Category Archives: Mixtapes

Feature: SiA Summer Mix #2 (Reggae Edition)


Hey guys!

Week one was a rousing success! I’m glad that everyone is enjoying our new feature!

This week is all about Reggae. Reggae music is the embodiment of summer to me, so I hope that after this, you’ll feel the same way.

SiA Summer Mix #2 (Reggae Edition)

Once again, feedback is more than welcome! If you’re a fan of reggae, and felt like I missed some crucial tracks, let me know! I’d love for a valid excuse to have and 2nd Reggae Edition…..not that really need a good reason to do so anyway!

Have a great week guys!


“Slavery Days” by Burning Spear
“Legalize It” by Peter Tosh
“No More Trouble” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Is This Love” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Marcus Garvey” by Burning Spear
“Rat Race” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“The Mummy’s Shroud” by Scientist
“Heartless Dub” by King Tubby
“Your Teeth In My Neck” by Scientist
“Reggaelation (Resting Place)” by Burning Spear
“Black Panta” by Lee “Scratch” Perry
“Ghost Town (Extended Mix)” by The Specials
“Revolution Rock” by The Clash


Feature: SiA Summer Mix #1 (Remix Edition)

Photo by Denny Vanderburg

Photo by Denny Vanderburg

Well, it’s finally here! Summer!

And that means that we kick off SiA first ever Summer Mix series!

This week is dedicated to dance remixes, in order to start your summer off on the right foot.

That’s your dancing foot, fool!

Have a great week guys! Feedback is certainly welcome! Also, it requires iTunes….but who doesn’t have that anyway.

SiA Summer Mix #1 (Remix Edition)


“F**k It” by Revolucian
“Snoop Dogg Vs. The Cure” by Hollertronix (bootleg)
“Love Stoned (Kaskade Remix)” by Justin Timberlake
“Four To The Floor (Thin White Duke Mix)” by Starsailor
“Fire Fire Fire (DFA Loving Hands Mix)” by Dappled Cities
“Dare (Soulwax Mix)” by Gorillaz
“Let It Will Be (Paper Faces Mix)” by Madonna
“I Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head (feat Ulterior Motive)” by Kylie Minogue
“Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes)” by Beck
“Slipping Away (Axwell Vocal Mix)” by Moby
“With Every Heartbeat (Voodoo and Serano Remix)” by Robyn
“Paper Planes (DFA Remix)” by M.I.A


Feature: SiA’s Summer Mix Announcement

‘Tis the season for booze, bikinis and bashes!

No, it’s not the Democratic National Convention. It’s Summer!

We here at SiA want to help you make the best out of your summer.

So, we’re offering you two things:

1.) Advice: “Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week”

2.) Every week we’ll be providing you with a 1 hour mix, built with summer in mind!

The mixes will be varied from dance, rock and “feel good hits of the summer,” plus mixes from guests like Rad Shades.

Next week, we’ll kick things off with an all remix playlist.

Check back next Friday for the inaugural mix!


Silent Mixtape #2: “Firefly Fables”

Summer06partone 041Photo by Chris Piercy, summer of 2006

I know, I know…it’s time for “summery” and “happy” music.  This mix isn’t trying to shut the propane off at your drunken barbecue or anything, but even during these blissful months of hot dogs, water gun fights, and sweaty one night stands, you still need the occasional come-down.

  1. Califone “Vampiring Again” from Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (2003)
  2. Mojave 3 “Mercy” from Ask Me Tomorrow (1995)
  3. Bark Psychosis “A Street Scene” from Hex (1994)
  4. Rachel’s “Moscow is in the Telephone” from Systems/Layers (2003)
  5. Grouper “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping” from Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (2008)
  6. Bedhead “Crushing” from WhatFunLifeWas (1994)
  7. Arthur Russell “A Little Lost” from Another Thought (1994)
  8. Charles Mingus “Profile of Jackie” from Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956)


Silent Mixtape #1: “Where Are You, Wounded Girls?”

Yoko Eyes

-Portion of “Yoko Eyes” collage/painting by Chris Piercy

Periodically we will be offering you mixtapes* hand-picked by our staff for your listening pleasure.  This first one was selected by me, and you will indeed be pleasured.

Remember, these songs are for previewing purposes, and if you like what you hear…track down the albums and buy them!  Don’t be an ass.

*Called a “mixtape” because we assume that you will dub these from your Mac onto a C60 and go cruising around in an ’82 Datsun.

  1. Big Black “Racer X” from The Hammer Party (1986)
  2. The Homosexuals “Neutron Lover” from The Homosexuals’ Record (1984, recorded in 1978)
  3. The Only Ones “In Betweens” from Even Serpents Shine (1979)
  4. The Brian Jonestown Massacre “Evergreen” from Methodrone (1995)
  5. The Dream Syndicate “When You Smile” from The Days of Wine and Roses (1982)
  6. Black Grape “Kelly’s Heroes” from It’s Great When You’re Straight, Yeah (1995)
  7. Talk Talk “Happiness is Easy” from The Colour of Spring (1986)
  8. The Angels of Light “Praise Your Name” from New Mother (1999)


“Dark Was The Night” Album Review

No doubt that you’ve seen the tracklist for this album by now. And, like me, you probably went, “ZOMFG! Look at all those AAA indie artists that I enjoy to listen to!” Then you may have drooled on yourself.

Just a little bit.

This compilation was put together by two of the founding members of The National for the Red Hot Organization. Whether you like The National or not, you should probably feel indebted to go buy one of their albums now, because they’re responsible for giving you David Byrne, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Antony, Iron & Wine, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Yo La Tengo plus many more in the same cd case.

The 2-disc ear orgy starts off the first single released, The Dirty Projectors & David Byrne’s “Knotty Pine.” A song that leaves me wanting more….well, more David Byrne that is, which sadly doesn’t happen. Anyway, “Knotty Pine” will be about the most upbeat song you’ll hear for the next 2+ hours.

Two things about that statement:
This is a very very somber compilation. After my initial listen, I wished this would have hit shelves about 3 months ago. This could have been the soundtrack to my winter, hands down. Every song effortlessly flows into the next, creating a wonderfully melodic experience.

The second thing is the fact that it’s 2 discs, equally 2+ hours. Even I, music devotee, found it hard to sit through the entire compilation. What I did find though, is that there is something for everyone’s own personal mix. What I mean by that, is “Dark Was The Night”can be cut up into your own personal mixtape. I personally have the album split up into three playlists, mixing and matching the 2 cds together.

It must be mentioned that some of those songs did not make my playlists, despite the talent behind them. Sufjan’s “You Are The Blood” is a 10 minute song (?) that about 5 minutes in had me eyeing the skip button. And Buck 65’s remix of said song is just slightly more…interesting. And Spoon’s offering, “Well-Alright” feels out of place and unfinished.

Overall, this thing is a beast. A great compilation for a great cause. It has just a few hiccups, but is packed with more surprises. Especially My Brightest Diamond’s version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” which I mistook for a Portishead B-Side.

Your iTunes will thank you.

DJ Tanner Brings the Beats

DJ Tanner 

Silence in Architecture is happy to present you with DJ Tanner’s already legendary “Bowling Alley Mix”!  If you weren’t able to make it out to that immortal show of hand clapping and boom bapping, well, you can now pretend that you were there in front of your mirror.


Mixtapes in Miniature Vol. 2


Image: Jean Pougny (Ivan Puni). (Russian, born Finland. 1892-1956). Suprematist Relief-Sculpture. 1920s (reconstruction of 1915 original). Painted wood, metal, and cardboard, mounted on wood panel, 20 x 15 1/2 x 3″ (50.8 x 39.3 x 7.6 cm). The Riklis Collection of McCrory Corporation. © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 

This week’s mix includes a lost Kraut Klassik from ’72 (Agitation Free), some soundtrack work from James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), a song about demons (Roky Erickson), bass work from a Can alumn (Moebius & Plank), and some chill house beatz (Bjørn Torske). 

mp3s (left click on the link to download):

  • Agitation Free – Ala Tul  from Malesch (Music Factory, 1972)
  • LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas from the movie 21 (2008)
  • Roky Erickson & The Aliens – I Think Up Demons from I Have Always Been Here Before (Anthology) (Shout Factory, 2005)
  • Moebius & Plank – Feedback ’66 from Rastakraut Pasta (Sky Records, 1980)
  • Bjørn Torske – God Kvelde from Feil Knapp (2007)