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Indie JayeL Audio Mixtape

MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 9-28-18 feat. Jade Bird, Maggie Rogers, The Knocks, k-os & more

Summer finally came to a close in Michigan in the past week or so. This month’s mixtape album cover photo took place at an excellent place to put an exclamation point on summer 2018, Pictured Rocks. My second trip to the Upper Peninsula included a portrait ready 35 mile back-packing trip (shameless plug to The […]

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Indie JayeL Audio Mixtape

MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 2-19-18 feat. N.E.R.D., Sylvan Esso, Jay Som, The Magician, Sure Sure & more

There is a lot of new music to love already in 2018 and on top of a few gems that were late finds from 2017, that equates to a 37 song mixtape. This month I tried to balance danceable tracks (The Magician, Justin Timberlake, Riton) with a slew of new indie rock (Django Django, Car […]

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2017 Indie JayeL Audio Lists Mixtape

2017 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of 2017

This year’s top tracks list had a problem…too many good choices. Hence the 100 song list you see before you. As usual, the rules are that songs counted came out in 2017 (or late 2016, see: Michigan Rattlers, RTJ, and Kid Cudi) and are my most played and adored of the year. 100 songs also […]

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2017 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2017

2017 – the year that felt like a decade for many people. Though there was not as much protest music as I expected, the year was filled with an avalanche of great new albums, despite the apparent demise of the format. Hip-hop brought its “A-game” thanks to outstanding albums from King Kendrick (more on him […]

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Indie JayeL Audio Mixtape

MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 11-26-17 feat. Sure Sure, Wild Cub, Miguel, N.E.R.D. & more

How do you explain a mixtape that was supposed to come out one month ago? Well, you can offer up excuses related to work, a conference in the Windy City, and a sunny Florida vacation, but I wouldn’t expect much sympathy from that explanation. Instead, I’ll explain that said mixtape was actually shaping up into […]

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MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 8-29-17 feat. HAIM, Canaro, RAC, David Myles & more

A lot has happened in the music world since 4th of July and I’ll admit, I’ve been hoarding a lot of music since that time. Arcade Fire put out a danceable new album with a side of social commentary, RAC stayed consistent with a solid sophomore album + an excellent remix (“Ordinary Madness”), and The […]

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JayeL Audio Mixtape

MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 6-09-17 ft. Krrum, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem & more

There is a lot to be excited about with the change in seasons to warmer weather. I expect the sunshine, patio perching, and summer-ready new music. I did not expect brand new music from two of my all time favorites: LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire. Win Butler & co’s “Everything Now” is probably more ‘summery’ […]