Whoa, man! Sixty is a big number! The mixtape is old enough to retire, or at least to have grand kids? Methinks it has been ruled too long by ol' grumpy MIA hating King Joe, so I'm excited to have our new batch of summer interns (due next week) shake things up with their young, whippersnapper music taste! I hope no one is a Juggalo! Because T.G.I. Juggalo Free, amirite? Miracles.
Stick a fork in me? See you next time! -joe
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "What's In It" - Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
On their debut Avi Buffalo
(out now on Sub Pop), these kids demonstrate a command of twee-pop on par with those three or four excellent Shins songs, without any of the fluff of the rest of The Shins discography. That is what's in it for YOU.
2. "Compass" - Jamie Lidell - Compass
The title track off of the Jamie Lidell album of the same name is easily the most focused track, despite still being an ethereal smashup of Lidell's electro-funky musings. I don't know where "you" are, but the compass definitely doesn't lead in a concrete direction for the song, which fidgets all the way through it's five minutes, each time returning to the haunting refrain. Be careful with this one, it's been stuck in my head ever since I let it get in there...
3. "How I Got Over" - The Roots - How I Got Over
A rip from last summer, sure, but the release date (6/22) was FINALLY announced this week. When I tweeted "HOW I GOT OVER" I was literally BOMBARDED with tweets asking if I had the record yet. How I Got Over
, the eleventh studio album from my favorite band formed in 1987 (and definitely in my top five of all time), and with indie guest spots from Joanna Newsom, Jim James, and all three of the sirens from the Dirty Projectors, it's going to be a clusterf*ck of brilliance.
4. "Favourite Food" - Tokyo Police Club - Champ
Track one: really gets you revved up for the rest of Champ
, out 6/8.
5. "Leave Everywhere" - Toro Y Moi - Leave Everywhere 7"
The first full-band sound for a chill-wave turned cool-noise rocker. His debut Blessa
made a splash with Neon Indian crew, who toured with him not too long ago before its release. Now he's his own name. McJoy.
6. "Becoming A Jackal" - Villagers - Becoming A Jackal
The next big thing from Domino, an Irish songwriter with a bit of Inlets meets Mumford and Sons (just based on my current rotation). Still, Becoming A Jackal
could also be becoming a classic, if the stars align. It's definitely rising on my list.
7. "Five Little Rooms" - Menomena - Mines
, the latest from these classic Portland indie rockers, is out in July. Time to shake things up again. Menomena: where amazing happens.
8. "A.D.D. S.U.V. (Ft. Pharrell)" - Uffie - Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans
If Pharrell is involved in the Uffie project, it may redeem him for all that Converse garbage from last summer. This track is a nice follow up to "Pop The Glock" but they are going to have to REALLY CRANK IT if Uffie's debut is going to compete with the other front-ladies of pop. Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans
is out 5/31.
9. "Rope and Summit" - Junip - Rope and Summit EP
The Rope and Summit
EP is available for free on the band's website
. Do yourself a favor and go get it.
10. "One Life Stand" - Hot Chip - One Life Stand
I'm all about title tracks today, and this one has been on repeat this week (despite being a few months old). But it's DANCE FLOOR READY.
Have a great weekend everyone! Jump out of some planes! Live a little!