Self-Release // 2013)

The Nordic countries have certainly put a healthy and exciting stamp on the electro-pop and indie scene in recent years. Artists like The Knife, Jens Lekman, Mew, Miike Snow, and Lykke Li are just a few of a growing list of talented, exciting artists that have emerged from the beautiful northern countries in the past decade. There is certainly still plenty of talent to mine from the area and why not start with Danish electro pop artist, Caspar Hesselager, who records under the name, My Heart the Brave. Hesselager is a classically trained pianist who has shifted into full-on electro pop producer and solo artist. His first release is the single, “Keep Me From It” and just one listen of the pounding, driving beat, wrapped in shimmering synth keys and it starts to become aware that this guy is onto something special. Hesselager’s focused, boyish vocals do call to mind those of Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, but that’s no knock - it’s a sound that feels complete and engaging. For now, there’s not much else announced from the artist, but keep an eye peeled on his Soundcloud for what will hopefully be plenty more in the near future. 

Indian Summer

"Indian Summer" by Blood Cultures // Indian Summer (Out Now via Bandcamp)

Sometimes all it takes is a song to launch a career. One single song that can build a buzz and set expectations soaring. New Jersey based Blood Cultures has just such a song currently making it’s way around the internet. So far, not much has been released about the artist himself, but that’s just fine - all you need to know is that his debut single, “Indian Summer” is an absolute gem. Building off of a synth line that sounds like it could belong on an album by The Knife, and layered up with shimmering electro beats and hazy, warped vocals - “Indian Summer” is the announcement of the arrival of a wonderful new talent. You can grab the single right now at Bandcamp. Highest possible recommendation for fans of Washed Out, Active Child, and Grimes


"Full of Fire" by The Knife // Dir. Marit Östberg

And here we have the visual companion to the absolutely wild new track from The Knife. It’s probably best going in blind on this one, as the video is epic and strange as the song that provides it’s soundtrack, yet it still manages to hold the narrative. It’s an intense and haunting film that might require a few views to even grasp what’s taking place, but that’s all right when the music is this interesting. 

The band released a statement from the director to coincide with the release of the short film. It can be found here

The Knife - Full Of Fire

"Full of Fire" by The Knife // Shaking the Habitual (Out April 2013)

It’s been a while since a full fledged track from The Knife has surfaced, and with the forthcoming release of the highly anticipated “Shaking the Habitual”, the band is releasing lead off single, “Full of Fire” - which has already made it’s way to Soundcloud and various other sites in the past 18 hours. Naturally, the first taste of new material is full of complex, shadowy beats and twisted, warped synths that crash and smash into each other as Karin Dreijer Andersson's possessed vocals lead you down a positively spellbinding rabbit hole of dance-able high strangeness. It's a fucking wild ride to say the least, but could you expect anything else from The Knife?

Mount WeakHeartbeats (The Knife Cover)

"Heartbeats" by Mount Weak // Originally by The Knife

It’s always nice to see random acts of artistry pop up on my tumblr feed from people that I follow and this is a special one. Mount Weak's dreamy, lo-fi take on the brilliant track “Heartbeats” by The Knife (and later Jose Gonzales) is a lovely, atmospheric track that definitely deserves some attention. Their modest note on the post is all the most reason to give it a chance. 

This is something we put together today, the sound is a bit quiet because we havent got mega equipment yet but you get the idea.

With love,

M.W

Highly recommended. Give them a follow over at their new tumblr page as well.