///The following went up on PMA on 10/05/09 (7 days ago). Currently the mix has been downloaded from there 1,652 times. (photo via Last Nights Party)///
When Pretty Much Amazing asked me to create a mix for them I immediately started putting something together that was all encompassing, a mix to show what Living Ears was about in the past, the present and where I see the future of the site going. I put together a playlist that had just over 40 songs. As I started playing through it what quickly stood out was the number of incredibly strong tracks from the past 3 months or so that stood up to much of what I was pulling from the past. Personal favorites from Panda Bear, The Streets, !!!, LCD Soundsystem and No Age were quickly cut and the list whittled down to a really strong 17.
These are 17 songs –all from this year, some still unreleased– that represent where I think the future of the site, and popular independent music are headed. From woozy dubstep, chillwave, and melodic lofi to pure pop, clouded bloops+bleeps+noise before closing with one of the most direct and beautiful pieces of straightforward indie rock I’ve heard all year.
It’s only a mix but it’s probably my favorite thing I’ve done as a blogger. Much of this music is still relatively undiscovered even by the big blogs and sites out there and I think that most of these tracks are going to be stepping stones for bigger movements that will emerge from their respective genres.
Put on a pair of really good headphones, turn it up and get lost.
Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Original Edit)
Guido – Way You Make Me Fee
Becoming Real – Let the Right One In
Blondes – Spanish Fly
SALEM – FROST
The xx – Infinity
Small Black – Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix)
Toro Y Moi – Blessa
VEGA – No Reasons
Gotye – Learnalilgivinanlovin’ (Passiot Pit Remix)
Japandroids – The Boys Are Leaving Town
Times New Viking – Move to California
Girls – Lauren Marie
Memory Tapes – Stop Talking
Memory Tapes – Graphics
Universal Studios Florida – Clovers, Carpet Samples
Atlas Sound – Quick Canal