So Begins the Braiding

112 / September 2019 / Lindsay Schnarr

  1. The MotherBrandi Carlile
  2. The BarrelAldous Harding
  3. Giving UpWhitney
  4. AnswerPhantogram
  5. Cloudy ShoesDamien Jurado
  6. I Am the ChangerCotton Jones
  7. HeavenlyCigarettes After Sex
  8. StressWeaves
  9. Never Seen Such Good ThingsDevendra Banhart
  10. Harlem RiverKevin Morby
  11. I (Fuck) MountainsPink Mountaintops
  12. All Dolled-Up In StrapsThe National
  13. LovelyBillie Eilish feat. Khalid
  14. The RipPortishead
  15. Love YouThe Free Design

So this mix, in addition to being a week late now, is inherently reflective of the amorphous state of consciousness that comes with entering motherhood. The drifting into and out of awakeness is something (thankfully) unique to this experience.  All summer, I've struggled to feel like I've been able to "accomplish" something, but even the most simple things have been elusive! As much as I've tried to fight it, that productive state of mind and life is a thing of the past, at least for the foreseeable future. This time is about being in the now and responding to that unexpected moment of need, whatever it may be... and finding such sweetness in that endless allowing. Surrendering to the slowness... that's where I am. I know I tend toward the chill side of music anyway, so there was a part of me that was wanting to do a big, jazzy mix this time around. But this is not that mix. I am not jazzy... I am drifty... I am quiet... I am love in all its spatiousness.

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  1. Brandi Carlile / The Mother

    I think at least 4 people asked me if I'd heard this when I was pregnant. I had, and yet, I hadn't. I hear the verses differently now. This is one of the best descriptions of the feeling of both wanting to go back to your own sense of self and surrendering to the love that keeps you from it. "Outside of my windows are the mountains and the snow I hold you while you’re sleeping and I wish that I could go All my rowdy friends around accomplishing their dreams But I am the mother of Evangeline." What a verse!

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    Brandi Carlile (b. June 1, 1981, in Ravensdale, Washington) is an American singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for her 2007 single "The Story". Carlile's music has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, and folk. She released her first album, 'Brandi Carlile', on July 12, 2005. In the beginning, Columbia Records signed Carlile in late 2004 on the strength of songs she'd been recording periodically at home. Read more on more...

  2. Aldous Harding / The Barrel

    This has been one of my favorite songs all summer. I spent a good amount of time trying to understand the lyrics. Any discussion is welcome! I do love the line (in keeping with the theme), "When you have a child, so begins the braiding... and in that braid you stay." So true, how 3 become 1 forever more. Also, she's funky and strange in a really interesting way.

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    Aldous Harding (Hanna Claynails Harding) is a singer/songwriter from Lyttelton, New Zealand. Read more on more...

  3. Whitney / Giving Up

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    Project of Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, formerly of Smith Westerns, and Ziyad Asrar and Malcolm Brown, formerly of Touching Voids, as well as Will Miller and Josiah Marshall. Read more on more...

  4. Phantogram / Answer

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    Phantogram is a trip-hop/psych-pop duo which formed in 2007 in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. The band consists of Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Joshua Carter (guitar, vocals). Their music can be described as a culmination of unique street beat rhythms, psychedelic melodies and organic textures. The band practices and writes music in an out-of-town farm called Harmony Lodge. The group name was inspired by the optical illusion called phantogram. Read more on more...

  5. Damien Jurado / Cloudy Shoes

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    Damien Jurado (born 12 November 1972) is an American singer-songwriter in the indie-rock tradition of Seattle, Washington. His music is regarded as being heavily influenced by folk music. Over the years he has released albums on many labels; today his primary label is Secretly Canadian. He was once in the band, Coolidge, with Seattle's David Bazan. Jurado's solo career began during the mid-1990s, releasing lo-fi folk based recordings on his own cassette-only label, Casa Recordings, beginning in 1995. Read more on more...

  6. Cotton Jones / I Am the Changer

    This was introduced to me by Sarah Bagge - yes, shout out to the partners of the burnmix! Love the lines, "You know I'm the changer The rearranger I'm always a stranger"

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    Cotton Jones (formerly The Cotton Jones Basket Ride), is an indie folk band, with elements of psychedelic folk, dream pop, baroque pop, and Americana, based in Cumberland, Maryland and currently signed to Suicide Squeeze Records. Michael Nau (born October 31, 1984) is the lead singer-songwriter and plays guitar, Whitney McGraw (born July 20, 1986) is on keyboards, organ, and electronic autoharp, Todd Gowans is on lead electric guitar, and Greg Bender is on bass. Read more on more...

  7. Cigarettes After Sex / Heavenly

    Love these guys.

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    Cigarettes After Sex is an American ambient pop musical group led by Greg Gonzalez, founded in El Paso, Texas in 2008. Gonzalez recorded the first EP, I., in a four-story stairway at his alma mater, University of Texas at El Paso. Gonzalez relocated to Brooklyn, NY where the band's single, "Affection", was recorded and released in 2015 along with a cover of REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You". Through music recommendations, Cigarettes After Sex has gained millions of views on YouTube leading to live performances across Europe & the US. Read more on more...

  8. Weaves / Stress

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    Weaves is a Canadian indie pop band from Toronto, Ontario, consisting of vocalist Jasmyn Burke, guitarist Morgan Waters, drummer Spencer Cole and bassist Zach Bines. Their style could be described as a blend of catchy indie pop with raw garage rock sounds, coined as "bubblegrunge" by The Guardian. The band was formed in 2012 by Burke and Waters, who first met each other in a bar and began recording demo songs based on files of song ideas Burke recorded on her iPhone. Read more on more...

  9. Devendra Banhart / Never Seen Such Good Things

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    Devendra Obi Banhart (born May 30, 1981) is a Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he moved to California as a teenager. His first few records were released on the Young God Records label from New York City. His most recent CD was released by Nonesuch. He is one of the most popular artists to come out of the "New Weird America" movement, which includes performers such as Faun Fables Read more on more...

  10. Kevin Morby / Harlem River

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    Harlem River marks the solo debut of songwriter Kevin Morby. Known for his work as the singer/guitarist for the Brooklyn band The Babies and bassist for Woods, the Kansas City native and new Los Angeles resident, calls the record “an homage to New York City,” his adopted home for the past five years. Read more on more...

  11. Pink Mountaintops / I (Fuck) Mountains

    What does it mean?!? ;)

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    Pink Mountaintops is Black Mountain frontman Stephen McBean’s side project. The music resembles the style of Black Mountain but has a more psychedelic and experimental side with mellow tunes and complicated lyrics. Pink Mountaintops removed the “The” from its name on its second album, Axis of Evol. Band members are: * Stephen McBean * Amber Webber * CC Rose * Lyndsay Sung * Jonah Fortune * Steve Balogh * Cory Gangnes * Brad MacKinnon * Joshua Wells Read more on more...

  12. The National / All Dolled-Up In Straps

    Oldie but goodie.

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    The National is a Brooklyn-based alternative rock band formed in 1999, by friends from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The band's lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive, deep baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Their self-titled debut album"The National" (Brassland 2001) was recorded and released before they had played even a single show. Read more on more...

  13. Billie Eilish feat. Khalid / Lovely

    Love her album. Love his vibe. They good.

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    Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. California singer and dancer debuted her ethereal indie electro-pop sound when she was barely a teenager. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eilish grew up in a household of actors and musicians, and was homeschooled along with her brother Finneas O'Connell (the Slightlys). At the age of eight Read more on more...

  14. Portishead / The Rip

    Managed to not know this track until recently. I was introduced to Portishead back in 1997 by a street artist who gave me his walkman and a tape of theirs just because we had a brief conversation. I don't know why I stopped to talk with him, but I will never forget that it left me with a new favorite artist and an old school device, and a memory of his random generosity.

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    Portishead are a band from Bristol, United Kingdom, named after a small coastal town twelve miles west of said musical hotbed, in North Somerset. They were initially known for their use of jazz samples and some hip-hop beats along with various synth sounds and the hauntingly beautiful vocals of singer Beth Gibbons. Their current sound drops the samples in favour of a harder, more abrasive edge, but retains Gibbons' vocals. The band was formed in 1991 (then later split in 2005 reforming in 2008) Read more on more...

  15. The Free Design / Love You

    No idea where I came across this but I love it and it's relevant. Nate says, it just leaves you feeling good. Like all the ice cream I've been eating this summer. :)

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    The Free Design were a Delevan, New York-based vocal group playing jazzy pop music. The members were all siblings of the Dedrick family: Chris Dedrick (who wrote most of the songs), sister Sandy Dedrick and brother Bruce Dedrick were the original lineup. Younger sister Ellen Dedrick joined the group later, as did cousin Jeff Dedrick for a brief time, and youngest sister Stefanie joined near the end of their initial career. Their father, Art Dedrick, was a trombonist and music arranger. Read more on more...

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