1. The Tallest Man on Earth

If music has any power left in it (of course it does, surely it does), it won’t be found in detailed discussions of the music industry’s descent into obscurity. We talk about music like we can trade it for chips in Vegas, and not like it lives and breathes and pulses and babies know about it the moment they’re born. 

And while you will have to pry my iPod from my cold, dead hands, curved perpetually to its scroll-wheeled demands, music is still best experienced live, which is where The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Mattson, takes his music and drives it directly, unerringly, into your soul.

Mattson is the kind of artist so in love with his audience that he’ll play a free set to people who bought his album literally minutes before he’s meant to take the stage for a paid show. It’s one thing to render judgment of music as it comes through a set of headphones, quite another when you’re faced with Mattson’s profusely sweating brow as he almost melts in Rough Trade’s stale, unmoving air.

Recorded live at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, London, 2012.

A 2011 Midsummer Mix

Is today midsummer? No. If you go by the complete hooey that summer begins on June 21st, then today is nowhere near the midway point.

But really, why does summer “begin” at the end of June? Does that make sense to anyone? (Don’t come here with your longest day of the year stuff, either. Yeah, I’m looking at you, solstice people.)

But wait! According to Wikipedia, midsummer doesn’t even refer to the middle of summer, as one might logically assume, but the period of time around the solstice itself. 

English is so messed up.

It’s been barely a summer here in Vancouver, so in an attempt to turn the tide I’ve assembled a mix that makes a perfect accompaniment to my two favourite summer activities - being on a patio, and dancing in really small movements. When it’s hot outside (and god, let it be hot outside), you want to be on a patio and, if you’re dancing, barely moving.

A 2011 Midsummer Mix

1. Quiet Company - How Do You Do It

2. Florence + The Machine - Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly Cover)

3. Mr. Little Jeans - The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)

4. Bibio - Jealous of Roses

5. The Morning Benders - He’s a Rebel (The Crystals Cover)

6. Pearl and the Beard - Sweetness

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