New Track to make it over the hump

Not-New-Years-Yet Resolutions:

Lose weight
Eat right
Keep up with friends/family
Build a birdhouse
Run a marathon
Donate $5 to charity
Start a religion
Buy a hat
Dissolve invented religion
Post to my blog more

Here’s a song to get you through the rest of the week.


Check out this excellent track from London producer Deadboy. He takes a Bon Iver sample and turns it into something completely different. Sweet action.

via Gorilla vs. Bear

Enjoy the playlist. I will post a blog tomorrow (I promise) when I’ve had more than 4 hours sleep and can formulate complete sentences/coherent thoughts.

Greek Style (Digital Bonus) – Gold Panda
Get Up – Washed Out
King of Spain – The Tallest Man On Earth
Badlands – Growlers
Coastal Brake (Lusine Remix) –  Tycho
Let Me Go The Right Way (Mono) – The Supremes
The Eraser – Thom Yorke
Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
Hey Cool Kid – Cloud Nothings
Throw Aggi Off The Bridge – Black Tambourine
Three Legged Dog – Harlem
Kingfisher – Joanna Newsom
Juliet’s Son – Son Ambulance
Walking On A Dream – Empire Of The Sun
Private Eyes – Hall & Oates
Wasting Time – Reading Rainbow
Mayfly – Belle & Sebastian
Bang Pop (Fool’s Gold REMIX) – Free Energy
Love Is A Many Splendor – Nat King Cole
Go It Alone – Beck
Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down – Interpol
To Be Alone With You – Sufjan Stevens
Space Cowboy – Jamiroquai    High Times Singles 1992-2006    Funk    9/6/09 7:00 PM
Get Innocuous! – LCD Soundsystem
Martin Luther King Day – Times New Viking
West Coast – Junk Culture
Two Dancers – Wild Beasts
The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat) – The Flaming Lips

Vinyl Countdown

10. Sunshine – Lupe Fiasco
9. Took My Lady To Dinner – King Khan & The Shrines
8. Edmonton – The Rural Alberta Advantage
7. Lemonworld – The National
6. I Am A Rock – Simon & Garfunkel
5. Take Me Somewhere – Tennis
4. Savannah Howl (Hard Mix Remix) – Twin Shadow
3. Vanilla Minus – Gold Panda
2. Hydra – Small Black
1. Soak It Up – Houses

Alternative Transportation

Rode my bike to work today. Just trying to show that I care about the environment/mother earth/god.

Just trying to make a difference in my community/environment/social group...

When I picked out my bike, I struggled with what type to buy. “Which type will make me seem relevant and alternative, without breaking my parents budget?” I wondered. I saw several options:

1. Mountain Bike

Just cuttin' through the woods on my way to "Into to Macoeconomics"

A mountain bike seemed like a good option. They’re pretty cheap. They have sweet shocks and tons of gears, figure I could do some “sweet jumps” on campus to score points with ladies/prove my superiority over other guys. They’re pretty comfortable. They’re not very alternative though. Seems like every “frat douche” rides one around campus. Not really looking to be lumped in with that class.

2. BMX Bike

A BMX bike was another good option. Not sure what “BMX” stands for. Maybe “bullemix.” Not sure what kind of statement a BMX bike would make about me. They’re small and light, but also seem to be ridden by “little white punks” who wear affliction tees and hats backwards. Not sure if I want to be lumped in that category either.

3. Vintage Cruiser Bike

Vintage and Ironic

A Vintage Cruiser sounded like a good idea. Go to thrift stores, avoid “poor” people and grab a bike. This would be good for several reasons. Definitely different that most people’s bikes. Also, “ironic” since I’m a suburban white kid riding a “piece of shit” but in a cool way. Feel like this is a good way to stamp yourself with an alternative stamp. But, they are “heavy as shit”, and I couldn’t carry my bike into coffee shops/whole foods/urban outfitters to prove how much I love the earth.

4. Fixed Gear Bike

Just another "effing hipster"...

On paper, this sounds like the best option. Light, easy to ride. Won’t break every 18 seconds. Also, super customizable, so I can show my love for “mother earth” in a unique and alternative way. However, it seems like “effing hipsters” have taken over the “fixie” bike scene. If I rode one, I’d probably have to start shopping at Whole Foods, become a Vegan, buy skinny American Apparel jeans and drink PBR, which is shit.

Such a tough decision. Just want to be able to help the earth in a public way, so that everyone will see it.

Are bikes the ultimate alternative transportation?
Are mountain bikes for “frat douches?”
If I ride a fixie will I turn into an “effing hipster?”
Should I just ride the bus?

Parisian Goldfish – Flying Lotus
hannah, please – Drug Rug
Change Of Heart – El Perro Del Mar
Section 12 (Hold Me Now) – The Polyphonic Spree    Together We’re Heavy    Alternative & Punk
Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells
Sir Greendown – Janelle Monáe
Streetwork – Club of the Sons
Gone To Sea – A Classic Education
Sea Talk – Zola Jesus
Lately (Deuxième) – Memoryhouse
En Esta Noche – Las Mosquitas
I’ll Build You A Fire – Seabear
The Ego’s Last Stand – The Flaming Lips
Silas the Magic Car – Mew
Streets of Fire – The New Pornographers
Never Follow Suit – The Radio Dept.
A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
You – Gold Panda
I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates
In My Dreams – Eels
Loved-Up – Korallreven
Ooh La La – The Faces
Watch The Glow – Museum of Bellas Artes
Psychic Chasms (BRAHMS Remix) – Neon Indian
All Out Of Tune – Real Estate
These Days – Nico
We Are Young – The Shaky Hands
Sandstone – Tamaryn
Inspiration Information – Shuggie Otis

Vinyl Countdown!!

10. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown
9. Forget – Twin Shadow
8. Running Out Of You – Keep Shelly in Athens
7. Pretend The Devil Isn’t Real – Memory Tapes
6. Depletion – No Age
5. A Place We Like – Hooray For Earth vs. Twin Shadow
4. Always On My Mind – Reading Rainbow
3. Patterns On The Wall (Feat. Andrew W.K.) – Fang Island
2. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
1. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem

Scared Abt Life

I’m kind of just realizing that I only have 5 more weeks before I graduate college to become a “real person.” Little nervous, not sure if I’m cut out to be “regular bro” running around balancing budgets and accounting accounts.

My Q2 fiscals went up 2/10ths of a point from last year!

Think a lot of people “give up on their dreams,” and get shitty jobs straight out of college so they can pay the bills and put food on the table for them and their families. Then I think other people don’t quite know when to give up on their dreams, like when people “totally suck” at what they really want to be. (i.e. if you’re fat you’ll never be a model) Maybe I’m more cut out for a chill art job, like just takin photos and selling them on flickr to my family members who support out of pity.

Maybe I should just be a musician and an asshole, just like the guys on the Jersey Shore. They seem like they live a pretty chill life, they just drink, show off their abs, high-five and drink. Think that might not be so bad, plus they’re “hella famous/rich” for basically no reason.

"I'm just riding the chill wave..." -Pauly D.

Maybe I should just go to grad school and prolong my decent into reality by hiding behind the doors of higher education and plunging myself into some good old fashioned American debt.

A brief approximation of my finances should I go to grad school. Scale in single US dollars.

I think maybe I’ll just drop out, not finish college, become a hippie and start a massive drum circle. Yeah…that sounds good…

Just expressing how much I hate mainstream American culture.

Dublake – Kate Simko
Tooth Factory – The Witch
Love Me Girl – Yeasayer
Feel It All Around – Washed Out
Regina Holding Hands – White Denim
I’ll Be Your Mirror – Velvet Underground
Staring At The Sun – TV On The Radio
Whaddya Wanna Know – Cloud Nothings
Hannibal – Caribou
Feeling Today – Botany
Set Your Arms Down – Warpaint
You – Gold Panda
Talamak – Toro Y Moi
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
Carol – Rolling Stones
People – James Murphy
New Jack  – Justice
Tropical Island Suite – Fresh and Onlys
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
Gold Soundz – Pavement
There Are Listed Buildings – Los Campesinos!
Private Eyes – Hall & Oates
No Reasons – VEGA
Badlands – Growlers
Skeleton Boy – Friendly Fires
Simple graces – Delorean
Youth and Lust – Cold Cave
Bright Night – Crystal Stilts
Paradise Circus – Massive Attack
He’s Gone (Chantels cover) – Vivian Girls

Vinyl Countdown

10. Don’t Watch Me Dancing – Little Joy
9. Drain The Blood – The Rural Alberta Advantage
8. Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells
7. Girls – Heartbreaker
6. Get Some – Lykke Li
5. Behind Your Eyes – La Sera
4. Stealing – Chief
3. Poor Animal – Zola Jesus
2. Undertow – Warpaint
1. (What A) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke

Disco Crunk?

A good friend of The Cassette Deck is one hell of a DJ. She classifies her own music as “Disco/Crunk.” Not sure what that means. Then again, I’m still not sure the definition of “Crunk.”

I think it was a term coined by a shitty rapper called “Lil’ John” who wears a lot of gold a jewels and drinks a lot of “Lean” which is a way for poor urbanites to “get loaded.” It’s a drink that combines regular old cough syrup with sprite/juice and grape jolly ranchers.

Sounds like shit to me, but then again, I’m an upper middle class suburbanite who can afford Jack Daniels and a real glass to drink it out of.

You know what's in my cup...

Regardless, Lauren Blakestad mixes some “crazy good shit” tunes. Check it out.

New Robyn Track

Robyn will be releasing her third album of 2010. It’s impressive enough if an artist can get two albums out…actually one per year. So this outpour of production from the Swedish-born Robyn is staggering.
Check out the first single from Body Talk, Pt. 3 “Indestructible” incidentally the acoustic track from Body Talk, Pt. 2.

Track courtesy of Stereogum

World Cup Hangover

Apparently this summer some event called “The World Cup” happened. Supposedly it’s when every country other than the United States gets together in basically a third world country and plays soccer. The Americans routinely underperfom, because every other country calls soccer “football.” So the American team shows up with their helmets and football.

This team apparently "lost" this summer

Name confusion aside, soccer seems to be a sport that Americans routinely don’t care about for 1,430 days out of every 1,460 days. every 4 years, Americans don their recently bought United States soccer jerseys, paint their faces, wear zany wigs, bang on drums and cheer for a sport they won’t care about in 3 weeks. In a fit of sports amnesia right after the conclusion of the World Cup American’s forget about soccer because Freedom Football stars up, as does basketball, baseball and hockey, all sports that represent America’s desire to do things no other country does.

Is Freedom Football the "True American Sport?"

Wonder what would happen if the U.S. won the World Cup one time. We apparently had it here in the early 90s when some South Americans “beat the shit” out of the rest of the world and won. If we won, maybe American’s would abandon sports that the other countries don’t understand and pick up “the world’s game”

South Americans are good at soccer because they have no "McDonalds beer guts"

Wonder if this is a hangover from our “colonial” days when England still “owned” us. Since the English love soccer, we automatically had to invent 5 sports they have never heard of and call them “America’s game” and exclude all other countries from participating.

Did you root for the United States at the World Cup?
Did you already forget what “soccer” is?
Were you more psyched for “Freedom Football?”
Do they let dog fighters participate in soccer? (via Philly Vick)
Who the hell are the Wolverhampton Wolves?

Who the hell are the "Wolves?"


Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus
Windowlicker – Aphex Twin
Making Time – Creation
Alley Cats – Hot Chip
Tropicalia – Beck
Come Back – The Belles
Luv Goon – Pearl Harbor
Asleep At The Party – Memory Cassette
In The Mouth A Desert – Pavement
Hollow Hollow Eyes – Crocodiles
96 Tears – ? And The Mysterians
Never Follow Suit – The Radio Dept.
It Ain’t Gonna Save Me – Jay Reatard
Pencil Rot – Stephen Malkmus
House Jam – Gang Gang Dance
Treefort – Henry’s Dress
Miss These Things    3:12    The Bats    Daddy’s Highway    Rock    4/30/09 5:23 PM
Kaili – Caribou
Suffocation – Crystal Castles
Go Outside – Cults
Blown Away – Pixies
Now’s The Only Time I Know – Fever Ray
Wires – Coconut Records
It’s My Life – Animals
Daisy – Fang Island
Free Energy – Free Energy
Ahab – Here We Go Magic
Bermuda – Kisses
Deiyo Deiyo – The Hykkers
This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks
Horizons – Son Ambulance

Vinyl Countdown!!

10. Camino Muerto – The Growlers
9. We Used To Wait – The Arcade Fire
8. A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
7. Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix) – Small Black
6. Watermelon Man – Herbie Hancock
5. I Want The World To Stop – Belle and Sebastian
4. Never Come Around – La Sera
3. Desire Lines – Deerhunter
2. Lucky One – Avey Tare
1. You – Gold Panda

October Blues

It’s now October. Where does the time go? It feels like just last week I was toasting champagne over the 2010 changeover. It’s almost time for 2011, and that means we’re a little bit closer to 2012 and the end of the world. At least it will make for some bomb-ass parties. No sense holding back if we’re all going to wake up dead.

Kinda nervous about the end of the world. Since I don’t really believe in Heaven/chilling with God/Jesus-bro when you die, I’m not really looking forward to dying

Are you going to "chill" with God/Jesus-bro after the zombie apocalypse?

Anyway, this brings me back to October. Even though we’re on the edge of an apocalypse, October is my favorite month of the year. First of all, Halloween. Halloween is the best holiday of the year. You get to dress up and scare little kids, drink a ton and eat candy for no reason other than it’s fun.

What are you thinking of going as for Halloween this year, since it’s costume picking season? I’m think about a Shark. Because Sharks are king of the sea.

Kind of like the Sufer Blood bros...

Also reminds me of the Surfer Blood bro’s album cover, incidentally one of my favorite releases of 2k9.

Is Candy Corn the “alt” candy or just “shit?”
Is Halloween the ultimate holiday?
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Is a shark a sweet costume or “mega-lame?”
Which one of your bros is going to throw the best slammin’ Halloween party this year?
It won’t be me.

Enjoy Fall
Enjoy Candy
Enjoy Halloween
Screw Christmas (via lame Santabro)

Fuck You Santa

Bombay – El Guincho
Too Much – Sufjan Stevens
Moonlight Dance – Sally Shapiro
Octavio – Viva Voce
Idioteque – Radiohead
Western hospitality – Club 8
Slow – Twin Shadow
Fountains – Teen Inc.
Fair Weather Friends – Daedelus
Serious Encounters – Drummer
Post-Paint Boy – Stephen Malkmus
Morgan – Cloud Nothings
Ghost Pressure – Wolf Parade
Camino Muerto – Growlers
Shot Down – Sonics
Safe at Home    2:15    Eternal Summers    beko_16
Brave New World – Weezer    Hurley (Deluxe Edition)    Rock
Frank Heat – Universe (Phaseone VIP) – Phaseone
Tighten Up – The Black Keys
You and I – Washed Out feat. Caroline Polachek
Ghost – Neutral Milk Hotel
So Many Ways – Mates Of State
Please See – Liam the Younger
The Old Days – Dr. Dog
Dream City – Free Energy
Thee Only One – Frankie Rose
Simple graces – Delorean
Strangling Good Guys – Trailer Trash Tracies
Who Do You Love – Museum of Bellas Artes

Vinyl Countdown

10. Feeling Today – Botany
9. Martin Luther King Day – Times New Viking
8. Padding Ghost – Dan Deacon
7. Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
6. Circled Sun – Chromatics
5. Helicopter (Diplo & Lunice Remix) – Deerhunter
4. Badlands – Growlers
3. Search Party – Small Black
2. Anyone’s Ghost – The National
1. You Don’t Love Me – Kim and Grim

R.I.P Radio

I have spent the last few days in a loaner dealership car since mine has been in the shop. This means I’ve had a good few days stuck listening to terrestrial radio as my loaner has no iPod hookups. This has lead me to a conclusion.

Terrestrial Radio is dead

Every radio station is Top 40, Country, Rap or Latin. I don’t understand how so much of the same stuff can co-exist simultaneously. Sometimes it’s lonely being the only Indie music show on terrestrial radio.
This whole thing kind of makes me want to quit. Kind of feels like I’m fighting a battle that I have been destined to lose from the beginning. Not sure if I’m up to it anymore. Popular music is no longer defined by what is heard on the radio, DJs are no longer given freedom to play new music. DJs are locked into computer-run programs that have 10 song libraries that play on repeat. Program Directors respond to what is on MTV and the Disney Channel. It’s been a good run terrestrial radio, but I believe I can pronounce it, you are dead.

Is Terrestrial Radio dead?
Is The Cassette Deck the only good show on the radio?
Should I just give up and quit radio altogether?
Do you like Top 40 stations because they play “hip” music?
Can you relate to the DJs on Top 40 stations? Are they “just like you?”
Is the Volkswagon Tiguan a relevant car or a “mom mobile?”
Should this be my last blog post ever?

R.I.P Radio, 1920-2010 “It’s Been A Good Run”

Heathen Child – Grinderman
Slow – Twin Shadow
Art House Director – Broken Social Scene
A Salty Salute – Eternal Summers
No Logic – White Hinterland
Concrete & Clay – Unit 4 + 2
Coastal Brake (Lusine Remix) – Tycho
Idiot Heart – Sunset Rubdown
Party With Children – Ratatat
You’re a Target – No Age
blue moon – Drug Rug
Panda – Dungen
Meeches Theme – Malachai
Camera Talk – Local Natives
Life Magazine (Pantha Du Prince First Flash Remix) – Cold Cave
Dark Days – Chin Chin
Heart Skipped A Beat – The XX
Phantom Pt. II – Justice
Jail La La – Dum Dum Girls
Summer Well – Interpol
While You Wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear
Temporarily Blind – Built To Spill
Hots For Teacher – Coasting
You’re A Wolf – Sea Wolf
Baltimore – Tennis
Janglin – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I’m An Animal – Shark?
Well Known Pleasures – VEGA

Vinyl Countdown!?

10. Dark Days – Chin Chin
9. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
8. The Curse – Cults
7. Found Out – Caribou
6. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
5. Hope Child – Free Energy
4. B-Boy Document – The High & Mighty
3. Voices – Pure Ecstasy
2. Above The Clouds (Feat. Inspectah Deck) – Gang Starr
1. Revival – Deerhunter

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