Welcome to the magical world of the mixtape. This is the 23rd volume in our T.G.I.Mixtape series and we're not going to tell you it's the best one yet, because we always say that and we don't want you to call us liars. So instead let's just say that this mixtape is the most complete and incredible mixtape to date. It feels good to tell the truth. All kidding aside, here are 10 new songs that we hope you will enjoy! So what are you waiting for, get listening. -Greg Lozoff
1. Sally Shapiro - "Love in July"
Starting us off this week we have a brand spankin' new track from one of our favourite electro pop females, Sally Shapiro. This song is being released as a single along with a bunch of awesome remixes. All of this is just a precursor to the main event which is Shapiro's forthcoming LP, which will be called Miracle. Also, have you seen the lovely video that accompanies this song? Check it out here.
2. Piney Gir - "Bumblebee (Abelha)"
Here's a cute little tune from Kansas City native Piney Gir. Over the years she has surrounded herself with a variety of talented musicians, as a onetime member of the now disbanded Schla La Las and her country band, The Piney Gir Country Road Show. Her latest project however is said to have a more of an electronica feel to it. Accordingly her band is now dubbed Piney Gir and the Age of Reason. One thing that has remained constant throughout is her obvious talent for making beautiful and catchy songs. "Bumblebee (Abelha)" is one of her older tracks, and I challenge you to find a cuter song.
3. Run Dan Run - "Wasted Love"
This one is off of Charleston, South Carolina band Run Dan Run's latest EP, 27 Coming St.. This entire 5 song EP was recorded live and acoustically on an evening in October in 2008. The results are pretty sweet to say the least.
4. Dengue Fever - "Seeing Hands"
Next we have a song by Cambodian psychedelic pop band Dengue Fever. We haven't heard much from them sine their last release Venus On Earth but it is because they have been very busy shooting a documentary about the band and their recent trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia entitled Sleepwalking Through The Mekond. But have no fear, the band has just released a brand new EP featuring The Bird and the Bee's Inara George. We are very excited to hear this one.
5. Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions - "Blanchard"
It should come as no surprise to anyone that this song is amazing. Hope Sandoval is no stranger to making excellent music, as she was a part of one of the best things to come out of the 90's as the lead singer of Mazzy Star. Well she is all on her own now, as Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, and she hasn't slowed down one bit. Her songs are as pationate and emotive as ever before, and if the rest of her new album is as good as this single then we are in for a treat.
6. The Happy Hollows - "Tambourine"
The Happy HollowsImagine EP has been getting an excessive amount of play around these parts lately. The band is composed of Charles Mahoney, Chris Hernandez and lead singer Sarah Negahdari, who switches from coo to howl to scream faster than you can say "this band rocks".
7. Morton Valence - "Chandelier"
Next we have a lovely track by London, England's Morton Valence. They too have just released a brand a new album of soft and sweet pop songs and if you order the album, along with it comes a 112 page romantic novella...how cute. On "Chandelier" lead singers Robert Jessett and Anne Gilpin sing together in a way that is reminiscent of early Stars, but with their own flavor.
8. The Portland Cello Project - "Beat (Health, Life And Fire)" (Featuring Thao)
The Portland Cello Project is, as the name suggests, a group of cellists from Portland, Oregon. Since their inception in 2007, they have played alongside many of the most recognizable names in indie rock, including members of The Decemberists, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah and Laura Gibson, just to name a few. While none of us here at Baeble have seen them live, the word on the street is that their live show is one of the best around. Basically what we are trying to say is that this is one pretty awesome project. Here's a song from their debut album, The Portland Cello Project: The Thao and Justin Power Sessions.
9. Sean Bones - "Dancehall"
Here's a fun little summer jam from Sean Bones' debut LP, Rings, which hits stores on the 21st of this month. On the album Bones takes a bunch of reggae, rock and country, tosses it into a bag, shakes it up and the result is something quite refreshing. Is it just me or does reggae and nice weather go well together?
10. Cass McCombs - "Harmonia"
To close out this week's mixtape we have a lovely new track from American folk singer/songwriter Cass McCombs. The track can be found on McCombs' latest highly anticipated new album, Catacombs and has a sort of classic laid back feel to it. Perfect for those lazy dog days of summer.