Happy Friday everyone! Spring has most definitely sprung and while the weather is getting warmer, the budding flowers and leaves are just another reminder that summer isn't far off. So what better way to celebrate spring and the coming summer than with the next edition of our T.G.I.Mixtape series. On volume 10 we have some excellent songs from some up and coming new talent. You may have not yet heard of some of these bands but you will be glad you did. Greg Lozoff & David Pitz
1. Junior Boys - "Hazel"
Hamilton, Ontario's Junior Boys have just released their third studio album, Begone Dull Care and it may be their best effort yet. "Hazel" is the first single from the album, but when you do pick this one up, have a listen to "Bits & Pieces" and "Dull to Pause", two equally great tracks.
2. Savath and Savalas - "La Llama"
Savath and Savalas is one of the many side projects of Guillermo Scott Herren who most know better as Prefuse 73. Herren is set to release a brand new Savath and Savalas album next month entitled La Llama and from what we have heard it is quite an interesting listen. Keep your eyes open for it.
3. Bodies of Water - "Heard it Sound"
Bodies of Water are kind of like The Polyphonic Spree minus the bells and whistles. Along with an EP they have released two full length albums over the past two years. "Heard it Sound" can be heard on the first of the two. Their latest release, A Certain Feeling is an album not to be missed, so please check it out if you're looking for something a little different and as exciting as can be.
4. The Peekers - "Gather it All"
This song hits you like a bright sunny day. The Peekers, hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana make whimsical pop music that is at times reminiscent of of Montreal in their Gay Parade days. Don't be fooled however, they have a rocky side to them as well, so don't expect all sugarplums and butterscotch.
5. Now, Now Every Children - "Everyone You Know"
This one is off of Now, Now Every Children's debut full length, Cars, which will be out in stores July 9th. After having released two well received EPs, the band has finally completed their first full length, and let me tell you it is wonderful. "Everyone You Know" is the first track on the album and will give you a good indication of what you can expect on the rest of the album.
6. Gentleman Reg - "We're in a Thunderstorm"
Earlier this week Baeble's Joe Puglisi gave Gentleman Reg's "We're in a Thunderstorm" a rather glowing review...so much so, we figured you should hear one of the album's best tracks. The nifty number featured here certainly dances along in a perfect sort of spring-like way. Our advice is to make like Mr. Reg. Dress yourself up in "We're in a Thunderstorm" and run around all weekend long.
7. St. Vincent - "Actor Out of Work"
This tidy track - all 2 minutes and 15 seconds of it - comes lifted from St. Vincent's latest album Actor, due out May 5th on 4AD. It's a spastic kind of song, vaguely recalling Broken Social Scene's more clamorous moments. It also comes loaded - free of charge, no less - with references to unauthentic or counterfeit emotions...an obvious relationship song for sure.
8. Dirty Projectors - "Stillness is the Move"
Bitte Orca is sure to provide plenty of excitement when it is released on June 9th. Domino was kind enough to provide a mighty fine morsel from the record, earlier this week. And for that, we thank them! Titled "Stillness is the Move", the track pulls from the feminine side of the band, with Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman handling leads over a backdrop of David Longstreth's chirpy guitars, blippy bass bits, orchestrated flares, and a funk-infused drum beat.
9. Deertick - "Easy"
From their highly anticipated follow-up to War Elephant, Rhode Island's Deertick are set to release Born on Flag Day this June 23rd. "Easy" is that record's first strike.
10. Steve Earle - "To Live is to Fly"
Classic country crooner Steve Earle has never held his affection for the work of Townes Van Zandt too privately. There is the name he gave his son - Justin Townes Earle (whom we're also great fans of) - of course. And his 1995 confession that "Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table and say that." is certainly very telling. Now Earle is releasing an entire set of Van Zandt covers titled Washington Square Serenade, due out May 12th via New West Records. The 15 song collection also comes packed with star power, featuring Tom Morello, Allison Moorer, and Justin Townes himself. This is "To Live is to Fly".