It's summer, it's hot, and you're officially allowed to switch off your brain's attention span for the next three months. That means there's no better time for some cool new mixtapes, and there are a couple new ones out there for your listenin' ears.
First, check out the new Rigsketball 2013 Comp, which contains tracks from all 32 bands participating in this year's Rigsketball tournament. (Rigsketball is the one-of-a-kind local basketball competition in which local bands compete on a specially made basketball hoop bolted onto the van of And And And drummer Bim Ditson.) The compilation is over at Bandcamp where you can pay-what-you-will for a download, and Citrus Tapes has also manufactured 100 physical (and collectible) copies. In the meantime, check out an interview with Ditson over on Impose, and listen to a brand new Grandparents track below. The first round of Rigsketball will take place next weekend at PDX Pop Now!, with the finals taking place before an awesome-sounding free show at Holocene on Wednesday, July 24.
Secondly, local wooden sunglasses purveyor Shwood has a new mixtape for these warm days, a 10-track compilation that collects tracks from the likes of Radiation City, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the Thermals, Pure Bathing Culture, and more. It's all hits and no filler. You can download that for free over on Experiment with Nature; I'll post a streaming version after the jump, too.
Lastly, Tender Loving Empire has announced the sixth volume of their annual Friends & Friends of Friends compilation series. That one's not out yet, but it's due on September 3, just in time for the tail end of summer. Take a look at the cover and the impressive tracklisting below.
Friends & Friends of Friends, Vol. 6
1. Radiation City - Foreign Bodies
2. The Family Crest - The Headwinds (San Francisco, CA)
3. Y La Bamba - River In Drought
4. Radiation City x G_Force - So Long Remix [feat. Sam Trump]
5. Wampire - Spirit Forest (Polyvinyl)
6. Social Studies - Terracur (San Francisco, CA) Antenna Farm
7. Holiday Friends - Astral Observations (Astoria, OR)
8. MidLo - Moonlight (Noise Nest)
9. Mystery Pills - Anti-Pattern (Rapid City, SD)
10. La Perla Irregular - Nosotros Los Monos (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
11. Gangplans - Like We Never Had (Los Angeles, CA)
12. Philip grass - Enchanté (Dropping Gems)
13. The We Shared Milk - Lame Sunset
14. Minden - You're On The Edge
15. The Couldn't Dos - Why You Cryin' Pretty Girl?
16. Adam Brock - 24
17. Nick Jaina - Searching The Ocean Floor (Fluff & Gravy)
18. Wild Ones - From Nothing (Party Damage)
19. Charts - Get on the Bus
20. Albatross - It's Time to Say Goodbye
21. Tango Alpha Tango - In My Time of Dying
1. BRAINSTORM - She Moves
2. STRFKR - Say to You
3. Finn Riggins - Benchwarmers [Edmond Dantes Remix] (Boise, ID)
4. Delicate Steve - Two Lovers (Fredon, NJ) (Luaka Bop)
5. AAN - Spiritual Provisions (Prospect Park)
6. Death Songs - Giving (Post Consumer Records)
7. Saintseneca - Blood Drawing (Columbus, OH) (Mama Bird Recording Company)
8. Shy Girls - Gonna Get My Name Back
9. Pwrhaus - Walk In The Light
10. The Weather Machine - So, What Exactly Does It Say?
11. Genders - Oakland
12. Galaxies - End of the World
13. Magic Sword - The Way Home (Boise, ID)
14. Ash Reiter - I've Got Something I Can Laugh About (San Francisco, CA) (20 Sided Records)
15. Vikesh Kapoor - Bottom Of The Ladder (Mama Bird Recording Company)
16. Starving Daughters - We Were Eggs (Los Angeles, CA)
17. There Is No Mountain - Wave of Taboo
18. Patti King - Decades
19. Stelth - Springtime (Denver, CO)
20. Wooden Indian Burial Ground - White Bats (Mon Amie)
21. Typhoon - Down Cowboy