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Of Montreal – Triumph of Disintegration

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The last ten days have been a motherfucker, 
I didn’t know if I’d survive.”

Ohhh screech it and preach it, Kevin Barnes. The first 4 seconds got me hooked right away, and it’s become an anthem for my early morning subway rides. It’s sort of fun to be that asshole with the huge headphones bopping your head to music amidst all the serious-faced suits on their way to Wall Street.

Enter hip-swaying territory with a groovy bass line, catchy doo-woop guitar lines, and plenty of falsetto ‘ooh ‘ooh’s’. Heavy lyrics ~existential musings~ superimposed over such a light-hearted, boppy melody, the perfect dichotomy that is characteristic of this awesome band. This is the Of Montreal I know and love. They are the kind of strange that makes me feel so at home… and somehow hopeful for the future of the human condition.

You had to forgive your enemy cause it was making you psychotic to keep fighting him inside of your head
But how could you allow these people whom you don’t even respect to rape your self concept and make your inner world an ugliness?

Truth. Your only real enemy is that little fearful voice inside your head. Eg0-oriented, societally induced schizotypal tendencies, anyone? Experience lies on a continuum; maybe it’s time to shatter these illusions of separation. Recognize the inner struggles, and instead of running away perhaps let yourself be enthralled by the gnarly.

Thrashed through the forest like a tormented brute, I had to make myself a monster just to feel something ugly enough to be true
And then scratching wildly at the mirror in my heart to see their doleful faces
What is the flaw in just running away? Running away fixes everything, how can I why should I stay? Just to see the triumph of disintegration? victories of devastation?”

Of Montreal – Triumph of Disintegration

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Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit

I’ve been going on night runs lately, and I can’t help but feel like it’s been putting my entire life into better perspective. We run around all day sometimes feeling lost and robotic, and then when we come home, we usually just rest up and laze. Or watch Mad Men. That’s great in theory, but I’ve found that my runs in the evening actually allow me to stop being a robot for a minute, and start thinking about the real. What’s going on? I work all day, interacting with several different types of people in different locations, and I smile and laugh and give kisses on the cheek. It’s such a formula. While it comes from a very real place, it can get really tiring and repetitive. While I always attempt to live a life of fulfillment, sometimes we just need to face the facts. We’re all working animals, and there’s little to be done about it. We need to face these realities earlier.

Daylight I’m so absent minded, night time meeting new anxieties.

That time of clarity for my mind and soul is really necessary these days, especially with the amount I’ve managed to take on. I’m happy about all the decisions I’ve made, and I’m really happy that the people in my life exist because without them, this life would be dull and uneventful. I’m grateful for the bad, the disgusting, and the sad. Those make the happy moments so remarkable, and so real.

Of Montreal does that for me. I guess they’ve just managed to put me in that kind of contemplative, reflective mood. As I’ve said countless times to friends, sometimes songs just end up being the soundtracks to your thoughts. I hope you dig this as much as I do. I’m also going to have to include a Casiokids track in here because it’s just too good to pass up.

Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit

Casiokids – Det Haster!

-Ashley

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The Twelves – Episode II

The Twelves have released 3 fantastic mixtapes and so far I’ve posted two and it’s been one of the most downloaded files on this site. The time has come to complete the series with yet another jewel, Episode II. Aside from Steph Lund’s Le Miel du Mois (recently crowned mixtape goddess on The Clink), I can’t say I’ve heard many mixtapes that can keep my attention for more then a song but this series has absolutely no problem accomplishing that task. I quoted my friend Ben when I posted their last mixtape and I’ll quote him again for this one,”“new 12s mixtape = predictable amazingness.” There really is nothing else to say. Here are a few bonus remixes as well, enjoy.

La Roux – In For The Kill (The Twelves Remix)

Black Kids – Hurricane Jane (The Twelves Remix)

Tracklisting: Download

1.  Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)
2.  Radiohead – Reckoner (The Twelves Replay)
3.  Mirwais – Naive Song
4.  Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit
5.  David E. Sugar – To Yourself
6.  The Virgins – Rich Girls (The Twelves Replay)
7.  Daft Punk – Voyager
8.  Jupiter – CHIP
9.  Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal (The Twelves Replay)
10.  Metronomy – Heartbreaker
11.  The Twelves – Works for Me (The Twelves Replay)
12.  Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (The Twelves Replay)

The Twelves – Episode II by etmusiquepourtous

Previous Mixtapes:

30 Minutes of Twelves

The Twelfth Hour