WARMER MIXTAPES #1564 | by Stevie Jukes and Alan Jukes (Vigo Thieves) of Saint PHNX

SIDE A | by Alan Jukes

1. Kendrick Lamar | m.A.A.d city (feat. MC Eiht)
This was like a breath of fresh air when I first heard it. Great track. Been a fan ever since.

2. Coldplay | Paradise
Great track. Something completely different from what they had done previously. Just shows how Coldplay can adapt and make new Music to generate new fans.

3. Eminem | The Way I Am
I love this. This track lyrically is phenomenal. Eminem is an idol of mine. He speaks his mind.

4. Dr. Dre | Still D.R.E. (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Hip Hop classic! Need I say more?

5. Arctic Monkeys | The View From The Afternoon
Drumming on this track is amazing. Great imagination. First real band I was obsessed with.

6. Kasabian | Club Foot
Seen them play this live to a packed out tent at T In The Park. Crowd went insane. Massive fan of Kasabian.

8. Snoop Dogg | Drop It Like It's Hot (feat. Pharrell)
The production on this track is immense. Snoop kills it and Pharrell is flawless.

9. R. Kelly | Ignition - Remix
Always a club banger. Timeless.

10. Jay-Z/Linkin Park | Numb/Encore
Great mix of 2 acts I never thought would combine.

+11. Biffy Clyro | Saturday Superhouse 
Awesome Scottish Rock. Mon The Biff.

+12. Kanye West | Power
Although many people find him egotistical and delusional, I find him so interesting. He is a genius at finding new sounds that hit you instantly. This track is just awesome.

SIDE B | by Stevie Jukes

1. Dr. Dre | Still D.R.E. (feat. Snoop Dogg)
As soon as you hear the opening hook then you have to listen to the whole song. Such a timeless anthem!

2. Ryan Adams | New York, New York
Inspiration to me growing up. I remember first seeing the video which features The Twin Towers and a few weeks later 9/11 happened.

3. Bruce Springsteen | Lost In The Flood
My first proper introduction into The Boss. Such a powerful and emotive song that showed me how to story tell through lyrics.

4. Rage Against The Machine | Bulls On Parade
Obsessed with RATM once I first heard this track. Major influence on Saint PHNX.

5. Kanye West | Black Skinhead
Love him or hate him - He’s fucking sick! Constantly evolving and changing the game up. This song is a prime example of how to push boundaries as an artist.

6. The Strokes | Hard To Explain
This song made me want to start a band.

7. Wu-Tang Clan | Triumph (feat. Cappadonna)
My first real introduction to Hip Hop. Nuff said.

8. Jackson Browne | Late For The Sky
I went through a De Niro film phase a few years back and was watching Taxi Driver. This song played and hit me like a ton of bricks. Amazing songwriting.

9. Blink-182 | What’s My Age Again?
I started playing Music on the drums. I remember playing this non-stop on my first rusty kit I got for Christmas. Still love it.

10. Brandon Flowers | Lonely Town
This is probably the most recent track that I fell in Love with.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1563 | by George D. Stănciulescu [LeVant]/(Ad Ombra)

1. Krzysztof Penderecki | Threnody To The Victims Of Hiroshima (Performed by National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Conductor: Antoni Wit)
This piece introduced me to Contemporary Classical Music when I was 16 years old. I have discovered it randomly on a CD that my dad bought from Viena and it quickly escalated into a mad fascination with the brutally devastating yet mesmerizing force of this masterpiece. It’s also known for being featured in Kubrick’s infamous The Shining.

2. Goldfrapp | Human 
Alison Goldfrapp at her most provoking, mysterious and sexy - therefore human - heights in this track from her debut album. A Trip Hop gem that could easily fit in a James Bond movie. Though unequal in her production throughout the years, Alison remains one of the most versatile female vocalists and songwriters around.

3. John Surman | Not Love Perhaps
Surman is my fave Jazz musician and this comes from a guy that was hardly impressed with the usual suspects that were the instrumental virtuosos of the genre. But Surman’s ethereal and playful soundscapes proved me that Jazz can be a dreamy affair too, filled with tones that come from Heaven, take you to a magic earthly ride and return up there like nothing ever happened.

4. Kiasmos | Driven
Simply put, my definition of a perfect atmospheric Techno track. Those minor-key piercing pads and the cleverly delivered beats are a wonderful combination that made Kiasmos one of my most listened projects from the current Ambient/Techno scene, which I usually find rather boring and dry.

5. Depeche Mode | Behind The Wheel
Dark, energetic and undeniably catchy, Behind The Wheel subconsciously hooked me since listening to it on my cousin’s casette tapes, when I was a kid. It resurfaced later on to become an anthem of Love-ridden teenage angst, with its accurate embodiment of the more sensual 80s Synth Pop aesthetics.

6. Laibach | WAT 
Depeche Mode’s colleagues from the seminal Mute label, Laibach charmed me with their satirically epic, visionary & quasi-kitsch cocktail of sounds. WAT (We Are Time) displays some epic Martial Industrial Techno topped with lyrics that manage somehow to still be meaningfully fresh in today’s socio-political context.

7. Autechre | Silversub
A jewel of atmospheric IDM from 1995. Like a sort of Blade Runner on acid, those flangered Old School synths still give me THE shivers.

8. Dead Can Dance | Agape
Agape transports me in a world of lucid dreaming filled with graceful silhouettes seductively dancing in a hazed up ambience. It might come as handy as an efficient weed substitute as well, hehe.

9. Stromae | quand c'est ?
I was always a sucker for French culture and it was actually in France where I first heard of this Belgian singer/producer, around 2011. Impossible not to do that, his Music was all over: subway stations, restaurants, parks, etc. His uplifting Pop-House tracks, as well as the more insightful Jacques Brel-esque elegies like this one, caught my attention.

10. Devil Doll | Part 11 (from Dies Irae)
Progressive, Symphonic, Avant-Garde, Gothic and Theatrical Rock altogether, this project was one of the weirdest and most enigmatic Music outlets ever created. Devil Doll released five cult albums between 1989-1994 that most certainly deserve to be heard by the curious Music explorers.

+11. Igorrr & Ruby My Dear | Alain 
Igorrr is one hell of a creative chap. I even listed him in my PhD thesis as one of the most ingenious Postmodern Collage Electronic artists, next to Amon Tobin, The Avalanches, Negativland and others. Mad, majestic and totally brilliant, here is a song that he made in collaboration with Ruby My Dear for an EP called Maigre. The whole material is definitely an unforgettable listening experience!

+12. Nils Frahm | Hammers
Minimal and somehow Cinematic piano frenzy, unfolding energetic arpeggios with a captivating sense of Adrenaline and Drama.

+13. Popol Vuh | Wehe Khorazin
Florian Fricke’s Popol Vuh was kinda famous for scoring Herzog’s Aguirre and this track from 1981 is a fascinating voyage due to its visionary Folkish Pagan vibes mixed with some Spacey Schulze-like atmospheres, in a New Age kind of way that proved to be rather influential for many musicians in the decades to come.

+14. ZHU | Palm Of My Hand
That’s a very recent tune released by a seemingly high praised Deep House producer that calls himself ZHU. I randomly clicked on it on Facebook, it turned out to be a really rewarding treat. Definitely a well-crafted atmospheric track with smooth vocals and a great Funky bass groove - all the right ingredients to conclude an imaginary mixtape such as this one.

AUGUST 9, 2016

Warmer Climes TURNS 7!


WARMER MIXTAPES #1562 | by Dylan Bernard

1. Toni Braxton | Un-Break My Heart
This song brings me back to my hometown in Erial, NJ, sitting in the car with my Mom singing this song out as loud as I could. Ultimately, this song kick started the love I’ve built inside of me for the Art of Music and Performing.

2. OutKast | Hey Ya!
This song was the epitome of my summer when I was about 8 years old. I remember learning how to roller skate and mastering it all at once to this song, just so I could show off. It brought so much positive energy into anything I was doing.

3. Usher | Yeah! (feat. Lil' Jon & Ludacris)
The first song I knew every word to and then some. Where Lil’ Jon exclusively in the music video starts with Do the A-Town stomp - Rock away & cut. This song got me in so much trouble because knowing every lyric to this song as an 8 year old threw my family and my camp counselors off a little bit and of course every time it came on, I made sure they knew that I knew the lyrics, so it was a good time! (LOL)

4. Mario | Let Me Love You
As I started to develop these little troublemakers called feelings, this song made me feel the closest thing I had ever felt to any kind of attraction. I performed it live at my first talent show for my first crush and barely made it through without tearing up because it was my first Live performance.

5. Chris Brown | Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
This song gave me so many feelings I didn’t even know were there. The beginning’s soft, smooth opening would pull anyone in and it did just that for me. I remember always finding an excuse to sing it because it was so good. Also, I soon discovered that I would not be dancing any time soon because I definitely tried.

6. Fall Out Boy | Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
I remember hearing this song and thinking to myself, maybe I like this style of Music too?... It unleashed my inner wild child and made my heart race.

7. Jason Mraz | I’m Yours
I’ve covered this song so many times, so to say that I hadn’t found my style roots at this point would be an insult to the song. Simple, yet meaningful, personal and relatable. Memories of my first High School talent show performance flood my brain with this song.

8. Justin Bieber | Baby (feat. Ludacris)
Justin and I had similar hairstyles, so of course my nickname for the longest time was Bieber. But it was so inspiring for me hearing this song come from someone so young which inspired me to keep going, getting closer and closer to unlocking my full potential.

9. Imagine Dragons | Radioactive
Their 2013 AMA performance of their hit song Radioactive really gave me an extra kick in my confidence level. That care free vibe that also sends a message was just what I was looking for. And I could feel it in my bones (get it?) that I was going to make something of myself. Not only for me, but for my Mom who passed away when I was 7 years old. This song helped my healing process.

10. Justin Bieber | Love Yourself
At this point in time, I was new to the world around me and seeing how everyone was so worried about their appearance. I’ve always been one to just go with the flow, so to see so much being put into what seemed so simple threw me off. On top of that, my (at the time) current relationship wasn’t going where I had hoped it would and I could feel everything changing around me. Love Yourself made me realize that change is good when it comes at the right moments, although we may not see/feel it at first.



WARMER MIXTAPES #1561 | by Nicholas Robert de la Hoyde [Nick de la Hoyde]

1. Justin Bieber | No Pressure (feat. Big Sean)
The moment I heard this song I was hooked straight away.

2. Kendrick Lamar | Alright 
There is nothing better than pumping this song in the car on a Summer day!

3. ZAYN | BeFoUr
This track gives me the feels. A great song on an even greater album.

4. The Weeknd | Acquainted
The Weeknd would have to be one of my favorite artists going around at the moment. This track was genius.

5. Ed Sheeran | I'm A Mess
This is honestly a song I would listen to before I sleep. It gives you the feels and calms me down. So much respect for this dude.

6. Flume | Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)
I don't think there could be anybody that doesn't appreciate how good this song is. It's got its own unique sound. I probably listen to this song too much, haha.

7. Alan Walker | Faded (with Iselin Solheim)
I get goosebumps just about every time I listen to this song.

8. Troye Sivan | Fools
So many good songs to this guy's name right now. But for me this one still takes the cake. Love jamming out the this song.

9. Drake | Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)
An oldie, but this always makes it into my playlist.

10. Macklemore x Ryan Lewis | Otherside Remix (feat. Fences)
Another old tune, but this song for me was when Macklemore was on fire. I feel absolutely every lyric that he speaks.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1560 | by Ardit Hoxha [Megan]

1. Truncate | Focus (ROD Remix)
I've always like ROD and recently he released this remix for Truncate's Focus.The original is cool, but this remix brings all the Intensity and Color in. Became one of my favorites as soon as I discovered it.

2. Barcode Population | Untitled (Track 1 from All Aboard The U.S.S. Severe EP)
Just one lovely Techno track. It is so intense and energic. Firstly released in 1996 and it really destroys dancefloors.

3. Gary Beck | Video Siren
I can just say this is a banger. I love the atmosphere that this track creates and the crowd goes wild. I get chills everytime I play it.

4. Plastikman | Spastik
The classic one... Well produced from The Legend itself.

5. Locomatica | Red Lines
I love this one. It's just deep and vocals are just amazing. I close my sets with this.

6. Mark Broom | Satellite (Mix One)
Powerful track, it's a bomb from Mark Broom... THE BREAKDOWN IS SO SICK.

7. Villalobos | Dexter
A friend of mine showed me this one long time ago and I fell in love with it. A classic one from Villalobos. Dark atmosphere and a really nice melody to go with it.

8. UnCUT | Beneath (2015 Rework)
Discovered this one recently and it amazed me with all that energy the track has. Nice breakdowns and construction is just perfect.

9. Mindbend | Absynth
This is my best friend Mindbend and I fell in love with his track. When he showed me Absynth I really liked the raw energy in it and it became one of my faves. It has been released on our good friend's label, Pumio's 99% Robot Records.

10. Reflekt | Need To Feel Loved (feat. Delline Bass) (Adam K & Soha Vocal Remix)
This track just gets me back in memories, my childhood and everything else. I fell in love with this track since I found it... Perfect track for me.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1559 | by Mauricio Herrera of Altazores

1. Los Jaivas | Sube A Nacer Conmigo Hermano
So you like Pink Floyd? Hahaha... Then you should listen the album Alturas De Macchu Picchu of the Chilean group Los Jaivas. The lyrics are a poem by Pablo Neruda included in his book Canto General. It talks about the glorious Indigenous past of Latin America. Another of its key albums is: Mamalluca.

2. Los Tres | La Vida Que Yo He Pasado
Los Tres were the first Chilean Rock band who recorded an MTV Unplugged where they played some of the songs in the style of Chilean Folk Dance called Cueca. The band’s guitarist Angel Parra was my guitar teacher while I studied Music in College and teached me to play Cueca and many other styles. He encouraged me to independently record my first album with my band Altazores and helped me to compose Eclipse De Sol song that gave me then some money for several years when I was poor and had no job. Thank you, Angel!

3. Violeta Parra | El Guillatún
The most important Chilean artist of all time, one of the major Latin American folklorists, Angel Parra’s grandmother. She played guitar better than Jimmy Hendrix and composed more visceral songs than Kurt Cobain. She was the first Latin American artist to exhibit her works in The Louvre Museum in Paris in 1964. She committed suicide in 1967 by a gunshot to the head… Mainly because Chile failed to understand her genius.

4. Los Prisioneros | We Are Sudamerican Rockers
This was the most important band of my country. Their songs written by the genius Jorge González were the anthems of protest against the Military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the 80s, influenced the thinking of the Chilean youth since. Nothing more to say. There was their reunion concert in 2001, I was there, I was 16 years old. Some years later the guitarist Claudio Narea gave me a guitar when I won a competition for young bands called Balmaceda 1215, I was only 19 years old.

5. Los Prisioneros | El Baile De Los Que Sobran
Written by Jorge González, this song is an anthem in Chilean Popular Music, the title translation would be like The Dance Of The People That Are Leftover, it’s about the issue of Social Inequality that starts with Education for different economic classes in my country. The original studio version sounds like Depeche Mode, but just listen to this mind blowing live version

6. La Ley | Prisioneros De La Piel
La Ley is one of the most popular Latin American bands, they are also Chileans. Their leader and founder, Andrés Bobe, died in a motorcycle accident. The band went on, they recorded an MTV Unplugged, won Grammys, some of its members formed another band called Saiko. This song influenced the way I play guitar, similar to The Edge of U2. On April 10 of 2012 I was in the rehearsal room of Saiko preparing a solo concert of their vocalist Denisse Malebrán, I didn’t have the strap of my guitar, then I look among the guitar cases that were saved there, I opened one... And there it was... Andrés Bobe’s guitar! (which appears in the video)... So I used it during the rehearsal! Then, when it finished and I was just about to go back home, I heard on the radio news: Today marks 18 years of the death of Andrés Bobe. Again, I was shocked. That day I chose to go home walking and not driving...

7. Saiko | Lo Que Mereces
This is a song composed by Denisse Malebrán of the Chilean group Saiko formed by members of the group La Ley. I was lucky to be her guitarist when she embarked on her solo career. We went on tour in Chile, I learned a lot from her leadership, professionalism and the tremendous strength of women. I admire her and I will always be grateful to her, I listened to her songs when I was just 16 and inspired me to be a musician. In 2012 we played this song at the Velodrome of the National Stadium Of Santiago De Chile in a tribute to the victims of the Pinochet dictatorship, this place which besides being the main sports stadium was also a torture center… That day I listened 35 thousands people singing this song so loudly that it gave me the willies! Denisse these days works for the government of Michelle Bachelet.

8. Lucybell | Cuando Respiro En Tu Boca
Another of the most recognized Chilean bands, I was lucky to play guitar for a while during the solo career of Francisco González, drummer of this group. Good song.

9. Tiro De Gracia | Melaza
This song comes from one of the best Chilean records ever: Ser Hümano!! (Being Human!!). It's an album of Hip Hop, one of the most developed styles in our Popular Music.

10. Ana Tijoux | Somos Sur (feat. Shadia Mansour)
Ana Tijoux is a chilean Hip Hop MC. It's one of my main influences, I admire the way she writes her lyrics about Social Justice and the sound she creates in her albums with the sound of traditional South American instruments.

+11. The Verve | Bitter Sweet Symphony
1997, no Internet on those days, hearing the Wolrdwide Top 300 on the Chilean radio was the only way to discover New Music. Suddenly the violins came in and before 10 seconds my mind was fucking blown away! What a masterpiece! It sounded so expressive and exciting! This hymn will transcend Time.

+12. Altazores | Todo Tiene Un Final 
Everything Has An End... The first radio hit of my band Altazores included in our album Secreto Detrás Del Caos (The Secret Behind The Chaos). I wrote it as a birthday present for my girlfriend in my recording studio in Santiago, she suffered from bipolar disorder and she was very depressed over the death of his grandmother, we had no jobs, we had no money to pay the rent or for buying food. It was a very sad and difficult time for us. Although composing this brilliant hit took me just one hour, the royalties from the song were so abundant that gave me money for four years and a record deal... I'm a genius!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1558 | by Joseph Randolph [Estia/Rough Year/The Archives Department/Ouisa Hound]

1. Aretha Franklin | Drinking Again (Gloria Lynne with The Earl May Trio Cover)
To me, Aretha owns this song. It’s not a torch song. It’s hers and hers alone. Every line is so beautifully rendered and there is so much Sincerity and Conviction in her voice. I put this on whenever I’m heartsick and missing those I love and it puts me at ease.

2. Animal Collective | The Purple Bottle
One of my favorite AC songs. Another great Love song. This song really resonated with me in High School, especially the refrain: Sometimes you're quiet and sometimes I'm quiet... Hallelujah!... Sometimes I'm talkative and sometimes you're not talkative, I know. I used to be an incredibly shy person and this song helped me understand that, well, it’s okay to hold your tongue and that there is Value and Intimacy in Shared Silence.

3. Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn ‎ | Anna May
I don’t have much to say here except that this song solves every argument with the bae.

4. Erykah Badu | Appletree
See above...

5. Bright Eyes | The Calendar Hung Itself
Soundtrack to my teenage angst. Conor Oberst gave voice to the feelings of young aspiring musicians who couldn’t seem to get any love or recognition for the magnitude of their feelings and inner life. My friends Justin, Kevin and I used to just hang out in High School and play Fevers And Mirrors and hash out our girl troubles together.

6. Infinite Body | A Fool Persists
This song is a destressor. I listen to it on repeat sometimes to put myself at ease or to fall asleep. In its simplicity, it is a masterpiece of Sampling. This album is so rich and textural. One of my favorite Drone/Noise releases of all time.

7. Drake | Connect
This song puts me in my zone and reminds me of all the things lovers do for each other just to be present in the flesh before one another. I know Drake is playing hardball right now, but his albums really exist for the ladies in my opinion. The line, I know I'm late, it's always the same shit, comes out of my mouth, like, maybe two or three times a week. I feel like I can pull a Drake lyric out of my pocket at any moment to express how I’m feeling, and I really admire his ability to create such a versatile catalogue and fanbase, where his lyrics mean so many different things to so many different people on so many different levels. He really is The Man. I can’t wait to hear what he puts out next.

8. Julia Brown | Library
Again, another great song about loving at a distance. I love the production of this track—the form correlates perfectly with the content of the lyrics. Like, When you go to sleep do you dream of me? Who doesn’t wonder that? Who doesn’t desire that?

9. Balam Acab | Fragile Hope
I started making Music the moment I heard Wander/Wonder. What Alec Koone was doing with sampling here is unprecedented and I don’t think people appreciate this work enough. He’s just a few years older than me and when I heard how he made this album, I thought, maybe I can make Music after all. This is one of the most beautiful albums I’ve ever heard. When my mom would let me borrow the family car to go to work I would blast this and just become totally immersed in the atmosphere he created. I almost got into an accident while I was listening to it once—I just straight up ran a red light and almost got blindsided. Listening to Wander/Wonder is one of the most immersive listening experiences I’ve ever had—there are so many textures and layers and sounds and each listen returns a new sonic discovery.

10. Alex Donley | Rusty 
+ Slow Spinspin... + Let’s Fight!En Marche... All songs from very dear friends—Alex, Zeerak & Matt. Alex is the best pianist I know and he’s put out so much quality material it baffles me he isn’t selling out concert halls. Zeerak, who makes Music as Slow Spin, just makes really beautiful Music. Her voice is angelic and she has a great sense of balancing Ambience with more concrete forms of Vocal Expression. She rules. Matt, who makes Music under numerous monikers, has been going hard since the 10th grade. Their work ethic is nuts and En Marche is a really rich and wondrous piece of Sampling.

+11. Arvo Pärt | Spiegel Im Spiegel (Performed by Vladimir Spivakov and Sergej Bezrodny)
No words. Just listen. This takes the cake for Greatest Work Of Art Of All Time in my opinion. I put this on and feel, like, at peace with myself in The Cosmos. I know that sounds pretentious, but there’s something truly Divine about this piece. I have cried tears of Joy and Sadness to this song more than any other in my life. It has and always will be there for me.

+12. DeJ Loaf | Back Up (feat. Big Sean)
No comment.

+13. dvsn | With Me
Best Contemporary R&B album I've heard in my lifetime.

+14. Kanye West | FML (feat. The Weeknd)
I've always loved Kanye and I feel him so much on this track. It's been getting me through the mornings.

+15. Beyoncé | Pray You Catch Me
What is there to say?

+16. Drake | Redemption
Best vocal performance yet from your boy...

+17. Janet Jackson | I Get Lonely
Me too, Janet, me too.

+18. Mac DeMarco | A Heart Like Hers
S/O to Dana V., I love you.

+19. James Blake | I Need A Forest Fire (feat. Bon Iver)
No words. So beautiful.

+20. Prince | Come
Yes, come (back). We will all miss you...

WARMER MIXTAPES #1557 | by Sal Garro [Sally Bones]/(Quiet Loudly, The Governors, Hige Kuma, Scary Living, Your Friend, Kimi, Pinocchio Syndrome, Red Mirage) of pow wow! and Mount Sharp

1. The Beach Boys | Don't Worry Baby
My Quiet Loudly bandmates, Tony and Max, along with our disgustingly good musician friend, Drew St. Aubin, and I came together to form a one-off wedding band called The Wedding Dreams for our friends' wedding a couple years ago. One of the songs we played, and my personal favorite, was Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys. The back-up vocals are so pretty and soothing. It's a classic Beach Boys song and has the power to bring calm to any stressful situation.

2. Fruit Bats | The Banishment Song
The main dude in this band, Eric D. Johnson, is an incredible songwriter. The song starts out with a beautiful guitar intro, before busting into a perfectly orchestrated, sad Pop song. The high notes he hits appear impossible to replicate, so I'm shocked whenever I see him do it live - so flawless and effortlessly. One of my forever bandmates, Max Goransson of Quiet Loudly/The Governors/Pinocchio Syndrome, first introduced this band to me when their record Mouthfuls came out in 2003. I fell in love and, sure enough, the entire Fruit Bats catalog is stellar. I also have unforgettable moments from a road trip across the Southwest, driving through the mountain and desert landscapes while listening to The Ruminant Band.

3. Otis Redding | I've Been Loving You Too Long (Live At Monterey International Pop Festival 1967)
It's hard to pick just one Otis Redding song, but this live performance is easily the best I've ever heard. The emotions dripping out of his pores are contagious. Before he begins, he addresses the crowd and embraces Love in all of it's power and glory. This is the Love crowd, right? We all love each other, don't we?! He continues and hits us with a powerful break, complete with a Can we hit it one more time? bit that actual goes down four more times. Incredible performance, incredible song. I'm always in awe after hearing this one.

4. pow wow! | 23 19
Quiet Loudly had the pleasure of having pow wow! as our tour mates back in 2012 and they instantly became our best friends. It was such a pleasure to share a stage with them every night -- they're such a positive presence and all of their songs remain in my head to this very day... I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that their record Don't Stop To Look is one of my favorite records of all time. This particular song displays Eddie Nazareno's exceptional and original vocal talents that I'm constantly caught singing along to. Full disclosure: After the tour, their drummer, Pat Sarabia, decided to make a move back home to the Philippines and I was honored to have been asked to step in and attempt to fill her enormous shoes. She's one of the best drummers I've ever had the pleasure of watching perform. It's a dream to be playing alongside the pow wow! boys and perform so many of the songs I love from their extensive back catalog, plus write new jams we're all really excited about.

5. Sega Genocide | Portrait Studio
Quick back story... Our friend and Sega Genocide frontman, Brian Crudwell, is so consistently forming incredible bands with perfect names as far back as I can remember. One of my favorites is Spooktober, and now there is Sega Genocide. They are the other band that is responsible for an out-of-body, super emotional Live show experience. When Quiet Loudly shared a bill with them in Columbus, Ohio, it was the last night of our tour and they were the final performance of the night. At that point, the show had gone well beyond midnight, but people were still partying and showing no sign of stopping. SG were spot on, had tons of energy, and were super tight. During Portrait Studio, I was pulled with another emotional tug when I had to bid farewell to a few tourmates from pow wow! who had to rush back to New York that night. Between the solid rockage and the emotions of an incredible tour having ended, I was overwhelmed. Sega Genocide was the perfect soundtrack.

6. Yellowbirds | Love Stories
One of my favorite contemporary songwriters of the moment, Sam Cohen, consistently delivers on some dreamy, Psychedelic Love songs. I've seen a ton of their live shows, all of which carry special memories ranging from a Quiet Loudly band outing to see them play down the block from our practice space, to their final, heart wrenching show at Baby's All Right. A beautiful surprise was an intimate performance I saw this past year called Alone And Together. Cohen was joined by Eric D. Johnson from Fruit Bats, Kevin Morby from Woods, and two old Yellowbirds bandmates holding up the rhythm section. They all accompanied each other on their songs, some special covers including a Bowie classic, and they spent a good chunk of the show covering each other's songs as well. I was nearly brought to tears when EDJ covered Love Stories.

7. Paul & Linda McCartney | Heart Of The Country
One of the longer tour drives I've done is a stretch between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We had been listening to iPods on shuffle for a while and I was looking forward to getting into the driver's seat (therefore claiming Stereo duties) and putting on a full album. McCartney's Ram is one of my favorite post-Beatles records (next to another Macca solo record McCartney and John Lennon's Mind Games). When Heart Of The Country came on, the Sun was just beginning to set and it was one of those picturesque moments where I was transported to a carefree life in a rural environment, living off the land, and surrounded by the ones I love.

8. Spirit Kid | Fool To Fall
Falling into the same category of van-jams that provided the perfect soundtrack to being on the road, the endlessly talented Emeen Zarookian of Spirit Kid provided us with a calm and beautiful moment while driving. Fool To Fall is actually a stand-out track from a SK EP. It's not like his traditional toxic 60s-style Pop songs from the rest of the Spirit Kid collection... Instead, this peaceful and sad Love song brings it down and really hits ya in the heart. It felt damn good.

9. Chris And Tad | When You're Dead
My favorite songwriter of all time is Chris Ballew from The Presidents Of The United States Of America. He's the reason why I'm playing Music today and he's written some of the best Pop songs ever, in my opinion. It doesn't hurt that he's also incredibly humble and a super nice dude. One of his many projects was called Chris And Tad with Young Fresh Fellows drummer, Tad Hutchinson. It may very well be my favorite side project of all, but there are so many that it's hard to say. There is a really funny call-and-response vocal part to this song that is super catchy and the lyrics are hilarious. Also a killer organ breakdown on this track that can't be beat.

10. The Giraffes | Congratulations In Advance
Here's another Chris Ballew ditty because he's the best. Right after The Presidents... disbanded, he put out a solo record under the moniker, The Giraffes. The records he's done as The Giraffes are really dark and spooky compared to the stuff he was doing with PUSA. The project slowly faded in the years to come as he began focusing on a bunch of other projects he was working on. Then, out of nowhere, he hit up a few super fans and shared a 33 track, previously unreleased double record he had resurrected. We were given the opportunity to hear it before anyone else and distribute it to the masses through whatever means necessary to get it out there. So many good songs in this collection, but this one has me skipping back to re-listen over and over.

+11. GunFight! | A Retail Job
I may or may not have gotten my hands on this currently unreleased record by GunFight! that is so damn good it hurts. So, let's not talk about that record and instead talk about the all encompassing talent of these guys. Their origins are in the dirty basements of Allston, Massachusetts, later moving to the now infamous McKibben lofts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and continuing to mature and impress with some of the best Country Rock And Roll songs I've ever heard. They're also some of the best dudes I know. Quiet Loudly did a tour with them many years ago that I wish never ended. I'm dying for their follow-up to Frontier Land to see the light of day so that everyone could hear how good it is.