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Track List:listen below!
01. Wolf Gang – Stay And Defend
02. Gotye – Learnalilgivinanlovin
03. TV Girl – Lizzy Come Back To Life
04. Young Empires – Enter Through The Sun
05. Ben Browning – I Can’t Stay
06. Grimes – Oblivion
07. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
08. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Somebody To Love (Redial Remix)
09. Uniforms – 1020 Trickery Lane (Rainbows of Death Remix)
10. Juveniles – We Are Young
11. SBTRKT – Pharoahs
12. Lucy Rose – Middle Of The Bed
13. Penguin Prison – In The Way
14. Oregon Bike Trails – Cayucas
15. New Navy – Tapioca
16. Carousel – The Thrill
17. The Black Keys – Hell Of A Season
18. Alex Clare – Too Close
19. Washed Out – Call It Off
20. Strange Talk – Sexual Lifestyle (Reset! Remix)
 
DAN’S.INDIE.MIX.45 — link will open in Spotify
 
(also: props to Mike G for the rad album art photo)

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Track List:listen below!
01. The Drums – What You Were
02. Twin Shadow – Changes
03. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
04. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
05. TV Girl – Benny And The Jetts
06. Phantogram – Don’t Move
07. Gigamesh – When You’re Dancing (Cassian Remix)
08. Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison Remix)
09. Sneaky Sound System – Big (Oliver Remix)
10. Conner Youngblood – Australia
11. Tahiti 80 – Easy
12. Grouplove – Spun
13. Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (Stern Remix)
14. Lo-Fi-Fnk – Last Summer
15. Justice – Newlands
16. The Magician – I Don’t Know What To Do
17. The Knocks – Brightside
18. Sunday Girl – Love U More (RAC Remix)
19. Last Dinosaurs – Honolulu
20. Dominant Legs – Hoop Of Love
21. The Rapture – It Takes Time To Be A Man
22. Neon Indian – Polish Girl
23. California Wives – Tokyo
24. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
25. Avicii – Levels

indie.mix.43

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Oh hey! It’s been a little while… hope everyone had an awesome summer (or winter) and that you’re all doing really well. My apologies for completely missing the July and August mixes. It seems like the Chicago summer went by in the blink of an eye and I barely had a chance to focus on the important stuff ;-)

I finally had the ability to finish up no. 43 last week, and wanted to post it on the site for your auditory enjoyment. I’ll try to shorten the gap for no. 44, but until then please enjoy the latest and greatest.

Much love,
—Dan

Track List:listen below!
01. Nightbox – Bears
02. The Shoes – Stay The Same
03. New Navy – Zimbabwe
04. Brite Futures – Baby Rain
05. Housse De Racket – Roman
06. Body Language – Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix)
07. M83 – Midnight City
08. Atlas Genius – Trojans
09. Friendly Fires – Hurting
10. Chromeo – When The Night Falls (Breakbot Remix)
11. Together – So Much Love to Give (Viceroy Remix)
12. That Work – Secret Lover
13. Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee
14. Saint Motel – Puzzle Pieces
15. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk
16. TV Girl – Baby You Were There
17. Jubilants – Antics
18. Fitz & The Tantrums – Winds of Change
19. YACHT – Shangri-La
20. Princeton – To The Alps

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Track List:listen below!
01. Martin Solveig – The Night Out
02. Strange Talk – We Can Pretend
03. Friendly Fires – Show Me Lights
04. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
05. Polarsets – Leave Argentina
06. Memory Tapes – Offers
07. City and Colour – Fragile Bird
08. YACHT – Utopia
09. Goldroom – Morgan’s Bay
10. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
11. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake
12. Washed Out – Amor Fati
13. Fitz & The Tantrums – Don’t Gotta Work It Out
14. Lovett – Heart Attack
15. Cults – Never Saw The Point
16. Miles Kane – Rearrange
17. Alexander – Truth
18. Cage The Elephant – Shake Me Down
19. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
20. Joywave – Traveling At The Speed Of Light

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Track List:listen below!
01. Friendly Fires – Live Those Days Tonight
02. The Wombats – Our Perfect Disease
03. Maritime – It’s Casual
04. Walk the Moon – Me & All My Friends
05. The Heavenly States – Model Son
06. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
07. I’m from Barcelona – Battleships
08. Scattered Trees – Four Days Straight
09. Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way
10. Fortune – Under The Sun
11. Aluna George – Disobey
12. The Naked And Famous – Punching In A Dream
13. Computers Want Me Dead – In Your Blood
14. Beat Connection – Space Vacation
15. Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High (Clock Opera Remix)
16. Vetiver – Can’t You Tell
17. James Yuill – This Sweet Love
18. Polarsets – Sunshine Eyes
19. Eight Bit Tiger – Numbers
20. Holy Ghost! – Some Children

Introducing: WALK THE MOON

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Cincinnati-based four-piece Walk the Moon create loud, sweat-soaked indie rock anthems with perfectly crafted sing-a-long choruses. The band formed out of a love for creative pop songs, exuberant live performances, and, presumably, Michael Jackson. These dudes are all about having fun, and you really gain a sense of their zest-for-life-attitude on first single — and indie.mix.40 standout — “Anna Sun.”

Back in 2008, Walk the Moon’s debut EP, The Anthem, stirred up attention with prominent critics, and even took them to London, UK; there they played a week of shows at the London City Showcase as the only band from North America to be selected by Sonicbids for the spot. Since then, led by singer/synth/keytar-player Nicholas Petricca, Walk has continued to make noise around the US, named by NYC’s historic Arlene’s Grocery as one of their ‘Best Bands of 2009.’

Last year, they released their debut LP entitled I Want! I Want!, which features future summer 2011 hits like “Anna Sun” and “Lisa Baby.” Have a listen to the latter of the two below, and be in the know before this band inevitably attract the widespread fanbase they deserve. (Word on the street is that they crushed their SXSW performance a few weeks back!)

File next to: The Killers, Young the Giant, Matt & Kim, Foster the People.

WALK THE MOON – LISA BABY

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Hello music lovers! I’m happy to finally present you with my March 2011 mix — 25 tracks that I’ve been digging over the past month or so. I hope you enjoy!

P.S. Don’t forget to join the MIX LIST as well :-)

Much love,
—Dan

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Track List:listen below!
01. Holy Ghost! – Wait And See
02. Foster The People – Houdini
03. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink / Let It Sway
04. The Strokes – Taken For A Fool
05. U.S. Royalty – Monte Carlo
06. Stornoway – I Saw You Blink
07. Friends Electric – Opposites Attract
08. Cut Copy – Blink And You’ll Miss A Revolution
09. Oregon Bike Trails – High School Lover
10. Satellite Stories – Kids Aren’t Safe In The Metro
11. Kele – Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix)
12. Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
13. The Knocks – Dancing With The DJ
14. TV Girl – If You Want It
15. Scenic – This Can’t Be
16. Monarchy – I Won’t Let Go
17. The Ting Tings – Hands (Glasnost Remix)
18. Tahiti 80 – Gate 33
19. Young The Giant – My Body
20. Peter Bjorn and John – Dig A Little Deeper
21. Walk The Moon – Anna Sun
22. Big Wave Riders – It’s Funny Things Aren’t Gonna Change
23. Joan As Police Woman – The Magic
24. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Pull Out My Insides
25. Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song

Katy Perry Remixes That Do Not Suck

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The music purist within me is slowly dying.

Let me explain. The proliferation of independent music into mainstream culture has blurred the lines of classification to such a degree that I don’t even know what “indie music” is anymore. Did you happen to see The Grammy Awards a few weeks ago? For the first time ever, an independent label album won the award for Album of the Year, beating out heavyweights like Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry. Talk about a sign of the times.

So how does this affect me? I’ve always loved art, with music being my favorite medium. In the past, I’ve ripped commercial radio for pumping out generic entertainment masquerading as art. Heck, I even started a blog geared towards that contempt. (saynoradio.com.) But things change, and people evolve; and as it turns out, indie and mainstream can coexist.

For me, uber pop-star Katy Perry is a good example of this fresh outlook. I recently become an appreciator of her 2010 platinum-selling sophomore album Teenage Dream. Yes, she’s signed to a major label that have paid commercial radio station’s big money to play her singles. But for a moment, eliminate her mainstream appeal and focus on the artistic output.

Personally, I see little difference between her musical style and that of indie label artists such as Robyn, Annie, La Roux, and Ellie Goulding — whose latest works have respectively earned an impressive 8.7, 7.7, 7.0, and 6.8 on Pitchfork. Also, from what I understand, Katy Perry writes or co-writes all of her songs, which I’m sure is comparable to the aforementioned artists. (All of whom I enjoy, by the way.)

So, here’s the key takeaway: until recently, the only thing keeping me — and probably a lot of us — from getting on board with different types of music has been “labels.”

I’m over it. And it would seem that many highly respected producers such as Fred Falke, Mstrkrft, and DJ MegaMan are over it, too.

KATY PERRY – FIREWORK (FRED FALKE REMIX)

KATY PERRY – CALIFORNIA GURLS (MSTRKRFT REMIX)

KATY PERRY – TEENAGE DREAM (DJ MEGAMAN & PANIC CITY REMIX)