HOLIDAY COOL YULE PART II: is now uploaded—a full ten hours of festive fun, with another nine hours to follow…phew. It stands repeating that I made these mixtapes because there’s some genuinely good holiday music available, it just needed to be collected and arranged properly. I hope you like my offerings—let me know. The sharp eyed among you will notice a partial redesign of the site, with a new typographic treatment and brighter colors on the spines of the cassettes. More of that to come. Meanwhile…enjoy in joy.
RELOAD: It’s that time of the year again… airwaves, department stores, supermarkets, everywhere it seems is decked with the sound of badly programmed holiday music… what must we do? Well… hopefully our annual antidote to this indisposition will prove effective. December marks the release of the cool yule mixtapes, which this year come in packs of six. Three drops of six in fact, all the way to Christmas, at which point we will start to upload The Best of Pates Tapes 2013… acronym BOPT… I like that! Enjoy in joy.
NEW UPLOAD: By the miracle of modern aviation and the consumption of bucket loads of Margarita, I find myself returned from Quintana Roo, Mexico, where with a little help from mis amigos I present the mixtape Mexico and Below. Included within this playlist, tracks from Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela and indigenous hermanos y hermanas. Contributions by Natalia LaFourcade with Devendra Barnhart, Ely Guerra, Los Mocosos, Julieta Venegas, Mana & Prince Royce, Cafe Tavuba, Juana Molina et al. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 WORLD
NEW UPLOAD: The third anniversary of patestapes, and to acknowledge this passage of time, we offer Perfect Day, a mixtape containing some of the best outliers from the last few years. Cuts slumbering in my collection, waiting for a mission. Alternative, Soul, Country and Pop washed down with Lou Reed’s most poignant song. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Next up…the holidays and out come the Christmas Crackers, whence to the Festive 50, aka, my Best Of 2013. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 Easy Beat Instagram
RELOADS: All Hallows Eve is creeping our way, so here’s my annual Halloween tapes extravaganza. Time to pull out the horror toggery and get gory. I’m more of a Guy Fawkes man myself, so my Autumn celebration is November 5th, where I make a huge bonfire and go for some flame and fireworks. It’s not so much V for Vengeance as S for spark-n-smoke, with a little gunpowder treason and plot thrown in…but these playlists work for that too. Next week patestapes’ 3rd anniversary mixtape, hmm…and what might that be? Enjoy in joy. Instagram
NEW UPLOADS: My calendar says October 13 is Peel Day, so I’ve uploaded another 7 hours of his dry wit and excellent programming. First off, a remastered Smiths session, also Laural & Hardy with Vital Excursions, an excellent Shonen Knife performance… the wonderfully named ‘Senceless Things’ thing. An outing with Red Letter Day and Bog Shed, and the Skiff Skats featuring L.A Rain by Rose Of Avalanche…as I look out from my L.A. Hotel, it’s definitely not raining. Coming soon, The Halloween tapes…oooh scary. Instagram 新曲PEEL
SOUNDTRACK UPLOAD 20.9: Those following me on Instagram will know I’ve been posing in the Greek Islands. While there, I’ve painted a sound track of the trip that works anywhere. Ramblin’ Man is a mixtape of mostly new releases featuring Karen Gwyer, Teho Teardo & Julia Kent, Public Service Broadcasting, Braids, Bows, Gotan Project Meet Chet Baker, Lemonjelly, and the Future Loop Foundation. It’s travel, water, reading, sunsets, and driving about with the patestape app. A “music for film” thing. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 SOUND TRACK
JOHN PEELS BIRTHDAY UPLOADS 30.8: I’m grateful to my pals who staggered home from the pub, and before slipping into beery slumber—forgoing episodes of Bilko and Pot Black, recorded these Peel tapes. Sessions now include The Jack Tars, and now newly completed shows by The Passage, Personal Column, Dr Calculus, Scarlet Timpani, The Chivalia Brothers, and more. Also, a new format for PEEL OUT IN THE STATES, down from 12 to 3 tapes… what we called in ‘train spotting’ days, ‘combined volumes.’ Enjoy in joy. 新曲 PEEL SESSIONS
NEW UPLOAD 22.8: A listener from Côte d’Ivoire wrote me recently, she was listening to the African section and heard the language of her mother drifting through the living room—I took it as a sign, so for your pleasure I present the mixtape, Africa Calling. With last year’s trip to North Africa still resonant, this little beauty came together quickly and features works from Mali, Senegal, et al, with a cameo from Brooklyn. Next week it’s John Peel’s birthday, so new uploads are being readied. Till then, here’s a classic…enjoy in joy. (Play) 新曲 African
NEW UPLOAD: Those of you who are regulars to this music blog may recall my promise last year, that on returning from Paris I would make a mixtape of my vinyl finds—here it is. French, it may be argued, is the sexiest language in the world… they could be singing about their laundry for all I care. So here’s a mélange of World Français… Chanson, Pop, Zouk, Hip Hop, et al. I’m hoping that Gallic ears don’t sneer. For those who love to hear it, but can’t speak it, here are some French Cuts…voilà! Enjoy in joy. 新曲 World