Hey guys! I know we said "its getting cold out there!" once and then it got warm again for some reason
but OK. It is cold again. And I know Greg used to like to say this is the best mixtape ever all the time and I haven't said that yet but THIS IS THE BEST ONE! EVER! Seriously, there is so much to get excited about on this mixtape you will need a cold shower. Which shouldn't be too hard, considering all the frozen pipes around here. We've got new tracks from already awesome Yeasayer and Atlas Sound, plus a slew of debut tracks from some names you might know, and some you probably don't. Epic! This is obvious The Vice Halloween Party of mixtapes. Free beer?... We'll see.-joe puglisi
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On The Mixtape
1."Out Of The Blue" - Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For The Young
The lead singer of NYC's own The Strokes
is one of the last band members to step out on his own; but for good reason. His first solo effort Phrazes For The Young
is full of an electronic twist on his catchy rock hooks, and the clever lyricism and punchy choruses of old Strokes have a glorious reunion on top of moog and drum machines. First track "Out Of The Blue" has the perfect amount of quirky instrumentals and Strokes-esque progressions to simultaneously pay homage to where Casablancas has been with the band, as well as highlighting bits of his own unique songwriting.
2. "Stay Off The Fuckin' Flowers" - The Black Keys Ft. Raekwon - Blakroc
If you aren't excited for the cross-pollination of awesomeness known as Blakroc
then you must not be human. The Black Keys are a collection of fantastic musicians, and they've decided to make an album of beats with guest appearances by some really heavy flow-hitters; Mos Def, RZA, and on this track, Raekwon (who had a huge record this year). While Blakroc has a definite Roots vibe (the guys who corner the market on full band hip-hop), hearing the boys of Keys do their best grooves for rhyming is sure to be a fun affair.
The self-titled LP is out 11/27.
3. "Ambling Alp" - Yeasayer - Odd Blood
Ever since I first heard the trippy beat-spasms of Brooklyn's Yeasayer
on All Hour Cymbals
(and saw them here on Baeble
, I've been looking forward to hearing more trippy beat-spasms (there is no substitute. There is no I Can't Believe It's Not Trippy Beat-Spasm
). "Ambling Alps" seems to suggest we will not be disappointed by Odd Blood
! Devotees will recall we noted
the release of the song as a freebie for signing up for the mailing list on the record's website
, so go do that if you want a copy of your own. It is the perfect soundtrack for shaking violently on your floor, or perhaps dancing shirtless. It will DEFINITELY be the theme song when my situation comedy The Adventures Of Trippy Beatspasm
hits prime time.
is out 2/7 via Secretly Canadian
(hint: they secretly aren't).
4. "Sun Hands" - Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
This song has all the components that make Local Natives
one of my new favorite bands; complex vocal harmonies, driving percussion beats, and epic movements. They are one of those rare bands that really really have a distinct sound, once you hear a couple tracks you begin to be able to recognize their distinct fingerprints. These guys have been playing together for five years, but Gorilla Manor
is their first full length album, and its stellar from start to finish. If you aren't a fan yet, "Sun Hands" is a great track to get acquainted with these guys.
5. "Devout" - Islands - Vapours
Off their most recent album, this track is the equivalent to Islands
playing dress up in late eighties electro driven drama pop. Even though "Devout" is pretty tongue in cheek with its pounding techno beat and over done vocal echoes, the song is still so good. It's been a staple on my iTunes party mix for the last month and has turned into a favorited sing a long track amongst my friends, one of which has perfected Nick Thorburn's dramatic vocal crack at the climax.
6. "You're My Only Home" - Woodpigeon - Dispatches
Besides Leonard Cohen, The Magnetic Fields are my other favorite band to hear covered, and this rendition of "You're My Only Home" is no exception. Stephin Merritt's deadpan vocals make all The Magnetic Fields songs, even when the lyrics are tender, sound sarcastic and/or depressing (which of course is why we love them). But when you put certain songs in the right hands, say Calgary based eight pice folk outfit Woodpigeon
, you get to hear the vulnerable version of this love song, and if you didn't realize it already, its a really beautiful little tune.
7. "Little Bird Courage" - Old Canes - Feral Harmonic
is a side project fronted by Christopher Crisci (of The Appleseed Cast), so the vibe is kind of similar. However, Old Canes is much more Kentucky-ish (does that make sense?), feeling much more down-homey and southern in influence. There is a lot of acoustic guitar, and a lot of "la-la" parts (maybe just on this song). Not to mention Feral Harmonic
, the second album from the group, has been in the process of recording since 2005. That's a lot of recording!
8. "Quick Canal (w/Laetitia Sadier)" - Atlas Sound - Logos
A near nine minute tune, Bradford Cox's collaboration with Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier is a personal stand out on an album that is already dense with many a magic moments. Rotating around muted bass lines and some swishy programmed work, "Quick Canal" is the sound of feeling safe, warm, and relaxed. It sounds like a place of refuge - images of a baby bobbing about the womb come to mind - and vague lyrics of realizing one's potential thread through on the lilting wings of Sadier's, unique, birdie vocals ("I thought saints were born saints/I looked in the dirt and found wisdom is learned").
9. "It is Something" - El Perro Del Mar - Love Is Not Pop
Taken from her most recent release Love Is Not Pop
, this track won our hearts during El Perro Del Mar's
(Sarah Assbring) recent stay at the Guest Apartment. There, the tune was striking in it's simplicity (a guitar, a voice...you'll see), and it starts as such here. But elemental bars of piano and paper thin vocals are ultimately invaded by a host instruments, and a different feel and tone is the result. Ushered out upon something more playful than from whence it came, the tune concludes with appreciative lines like "It is something to have been" being paired with a swirl of dancing guitars, skittish programming, and sportive vocal effects. Love may not be Pop. But we're pretty certain you'll love this balmy pop tune.
10. "May You Never" - Land of Talk - Fun and Laughter EP
Recently released on the Fun and Laughter EP
EP, this Land of Talk
song flaunts exactly why the Canadian three piece are such a venerable gift to indie rock. Beginning with the listener floating somewhere on the periphery of the tune, music wafting to them over a great distance it seems, electricity, drums, and Elizabeth Powell's chalky cool voice offer a sudden intimacy of sorts. Suddenly the band's thrilling batch of fuzzy power pop is right in the ears, and a journey is yours for the taking. Yes, there are moments where it sounds as if it should wrap up...but it doesn't. No bailing early on this one.