There is a Leverage Models song about the holidays below.
We made you something.
- Collections of Colonies of Bees “Jolly Olde St. Nicholas”
- Doug Paisley “Winter Days”
- Matt White “Mary Had A Baby”
- Zorch “Last Christmas”
- Ormonde “Angels We Have Heard On High”
- Ape School “Cold, Cold Christmas”
- Andrew Fitzpatrick “Toyland”
- CYNE “Boxing Day”
- Breathe Owl Breathe “Snow Blow”
- Roberto C. Lange “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”
- Jon Mueller “Hallelujah”
- Slaraffenland “Feliz Navidad”
- The Caribbean “What Child Is This”
- Brad Laner & Lauren Kinney “Numen Lumen”
- Sunless “Here Come Those Bells”
- Oh! Pears “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
- Jon Minor & Jim Schoenecker “Happy Xmas (War Is Not Over)”
- Leverage Models “Celebrant”
- All Tiny Creatures “Deck The Halls (Mannheim Steamroller Cover)”
- Shedding “There’s Always Tomorrow”
- Keith Sunset “Star Shepherds”
Featuring cover art by FRIENDS WITH YOU.
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How do you see the calendar in your head?
Is it a string of days or a series of boxes? Does it loop, one year into the next? Is it a wide, flat expanse? Or a mountain range of peaks and scattered canyons? Is it tethered to your memories of a paper datebook, something you fill up and file on a shelf? Do the months live in clusters of seasons, talking to each other in the shape of suns and falling leaves and the way it sounds when you can’t hear a thing but the wind?
Something about the month of December seems to make us all stand at attention. Everyone is feeling something. Everyone gets a little more honest, if not to each other then, maybe, to ourselves. Sitting in the dark by the light of a tree strung with bulbs, we can think. Or drink. Look our friends in the eye. Gather our memories in a box, worn down puzzle pieces that fit together to form a picture of our lives. Every time we pour it out onto the floor, the puzzle changes. You can put it together however you want, and, every year, you try. There’s no image on the box to mimic, just the ever-shifting landscape of what you want life to look like for yourself and the ones you love.
This year, we asked Hometapes’ family and friends to make a song for the holidays — whatever that meant to them. This is our third year doing this, and, undoubtedly, the most remarkable one yet. Over the past couple weeks, Adam and I have opened over twenty gifts: songs that push what it means to feel, and to feel Right Now. Not just those December vibes, but the experience of where we all are right this second: a world that’s somehow more infinite than it’s ever been. Maybe this has to do with our age (we’re getting older) or the nebulous nature of our geographic borders (thanks to the machine you are reading this on). Adjacent to the tools that enable us is the perspective we carry — and our lens is polished, daily, by these artists. And it has been for a decade. And before that, it was the music on the radio, the LPs in our parents’ record bin, the shows in that belvedere by the river that changed our lives, the views out the tour van window. And after this, as we swim through that dark pool between December 31 and January 1 (yeah, I see a dark pool), we’ll dry off, take a deep breath, and keep running.
Happy holidays. We hope you get exactly what you want. This can be your soundtrack.
- Sara Padgett Heathcott, Hometapes
“we are killing people. There is no other way to see this,” Fletcher said in sorrow, standing paralyzed in his realization. “We fill the earth with the bones of those who beg simply to live out an average life: seventy years and the chance to work, but for many even that is not possible. This must change,” Fletcher burned, looking at Bill whose lungs had filled with asbestos — Carole Maso, Ghost Dance
Cat’s Cradle - a yvynyl mixtape
Time tangles some mighty webs, don’t it? You blink yr eye and all of a sudden you’re in a completely new world, new skin, new haircut, new seersucker suit. This weird journey we’re on, the surrealism of it all keeps yr mouth agape and full of wonder. And this, friends, is just a small soundtrack.
Please support the artists represented in this mix! Buy their music, and go to their shows. I’ve provided you links here to discover more of their work, and you should.
- M83 - Midnight City
- Jape - The Oldest Mind
- Field Mouse - You Guys are Gonna Wake Up My Mom
- Princeton - Clamoring for Your Heart
- COOL RUNNINGS - The Fool
- The War on Drugs - Come to the City
- Adam Taylor Young - Hold On
- Summer Camp - Better Off Without You
- fthrsn - Hysteria
- Leisure - Follow Me
- Sin Kitty - Only When (I’m Lonely)
- Teen Daze - The Harvest
- Tommy Toussaint - Summer USA
- TOPS - Turn Your Love Around
- Violetness - The Coal
- Night Shining - Faces
- Elephant - Assembly
- Mood Rings - Promise Me Eternity
- The Bilinda Butchers - Half Open
- Leverage Models - Fleeced (Before the Lord)
- Black Brick - Gracely
- High Highs - Flowers Bloom
- Jessica Jalbert - Necromancy
Download directly here: http://bit.ly/sGewR7
Stream it here: http://8tracks.com/yvynyl
After downloading the mix folder, please create a new playlist in iTunes and then click and drag the folder to import, thereby maintaining track order.
Check out more yvynyl mixtapes here.
Did you ever feel betrothed in your youth to the heat of your present-tense reality, to the slippery and sliding focus on trying to talk — something like that? At yet another intersection, I had a sense of falling, of losing mental control, and my eyes blurred in the all-ways-dimensional now, the mind’s and the world’s great sea, the afternoon light. Real eyes really real. It is impossible to think your way through moments spent with someone else.
—Harold Brodkey, Religion
today while birdwatching in an american wood i saw this specimen flitting about everywhere, like a switch. all of us, from fund managers to associate analysts, might take a moment to reflect on how bright americas brightlight is shining today.
Debut show, Tues, Nov 22nd at Union Pool in Brooklyn. With Colin Stetson/C Spencer Yeh/Nate Wooley/Ryan Sawyer, Soldiers of Fortune (Mexican Summer). Joined onstage by mems of Light Asylum, Warm Ghost, Yeasayer, Helado Negro, others, etc. Party tunes in celebration of a bankers’ demise at the edge of the end of the world. join us. Help spread words, please. Click this Internet hyperlink on the world wide web HERE for details. We’re on first. Then I will flee the city as soon as I can pack. Goodbye.