February 8, 2015


As I sit here in Western South Dakota looking at barren ground….our snow has melted after days of 60 degree weather to the point that we are considering raking the yard today (I did). February? And I’m seeing headlines “Another Winter Storm Set To Hit Northeast, Promises Days of Pain”. Fortunately whatever pain I will feel later today should be alleviated by a few Tylenol. So for our readers out East (and those who believe we are still a long way from spring) here is a link to some postings at Indie Rock Cafe. The January 31 post “Best New Releases” for January has new music from Dr. Dog, Sleater-Kinney, Belle and Sebastian, The Decemberists, Mark Ronson and more. Just below that is the “Blizzard of 2015 Playlist Mix” (January 26 post) with classics like “The New Ice Age”, “Mrs. Cold”, “Cold Hands” and “Breaking The Ice”. Here’s the link.


If you want to keep those “warm thoughts” (that is if you have any) here is a link to the 2015 “Hangout Music Fest Mixtape” at NoiseTrade. The festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama is set for May 15-17 and will feature tons of talent like The Lone Bellow (a great new album), Drive-By Truckers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Father John Misty, Trampled By Turtles, Foo Fighters, Beck and more. Not every artist is featured on the mixtape; 24 of them are. Here’s a link to the free sampler.


And finally a wonderful mixtape at Aquarium Drunkard. It’s called “Solstice-A Mixtape” and features “late 60s and early 70s sounds assembled to compliment those long winter nights descending upon us all”. The artists include Spirit, The Kinks, Shuggie Otis, Funkadelic and Little Richard; it clocks in at over 2 hours. Enjoy. click here.