This weekend in Las Vegas, Matador Records is celebrating 21 years of shaping the ship of independent music with a fearsome deepdive through its roster, headlined by the reunited “classic” lineup of lo-fi progenitors Guided By Voices. Awesome. Amrit’s at the Palms right now, repping team ‘Gum, emptying his wallet into Crazy Bill’s Gold Strike Slot Machine.
As much as we love nostalgia/Pavement, our M.O. remains sifting through and serving up digital files to help frame, filter, and understand independent music in its present shape. And the four of us know full well (from reader feedback and from being human beings with other things happening in our lives) that the amount of music we post can be unwieldy. Oppressive even. It’s one of the reasons our 40 Best New Bands mixtape went over well. So here’s to something that’s long overdue: the first of Stereogum’s Monthly Mixes.
There are no hard and fast rules for inclusion, aside from these tracks being amongst the most compelling of late and approved as giveaways from their respective labels. Maybe we posted them the previous month, maybe prior, maybe never before — but they are speaking to us now. A snapshot of where our minds, and ears, are in the weeks past, offered as a soundtrack for the weeks ahead. That said, perpetual DJs that we are, it is a mix, sequenced for effect, hopefully to help make connections across the tracks and present themes in what’s sticking out most to us. So although these are all individual and freely downloadable MP3s, you’re gonna have to download them all together, in a single zip file, as least in this first installment. It’ll take you a lunch hour to pass through, but we hope it’ll unlock some new avenues of exploration, whether it’s increasing anticipation for Warpaint’s full-length, tapping into the vast fantastical keyboard pop potential of Laurel Halo’s King Felix EP, the skewed dance pop of Greatest Hits and their “Danse Pop,” or the ambient, six-stringed space sifting of Mark McGuire’s brainstorms.
Below is the zip file, and a tracklist.
01 Das Racist – “hahahaha jk?”
02 Abe Vigoda – “Throwing Shade”
03 Greatest Hits – “Danse Pop”
04 Laurel Halo – “Supersymmetry”
05 Gold Panda – “Same Dream China”
06 Warpaint – “Undertow”
07 Twin Sister – “Meet The Frownies”
08 Marnie Stern – “Transparency Is The New Mystery”
09 Tamaryn – “Love Fade”
10 Japandroids – “Heavenward Grand Prix”
11 Mark McGuire – “Brain Storm [For Erin]”
We’ll work on getting an audio RSS/podcast for this feature. In the meantime, know that you can swing by at the beginning of each month to download a free soundtrack for your next four weeks.
Now’s also a good time for you to let us know what you like and don’t like about the site these days. Do you miss anonymous commenting? Is our coverage too Brooklyn-focused? Will you be our Facebook friend? (BTW, we know our photo gallery experience sucks. Working on that.) Still, last month was Stereogum’s highest traffic month ever, so thanks for that.
Have a G.R.E.A.T. Friday, and if you like this mix, definitely check back next week for the announcement of Stereogum & PopGun Booking’s joint CMJ ’10 superparty.