Mixtape: The Road to Seattle Tunes


Well, we flew, let’s not B.S. that simple fact. Ain’t nobody got time for that, or gas. Yes, Seattle is my new home while I intern at Sub Pop, and for someone who has only seen Seattle from a Nirvana DVD I gifted by a high school boyfriend and a few reels of stock footage from Grey’s Anatomy, I love it.

I’d say a good welcome to the city would be three days at Bumbershoot and being outside literally as much as possible before I start work. That being said, my proclivity to wandering aimlessly around the city means this road-flown playlist will work for long walks around the city. This set combines meandering, multi-layered acoustics and chillwave surf rock. It’s a short and sweet 10 tracks.

Let’s Kerouac this nonsense real quick: a motor rumbling beneath your car seat right when it’s brought to life kind of sounds like a low bass line, right? So it makes sense to go with Habibi “Let Me In.” Inharmonious vocals and the lovesick lyrics of basically knocking down door after door looking for – SOMEthing – it’s too good. Thank you, Burger Records. I was gonna go with Conor Oberst, which I tend to do impulsively with mixes, but then everyone’s gonna be all “Meg, seriously. Enough. It’s been like 100 years since that album came out. Cool off.” Point taken: Cayucas “East Coast Girl” is top-down ready with mystic vocals, a handy rhythmic chorus and plenty of guitars. Jackson Scott “Sandy” is that 5th hour haze, when the trip is going so well you’re just kind of coasting, wherever that trip may be.

Like good coffee or your apartment maintenance man, you expect certain people to take care of things for you, no matter what time of day or place. I depend on Kurt Vile for just that musical trait. Don’t care what anyone says, it’s always going to be good. No profound explanation required. Girls “Jamie Marie” has been a longtime favorite as well. Chris Owens completely nailed the dismount on the perfect 10 that was 2011’s Father, Son Holy Ghost.

Angel Olsen graced us mere mortals with her presence at Espresso News in Boone, NC last fall. No one talks at her shows; no one wants you to. I’ve never seen a room full of bearded dudes get hit with the feels so hard. Yes, her voice is on the heavy side, but we counter that with “Painter Song” and The Rosebuds “Change My Life.”

Wrapping it all up is William Tyler, a solo guitarist who worked with Merge signees Lambchop and does solo tours all over the country. He’s a simple guy who’s traveled the world, and will take about 5 minutes between each song to talk about his journeys and the inspirations behind his songs.

There ya go. I’m excited to be in Seattle and am open to suggestions on places/things/parks/all that fun stuff.

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