Whew! What a week. We tackled an epic Yeasayer show
, dealt with snowy weather
, and had to postpone our Passion Pit Party
. But that's OK, because we've got some fresh jams to season your Friday. It's like the parmesan cheese to your pasta. Or if that isn't your cup of tea, how about the bonus to your salary? The cream in your coffee? OK.
Let's just listen.
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "Hold Your Back" - Dappled Cities - Zounds
Dappled Cities made an appearance last week and we think they deserve an encore. The young band from Australia has a pretty great record coming out here in the States, we'd guess you'll be hearing about it. It's even fun to say. Did we mention their name used to be Periwinkle?
2. "Hope Child" - Free Energy - Stuck On Nothing
James Murphy's latest DFA band promises to bring rock-n-roll back with tasty riffs, catchy melodies, and a generally sunny disposition that seems to be sorely missed in today's indie climate. Looking for another Antlers? Look the other way. These guys are straight up rainbow rock, harkening to the glory days of Stones and Beatles.
3. "I Feel Better" - Hot Chip - One Life Stand
A great album breeds more than one great song, so don't be surprised to see another Hot Chip head-bopper on the mixtape. This one really spoke to me as a tasteful combination of their newfound love-session, not to mention toe-tapping greatness.
4. "A More Perfect Union" - Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
is going to be an epic mix of historical-fiction, New Jersey mythology, and fist-pumping. This is track one. Get ready for the rest, including an eight minute opus called "Four Score and Seven", which surfaced a few weeks ago on the blogosphere. America. Learn it. Double points for when they mention John Brown's body. THE ENEMY IS EVERYWHERE!
5. "You Still Believe In Me?" - Bomb The Music Industry! - ADULTS!!!: SMART!!! SHITHAMMERED!!! AND EXCITED BY NOTHING!!!!!!!
BTMI! is on this week's mixtape because they damn well deserve to be: endless touring, 100% free digital releases, quality DIY production, and because they have the audacity to try and find the place where The Weakerthans and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones fit together neatly.
6. "Ambling Alp (The Very Best "Mulomo" Remix)" - Yeasayer - The Very Best
This remix is a catchy and neat take on the indie-rock remix job. It takes all the instrumentals from Yeasayer's "Ambling Alp" and add the vocals of Esau Mwamwaya. The whole thing comes over like a sun shower and frankly to someone unfamiliar with Yeasayer, sounds as natural as any original song.
7. "Enter The Ninja" - Die Antwoord - $O$
Die Antwoord's single is a track that shouldn't exist but it does and now we have to all deal with it. I think I like it, I'm more memorized by it than anything. It's captured my imagination and I don't know or like what that says about my imagination.
8. "Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (Song For New Orleans)" - Alec Ounsworth - Mo Beauty
Alec Ounsworth - he who hath rather flamboyant pipes and once called himself front man for Philadelphia band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - wrote, recorded, and distributed this particular song in a single day! All in honor of the Super Bowl Champion, New Orleans Saints. Can you believe it? No? Well here's the real story then. The song actually appears on his debut solo album Mo Beauty
, and was penned for the city while Ounsworth recorded at Piety St. Recording Studios. But it's rather appropriate this week, don't you think?
9. "Go Do" - Jnsi - Go
We said this yesterday: "Not unlike the rhythmic pounce that powered Sigur Ros' lead to Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust
(that would be "Gobbledigook"...got all that?), the first song/video to surface from front man Jonsi's upcoming solo release features a multitude of sampled skirmishes, all firing and misfiring, getting clipped, and running backwards into a heartbeat pulse that really makes "Go Do" gallop. Also worth noting, the song's in ENGLISH, though seriously...our ears are way beyond picking anything out. It seems with Jonsi/Sigur Ros it'll always be about tuning out lyrical specifics and connecting on a more abstract level...which is why he/they are so brilliant, of course."
10. "Despicable Dogs" - Small Black - Small Black EP
Though it originally made the rounds of the inter-web late last summer, this number from Small Black should receive an added boost when the gang at Jagjaguwar re-release the Small Black
EP on April 27th. Along with remixing, remastering, and repackaging the EP, the band will add two newbies to the mix. Look for Small Black on tour with Pictureplane and Washed Out this Spring.