MIXTAPE

Into the mystic

Illustration by
Dove Drury-Hornbuckle

 

When the sun has disappeared into the horizon for the night and a blanket of stars extends its embrace across the sky, it’s time for dining en plein air. And we’ve got the tunes covered, with desert-minded playlists curated especially for Gather Journal by three artists who count us as fans.

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    Sharon Van Etten

    The Brooklyn-based singer- songwriter’s honest, emotionally charged approach earned her widespread acclaim for 2012’s Tramp. And that appealing vulnerability remains on her latest, Are We There (JagJaguwar); out this May, it’s an intimate, confident, and hugely listenable album.

     

    TRACKLIST

    Does Someone Have Your Baby Now? Mazzy Star
    Girl Called Alex Kurt Vile
    In Reverse The War on Drugs
    I’m Not the Loving Kind John Cale
    Quiet Heart The Go-Betweens
    A Dog’s Dick Lower Dens
    Hands in the Dark Chromatics cover by Dark Day Honey Torres
    No More Shall We Part Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Send His Love to Me PJ Harvey

    Worth Our While The Shifting Sands

    Lonely Richard Amen Dunes



    Mixtape from Issue 5 - Spring / Summer 2014
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    Bryan Devendorf of the National

    This Cincinnati-born band has been ceaselessly making music since forming in 1999. Last year’s stunning Trouble Will Find Me may be their most ambitious album to date. Devendorf, the band’s drummer, is revered for his wildly inventive style.

     

    TRACKLIST

    Olé John Coltrane

    Hologram Buffalo Brightblack Morning Light

    Hey Baby J. J. Cale

    Girls Death in Vegas

    The Golden Age Beck

    Horse With No Name America

    Be Thankful For What You Got William DeVaughn

    I Can’t Tell You Why The Eagles

    Ride Like the Wind Christopher Cross

    Gaucho Steely Dan

    Pyramid Electric Co Jason Molina

    Egypt Egypt The Egyptian Lover

    Chinatown Destroyer

    Walking On a Dream Empire of the Sun

    Señor Bob Dylan
    Lotta Love Neil Young
    Sabali Amadou & Mariam
    Tonight The Juan Maclean
    Gold Day Sparklehorse
    Atmosphere Joy Division
    Here Come the Warm Jets Brian Eno



    Mixtape from Issue 5 - Spring / Summer 2014
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    Simone pace of blonde redhead

    Forged in New York in the early ‘90s, the dynamic trio—vocalist Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace—have, over the years, amassed a devoted fanbase and released eight albums. Their ninth, as-yet-unnamed effort, is on the way this year.

     

    TRACKLIST

    Baltimore Nina Simone

    Canta Canta, Minha Gente Martinho Da Vila

    Roda-Viva Chico Buarque

    Saídas e Bandeiras No 2 Milton Nascimento

    Life On a Stream Richard Youngs

    Ritournelle Colleen

    Alone But Moving Here We Go Magic

    Cadáver Karina Buhr

    Limoeiro Do Norte Forro In The Dark

    Yalnizar Rihtimi Erkin Koray

    Tightrope Yeasayer

    It Means a Lot To Know You Care Cass McCombs

    I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) Grace Jones

    That’s All For Everyone Fleetwood Mac



    Mixtape from Issue 5 - Spring / Summer 2014




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    DIANE BIRCH

    The singer-songwriter with the lilting, soulful voice that seems to defy her age first caught the public’s ear with her 2009 debut Bible Belt, a series of thoughtful sweeping ballads. On her latest effort, Birch’s rhapsodizing feels even more emotional and, in turn, powerful. Her new album, Speak A Little Louder (S-Curve Records), was released in October.


    Mixtape from Issue 4 - Fall / Winter 2014




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    AU REVOIR SIMONE

    The Brooklyn-born trio (Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart) are known for their wispily beautiful harmonies, electro undercurrent, and keyboard flourishing. And on their latest album, they are more self-assured than ever, experimenting with new sonic territory to infectious result. Move in Spectrums (Instant Records) was released in September.


    Mixtape from Issue 4 - Fall / Winter 2014




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    DEVIL’S ADVOCATES

    An evil genius on your plate should be paired with something equally hellacious on your stereo.

     

    TRACKLIST

    Friend of the Devil Grateful Dead
    Run Devil Run Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins

    Me and the Devil Blues Robert Johnson

    Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones

    Devil Inside INXS
    Handsome Devil The Smiths
    Devil’s Haircut Beck
    Runnin’ with the Devil Van Halen
    The Devil’s Been Busy The Traveling Wilburys
    Christine’s Tune (AKA, Devil in Disguise) The Flying Burrito Brothers
    Devil Song Beth Orton
    That Ole Devil Called Love Billie Holiday

    Devil Woman Marty Robbins


    Mixtape from Issue 4 - Fall / Winter 2014




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    Cameron Crowe: Summer Nights

    Got a bbq or dinner party on the schedule this weekend? Or just planning to find yourself a shady spot to drink beer and eat watermelon and wile away the afternoon? Either way, some summer-ready tunes are definitely in order. And we have something that fits the bill courtesy of director/ editor/ legendary musichead Cameron Crowe. He was kind enough to dream up not one, but two, mixes for our current Rough Cut issue: one for summer days, one for summer nights. Needless to say, they are pretty awesome. And since it just so happens to be Crowe’s birthday this weekend we couldn’t think of a better time to remind you to visit Spotify and turn it up.


    Mixtape from Issue 3 - Spring / Summer 2013




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    Cameron Crowe: Summer Days

    Got a bbq or dinner party on the schedule this weekend? Or just planning to find yourself a shady spot to drink beer and eat watermelon and wile away the afternoon? Either way, some summer-ready tunes are definitely in order. And we have something that fits the bill courtesy of director/ editor/ legendary musichead Cameron Crowe. He was kind enough to dream up not one, but two, mixes for our current Rough Cut issue: one for summer days, one for summer nights. Needless to say, they are pretty awesome. And since it just so happens to be Crowe’s birthday this weekend we couldn’t think of a better time to remind you to visit Spotify and turn it up.

     


    Mixtape from Issue 3 - Spring / Summer 2013




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    Ira wolf tuton of yeasayer

    Since forming in 2006, Yeasayer (Tuton is the band’s bassist) has been adeptly blurring the genre lines to create atmospheric, electronic-driven music heavy on innovation. Their latest album, Fragrant World, released in August, offers an engaged futuristic take on synth-pop sounds.


    Mixtape from Issue 2 - Fall / Winter 2013




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    Tracey Thorn

    Part of cult-favorite early ‘80s all-girl band, Marine Girls, and one half of seminal British electronic duo Everything but the Girl, Tracey Thorn’s hauntingly beautiful voice and singular songwriting talents have been beloved for three decades. Her latest solo effort, Tinsel and Lights, a Christmas-themed album, was released in October.


    Mixtape from Issue 2 - Fall / Winter 2013




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    Spring Dinner Music from The Beagle

    The Beagle, the hotly-anticipated new London eatery headlined by much-loved chef James Ferguson (formerly of Rochelle Canteen) may not officially swing open its doors until April 8th, but as of this week they are accepting reservations online (see beaglelondon.co.uk). To celebrate, we asked owner Danny (on the left, above)—he is opening The Beagle with brother Kieran, a partner in business and music; they dj together under the moniker Krankbrother—to create a spring-ready dinner party mix especially for Gather Journal. He obliged; enjoy!






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    A Dine-In Valentines Day Mix by Anders & Kendall

    Nothing says I love you quite like a delicious meal, particularly if it’s of the home-cooked variety. And since many of you will be spending your Valentine’s Day eve in meal-prep mode, we are covering the entertainment. Or rather, Anders Parker and Kendall Meade, aka Anders & Kendall (andersandkendall.com), are. The talented avant-folk duos’ distinctive voices—his appealingly bristly, hers graceful and honeyed—have a knack for dexterously meandering in, out, and around each other in some kind of sonic figure-eight. All of which can be appreciated on the pair’s soon-to-be-released debut, Wild Chorus (Nine Mile Records, available February 19th), a collection of eleven thoughtful songs with replay appeal a plenty, it dips from sweeping sweet melodies to breezy Southern-flecked grooves that owe in part, perhaps, to the Knoxville recording studio after which the album is named. Here, the longtime friends and collaborators share their picks for the ideal Valentine’s Day dinner mix. The rest of the wooing is up to you.






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    bethany cosentino of best coast

    The proudly California band are the forbearers of a new breed of sunny, low-fi surf pop, beloved for their catchy riffs and lead singer Bethany Cosentino’s signature yearning vocals. Their second album, The Only Place, was released in May.


    Mixtape from Issue 1 - Summer 2012




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    Thieving irons

    The Brooklyn-based band led by Nathan Martinez has a foot in folk and classic Americana, and is recognized for their soul-stirring lyrics and virtuosic rock meanderings. Their second album, Behold, This Dreamer!, is out in June.


    Mixtape from Issue 1 - Summer 2012