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Endless Winter by The Standstill to be released 11.13.2012

This is the second collection of songs to be released by the elusive Jeff Maynard.  Where his previous outing, What Happened to Turn Signals? (released under the ridiculously named but critically acclaimed “Skippy and the Bellbottoms” moniker) found Maynard performing each instrument himself, this time he has employed a quartet of some of Tennessee’s finest musicians: Kenny Gilbert, Nathan Brown, Joshua Russell and Christine Hale.  

 Endless Winter was recorded during a two-day period of live sessions.  It’s sound runs a gauntlet of indie influences, nodding to such acts as The Shins, Nada Surf, My Morning Jacket, a touch of early Radiohead, and a formidable Pixies cover.  The songs, themselves, examine the nuances of a dissipating relationship from an often matter-of-factly, emotional vantage point.

 This collection is the seventeenth release from El Deth.  It will be digitally available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon,  and all other major online distributors on November 13th, 2012. 

Listen to the title track on Soundcloud…

Universal Rejector

Click to download as a continuous mp3:

Universal Rejector

“Face Your Doom” – Daniel Johnston & His Hyperjinx Tricycle
“Stealing Home” – Shivaree
“Beauty” – Linda Thompson
“Nude” – Radiohead
“Cat Faces” – Ugly Cassanova
“Black Wave” – The Shins
“Go or Go Ahead” – Rufus Wainwright
“I Was a Landscape in Your Dream (Grizzly Bear Remix)” – Of Montreal
“Caramel” – Blur
“Safari Love” – The Beatles vs. The Pixies vs. Aretha Franklin vs. Loo & Placido
“I Lose” – Daniel Johnston

Holiday time again.  The weather in Knoxville right now is pretty damned nice.  Later tonight, though, on the eve of Christmas, we’re supposed to get some snowy snow.  That sounds alright to me.  As for you, you might want to wait until then to listen to this mix.

I know the title is bleak, but I wanted to throw something up for these winter holidays.  This is good, quietish, atmospheric mix that seems to sound good  on cold nights.  Plus holidays are kind of bleak anymore anyway, aren’t they?  Everybody bitching about which is the best one while trying to sell you shit you don’t need so that you can give it to someone else who also doesn’t need it and they can, in turn, give you something else you don’t need.   Everyone keeping it up because it’s traditional or something.

But hey!  I’m no Scrooge.  Not entirely.  The sad desolation of winter is strangely pacifying if one can immerse fully in the death and coldness going on around him or her.  Those things make you appreciate the living much more.  So plastic aside, it is good that there is something that changes our routine as the holidays tend to do.

For all that somberness, and warmth inside of the cold, there is this mix.