Do not let the cover photo give you the wrong idea. It’s not that The Ghost is only about the benjamins. No, the blog is truly a labor of love. Having said that, there are many endeavors that I would like to take on, and some extra money would help me better pursue those endeavors. The Ghost is looking at trying to get a few sponsorships in hopes of getting some greenbacks to reinvest back into the local music community. Anyone who would like to Talk to the Ghost about sponsorships such do so immediately. But as luck would have it, I’ve managed to find two sponsors that have left a well established television show in order to sponsor today’s Monday Mixteen.
The letters C and L have defected from Sesame Street, and they have convinced The Ghost that today’s playlist shall be sponsored by those letters. In addition, the number zero is joining the fray of sponsors. It’s quite fitting as not only has Sesame Street ignored the number zero, it’s also the exact amount of money I’ve made off of blog sponsorships thus far.
So here’s how this playlist works: either the song begins with the letter L, the artist begins with the letter C, or the album features “zero” in its title. So take a listen and see if you like the sound of The Ghost selling out.
- Henry the Archer, “New Mexico”
Here’s the lone song representing the number zero. Because, yes, Zero Is a Number.
- Oil Boom, “Last Call for Milkshakes!”
Here’s another great Oil Boom song, but I can’t help but wonder if this song brings the boys to the yard.
- Charley Crockett, “I Saw the Light”
Whether you believe in alphabetizing artists by first or last name, Mr. Crockett unarguably belongs with the C’s. C is also for country, and Mr. Crockett is certainly enjoying dipping his feet in the honky tonk waters. This is certainly an enjoyable cover of the Hank Williams classic.
- Blue, the Misfit (feat. Sarah Jaffe), “Live Forever”
Blue, the Misfit and Sarah Jaffe together on the same song? Yes, please.
- Calliope Musicals, “Wasted Space”
I can’t say that this song is even close to as catchy as “Echo of the Whoos”, but I do enjoy it more and more with each listen.
- Mean Motor Scooter, “Lizard Man”
Fort Worth has fallen in love with this garage rock band, and I have a feeling that love will spread deep into the 214 upon the release of their latest, Hindu Flying Machine.
- Chilldren of Indigo, “Indigo Soul”
I’m not quite sure how to classify Chilldren of Indigo. The spoken word flow suggests hip-hop, but the melody feels more a cross between jazz and maybe even progressive. Whatever it is, it’s definitely not cookie-cutter, and it’s quite interesting.
- Ansley, “Lucky Smoke”
I confess: this song was the main reason I sought out a sponsorship from the letter L. There’s a real beauty in both the song and Ansley’s vocals. This shows a very different side of the Panic Volcanic lead vocalist, and it’s clear that her talented cannot be contained by a singular defining sound.
- CAPYAC, “Bubblegum”
This Austin band does seem to know a thing or two about making catchy electronic dance tunes, you know?
- St. Vincent, “Los Ageless”
I’m not telling Daniel Ash to call a lawyer or anything, but the intro to this new St. Vincent song bears a definite resemblance to Love & Rockets’ “Kundalini Express”. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you.
- Calhoun, “Battle On ‘Til There’s One”
Why? Because, Calhoun. That’s reason enough.
- Andrew Delaney, “Lina”
If you want further reason why The Ghost nominated Mr. Delaney for so many Ghosty Awards, check out this haunting track detailing Andrew’s grandmother and her experience with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Cure for Paranoia, “Wired”
It’s about time that a CFP track make it on Spotify.
- Shadows of Jets, “LOL”
Don’t let the flippant text-speak title fool you: the lyrics on this track are razor sharp.
- Christina Cavazos, “Stay”
I’m not sure how many individuals in the metroplex know who Austinite Christina Cavazos is, but that needs to change. There’s a reason The Ghost nominated “Stay” for Best Texas Song. The simple, sweet, sincere vocal performance by Christina make this a song that gives you the feels. Fans of acts like The Innocence Mission, Sixpence None the Richer, and Mazzy Star should check her out. For that matter, fans of good music should check her out.
- Chomsky, “Laughing”
Finally, here’s a song uniting sponsors C and L. Most of the song is simply good, but when the song climaxes to its grand finale chorus, there’s something undeniably joyful in hearing the refrain, “I am always laughing/It is only proper.”