As I briefly mentioned in the Like What? post the end of year mixtapes have been about compiling those songs and artists that have been the soundtrack to my year; mostly new finds or new albums from bands I love with some old stuff thrown in too. The major reason for the mixtape however is to share. Music has always been about sharing with others, learning from them and educating each other in music we might not have heard about otherwise. I've noticed with the massive growth in music online that finding things that my friends haven't heard of yet is getting harder and harder but hopefully this mixtape has something that you haven't yet heard and perhaps become part of the soundtrack to your 2013.
Back at Easter we travelled to Sydney to see Taking Back Sunday with their original lineup for the first time. As major influences on my musical taste as a younger man their new album was a massive return to form and such a wonderful surprise that I still get excited when I scroll past it on my iPod, it's like when you reconnect with an old friend and discover that they are much more fun than you remember.
The history of TBS is complicated by the formation of Straylight Run by half of the band and when they played my favourite Straylight song back in Easter it was easily the most unexpected moment from any show I've ever been to, needless to say I sang along like nobody was listening.
We saw the fabulous Blood Red Shoes for the fifth time whilst we were in London, they were supporting Gaslight Anthem and so we got to see them perform on a bigger stage (especially compared to the London public toilet converted in to a music venue we had previously seen them at) with a bigger sound and listening to them you would never have guessed that they were just two skinny indie kids up there.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were another band we saw live in London and despite the poor stage presence they managed to turn a pleasant album on CD in to an overwhelming aural experience. They were supported that night by Hatcham Social who defied all opening act expectations by actually being good and making me want to buy their album. I can't remember the last time that happened.
The mixtape also features songs from albums I have reviewed this year by Pierce The Veil, General Fiasco and Alec Ounsworth, follow those links for full reviews.
So enough waffle,
Cuckoo Clock Shop (2012) at Spotify
NY Girl by Hatcham Social
Everything Is The Same by Pull In Emergency
Cold by Blood Red Shoes
Lift by Pharaohs
3 Hearts by Johnny Foreigner
Elizabeth by The Kabeedies
Is This Love? Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Map To The Freezer by Stagecoach
Mimi Ash by Oh No! Yoko
The Age You Start Losing Friends by General Fiasco
An Exquisite Year For Charm by Hello Bear
We Got The Beat by The Go-Go's
It Ends & It Starts In A Dark Room by Lady Fortune
A Boat To Row, To Row, To You by Boat To Row
Belong by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Write About Love by Belle & Sebastian (featuring Carey Mulligan)
What Fun. by Alec Ounsworth
Girls by Elephants
Billy Liar by The Decemberists
This Is All Now by Taking Back Sunday
Dead End Dreams by Man Overboard
Existentialism on Prom Night by Straylight Run
I'm Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket by Pierce The Veil