Summertime, Looking Back & A Luxury Mixed Dozen – 12 Exclusive Takeaway mp3s

by Landry on June 22, 2009

It’s official: school’s out for the summer. Friday marked the last day for our (former) 3rd grader. The year, with all of its dizzying whirlwind growth, sticky crushes, new friendships, exciting firsts and occasional disappointments, came and went about as quickly as the gardenias outside our kitchen window recently burst into fragrant blossom and then dove for the earth. If you’re not into gardenias, here’s the translation: All Too Fast.

Admittedly, I’ve never been the scrapbooking type. My handwriting routinely wins gold medals for worst in class. Gift basket making skills have never blessed me. Perhaps, in fact, I’m cursed with a deficiency of cute factor and a genetic aversion to mush. Nonetheless, the close of the year tugs at my softer edges and here I am, guilty of closet grieving the completion of another profound cycle.

Which catapults me into a brief segment of sentimental reflection. Here goes:

Download the 1st Luxury Mixed Dozen – 12 Exclusive Takeaway mp3 (click here for zip file)

Tracklist: 1. Hey Girl – JasonDiaz, 2. It Wasn’t the Time It Was the Color – Eleni Mandell, 3. Out To Sea – Heartless Bastards, 4. To Be Alive – Two Sheds, 5. All In Good Time – You, Me & Iowa, 6. Brooklyn Blurs – The Paper Raincoat, 7. For the Headless – Death to Anders, 8. Queen Mary – Golden Animals, 9. Got It All – The Parson Red Heads, 10. RainSnow – his orchestra, 11. Say Your Name – Bag of Kittens, 12. Submarine Song – Alex & Sam

It was almost a year ago that Luxury Wafers hosted our first session with a bantering band of LA dwelling, country-folk-indie-rockers from Idaho called Olin and the Moon.

Luxury Wafers birthed itself when Peter and I realized last summer we had some free time at the studio and a notion to invite artists we like to come make rich recordings with us. We started asking and people started coming. It seemed like a fun idea to add video to the mix. The website naturally followed as a hub to share great music with other passionate aficionados.

Crystal Antlers, Live@Chessvolt Studios 2009If you’re feeling sentimental, too (or just curious), visit The Original Luxury Wafers Site, no longer active but still available for a peep.

Over the year, we took exciting field trips, made a bunch of new friends, batted off stinky boys (you gotta watch where Pinetop‘s hands go), got shiny new toys, and undertook the equivalent of jumping rope double dutch while simultaneously blowing bubbles, spinning flaming hula hoops on our ankles and clapping out the theme song to Rocky.

There have been so many sessions – around 80 posted to the site and about twice that in total. We’re in the midst of updating the current Luxury Wafers site to make it even more easily navigable while showing off the depth of interviews, reviews, exclusive tracks and videos, photos, free downloads and general news. To root around the Live Luxury Wafers Sessions that have been posted, Click Here. Many sessions are still unreleased, including upcoming tracks and videos from The Wooden Birds, Everest, Ben Kweller, Mika Miko, Flowers Forever, Mumiy Troll, Say Hi, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Or, the Whale, Oh No Oh My, Cotton Jones, French Miami, Hopewell, The Antlers, Jets Overhead, Butterfly Boucher and Willy Mason. Whew!

Download the 1st Luxury Mixed Dozen – 12 Exclusive Takeaway mp3s (click here for zip file)

Tracklist:

1. Hey Girl – JasonDiaz

2. It Wasn’t the Time It Was the Color – Eleni Mandell

3. Out To Sea – Heartless Bastards

4. To Be Alive – Two Sheds

5. All In Good Time – You, Me & Iowa

6. Brooklyn Blurs – The Paper Raincoat

7. For the Headless – Death to Anders

8. Queen Mary – Golden Animals

9. Got It All – The Parson Red Heads

10. RainSnow – his orchestra

11. Say Your Name – Bag of Kittens

12. Submarine Song – Alex & Sam

Summertime is about freedom, play, sunshine. Staying out late in the dirt with no shoes on. Not brushing your hair. Grooving to music that stamps experience into timeless memory.

And looking forward to what comes next….

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