2009: Chocolate Grinder Mix 2009
One, two, three times a mix

This year, we started a new section on the site called Chocolate Grinder, where we created 10-track mixes from newly-released albums. It was a blast. So, instead of doing another typical year-end mix without audio (as we've done the last several years), we decided to turn the year-end mix into a Chocolate Grinder mix. Which means we're now able to celebrate some of our favorite songs of the year with actual music. What a concept! We chose 20 tracks and sequenced them into two different "sides." Take a listen, and allow us to change your opinion of 2009, track by track.

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SIDE A:

01. Joakim - "Medusa" (Milky Ways)
- Start time: 0:00; Label: !K7

Joakim is like the Jacques Dutronc of the late '00s; guileful and charming, he blithely brandishes the zeitgeist while we try to guess exactly which side he's on. Once "Medusa" 's opening ear-drill of a tone cedes to yearning choral harmonies, we sense our imminent seduction at the hands of this winsome French trickster. Chilly elongated vocals anchor and direct the ebullient electronics, which sound like something out of the Dan Deacon beatbook, except with a sense of decorum. "Sheee. Isss. Sailll-linggg." Wait, which mythological story are we even in? As we speed on our course to a paradisal haven, the song suddenly shifts to a chorus of demented, dubbed-out vocal tics over nail-in-the-coffin drums; a rocky ending. The rhythm sequence still has more juice left, though, so we're on to round two: "Sheee's. Gottt. Shaaarppp. Teeeeth." This time around we know what's coming but still we follow, heedless. Percussive synths throb; demon dub obliterates; our eulogy is given over waves of washy scales. As the French say, la petite mort. --Brendan Mahoney

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02. Atlas Sound - "Criminals" (Logos)
- Start time: 5:36; Label: Kranky

Bradford Cox and I are on the same page. Whether with Deerhunter or Atlas Sound, his hit-to-miss ratio is out of this world right now. With Deerhunter, he was responsible for last year's stellar Microcastle, and this year his Atlas Sound project may have one-upped that record with Logos, a hazy pop/rock collection of one incredible tune after another. Picking a favorite is tough, but "Criminals" was an easy highlight, a swooning, starry-eyed vision awash in reverb, swirling around a simple, repetitive guitar figure. Sure, you could describe most of Logos in the same terms, but "Criminals" best encapsulates the album's druggy, ethereal charm. --Tamec

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03. Foreign Born - "Vacationing People" (Person To Person)
- Start time: 8:30; Label: Secretly Canadian

If moments are monuments, then consider the drum fill that marks the 38th second in Foreign Born's "Vacationing People" Mount motherfucking Rushmore. It comes exactly 38 seconds after the sort of precision-based kickoff that makes all these "glo-fi" acts sound as if they're just having trouble getting to the point, and its anticipatory prelude arrives five seconds beforehand, in the guise of hysterically enjoyable Afro-popped guitar notes. Jamming three memorable moments into one minute of a song is no small feat, and making every second count is precisely the aim and intent of "Vacationing People," right down to the endlessly strung-out guitar chords, numerous vocal affectations set off like perfectly-placed firecrackers, and the warm, nearly romantic sax lines that close out the tune. After all, what's the point of a vacation if it's not perfectly planned out? --Larry Fitzmaurice

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04. Ga'an - "Servant Eye" (Ga'an)
- Start time: 13:16; Label: self-released

Don't you love how we canonize older bands? Looks like far-out 70s shit like Cluster, Neu!, Magma, and Amon Düül II are finally being stocked at Best Buy, if you get what I'm saying. Suffice to say, if a track like Ga'an's "Servant Eye" had dropped in 75, it would be right there with the best of them. Like those distant, cosmic relatives, this simple four-piece setup yields insane, otherwordly results. The drums and bass cease functioning as concrete instruments and become pure thumping texture swirling around a truly eerie, artificial string sound. And the vocals are totally alien -- wordless, haunting, all of that. You almost forget it's a bunch of sweating twenty-somethings banging on some instruments. --Keith Kawaii

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05. Fever Ray - "If I Had a Heart" (Fever Ray)
- Start time: 19:45; Label: Mute

This sounds like either the gathering of a storm that will undoubtedly wash away everything it touches or the battle that will end life as we know it -- ominous, sickening, inevitable. A wiry noise that fluctuates just enough between two pitches to be profoundly unsettling runs the track from beginning to end, serving as an anchor with no comfort. The lyrics, filled with longing and an insatiable hunger for something unknown, lack any trace of a human warmth. As wispy vocals and slow beats converge and dissipate, the anticipation builds to a big, tension-breaking change, but after four minutes, it's all over and you're still waiting for a release that never comes. It's seductive but terrifying, and you realize Karen Dreijer has claimed your soul and taken you to an otherworldy wasteland where the sky is always grey and time has no meaning. --Elzee

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06. Spoonbill - "Wonkball" (Zoomorphic)
- Start time: 23:33; Label: Omelette

Mostly constructed from the sounds of ping-pong, racquetball, and the like, along with some seriously wobbling sub-bass, springs being sprung, water splashes, and slapstick effects, this bizarre composition from Australian oddball Jim "Spoonbill" Moynihan's third album is as casually amusing as it is ass-shakingly funky. It's like being in a cartoon factory, hearing Acme manufacture one of Wile E. Coyote's doomed Roadrunner-killing devices. Electronic and arranged sounds parody the samples Spoonbill employs, akin to Steve Reich's Grammy-winning "Different Trains" (where the inflection of Reich's samples influenced notated musical material). For fun-loving electronic music, it manages to tread the line between a cerebral exercise and, if you hear it in a live setting, a physical workout. --Alan Ranta

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07. Myka 9 - "Cadillac Nights" (1969)
- Start time: 28:08; Label: Fake Four

Tucked in halfway through an album featuring some of the most intricate flows of the decade rests a song content with itself despite any flash or pomp. "Cadillac Nights" burns slowly at such a level of assured confidence it risks sounding boring, or uninspired, yet listening between the beats reveals an honest affection for an American automobile that inspires young men, while empowering their older counterparts. The lyrics recall a time when friends were closer; the night more innocent; the girls sweeter. Myka 9 floats by on cushion-pushed upholstery, seducing a drizzly Saturday night beat that feels lived in, not outdated. 1969 as a whole is an assured work by a man who has nothing to prove, and "Cadillac Nights" is the clutch that keeps everything in sync. --munroe

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08. The Antlers - "Bear" (Hospice)
- Start time: 32:06; Label: Frenchkiss

With regard to lush, narrative songwriting, few records are in the same class as Hospice. The album traces the ill-fated relationship between a terminally ill woman and her homecare provider, from its turbulent beginnings to its tragic conclusion. Along the way, it carves a bloody map of the human heart in vibrant, gruesome detail. Falling smack-dab in the middle of the album, "Bear" provides a turning point for the dramatic arc, yet the song's narrative is no less compelling on its own. It begins with the opening bars of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," an allusion that both evokes the speaker's vulnerability and foreshadows the song's central conflict. Through a series of oblique references and euphemisms, singer Peter Silberman relates the characters' unplanned pregnancy and decision to abort. The brilliance of this track (and indeed, the album) rests on the agonizing details of the speaker's contradictory emotions. Desperate solidarity transforms without warning into claustrophobia, and when the song builds up to its final image -- "You sit in front of snowy television/ suitcase on the floor," you know that the characters' relationship, riven with fault-lines as it was from the beginning, is finally and irreparably broken. --Joe Hemmerling

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09. Guilty Simpson - "Coroners Music" (Coroners Music 12")
- Start time: 36:00; Label: Stones Throw

It's true there ain't nothing to save, but people are going to be talking messianic after hearing this track. A year-and-a-half after his solid debut album, Ode to the Ghetto, Guilty Simpson has teamed up with astro-traveling producer Madlib (Otis Jackson) to form a project called OJ Simpson, an entity doing its part to herald a new golden age of hip-hop. (If you haven't been tuned in to what the Stones Throw label has been putting out lately, then now is the time to rub the crust from your eyelids and peel 'em open.) "Coroners Music" is slated to appear on the forthcoming OJ Simpson full-length, and if the rest of them are like this track, it might turn out to be the early '90s all over again. Built around a beat that's gully, hard-hitting, and downright empowering, Guilty Simpson spits an uninterrupted flow of some of the most consistently inspired writing I've heard in years. "Solar eclipses couldn't stop my shine." --Timothy Terhaar

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10. Woods - "Echo Lake" (Songs of Shame)
- Start time: 38:23; Label: Woodsist

It's okay, feel free to roll your eyes. Why, when there was no shortage of impressive songs from brilliant and less-than-brilliant albums this year, would one pick a two-minute instrumental filler track that is little more than two repeated melody lines for a musical-highlight-of-the-year mixtape? Woods' Songs of Shame is crammed full of wonderfully muddy gems, a memorable Graham Nash cover, and a nine-minute psychedelic jam, with Jeremy Earl's Neil Young-indebted falsetto all over the place, but there is something about "Echo Lake" 's indie-swamp voodoo that is truly intoxicating. It may be the simple melodies and a rural turn away from self-indulgence that is so appealing. Or maybe it's the sloppy-yet-brazen, confident guitar meandering and tribal pitter-pat drumming? Regardless, there is a feel-good familiarity to "Echo Lake" one can link to past heroes like Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr., and, yes, the aforementioned Mr. Young. Whether it deserves to be a song of the year, who can say? Songs resonate with people for a whole host of personal reasons that are not important here. What is important is that "Echo Lake" has that ability to break a gloomy face with a smile and can transport the hang-dog dreamer to a virtual log cabin in cottage country within a blink of an eye. What is music for if not to escape to a happy place on the lake every now and then? --David Nadelle

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SIDE B:

01. Fuck Buttons - "The Lisbon Maru" (Tarot Sport)
- Start time: 0:00; Label: ATP Recordings

Can noise march? That's a bizzare question. Usually, noise doesn't even have much of a rhythm to follow, let alone step in line to. A march seems out of the question -- an outdated form for a relatively new idea -- and yet one can't help but feel that this is exactly what Fuck Buttons pulled off here. The first half the song is build-up, with beautiful allusions to "Sweet Love for Planet Earth" included for good measure. But the drum line, building from a simple beat to a powerful marching line, is what draws you in. Don't be surprised if, once the guitar screeches out halfway through, you've already been marching in step with the beat, walking down the street like a hero. Don't be surprised at feeling triumphal, either: Fuck Buttons' thoughtful-yet-visceral layering does more than create an ambiance around you. It creates an emotional pull that compels you to feel hopeful. Considering these trying times, why not have some hope, even for a few moments? --Ze Pequeno

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02. Kurt Vile - "My Sympathy" (God Is Saying This to You...)
- Start time: 9:19; Label: Mexican Summer

"My Sympathy" is only 2:32 long, consists of a scant four lines, and features an unadorned Kurt Vile fingerpicking an acoustic guitar. And yet, the song will forever transport me back to the frantic New York, where my wife and I honeymooned this past summer. I can clearly picture myself at the Wellington Hotel (where Borat stayed, incidentally), plopped on a tiny couch while my wife napped. God Is Saying This to You... was my go-to album each time she slept, streamed through my tinny laptop speakers. When she'd wake up, I'd immediately re-start "My Sympathy" because I knew she'd love it. (I did the same for a friend who slept over recently, and he of course dug the track too.) Appropriately enough, the NY trip ended at a Vile show in Brooklyn, but the heat exhaustion in the DIY venue, the lack of food, and the long, long delays (The Violators were double-booked that night, apparently) forced us and the bulk of the crowd to skidaddle early. But "My Sympathy" has stayed with me long after the honeymoon, which judging by our many fights, is decidedly over (kidding). --Mr P

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03. Molina and Johnson - "Each Star Marks a Day" (Molina and Johnson)
- Start time: 11:50; Label: Secretly Canadian

Fans of lonesome-highwayist Jason Molina and raspy Centro-Matic mastermind Will Johnson alike all but salivated at the notion of a full-length collaboration between the two -- what glorious noise would result from the pairing of such distinctive voices? It arrived, however, less collaboration than compilation: half-Molina, half-Johnson, but all pretty darn good. Molina's standout was undoubtedly the soft, shimmering "Each Star Marks a Day," its lonely desert guitar and electric piano instrumentation providing an ambling but purposeful backdrop for lines like, "Forever just keeps going/ 'Til every tear has a name/ And each star marks a day since you been gone." Whether Molina was singing about a lost love or a recently-departed friend seems largely irrelevant, and only serves to mask the underlying truth: nobody does loss like this dude. Molina and Johnson may not have been the creative mind-meld some anticipated, but damn if it didn't showcase two of the best in the field in startlingly rare form. --Gabe Vodicka

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04. Vic Chesnutt- "Coward" (At the Cut)
- Start time: 15:24; Label: Constellation

If North Star Deserter, Chesnutt's first Constellation Records outing and initial pairing with Guy Picciotto, left any lingering recollections of Chesnutt's polished past, At the Cut, his sequel to that record, should do well to completely blast away the lingering memories of Hootie and the Blowfish playing Chesnutt's songs. At times bracingly sparse, at other moments unnervingly tender, never does Chesnutt cast a more fitful shadow than on "Coward," exploring the hoarsest elements of his voice like a Southern ghost shouting Flannery O'Connor poems over the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack, with a touch of drummer-getting-the-Led-out just past the three-minute mark. The widescreen ambition of the song not only signifies Chesnutt's status as indie-rock's Southern-gothic elder statesman, but establishes his collaboration with the post-rock elite as one of the finest ideas of this decade, gifting the epic soundscapes with an utterly human air, illustrating with tremendous violence the power that comes from being backed into a corner, the sounds of a snarling cat baring his teeth as he bleeds from some existential wound. --Jason P. Woodbury

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05. Marissa Nadler - "Loner" (Little Hells)
- Start time: 20:35; Label: Kemado

Forget Marilyn Manson's redundantly crappy new album and Patrick Wolf's recent flirtation with the dark side; Marissa Nadler's "Loner" is by far the most chilling track of the year. Let this arctic snowstorm of a song lure you in with its fractured-lullaby melody. But before you even have a chance to orient yourself, you'll be powerless against its gale-force theremins and Nadler's airy, tortured vocals. "Loner" doesn't just talk about heartbreak and loneliness, it reaches into our frozen hearts and makes us feel it, in fragile, Christian imagery and church organs. When Nadler hisses, at the chorus, "I believe you're filled with sin," she tempts even the most agnostic among us to head for the confessional. --Judy Berman

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06. Crystal Stilts - "Love Is a Wave" (Love Is a Wave 7-inch)
- Start time: 25:22; Label: Slumberland

As aptly demonstrated on 2008's stellar Alight of Night, Crystal Stilts are above all else masters of mood -- both intentionally and incidentally, since it's next to impossible to parse vocalist Brad Hargett's mournful baritone emissions. This year's "Love Is a Wave" single, then, was a pleasant surprise, and not because the almost-as-great B-side, "Sugar Baby," revealed satisfying Smiths-via-Auckland references. Sure, there's the sugar-rush drums and the now-almost-trademarked seasick pitch-and-roll weaved into the song's production. However, it's both Hargett's bell-clear vocals and the infectious repetition of the song's title that steal the show. It's a vocal performance that is somewhat brief, tinged with uncertain joy and regret. Most importantly, it's direct, a quality that might end up giving the Stilts a creative and commercial edge. --Larry Fitzmaurice

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07. The Mumlers - "Coffin Factory" (Don't Throw Me Away)
- Start time: 27:19; Label: Galaxia

This band that sorta does a West Coast Dr. John/Van Morrison, evoking Wolfman Jack-era oldies on this one, complete with hoots and hollers in the background that could be in appreciation or in horror, judging by the little video they made for the song. The whole track is driven by a dynamic organ line straight from the canons of soul and R&B. While Will Sprott (guitar, vocals) spews some extremely clever lyrics about being a cog in a morbid assembly line, I'm completely caught in the moment. "I'm tired of working in a coffin factory/ building boxes to bury humanity." The cooing harmony vocals during the bridge help balance the overall feel, reinforcing what I take as the song's theme, a metaphor for a planet-wide sense of malaise and individualized complaints about the drudgery of dead-end jobs (pun intended, dammit). --Chizzly St. Claw

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08. Reigning Sound - "The Bells" (Love and Curses)
- Start time: 30:07; Label: In the Red

It had to be this or The-Dream. But 2009 wasn't a friendly year for dreams, other than those deferred. Love vs. Money, huh? Oh, to be so privileged. It was a brittle, flinty fucking year and I'm sure that I wasn't the only one feeling "lost, without compass or direction." As the world appeared to fade into some hopeless, illogical fog, "The Bells" was a beacon, a reminder that you don't need to see the path to walk it. Love or money, someone please let me know that I still have that choice. --Embling

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09. Wye Oak - "For Prayer" (The Knot)
- Start time: 32:35; Label: Merge

A beautiful thing about music: the "Holy Shit" moments when a song takes a turn so breathtakingly unexpected it knocks you down and demands you hit "repeat" as soon as the song ends. "For Prayer" has not one, but two such moments. The first time catches you off guard, as Wye Oak plod through a melodic first verse that features Jenn Wasner's dreamy vocals barely lifting above Andy Stack's minimal drumming. Then, like a sudden clap of thunder or a feat of unprecedented athleticism, those guitars jolt you with primal four-chord bliss as Wye Oak abandon words altogether. In the second verse you find yourself in the eye of the storm; all's calm, but all's not right. This leads you blindly into the "Did They Just Do That Again?!" moment. This time, you're given an extra four bars of clamor to contemplate what's about to befall you: all roaring tempests of distortion and pummeling drums, with a searing pedal steel solo that practically defines emotion in rock music. The words of the verses are there just to prime you for that which words could never express. Those guitars. Those guitars. Those guitars.... --Todd Olmstead

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10. Thomas Function - "ADP Blues" (In the Valley of Sickness)
- Start time: 36:23; Label: Fat Possum

Dead Prez said it first, but it still sounds fresh and honest coming from this gang of Deep South garage rockers: "The only good cop is a dead cop." And while NWA made cop-killing sound like a mandate, Thomas Function make it sound like a party. This song captures everything there is to love about these guys: infectious hooks, bratty vocals, plenty of trouble-making, and even a brief sing-along at the end. They know how to build the excitement, too, loading "ADP Blues" with an upbeat pre-chorus and a guitar line that wanders a bit but never makes it far from the single chord the song is built around. --Saltlick

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Chocolate Grinder Mix 24

“Humor Belongs In Music”

Frank Zappa posed the question, and provided the answer. Does humor belong in music? Obviously, I think so, and after you hear this absurd and occasionally surreal mix, there is a reasonable chance you will too. Granted, this mix is not exactly a face-melting music tour-de-force from start to finish, but that is also part of the point. If not a life-changing catharsis, music, at the very least, can be fun.

There's a lot of West coast flavor on this one, featuring four Vancouver acts alone. The Fugitives throw down a whimsical spoken-word interpretation of music history, while the fabulously named Phatty Phatty & The Roaches live up to their hype. The all-ages collective Duplex! takes a turn toward the Talking Heads on their ode to sandwiches, and if you haven't heard of Dan Mangan yet, prepare to see his name popping up everywhere you look from now on. As Mugatu would say, "he's so hot right now."

You will also likely remember when and where you were when you first heard the post-ironic ballad from electro princess Adira Amram for the rest of your life. Adira recently landed back home in New York after from her now-infamous tour with Kid Koala's The Slew. Every night, her intimate rendition of "Mom Song" brought the house to a standstill, followed by sporadic tucking and rolling.

That said, I'm not sure if tracks five through eight are supposed to be comical, and Mangan's "Robots" is more cute-funny than spit-take, knee-slapping, laugh-out-muthafckn'-loud funny. But hopefully they will at least bring a smile to your face. People tend to like Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, getting drunk off leaks in the ceiling, and hearing children giggle, so I think I've got my bases covered.

01. The Fugitives - "Music (Live)" (Find Me EP)
- Start time: 0:00; Links: The Fugitives
02. Adira Amram - "Mom Song" (Hot Jamz For Teens)
- Start time: 4:04; Links: Adira Amram
03. Phatty Phatty & The Roaches - "Stanley" (Stanley)
- Start time: 7:20; Links: Phatty Phatty & The Roaches
04. Duplex! - "That's How We Make A Sandwich" (Worser)
- Start time: 11:15; Links: Mint - Duplex!
05. Why? - "Even The Good Wood Gone" (Eskimo Snow)
- Start time: 14:43; Links: Anticon - Why?
06. Alpha Channel - "Mexican Space Program" (Exotic Tales)
- Start time: 19:03; Links: Omelette - Alpha Channel
07. Bassnectar - "Window Seat" (Cozza Frenzy)
- Start time: 25:06; Links: OM - Bassnectar
08. João Orecchia - "Midnight Serenade" (Hands And Feet)
- Start time: 32:16; Links: Other Electricities - João Orecchia
09. Vinyl Life - "Take It Off feat. J-Zone, Ray West, & Tru Pro" (Vinyl Life)
- Start time: 35:20; Links: Tape Theory - Vinyl Life
10. Dan Mangan - "Robots" (Nice, Nice, Very Nice)
- Start time: 37:56; Links: File Under: Music - Dan Mangan

Artwork: [Keith Kawaii]

Chocolate Grinder Mix 23

“The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”

In an article on NPR, Robin Hilton, producer of the station's All Songs Considered, claimed that Animal Collective was "inventing an all-new kind of music" that "asks us to reconsider how we define everything that music is" (italics mine). Holy crap... everything that music is? The fact that Hilton's AC blurb begins with "It's just a bunch of senseless noise to some people" further highlights the continuing rift between music cultures in America (and the lengths some writers will go to be shocking). It also reminds me that, when you're so steeped in "radical" music, you often forget the mechanics that made it different or difficult in the first place. So, I hope you're all ready for an hour of pure cosmic space flight shit that redraws the boundaries of what music can mean in our lives!! In the words of TMT's editor-in-chief, "it changed me." But what is the IT????????

01. D.A. - "Machupicchu: The Intihuatana" (Pyramids of Mars ph.III)
- Start time: 0:00; Links: D.A.
02. Steve Hauschildt - "Runway" (Critique of The Beautiful)
- Start time: 8:23; Links: [Steve Hauschildt->www.myspace.com/stevehauschildt]
03. Caboladies - "Crowded" (Crowded Out Memory)
- Start time: 17:53; Links: [Caboladies->www.myspace.com/caboladies]
04. Von Bingen - "Eyeglasses of Kentucky" (Von Bingen)
- Start time: 23:35; Links: Von Bingen
05. Black To Comm - "Musik Für Alle" (Alphabet 1968)
- Start time: 28:53; Links: [Type->typerecords.com/] - [Black To Comm->www.blacktocomm.org/]
06. Blues Control - "Tangier" (Local Flavor)
- Start time: 32:39; Links: [Stiltbreeze->www.siltbreeze.com] - [Blues Control->www.myspace.com/bluescontrol]
07. Infinity Window- "Internal Compass" (Artificial Midnight)
- Start time: 40:39; Links: [Arbor->www.arborinfinity.com/] - [Infinity Window->www.myspace.com/infinitywindow]
08. Noveller - "Brilliant Colors" (Red Rainbow)
- Start time: 47:56; Links: [No Fun->www.nofunproductions.com/] - [Noveller->www.myspace.com/noveller]
09. Solars - "Shadow" (Shadow/Cave)
- Start time: 53:40; Links: Solars
10. Oneohtrix Point Never - "Physical Memory" (Russian Mind)
- Start time: 60:48; Links: No Fun->www.nofunproductions.com/] - [Oneohtrix Point Never

Artwork: [Keith Kawaii]

Chocolate Grinder Mix 22

“Dream Is Destiny”

"Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather." - Bill Hicks

In a world made of distraction, letting yourself completely go every once in a while is the best way to ground and gain perspective on yourself. Part chill and part trip, this installment in the Chocolate Grinder series is something to lose yourself in. It's a mix to turn off your mind, relax, and gently float downstream, to guide you to a place of inner peace and fantastic realizations. Let the sound be the current that sets you adrift. For a deeper experience, I highly recommend checking out the complete albums by Echaskech, Christ., Cougar, Boxcutter, and múm, from which the tracks for this mix came. Those will all likely make my year-end list for 2009. There's also a track on Lokai's Transition that sounds like Portishead -- that alone makes the album worthy of investigation.

01. Echaskech - "On Your Mind" (Shatterproof)
- Start time: 0:00; Links: Just Music - Echaskech
02. Christ. - "Animus" (Distance Lends Enchantment To The View)
- Start time: 5:11; Links: Benbecula - Christ.
03. Cougar - "Pelourinho" (Patriot)
- Start time: 9:48; Links: Counter - Cougar
04. Pollination - "Some Sun (Yppah Edit)" (Inca Orange EP)
- Start time: 14:26; Links: Exponential - Pollination
05. Lokai - "Salvador" (Transition)
- Start time: 17:49; Links: Thrill Jockey - Lokai
06. Boxcutter - "Kab 28" (Arecibo Message)
- Start time: 21:47; Links: Planet Mu - Boxcutter
07. Gus Gus - "Bremen Cowboy" (24/7)
- Start time: 24:33; Links: Kompakt - Gus Gus
08. Grasscut - "Swallow The Day" (High Down single)
- Start time: 32:24; Links: Ninja Tune - Grasscut
09. Warpaint - "Beetles" (Exquisite Corpse)
- Start time: 36:18; Links: Manimal Vinyl - Warpaint
10. múm - "A River Don't Stop to Breathe" (Sing Along To Songs You Don't Know)
- Start time: 43:07; Links: Euphono - múm

Artwork: [Keith Kawaii]

Chocolate Grinder Mix 21

“How Many Roads Must a Man Is Dust in the Wind”

First of all, let me apologize for my last Chocolate Grinder blurb. I was seriously high as fuck when I wrote that. This time, let me talk about the music at hand. We have a collection of "Eureka!"-style artists that I tried to make exist in the same universe (Earth 616). Assuming anyone listens to these mixes, you'll hopefully find that this one is constructed like an actual album!!! The GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME. Each track exemplifies the deemphasis of structure in modern music, with focus on dream-like repetition that maintains interest through dynamic and timbral shifts. Basically, these songs are bolstered by musical devices other than big chord changes, whether they be subterranean recording qualities, bouts of silence, or overwhelming swaths of distortion. Each section of the mix also loosely represents bubbling trends in 2009-music -- trends that I'm not going to explain right now (because I'm full of shit). You can just hear for yourself!

01. HEALTH - "Before Tigers" (Get Color)
- Start time: 0:00; Links: [Lovepump United->www.lpurecords.com/] - [HEALTH->www.myspace.com/healthmusic]
02. Forest Creatures - "Edit 6" (Frustrated Analogue)
- Start time: 3:23; Links: [Blackest Rainbow->www.blackest-rainbow.moonfruit.com/] - [Forest Creatures-> www.myspace.com/forestcreaturesofdoom]
03. Oneohtrix Point Never - "Hyperdawn" (Zones Without People)
- Start time: 7:14; Links: Arbor - [Oneohtrix Point Never->www.myspace.com/pointnever]
04. Flower Man - "Mirrors in Orbit" (Exotic Cameo)
- Start time: 11:46; Links: Upstairs - [Flower Man->www.myspace.com/flowermanmusic]
05. Ducktails - "Parasailing" (Split 7")
- Start time: 14:44; Links: [Underwater Peoples Records->www.underwaterpeoples.com/] - [Ducktails->www.myspace.com/ducktailss]
06. Elegi - "Arvesølv" (Varde)
- Start time: 20:45; Links: Miasmah - [Elegi->www.myspace.com/elegi]
07. nmperign - "Prey" (Ommatidia)
- Start time: 23:19; Links: Intransitive
08. Æthenor - "IV" (Faking Gold and Murder)
- Start time: 29:21; Links: [VHF->www.vhfrecords.com/] - [Æthenor->www.myspace.com/aethenor]
09. Zs - "MMW I (Part I)" (Music of the Modern White)
- Start time: 34:16; Links: [The Social Registry->www.thesocialregistry.com/] - [Zs->www.myspace.com/zstheband]
10. Hjarnidaudi - "Part I" (Psyko:Stare:Void)
- Start time: 39:33; Links: [Music Fear Satan->www.musicfearsatan.com/] - [Hjarnidaudi->www.myspace.com/hjarnidaudi]

Artwork: [Keith Kawaii]

Chocolate Grinder Mix 20

“Cornbread, ain’t nothin’ wrong with that”

I may be an insufferably white dork from Canada, but I likes me a good broken beat. The odd vocalization of nostalgic pondering or social protest is icing on that bass-laden cake. This here mix tape is the nasty bidnezz, starting off with some more ambient, glitchy numbers before progressing to raucous old-school-flavored beats and booty-shaking breaks, with a righteous rant from future superstar B. Dolan that you will not soon forget. However, if you're looking for guns, bitches, and bling, you are probably talking to the wrong corn-fed honkey.

01. Deru - "Fadeaway" (Say Goodbye To Useless)
- Start time: 0:00; Links: Mush - Deru
02. Loden - "My Face Came Off" (Buggy)
- Start time: 4:39; Links: Mush - Loden
03. The Slew - "It's All Over" (100%)
- Start time: 7:35; Links: Ninja Tune - The Slew
04. B. Dolan - "Open Letter To J. T." (House Of Bees Vol. 1)
- Start time: 11:01; Links: Strange Famous - B. Dolan
05. Peter, Bjorn and John - "Stay This Way (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)" (Re-Living Thing)
- Start time: 15:38; Links: Columbia - Peter, Bjorn and John
06. Dynas - "The Future feat. DJ Jazzy Jeff" (The Apartment)
- Start time: 19:18; Links: BBE - Dynas
07. An-Ten-Nae - "Warning feat. Buccaneer" (Acid Crunk EP 5)
- Start time: 23:10; Links: Muti Music - An-Ten-Nae
08. Timonkey - "Fembot Serenade" (Molecular Forest)
- Start time: 27:39; Links: Muti Music - Timonkey
09. Anti-Pop Consortium - "Volcano (Four Tet Remix)" (Volcano single)
- Start time: 31:39; Links: Big Dada - Anti-Pop Consortium
10. The Herbaliser Band - "Blackwater Drive" (Session 2)
- Start time: 36:19; Links: !K7 - The Herbaliser Band

Artwork: [Keith Kawaii]

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.