The weather has been rather unpredictable lately, hasn't it? Just last week we were bundled up and preparing for the big freeze (some places even got snow!), and this week it's seventy and sunny. It makes me wonder; where are Captain Planet and the Planeteers to stop this mad-scientist bent on continuously confusing us for the month of October (via evil weather machine, doy)? Also, is he going to steal any world relics or just piss us off? Actually, he is doing a good job of keeping the streets warm for CMJ, so keep it up, Dr. Wiley! But I digress.
This week the T.G.I. Mixtape, much like the weather, will be a bit unpredictable and schizophrenic. You see, our good friend and northern neighbor Greg Lozoff
is stepping down from his post as supreme emperor of your ears. The rest of us have compiled this week's selection of ear-candy, but in the future who knows! It could be robots. I hope it's that robot from Short Circuit
and not that robot from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
. She didn't seem like she'd be into Yeasayer. To be fair, on her Facebook page her favorite activities are "killing future revolutionaries" and her favorite music is "the sound of your death." But AGAIN I digress. Man, how did Greg ever actually get to the mixtape? I could talk about robots all day. But I won't! This first song goes out to Greg. We wish him luck in all of his future endeavors! Hopefully there aren't any evil robots in Canada.
So let's move on to music! It's the Mixtape, volume 37 and it's thirty-seven times bumping! Let's go, Planeteers! -joe puglisi
scroll through this player to listen to all tracks on the mixtape
The Yeah Yeah Yeah's - "Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)"
Nothing says "happy weekend" like the crack of a cold one, or maybe instead of that, because it is 11 AM Friday morning, the remix of the week! Featuring your favorite YYY's
song and a bumping dance beat provided by Canadian DJ and well-named A-Trak
, it is GUARANTEED to make you dance awkwardly in your chair as you finish your TPS report, or write your paper summarizing ancient Greek farming practices. What I'm getting at here is that you are probably doing something boring, so have a spicy soundtrack while you do it! Or what I'm really trying to say, there is nothing new going on with either of these artists, it is just a remix! But it was topical, right?
Fanfarlo "The Walls Are Coming Down"
There are plenty of words circulating about this glitzy British band, especially this week when they played a packed house at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg (at the Brooklyn Vegan CMJ showcase). Some call them the "British Arcade Fire," others "The British Beirut." I call them the British Fanfarlo
, because they are their own band, music blogs! Lead singer Simon Balthazaar has very unique hair
. And they just look like they are really into their music as they play it, which is a big plus. Reservoir
is out now, and the glamorous "Walls Are Coming Down" is just one of the treats awaiting you after popping it into your CD player.
The Happy Hollows "We Will Find You"
Obviously I am concerned my consistentlaudingand promoting
of LA garage rockers The Happy Hollows
has not gotten through your skull, so take some more! I saw them twice this CMJ, and they deliver on their recorded promises. Maybe hearing their epic construction, "We Will Find You" will convince you to drop what menial task you are doing and find them. At your local record store (while supplies last).
LCD Soundsystem "Bye Bye Bayou"
After two years of riding the highfalutin success of Sound Of Silver
, anticipation for the new LCD Soundsystem
record is hovering between "11:30 PM Christmas Eve" and "11:30 PM Your 21st Birthday Eve." Luckily, we have a new song to encourage us to keep on while we wait; a disco-fabulous cover of Alan Vega's "Bye Bye Bayou." The song leaked all over the blogs this week, but will see a vinyl release on November 7th (indie record store vinyl day). The new album is rumored to have a May 2010 release date, and is currently untitled, as far as Google knows.
Now we'll move to editor David Pitz, and his picks for the week.
Lissie - "Little Lovin"
Rock Island IL's Lissie Maurus
leads listeners from modest guitar pickings to a rousing, final destination, blazed by joyous foot stomping, rusty guitar wails, and a big, evocative vocals. "Little Lovin'" is the first slice to surface from the young songwriter's Why You Runnin'
EP, out Nov. 10th on Fat Possum Records
Will Stratton - "Who Will"
On Will Stratton
's twelfth birthday, he received his first guitar, and in the decade since, music has owned him unconditionally. Listening to "Who Will", from his second album No Wonder
, it would seem it's the work of Nick Drake has affected him most profoundly. With warm production, an undercurrent of sweet strings floating through, and Stratton's glassy vocals, "Who Will" is as calming a listen as you're likely to find. No Wonder
is out now.
Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar - "California Zephyr"
Sort of an oddball pairing in my book, the recent collaboration between Ben Gibbard
and Jay Farrar
began when the two teamed up to score music to the documentary, One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur
. Eventually it blossomed into a full-length album of the same name, released earlier this week on F-Stop/Atlantic
We'll finish things off this week with a few tracks from our trendy scribe Amelia Trask.
The Almighty Defenders - "Cone of Light"
The new Black Lips/ King Khan project dubbed The Almighty Defenders
allegedly formed after the Black Lips allegedly had to flee India and allegedly shack up with King Khan somewhere in Europe. Whether or not the back story of this collaboration holds up to fact checker, their mix of flower punk, garage rock, gospel euphoria will make you really want to see the light, even if it is as questionable as their on stage uniforms: the choir robe.
Yes Giantess- "You Were Young"
- The Boston based quartet (formerly just Giantess
) is a delicious amalgamation of 80s and 90s electro-kicks with the contemporary fine-tuning of bands like Passion Pit. It's neon nostalgia done right, catchy lyrics with a pop rock wink of everybody's favorite irony. You Were Young has got one of those synth hooks that makes you want to jump up and down with a simultaneous head bob. Yeah, that move.
Until next week, you guys! Have a great weekend.