• UO Mixtape: Volume 13

    Our newest UO Mixtape Volume 13 is full of the calm, cool, collected tracks that will get you through any holiday event—from a low key family tree trimming to frantic last minute holiday shopping to the worst New Year’s Day hangover you’ve ever had. In the spirit, we asked New Zealand folk artists French For Rabbits, producer j.views, and a handful of our featured mixtape artists what they thought about the year that’s passing, and their goals for 2016—which of course includes eating more pizza. Stream this month's mixtape below through the UO Soundcloud and pick up your own free copy at a store near you. 

    Julien Baker
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less 
    Crash course of intense emotions. 
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    Well, I will be traveling to Colorado right after Christmas to play a couple of dates with The National around New Years, so I will probably do my celebrating then-- can't think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than playing a show with a band I personally enjoy so much.
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    I hope I have! I always make general instead of specific resolutions, like "read 50 books" or something. I rather try to set the same goals for each year like "strive to be a kinder person" or "be healthier". This year I managed to quit smoking and start running—though the running is almost comically difficult—so I suppose that counts as self-improvement. I would like to think that at least some positive progress is made each year which fulfills those goals.

    Hinds
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less 
    Eternal nights, nachos, beer, and Woody Allen.
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    In New York City, baby!
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    We wanted love and we looked for it. We wanted happiness and we learned the way. We wanted music and we made it. So yes, this year has been beautiful in so many ways.

    Oyster Kids
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less 
    Thrilling, but not enough pizza.
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    At a party, while wishing I was in bed.
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    Always, eat more pizza than ever before.

    j.viewz
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less
    In the future, playing cassettes.
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    The Dominican republic, my first time-off since starting the DNA Project
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    I only remember having a resolution-y vibe on NYE, I don’t think I ever remembered any particular resolution beyond Jan 1st. 

    French For Rabbits
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less
    Iceland, travels, weird, winter, computers.
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    On a hill in New Zealand
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    No…but then again, I'm not sure we have made any. 

    Mura Masa
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less
    Made it through another one. 
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    In my friend Gavin’s garage with my nearest, oldest and dearest friends getting merry.
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    Nope. 
     
    Your Friend
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less
    Arrivals, departures, and yesterday's flower.
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    Ideally in a quiet environment, either alone or in good company. I've missed the ball drop for a couple of years now and think that I prefer that at the moment. There's some sort of peace I find in avoiding the ritualistic nature of things that fall into that category, or the pressure that comes from an event that's supposed to set the tone for a certain duration of time. But I do like that it tends to corral the people that you care about into your vicinity.
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    I tend not to set any. It takes the edge off of trying to maintain a really blank canvas. I like to think of life like oils, in that there's always room for another coat and the possibility of changing the direction that the work is going. There was, however, a year that a close friend of mine said that she'd like to return her movies on time to video stores and to wear her seatbelt. I kind of piggybacked onto that and we kind of held each other accountable as a result.

    Nico Yaryan
    Sum up 2015 in five words or less
    Hotline Bling.
    Where do you plan on ringing in the New Year?
    Somewhere with loved ones. Or maybe like last year, I'll be alone and having a total panic attack after eating too much pot butter—which I haven't touched it since. 
    Have you ever successfully accomplished a New Year's Resolution?

    I usually have a vague concept of something I want to do, like be more productive or eat healthier, and in that vagueness am able to find accomplishment. If your goal has no specific criteria, who's to say you didn't accomplish it?