I opened my inbox the other day and I stumbled upon this little slice of heaven. In their own words "Mixtape Vol. 1, was compiled to celebrate Cross-Pollination, a weekly NYC concert series that brings together some of the most incredibly, and at times, undiscovered raw talent from across the country. Giving musicians the opportunity to stretch creatively with other like-minds, the premise of Cross-Pollination is simple. Every Tuesday evening at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street, NYC) two artists are invited to play together. Both of them play a solo 40-minute set followed by a 3 song pre-rehearsed collaborative set. Now in its third year, Cross-Pollination has brought together nearly 250 acts via 137 FREE shows. All artists included on the mixtape have played Cross-Pollination."
If you live in the New York area and you haven't made it to a Cross-Pollination show yet you need to jump on this bandwagon and see a show. The musical genius that comes from these collaborative efforts is breathtaking.
And breathtaking is a word I would use over and over again to describe their Mixtape vol 1. It's brilliant. All of it is brilliant. To put it in perspective, the first track by My Brightest Diamond is arguably the weakest track on the list. That's right, My Brightest Diamond just may be the low point on the mix. And if someone as talented and, lately, as prolific as Shara Worden is the proverbial bottom of the barrel then the bar has been set quite high. Quite high indeed.
info on the concert series
Everything below is a download, enjoy the music, I know I have.
zip : full album (gigasize, open in new tab/window)
zip : full album (alternate site)
mp3 : My Brightest Diamond - Hi, Remember Me?
mp3 : Kevin Devine - You'll Only End Joining Them (Acoustic)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! - Fallin' Apart (Live)
mp3 : The Undisputed Heavyweights - Roll Your Windows Down (Demo)
mp3 : The Bloodsugars - Purpose Was Again
mp3 : Matt Singer - Stacy J
mp3 : Derek James - Love Me, Love Me
mp3 : Cloud Cult - Pretty Eyes
mp3 : Casey Shea - Quinzy Housing
mp3 : Jeffrey Lewis - Tell It To Your Heart (Loud Reed Cover)
mp3 : The Lloyds - Halfway
mp3 : Jay Mankind - Western States (Demo)
mp3 : Ian Thomas - SBB (Demo)
mp3 : Dave Deporis - Be Strong
The World Forgot will now enter a two week hiatus period. Make sure to explore our archives while we're off trekking around Mount Everest. We like to think of it as we're taking a short little sabbatical. Mainly because that sounds better than to say we're lazy and going on one amazing vacation.