2014 Year Enders

5 Mixtape Tracks for Potential Dates and Platonic Buds in 2014

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This year saw my highest personal mixtape output, prompted in part by the procurement of a tape deck for my 2000 Suzuki Esteem wagon (RIP), the introduction of a boom box to Distant Castle’s downstairs bathroom, a greater resolution in maintaining penpal correspondence, and the termination of 7-or-so years of long term monogamous engagements. It’s a wild place to be.

Hopefully you’ve already got a Rolodex of classics for usurping the tracklists of discarded greatest hits cassettes, but what’s a millennial wooer’s mixtape without some mildly tangible self-doubt and anxiety peppered atop something that is otherwise feel-good and agreeable? Here are a few examples from 2014 that saw some heavy dubbing. Consider this my personal mix just for you.
But we should probably only be friends.

GRANNY FROSTGolden Opportunities (from Blown Cleen)

Worcester homie by way of Chicago by way of Bloomington pushes lo-fi, Anticon-inspired tracks, often laced with euphemisms for ejaculate and its myriad procurements. This one, as far as I can tell, is no exception but has a peppy air about it that often boosts this gem to Opening Track status. Bonus points for the emphatic delivery of the word “booty”.

SPACEMEN SATURDAY NIGHTGross Luv (from Baby Tape)

Ok, so this Nashville duo’s track is a real ripper on any old mix, and though the theme may seem not only counterintuitive to any sort of courting routine (e.g. “tell him I got laundry and I can’t find my wallet”), but antithetical to the entire idea of dating, remember that nothing sparks a bond like commiseration.

CRABETchuss (from ANTI-VAGUE)

It’s in French. What else needs to be said? I went to Montreal and fell in love with everyone. I’m not alone in this experience. Unfortunately, only 1/2 of this duo came through the states this year as a member of Leamers who are now resting in a scrap yard not unlike the one in which my beloved imported wagon now resides.

LVL UPTotal Loss (from Hoodwink’d)

There’s a real great line about holding hands under a drug rug.

GNARWHALMy Waterfall Delight (from Shinerboy Tour 2013 Cool)

I really want you to hear this song. I do. It’s a standout acoustic gem in the oeuvre of this otherwise #mathy & percussive Nashville duo (there’s a tangent to my tastes). It’s cheesy-sweet and the only words spoken are an audible title card, “This song’s called ‘My Waterfall Delight.’”. But as far as I know, it exists on only a few tour demo tapes. Just hang tight, a proper LP is on the way. For now, here’s a track from their new split with Ovlov, Ex-Breathers, and Woozy.

HOT TIP: TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Two tracks from two of Providence’s ex-Worcester outputters that you may want to sit on until you’ve really found someone special. Everyone’s so happy for you.

JOE DEGEORGE: SAX MACHINEMade To Be Lovin’

JACOB BERENDESHot Stuff

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