Happy Friday! It is time once again for the next volume in our T.G.I.Mixtape series. On our 13th mixtape we have some amazing talent from all different parts of the world. The weekend is just a few hours away. So if you're feeling stressed why don't you just relax, kick back and listen to some tunes. Have a great weekend. -Greg Lozoff
1. Tiga - "Shoes"
To start us off we have Tiga's "Shoes". You have to love this song for its sheer randomness. The lyrics play out as a dialogue between a man asking to do all these odd things ("I'd like to comb your hair") and a woman who denies him each time ("I don't like my hair neat"). But once you get passed the random lyrics, it's actually a pretty solid electro-pop song from an overall solid album from Montreal native, Tiga. The album is called Ciao! and is in stores now.
2. The Welcome Wagon - "Up On A Mountain"
This song is so Sufjan it hurts. The Welcome Wagon is the husband and wife team of Presbyterian minister Vito Aiuto and Monique Auito. As you can probably guess, their music contains strong religious themes, and as a producer on their debut album, Welcome to the Welcome Wagon, the duo enlisted the help of none other than mister Stevens himself. The results are quite incredible as you can hear on the album's opening track, "Up On A Mountain".
3. Deerhoof - "Chandelier Searchlight"
"Chandelier Searchlight" is one of the prettier of Deerhoof's wide variety of songs. Satomi Matsuzaki, the band's Japanese lead singer has a talent for making even their hardest songs sound downright cute. This one ranks high on the cuteness scale, and can be found on Deerhoof's latest release, Offend Maggie.
4. White Rabbits - "Percussion Gun"
"Percussion Gun" is an apt title for this one; a pretty rock ballad with rapid-fire drumming taking the spotlight. The song serves as a perfect start on White Rabbits' sophomore album, It's Frightening, which will be released on the 19th of this month. And as if you needed any more incentive to pick this one up, the album was produced by Britt Daniels of Spoon...enough said.
5. Matt and Kim - "Lessons Learned"
Even without that insane (and awesome) video of Brooklynites Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino wandering through time square naked as the day they were born, "Lessons Learned" stands on it's own two feet. There is just something so innocent and loveable in the music these two put out. It's obvious that Matt and Kim love what they are doing and have a great time doing it. Their passion for having fun results in things like this song.
6. Lord Classic - "Leaves & Dirt"
Lord Classic is a trio of young musicians who are now based in Brooklyn, New York but were all born in different parts. Drummer Mossy Ross and bassist Alex Szoka are American while Pauly J, the band's lead singer, is from Australia. They pack a pretty powerful punch for a trio and on "Leaves & Dirt" they even add some pretty strings into the mix. Expect to hear much more from these guys in the near future.
7. Gentleman Reg - "We're In A Thunderstorm"
Trenton, Ontario native Gentleman Reg has been all over the place lately. His latest album, Jet Black, has received praise from some high places and if Reg Vermue hasn't been a household name in the indie music scene up until this point, he is certainly making his presence felt now. "We're In A Thunderstorm" is one of many great songs from his latest, and perhaps greatest album.
8. Pet Shop Boys - "Love Etc."
Pet Shop Boys have been putting out chart topping electro-dance music since the 80's. So it should come as no surprise that the band's 10th studio album, Yes, is as good as it is. The lead off track "Love Etc." is as good as any of their past hits, perhaps even better. So happy to have these guys back.
9. Tor and Sufjan Stevens - "Star of Wonder/None Shall Pass" (feat. Aesop Rock)
This is kind of an amazing project. Tor is a Montreal based producer who decided to take samples from Sufjan Stevens' Illinoise album as well as a couple from his other albums and mix them with all kinds of hip-hop samples to create Illinoize. If you were ever wondering what it would sound like if Sufjan and Big Daddy Kane got together to make a song, wonder no longer. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous, but the album is surprisingly good. It almost sounds as if this is how the songs were written originally.
10. Mystery Jets - "Two Doors Down"
Rounding out the list we have Mystery Jets, a retro rock band from London England. They have already gained quite a bit of notoriety in their home continent and have even begun to invade Ipods here across the pond as well. It's no wonder because their music is catchy as hell. Their latest work, Twenty One, is by far their best work to date and if you haven't heard it yet, you are in for a treat.