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Mixtapes: Castle SongsCastle Songs (2011)
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Short and sweet. That's the best way to describe Castle Songs, the latest release from Cincinnati, Ohio, band Mixtapes. The EP starts off with "I'm a Genius", an upbeat cover of the Zeke and Luther theme, a children's show on the Disney Channel. The song, which narrowly crosses the 30-second mark.
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Short and sweet. That's the best way to describe Castle Songs, the latest release from Cincinnati, Ohio, band Mixtapes.

The EP starts off with "I'm a Genius", an upbeat cover of the Zeke and Luther theme, a children's show on the Disney Channel. The song, which narrowly crosses the 30-second mark, finds the band incorporating ska into their sound for the first time and to great effect. It may sound like a novelty, but the song is so damn catchy that it makes me want to hear what they could do with other children's show themes, such as The Adventures of Pete & Pete's "Hey Sandy" or the Adventure Time opening.

"Hey Baby", the second and final track on Castle Songs, could very well be a contender for best break-up song of all-time, or at least the most amusing. The tongue-in-cheek acoustic number finds co-vocalist Ryan Rockwell taking on the role of the embittered ex, spending time at home while the song's antagonist is "out at the bar getting drunk and hammered." Within the song, a night of Netflix results in a humorous pouring out of the heart on the topics of Tim Burton and Strung Out (he doesn't like either), as well as the ex's meager chances of making it in art school. Mixtapes' other vocalist, Maura Weaver, can be heard providing pleasant harmonies and even those who disagree with Rockwell's lyrics will find it impossible to keep from singing along with them.

The band makes the most out of the less-than-two-minute run time here. Both tracks are catchy and funny, plus they're a blast to sing along to. They are definitely a worthy addition to the band's already impressive and rapidly growing catalogue.

 

 
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kidpomona (March 25, 2011)

I fucking love Adventure Time!

holy_hack_Ben (March 24, 2011)

Neuschwanstein!

ZappBrannigan (March 24, 2011)

This band is awesome but they really need to make longer releases. Their longest is 20 minutes, and now this is less than 2; take some time, keep writing the awesome songs, but just wait until you have (at least) 30 or 35 minutes of material before releasing it. These short EP's make them explode like fireworks but fade from my play list too quickly.

davebrave4 (March 24, 2011)

Hey baby, if art school doesn't work out, well it probably won't, 'cause you're not creative.

traininvain56 (March 24, 2011)

these folks know how to do it. short songs rule.

robalobadob (March 24, 2011)

I love this band and everything they've done.

RondoMondo (March 24, 2011)

This band is ok, but I don't get the love fest over them. I'll download this regardless.

StraightToHell82 (March 23, 2011)

Meh.

thepopeofchili-town (March 23, 2011)

It's free.

drunkwithpower (March 23, 2011)

Less than two minutes? I would feel pretty ripped off if I had bought this not knowing that. Seems like a waste of time to record and put out.

pinkpenguin (March 23, 2011)

i love strung out and teenage wasteland was awesome

AlmostPunkEnough (March 23, 2011)

did you really just call him a poser? oh, the internet...

i've been hearing more and more about these guys but this finally got me to actually check them out. i fuckin love all the stuff on their Myspace. i've been missing out. solid review.

eazyd3 (March 22, 2011)

how the fuck you gonna give 4 1/2 stars to something less than 2 mins? give me a fuckin break you poser.

hey_sailor (March 22, 2011)

Mmmmmmmmhmmmmm.

jacknife737 (March 22, 2011)

So freaking catchy.

Rastid (March 22, 2011)

yup. this band never disappoints me.

Fresnoska (March 22, 2011)

Love everything this band puts out

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