5 Helloween Mixtapes

I, unfortunately, have not had time to whip up a Halloween mix but some great bloggers and musicians are here to save the day. The five following mixtapes should be enough to keep your party going all night. And please tune in to UtahFM.org to hear me keeping it creepy from 9-10:30PM on Oct31. Plenty of horror film themes and other evil tracks to bring the house down.

First up, Fever Ray has put together this exceptionally well crafted and appropriately themed mix of songs for Resident Advisor. Some have always been fairly dark and evil but some only come off that way in the greater context of the mix. It works very well and is highly recommended.

      Fever Ray - RA.178

“Walk Me Home” is 17 minutes of new music from Memory Tapes. It was compiled for arawa.fm as a Halloween mix and is a bit darker than most of Memory Tapes’ material thus far. Also great.

      Memory Tapes - Walk Me Home

Gorilla vs. Bear has put together a group of tracks and samples that, while not specifically Halloween related, do come together to form a dark soundtrack that works well. I love the samples and plan to play some similar things on Saturday’s show. Also, thanks to Chris for hooking up that Salem track. WEpt is about as dark and strange as I’ve heard from the band. They’re definitely on drugs, right?

      Gorilla vs Bear - Halloween09

Kitsune Noir has taken a similar approach and put together a mix of spooky songs (The Horrors, Fever Ray, NIN) and a group of others that work to make the mix accessible and dark all at once (Girls, Smashing Pumpkins, Grizzly Bear). I love the artwork.

      We Never Heard Its Noise | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

And lastly, one of my favorite new bands (still calling them new until they pick up a little more notoriety), Salem, put together this mix a few months back. It’s not exactly a Halloween mix but everything this band does is ultra dark and disturbing and this is no exception. There’s even some gabba in there for you techno-heads.

      Salem - XXJFG Mix

The Twelfth Hour


Best mix of the year?

The Twelves – The Twelfth Hour

Methusalem – Robotism
Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)
Glass Candy – Miss Broadway
Daft Punk – Da Funk
DJ Agent 86 – Wavestate
Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
Gaz Nevada – I-C Love Affair
Phoenix – Lisztomania
Arpadys – Mystery Rock (Vlad Maywad edit)
The Do – On My Shoulders
Zoot Woman – Information First
The Jacksons – Shake your Body
Mr Oizo – Two Takes It
Bushy – Sqezy Soul
Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Sensual Seduction
Juan Maclean – No Time
DJ Agent 86 – Magic
K.I.D. – Hupendi Musiki
Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses
Siriusmo – Discoding
Dan Hartman – Vertigo / Relight my Fire
Air – Sexy Boy
Fever Ray – Seven (The Twelves Remix)
Pacific – Hot Lips (The Twelves Remix)
Patrick Alavi – Power
Dynasty – I Dont Wanna be a Freak
Metronomy – Radio Ladio
Siriusmo – Last Dear
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream
Elitechnique – Spectral Escape
The Virgins – Rich Girls
Black Kids – …Dance With You (The Twelves Remake)
The Juan Maclean – Happy House
M.I.A. – Boyz
Cut Copy – So Haunted
Space – Magic Fly
PNAU – With You Forever
Eddie Tour – Up The Glitter
Mr. Oizo – Hun
Cerrone – Give Me Love
Mr. Oizo – Steroids (ft. Uffie)
Tiga – Shoes
Kano – It’s a War
Daft Punk – Revolution 909
Radiohead – Scatterbrain (The Twelves Remix)
Terry Poison – Comme Ci Comme Ça (The Twelves Remix)
Sebastien Tellier – Sexual Sportswear
Chemical Brothers – It Doesn’t Matter
Database vs. French Horn Rebellion – Beaches and Friends (The Twelves Remix)

Another contender for mix of the year has to go to The xx and their mix for Fact Magazine.

LivingEars Summer09 Mix

Feeling inspired after the greatness that is gvb’s summer mix, I thought I better get my act together and put my own Summer mix together.

These songs are meant for your block party, your late night drives, trips to the beach, a night out with friends, and the inevitable hookups that come and go with the hot, hot heat.

LivingEars Summer09 Mix
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J5 – Doctor My Eyes
The Bitters – Can You Keep a Secret
Real Estate – Green River
Best Coast – Sun Was High (So Was I)
The Mayfair Set – Desert Sun
Papercuts – Future Primitive
Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer
Daniel Rossen – Waterfall
The Tough Alliance – Taken Too Young
JJ – Are You Still In Vallda?
Family Portrait – Mega Secrets
The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa
YACHT – Psychic City
Free Energy – Dream City