In the run-up to this Saturday's second annual Vibrations Festival, Cairo asked Witch Gardens, who'll be playing the festival, to curate a mixtape to help promote the event. The resultant mix is called HOOP, partially after the Dominant Legs song "Hoop of Love," which is featured. HOOP's tracklist is anything but predictable. It includes songs by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, The Prodigy, Collie Buddz, Wanda Jackson, Paul McCartney, and the Beach Boys.
"It's a very telling collection of the different tastes that go into making Witch Gardens songs," guitarist Casey Catherwood told me today. "My favorite turnaround in the whole thing is in the middle when there's a clip from a Popeye Ebenezer Scrooge record that I found, and it goes into the Living Voices' cover of 'Like a Rolling Stone.' That's my favorite, but of course I love the Lil B song on there. I hope that Basedgod hears our mix."
Listen closely and you'll also hear a couple of Witch Gardens rarities, including a chopped-up version of "Fiesta Texas" and a snippet of a demo of Catherwood singing the band's latest single, "Aunt Shae, Mean Colleen." And if HOOP's cute artwork looks a little familiar, that's because, says Catherwood, "[It's] an homage to [drummer] Sara Beabout's favorite band, The Beatles, from the cover of their album Let It Be."
HOOP is the second pre-Vibrations mix commissioned by Cairo. The first, Burning Chrome, was put together by USF's Jason Baxter and features Black Marble, Toro Y Moi, Roxy Music, and Keith Sweat, among others.
Cairo's Vibrations Festival goes down this Saturday, August 25 at 1 p.m. at Volunteer Park. The festival is free and features performances by Witch Gardens, USF & Secret Colors, Erik Blood, Detective Agency, Dantasia, Night Beats, King Dude, White Rainbow & OCnotes, Stickers.