Monday, April 18, 2011

april 2011

rain has been following me all around michigan... from class, to my job, to my second job, then band practice, to detroit and ypsilanti and rochester and everyone in between. covered in rain.

just to let everyone know, before we even get too far into this. APRIL 2011 IS A FOUR PART MIX TAPE. yeah, i know, this seems excessive but i've been listening to insane amounts of music lately. all i do is drive around, as mentioned above. when i work at my gas station job i work midnight to 8 a.m. so i have that whole night to listen to music. even at my second job (at this delicious privately owned sandwich shop called 'Wiches in downtown oxford, mi) i still get to listen to music while we work in the kitchen. so yeah, april is not even over yet and i already have four playlists to give you. PLUS i have another 3 part playlist (mischief mix) coming soon.

so for anyone who actaully reads this site and downloads all these playlists, this is all very good news to you few people. but thank you all for continuing to read my bullshit jabbering and downloading all my silly little mixtapes.

in other news, school (16+ hours a week) is coming to a close for the semester and it cannot end soon enough. two jobs (60+ hours last week) is killing me but i'm making money and i really need to buy a new amp. primarily because kodaks new ep is just about finished and we are hopefully going to be gigging constantly to support it. in fact, we are playing a show THIS SATURDAY ** april 23rd ** at the pike room, in the crofoot, in pontiac, mi.

then we are going to work on putting out the very first kodaks full length. a real deal KODAKS LP. we've already started writing for it and we are very excited to get more material released. hopefully the dark ep will get people excited for the album... also, we are adding a lead guitar player soon. so kodaks will again be 4, soon. also, if you go to our bandcamp you will notice some new songs have been uploaded... well actually new old demos that have just never been heard... but either way haha

plus i'm starting a new band. it's a boy & girl band, just myself and one beautiful and talented young lady... it's kind of a synth rock band i guess but of course it's hard to define. think beach house meets the kills. that's what i'm going for anyways haha. but hopefully some demos should be surfacing pretty soon, i'm happy with the way they are shaping up. hopefully ashley (the girl) and myself will start gigging out with the material soon as well... we are calling the project.........


i'm sure we'll be up on myspace, facebook and bandcamp all within the next month. so keep your eyes peeled if guy&girl duo bands appeal to you.

alright, i'm done being boring now. hope you like these traxx... i've been esp obsessed with albert hammond jr, the vaccines, toro y moi, the sea and cake, white denim, kills/raveonettes, new strokes, new fleet foxes, new foo fighters, the cars, little comets, john mayer, a band of bees, dom, new order, tame impala and amazing detroit newcomers- the kickstand band. there's a lot of music to dig through here, but once you start listening you'll notice it's hard to find a bad track on the mix :D here's to the april showers... well rain and snow... we've been having plenty of both this month.

april 2011

00 song - artist

click here to download april 2011 PART ONE

01 intro - 2pac
02 taken for a fool - the strokes
03 why won't you make up your mind - tame impala
04 u.r.a. fever - the kills
05 isles - little comets
06 i'm with you - the ponys
07 daily routine - animal collective
08 castles in the snow - twin shadow
09 vox humana - deerhunter
10 eyesore - women
11 m - the cure
12 all the photos - the sea and cake
13 nothing but our love - dale earhardt jr. jr.
14 marriage - gold panda
15 life's a bitch - nas
16 slow country - gorillaz
17 kaputt - destroyer
18 green glass bottles - atlas sound
19 another kind of green - john mayer trio
20 jesus - dom
21 still thinking of you tonight - the kickstand band
22 last night at the jetty - panda bear

click here to download april 2011 PART TWO

23 blow it up - the vaccines
24 mouth full of bones - natalie portman's shaved head
25 mathmatics - the fashion
26 white limo - foo fighters
27 take five - dave brubeck
28 tony fatti - white denim
29 easy now - millionyoung
30 let's go - the cars
31 spanish fly - blondes
32 intro chi chi - toro y moi
33 victory at monterey - albert hammond, jr.
34 party talk - craft spells
35 rise & shine - the cardigans
36 quarantined - atlas sound
37 heaven knows i'm miserable now - the smiths
38 lucky - holy fuck
39 going back to cali - notorious b.i.g.
40 thieves like us - new order
41 (you can't blame it on) anybody - phoenix
42 the plains / bitter dancer - fleet foxes
43 honey mine - korallreven
44 alter ago - tame impala
45 me and julio down by the schoolyard - paul simon
46 we used to wait - arcade fire

click here to download april 2011 PART THREE

47 the sporting life - the sea and cake
48 you and i (ft. caroline polachek) - washed out
49 tricolour - little comets
50 strawberry skies - games
51 caring is creepy - the shins
52 bridge burning - foo fighters
53 d.r.u.g.s. - the raveonettes
54 neon - john mayer
55 love is colder than death - the virgins
56 in heat (javelin remix) - health
57 alright - girls
58 all cats are grey - the cure
59 dye the world - smith westerns
60 house of balloons / glass table girls - the weeknd
61 spirit's in the material world - the police
62 me against the world - 2pac
63 you won't be fooled by this - albert hammond, jr.
64 kids with guns (hot chip remix) - gorillaz
65 since k got over me - the clientele
66 we both like me - jangula
67 autumn in ganymede - the seatbelts
68 in the walls - stellastarr*
69 burning - the whitest boy alive
70 i got a - nicolas jaar
71 norgaard - the vaccines
72 hiding tonight - alex turner

click here to download april 2011 PART FOUR

73 twenty two fourteen - the album leaf
74 living in america - dom
75 moon rocks - talking heads
76 i'm a terrible person - rooney
77 up on the north shore - the sea and cake
78 julien - bear hands
79 friction - television
80 45:33 (part 2) - lcd soundsystem
81 montezuma - fleet foxes
82 all blues - miles davis
83 magnet - bombay bicycle club
84 tomboy - panda bear
85 picture me rollin' - 2pac
86 manic depression - jimi hendrix
87 ice cream (ft. matias aguayo) - battles
88 motive (ft. ted feldman) - hesta prynn
89 soft denial - millionyoung
90 drive - the cars
91 cheap and cheerful - the kills
92 latin america - holy fuck
93 regret - new order
94 take it to the moon - phantasmagoria
95 before tigers (cfcf remix) - health
96 new coat - white denim
97 the suburbs (continued) - arcade fire
98 life is simple in the moonlight - the strokes
99 covered in rain - john mayer
100 lying in the snow - a band of bees

Monday, April 04, 2011

march 2011

(the kodaks as of march 2011, snapped in between recordings for the "Dark EP" in ATL. photo credit to phantaz.)

sorry it's taken so long. on top of school and the kodaks, i now have two jobs. on top of that, my laptop has crashed 3 times within the past 2 months. so you can only imagine the hoards of playlists that were amazing and completely ready to get but that got deleted from the crash. yes, heartbreaking. but such is life.

here is a collection of stuff i was listening to all throughout march. really i've been listening to lots of full albums (new albums by the strokes, toro y moi, radiohead, "oui" by the sea and cake and tame impala's "innerspeaker", to name a few) so what i've done here is collected 2 tracks from each band that i've been listening to a lot this month.

and i listened to lots, and lots, and lots of music in march. the kodaks and our best friends phantasmagoria drove from detroit, the cinci, to nashville, ATL, to jax (FL), then back to ATL then back to cinci, then home. so one could only imagine how much time i spent behind the wheel. music kept me sane. as it always does. thanks for being patient, now that i'm getting up and running again playlists will become more and more frequent. my playlist for april is already pretty much done AND since i've got this version of my laptop back, i've been creating a monster playlist simple entitled "MISCHIEF MIX" right now i have 3 cds at least and there will probably be around 4 download links.

SO, lots happening. i'm almost done with college for the semester (thank fuck) and MSU snubbed me (again) for their study abroad program but i plan on traveling throughout europe with my photographer friend, ron brown. this will happen sometime this summer. until then i'm hard at work with school and work (a gas station at night, sandwich shop during the day) and kodaks are also finishing up our newest release which will be called the "Dark Ep" and hopefully be out sometime this month or in may. plus, The Kodaks have shows coming up....

‎---upcoming shows---

APRIL 9TH @ Woodruff's in Ypsilanti w/
Phantasmagoria, The Drags & Lightning Love

The Crofoot (PIKE ROOM) w/ almost free for the release of their new ep (Almost Free EP RELEASE PARTY!!!)


but anyways, that's enough spam about stuff you guys probably do not care about. but then again, if you don't care, why are you here, at this blog, reading my words? hopefully you care. i care, that's why i post all this shit on here. my sister thinks i'm going to get sued. let's try and avoid that if possible... until i'm in jail please just enjoy the tunez.

march 2011

00 song - artist

part one

01 victory at monterey - albert hammond, jr.
02 you won't be fooled by this - albert hammond, jr.
03 walkabout (w/ panda bear) - atlas sound
04 kid klimax - atlas sound
05 amorres perros - bad cop
06 control - bad cop
07 walls - beck
08 profanity prayers - beck
09 i slept w/ bonhomme at the cbc - broken social scene
10 alive in 85 - broken social scene
11 brand new cadillac - the clash
12 train in vain - the clash
13 catch - the cure
14 m - the cure
15 still young - evenings
16 babe - evenings
17 motive - hesta prynn
18 you winding up (bear hands remix)
19 i'm bound to pack it up (white stripes cover) - the kodaks
20 lynn (phantasmagoria "riley's revenge" remix unfinished)
21 adultery - little comets
22 joanna - little comets
23 the next time around - little joy
24 keep me in mind - little joy
25 quicksand - lotus plaza
26 a threaded needle - lotus plaza
27 life's a bitch - nas
28 memory lane (sittin' in da park) - nas

part two

29 everything's gone green - new order
30 run 2 - new order
31 gimme the loot - notorious b.i.g.
32 mo money mo problems - notorious b.i.g.
33 belong - the pains of being pure at heart
34 heart in your heartbreak - the pains of being pure at heart
35 empty houses - phantasmagoria
36 bats! - phantasmagoria
37 debaser - pixies
38 hey - pixes
39 bloom - radiohead
40 morning mr. magpie - radiohead
41 sleep tight - rollerskaters
42 boyhood - rollerskaters
43 all the photos - the sea and cake
44 two dolphns - the sea and cake
45 weekend - smith westerns
46 all die young - smith westerns
47 machu picchu - the stokes
48 taken for a fool - the strokes
49 alter ego - tame impala
50 why won't you make up your mind? - tame impala
51 intro (chi chi) - toro y moi
52 how i know - toro y moi
53 blow it up - the vaccines
54 norgaard - the vaccines
55 i start to run - white denim
56 our get - white denim
57 albatross - wild beasts
58 two dancers (ii) - wild beasts
59 picture me rollin' - 2pac
60 me against the world - 2pac

Friday, February 18, 2011


atlanta is taunting me...

just a day or two ago now my guitarist/bassist/backing vocalist/folk loving/best friend Adam "Bobby" Laidlaw is moved away... just 3 days ago he was in Michigan, and now he's in Georgia. Bobby is moving away from Detroit and moving to Atlanta. words cannot really express how much i am going to miss him- he was a more than crucial element in The Kodaks as well as one of my best friends, so naturally, all i could do was make him a going away mix. thanks for everything adam, i'm going to miss you very much and i hope you know how jealous i am of you.

be free you gypsy.

hopefully we will reconvene next month for tour & sxsw and have as much fun as ever. til then...

BOBBY (laidlawless)

click here to download

00 song - artist

01 helplessness blues - fleet foxes
02 gila - beach house
03 nyc - interpol
04 curl up like a dead leaf and go where the wind blows - bombay bicycle club
05 hanging with the wrong crowd - ed harcourt
06 a delicate hang - french kicks
07 soulvaki space station - slowdive
08 backyards - broken social scene
09 parasol - the sea and cake
10 detlef schrempf - band of horses
11 heatherwood - deerhunter
12 slow life (ft. victoria legrand) - grizzly bear
13 stay where you are - ambulance ltd
14 animals & insects - the stills
15 kid klimax - atlas sound
16 the blue route - the walkmen

young bloodz (part two)

to my bff since 5th grade - Samuel C.A.

young bloodz part two

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00 song - artist

01 everyday i have the blues (live) - john mayer trio
02 under cover of darkness - the strokes
03 friend of mine - the notorious b.i.g.
04 gravity rides everything - modest mouse
05 falling over - the pains of being pure at heart
06 blue in green - miles davis
07 how can you swallow so much sleep - bombay bicycle club
08 happy as can be - cut off your hands
09 girlfriend - phoenix
10 david - the radio dept.
11 tired of being alone - al green
12 killer bees - the stills
13 weekend - the sea and cake
14 high - the cure
15 suicide policeman - yuck
16 sex tourists - french kicks
17 bad blood - bear hands
18 inner city blues (make me wanna holler) - marvin gaye
19 i'd have it just the way we were - white denim
20 on a neck, on a spit - grizzly bear
21 all eyez on me - 2pac

Thursday, February 17, 2011

young bloodz (part one)

sorry it's been so long since my last post. i mean, it's been a while since my last play list anyways. my computer took a spill right before christmas so i ended up loosing absolutely everything on my hard drive so i had to get a new one (so naturally i got a larger HD) and for the past month or two now i've just been reloading my itunes. but i'm almost back to normal.

so all that being said- delayed mixes from December, January and now February will all be posted very soon, because even despite lack of posts, i've had these mixes done. i just lost the files and the play list specifics- so i've been working real hard to try and get my shit back together to post.

now to feed the appetite of anyone who actually reads this site and downloads these mixes i am posting a mix that i made for my long time friend who turns 20 tomorrow. this is only part one- i will post part two tomorrow on his actual b-day. happy birthday sam.

young bloodz (part one)

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oo song - artist

01 lamplight - bombay bicycle club
02 machine gun funk - notorious b.i.g.
03 when it started - the strokes
04 how i know - toro y moi
05 tablasaurus - bear hands
06 check out time - 2pac
07 soft and sleep - the sea and cake
08 where's summer b? - ben folds five
09 cheerleader - grizzly bear
10 love & death - the stills
11 while we're young - department of eagles
12 diplomat's son - vampire weekend
13 hanging with the wrong crowd - ed harcourt
14 miami - foals
15 cut your hair - pavement
16 alison - slowdive
17 girlfriend - bobby brown
18 heartbreaker - girls
19 halftime - nas

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

2011 updates

2011 updates

some stuff---

lots of stuff has been happening lately! i'm so glad that i (Adam) got to go out last night in Detroit and check out "City of the Future" a new event at the majestic- it's a free show every monday night at the magic stick lounge, showcasing new local artists. The Kodaks will be playing the next city of the future (number 4) in coming weeks.

last night i was lucky enough to see Phantasmagoria play and they totally blew me away, definitely some of the most fresh music to come out Detroit this year. hopefully the kodaks will be playing many shows in the future with phantazzz. check out their bandcamp-->

until then we are still recording our new ep, which we are semi sure we want to call the "dark ep". the track listing is as follows-

the kodaks - "dark ep"
1. lynn
2. mouth kiss (dark version)
3. monophobia
4. rough sleeper
5. mean april (dark version)
6. untitled

there will also be another ep release, a b-sides collection of sorts, after the "dark ep" is out and we are thinking of calling that the "bright sides" which will feature other songs we are also recording right now like "movie theatre," "aqua dream" and some other b-sides. we are hoping to release the "dark ep" sometime around march or april of this year.

in addition to the exciting news that we self producing, self recording and self releasing our new ep (and hopefully getting it out soon!) we are also sad to announce that Adam "Bobby Law" Laidlaw will be leaving The Kodaks around the end of feb. because he is now going to continue his nomad/ vagabond/ gypsy/ amazing lifestyle and move to Atlanta, before he moves to San Fransisco, and ultimately ends up in Portland. Bobby will continue to produce and play out new material that he does solo as Robert Law. check out his tunes---> and/or check out this video of one his newer songs "Poor Family" --->

besides all that, we have a lot of shows coming up soon. in addition to playing the next "city of the future" at the magic stick lounge in detroit, we are also playing a house party around next weekend in mid-town detroit (Wayne State students invited!) and after that we are also hoping to play a show in East Lansing for the first time (MSU students invited!) all before Adam leaves in late february.

even though we keep loosing amazing musicians and friends like Mitch Green, Casey Jones and now Bobby Law, we are still lucky enough to continue to find even more amazing musicians, and we are always grateful for the people that do play with kodaks, past, present or future. there has never been any bad blood between any kodaks, ever. and i'm very happy for that.

i'm happy to announce that both Jeff "Geoffree" Yateman and Philip Petrucci have joined The Kodaks. Jeff plays drums and helps with production and now Phil and i will both switch back and forth between covering bass and rhythm guitar duties. i'm also excited to mention that Jeremy Southworth, a local musician that Bobby introduced me to, has offered to help pick up the slack and cover lead guitar duty for some shows here and there.

we are also hoping to maybe make it down to SXSW in Austin this year, that is mid march so if that happens we will probably tour on the way down, playing Cinci, Nashville and ATL. in addition to hopefully getting out in march, we are trying to organize a two week long tour in may, which will be our longest tour yet! we would love to play in Canada, New York and other places on the East Coast, and maybe finally make it down to Jacksonville. also: i'm probably doing study abroad in Europe this summer and i might take my guitar to do some solo shows here and there for fun. i'm going to be in Dublin and London for weeks at a time, so hopefully i could find a bar or a party to play at.. either way, The Kodaks will be in a city near you soon, just keep your eyes peeled.

so anyways, we got a lot of shit going on! but most of it is good! The Kodaks are firing on all cylinders right now, we will have a new record, new merch, new shows and and all new line-up very soon. just keep tabs on us and we will try to entertain you in the best ways we can! hope to see and talk to many of you soon!

-Adam F. Smith

p.s. - you can download pretty much everything we have done to this point, our first ep, old demos and some other b-sides if you follow this link--->
(i will post this same link on my blog, just google young authentic or go to adamsblogfitz dot blogspot dot com)

p.s.s. for you mixtape lovers, i'm really sorry for my lack of posts. my computer took a spill right before christmas and my hard drive was damaged, so i lost everything. everything in my itunes, all my photos, all my short stories, musical projects, mixtapes, anything and everything i had was lost in this tragic accident. but i have my itunes pretty much restocked and i will be posting a december playlist that i had ready a month ago before i lost everything and i will also be posting a january mix, feb mix and of course some valentines day stuff. so don't loose hope just yet!

Friday, December 17, 2010

november 2010

it's almost the end of december. we're over half way through the month and once the christmas stuff starts all of a sudden it's going to be 2011. november was a strange month for me this year. lots of driving to detroit. hours and hours of driving, listening to "undertow" by warpaint. got to see some local acts like compartment and prussia. thanksgiving went well as it always does. school is wrapping up which is nice. november marked a very special time when kodaks got to play with bear hands of nyc. their debut album burning bush supper club might be my favorite release of 2010. the kodaks also have a new website. where you can listen to new tracks such as "untitled" and "lynn" and one can also download songs for free, or name your own price for a full album download. kinda like radiohead did ya know. did that work for them?

anyways, here is the playlist. december 2010 will be posted soon.

november 2010

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00 song - artist

01 undertow - warpaint
02 bombay - el guincho
03 heart in your heartbreak - the pains of being pure at heart
04 not in love (ft. robert smith) - crystal castles
05 tablasaurus - bear hands
06 the base of a dream is empty - yuck
07 mediator - prussia
08 backyards - broken social scene
09 heartbreaker - girls
10 drink drank drunk - a sunny day in glasgow
11 flaws - bombay bicycle club
12 pretend the devil isn't real - memory tapes
13 weekend - smith westerns
14 knoll demo - compartment
15 babies - pulp
17 fool's day - blur
18 get some - lykke li
20 mirrorage - glasser
21 rill rill - sleigh bells
22 take me somewhere - tennis
23 take me in - wild nothing
24 a picture postcard - the promise ring
25 journal of ardency - class actress
27 downhill express - coyote clean up
28 can we go wrong - hesta prynn
29 endless spring (new division fall remix) - houses
31 forget - twin shadow
32 sprawl II (mountains beyond mountains)

***this is an incomplete version of this mix- hence the missing numbers. an updated version will contain tracks by twin shadow, deerhunter and small black - all bands that have superb albums out right now.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

october 2010

yes, it is almost the end of november, i'm sorry for the lack of posts. this is a mix i made in october, the mix that have been making for november will posted very soon. october marks the release of bear hand's single - "crime pays" which is featured here. "crime pays" is one of my favorite songs on one of my favorite records of the year. bear hands debut record - "burning bush supper club" is available here.

the twin shadow record "forget" deserves all the good press it's been receiving, the album is almost perfect. i saw twin shadow play and they were great, their lead singer and guitar player can really play. in october i also saw the walkmen and dr dog, both very good performances. the drummer for the walkmen is still one of the best.

december 10th marks the release of the satin peaches new 7" single "red" on five three dial tone records. kodaks will be playing on that show with the peaches and we will also be playing even sooner at the lager house on november 28th with bear hands. come check out some show in the D, and until then here are some new tunes, i hope everyone enjoys.

october 2010

00 song - artist

01 crime pays - bear hands
02 when we're dancing - twin shadow
03 goons - small black
04 angela surf city - the walkmen
05 doncamatic (all played out) feat. daley - gorillaz
06 foolish - ra ra riot
07 earthquake - deerhunter
08 tip of your tongue - porcelain raft
09 things change - the new division
10 lucky 1 - avey tare
11 beach side - kings of leon
12 east van girls! - shimmering stars
13 since we last met (radio edit) - ndf
14 rococo - arcade fire
15 out, don't - gauntlet hair
16 we've been had - the walkmen
17 choice blanket - the sea and cake
18 dreaming of another world - mystery jets
19 inner city blues (makes me wanna holler) - marvin gaye
20 red - the satin peaches
21 lynn (demo) - the kodaks
22 animals & insects - the stills
23 desire lines - deerhunter
24 marriage - gold panda
25 futile devices - sufjan stevens
26 jackie wants a black eye - dr. dog
27 saltwater - beach house
28 nyc - interpol
29 home - lcd soundsystem
30 everyday is like sunday - morrisey