Sounds of Spring, Vol. II – Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Flaming Lips, The Kinks, Annuals, The High Llamas, The Beatles, The Morning Benders

Last week IRC presented the first springtime mix for 2011 (see 2010 and 2009) as part of the weekly Sunday 25 Mix. As we indicated then, there will be at least one, perhaps, two more springtime mixes, in addition to today’s mix, before it’s time to unleash a new set of summer-themed playlist mixes.

We doubt though that there will be 14 installments of summertime mixes this year like we put together in 2010. IRC’s Songs of Summer mixtape series, from everything we can see,  is the largest, and most extensive, accessible collection of  on the web. We will have new summer mixtapes for 2011 coming soon, but in the meantime, you can access, and download, hundreds of songs from the 2010, and 2009, mixtapes.

So, since last week’s springtime mix was sprung, it has received over 3,000 views, plus however many via the podcasts and RSS feeds, not to mention the various affiliate websites that publish IRC mixtapes on a daily and weekly basis. Because it’s Mothers’ Day (love you Mom!), so it only made sense to dedicate part of this playlist mix to songs about Moms, including tracks from The Beatles, Sufjan Stevens, The Kinks, and a cover track of Paul Simon‘s “Mother and Child Reunion” by The Morning Benders. We went a bit over the supposed 25 (for Sunday 25 Mix concept) tracks, but, we think it’s worth it.

And of course, we have some great spring-time songs in today’s mix as well from Fleet Foxes, Beirut, Annuals, Midlake, The Flaming Lips and Akron/Family.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms around the world.

“Your Mother Should Know”The Beatles

“Ragged Wood”Fleet Foxes

“Mother and Child Reunion” (Paul Simon) – The Morning Benders

“Springtime” Annuals

“Something New” The Airborne Toxic Event

“Mindless Child of Motherhood”The Kinks *

“We Gathered In Spring”Midlake

“Can’t Stop the Spring”The Flaming Lips

“Tropical Island”Melpo Mene

“Someone Heavenly” The Margarets

“Some Mother’s Son”The Kinks

“Sun Will Shine (Warmth Of The Sunship Version)”Akron/Family

“First-Time Mother’s Joy (Flying)”Mercury Rev

“Spring Hall Convert”Deerhunter

“Not Looking Back”The Lyres

“This Old Spring Town”The High Llamas

“Momma’s Boy”Chromeo

* The Kinks‘ “Mindless Child Of Motherhood” was the B-side to The Kinks’ hit record, “Lola.” We also included another “mother” song from The Kinks, titled “Some Mothers Son,” which is applicable, alas, for too many mothers in the United States over the past decade. Listen to the lyrics of Ray Davies, which are, like most of this brilliant compositions, heartfelt and profound.

So, on this day, we also think of all of the mothers, who have lost sons, and daughters, in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as all of the mothers in Iraq and Afghanistan, where so many have lost children who too often were in the wrong place at the wrong time when either U.S. or terrorist bombings took place. A mother’s love is a universal truth throughout every culture, every country, and every form of life on Earth, and every era of history.

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  1. The Fleet Foxes are classic!! Such a great pick from an equally great band. This mix seems perfect for spring, especially with the variety of slower songs against the faster ones. It captures exactly how spring feels for me. I’m also completely sure any mother listening to this mix will feel grateful for the kind thoughts being sent their way.

    1. Hi Aly:

      Glad you enjoyed it so much – you should also listen to Volume One and, well, any of the hundreds of still active mixtapes on the site. As strange as it may sound, we listen to our own mixtapes all the time! You don’t need iTunes, you just need iRC – Spread the love and FB us, Tweet, Stumble, Digg and share your favorite mixes with your friends!

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