Sound Exposure: Austin City Limits Mixes

A couple of weeks ago when I started putting these mixes together I thought they would be massive and fill up the drive round trip with non-stop music. But truth be told, it got to be an unwieldy task. So to keep it simple, I kept to a kind of sound range (mostly psychedelia, folk, dream pop, indie rock, and some alt rock) and I tried to split songs evenly in my own weird way. Sorry electronica peeps, Toro Y Moi isn’t on this list. Also if you’re hoping to find Atoms for Peace, The Cure, Lionel Richie, and Phoenix, yeah, you will be equally disappointed in this list.

Still Austin is a 5-6 hour drive. So if you’re looking for something different, or even some new music, this might just do it.

If you like The National, Tame Impala, Neko Case, Valerie June, Foxygen, The Black Angels, Widowspeak, Junip, MS MR, Arctic Monkeys, and Phosphorescent, then you’re likely to appreciate side A and B of this “mixtape.”  Side A is all music from these artists’ 2013 releases. Side B dips into a couple older songs.

Last, I will say Junip’s “Line of Fire” is still earworming its way through my system. For the life of me, I cannot get enough of it. But since my co-editor will likely want to kill me if I play it a ridiculous amount, I vow here and now to only play side A on the way to Austin and side B on the way back from Austin (assuming I have enough room on my phone for the Spotify App). If I’m going to fess up, this is also still kind of true for Tame Impala’s “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Can Control.” It’s weird, wonderful, and phantasmagorical.

And in line with next week: the only interviews I’m actively pursuing are with both Valerie June and Widowspeak. It occurs to me that as music influenced as 2013 has been for, I’ve overlooked female artists consistently when it comes to conducting interviews. So this is my way of restoring some balance to my half of our music coverage.

P.S. If you’re not going, these Austin City Limits bands are going to be hanging around Oklahoma during the first half of October:

Local Natives
Wild Nothing
Jimmy Eat World

Toro Y Moi
Vampire Weekend
Portugal. The Man
Silversun Pickups
Walk the Moon
The Bright Light Social Hour
The Mowglis
Wild Nothing
Shovels and Rope







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