12 Days of Mixmas: Day 1
Ivana XL

If it’s December, that must mean it’s Mixmas time here at You Ain’t No Picasso! For those not familiar, this is where I give some of my favorite bands an opportunity to create a mix around one theme and to share a little about each song. I’ll most likely wind up doubling up this year, but here’s a great one to start us off.

MP3: Ivana XL – White White

I was introduced to Ivana XL’s music by a friend and I immediately fell for her music. To recall an old way I’ve developed to describe her, it’s like Cat Power channeling Leonard Cohen. What’s not to enjoy? Ivana’s mix is a similarly straightforward collection that is a look into her heart, as well as her stereo.

“The Shit” by Ivana XL

MP3: Neko Case – Look For Me (I’ll Be Around)
This song and I have spent ahhhhlot of time this year sitting, drinking, pouring our little hearts out.. we are very,very close.

MP3: PJ Harvey – White Chalk
This song. This songgg.. I don’t even know what to say about this song. What do you say about something that is from another planet? Hmm.. It’s strange. It freaks me out a little. It has the ability to control my mind. I don’t really understand it. One thing is for sure. It’s very beautiful and unique and I want to tell you that it does indeed exist.

MP3: Sharon Van Etten – Pickin’ Up Rocks
I’ve been blasting this song at top volume at all hours for the past month. My neighbors are really into it too!.. I can hear them weeping. I wish I had some bigger more powerful speakers so I could share it with the whole block.

MP3: Scout Niblett – Sweet Heart Fever
This song… is like a punch in the face.. in a good way? I’ve always been a fan of recordings consisting of just guitar and vocals. Honestly. She’s really just telling you the truth all of the time.

MP3: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – No More Workhorse Blues
“I AM A RACING HORSE. I AM A GRAZING HORSE. I AM YOUR FAVORITE HORSE” Oh. My. God. So wonderful. I would love to be stuck in a dark elevator with this man, an Ouija board and some ghosts.

Mixmas 06 (MP3 links won’t work)
Day 12: Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
Day 11: Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear
Day 10: Allan Vest of The Starlight Mints
Day 9: The Light Footwork
Day 8: Casper and the Cookies
Day 7: Sure Juror
Day 6: Ryan Allen of Thunderbirds Are Now!
Day 5: Michael Nau of Page France
Day 4: Greg from Oh No! Oh My!
Day 3: Tony Miller of Ideal Free Distribution
Day 2: Ivana XL
Day 1: Daniel of Oh No! Oh My!

Mixmas 05 (MP3 links don’t work)
Day 13: Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal
Day 12: Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
Day 11: Justin Rice of Bishop Allen
Day 10: Becca from The Light Footwork
Day 9: Jay from The Light Footwork
Day 8: Christian Owens from Bishop Allen
Day 7: The Rinse
Day 6: Chris of Gorilla vs Bear
Day 5: Dodge from My Old Kentucky Blog
Day 4: Ryan Allen of Thunderbirds Are Now!
Day 3: John Vanderslice
Day 2: Tapes ‘n Tapes
Day 1: Dean from Secret Unicorns Forum

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