Well it's Friday once again and that means it's time for another edition of our T.G.I.Mixtape series. I don't know about where you are, but here the weather is finally starting to feel like summer. And what better way to celebrate the warm summer air than with some new tunes! On this week's mixtape we have brand new songs from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Deastro, The Do and many more. Enjoy and have a great weekend. -Greg Lozoff
1. A Hawk and a Hacksaw - "Kertesz"
Isn't it great to come across a band as original and refreshing as A Hawk and a Hacksaw? The band essentially consists of former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes and Violinist Heather Trost, but they have had a host of other musicians join them on their recordings. Their latest album, Delivrance, was inspired by a trip that took the duo through Budapest, as well as Israel and Turkey and upon listening to the album, it becomes obvious that they were very much influenced by the music of these lands. If this album doesn't make you want to take a trip to far off and distant lands I don't know what will.
2. Ohbijou - "Widths and Curves"
Here is a magical little song by Toronto, Ontario's Ohbijou. Not much has been heard from these indie poppers since releasing their only LP, Swift Feet For Troubling Times back in 2006. But fear not, for 2009 may just be the year of Ohbijou. The band is set to release their long awaited sophomore effort, entitled Beacons, this July. If it is anything like their first album we are surely in for a treat.
3. Metric - "Gold Guns Girls"
Metric's latest album, Fantasies, has been out for almost two full months now, but it has not lost its luster just yet. To be fair, it may never lose its luster, as all of Metric's previous works are still very listenable today. It's hard to really pick a favourite on an album with so many amazing tracks, but we've been listening to "Gold Guns Girls" quite a bit around these parts, so here it is for you.
4. Deastro - "Rouge River"
To get us excited for the release of 22 year old electronica virtuoso Deastro's latest album, entitled Moondagger, he is releasing a free EP for our listening pleasure. "Rouge River" is the second track on the excellent Grower EP and if we weren't excited about his upcoming album, we sure are now.
5. Gene Kelly - "Singin' In The Rain (Mint Royale Remix)"
This one is just plain fun. Mint Royale is an electronica group from Manchester, England who have taken Gene Kelly's classic "Singing In The Rain" and turned it into something modern, fun and dancy as hell.
6. The Do - "Tammie"
The Do (pronounced "Dough") are one of those bands that are immediately likable. From the moment lead singer Olivia B. Merilahti begins to sing it becomes impossible not to fall in love with her voice. Their debut album is one of the more interesting albums we've heard in a long time as the band shifts from one genre effortlessly into another from one song to the next
7. School of Seven Bells - "Conjur"
This is, in our opinion, the loveliest song on School of Seven Bells' latest album, Alpinisms. There is just something about this track that makes it stand above the rest. It probably has something to do with the gorgeous layered vocals paired with the quick tempo and dreamlike instrumentation.
8. Anni Rossi - "Machine"
What a voice! On "Machine", the first track on Anni Rossi's debut album, Rockwell, we here this Minnesota born multi-instrumentalist singing off key in a way that only makes the song sound better. And not only is she a talented vocalist she also plays the hell out of her viola all over the album, along with other instruments here and there. Catch her on the road this summer opening for the likes of Ben Sollee, Camera Obscura and Micachu.
9. Clues - "Remember Severed Head"
Clues is yet another indie rock band coming out of Montreal, Quebec. But there is more behind these guys than just their native land. Before starting up Clues, guitarist Alden Penner was in The Unicorns, having been one of the band's founding members along with Islands and Human Highway frontman Nick Thorburn. Not only that, but Clues drummer Brendan Reed was at one time a member of The Arcade Fire. I guess you could probably tell that these guys are no strangers to making good music.
10. Manchester Orchestra - "I've Got Friends"
Rounding out the list we have Manchester Orchestra's "I've Got Friends". Manchester Orchestra are neither from Manchester, nor are they an orchestra. They are, on the other hand, an indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They have been steadily cranking out catchy rock tunes since 2004 and their latest album, Mean Everything to Nothing was released just last month. "I've Got Friends", the third song on the album, is a steady rock anthem with a hook that just wont let go.