Have no fear, Friday is here! Yes that means the weekend is finally here, but it also means we have the latest volume of our T.G.I.Mixtape series for you. 10 new songs to get your weekend started off on the right foot. To say it quite simply...it's been a good week for new music. Please enjoy, and let us know what you think by dropping us some comments below. -Greg Lozoff and David Pitz
1. Justin Townes Earle - "Can't Hardly Wait"
Last week, we featured Steve Earle's tribute to Townes Van Zandt on the mix tape. This week we're kicking things off with Steve's other tribute to the Texas troubadour; his son, Justin Townes Earle. Taken from his latest release Midnight at the Movies, Justin does an old school country take on The Replacements' classic tune, "Can't Hardly Wait".
2. The Love Language - "Lalita"
We told you about fuck up turned regenerate Stu McLamb yesterday. The North Carolinian lays claim to a rather triumphant, personal turn around, with The Love Language's self-titled debut serving as the ultimate prize amongst the rubble of his crackerjack life. This is but one of the many fine tracks crafted for that album.
3. Here We Go Magic - "Fangela"
Luke Temple's latest outfit Here We Go Magic offer plenty of reasons to arrive at the upcoming Grizzly Bear tour early. Taken from his self-titled debut, "Fangela" taps into some familiar pop soundings, most fondly recalling that wonderful vibe Rogue Wave tapped in to on their debut several years back. Light and airy, "Fangela"'s got the perfect sort of bounce to it. Perfecto!
4. Discovery - "Osaka Loop Line"
Stereogum got the scoop on this Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot side project, and well...we've just got to run with it. Consisting of VP's Rostam Batmanglij and RRR's Wes Miles, Discovery is, not surprisingly, a rather poppy endeavor...though the clubby kind of beat to "Osaka Loop Line" offers a vibe that differentiates itself from both Batmanglij's and Miles' previous efforts.
5. Sufjan Stevens - "Sofia's Song"
We've all had celebrity crushes...Sufjan just happened to write a song about his. Penned for auteur Sofia Coppala, the track featured here is a bit of a relic. Recently Stevens found several old tracks "stuffed onto tape cassettes, 4-track recorders, forgotten boxes, forgotten shelves, forgotten hard drives", etc. Here is one of them.
6. Alela Diane - "White as Diamonds"
It's hard not to fall in love with this Nevada City native's voice. Singer-songwriter Alela Diane has just released her sophomore effort, entitled To Be Still and while we've only heard a few songs from the album, what we have heard is excellent.
7. Brian Olive - "There is Love"
There's a nice laid back, 60's vibe to this song by Cincinnati, Ohio native Brian Olive. "There is Love" can be found on Brian Olive's forthcoming debut self-titled album. He is no stranger to great music, being a former member of the Soledad Brothers, but may have come into his own on this new project.
8. We The They - "Pastures"
Hailing from the tiny hamlet of Roscoe, New York, We The They are just beginning to emerge onto the scene. Their music is poppy, fun and perfect for summer. "Pastures" can be found on their debut EP The Shabby Road Sessions and stay tuned as they are working diligently on a new album for summer. We can't wait.
9. Bombadil - "Honeymoon"
Tarpits and Canyonlands, the debut LP from Bombadil, literally just came into the office today, but we were all so impressed that we had to put a song on our mixtape. Exuberant, quirky and just plain fun, Bombadil has a fresh, new sound, perfect for the weather that is getting warmer by the day.
10. Army Navy - "My Thin Sides"
This one isn't exactly new but still a great song none the less. Army Navyv, who many heard for the first time from the "indie-tastic" Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, only have one album under their belt, but it's a great debut.