Monthly Mix

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

By Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

I don’t want to bum anybody out, but summer’s almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer’s start and infinite possibilities; we’re definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

By Amrit Singh / June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2013

By Amrit Singh / April 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix — MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. — in March we finally came upon a solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

By Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2013

By Amrit Singh / February 28, 2013 - 1:30 pm

It’s finally come to this: The first straight-to-Spotify Stereogum Monthly Mix. It’s the end of an era, and I’m a little sad about it! But it’s a necessity in 2013, and one that will serve this feature well. In theory, over the past three years, this mixtape has functioned to spotlight and memorialize the month’… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January 2013

By Amrit Singh / January 31, 2013 - 10:23 am

By the end of last year, compiling Monthly Mixes became a sad task. Each month I’d scan in sadness, watching our strongest songs presented as straight-to-Soundcloud affairs, our music business continuing its inexorable shift away from the transferrable file, now even in its promotional form. So either this month represents a momentary lapse, or artist… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: December 2012

By Amrit Singh / December 28, 2012 - 10:46 am

It’s the last Monthly Mix of 2012, sweet people. We did it! It hasn’t been an easy run over in this corner of the blog, to be honest. This year saw an ever-diminishing store of free MP3 downloads, as artists increasingly preferred promoting their songs in a streaming fashion, via Soundcloud and its ilk. Which… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: November 2012

By Amrit Singh / November 30, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Guys, it’s Friday, and there are used plates with smeared cake-frosting laying around, with empty booze bottles accumulating on our desks and a general pall of whiskey fumes hanging over the office. While that is some people’s idea of holiday magic, for us, it’s the signifier that it’s someone’s last day. It’s a sad thing. More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: October 2012

By Amrit Singh / October 31, 2012 - 3:13 pm

It’s been an absolutely devastating couple of days around here, so we hope this mix can be a thing you can put on and feel a sense of normalcy, or comfort. Who wouldn’t be comforted by those lips, no? Ten tracks, lots of time signatures/vibes. Go in:… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2012

By Amrit Singh / September 29, 2012 - 9:42 am

Fall has fallen, as they say. As a result this month’s mix of ten tracks delivered right on time for September’s grand finale has all the classic ingredients of a prosperous autumn: rap, punk, post-punk, R&B, and a Paul Westerberg song. They appear here generally in that order, diligently sequenced to include Weekend Money +… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2012

By Amrit Singh / August 29, 2012 - 10:31 am

Summer is ending! And you have some work to do. Did you experience that season-defining moment? That rooftop conversation, that carefree weekend of intense interpersonal bonding? Did you find the person who’ll keep you warm all winter? If you’ve answered negatively to even one of these, you have some work to do. And so we… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2012

By Amrit Singh / July 25, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Welcome to this month’s mix, which clocks in with 13 tracks and just over 50 minutes of contemporary genre-mashing beauty. It’s a great gift for the well-rounded listener in your life. And it is FREE. Sometimes life really is just that good. If you take this free gift, you’ll be blessed with a double-shot of… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2012

By Amrit Singh / June 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm

It’s our first mixtape of summer! Accordingly, you should probably just act first and think later and just download it with reckless abandon, as you should do absolutely everything now that it is the season of impulsive behavior. But if you are incapable of such youthful indiscretion without examining the fine print/weighing every possible life… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2012

By Amrit Singh / May 30, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Some months, you get blockbuster bands releasing big singles in stream-only format. May was not like that — May was a good month for freely downloadable MP3s. Respect, May. In the ten-track zip below, you’ll find big singles from artists sitting on anticipated new LPs — like Yeasayer and Twin Shadow and Azealia Banks –… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2012

By Amrit Singh / April 27, 2012 - 11:18 am

It’s the last week of April, and so it is time for a look back at the month’s best free MP3s that also happen to work well as a single, sequenced mix. This zip file finds the common ground between Purity Ring and ASAP Rocky, has a heart of new wave compliments of Psychobuildings and… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2012

By Amrit Singh / March 29, 2012 - 12:32 pm

This was an incredible month for free hip hop MP3s, and it was an incredible month for songs by Lemonade because “Neptune” is one of this year’s finest. And so the paramaters I gave myself with this month’s mix are as follows: Open with Lemonade’s “Neptune,” and create a track flow that blended but flipped… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2012

By Amrit Singh / February 23, 2012 - 4:44 pm

February’s Monthly Mix makes up for the grievous error in January’s Monthly Mix, namely having omitted Bear In Heaven’s “Reflection Of You.” No offense (none taken). That song’s great! Here it comes flowing out of Violens’ smooth and shifty new wave, and into Diplo’s bounce showcase “Express Yourself,” which in turn dives into Ceremony’s hardcore,… More »

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January 2012

By Amrit Singh / January 20, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Here it is, the first mix of The Last Year. So far we’ve had a flood of good music these first few weeks of 2012, which in fairness is probably just the result of bands wisely holding back on releasing things into the holiday void that is the winternet, but let’s be optimistic about it… More »

22 New Indie Rock Christmas MP3s For 2011

By Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2011 - 9:53 am

Don’t you love Christmas music? I’m Jewish so mostly it makes me feel like I’m in a mall. But don’t you love malls? I’ve been trying to get my daughter to listen to The Nutcracker, and that’s been pretty easy because she’s only three and doesn’t have a choice. But if Tchaikovsky’s not your speed… More »

Stereogum’s Monthly Mix: October 2011

By Stereogum / October 28, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Alright, y’all know what time it is. It’s the Halloweekend, and today we’ve got some of the best tracks from the last month that fit nicely into whatever theme-heavy environment you’re trying to create. Whether it’s a spare spectralness (Atlas Sound), a haunted heaviness (Crystal Stilts), or just some aggro rap music with a titular… More »

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