There has been so much music floating around the office these days that it was actually hard to choose only 10 songs for this week's Mixtape. Somehow we managed to sift through and pick our 10 favourite from a sea of new music. I know I said last week was the best Mixtape to date, but this one will surely give last week's tape a run for its money. We hope you enjoy! -Greg Lozoff
1. Loney Dear - Airport Surroundings
To start us off, we chose Loney Dear's
"Airport Surroundings". From an album that is definately among our top album's of the winter, this song is so good that it's almost addictive. It's one of those songs that you just can't get out of your head and you find yourself singing it at the most inoportune moments. And if you are interested in seeing Loney Dear play live, he has a nice long tour ahead of him through Europe and North America, so be sure to check him out.
2. Malajube - Porte Disparu
Next on the list we have a band from my hometown of Montreal, Quebec called Malajube
. And yes they sing exclusively in French. But even though you may not understand what they are singing about, the songs speak for themselves. They have captured the hearts of fans of all languages around the world and on their third full length, Labyrinthes
, which was released last month, they offer some of their most promising music yet.
3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Everything With You
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
have been getting a lot of play around these parts lately. Especially since many of us here at Baeble were in attendance to see them open
for ...And You Will Know us by the Trail of Dead a couple of nights ago at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. There has been so much buzz around this band lately. You may ask if it's warranted. We definitely think so.
4. Miniature Tigers - Cannibal Queen
are indie-pop at its finest. Tell it to the Volcano
, the bands debut album, from start to finish is full of catchy little ditties perfect for that bright sunny day. With the weather starting to warm up around here we might just need to start listening to a little more of them (and you should too!)
5. Ear Pwr - Future Eyes
This is a new song that has been going around lately. It is by a duo that goes by the name of Ear Pwr
and it kind of sounds like a mixture of DAT Politics and The B-52s. I know that sounds like a pretty amazing mix. And if the rest of their music is anything like this song then you will probably be hearing a lot more about this dup in the near future.
6. Alaska in Winter - Berlin
Alaska in Winter
is one of the more interesting artists we have come across lately. The head honcho behind Alaska in Winter is Brandon Bethancourt
and he makes some really nice electro music. On his first album he had Zach Codon of Beirut and Heather Trost from A Hawk and a Hacksaw as guest musicians. On his latest release, Holiday
he is pretty much all on his own, but the music is as lovely as ever. Check this guy out.
7. Youth Group - All This Will Pass
At times during this song you could swear you were listening to the Smiths. But no, what you are listening to is a really great band from Sydney, Australia called Youth Group
. This song can be heard on their latest album, which has been out in Australia for some time now, but only comes out in the US on April 7th. Be sure to watch for it.
8. Bricolage - Turn U Over
is one of those bands that you should check out right now because it won't be long before they explode onto the scene. They are all set to release their debut self-titled LP on May 12th, and once they do there may be no stopping them.
9. Clare and the Reasons - Pluto
This is the first song off of Clare and the Reasons'
debut album, The Movie
. Let's not call it the best song because on an album as good as this, it would be too hard to choose a best. But it's safe to say that this has been one of Baeble's most listened to songs for awhile now. By the way, have you seen Clare and Reasons performance on Baeble? If not, I suggest you check it out
10. Peasant - Exposure
We may just be saving the best for last this week. Peasant
is another one of those new names that has been floating around lately. If you are a fan of Rogue Wave and the Shins at their quieter moments, you are bound to love Peasant. It's hard to compare anyone to Elliott Smith, but that's the first name that comes to mind. He will be opening for Cursive on Monday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY if you're in the neighborhood.