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  1. Turntable Kitchen’s Coffee & Toast Mixtape


    There are few things I enjoy more in life than a cup off hot coffee and some toasted fresh bread (with a little honey spread on it). In fact, if I were Radiohead, I’d write a banging song about coffee and toast and title it something like “Black Stoutz Burnt.” It’d have swirling arpeggios, harmonies sung by a choir of English schoolchildren, and gnarly Phil Selway percussion. And if I were Fiona Apple, I’d write a whole album about the combo and title it something like, “Yeasted Bread Is Toasted And Browned While The Bitter Brown Beans Are Ground To Fine Dust And Slowly Extracted With Searing Hot Water And Consumed Slowly From A Ceramic Mug Which Although Chipped Along The Rim Is Nonetheless Sturdy And Clean.” Of course, everyone would just call it “Yeasted Bread” album. Unfortunately, I’m a mere music blogger and I can’t write a song. Not very well anyways. Instead, the best I can offer is this humble mixtape which was inspired by my love for coffee and toast.

    So, with that in mind, I’m dedicating our February mix to that simple, but magical, combination. The mix features new tracks by Purity Ring, Kurt Vile, Pure X, Theophilus London, Germany Germany, Seatraffic, and a host of artists that we love and previously featured on TK. As usual, there is also an eclectic selection of new artists that are brand new to these pages including Jenn Grant, Guy Fox, Big Leaf Indian, Spirit Tramp (which I discovered over on I Guess I’m Floating), Night Panther (which I also originally discovered thanks to IGIF), Bora York, Luisine, Klings, and more. Hopefully, you’ll find some music you can love at least half as much as I love my coffee and toast.

    Turntable Kitchen’s Coffee & Toast Mixtape (.zip file)

    01. Purity Ring – Grammy (Soulja Boy Cover)
    02. Blue Hawaii – Try To Be (No Big Deal Remix)
    03. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Day
    04. Pure X – Things In My Head
    05. Jenn Grant – I’ve Got Your Fire
    06. Guy Fox – San Francisco
    07. Big Leaf Linden – Throw A Punch
    08. Seatraffic – Superficial Heart
    09. Spirit Tramp – Uphill
    10. LVST JAPAN – Girl – VIP
    11. Bora York – Close Your Eyes
    12. Lusine – Another Tomorrow
    13. Klings – Explain Myself
    14. Paris 96 – Afternoon
    15. Night Panther – Lioness
    16. Haiku Salut – Los Elefantes
    17. Inc. – 5 Days
    18. Pretty Heart – Toy
    19. Big Deal – Teradactol
    20. Germany Germany – Apollo

  2. Turntable Kitchen’s ‘Fall Dinner’ Mix


    Welcome to another meal-themed Turntable Kitchen mixtape (you may remember our Breakfast Mix from a couple of months back). For this one, Kasey asked me to compile “five or six songs” to accompany her Fall Dinner Menu post. Obviously I couldn’t stop with only six tracks, so you’re getting a full fledged mix.

    My goal was to compile a list that could accompany both your time working in the kitchen and the dinner itself. With that in mind, the mix is intended to have a certain ebb and flow that might correspond to the mood of a warm and comforting fall meal. That said, I also recognize that your time in the kitchen might vary depending on what you’re cooking and your time around the table might vary from person to person. That’s OK. The main idea is that it starts relatively energetically, slowly builds, drops a little in tempo, and then finds a nice groove before finishing things out on a very chill note. You can loop it and let it start all over. Enjoy!

    Turntable Kitchen’s ‘Fall Dinner’ Mix (.zip file)

    01. Tennis – Tell Her No (The Zombies Cover)
    02. Turtle Giant – We Were Kids
    03. Lord Huron – Time To Run
    04. NO – Stay With Me
    05. The Sea and Cake – Harps
    06. TRAILS AND WAYS – Miracle (Ghost Beach Cover)
    07. Jim James – Know Til Now
    08. Widowspeak – Ballad of the Golden Hour
    09. The Bones of J.R. Jones – Prayer
    10. The Shivers – Beauty
    11. Monster Rally & RUMTUM – Chicks
    12. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
    13. Drake – Over My Dead Body (Star Slinger Remix)
    14. Ghost Loft – Seconds
    15. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
    16. Elvis Perkins in Dearland – Shampoo
    17. Real Estate – It’s Real
    18. DIIV – Geist

  3. How to Make a Cafe-Style Breakfast at Home: Recipes + Soundtrack


    There are few things I love more on a Saturday or Sunday morning than breakfast. Would I sound ridiculous if I told you it’s probably the number one thing I look forward to all week? Waking up without an alarm clock, lazily crawling out of bed, listening to some records while drinking coffee and cracking open a few eggs in the kitchen.

    The difference between having a cafe-style breakfast at a cafe and at home is that, at home, you can eat unshowered and in your underwear which, in my opinion, may be the greatest thing ever. Not to mention, you can enjoy all the cute, customizable aspects of cafe breakfasts by choosing a spread of items you love and a playlist that’s perfect for conversation or the morning paper/ your favorite magazine. I tend to create a menagerie on my kitchen table: jars of my favorite jams and honeys, Nutella (if I’m feeling nostalgic), and small nibbles like cheese and berries. The beauty of a cafe-style breakfast at home is that you can make it for one, two, four, or ten (though making eggs to order for ten may be a challenge!).

    It’s Monday, and we all need something to make it through the week. Here’s a game plan for next weekend: a selection of recipes, sides, and other entertaining tips for making a cafe-style breakfast at home. Enjoy!

    Sunny Side Up Eggs
    *serves 2-4

    4-8 eggs
    2-4 tablespoons of butter
    coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    1. Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter to a large, non-stick skillet and heat over medium-high. Spread the butter until it covers the pan.
    2. Gently break each egg over the skillet. Only cook as many eggs as can fit in your pan, without crowding (I usually make two at a time). You don’t want the whites to touch.
    3. Adjust the heat, as needed; I find my eggs cook best over medium-low heat. Cook eggs for several minutes, until the whites are completely set. There should be no clear film around the yolks. Don’t worry if the edges of your whites crisp a little — I think crispy edges are delicious. To make eggs over-easy, simply use a spatula to flip eggs to the yolk side, and allow to cook for another 30 seconds – 1 minute, depending on how well you like your yolks done. Add more butter to the skillet, as needed, to cover the bottom of the pan, as you make more eggs. Eggs are best made to order (I stick mine in the oven or microwave to keep them warm as I make more). Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

    Minted Pink Grapefruit Juice
    adapted from With Style & Grace
    *serves 2-4

    2-4 large pink grapefruits
    handful of mint leaves

    1. Peel the grapefruits and divide them into sections. Feed the grapefruit sections and mint through a juicer. Alternatively, if you do not have a juicer, you may combine pre-squeezed grapefruit juice and mint leaves in a pitcher. I haven’t tried this, but imagine a few splashes of sparking water could be refreshing. Serve chilled.

    Side Choices:

    Fresh baguette. Cut into 4-5 inch pieces along the diagonal, then sliced in half.
    Selection of spreads and jams. I love chunky fruit jams, Nutella (store-bought or homemade), citrus curd, honey, and good butter.
    Sausages. Bacon is the traditional breakfast side, but sausages are a great alternative. You can find so many different types in specialty stores and they’re a lot less messy.
    Coffee. This is a must, if you’re trying to recreate a cafe-style atmosphere. French press, brewed in a Chemex, or espresso. Our favorite brews include Sightglass, Four Barrel, Blue Bottle, and Barefoot Coffee Roasters.
    Fruit. Whatever’s in season — berries, watermelon, grapes, figs. I love to slice some up and serve in pretty bowls.
    Cheese. A breakfast cheese spread is a great addition to your table. Try a mix of hard and soft cheeses. I’m loving aged gouda and cheddar, as well as Mt.Tam from Cowgirl Creamery.

    Cafe Accessories

    Serve juice in fun glass bottles.
    Stock up on bright cloth napkins; they’re much more fun (and eco-friendly) than paper.
    One of the things I love about eating at cafes is the great selection of magazines I can usually peruse while eating. Use this as an excuse to get some beautiful reading material. I’m loving Anthology Magazine, Gather Journal, and UPPERCASE, among others.
    Drinking juice feels like a party when you’ve got striped paper straws on hand.
    I can’t think of better cafe-style table settings than the ones you’ll find at Heath Ceramics.

    Musical Pairings: September 2012 Breakfast Mix

      Get the Turntable Kitchen breakfast playlist!

  4. September 2012 Breakfast Mix


    Kasey asked me to put together a mix tailored specifically for soundtracking a cafe-styled breakfast to accompany her latest Stylish In The Kitchen post. As you may already know, I love making mixes and I love me some breakfast, so there was no way I’d take a pass on this one.

    Since this is a breakfast-themed playlist, I approached this with a few rules in mind. First, I wanted the mix to open softly. After all, if you’re just sitting down bleary-eyed and with your first cup of coffee for the morning, you’ll want to begin with some gentle tunes. Second, I wanted to make sure it nonetheless remained intriguing so that it didn’t lull you back to sleep. Finally, I wanted to keep the pacing so that it grew more melodically upbeat as it progressed. Ideally, by the time you reach TRAILS AND WAYS, you’ll be feel pleasantly energized and ready to start your day. So let me know what you think, did I nail it?

    Turntable Kitchen’s September 2012 Breakfast Mix (.zip file)

    01. Rhye – Open
    02. Joao Gilberto – Aguas de Marco
    03. Lucas Santtana – Cira Regina e Nana
    04. Sonny and the Sunsets – She Plays Yo-Yo With My Mind
    05. Seamonster – Vincent’s Chair
    06. Grizzly Bear – gun-shy
    07. Levek – Muhammed Ali and Me
    08. Cass McCombs – Love Thine Enemy
    09. The National – You’ve Done It Again, Virginia
    10. Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices (Shigeto Remix)
    11. Beach House – Lazuli
    12. Francoise Hardy – Quel mal y a-t-il à ça (Patsy Cline Cover)
    13. A.C. Newman – Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
    14. Blu – Amensia (Rewind)
    15. Keep Shelly in Athens – Fokionos Negri Street
    16. Feist – Inside Out (Bee Gees Cover)
    17. TRAILS AND WAYS – Miracle (Ghost Beach Cover)

    Head to the Kitchen to read Kasey’s How To Make a Cafe Style Breakfast at Home.

  5. Turntable Kitchen :: The August 2012 Mix


    Something tells me you might be sniffing around here for some new music. If my hunch is correct, then you’re in luck my friend. Our August 2012 Mix is splitting at the seams with all of the best new jams I could wrangle together. First, there are new tracks by folks you’ll probably recognize like Cat Power, The Sea and Cake, The Record Company, Com Truise, Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo, Jhameel, Lightouts, and Dum Dum Girls. But there are also tunes by some amazingly hot up-and-coming new artists like Turtle Giant (I’m freaking out a little over how freaking awesome their EP is), Mind Enterprises (I already preordered their debut single and you should too), To Kill a King (I promise you’re gonna feel this one), Highasakite (mmm, yeah. mmm, yeah), Night Panther (ready for some funky grooves? of course you are!), Young Hunting (smooth, smooth jams), Mac DeMarco (uh, huh), Alexis Davis (slick hip hop to get your jam on), Born With Stripes (some clean, fun pop), and Barbarian (some melodic, fun rock). With this mix, the world is yours.

    Turntable Kitchen :: The July 2012 Mix (.zip file)

    01. Turtle Giant – We Were Kids
    02. The Sea and Cake – Harps
    03. Mind Enterprises – Summer War
    04. Cat Power – Cherokee
    05. The Record Company – On The Move
    06. To Kill A King – Howling
    07. Moon Duo – Sleepwalker
    08. Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light
    09. Highasakite – Indian Summer
    10. Com Truise – Chemical Legs
    11. Germany Germany – Stockholm (feat. Kotomi)
    12. Jhameel – Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees Cover)
    13. Night Panter – Fever
    14. Young Hunting – Sweet Bird
    15. Mac DeMarco – My Kind Of Woman
    16. Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows
    17. Alexis Davis – Look
    18. Born With Stripes – Sundream
    19. Lightouts – The Big Picture
    20. Barbarian – Days of Youth

  6. Artist Guest Post {Evy Jane} featuring Zoey Ockenden

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    I crushed hard on the Evy Jane debut EP back when I first heard it early this year. And after having lived with it for the better part of the year now, it’s safe to say that it may be my favorite new music discovery this year. So, as you can imagine, I was really excited to see what Evy Jane would recommend when I asked them to share one of their favorite new music discoveries. And Wow. I’m thinking I need to start asking musicians to contribute their favorite new tracks more often. I was impressed by the songwriting and vocals on these tracks. You will be too.    ~Matthew

    I really love my friend Zoey.
    She is my kinda girl:  hyper-intelligent, funny, weird, and of a kind & feral heart.  She can do several magic tricks (They’re not tricks!! It’s real!!) that I’ve never known anyone else in the world to do.  REAL witch.  Not just another Tumblr witch!
    Beyond this, she writes acoustic pop anthems like it’s no big deal.  They’re all such well-written songs.  She just gets it.  You can hear some of them here:  http://soundcloud.com/zoey-ockenden
    She and I are just finishing editing a music video for a song we made together.  It was my first time producing in Ableton, and both of our first times making a video.  IT WAS SO FUN.  I will post it on my twitter (@heavyevelyn) in a few days!

    Right now I’m listening to John Talabot, Hijos Del Sol (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiWuTYaPtdI), Death Grips, DJ Physical Therapy, Miguel, and, as always, Leonard Cohen.  I’m fond of this new band, Savages, as well.  Oh, and I’ll probably get into the new Fiona Apple, too.  I luv her.  Jeremiah seems to be liking Actress.

    Love Eternal,
    Evy Jane

  7. Artist Guest Post {Evenings} featuring Skywave


    Today’s guest post was kindly contributed by our friend Nathan Broaddus (a.k.a. Evenings). We selected Evenings for one of our very first Pairings Boxes simply because he is one of the best manipulators of sonic textures and rhythms in the game today. His jams are so velvety and lush and you can’t help but sink into them like a full body down pillow. As you can imagine, the man knows a thing or two about good music.   ~Matthew

    As of Late I have sort of been stalking a lesser known producer who goes by “Skywave“.  Apparently hailing from Edinburgh, UK, & despite have a somewhat generic sounding alias, I really dig his stuff. It’s rather minimal (which I like) & it has remnants of BOC along side modern “post dubstep” production values (if that’s not too pretentious to say).  It’s really quite impressive & often very smooth–never seeming to overstep any boundary that I’m uncomfortable with.  I’m attracted to the simplicity here, & surprised that no one has exploited him before. I’d say if you were into BOC, Tycho, early James Blake (Cmyk), Bonobo, etc.. you’d enjoy this very much. I’m sure he could use the boost… Very talented in my opinion & quietly carving out a unique niche within the electronic community. Get to know Skywave:

    Skywave – Cool Me Down

    You can hear more from Skywave by visiting his Soundcloud page.

  8. Blogger Guest Post {Robert Khoury} featuring Sonny and the Sunsets

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    Today’s guest post was contributed by my good-friend Robert Khoury, founder of the SF music site See The Leaves and co-founder of the tremendous City Limits Records. Not only was I frequently inspired by Robert’s posts and new music discoveries as a fellow blogger, but Robert is just an amazing person who I’m happy to now call a friend. There aren’t many other people whose taste in music I respect as much as his.  ~Matthew

    New year, new label, new Sonny and the Sunsets. I See The Void will be from the upcoming (June 26th to be exact) record from the San Francisco band titled Longtime Companion. This record has much more of a intimate feel to it; where Sonnyʼs lyrics are his way of coping with some of the struggles with the separation from his wife (hence the title and Sonnyʼs blue image on the album cover). While this record may deviate a bit from what the band have released these last few years, it is Sonny Smith at his most personal and sparkling best.

    Sonny and the Sunsets – I See The Void

    You can buy Longtime Companion from Insound.

  9. Turntable Kitchen :: June 2012 Mix


    I prepared this month’s mix with the specific goal of providing myself with a little traveling music for our vacation. In other words, these tracks are the ones I’ve been meaning to spend a little more time with. And after all, there are a lot of great tracks here worth spending some time with. POP-ETC’s new album represents both a change in name and a change in style for the band formerly known as The Morning Benders, but it doesn’t reflect a change in the quality we’ve come expect from the boys. Cat Power’s “Ruin” is arguably one of the top tracks she’s released to date (not “the best” mind you, but I’d rank it high on the list). Frank Ocean’s “Pyramids” is irresistibly sexy and smooth. Exray’s debut record still has my attention. And what I’ve heard from the Ty Segall Band had left me electrified. Meanwhile we’ve got a collection of straight jams from relative new comers including Joey Bada$$, Tiger Waves, Moons, Manor, Kitty Pryde, Electric Guest, Brothers Hand Mirror (the lead vocalist on the track might sound familiar to Pairings Box subscribers), The Coasts, Alper Atrek, and more. Enjoy!

    Turntable Kitchen :: June 2012 Mix (.zip file)

    01. POP-ETC – Keep It For Your Own
    02. Electric Guest  – Awake
    03. Cat Power – Ruin
    04. Frank Ocean – Pyramids
    05. Joey Bada$$ – Snakes
    06. Tiger Waves – Weekends
    07. Brothers Hand Mirror – Oops Oh My (Tweet Cover)
    08. Exray’s – Ancient Thing
    09. Manor – Afghan Hound
    10. Moons – Waves At Night
    11. Poolside – Slow Down
    12. Kitty Pryde – ay shawty – THE SHREKONING
    13. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like (Bondax Remix)
    14. The Coasts – Hard-Working Man
    15. Fast Years – Young Heart
    16. Ty Segall Band – I Bought My Eyes
    17. Alper Atrek – It’s a Mystery
    18. Owls & Bodhi – Say My Name (Destiny’s Child)
    19. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (Pedestrian & Maribou State Remix)
    20. Thomas Barfod – November Skies (feat. Nina Kinert)

  10. Single Serving: Joey Bada$$ – 1999 Mixtape

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    Joey Bada$$ isn’t trying to reinvent the rap game. Instead, the young 17 year-old Brooklyn MC and his crew are content with just doing what they do very well. It’s proof you don’t need a gimmick to get attention. By and large, these tunes are extra chill like a cold beer at a backyard/rooftop BBQ on a sweltering hot summer day with your friends. Joey’s been blowing up on the Internets in the past week, but I found this debut mixtape thanks to a tip from one of our readers. He put it well: “This kid’s got skill, confidence and a solid sound. Nothing like the current hip-pop artists these days.” I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for the tip Matt!

    Joey Bada$$ – Daily Routine
    Joey Bada$$ – Snakes (feat. T’nah Apex)

    You can download the mixtape here.

  11. Single Serving: Save The Clocktower – Through The Glass

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    Chicago’s Save The Clocktower have been on my radar ever since I first took a listen to their debut album last year. That album, Carousel, showed an exceptionally promising young band with a knack for crafting catchy and dreamy electro pop grooves. It was a very good album. Their follow up, Through The Glass, is an altogether fantastic album. Everything they did well on their debut, they do even better on Through The Glass. The hooks are catchier. The jams are more upbeat. And when they get dreamy, it’s more vivid than anything they’d done before. The album won’t be out for approximately a month, but in the meantime you can enjoy the album’s smooth and ebullient first single “Like That.” And believe it or not, this cool vibe has solid competition for being the album’s most upbeat and catchy jam. You’re going to like this one a lot.

    Save The Clocktower – Like That

    Through The Glass is out July 3rd. In the meantime you can cop their debut, Carousel, for free from their Bandcamp page.