Monday February 14th 2011, 5:34 am
Mixin’ With Whispering Pines
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Los Angeles’ own Whispering Pines have given us a mighty fine mixtape of tunes that they may cover on any given night, including tracks by Waylon Jennings, JJ Cale, Fleetwood Mac and more. You’ll have the chance to possibly hear one of them live when they perform tomorrow night, February 15th,  at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Also on the lineup are When You Awake-favorites Mountain Man, Haroula Rose, Kim Churchill and Jeffertitti’s Nile. Check out the mix and more info about the show after the jump.


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Friday February 11th 2011, 8:23 am
Mixin’ With Nathaniel Rateliff
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We have to admit that we’ve fallen a bit for Denver, Colorado’s Nathaniel Rateliff after stumbling onto his music a few weeks ago. So we are very, very pleased to present his “Top 10 Songs of Love and Loss” (just in time for Valentine’s Day on Monday!). It’s a brilliant mix featuring tunes by Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Perkins and more. Rateliff will be performing at a sold out gig tonight at Barfly in London alongside Nashville, Tennessee’s Caitlin Rose and then will head east on Sunday for Communion’s shindig at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Check out his complete touring dates, including a handful of gigs in the US this spring, and the mixtape after the jump. Enjoy!


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Wednesday February 09th 2011, 11:35 am
Mixin’ With Josh Ritter
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Josh Ritter has given us his “Nine Songs To Trash A Hotel Room To”, featuring tunes by Lucinda Williams, King Khan and more. He’ll have loads of opportunities to do just that on his massive upcoming tour that will take him across the US and over to Europe with dates scheduled at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on February 26th and at Scala in London on April 18-19th. Ritter is also re-issuing his 2006 record, The Animal Years, this upcoming Tuesday, February 15th. The updated version of the CD and the vinyl will include a bonus disc featuring Josh performing the entire album solo acoustic, plus four studio b-sides and two videos. Check out a little taste of Josh’s acoustic stylings and his mixtape after the jump.


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Wednesday February 02nd 2011, 11:56 am
Guest Mixtape: The 405
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Oliver, the man behind one of our favorite UK-based music blogs The 405, has given us his “Twelve Songs I Would Put On Cassette If a) I Had a Cassette Player and b) I Had the Time”. The mix features tunes by Megafaun, Tallest Man on Earth, AA Bondy and more. In addition to just being an awesome blog, The 405 is currently compiling a really interesting resource for bands called The Band Guide. The object of the guide is to provide aid and information to unsigned bands: from tips on getting folks to listen to your music to a list of contact emails for friendly bloggers and music venues. It’s definitely a space worth keeping an eye on, and even submitting your input to, as it progresses. And now back to the matter at hand. Without any further ado, we are very pleased to present to you Oliver’s mixtape. Check it out after the jump!
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Friday January 28th 2011, 1:08 pm
Mixin’ With Wooden Wand
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James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, has given us his “Recent Roadtrippin’ Mix”, featuring tunes by Tompal Glaser, Jim Ford, The Rolling Stones and more. Toth released his 10th full-length record, Death Seat, last year via Young God Records (which was produced by Swan’s Michael Gira and features guest musicians from Glossary, Lambchop, Silver Jews, Mercury Rev, Fire on Fire/Big Blood) and is currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next album. Check out a demo of one of the songs that will be on the record, as well as his mixtape after the jump!


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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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Thursday January 13th 2011, 1:25 pm
I Still Miss Someone: A When You Awake Mixtape
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After the holiday celebrations have come and gone, the dreary January doldrums set in. It’s cold outside, no one ventures out, and we are left at home with nothing but a record player and the memories of our old loves and lost romances to keep us company. So check out this mix, pull out that box of tissues and let it all out. George Jones, Hank Williams and I will be here to hold your hand.
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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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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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Thursday October 28th 2010, 10:30 am
The Allman Brothers Band Goes Twang
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Duane Allman Week continues with a special Allman Brothers Band edition of our Goes Twang series. We’ve gathered up 5 ridiculously good covers of tunes written by one or more of the Allmans and threw in a Derek and the Dominos studio jam from 1970 that features Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickiy Betts, Berry Oakley and Bobby Whitlock for good measure. Check out the tracklisting and the mix after the jump.
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