Posted by: Jeff | June 14, 2010

Monday Mixtape XIV (The Actually XIV Edition)


I think I got a bit ahead of myself last week and skipped mixtape lucky number 13.  So here’s a second #14 for  good measure!  Another healthy dose of summery indie rock to go with those summer bbq’s.

Yeasayer – O.N.E. (Right Click, Save As)

Yeasayer channel their inner Animal Collective with warbling 8-bit sounds over a Vampire Weekend-ish funky beat.  And is that a cowbell solo I hear? Hard not to dance to this one.

Buy here.

Stars – Wasted Daylight (Right Click, Save As)

June has been pretty slow in terms of new releases so far, but in the absence of now-delayed Interpol and Arcade Fire albums, Stars is filling the indie-darling void.  The new album sounds (so far) to be worlds better than the past several efforts, and if tracks like “Wasted Daylight” are any indication, a new dancier direction is well-received.

Pre-order here.

Girls – Lust For Life (Right Click, Save As)

Girls frontman Christopher Owens grew up in the Children of God cult, and his story is harrowing and horrifying to say the least.  But he’s channeled it into a pretty awesome debut album with sidekick JR White, and it’s nice to see that he’s regained a lust for life.

Buy here.

More below!

Local Natives – Airplanes (Right Click, Save As)

If any band has best capitalized on the critical success of Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear over the past few years, it certainly has to be newcomers Local Natives.  It seriously sounds like members of the two fore-running bands have joined powers to form a supergroup and release folksy beach songs with three part vocal harmonies.  As predictable as it all might be, it’s still pretty enjoyable.

Buy here.

Broken Social Scene – Texico Bitches (Right Click, Save As)

I know that BP doesn’t have the same ring as “Texico”, but it’s really a shame the band didn’t have a little more foresight.  I mean, clearly they were already thinking in the right direction.

Buy here.

The Temper Trap – Fader (Right Click, Save As)

I had tickets to a Temper Trap show earlier this year and left before they even came on stage (was really just there to see Florence + The Machine open).  It’s too bad – this song is an earworm for sure, with it’s catchy hook and simple instrumentation.

Buy here.

The Morning Benders – Promises (Right Click, Save As)

From one of my favorite albums thus far in 2010, “Promises” seems a pretty timeless piece of pop.  It also has a pretty strong resemblance to much of Grizzly Bear’s latest album, but that anthemic chorus is much more in the way of release than anything the Grizz will give you.  Also, the clear favorite for best video in 2010:

Buy here.

Frightened Rabbit – Not Miserable (Right Click, Save As)

A friend just recently tipped me off to this band, and I really like what I’ve heard so far.  It’s earnest, affecting stuff that slowly builds to swirl of sounds and strings.  When the drums (finally!) come in, the song reaches a brief but momentous peak.

Buy here.

Surfer Blood – Swim (Right Click, Save As)

I’m seeing this band on Thursday (openers for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), so I’ve been listening to them a bit this week.  The nearest comparison I can think of is that they’re like a post-punk Beach Boys – imagine if Brian Wilson had taken The Ramones on as an influence.  Yeah, I’m not sure what to think either.

Buy here.



  1. You reveal yourself as a lame PC owner with this “right click/save as” stuff.

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