44 / January 2014 / Andy Grogan

  1. Spider's WebMission of Burma
  2. WiresTelekinesis
  3. Jacquard CausewayBoards of Canada
  4. I Don't Give A FuckRashad
  5. March to the SeaBaroness
  6. Their Helicopters SingGodspeed You! Black Emperor
  7. Big WheelCass McCombs
  8. MurderessBody/Head
  9. Live RoomTim Hecker
  10. Shame ChamberKurt Vile
  11. Dream HouseDeafheaven
  12. Finish LineLou Reed
  13. MisteThe Haxan Cloak

This isn't going to be easy. This mix is full of sounds that aren't typical Burnmix material. Not that y'all can't handle it. Some of these were challenging for me, and I tend toward louder stuff.

Many of these tunes are from albums that received A LOT of critical praise. Some of the songs are ones that I didn't like at first, and some I'm still not comfortable with. I'm interested in your take.

The Deafheaven track will be the toughest, I think, although The Haxan Cloak album scares me a little.  Both of those albums are on everyone's "Best of 2013" lists, but they definitely challenge the listener. I hope you'll give them multiple listenings: it's worth the time put in.

I included Lou Reed because he has been a favorite of mine for decades now: one of those artists who opened my eyes. Strangely, it wasn't his Velvet stuff, but rather, his New York album from the late 80s. Check it out. This song, however, is from a later album.

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  1. Mission of Burma / Spider's Web

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    Mission of Burma is an American post-punk band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. The band was formed by Roger Miller (guitar), Clint Conley (bass), Peter Prescott (drums) and Martin Swope (tape manipulator/sound engineer). Miller, Conley and Prescott share singing and songwriting duties. Like many of their post-punk contemporaries, Mission of Burma's efforts are largely concerned with extending punk's original vocabulary without losing its essential rebellious spirit. Read more on more...

  2. Telekinesis / Wires

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    1) Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker based out of Seattle, Washington, United States who is currently signed to Merge Records. Lerner signed to Merge Records in early 2009, and shortly afterward released the eponymously named debut album Telekinesis! on April 7, 2009. Recorded in September of 2008, the album was produced, mixed, and engineered with the help of Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie), recording one song per day on analog tape. Read more on more...

  3. Boards of Canada / Jacquard Causeway

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    Boards of Canada are an electronic music duo from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, formed in 1985 and comprised of brothers Mike Sandison (born 1 June 1970) and Marcus Eoin (born 21 July 1971). They have released a number of works, most notably the studio albums Music Has the Right to Children (1998), Geogaddi (2002), and The Campfire Headphase (2005) on the pioneering electronic music label Warp. Their fourth album Tomorrow's Harvest was released in June 2013. Read more on more...

  4. Rashad / I Don't Give A Fuck

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    The name Rashad (often styled as R∆§H∆Ð) may now jump out to you at first mention, but you’re probably already a fan of dude without realizing it. You may remember Ohio born singer/songwriter/producer for his work with his group The 3rd, his production work (as well as a few hooks) on Stalley‘s critically acclaimed release, Lincoln Way Nights, or some of his solo music. In 2012, R∆§H∆Ð released his debut LP, Museum. The 18 track Read more on more...

  5. Baroness / March to the Sea

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    Baroness is a metal band that plays an eclectic brand of sludge, embracing the ferocity and sharp technique of new-millennium metal but with melodic accents and intelligent guitar work that suggests the influence of sludge and post-metal bands. Baroness formed in the Summer 2003 in Savannah, GA, United States with all members, past and present, hailing from Lexington, VA in the foothills of the mighty Blue Ridge Mountains. Maybe that’s where the band draws inspiration for their music Read more on more...

  6. Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Their Helicopters Sing

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! and abbreviated to GY!BE, GYBE or Godspeed) is a Canadian post-rock band based in Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Canada, the band has been highly influential within the post-rock genre. Working with orchestrated arrangements, the nine-piece group created tracks with wide dynamic ranges, a highly evocative use of instrumentation and sounds and uncompromising long form compositions. Read more on more...

  7. Cass McCombs / Big Wheel

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    Cass McCombs (born in Concord, California in 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and performer. An enigmatic folk nomad, McCombs is a quintessentially American artist; "he's quietly become one of (the country's) finest chroniclers of fringe characters, a writer of heart-rending love songs and psychedelic odes to the natural world, a teller of tall-tales with a sense of humor dry as desert wood, and that rare folksinger who actually sings about the folk. Read more on more...

  8. Body/Head / Murderess

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    Body/Head are an electric guitar duo composed of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) They began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Their album Coming Apart was released via Matador Records on September 10, 2013. Read more on more...

  9. Tim Hecker / Live Room

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    Tim Hecker is an electronic musician and sound artist based in Los Angeles, United States and Montreal, Canada. Hecker initially recorded under the moniker Jetone, but has become known internationally for recordings released under his own name, such as Harmony in Ultraviolet (2006) and Ravedeath, 1972 (2011). He has released eight albums and a number of EPs in addition to collaborations with artists such as Ben Frost, Daniel Lopatin, and Aidan Baker. His latest album Love Streams was released on his new label 4AD on 8 April 2016. Read more on more...

  10. Kurt Vile / Shame Chamber

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    Kurt Vile (born 1980 in Philadelphia) is an American guitarist and singer. Previously the lead guitarist in the band The War on Drugs, he began his solo career in 2008. Vile began his musical career in 2003 creating lo-fi home recordings with frequent collaborator Adam Granduciel. The duo subsequently formed the indie rock band The War on Drugs in 2005. Vile departed following the release of their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile's music has been likened to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and Tom Petty. Read more on more...

  11. Deafheaven / Dream House

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    Deafheaven is an American post-black metal band that formed in San Francisco, California on February, 2010. The group began as a two-piece project with George Clarke and Kerry McCoy, who recorded and self-released a demo together. After a warm reception, Deafheaven recruited three new members and began to tour. Before the close of 2010, the band had signed to the Deathwish, Inc. label and later released their debut album Roads to Judah in April, 2011. Read more on more...

  12. Lou Reed / Finish Line

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    Lou Reed (March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013) was an American rock artist originally from Brooklyn, New York, USA. Especially while a member of the The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, Reed broke new ground for the rock genre in several important dimensions, introducing more mature and intellectual themes to what was then considered a largely simplistic genre of music. In 1964 Reed moved to New York City and began working as an in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records. Read more on more...

  13. The Haxan Cloak / Miste

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    The Haxan Cloak is the project of Los Angeles-based British musician Bobby Krlic. Krlic was born and raised in Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. He studied Music and Visual Arts at the University of Brighton. He has played live with Matthew Bower, Prurient, Cold Cave, Neil Campbell and others. He has collaborated with Mikhail Karikis, resulting in a remix appearing on Karikis’s 2009 release, Morphica. His self-titled debut album was released by Aurora Borealis in 2011 Read more on more...

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