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The 4am: 2

The 4am is a mixtape file containing nothing but music donated directly by new and/or unsigned acts. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am is mixed down to 128 of the kbps. The 4am will not touch your bonobo. Do not attempt to wash The 4am.

2: Cirque Du Cold-And-Drunk

I always like opening with big drums, and Big Thaw have them. Big Thaw don’t have a website at present, but can apparently be contacted via StylesKilling.

This one’s basically stuck together with guitars and drums. “Hide and Seek” is drums up front and guitar behind, and “Everything Bounces” is the reverse — the latter’s Eighties powerpop probably sounding a bit incongruous, particularly next to the Jubilees’ murderpop. But I love that sparkling little guitar figure, and I love that the Stalking Horses get the word “centripetal” into a lyric, as well as the line “and all of the numbers collapse in my wake.” The Moon Knights are from Alaska. They are very depressed, as you might expect. And Oh No Boiling Acid… well, there’s lo-fi, and then there’s recording in an empty oil drum in a ditch in the middle of the night while a crying hobo masturbates over it. Reminiscent of East River Pipe. I actually don’t mind that I can’t really make out what he’s singing. The whole thing comes together as simply The Sound Of The Doomed. Which makes sense to me, given that it’s Monday.


Big Thaw – “Blue-Devil Factory” (3:04)
The Jubilees – “Hide And Seek” (2:34)
The Stalking Horses – “Everything Bounces” (4:02)
The Moon Knights – “Ghost Horizon” (2:12)
Oh No Boiling Acid – “Still” (5:36)

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  1. the journey, not the destination…

    I apply the titled philosophy to just about everything I do. In fact, when I get too results-oriented (destination) I can’t enjoy the work (journey) that it takes to get there, and I get unhappy (the). However, this particular bit…

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