Whiskey Sherpa


Just before we closed out 2011, Blackout Beach snuck in their new album Fuck Death into our favorites of the year. I almost don’t want to tell you it’s a loose concept album about a war deserter, because you don’t need to know that to love this thoroughly unsettling album, but there it is. Like the rest of these songs, there’s a pop element here - but another thing they share is the degree to which that melody gets mussed up.
Flock Of Dimes - Prison Bride
Grooms - Tiger Trees
Blackout Beach - Torchlights Are Banned
Spanish Prisoners - Los Angeles Guitar Dream
Art from Decasia, by Bill Morrison
~Orr

Just before we closed out 2011, Blackout Beach snuck in their new album Fuck Death into our favorites of the year. I almost don’t want to tell you it’s a loose concept album about a war deserter, because you don’t need to know that to love this thoroughly unsettling album, but there it is. Like the rest of these songs, there’s a pop element here - but another thing they share is the degree to which that melody gets mussed up.

Flock Of Dimes - Prison Bride

Grooms - Tiger Trees

Blackout Beach - Torchlights Are Banned

Spanish Prisoners - Los Angeles Guitar Dream

Art from Decasia, by Bill Morrison

~Orr


It’s still winter, and I’m still taking it easy. These four bands have been getting a lot of play at home. Between them is a spectrum of psychedelic rock that spans from the classic Bay Area sound all the way to a more modern brand of late-night, double-cup grooves. Follow the links and pick up the records. Gap Dream’s got a cassette out now on Burger Records, with an LP on the way.
Gap Dream - 58th St. Fingers
Quilt - Cowboys in the Void
Widowspeak - Harsh Realm
Run DMT - Romantic
photo by me
~Andy

It’s still winter, and I’m still taking it easy. These four bands have been getting a lot of play at home. Between them is a spectrum of psychedelic rock that spans from the classic Bay Area sound all the way to a more modern brand of late-night, double-cup grooves. Follow the links and pick up the records. Gap Dream’s got a cassette out now on Burger Records, with an LP on the way.

Gap Dream - 58th St. Fingers

Quilt - Cowboys in the Void

Widowspeak - Harsh Realm

Run DMT - Romantic

photo by me

~Andy


It took me a few tries to get into Pat Jordache’s warble, but once it clicks, his signature warble is one of the most comforting sounds you’ll find. There are so many flavors of weirdness in a voice, so what makes one feel right over another? I don’t know, but here’s to all of the weird crooners.
Mac DeMarco - Baby’s Wearin Blue Jeans
Pat Jordache - Phantom Limb
Elvis Depressedly - I’m Never Going To Understand
COOLRUNNINGS - Burnout
art by shoegazer
~Orr

It took me a few tries to get into Pat Jordache’s warble, but once it clicks, his signature warble is one of the most comforting sounds you’ll find. There are so many flavors of weirdness in a voice, so what makes one feel right over another? I don’t know, but here’s to all of the weird crooners.

Mac DeMarco - Baby’s Wearin Blue Jeans

Pat Jordache - Phantom Limb

Elvis Depressedly - I’m Never Going To Understand

COOLRUNNINGS - Burnout

art by shoegazer

~Orr




Whiskey Sherpa Mix 58 by whiskeysherpa
The days are moving slower lately. The holidays have zapped the city’s energy and nights at home are preferred. I’m feeling lazy and lofi. Naturally, I’ve gravitated towards sounds that aren’t going to harsh my mellow. Lucky for me there’s been an influx of homemade R&B pop recently. Great for both the dance floor and living room floor.
d’Eon - Transparency
Rimar - Higher Ground
Gracie - Tryck R Treat
Giraffage - Waste Yr Time
photo cred
~Andy

Whiskey Sherpa Mix 58 by whiskeysherpa

The days are moving slower lately. The holidays have zapped the city’s energy and nights at home are preferred. I’m feeling lazy and lofi. Naturally, I’ve gravitated towards sounds that aren’t going to harsh my mellow. Lucky for me there’s been an influx of homemade R&B pop recently. Great for both the dance floor and living room floor.

d’Eon - Transparency

Rimar - Higher Ground

Gracie - Tryck R Treat

Giraffage - Waste Yr Time

photo cred

~Andy




Whiskey Sherpa Mix 57 by whiskeysherpa
I know the beginning of a new year is a time to look forward and think about the the future but isn’t it also, in a way, a time to look back and revel in the past? Ok I’m sorry that’s totally ridiculous but I do really enjoy the old-timey nature of these songs. The do-wop backup girls on Someday, the surf guitar lick on Hippys, and the endless repetition of Lovin on an Older Gal that makes you feel stoned and like there’s nothing better.
Middle Brother - Someday
Black Lips - Hippys
Atlas Sound - Doctor
Sonny & the Sunsets - Lovin’ on an Older Gal
art by Erica Strandberg
~Drew

Whiskey Sherpa Mix 57 by whiskeysherpa

I know the beginning of a new year is a time to look forward and think about the the future but isn’t it also, in a way, a time to look back and revel in the past? Ok I’m sorry that’s totally ridiculous but I do really enjoy the old-timey nature of these songs. The do-wop backup girls on Someday, the surf guitar lick on Hippys, and the endless repetition of Lovin on an Older Gal that makes you feel stoned and like there’s nothing better.

Middle Brother - Someday

Black Lips - Hippys

Atlas Sound - Doctor

Sonny & the Sunsets - Lovin’ on an Older Gal

art by Erica Strandberg

~Drew


New Year’s happened, and at the Whiskey Sherpa offices, it happened with vigor. We had a great 2011 (with lots of good tunes), and 2012 is already shaping up with some awesome music. Yesterday, daddy was a little hungover, and you probably were too, so let’s just ease into this whole new year with some pretty melodies.
The Morning Clouds - The Wrong ThingsSister Crayon - I’m Still The Same PersonSAFE - Twenty Years OnNorth Highlands - Benefits
art by Shota Mitsuyasu
~Orr

New Year’s happened, and at the Whiskey Sherpa offices, it happened with vigor. We had a great 2011 (with lots of good tunes), and 2012 is already shaping up with some awesome music. Yesterday, daddy was a little hungover, and you probably were too, so let’s just ease into this whole new year with some pretty melodies.

The Morning Clouds - The Wrong Things
Sister Crayon - I’m Still The Same Person
SAFE - Twenty Years On
North Highlands - Benefits

art by Shota Mitsuyasu

~Orr




Whiskey Sherpa - 2011 by whiskeysherpa
Who said anything about “best”? These are the songs we liked  most from 2011. They’re the songs we played twice before leaving the  house, the hooks we sang while biking, the requests we shouted out too  loudly at the end of a show, even though you know they were gonna play  it as the encore anyway. If we were a couple minutes late meeting you  out, it was because we were just listening to one more song — and it  was one of these.
So here’s to 2011, the first year of Whiskey Sherpa. Thanks for the laughs, dudes.
photo by Cassandra Nguyen
~Andy, Orr, and Drew
The Weeknd - House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls (snippet)Elite Gymnastics - OmamoriGrimes - VanessaM83 - Midnight CityYouth Lagoon - CannonsGardens & Villa - Orange BlossomErik Gundel - You Brought JoytUnE-yArDs - BiznessFord & Lopatin - Joey RogersBalam Acab - Oh, WhyHoly Other - TouchYellow Ostrich - LibrariesSonny and the Sunsets - Girls BewareGirls - Honey Bunny Bobby Chiz - Brooklyn MouthPure X - EasyCass McCombs - County Line
And, since we can never agree about anything, here’s our top records of the year, by your individual sherpas.
Andy:Personally, I thought 2011 was great. I  can think of at least 20 more albums i could have easily included in  this list. It seemed to be all about cut-and-paste, genre-busting,  collage pop this year. The music was weird, but that seems to be what we  were looking for. There were plenty of nods to musical styles of the  past. Though, what seemed to grab everyone’s attention were the nods to  the future.Destroyer - KaputtJohn Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of OurselvesClams Casino - Instrumental MixtapeReal Estate - DaysPure X - PleasureFord & Lopatin - Channel PressureElite Gymnastics - RuinGang Gang Dance - Eye ContactThe Weeknd - House of BalloonsKurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Orr:I hate forcing my favorite records into a  strict order, as if the #4 album of the year somehow won more points  than #7, but goddamn if EMA’s “Past Life Martyred Saints” didn’t jump  out of every list I scribbled and threw out. Not only is it a bunch of good songs (and a collection of distortion-as-art that scratches  every weird itch), but it’s a near-perfect album album, draped over three movements — three long, slow-building songs that are composed of dramatic elements themselves. It also just rocks, with guitars. Take it how you want it, there’s enough life packed into this record to last a year.
1. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
The Antlers - Burst ApartBalam Acab - See Birds EPBlackout Beach - Fuck DeathDeleted Scenes - Young People’s Church of the AirDestroyer - KaputtGang Gang Dance - Eye ContactMutual Benefit / Holy Spirits - Mutual Spirits (split 12”)Peaking Lights - 936tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l lWoods - Sun and ShadeWye Oak - Civilian
Drew:2011 was a great year for sophomore albums.  Tune Yards, Sonny and the Sunnsets, Guadalupe Plata, Yellow Ostrich and  Mayer Hawthorne all released stellar second albums to build on great  debuts. Some great new releases from a few reliable sources, and funky  debuts from new arrivals like Gardens & Villa and Delicate Steve  rounded out a 2011 that sounded great and bodes well for the future.
Sonny and the Sunsets - Hit After HittUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l lWhite Denim - DBlitzen Trapper - American GoldwingGardens & Villa - Gardens & VillaGuadalupe Plata - Guadalupe PlataDestroyer - KaputtMayer Hawthorne - How Do You DoYellow Ostrich - The MistressDelicate Steve - Wondervisions

Whiskey Sherpa - 2011 by whiskeysherpa

Who said anything about “best”? These are the songs we liked most from 2011. They’re the songs we played twice before leaving the house, the hooks we sang while biking, the requests we shouted out too loudly at the end of a show, even though you know they were gonna play it as the encore anyway. If we were a couple minutes late meeting you out, it was because we were just listening to one more song — and it was one of these.

So here’s to 2011, the first year of Whiskey Sherpa. Thanks for the laughs, dudes.

photo by Cassandra Nguyen

~Andy, Orr, and Drew

The Weeknd - House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls (snippet)
Elite Gymnastics - Omamori
Grimes - Vanessa
M83 - Midnight City
Youth Lagoon - Cannons
Gardens & Villa - Orange Blossom
Erik Gundel - You Brought Joy
tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
Ford & Lopatin - Joey Rogers
Balam Acab - Oh, Why
Holy Other - Touch
Yellow Ostrich - Libraries
Sonny and the Sunsets - Girls Beware
Girls - Honey Bunny
Bobby Chiz - Brooklyn Mouth
Pure X - Easy
Cass McCombs - County Line

And, since we can never agree about anything, here’s our top records of the year, by your individual sherpas.

Andy:
Personally, I thought 2011 was great. I can think of at least 20 more albums i could have easily included in this list. It seemed to be all about cut-and-paste, genre-busting, collage pop this year. The music was weird, but that seems to be what we were looking for. There were plenty of nods to musical styles of the past. Though, what seemed to grab everyone’s attention were the nods to the future.

Destroyer - Kaputt
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Clams Casino - Instrumental Mixtape
Real Estate - Days
Pure X - Pleasure
Ford & Lopatin - Channel Pressure
Elite Gymnastics - Ruin
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

Orr:
I hate forcing my favorite records into a strict order, as if the #4 album of the year somehow won more points than #7, but goddamn if EMA’s “Past Life Martyred Saints” didn’t jump out of every list I scribbled and threw out. Not only is it a bunch of good songs (and a collection of distortion-as-art that scratches every weird itch), but it’s a near-perfect album album, draped over three movements — three long, slow-building songs that are composed of dramatic elements themselves. It also just rocks, with guitars. Take it how you want it, there’s enough life packed into this record to last a year.

1. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

The Antlers - Burst Apart
Balam Acab - See Birds EP
Blackout Beach - Fuck Death
Deleted Scenes - Young People’s Church of the Air
Destroyer - Kaputt
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
Mutual Benefit / Holy Spirits - Mutual Spirits (split 12”)
Peaking Lights - 936
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
Woods - Sun and Shade
Wye Oak - Civilian

Drew:
2011 was a great year for sophomore albums. Tune Yards, Sonny and the Sunnsets, Guadalupe Plata, Yellow Ostrich and Mayer Hawthorne all released stellar second albums to build on great debuts. Some great new releases from a few reliable sources, and funky debuts from new arrivals like Gardens & Villa and Delicate Steve rounded out a 2011 that sounded great and bodes well for the future.

Sonny and the Sunsets - Hit After Hit
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
White Denim - D
Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing
Gardens & Villa - Gardens & Villa
Guadalupe Plata - Guadalupe Plata
Destroyer - Kaputt
Mayer Hawthorne - How Do You Do
Yellow Ostrich - The Mistress
Delicate Steve - Wondervisions

Big mix comin’.

Yall like lists, right? We do. Keep an eye out Monday for a big Whiskey Sherpa mix of our favorites from 2011, plus a couple bonus lists.

We launched just this summer, and we’ve already got 55 mixes under our belts — to be honest, that’s more follow-through than any of us have had, on anything. To celebrate, here’s our favorite mixes from the year 1 W.S. Thanks for the support, and check back Monday for the big mix!

Whiskey Sherpa Mix 6

This was one of my favorites because it was so easy to assemble. I wanted to post something really relaxing, but with a build — some post-nap jams. Chill, can I say chill? This mix is so damn chill.

~Andy


Whiskey Sherpa Mix 31

The first time I heard Balam Acab’s gaping piano hymn “Oh, Why,” I listened to it three times straight. I ended up going back to this mix over and over because his music, and the others’ here like Grimes and James Blake, fill up that headphone space so perfectly.

~Orr

Whiskey Sherpa Mix 23

Upbeat tempos and danceable rhythms are really my jam. This was my favorite mix for when it was sunny, when it was cloudy, and whenever I was near a computer.

~Drew




Whiskey Sherpa Mix 55 by whiskeysherpa
I had every intention this week of making a mix that reflects the wintry weather and my concomitant sour mood but then I stumbled upon Young Buffalo’s “Baby Demons.” The song immediately reminded me of Tame Impala’s garage psych-rock and I knew this mix had to be made. I don’t think this kind of music gets nearly enough attention and Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker was easily one of my top five albums of 2010. Pond is an old/new project from three of the members of Tame Impala and drifts more towards straight garage but holds on to a bit of that psychedelic flavor. Unknown Mortal Orchestra get even more out there and have one of the most fun albums from this year.
Young Buffalo - Baby Demons
Tame Impala - Desire Be Desire Go
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - How Can You Luv Me
Pond - Fantastic Explosion of Time
art by Nicholas Kennedy Sitton
~Drew

Whiskey Sherpa Mix 55 by whiskeysherpa

I had every intention this week of making a mix that reflects the wintry weather and my concomitant sour mood but then I stumbled upon Young Buffalo’s “Baby Demons.” The song immediately reminded me of Tame Impala’s garage psych-rock and I knew this mix had to be made. I don’t think this kind of music gets nearly enough attention and Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker was easily one of my top five albums of 2010. Pond is an old/new project from three of the members of Tame Impala and drifts more towards straight garage but holds on to a bit of that psychedelic flavor. Unknown Mortal Orchestra get even more out there and have one of the most fun albums from this year.

Young Buffalo - Baby Demons

Tame Impala - Desire Be Desire Go

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - How Can You Luv Me

Pond - Fantastic Explosion of Time

art by Nicholas Kennedy Sitton

~Drew




Whiskey Sherpa Mix 54 by whiskeysherpa
This mix opens up with an otherworldly rock ‘n’ roll jam from Nicholas Jaar’s new project, Darkside. A lot of the great experimental music being made right now sounds that way; as if from the future or space. It’s the kind of music you put on and forget about, but not really. Everything sounds right but then all of a sudden you realize you’ve never heard anything like this before. 
Hat tip to the recently deceased Altered Zones, who championed a lot of these amazing artists.
Darkside - A1
James Ferraro - Adventures in Green Foot Printing
Family Portrait - Dark Roast
John Maus - Hey Moon
Hype Williams - Businessline (snippet)
photo by me
~Andy

Whiskey Sherpa Mix 54 by whiskeysherpa

This mix opens up with an otherworldly rock ‘n’ roll jam from Nicholas Jaar’s new project, Darkside. A lot of the great experimental music being made right now sounds that way; as if from the future or space. It’s the kind of music you put on and forget about, but not really. Everything sounds right but then all of a sudden you realize you’ve never heard anything like this before. 

Hat tip to the recently deceased Altered Zones, who championed a lot of these amazing artists.

Darkside - A1

James Ferraro - Adventures in Green Foot Printing

Family Portrait - Dark Roast

John Maus - Hey Moon

Hype Williams - Businessline (snippet)

photo by me

~Andy