The whole reasoning behind beginning a Guest Mix series was highlighting the songs, artists and genres that my inclinations towards garage rock and all things angsty don't highlight. This one is particularly special because it comes from a record label and a person that has challenged and opened my mind to the sorts of music I would never have considered before. It's also just a really, really amazing label. Today, we are extremely proud to present a Guest Mix from Future Oak Record Co.
"Honea" - Lovers The longer the neck, the closer to God. Left a mix CD with this track in my Mom’s Dodge Stratus; became her go-to ‘favorite song’ when expressing a mocking interest in my music.
"Carry Me, Ohio" - Sun Kill Moon Fredrick Arnold, 2006, crumpled in unrequited love. Face pressed against the passenger seat headrest in the back of a minivan. Frozen waterfalls.
"Tie-Dye" - Ducktails Running speaker wire. Crimson floors, expensive flour. Further back, denim jackets. One urban acre.
"The Ringing in my Ears" - Her Space Holiday Los Angeles; first time far from home. Air pollution, racial slurs. Digging this CD out of a used bin at Amoeba.
"Tamborine-N-Thyme" - Nana Grizol Athens, Georgia. Nana Grizol playing in the parking lot of the Little Kings Shuffle Club on the hottest day of the year.
"I Can Tell You’re Leaving" - The Trembling Bells & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Lamenting the loss of everything, knowing the smallest gestures are the most devastating.
"In Amber" - Love as Laughter First music industry job // Sub Pop Street Team circa 2004-2006. Facing an impending end, careening madly over gravel roads.
"Rabid Bits of Time" - Chad VanGaalen Coastal Peru looking like a smoldering bed of coals during my descent. 10 PM local time.
"Seaweed" - Fruit Bats Used to play this game with a girl who’s artwork is tattooed on my body. Pull over in the wilderness and run with reckless abandon towards everything and nothing.
"Cat Faces" - Ugly Cassanova My commute through Big Flats during High School. End of an enduring winter; endless fields of mounting fog. No sunflowers this year.
"Spelunking "-Laura Veirs Somewhere outside of Wellsboro, PA. Four of us in a car and the ghost of the fifth calls complete silence with her quiet whispering of these words.
"The Days I Recall Being Wonderful" -Last Days of April Endless weekends, crowded rooms, complete emotional isolation. Red Devil energy drink, pizza delivery, sleep where you fall.