MOKB Forecastle Festival 2015 Mix | Louisville, Kentucky | July 17th – 19th

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Forecastle Festival 2015 will be hitting the banks of the Ohio River this weekend in Louisville, KY. The fest has grown from more of a regional event to one of the best in the United States. Every year, it seems the lineup quality from top to bottom gets better and better and this year is no different. From the hometown heroes of My Morning Jacket, Houndmouth, and the up and coming White Reaper to ILoveMakonnen, Alvvays, Lower Dens, The War on Drugs, Broncho, Twin Peaks, First Aid Kit, and so much more. We’re not even including the late night after festival shows that are highlighted by our girl Ellie Herring opening up for arguably the most talked about artist in the world at the moment, Jamie xx.

As you can see, the quality from top to bottom is on point. Add in the manageable size of the festival grounds (what can we say, we are old) and it is really one of the better live experiences out there. So with that being said, we have put together a Spotify mix of some of the artists/bands you should go out of your way to catch this weekend. We will see you there.

Stream : No Vacation : ‘Amo XO’ Mixtape

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Generally, when we think mixtape, we are expecting an electronic producer or hip hop artist. However, more traditional bands can do them as well such as self-described “post tropical sadcore” San Francisco group No Vacation. Over the last couple of months, they have dropped a couple of great soft songs “Lovefool” and “Beach Bummer”. They now are streaming their 8-track Amo XO mixtape integrating both of those songs that clocks in just around 15-minutes. It is a fantastic quick hit of vitamin D-laced vibes an introduction to a band we look forward to hearing more of. Listen below.

Download : ILoveMakonnen : ‘Drink More Water 5’ Mixtape

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Atlanta’s Makonnen Sheran aka ILoveMakonnen is one of our favorite artists going at the moment. Today, he has shared the Drink More Water 5 mixtape, the follow-up to last year’s iLoveMakonnen EP and Drink More Water 4 mixtape. It features collabs with Migos, Rome Fortune, Gucci Mane, among others. You can stream it below and download it here.

MOKB Mixtape Premiere : Ellie Herring : Like Your Drawing Mix

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The year is winding down as everyone knows, so we are excited to give one more blast for 2014 from one of the artists who really came into her own this year and who we expect big things from in 2015, Ellie Herring. Ellie, Ms. Herring if you are nasty, has built a mixtape around a piece of artwork titled Mini Couple by Nah Park (pictured above) that she discovered surfing the net for random drawings and illustrations and says “really got to me”.

Ellie says of the mixtape, “There’s no basis for the song selection other than them being new and old songs that I still really love, and if I had the dreamy opportunity to hang out with someone in Mini Couple, I’d probably play these.” For those fortunate enough to be vacationing in some warm, exotic place, this is the soundtrack for your trip and for those at home doing the basic holidays family thing, this is a nice break from all of the chaos. Find the stream and download along with the tracklist below.

Ricky Eat Acid – Let’s Go Outside
Gold Panda – 5th Ave
Young Ejecta – Welcome to Love
Brokenchord – A Girl of 13 Summers
CFCF – You Hear Colours
Junior Boys – Kick the Can
Mount Kimbie – Would Know
Groundislava – Under the Glow (feat. Rare Times & Benedek)
Jessy Lanza – As If
Vector Lovers – Capsule One
James Blake – I’ll Stay
Diversa – Anaïse
Teebs – While You Doooo
Ryan Hemsworth – Snow in Newark (with Dawn Golden)
Wet – No Lie (Noah Breakfast Remix)
Tennyson – You’re Cute
schädel – Something Like a Hajj
Dej Loaf – Me U & Hennesy hanging out with Ellie & schädel one weekend
Doss – Softpretty
Telefon Tel Aviv – I Made a Tree On the Wold


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Montreal’s TOPS formal debut in 2012, Tender Opposites, introduced them to the world, but latest LP, Picture You Staring, showcases them as not just an up and coming act, but one that has already arrived. The lush, sometimes romantic arrangements spanning several decades and genres create a sparkling collection of songs that are as timeless as they are quintessentially current. The album is sure to finish high on many best of lists, including ours for 2014.

Tonight, MOKB is proud to be bringing the band in along with Wampire for what is sure to be one of the most enjoyable double headers this year. To coincide with the show, the band has presented us with the second edition of our artist-curated INFLNCD Mixtape series where they highlight music and other artists that have impacted their sound and general aesthetic. Selections include pianist/composer Bill Pursell and the title track of his 1963 album Our Winter Love, Japanese nu-jazz artist DJ Takmura’s “Harmonium”, and our personal favorite early ’80s Bangor Wales’ band Fay Ray and their song “Cold As Steel”, among so much more. The mixtape sets the perfect mood for the heavy overcast and rainy days that tend occur this time of year. Stream and download it below and purchase tickets for the show tonight here.


MOKB INFLNCD Mixtape #2 – TOPS by My Old Kentucky Blog on Mixcloud

Find previous INFLNCD Mixtapes here.

MOKB INFLNCD Mixtape #1 : Phoria

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Music isn’t always about the latest and greatest. What is old to one generation is new to the next. So we thought what better way to discover new (and old) music than to ask some of our favorite artists currently to create a mixtape of songs and artists that influenced what they are aesthetically and sonically. With that idea in mind, MOKB is proud to introduce a new mixtape series we have dubbed INFLNCD.

The first band to contribute is Brighton, UK five-piece Phoria. Earlier this year, they released one our favorite collections of music with their Display EP (stream here) via X Novo. While many of the selections are not necessarily all that surprising given their textured, falsetto-led compositions, they did throw in some excellent lesser known entities such as late ’90s, early aughts English six-piece The Cooper Temple Clause, one-time Sparklehorse member Sophie Michalitsianos aka Sol Seppy, and Buckinghamshire singer Martin Grech. The result is fusion of lush soundscapes that flows seamlessly from start to finish and sure to fit in well during your next moment of introspection. Find the downloadable Soundcloud stream along with tracklist below and purchase their highly recommended Display EP here.

MOKB INFLNCD Mixtape #1 – Phoria by My Old Kentucky Blog on Mixcloud

1: Mew – Comforting Sound
2: Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
3: Cooper Temple Clause – Music Box
4: Radiohead – Reckoner
5: Sol Seppy – Enter One
6: Muse – Citizen Erased
7: Martin Grech – Open Heart Zoo
8: Bjork – Joga
9: Jeff Buckley – Dream Brother
10: Elbow – Puncture Repair
11: Joanna Newsom – Emily
12: Sigur Rós – 08 Untitled (Popplagið)

Stream : Ellie Herring : SSENSE Mix

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Slowly, but surely Lexington, Kentucky native Ellie Herring has been building momentum and making a name for herself with original work and remixes. Today, she released a mix for fashion-forward designer clothing online boutique SSENSE. You can find the stream along with the tracklist below.

Chrome Sparks – Losing U
Stwo – Cryin
Dpat – Unbound
Jessy Lanza – You and Me
Echavox – Habitat
Ellie Herring – The Never Ache
Tinashe – Vulnerable (Dave Luxe Remix)
noï x Krampf – Future Brain
D33J – Slow (feat. Kreyola)
Chet Faker – Talk is Cheap (Ta-ku Remix)
Baths – Miasma Sky (Moors Remix)
Pascal – Drowning In You
Tory Lanez – Unity (Promnite Bootleg)
WYLN – Changes
Huglife – F For U (Disclosure x Ryan Hemsworth x Huglife Edit)
Candy – Chloe Martini
Ellie Herring – Cool It
Carling Ruse – Need U
Ruddyp – Sleep On The Floor, Dream About Me