The folks over at KEXP, that venerable institution of all things musically cool, have put together a third mix tape, culled from their back catalogue of live, in-studio performances. One would think that by the third go at this experiment they’d be running low on quality songs and big name artists, but a glance at the tracklist would have any non-believer converted. Sure, it’s like any mixtape, bearing a little something for everybody with a few that can be skipped over, but that comes down to subjective preference.
(Inter)national favorites (albeit maybe not quite mainstream favorites) such as the Shins, Frank Black, and Peter Bjorn & John sit nicely alongside lesser known up-and-comers such as the Shackeltons and the Gossip. This is thanks to the impressive recordings put forth by KEXP, and more importantly, stellar performances (see Cloud Cult’s "Mr. Tambourine Man", Lady Sov’s "Public Warning" and Grizzly Bear’s "Knife") from the artists. Good work, KEXP. When does Volume IV come out?