Wednesday December 14th 2011, 11:47 am
Elton John Goes Twang
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eltonThe Goes Twang series is back with a tribute to the one and only Elton John. Though Elton has gained a bit of a reputation in recent years for being…uncool, there was a time when The Who, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner were paying homage to him….and he, in return, was writing songs inspired by The Band (his tune “Levon” was named after Levon Helm) and doing covers of Nick Drake. He also put out a handful of records in the early 70s that contain some of the best Americana of the decade (check out Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across The Water). Check out the tracklisting and the mixtape after the jump. And just for kicks (don’t worry, it’s not on the mixtape), please enjoy this video of William Shatner ‘performing’ “Rocket Man”.

YouTube Preview ImageWilliam Shatner- Rocket Man


Wednesday October 19th 2011, 6:07 am
Guest Mixtape:’s Songs To Wake Up To
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Alex Parrish and Simon Brewer from have teamed up to give us their “Top 12 Songs To Wake Up To”, featuring tunes by the likes of The Tallest Man On Earth, Beirut, Calexico and more. If you are a music lover (which I’ll just go ahead and assume you are since you are reading this blog) and haven’t checked out yet, you really, really must.

It’s the brilliant new dating (and friends-seeking) website that matches you up based on your music taste (as imported from your profile or from bands that you have individually listed). Never again will you have to suffer through a date with someone who counts the latest releases from Celine Dion and Enrique Iglesias among their desert island discs.  A really helpful tool if you ask me (my ‘Friends’  profile is here…say hi!). Without futher ado, I give you Alex and Simon’s mixtape, after the jump.

Friday August 12th 2011, 6:20 am
Guest Mixtape: Grand Ole Echo’s Roots Roadhouse
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Kim Grant, head lady of the Grand Ole Echo, has put together a special mixtape for When You Awake featuring some of her favorite artists that will be playing at the Roots Roadhouse this Sunday, August 14th at the Echo and the Echoplex in Los Angeles. The mixtape features tunes by Nikki Lane, David  Serby, Eilen Jewell, The Sadies and more. Check it out after the jump!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Every year, we release a special Valentine’s mixtape called Music For The Morning After that is inspired by our favorite part of the holiday.  No,  it’s not the flowers, boxes of chocolate or candlelight dinners that gets us. It’s waking up with your loved one the morning after — without any of the pressure of V-DAY looming overhead. This year, we decided to shake things up a bit and ask some of our favorite bands to record a brand new track or cover exclusively for the mixtape (and with just a handful of days to do it!). Of course, they came through and we are very happy to present their brilliant bedroom recordings that were made exclusively for you,  our wonderful readers.  From all of us here at When You Awake, we hope you have a wonderful day (and morning after) filled with love.  If you missed the previous year’s mixes, be sure to check out Music For The Morning After: Volumes OneTwo and Three. Mixtape cover by Patrick Gerrity.

Music For The Morning After: 2011

1. Shakey Graves- Chinatown
2. Leslie Stevens and the Badgers- Someday Soon (Ian Tyson cover)
3. The Morning Pages- Here By The River
4. The Smart Brothers- My Girl
5. William Tyler and Alexis Powell- Wish It Had Been A Dream (Louvin Brothers cover)
6. Hi Ho Silver Oh- It’s You I Like (Mister Rogers cover)
7. Strand of Oaks- This Must Be The Place (Talking Heads cover)
8. Roadside Graves- This Morning
9. Hor$eplay (feat. Amanda Jo Williams)- Baby Baby Love Love
10. The Driftwood Singers- When The Roses Bloom in Dixieland (Carter Family cover)

Bonus Tracks (updated February 15th):
1. He’s My Brother She’s My Sister- Wake Your Heart
2. Tommy Santee Klaws- Violent Son
3. Olentangy John- Long Low House
4. Zachary Lupetin (of Dustbowl Revival)- Be My Girl

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!

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.

Friday December 24th 2010, 4:42 pm
O Christmas, Where Art Thou: A When You Awake Mixtape
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A Christmas gift from us to you! Enjoy a handful of classic country tunes by the likes of Loretta Lynn and George Jones, plus newer tracks from The Felice Brothers, Laura Gibson and even a Norwegian Christmas tune by The Kings of Convenience thrown in for good measure. Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Years!

Monday September 06th 2010, 1:56 pm
Fuego d’Amor: A When You Awake Mixtape
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Eric Steuer of the hip hop/electronic duo Meanest Man Contest (who also counts being the Creative Director of Creative Commons and a writer for Wired Magazine among his list of daily tasks) and I have put together a brand new mixtape for you. As a follow-up to Eric’s Other Countries mixtape, which came out in February and featured foreign language covers of country classics like “Stand By Your Man,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Harper Valley PTA,” we are very pleased to present Fuego d’Amor. The mix features our favorite American and British musicians singing their tunes in foreign languages. The Rolling Stones singing in Italian? The Beach Boys in German? Harry Nilsson in Spanish? Why yes, and we have it all for you after the jump. Any good ones we missed? Let us know in the comments. Photo by Gita Kurnia, BY-NC.


Wednesday March 17th 2010, 10:40 am
T For Texas: A When You Awake Mixtape
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This latest When You Awake mixtape is dedicated to the great state of Texas in honor of my trip to Austin this afternoon for SXSW. With the exception of Mr. Bobby Bare (an Ohioan by birth), this mix features some of my favorite sons (and daughter) of the Lone Star State playing their very distinctive brand of Texas-fried rock and roll. Part Two, with Freddy Fender, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Ernest Tubb, Roky Erickson and more will be coming soon. Oh, and in the words of my favorite tv show Friday Night Lights, “Texas Forever”! Mixtape is after the jump.

Friday March 05th 2010, 3:57 pm
Guest Mixtape: Aquarium Drunkard’s Midnight Radio
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Justin Gage, the man behind Aquarium Drunkard and Autumn Tone Records, has made a mixtape for us! I am very pleased to present Midnight Radio: “Twelve tracks inspired by driving through the New Mexico desert after midnight on a surreal, starless night. Clocking in at just over thirty minutes the following tracks, mostly vinyl rips, should complement any weird, late-night dance party, séance, etc… Very hoodoo.” Needless to say (this is Justin we are talking about after all), it’s an incredible mix that features tunes by John D. Loundermilk, Screaming Lord Sutch, Elder Charles D. Beck and many more. In addition to Aquarium Drunkard and Autumn Tone, Gage also hosts a weekly, two hour radio show on Fridays on SIRIUS/XM satellite radio’s XMU (channel 26), and XM radio (channel 43). Noon-2pm EST. I highly recommend tuning in to his show and making Aquarium Drunkard a daily read. Check out the mixtape and details on his SXSW parties after the jump.

Justin Gage