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Posted at 4:11 PM ET, 11/ 5/2008

November Mixtape

By David Malitz

Featured on this month's mixtape are recap rockers Previously on Lost, a pair of wonderful weirdos (Jim White and Robyn Hitchcock) and a pair of young jazz stars to keep your eye on (Lafayette Gilchrist and Christian Scott). First five are here, the rest are after the jump.

"Alina's Place" - Fredrik (Nov. 5, DC9)
Swedish indie-pop released on local label Kora Records? How can you go wrong? You can't, and this soothing, melodic tune is proof.

"My 45" - Holly Golightly (Nov. 6, Iota)
The longtime garage rocker has transformed herself into a convincing conveyor of Deep South sounds of generations ago, from the bluesy, folky vibe down to the subject matter. She certainly isn't referring to a 7" record in the title of this song.

"God's Gift to Women" - Adam West (Nov. 8, DC9)
Holy end of the road, Batman! The local hard rockers have been around for the better part of two decades and are calling it a career after one more show of no-frills anthems.

"The Island Won't Let You Die" (MySpace stream) - Previously on Lost (Nov. 9, Iota)
Recap Rock from Brooklyn -- these guys write songs based on what transpired on the previous episode of the best television drama ever. It's like They Might Be Giants crossed with Television Without Pity.

"I Feel Evils" - Plastic Crimewave Sound (Nov. 9, Velvet Lounge)
There's certainly something sinister, if not quite evil, about this song by the Chicago spacepunk group. Fans of heavy, droney and psychedelic sounds will find a lot to like.

"We Are Young" - The Shaky Hands (Nov. 9, DC9)
Shaky Hands singer Nick Delff has a shaky voice, but it fits the band's jittery, upbeat indie-pop.

"Enemy Within" - Frida Hyvonen (Nov. 9-10, The Red & the Black)
More from the Swedes, who are always well represented on the Mixtape. Hyvonen plays moody piano-pop that's full of dramatic flourishes and highlights her big voice.

"Danny Callahan" - Conor Oberst (Nov. 10, 9:30 club)
On his first solo outing, the Bright Eyes singer/songwriter/yelper tones down the pure emotion for a more restrained, rootsy sound. And it works.

"New Partner" - Mark Kozelek (Nov. 10, Rock and Roll Hotel)
Kozelek made his name as the leader of cult favorites Red House Painters, and his solo career is filled with intriuging and often-touching covers, such as this take on the 1995 Palace Music (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) song.

"The March" - Telepathe (Nov. 12, Black Cat)
It's a stacked lineup for this show, which also features body-rocking DJ Diplo and noise-rockers No Age and Abe Vigoda, but get there early to check out the avant-garde, rhythmic sounds of this Brooklyn duo.

"Crash Into the Sun" - Jim White (Nov. 14, Jammin' Java)
White's a weird dude who makes weird music and this song is no exception -- a mixture of funk, R&B and country from a guy usually known for combining his Southern gothic storytelling with folk and electronic beats.

"Insight" - Fort Knox Five (Nov. 14, 9:30 club)
One of the highlights from the new album by the local funk merchants is this collaboration with local rapper Asheru.

"Paint a Face" - Neil Halstead (Nov. 17, Jammin' Java)
He was in shoegaze legends Slowdive and fronted underrated indie-country act Mojave 3. Now Halstead is on his own, playing hushed folk that should appeal to fans of Nick Drake.

"Sounds Great When You're Dead" - Robyn Hitchcock (Nov. 18, Birchmere)
One of rock music's most wonderful weirdos will perform his 1984 album, "I Often Dream of Trains," in its entirety for his Birchmere show. This song from that album, like much of his work, is fractured, funny and still catchy.

"Ascension" (YouTube video)- Maxwell (Nov. 17-19, Constitution Hall)
It's been more than seven years since his last album and 12 years since this early single of his, but it still sounds as fresh as ever.

"A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise" - Phosphorescent (Nov. 20, DC9)
Loose, ragged, but plenty pretty, it sounds like the best impromptu hippie folk jam you've ever heard.

"Many Exits No Doors" (MySpace stream) - Lafayette Gilchrist (Nov. 21-22, Twins Jazz)
Baltimore's up-and-coming jazz pianist isn't the only attraction on this song. His limber playing is just part of the equation, joined by propulsive, funky drums and some refreshing blasts of brass.

"ArtStar" - The Oranges Band (Nov. 22, The Red & the Black)
Few bands do foot-stomping guitar-pop better than this Baltimore crew, and this track is one of the many highlights off their upcoming album, "The Oranges Band Are Invisible."

"Died in Love" - Christian Scott (Nov. 24, Blues Alley)
Another young jazz star on the rise, Scott's trumpet playing should make him the next big name in New Orleans' celebrated lineage.

"I Got a Car" - Gary B and the Notions (Nov. 30, Iota)
More of the sprightly and catchy stuff from Baltimore, proving that it's not just weirdo electro-rock coming from the Charm City.

By David Malitz  | November 5, 2008; 4:11 PM ET
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