Memoir Mixtapes Vol.7, B-Sides

On “Ghost Town” by The Specials by Adam Sear

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About the author:
Adam Sear lives in Northamptonshire, England and writes things. He has had pieces published by several online journals. He keeps getting brilliant ideas for novels, then forgetting to write them down. He likes jokes, Dr Martens shoes and pickled onion flavoured crisps. Twitter: @Q_V_B_M

K Recommends: “Do It” by Aphrodite’s Child

Here’s a simple little ditty for ya. You’re welcome.

Okay, “Do It” might be short with a simple title but there is a lot going on here in under 2 minutes. The drums never stop and maintain a gallop that has enviable amounts of cardio. The guitars alternate between precision finger-work and playing that just keeps driving or at least revs up their badass engines so we all take notice while our jaws drag the floor. This whole band urges listeners to “Do It” like that’s a dare. Dare to listen to a song that’s only a minute and some change long but will throttle you.

It might help you build core strength, too.

Of note: Vangelis was putting much prog into this band back in the 60s/early 70s. Check out a recent Vangelis solo track recommendation by Tyrel since you’re already here! Do it!

(Song recommendation by K Weber)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.7, Track 21

See You in September
After “Wild Sage” by The Mountain Goats
by Katie Darby Mullins

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About the author:
Katie Darby Mullins teaches creative writing at the University of Evansville. In addition to being nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and Best of the Net three times and being the associate editor of metrical poetry journal Measure, she’s been published or has work forthcoming in journals like The Rumpus, Iron Horse, Hawaii Pacific Review, BOAAT Press, Harpur Palate, Prime Number, Big Lucks, Pithead Chapel, and she was a semifinalist in the Ropewalk Press Fiction Chapbook competition and in the Casey Shay Press poetry chapbook competition.

 

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.7, Track 20

Just a Girl by Elizabeth Ditty

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About the author:
Elizabeth Ditty lives in Kansas City, where she is attempting to raise two children with good hearts and strong minds with the help of their father and Daniel Tiger. More of her creative nonfiction work can be found in Issue 12 of L’Éphémère Review, and her set of children’s stories, “My Sister the Werewolf,” is available in the Bedtime Stories app. Her family often debates whether she loves coffee or wine more, as if she could ever choose between them.

Seigar Recommends: “Benditos” by Vavra

Vavra exploring deep sounds.

Seigar, the photographer, is back.

Who is behind Vavra? Vavra is a Tenerife-based duet formed by Latel and Kalihue, two cute guys that studied together at school and got connected again during their University years. They possess beauty, charisma, and passion: the most important matters in music industry these days (Check the Rosalía example to understand what I mean). They started in 2015 and have been consistently creating since then.

What do they sound like? They compose melodies and create deep atmospheres that remind us of the contemporary music textures of Jamie Woon, James Blake, Jamie Isaac, Sohn, or even sounds like the Canarian-singer Sergio Rivero (Quantum album). So Vavra is an urban music project that plays with trap and rap, even some R&B. Believe me when I say they can be cool as hell. They’ve got the sound to be here and there.

Much like Jens Lekman in 2015 with his postcards, Vavra will be presenting a new single every two weeks. “They won’t form an album, they will be independent singles” they have warned Memoir Mixtapes when they were interviewed to participate in this article.

The song I’m bringing you today is the first postcard from these soul singers; it is called “Benditos” that means Blessed. The track is produced by $kyhook, a producer from Zaragoza (Spain), he is also the producer of another future song, and there are also other big producers names to come like Louis Amoeba, Big Yahya orYuki.

Vavra are poets. Their language choices are essential for them, but they also point out: “we want our texts to be understood. We tell our routine through metaphors in which nature is present, some educated references (both are University graduates), and also some pop culture”. They make clear they care about their lyrics but they also want to be direct and get to the people.

Enjoy the video and get to know Vavra at Memoir Mixtapes before they get everywhere else.

(Song recommendation by Seigar)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.7, Track 19

An Unexpected Education by Juliette van der Molen

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About the author:
Juliette van der Molen is a writer and poet living in the Greater NYC area. She writes completely unladylike erotica and other sundry things. Her work has also appeared in Rose Quartz Journal, Burning House Press, Memoir Mixtapes, Zathom and several publications on Medium. You can find more of her writing at Medium and connect with her on Twitter @j_vandermolen. Her debut chapbook, Death Library: The Exquisite Corpse Collection, was published in August 2018 by Moonchild Magazine.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.7, Track 17

The Heroes We Thought We Had to Be by Adam McCulloch

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About the author:
Adam McCulloch is an award-winning fiction writer and NATJA award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, The Australian, Men’s Health, Reader’s Digest, Lonely Planet among others. His poetry and fiction has been published by Easy Street and anthologies by Coffin Bell and Electric Literature. He recently won the First Pages Prize at the Stockholm Writers Festival for his unfinished novel The Silver Trail.

Oak Recommends: “San Luis” by Gregory Alan Isakov

If you aren’t familiar with this name then it’s likely that you will want to be from here on! To say that this South African born, Colorado based, farmer has working hands is an understatement. When not tilling the ground, tending the flock or harvesting his crops, Gregory Alan Isakov is busy song writing, touring with his band and building a creative community with other artists and poets such as Joe Pug, Kid Reverie, Reed Foehl, Covenhoven, Jeb Bows, Tyler Knott Gregson and a whole host of others.

His latest album Evening Machines follows his 2016 live album with the Colorado Symphony & comprises some of his most accomplished work to date; this haunting and resonant folk music borders on the term hypnotically beautiful and could easily sweep you through the album from start to finish without blinking or hearing a single word of Isakov’s pensive & powerful lyrics. Born out of a season of unprecedented anxiety, Isakov spent sleepless night after night in his home studio piecing together overwhelming feelings and secret thoughts into a shortlist of 40 songs, eventually whittled down to the album’s 12 tracks.

I highly recommend delving into this album, an artwork which feels almost like a magic trick. Deeply honest and broken confessions weave and lace themselves into the fabric of extremely romantic, tranquil melodies which serve to calm and soothe, and carry devastating lines like “Did I hear something breaking? Was that your heart or my heart?” which calls innocently from the depths of a song called “Chemicals”. Whilst in the track you’re about to play he laments “Weightlessness, no gravity. Were we somewhere in-between? I’m a ghost of you, you’re a ghost of me…

Here’s the stunning official video:

(Song recommendation by Oak Ayling)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.7, Track 16

An Education by Marina Blitshteyn

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About the author:
Marina Blitshteyn is mostly a poet and the author of Two Hunters, forthcoming from Argos Books with a CLMP Face-Out grant. Prior chapbooks include Russian for Lovers, $kill$, and Nothing Personal. She is working on a book about Radiohead.