Friday is here once again and that means many good things. But of course the best of all the good things that comes with Friday is mixtapes galore! Ok maybe mixtapes aren't the best things about Friday's but they are sure near the top of the list. On this week's mix we have brand new songs from Nurses, The Depreciation Guild, Fruit Bats and much much more. -Greg Lozoff
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1. The Depreciation Guild - "Digital Solace"
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have had a great year. Through the release of their debut LP and endless amounts of touring they have solidified their place as one of the biggest new names in indie rock. And as if all that fame and popularity wasn't enough, the band's drummer Kurt Feldman and his side project, The Depreciation Guild
have set out to conquer the hearts of indie kids across the nation. Their debut album, In Her Gentle Jaws
mixes the loud and fuzzy guitars of POBPAH with some glitchy 8-bit, making this album sound like the best video game soundtrack in history.
2. WHY? - "This Blackest Purse"
Next we have a track from WHY?
's highly anticipated forthcoming album, Eskimo Snow
, which hits stores on September 22. Yoni Wolf, who raps, writes poetry and drums can also write some beautiful indie rock songs as is demonstrated on "This Blackest Purse", a stand-out track from the new album.
3. Princeton - "Calypso Gold"
This one is by LA band Princeton
. This talented foursome is made up of twin brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel and their friends Ben Usen and David Kitz. Their debut album is called Cocoon of Love
and will be in stores on September 29. They also have a lengthy tour coming up in which they will sharing the stage with Ra Ra Riot and other great acts.
4. Nurses - "Technicolor"
Here's the intense and emotion driven first single from Nurses
' highly praised new album Apple's Acre
. A schoolyard drumbeat, sparse piano and a whole lot of odd sound effects and swirly vocal harmonies create a soundscape reminiscent of the likes of Akron Family and Born Ruffians.
5. Mumford and Sons - "The Cave"
Here is the latest by London, England folk band Mumford and Sons
. This song can be found on the band's latest, The Cave and The Open Sea
EP. This, their third EP is their shortest yet at only two songs but have no fear, their debut full length is on the way. The band has recently signed to Island Records and the album should hit stores at some point in October. One must wonder if band leader Marcus Mumford's girlfriend, the incredibly talented Laura Marling will sing on the album. We can only hope!
6. Liam The Younger - "Country Wide"
Here's another new talent that we are really excited about around these parts. He goes by the name of Liam The Younger
and he makes some really serene and ruminative folk songs. And the best part is you can download his first two albums for free on his label's website
. This guy is definitely someone to watch out for.
7. Gonzales - "Dot"
It has been five years since Gonzales
released his incredible piano masterpiece, Solo Piano
, and on September 22 we can celebrate it all over again as Arts and Crafts is re-releasing the album as a deluxe edition, available to North American audiences. Even if you have never heard of Gonzales you may know him better than you think. That is if you have heard either of Feist's latest two albums, as he had a huge hand in making them.
8. Fruit Bats - "My Unusual Friend"
are back with a brand new album, released but a few short days ago, and just in time for the hot sunny days that their music goes so well with. The new album is called The Ruminant Band
and it's full of poppy summer jams, "My Unusual Friend" being one of our favorites. There is definitely a Shinsy vibe on this one, which is understandable considering lead Fruit Bat Eric Johnson is also a member of The Shins.
9. Lightning Dust - "Antonia Jane"
is a band formed of Black Mountain members Amber Webber and Joshua Wells. On "Antonia Jane", the opening track from their debut album Infinite Light
we are treated to the lovely sound of Webber's shaky vocals. This voice lays the groundwork for an album that is hard not to fall in love with.
10. Fitz and the Tantrums - "Breakin' The Chains Of Love"
Fitz and the Tantrums
are one of our latest and greatest discoveries. It's only fitting then that we end this mixtape in soulful style, with Fitz and the Tantrums "Breakin' The Chains Of Love", from their debut EP, Songs For A Break-Up Vol. 1