Happy Friday everyone! On the latest volume of our T.G.I.Mixtape series we have some of the hottest songs that are out there these days. We know you've heard of Regina Spektor and St. Vincent but have you heard of Neon Indian and Timbre Timber? And have you heard the latest from Elvis Perkins, Bowerbirds and Regina Spektor? If not you are going to love this mixtape. There is a lot of magic on this one so take your time with it. And above all, have an excellent weekend! -Greg Lozoff
1. Neon Indian - "6669 (I Don't Know If You Know)"
Is Neon Indian the next big thing? Who knows. All I know is that the name has been everywhere lately, and judging by "6669 (I Don't Know if you Know)", the lead off track from the band's debut forthcoming Psychic Chasms EP, we may just be hearing a lot from these guys in the near future.
2. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - "Shampoo"
Elvis Perkins has been steadily gathering fans across the globe from the time he released his debut album, Ash Wednesday until now. We can only expect that fan base to keep on growing if his latest LP, Elvis Perkins In Dearland is any indication. "Shampoo" is the slightly darker lead track from Perkins' wonderful new album.
3. Passion Pit - "The Reeling"
This song is the first single from Passion Pit's debut LP, Manners, which is days away from hitting stores. May 19 is the perfect date to release this album as it is almost guaranteed to be one of those summer albums, perfect for rolling down the windows and playing on loud.
4. St. Vincent - "The Strangers"
Here we have the lead track from St. Vincent's latest album, Actor. We've been listening to this song, as well as the rest of the album, so often these days that this one was pretty much a lock. On "The Strangers" there are moments of utter chaos, counteracted by some beautiful melodies, as St. Vincent urges to "paint the black hole blacker".
5. Regina Spektor - "Laughing With"
We haven't been hearing very much from quirky songstress Regina Spektor lately. Her last full length, Begin To Hope was released three years ago and since then, pretty much all that we have heard from Spektor is the wonderfully dramatic song that she wrote for that Chronicles of Narnia Film. "Laughing With" is our first taste from Spektor's brand new full length LP, Far, due out June 23. This is by far one of our most anticipated albums of the year, and while this isn't one of her funnier pieces, it still has that quirkiness that makes her music so unique and fun to listen to, even when the subject matter isn't so fun.
6. Canadian Invasion - "How To Build A Jetpack"
There are so many great bands coming out of Canada these days. Canadian Invasion are not one of them. They are, however, a great band coming out of Philadelphia, PA. Why they decided to name their band Canadian Invasion is for you to guess. But regardless of where they come from, they crank out some catchy and fun pop songs, making them the perfect band for summer.
7. Bowerbirds - "Northern Lights"
This one is by Raleigh, North Carolina's Bowerbirds. These guys exploded onto the indie music scene in 2008, opening for such notable names as Bon Iver and The Mountain Goats. They have been highly acclaimed by fans and musicians alike, and are now poised to release their second full length LP, entitled Upper Air. And if "Northern Lights" is any indication, it will be quite a nice listen.
8. The Coward and the Pelican - "The Peasants Lament"
Ever since first hearing The Coward and the Pelican's debut Silhouettes EP, the band has been getting a significant amount of play around these parts. "The Peasants Lament" has perhaps been getting a little bit more play than the other songs on the EP, but as a whole, the EP is solid from start to finish. Simply a great effort from an extremely talented group of youngsters from Montreal, Quebec.
9. Empire of the Sun - "We Are the People"
Empire of the Sun are sort of strange to look at at first, but once you get passed their odd appearance and just concentrate on the music, they begin to grow on you. The fact is, this Australian duo's debut album, Walking on a Dream is chock-full of catchy electro-dance hits. On "We Are The People" they throw in some acoustic guitar, along with a chorus that will tear down the house.
10. Timber Timbre - "Demon Host"
To round off this week's T.G.I.Mixtape we have Toronto, Ontario's Timber Timbre. This is actually the solo project of Taylor Kirk, who's voice sounds kind of like a mixture between M. Ward and Antony Hegarty. There is sort of an eerie vibe that lurks all around his latest self titled album, making this a perfect record for the rainier days of summer.