HCK! Turns 2 … Our 100th mixtape!

28 Mar

Remember Me

It’s hard to believe but it’s been over two years since HCK!’s first offering. We’ve come a long way, the growth is apparent, looking back at those first posts is a rad experience realizing just how tangible of a difference between then and now there is and how many people have helped to make this one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This also marks the 100th post for HCK! making today’s mix all that more important for me to get right.

There are certain songs that bum me out imagining them not reaching the right ears; that was the main idea going into this mixtape but as I went back looking through the songs I’ve been able to share there is already a strong waxing of nostalgia, I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard at least thirty of these songs, from where I was living or what I’d done that day, the person I was dating, or the reasons I was feeling low or ecstatic or complacent, all of it comes back in a wave that is so real I can’t help appreciate getting physically reminded of the most important aspect of music. There are certain songs, be them good or bad, popular or unknown, which are personal time capsules carried with us forever.  Regardless of age I’m confident that be it Kill Em All or Coconut Records or whatever that when those songs come on I will be able to feel that exact moment of my life once again which aligned for a brief second with my experiencing of that art. I’m sure you have your own songs, your own nostalgia, these are merely mile markers in relation to HCK!.

As a friend, I’m hoping once more that you give these songs a chance. You know that scene at the end of The Neverending Story where the girl is pleading for Sebastian to say her name, in some strange way that is how I feel putting these precise songs up once more, if that makes any sense. If you dig any of these songs SHARE them, so many bands I get to talk with have zero sense of what their songs mean to people because of how covetous the indie scene has become,  sure I fear not getting to see these bands in small cramped spaces because of people with “it’s a jeep thing you wouldn’t understand” stickers and a closet full of polo shirts (or worse 19 year-olds bathed in neon quoting pitchfork like it’s the bible) have deemed the band the cool thing for the week.

As long as we are too hip to share great art with others these bands will inevitably be forced to move on with their lives. Brooklynites of this world who value keeping secrets for some small self-elevation is more disgusting than a Dave Matthews tattoo on the arm of a man wearing a Nickleback shirt. I’m going to let you in on a bit of  secret; we’re not that cool. Every subculture follows trends, the unfortunate aspect of being part of a subculture defined by its music is that others are always going to copy from you, we follow each other’s style and outsiders cherry pick from the lead you’ve chosen to take. In the end what does it matter, if some dude is obsessed with both Glenn Beck and The Minutemen it doesn’t make The Minutemen any less of a band or him any less of a douche bag.  Really when it comes down to it, if we don’t share music out of fear of seeing another Lana Del Rey disaster all we are admitting is that yes we do in fact have some tastes which overlap with those loathed mainstreamers, don’t punish bands because you don’t want to have to deal with the reality that those Escalade driving, reality show obsessed, capitalist supporting people may not be as different from us as we would like to fool ourselves into believing. Love what you love and leave the pretentious bullshit out of it.

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Shiv Hurrah – “All My Teeth Fell Out”mp3 
First sighting: I Never Get Homesick Just Sick Of My Home (april 2011)

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Sun Airway – “Put the Days Away” – mp3

First sighting: Winterishly Trapped (February 2011)

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The Head And The Heart – “Rivers And Roads” – mp3

First sighting: Best of 2010  (February 2011)

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Youth Lagoon – “17”mp3

First sighting: We Feel Alone We Feel Alright (August 2011)


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The Magnetic Fields – “Saddest Story Ever Told”mp3

First sighting: No One Lives It Up (Or Down) (May 2011)

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Paul Baribeau – “Ten Things”mp3

First sighting: Trapped In Time Surrounded By Evil… (May 2011)

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Talons – “Fuck Everything”mp3

First sighting: Winterishly Trapped Vol. 2 (Jan 2013)

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41st And Home – “Wilderness Eyes” – mp3

First sighting: Wearing Our Faults Like Crowns (Sept. 2011)

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Hi Ho Silver Oh – “Showers Without Warning” – mp3

First sighting: But Tonight We Going To Get Out Of Our Heads (Oct. 2011)

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CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share” – mp3

First sighting: The Fact That You And I Exist (November 2012)

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Palma Violets – “Best Of Friends” – mp3

First sighting: HCK! Best Songs Of 2012 (Jan 2013)

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Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos – “A Light On A Hill” – mp3

First sighting: The Definitive(ish) Hooded Sweatshirt Mixtape (Aug 2011)

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J Roddy Walston – “Rock And Roll II” – mp3

First sighting: The Definitive(ish) Summer Mixtape (July 2011)

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Jhameel – “Shut-Up” – mp3

First sighting: With Complete Condescension And Conviction (Aug 2011)

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Beverlay – “Sandcastle” – mp3

First sighting: No One Lives It Up (Or Down) ( May 2011)

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Sam Means – “Yeah Yeah” – mp3

First sighting: So This Is Nostalgia (April 2011)

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Howth – “Belly Of The Beast” – mp3

First sighting: HCK! 100 Best Songs Of 2011 (Dec. 2011)

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Yuck – “Suicide Policeman” (Live) – mp3

First sighting: I Never Get Homesick Just Sick Of My Home (April 2011)

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The Black Angels – “I’d Rather Be Lonely ” – mp3

First sighting: HCK! Best Songs Of 2012 (Jan 2013)

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Dan Mangan – “Fair Verona” – mp3

First sighting: Best Of 2010 (Feb 2011)

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Blake Skidmore – “August Breeze” – mp3

First sighting: Between Bodies And Hands ( April 2012)

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Bridge And Tunnel – “Wartime Souvenirs” – mp3

First sighting:  A Generation Without A Voice ( May 2011)

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The War On Drugs – “Baby Missiles” – mp3

First sighting: Between Bodies And Hands (April 2012)

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Wentworth Kersey – “Oxbow” – mp3

First sighting: Februaryish Mix (Feb 2011)

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Damien Jurado – “Ohio” – mp3

First sighting: As If We Needed Another Reason To… (March 2011)

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Destroyer – “Kaputt” – mp3

First sighting: With Complete Condescension And Conviction (August 2011)

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Parquet Courts – “Stoned And Starving” – mp3

First sighting: The Sun May Rise…. ( Feb. 2013)

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Radical Face – “Always Gold” – mp3

First Sighting: Clean My Heart From All The Rust… (Oct. 2011)

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The Appleseed Cast – “Innocent Vigilant Ordinary” –mp3

First Sighting: No One Lives It Up (Or Down) (May 2011)

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Big K.R.I.T. – “Hometown Hero” Ft. Yelawolf (Remix) – mp3

First Sighting: Rap It’s Not Just For Kids Anymore (Sept. 2011)

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999 – “Rael Rean” – mp3

First Sighting:  Surviving The Suck Vol. 1 (October 2012)

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Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleep – “Tanktop” – mp3

First Sighting: HCK! Best Songs Of 2011 (Dec. 2011)

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David Bazan – “Fewer Broken Pieces” –mp3

First Sighting: No One Lives It Up (Or Down) (May 2011)

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Ryan Adams – “New York, New York” (Live) – mp3

First Sighting: Clean My Heart From All The Rust That Stayed (Nov. 2011)

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James Vincent McMorrow – “Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft And Low” – mp3

First Sighting: Nothing Breaks Your Stride Like What’s Become (Dec. 2011)

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Lord Huron – “She Lit A Fire” (Rollo & Grady Sessions) – mp3

First Sighting: Best Of 2010 ( Feb. 2012)

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Neil Halstead – “High Hopes” – mp3

First Sighting: I Never Get Homesick Just Sick Of My Home (Apr. 19 2011)

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The Eastern Sea – “The Match” – mp3

First Sighting: Maybe Reality Is Not As Objective As It Seems (Sept. 2012)

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The Tillers – “The Ludlow Street Rag” – mp3

First Sighting: Trapped In Time. Surrounded By Evil. Low On Gas. (May 2011)

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Ezra Furman And The Harpoons – “I Wanna Be Ignored” – mp3

First Sighting: Surviving The Suck Vol. 1 (Oct. 2012)

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Advance Base – “Summer Music” – mp3

First Sighting: HCK! Best Songs Of 2012 (Jan. 2013)

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Big Red Marbles – “Make That Call” – mp3

First Sighting: Best Of 2010 (Feb. 2011)

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Houses – “Soak It Up” – mp3

First Sighting: Best Of 2010 (Feb. 2011)

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Strand Of Oaks – “End In Flames” – mp3

First Sighting: No One Lives It Up (Or Down) (May 2011)

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Hey Hey Melodica – “Birds In Cages” – mp3

First Sighting: That’s All I Meant By “Relationship.” Want Me To Grab A Dictionary? (June 2011)

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Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless” – mp3

First Sighting: Some Other Beginning’s End (Dec. 2011)

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Born Ruffians – “Hummingbird” – mp3

First Sighting: Definitive(ish) Summer Mixtape (July 2011)

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Crusaders Of Love – “Good Time All The Time” – mp3

First Sighting: We See The Same Thing So Differently (July 2012)

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Futurebirds – “Wild Heart” (Stevie Nicks Cover) – mp3

First Sighting: But Tonight We’re Gonna Get Out Of Our Head (Oct. 2011)

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High Highs – “Live In Dreams” (Wild Nothing Cover) – mp3

First Sighting: Winterishly Trapped (Feb. 2011)

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Girls – “Heartbreaker” – mp3

First Sighting: The Definitive(ish) Hooded Mixtape ( August 2011)

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Allison Weiss – “I Was An Island” – mp3

First Sighting: I Never Get Homesick Just Sick Of My Home (April 2011)

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Jesse Lacey – “Upward Over the Mountain” (Iron And Wine Cover) – mp3

First Sighting: Trapped In Time Surrounded By Evil Low On Gas (June 2011)

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Fair Fjola – “Summer Song” – mp3

First Sighting: The Frost Set In And Made Me Feel At Home (November 2011)

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The Record Company – “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely” – mp3

First Sighting: March – This Playlist Is Better Than Most Relationships I’ve Been In (March 20111

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AA Bondy – “I Can See The Pines Are Dancing” – mp3

First Sighting: The Definitive(ish) Hooded Sweatshirt Mixtape: 2012 (Oct. 2012)

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Japanther – “Porcupine” – mp3

First Sighting: Appeasing What We’ve Always Lacked (Jan. 2012)

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Converge – “Predatory Glow” – mp3

First Sighting: Appeasing What We’ve Always Lacked (Jan. 2012)

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Broncho – “Try Me Out Sometime” – mp3

First Sighting: Gold Under Pebbles (May 2012)

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The Black Keys – “Next Girl” – mp3

First Sighting: I Saw The Best Minds Of My Generation Choking On Birthday Cake (Feb. 2012)

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Daughter – “Youth” – mp3

First Sighting: HCK! Best Songs Of 2011 (Dec. 2011)

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Bon Iver – “Beth/Rest” (Solo Piano Version) – mp3

First Sighting: Everything Got Left Here Waiting For What Comes Next (Oct. 2011)

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Alabama Shakes – “I Ain’t The Same” – mp3

First Sighting: Our Bodies Make The Right Conversations (Dec. 2011)

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Cookies – “Wilderness Tips” – mp3

First Sighting: But Tonight We’re Gonna Get Out Of Our Heads (Oct. 2011)

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Alex Drumm – “Sparks In The Grass” – mp3

First Sighting: So This Is Nostalgia (April 2011)

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Jookabox – “Phantom Don’t Go” – mp3

First Sighting: Pretentiously Unpretentious (July 2011)

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Allo Darlin’ – “The Polaroid Song” – mp3

First Sighting: Finally A Decent Day In Indy (March 2011)

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Phantogram -” When I’m Small” – mp3

First Sighting: But Tonight We’re Gonna Get Out Of Our Heads (Oct. 2011)

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Ben Weaver – “East Jefferson” – mp3

First Sighting: Winterishly Trapped (Feb. 2011)

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Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” – mp3

First Sighting: Trapped In Time. Surrounded By Evil. Low On Gas. (May 2011)

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Arron Dean – “To Mary, Love John Watson” – mp3

First Sighting: Building Our Archetecture ( July 2011)

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Chromatics – “Kill For Love” – mp3

First Sighting: HCK! Best Albums Of 2012 (Dec. 2012)

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Baby Monster – “The Fear Of Charlie Sunrise” – mp3

First Sighting: Iron Eagle Vs. Footloose. Music Makes The montage (Aug. 2011)

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The Bad Lovers – “You And I” – mp3

First Sighting: We See The Same Thing So Differently (July 2012)

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1,2,3 – “Riding Coach” – mp3

First Sighting: The Definitive(ish) Hooded Sweatshirt Mix (Aug. 2o11)

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French Films – “This Dead Town” – mp3

First Sighting: Clean My Heart From All The Rust That Stayed (Oct. 2011)

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Bryan John Appleby – “Duncan” (Paul Simon Cover) – mp3

First Sighting: Realizing The World Is Asleep (April 2012)

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The Farewell Circuit – “I Am A Ghost” – mp3

First Sighting: Auld Lang Syne (December 2o11)

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Future Islands – “Give Us The Wind” – mp3

First Sighting: Clean My Heart From All The Rust That Stayed (Oct. 2011)

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Grandpa Was A Lion – “Dancer” – mp3

First Sighting: But Tonight We’re Gonna Get Out Of Our Heads (Oct. 2011)

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Capybara – “Neighbor Crimes” – mp3

First Sighting: Strangers From The Light (March 2012)

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Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum” – mp3

First Sighting: HCK! Best Songs Of 2012 (Jan. 2013)

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Harlem – “Be Your Baby” – mp3

First Sighting: Is This Love That I’m Feeling (Feb. 2013)

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V A L I S – “Cold Hands” – mp3

First Sighting: The First Time We Were Clay (March 2012)

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Health – “Goth Star” (Pictureplane Cover) – mp3

First Sighting:The First Time We Were Clay (March 2012)

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Hooray For Earth – “Surrounded By Your Friends” – mp3

First Sighting: Finally A Decent Day In Indy (March 2011)

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Jarrod Gorbel – “Ten Years Older” – mp3

First Sighting: Februaryish Mixtape (Feb. 2011)

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We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Ships With Holes Will Sink” – mp3

First Sighting: The Antidote (Nov. 2011)

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Laura Stevenson and The Cans – “Master of Art” – mp3

First Sighting: Definitive(ish) Summer Mixtape: Volume 2  (May 2012)

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Bishop Allen – “Quarter To Three” – mp3

First Sighting: Between Bodies And Handsd (April 2011)

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Yellow Ostrich – “Mary” (Alternate) – mp3

First Sighting: The Definitive(ish) Hooded Sweatshirt Mix (Aug. 2o11)

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The Love Language – “Heart To Tell” – mp3

First Sighting: This Playlist Is Better Than Most Relationships I’ve Been In (March 2011)

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Monument Valley – “Dear John Letters” – mp3

First Sighting: We Came Back Broke We Came Back Bent (Jan. 2012)

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My Little Airport – “Gigi Leung Is Dead” – mp3

First Sighting: Is This Love That I’m Feeling: Valentine’s Day Mixtape (Feb. 2013)

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Noah And The Whale – “Blue Skies” – mp3

First Sighting: Trapped In Time. Surrounded By Evil. Low On Gas. (June 2011)

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Tyler Lyle – “When I Say That I Love You” (Live At Eddie’s Attic) – mp3

First Sighting: We Came Back Broke We And We Came Back Bent (Jan. 2012)

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Oregon Bike Trails – “Cayucas” – mp3

First Sighting: Everything Got Left He Waiting For What Comes Next (Oct. 2011)

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The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s On Fire” – mp3

First Sighting: Definitive(ish) Summer Mixtape (July 2011)

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The Raveonettes – “Observations” – mp3

First Sighting: We See The Same Thing So Differently (July 2012)

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Red Violet – “Oceans” – mp3

First Sighting: Cold Limitations And Fictions (Jan. 2012)

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Said The Whale – “The Light Is You” – mp3

First Sighting: Definitive(ish) Summer Mixtape (July 2011)

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Teenagers – “Sweet P” – mp3

First Sighting: But Tonight We’re Gonna Get Out Of Our Heads (Oct. 2011)

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TV Ghost – “Doppleganger” – mp3

First Sighting: The Frost Set In And Made Me Feel At Home (Nov. 2011)

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The Pines – “Goin Home” – mp3

First Sighting:  The Definitive(ish) Hooded Mixtape: 2012 (Oct. 2012)

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Why – “Fatalist Palmistry” – mp3

First Sighting: A Happy Birthday Of Sorts (Jan. 2012)

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Princeton – “Clamoring For Your Heart” – mp3

First Sighting: My Own Soundtrack: Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Oct. 2011)

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Young Wonder – “Orange” – mp3

First Sighting: HCK! Best Albums Of 2012 (Dec 2012)

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Cults – “Make Time” – mp3

First Sighting: Pretentiously Unpretentious (July 2011)

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Ducktails – “Killin The Vibe” (ft. Panda Bear) – mp3

First Sighting: Februaryish Mix (Feb. 2011)

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