With accents of horn solos, Christmas bells and cow bell, this winter's compilation hits you right in the warm spot. Overall, the mix oozes a tone of the simpler days. Say Hi returns with his usual sweetheart lyrics, Summer Fiction makes a debut trickling piano keys and Peter Bjorn and John re-emerge bringing in the cow bell.
Tracklist as follows:
1. Coronado - Deerhunter
All the good times swing you could possibly want on a Friday afternoon, gilded with an easy-livin' saxophone solo to send you off into the weekend sunset.
2. Everlasting Light (Black Keys remix) - The Mummers
Who doesn't love a remix? The Black Keys get a feminine touch in this thick drum steady jam. Let the delightful symphony touch twirl you into the light.
3. Chandeliers - Summer Fiction
Prepare to be charmed. Summer Fiction, the one man (Bill Ricchini) Philadelphia based indie/hi fi/beach nut, releases his premier self tilted album November 30.
4. I Know - David Lynch
I've continued to listen to this song (not knowing if it was because it's supposedly by David Lynch or not) for over a month, and it's unmistakably one of the most ear drawing songs amongst the rotation.
5. Breaker Breaker - Peter Bjorn and John
As a sucker for lyrics about broken things, the quick drum beats rolling into the track build you up right before the break.
6. Berlin - Solander
Among the Swedish (and simultaneousness with the banjo) indie invasion, Solander has reunited and pushed their folk-esque sound onto the rest of the world. It's not a new sound, but it's one of the familiar sounds you can't tear your ears away from.
7. A Charming Man - We Can't Enjoy Ourselves
Not charming upon first listen, yet the melody and lyrics warm up swooning you right into singing the chorus.
8. Got Something for You - Best Coast, Wavves
Woo uh woo uh woo... Hipster favorites Best Coast and WAVVES (in addition to a myriad collection of artists) collaborated on "Got Something For You" for Target's charity Christmas album, "The Christmas Gig 2010." Don't expect to escape chanting "woo uh woo uh woo" throughout your day now.
9. Second Chance - Peter Bjorn and John
"Second Chance" off of PB & J's latest album, 'Gimme Some' (release date: March 29, 2011), returns to their "Writer's Block" sound; melodic and driven by cowbell.
10. Dots on Maps - Say Hi
Bringing innocence to the electric guitar (Fender Jazzmaster), Say Hi released his 7th album last week with little evidence of change... thank goodness. "There's a trigger somewhere, let's pull it."
11. Winter - The Dodos
If you like Beirut and ukuleles you'll probably like 'Winter' by The Dodos. It's not off of their soon to be released album, "No Color" but it's better and it has a horn solo.
12. Devils Hearts Grow Gold - La Sera
Out of an enchanting and beautiful mix of early Pixies swooning electric guitar, a chorus of honey voices, and a slight replication of that 1960's folk magic emergesLa Sera lulling you into your first headband made of dandelions.
13. If You Want It - TV Girl
Let's take it back to October 2010 and the era of Chillwave, TV Girl released their duplication of Todd Rundgren's 'Hello It's Me.' Is it better? Who cares. The lo-fi goodness will get you through the daily drudge.
14. Satellite - The Kills
Fuzzy dub bass that could thump its way through the thickest of smokey rooms, paired with distorted reggae guitar and chain compression. A pleasant feeling amidst the empty detritus that is contemporary pop music. This is best served up loud and with bass cranked.
15. What You Do to Me - BlakRoc
What goes better together than hip-hop and the blues? Not much, if anything. Featured in the latest Zale's commercial, Blakroc's 'What You Do To Me' is truly what love is made of.
16. Hello - Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette
It's a cuter/more indie MIA. Badass Dragonette and Parisian producer Martin Solveig mix up this new Trident commercial soundtrack.
17. Matchstick Murder - Tristen
Starting out like a strong Tennessee female folk track the tone turns into a 1960s classic chorus, making you feel right home, barefoot.
18. On My Own - Ulrich Shnauss
For a warm, fuzzy time, call Ulrich Schnauss. With a solid nod to Shoegaze music, this mysterious German producer forges some of the most enjoyable and vital IDM work of the past decade.
Black Balloon - The Kills
Fire in Cariro - The Cure