You know what they say; you can’t keep a good blog down. After suffering a near death experience on account of the demise of Imeem and its subsequent sale to MySpace (although word on the street is Imeem was on the brink of failure before MySpace bailed them out), we’ve resuscitated the Friday Mix Tape with the help of our new pal, Lala. Unfortunately, all of those old Imeem playlists are now bunk, but we hope to get the FMT back up and kicking via these Lala playlists.
Sticking with the assorted new new music theme we had going pre-hiatus, we have six more great new tracks this time around. Brooklyn’s Freelance Whales kick it off with some addictive, serotonin-enhanced shoegaze on a song titled Starring. Next up, Joe Pug shows off some of the best lyrics of the nascent decade on Not So Sure followed by my current favorite song courtesy of Ann Arbor’s exploding white soul superstar, Mayer Hawthorne, on a tune called The Ills which could pull even Eeyore out from a sour mood.
From there, John Paul Jones and Them Crooked Vultures show off their prog/funk/jam chops on Scumbag Blues and Galactic gets weird with Heart of Steel off what folks are already calling their career-defining album, Ya Ka May. Finally, the band Jeff aptly describes as “the UK’s answer to Avett Brothers,” Mumford & Sons exhibit why they are already selling out shows worldwide despite having nary a full-length and just three EPs to their name with a song called Roll Away Your Stone.