I Don't Like Your Mixtapes

Mixtape therapy.

COLOR ON THE WALLS


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I’ve compiled mixtapes with the common theme of “summer” numerous times. However, Color on the Walls was actually put together during the summer and summarizes my experiences and feelings of music jubilation at Sasquatch and the Free Press Summer Fest. The opening track, “Atlantic,” is by GIVERS, a five member based Louisiana band. Though it starts out relatively slow, the build-up captures the lively presence of their 45 minute set and flows into the second song, “Cold Feet,” by LIAM FINN; it then continues with new tracks from MISTER HEAVENLY (whose members include Nick Thorburn of Islands/The Unicorns, Ryan Kattner of Man Man, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse) and, from another Sasquatch performer(s), DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE. The following songs, by bands such as RUSSIAN RED, LOVER LOVER, and THE ELECTED carry on a more pop and alternative route- perfect to listen to if, for example, you’re on a 3 hour flight from Seattle to Texas or if you’re just driving around. And then there’s CULTS and they’re duet, “Bumper,” which has been on repeat since my first listen and is the only song I’ve actually listened to on their self-titled album because I can’t seem to get past this song. The “previous track” button has been used quite often for the IS TROPICAL track as well, which is a feel-good song that will “rifle through your mind.” Electronic based melodies continue with songs from DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR., KYLE ANDREWS, and ST. LUCIA. CUT COPY were one of the highlights from the FPSF festival and their infectious, dance-inducing tunes had to be included. Along the lines of “infectious,” FOSTER THE PEOPLE and HOORAY FOR EARTH’s tracks are just that, while having, overall, a more “epic” sound. The mixtape concludes with “Helpless,” by FRIENDLY FIRES- it slows the mood down a bit but still has enough groove to keep you moving.

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TRACKLIST:

  1. Givers – Atlantic
  2. Liam Finn – Cold Feet
  3. Mister Heavenly – Pineapple Girl
  4. Death Cab for Cutie – Portable Television
  5. Russian Red – The Sun the Trees
  6. Lover Lover – Freebirds
  7. The Elected – Look at Me Now
  8. Vetiver – Wonder Why
  9. Mathieu Santos – I Can Hear the Trains Coming
  10. Cults – Bumper
  11. Keepaway – 100
  12. Is Tropical – Land of the Nod
  13. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – An Ugly Person on a Movie Screen
  14. Kyle Andrews – Heart U 4 Ever
  15. Alexander Dexter Jones – Phantastic Phone Call
  16. Computers Want Me Dead – Fell Down Every Flight
  17. St. Lucia – The Old House is Gone
  18. Asobi Seksu – Perfectly Crystal (Mirrors’ Un Autre Monde Remix)
  19. Cut Copy – Corner of the Sky
  20. Foster The People – Warrant
  21. Hooray for Earth – Sails
  22. Friendly Fires – Helpless

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In short, don’t just paint “colors on the wall,” dye your music palette.

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