Monday, May 21, 2007

Adult Swim made you a Mixtape

"Adult Swim.com's commitment to providing our audience with cool free stuff continues on May 21 (TODAY) when our biggest downloadable album yet hits the site like a tidal wave. Made of rock. Oh yeah. Sponsored by Esurance, the Warm & Scratchy compilation will feature 14 new and exclusive tracks from bands that sound . . . well . . . Warm & Scratchy."

I don't really know what Warm & Scratchy has to do with these bands, the only one that seems to fit that description would be Amusement Parks on Fire. Seemingly non-functional titles aside, this compilation is yet another reason why Adult Swim kicks a whole lot of ass. Fourteen new and exclusive tracks from some of indie rock's brightest stars, all neatly packaged and given away for free at AdultSwim.com.

There is very little on television that I actually watch, but I can't get enough of Adult Swim. Their nightly lineup is by far the best thing on TV after midnight, with a bunch of good shows including Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Moral Orel, and Robot Chicken. From time to time they'll throw in some Sealab and Space Ghost for good measure. I don't care for Saul of the Mole Men or Tim and Eric's show, but to each his own.

This isn't the first time that Adult Swim has partnered to release an album, via Wiki: "Adult Swim has been known to have a partnership with independent music label Stones Throw Records. Many of Adult Swim’s bumpers and packaging have used music from artists such as Madlib, Oh No, and J Dilla. In 2006, both Stones Throw and Adult Swim created a co-production album entitled Chrome Children. The network was also part of an earlier studio LP with DANGERDOOM, a musical collaboration between music producer Danger Mouse and rapper MF DOOM, entitled The Mouse and the Mask. In February 2007, Adult Swim and Definitive Jux joined up to release an EP entitled Definitive Swim."

Today they are back at it again with 14 tracks called Warm & Scratchy. Austin's own Sound Team provide a new instrumental track, TV On The Radio do this cool lo-fi thing with a piano & harmonica, and Les Savy Fav supply a good dose of the rock & roll. Other standout tracks come from The Raveonettes, The Rapture, and Asobi Seksu. There's good stuff here.

Tracklist:
  1. TV On The Radio - "Me-I"
  2. The Raveonettes - "Dead Sound"
  3. Les Savy Fav - "The Equestrian"
  4. The Rapture - "Crimson Red"
  5. 120 Days - "Justine"
  6. Broken Social Scene - "Canada Vs. America"
  7. Sound Team - "Color of the love You Have"
  8. The Good, The Bad and The Queen - "The Bunting Song"
  9. The Brother Kite - "Half Century"
  10. Jesu - "Silver (Original Beats)"
  11. Amusement Parks on Fire - "Back to Flash"
  12. Asobi Seksu - "Stay Awake"
  13. Fennesz - "Winter"
  14. Liars - "Sunset Rodeo"

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