Well now that the Montreal Edition of our T.G.I.Mixtape series is old news, it's time to get back to music that comes from other parts of the world. On the ninth volume of our mixtape series we have some artists from the UK, from Sweden, and of course some good old fashioned American talent as well. Since the weather is getting nicer, here are ten songs to get spring started. Once you're done listening to this mixtape, make sure to get outside and enjoy some of that spring air! - Greg Lozoff & David Pitz
1. Jens Lekman - Friday Night at The Drive-In Bingo
To kick things off here is "Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo" by Sweden's Jens Lekman. He has been one of the most exciting retro-pop artists to emerge over the past few years. This song is a catchy little jam off of his second full length record, Night Falls Over Kortedala which was released in 2007. And be sure to catch Jens on a short North American tour this summer.
2. The Boy Least Likely To - Saddle Up
We are absolutely loving The Boy Least Likely To's brand-new album, The Law of the Playground. This song, the lead track from the record, has all the elements that make this band so lovely. Glockenspiel, banjo, horns, strings and of course Jof Owen's smooth vocals...it's all there on this bouncy opener.
3. Akron/Family - River
This song is simply amazing. It is in our opinion the best song off of Akron/Family's upcoming LP, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free. From start to finish there is a feeling that the song is building towards something. That "something" comes near the end when horns, flute, guitar, bass and drums combine to form an ending of epic proportions.
4. The Dandy Warhols - The Legend of the Last of the Outlaw Truckers AKA the Ballad Of Sheriff Shorty
This song by The Dandy Warhols is just plain fun. As the title suggests, it's the story of Sherriff Shorty, and some sort of baddass trucker who seems to running all around the US. The song has a sort of swing vibe to go along with its rockishness, and it comes to a close with some pretty strings.
5. Micachu - Golden Phone
Micachu is one of those artists that you either love or hate. The office is sort of divided on her, but since half of us think she's pretty interesting here is the irresistable "Golden Phone" from her debut LP, Jewellery.
6. Bat For Lashes - "Daniel"
With her sophomore release Two Suns (Astralwerks), Natasha Khan - aka Bat For Lashes - treads a similar course to the one she first plotted in her fairy-tale debut, Fur and Gold...though this time around the talismanic English songstress hired a bit of bass and beat expertise in Brooklyn's Yeasayer. "Daniel", the first single from the album, brings with it a sexy sort of sway that's easy to surrender to.
7. Aceyalone - " Power To The People"
Bay Area rapper Aceyalone is just trying to live his funky life...and "Power to the People" is certainly a shining example of that will. A charging yet soulful, fists in the air kind of pick up tune, "Power to the People" comes to us ripped from the legendary MC's recently released DECON release The Lonely Ones.
8. White Rabbits - "Percussion Gun"
Judging the song title, take a moment guess which instrument drives the newest track from Brooklyn's White Rabbits along? A rollicking first taste from the band's soon to be released, Britt Daniel produced album It's Frightening, "Percussion Gun" picks right back up where the band left off with '07's Fort Nightly. This is one slick stock of high flying rock, and well...we can't wait to hear more.
9. John Vanderslice - "Fetal Horses"
Here is what we're being told about the latest John Vanderslice album: "The most noteworthy thing about John Vanderslice's new album is this: Romanian Names it's the best record he's made to date. The 12 songs represent a career-defining moment, a pitch-perfect collection written and recorded with the utmost care and attention." Judging by the album's first single "Fetal Horses", we're saying those PR folks are spot on.
10. The Milk and Honey Band - "Disappear"
The tender-hearted tune offered here comes courtesy of Robert White; helmsman for the criminally, little known outfit The Milk and Honey Band. Back in '04 the band caught the break of all breaks, catching the ear of XTC's Andy Partridge. His apparent fandom extended so far he invited the Milk and Honey Band to record their album The Secret Life of the Milk and Honey Band for his new label, APE. Now, 5 years later, the band is back with Dog Eared Moonlight. Judging by the first taste, it was well worth the wait.