An MP3 Mix For Your Memorial Day

By Amrit Singh / May 23, 2008

It’s totally reductive to associate Memorial Day Weekend solely with drinking and eating (and not, you know, Memorializing), but here it is, that special weekend custom made for welcoming summer, getting drunk, and eating bbq, and yay for that. Before signing off for the weekend, we got to thinking that it’s been a pretty great couple of months for new music — no, the release schedule has not been like 2007 in terms of blockbuster-releases, but it is safe to say expectations are being exceeded all around. So good job, 2008. We’re gonna memorialize your music this weekend. In furtherance of this lofty intention, and in service of everybody needing stuff to listen to while partying in yards and on rooftops these next three days, we have assembled a little gift mix culled from the finest free audio we’ve posted in the last month or two.

It’s designed both to keep you entertained and to make you appear better informed of the indie rock MP3 release cycle than your non-blog reading friends. The mix brings a full mood cycle — from metal to dance to sunny pop to char-burned noise — so while it’s coherent, maybe it’s best not to spin in mixed (i.e. non muso) company. Or, you know, use this as a chance to explain the appeal of Silver Jews and Mount Eerie and Burning Star Core to your Third Eye Blind loving I-banker friends. We’ve called it Memorialized ’08 (Or, The Best Of Recent Stereogum MP3s). And it’s yours for the taking. A la carte:

01 Mount Eerie – “In Moonlight” (MP3)
02 Quiet Village – “Circus Of Horror” (MP3)
03 Brendan Canning – “Hit The Wall” (MP3)
04 My Morning Jacket – “Evil Urges” (MP3)
05 Hercules & Love Affair – “Hercules’ Theme” (MP3)
06 Music Go Music – “Light Of Love” (MP3)
07 Awesome New Republic – “Rotary Clone” (MP3)
08 Wolf Parade – “Call It A Ritual” (MP3)
09 Rostam Batmanglij – “Campus” (MP3)
10 Death Cab For Cutie – “Long Division (Seattle Session)” (MP3)
11 Silver Jews – “Strange Victory, Strange Defeat” (MP3)
12 Mates Of State – “My Only Offer” (MP3)
13 Grizzly Bear – “While You Wait For The Others (Live @ Morning Becomes Eclectic)” (MP3)
14 Takka Takka – “The Takers” (MP3)
15 Atlas Sound – “My Car” (MP3)
16 Tokyo Police Club – “Tessellate (Tom Campesinos! Remix)” (MP3)
17 Burning Star Core – “Beauty Hunter” (MP3)

OR if you want to preserve the integrity of the mix (please do), grab all 90MB in one shot via either .zip or torrent.

Some good recent cuts didn’t make it for purposes of sequence and flow, but if you guys have some sweetness to add to the mix, just post it up. This is an MP3 share, guys, so no memorial muxtapes — portability is key. That Mount Eerie is such a rad opener, which works perfectly since Phil Elverum is turning 30 on Monday. Everybody celebrate it as best you know how. We are having a marathon Mount Eerie/Microphones/D+ listening session. OK! Have a great weekend everybody.