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Mixtape: Pretty Please Me


The second installment in RSTB’s mixtape series is here and this time, rather than go for a straight genre dig I’ve taken some inspiration from classic ’80s soundtracks like Valley Girl, Rock n Roll High School, Up The Academy or Pretty In Pink. The mix imagines the same kind of coming of age nerviness that fueled the best music directors at the time, finding a balance between power pop, punk, new wave and glam that doesn’t put any hard divisions between the camps. It’s just a bit of fun and a good excuse to have Sparks and The Flesh Eaters share space. Tracklist, stream and download after the jump.

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Mixtape: Hurry Sundown


I’m introducing another new feature today on the site, a series of archival mixtapes. I’ve always been a fan of the mixtape idea, as perhaps any child of the ’80s and ’90s might be, but rather than simply a playlist or rundown of current favorites I’ve decided to dig up some themes from the past. In Autumn, when the temperatures seem to be dipping and the weather’s a mix grey skies and copper sun streaks, I often go to the well of ’60s psych, though its not the fuzz guitars and bright pop I’m usually looking for. There are some songs from the psychedelic wave that touched a more bittersweet note, reveling in a sad, quietude that matches the changing seasons. The first mix is called Hurry Sundown (after the Bubble Puppy song, though Hawkwind’s “Hurry On Sundown” also captures the mood). Hopefully this hits you right and lets you in on a few excellent soft psych classics. Tracklist, stream and download after the jump.

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