Thursday January 20th 2011, 10:30 am
Mixin’ with Ghost Gamblers
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Why not celebrate Dr. King’s week by reveling in the upsurge of multicultural roots music groups? Brooklyn’s great twang outfit Ghost Gamblers certainly fits the bill — featuring Kamara Thomas & Amal Bouhabib as it does, alongside the talented Gabriel Berezin, Jeff Malinowski, Gordon Hartin & John Durgee. This is reflected in the band’s cosmic sound having no rigid boundaries; check out their Ghost Stories, Vol. 1 on iTunes. And don’t let Little Big Town claim all the credit for reviving a Fleetwood Mac-style mix gender frontline, as, with two songcrafting couples at its core, this sextet is killin’ it. Ghost Gamblers is hibernating for the winter, but serving the scene via other incarnations such as the Basement Band (which is set to tear the roof off of Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Rod & Gun this Saturday 22 January — for those on the East Coast. Come early for the fresh fish & beer). And frontwoman Kamara is laboring hard at a studio in downtown Manhattan — with fellow GG/Basement Band lead Jeff Malinowski at the knobs — recording a solo album, Past Is Primer, set for late 2011 release (most likely on Earl Greyhound’s label Hawk Race). Check out the Ghost Gamblers mixtape and the video for their on-the-G-train version of Amal’s beautiful composition “Oh My God” (courtesy of Karina Mackenzie’s Bridge Sessions) after the jump.

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Friday December 10th 2010, 12:59 pm
Stop Your Talking: A When You Awake Instrumental Mixtape
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Bryan Thomas and I have been working on this little nugget of a mixtape for you for quite a while. It contains a mixture of our favorite instrumental tunes and pairs classics like Bert Jansch and David Crosby with rising artists like William Tyler and C Joynes. While the theme of the mix is mostly relective (this was assembled during the first snow here in England after all), we’ve also thrown in a sweet Christmas ditty for your added pleasure. ‘Tis the season after all.  Enjoy!
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Tuesday November 23rd 2010, 10:45 am
Mixin’ With Haroula Rose
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Los Angeles musician Haroula Rose has given us her “Top 10 Songs for a Nostalgic November Afternoon”. The mix features tunes by Big Star, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen among others.  Haroula is gearing up for the release of her debut full-length album, These Open Roads, this January. The record was produced by Andy Lemaster ( REM, Azure Ray, Conor Oberst) and features contributions from Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, O+S, Art In Manila),  John Neff (Drive By Truckers, Japancakes), Heather Macintosh (Elf Power, Neutral Milk Hotel), Blair Sinta (Damien Rice, Stevie Nicks, My Brightest Diamond, Annie Lennox),  Joseph Karnes (Jesca Hoop, John Cale) among many others. Check out the mixtape and a video of Haroula singing after the jump.


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Thursday November 04th 2010, 5:08 am
Mixin’ With Matthew and the Atlas
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UK’s Matthew and the Atlas have given us their “Top 10 Songs to Keep a Band Happy in a Van Together”, featuring tunes by Phosphorescent, Frontier Ruckus, Pavement and more. The band just released their second EP, Kingdom of Your Own, on November 1st via Communion Records (highly recommended!) and will be celebrating with a record release show tonight, Thursday, November 4th at the Borderline in London. We’ll be there. Will you? Check out the mixtape and their video for “Within The Rose” after the jump.


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Tuesday September 28th 2010, 10:32 am
Mixin’ With The Chapin Sisters
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Lily Chapin of the Los Angeles sibling duo The Chapin Sisters has given us her “Top 10 Songs About The Weather.” The mix features tunes by When You Awake favorites Link Wray, Tim Buckley, The Zombies and many more. The Chapins are currently gearing up for a nationwide tour in support of their latest release,Two (out now via Lake Bottom Records). Check out their complete tour dates,  a video of the gals and the mixtape after the jump.


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Tuesday August 31st 2010, 11:59 am
Mixin’ With Luke Doucet
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Canadian musician Luke Doucet has given us his “Top 10 Songs To Feed Insomnia With”, which features tunes by The Band, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones and more. Luke is currently gearing up for a tour in support of his upcoming release, Steel City Trawler (out September 21 via Six Shooter Records) that will take him across the US and the UK. He’ll be stopping in Los Angeles on September 7th for a gig at Hotel Cafe. Check out Luke’s complete tour dates and his mixtape after the jump.


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Tuesday August 24th 2010, 4:30 pm
Mixin’ With The Smart Brothers: Part Two
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San Diego sibling band The Smart Brothers have given us another mixtape! This one features their “Top 10 Summer Jams” and includes tunes by Del Shannon, The Stanley Brothers, Led Zeppelin and more. Though the season is quickly coming to an end, this mix will help you hold on to that special feel good summer feeling just a little bit longer. If you missed it, check out the first mix the band made for us back in 2009: The Smart Brother’s “Top 10 Songs We Wish We Had Written”. These boys sure do know how to put a mighty fine mixtape together!


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Thursday July 08th 2010, 11:23 am
Mixin’ With The Roadside Graves: Part Two
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New Jersey group The Roadside Graves have given us their “Top 5 Songs About Suicide”. This down and out mix, which you can check out after the jump, features tunes by Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and more. If you missed it, be sure to listen to the first mix the band made for us back in 2009:  The Roadside Grave’s “Top 10 Folk and Country Songs For Lying On Your Back On A Hardwood Floor“.


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Thursday June 17th 2010, 2:25 pm
Mixin’ With The Black Swans
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Columbus, Ohio-band The Black Swans have given us a mixtape entitled “Side A from the Black Swans Ford Taurus Wagon.” The mix features tunes by Michael Hurley, Tony Joe White and more. The band just released their latest record, Words Are Stupid, in April (via St. Ives/ Secretly Canadian). You can check out a video of their tune “Language Tenor” from the record and their mixtape after the jump.


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Thursday June 10th 2010, 2:55 pm
Mixin’ With Truth & Salvage Co
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Los Angeles’ own Truth and Salvage Co have given us their “Top Ten Songs To Dump Your Girlfriend To.” The mix features tunes by Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Al Green, Jeff Buckley and more. The band is currently in the midst of a summer tour in support of their Chris Robinson (of the Black Crowes)-produced self-titled debut release (out now via Silver Arrow/Megaforce). If you are hitting up the festival circuit this summer, be sure to check them out at Tennessee’s Bonnaro Festival and California’s High Sierra Music Fest. Their complete tour dates, the mixtape and a Truth & Salvage Co. track  are after the jump.


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