Mixtape: The 'Match' Tape
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Mixtape: The ‘Match’ Tape

2005_01_07mixtape.gifAre you always searching for that something, or someone, special? Something like a new song to rekindle long lost feelings. If music is that special love you seek… good luck, for music can be a cruel mistress/mister. Oh, you think you know what you’re doing, you’ve been listening to and buying music for years. BUT there are some bad matches out there, ones that cry out for help, couples that need guidance, directions away from Top 40 radio and Video Countdowns… here is a start. The latest Le Mercredi Mixtape… listen up.

1. Dave Deporis – “Ghostly Baby”
New York unknown, Deporis, opens this lilting melody with his unusual phrasing and understated acoustic picking, both strengthened by the muscle of bass guitar. Another eccentric with a guitar who, luckily for him, only resembles Devendra Banhart in brief flashes.

2. Tomihira – “Pillbox”
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The sadly beautiful drone of San Francisco area band, Tomihira, is surprisingly uplifting on this song. A promising unsigned band, Tomihira, is led by Dean Tomihira (vocals and guitar) and supported by the talented pair of Markkus Rovito (drums and percussion) and Chris Zaballos (bass).

3. The Brokedown – “Sparks”
This songs jumps out of the speakers, pristine production which matches the pristine work of this very talented California band. They proved themselves worthy of the ‘power pop’ tag on their excellent debut EP, The Dutchman’s Gold, but take a turn for the ‘blue’ on this track.

4. The Phonemes – “Steeples and People”
Opening with a childlike sounding bouncing rhythm, The Phonemes counter the song’s caffeinated chug with the contrast of a laid back female vocal.

5. Band of Horses – “Bass Song”
With a voice that seems to fall from an empty grain silo floating in the western sky, not unlike Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers, Band of Horses announce their arrival. And this is just a demo!

6. Carter Little – “Kill My Darling”
Great alt-countryish pop from newcomer, Carter Little. Reminds me of Old 97s, Rhett Butler Miller. This would sound great on the radio… If there was a God. (Okay, maybe the song’s sentiment is a little misguided. And, uh… sorry, God).

7. The Ride Theory – “The Piper”
Those days when you put on those too tight jeans and you get to feeling sexy… on those days this song and 6 beers will get you into trouble.

Hey, remember kids, quite often the bands here on Mixtape generously offer more mp3s on their band sites…. sooo, start Googling… or, if yer lazy, ask me, *Sixeyes, for help/directions in the comments.