After months and months of scrolling through the muddle that is my RSS feed, I finally weeded out a bunch of blogs that I realize I'm just never interested in, and I also created a new sub-category for "trustworthy sources," which are the six or so blogs that, for me, consistently display solid taste. Now it's a lot easier for me to make sure I don't scroll past those posts that have a high chance of scratching my itch. For most of the tracks below, I've included my source; if you like what you hear, check those links for more from the same artists, or nice mixes, or just a heads up that you should be following those blogs regularly.
All that said, this month's mix of favorite downloads is a little more packed than usual. This month's batch is heavy on 2011 releases (though a few from '67, '68, '71, '07, '10 sneak in too). As with every month, it's meant to be listened to in order, so click the play button in the corner and let it go for the next 67 minutes or so. If you like psyche, ambient, nü-kosmiche, and good ol' fashioned songwriters, there oughta be something in here for you.
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Thought Ballune [via Aquarium Drunkard]
- Bo Grumpus: Yesterday's Streets [via The Rising Storm]
- Woodsman: Tone Cloak [via Altered Zones]
- Tinariwen: Tenere Taqqim Tossam [via Aquarium Drunkard]
- Cass McCombs: The Same Thing
- Digits: Because It's Wrong [via 20jazzfunkgreats]
- Rene Hell: Med School Prince [via Altered Zones]
- Harmonizer: 5th World [via Altered Zones]
- Graham Nash: I Used To Be A King [via For the Sake of the Song]
- Jasper TX: Summer [via Swan Fungus]
- Beirut: East Harlem
- Dave Van Ronk & the Hudson Dusters: Both Sides Now [via The Rising Storm]