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)

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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!