Friday Mixtape (July 24, 2015)


Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs I hear and love and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

Peaches – “Bodyline (feat. Nick Zinner)

It’s great to have Merrill Nisker back, especially with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and Adult Swim.

Foals – “Mountain At My Gates”

Foals is already big in the UK, but they’re about to have their Coldplay/U2/world-domination moment with this new album in August.

High Dive – “Anything to Anyone”

I’m always happy to share great music from my old college town of Bloomington, IN (Go Hoosiers!). Full length album New Teeth is available to download on Bandcamp for any price.

princess reason – “Your Divorce”

Baltimore continues being one of the more underrated music cities as it produces yet another great band. The full album comes out August 14th.

Golden Retriever – “2”

This song was released on Seattle’s Debacle Records, which is a self-described experimental label, yet all 22-minutes of this song is surprisingly accessible.

The Smoking Trees – “Trips”

Listening to this song is a trip(s), man.

Major Lazer – “Lost (feat. Mø)”

An unlikely duo successfully turns one of my favorite Frank Ocean songs into a reggae jam.

DJ Quik – “Puffin The Dragon”

In which DJ Quik channels his inner Gonzo.

Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”

It retains the best qualities of his last album, 2013’s excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze, but it also sounds leaner and more focused. Can’t wait for September 25th.

Manor – “Can You Hear Me Talking At You”

This Australian group might have just out Lana Del Rey’d Lana Del Rey.

Spraynard – “Applebee’s Bar”

Applebee’s has never sounded more angsty.

Night Beds – “Corner”

The latest addition to the great Dead Oceans label (another Bloomington, IN favorite).

The Rightovers – “Valerie”

Music as sky blue as, uh, its blood?

And that’s a wrap, see y’all on Monday!


Songhoy Blues


From: Gao, Mali

Sounds Like: Talking Heads, but from the North African desert.

Like fellow Mali desert rockers Tinariwen, Songhoy Blues is a group that formed out of the struggle for one of Mali’s many ethnic groups, the Songhoy, to preserve its history and culture against oppression through the power of music. But these musicians also grew up loving hip-hop, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix, so instead of becoming another traditional Mali band, they fused their heritage with their modern music favorites and created fantastic, guitar-driven desert rock music that is rooted in African tradition yet accessible to the Western ear.

Their debut album, ‘Music in Exile’, was produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and Marc-Antonie Moreau, who produced the other famous Mali group Amadou & Mariam. The band has been touring relentlessly around the world, and they recently made a special appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival. I got to see these guys play in NYC, and their music was so full of energy and passion that the entire audience couldn’t help but to dance along.