T.G.I.Mixtape 129 Curated By Daniel Balk of The Postelles
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

The Postelles's throwback rockabilly actually takes a ton of cues from modern rock heroes like The Strokes, Interpol, and The White Stripes. Lead singer Daniel Balk put together a mixtape of rock from the past decade or so that screams of the band's influence, not to mention our own personal tastes in alternative. Kick back and enjoy a thoroughly satisfying hour of tuneage, and catch The Postelles in New York City next week for a live outing at Webster Hall, supporting The Wombats (AKA, awesome bill), on Wednesday, 10/19.

Grab tickets to see the Postelles here, and be sure to check out our video session with the band.


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1. "PDA" - Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol's debut album was practically flawless and "PDA" was the driving single that brought so many people to hearing them. The opening drum beat is unmistakable. Listening to Interpol is what brought me to Joy Division, which opened up the floodgates for so many other bands I hadn't known much about.

2. "We're Going To Be Friends" - The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

This song always reminded me of something Paul McCartney would write, loved it from the first listen. It's one of Jack White's more vulnerable moments on the album White Blood Cells.

3. "Take Me Out" - Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

We spent many drunken nights singing this song along the streets of New York City. An undeniable hit for the band that is just as exciting live as they are on record. I saw them at Virgin Megastore with about a hundred other people when they first came to the states and they were amazingly tight and energetic.

4. "Smile Like You Mean It" - The Killers - Hot Fuss

I didn't love The Killers first single, "Somebody Told Me," but their first record is packed with hits. Every song is catchy and "Smile Like You Mean It" might be the best, with it's amazing synth line.

5. "Still In Love Song" - The Stills - Logic will Break Your Heart

A darker song amongst this list, but still catchy. The chord changes are great and we got to play with them a few times, very nice guys as well.

6. "Wicker Chair" - Kings Of Leon - Holy Roller Novocaine

Their debut EP Holy Roller Novocaine was one of my favorite records from the early 2000's. They introduced a bluesy, southern aspect to rock n' roll that no one else could touch at the time. I love this slow, beautiful song that doesn't get much public attention, but may be one of their better written songs.

7. "Sheepdog" - Mando Diao - Bring 'Em In

One of the most underrated bands around. "Sheepdog" reminds me of early 1960's rock n' roll, with it's catchy retro melodies and in your face guitar parts.

8. "Hate To Say I Told You So" - The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious

Another Swedish band alongside Mando Diao, this hit is one of the catchiest rock songs to come out in the last decade. They are so cocky and confident, but they live up to the hype with this song.

9. "Get Free" - The vines - Highly Evolved

This track has an amazing vocal take and performance that is a nod to Kurt Cobain in terms of aggression and song writing. I could never get tired of this song.


10. "Hard To Explain" - The Strokes - Is This It

The moment I saw the video for "Last Night" on MTV, I knew something was happening. It was the beginning of a wave of real rock n' roll bands that realized they could still get noticed. None of the bands on this list would be around in a public way if it wasn't for The Strokes. "Hard to Explain" was the song that made me realize how top notch their songwriting capabilities were.





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