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Various Artists “Team Mint 20”

March 18, 2012

What an absolute treat. Some of my favorite acts have been on Mint (Operation Makeout, Neko Case, Pansy Division, etc.). Although none of them are on this retrospective, we still get great tracks from the New Pornographers, Cub, and Huevos Rancheros. Here are the highlights:

  • The Pack a.d. sound like the Quails on “Sirens”
  • Vancougar sound exactly like their name (meow!) on “Distance”
  • Bella is a poppier version of Vancougar (more synths, better backing vox) on “Give It a Night”
  • Immaculate Machine’s lead singer sounds a bit like Neko Case on “Jarhand”
  • P:ano is a country version of Suddenly, Tammy!, and “Pure Evil” is anything but, unless sweet melody leads you astray
  • The Organ is appropriately named and is half Siouxsie, half Kim Wilde, on “Brother”
  • Young and Sexy have appropriate male-female vocals and sharp lyrics in “The City You Live In Is Ugly”
  • Volumizer is a rock ‘n’ roll good time and makes me wish I could change my name on “I Promise You, Thomas”
  • The New Pornographers’s best song ever — EVER — is on here (“Letter From an Occupant”) and gives you a chance to hear Neko Case in all her awesomeness
  • Carolyn Mark’s best is on here as well (“Edmonton”) and is folking amazing (although the melody is a little too similar to “American Pie” to be a coincidence)
  • cub is cub, as they always are, on “New York City” so not much else to say about that awesomeness

All the songs are good, and most feature piano and tend to have power-pop sensibilities. That’s Mint in a nutshell, so of course that’s how it is here, too.

Alphabet Soup, Episode 13, 26 November 2011 Playlist

November 26, 2011

Mt. Eerie, Julie Doiron & Fred Squire, Flaming Home
Night Driving in Small Towns, Come & Tell Me
Nneka, Mind Vs. Heart
The No-No’s, Adorable Combustible
The New Pornographers, Up in the Dark
Marissa Nadler, Baby I Will Leave You in the Morning
The Newloud, Out of Control
Joanna Newsom, En Gallop
Nina Nastasia & Jim White, Late Night
Nazzcar Rain Delay, Imaginary Friends
Negativland/Chumbawamba, C is for Stupid
Kate Nash, I’ve Got a Secret
Nerdkween, Afterward
Meshell Ndegeocello, Slaughter
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, Duchess

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 105, 13 April 2011 Playlist

April 13, 2011

Themes, Sanctuary Road
Meat Puppets, Love Mountain
Rose Melberg, Another Cup of Coffee
Juliana Hatfield, This Lonely Love
M.I.A, Boyz
Mike and Ruthy, End of Time
Webelos, Inside My Head
Mika Miko, Blues Not Speed
Amy Millan, Headsfull
Sister Sin, Outrage
Meridene, Parade of Fools
Metric, Gold Guns Girls
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, Bica
Holly Miranda, Everytime I Go to Sleep
Mirah, Country of the Future
Mother Mother, Chasing It Down
Cheyenne Marie Mize, With (Out)
Mixtapes & Cellmates, All of the Above
Neon Legion, Empire
Juana Molina, Rio Seco
Minipop, Made to Escape
Little Scream, The Heron and the Fox
Monkey, Chemical Nation
Mount Eerie, The Hidden Stone
Black Math, Part of Me
The Mood Swings, Nothing New
Morcheeba, Beat of the Drum
Lia Ices, Daphne
The Muffs, Silly People
Music Go Music, Warm in the Shadows
Ed Hines Band, Cindy Said
Meshell Ndegeocello, Love You Down
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, The Roof
Prints of China, No Shame
Nerdkween, Let Me Go
Nina Nastasia, What’s Out There
William Brittelle, Hey Child
The New Trust, There’s Been a Terrible Accident
The New Pornographers, All for Swinging You Around
Hank & Cupcakes, Hit
Kate Nash, Do-Wah-Doo
Negativland/Chumbawamba, Smelly Water
Ben + Vesper, Honors