Viva La Mix!: This Week’s Essential Free Downloads

Flavorpill’s weekly show on Viva Radio is a canvas upon which we splash, dot, and etch hyper-fresh gems and classic cuts. In this inaugural edition of Viva La Mix!, we hone last week’s playlist into a mixtape containing 10 essential downloads. Once you’re done downloading, check out our Viva Radio page for this week’s show (which offers a nice preview of next week’s mixtape) and to browse the 60-plus playlists in our archive.

1. Silver Jews – “San Francisco B.C.”
This group of fringe-dwelling musicians have called it quits after almost 20 years, but that doesn’t make 2008’s Look Out Mountain, Look Out Sea any less a masterpiece.
[Download MP3] via Ear Farm
2. Of Montreal – “First Time High” (Reconstructionist Remix of An Eluardian Instance)
On this remix, musical genius and production wizard Jon Brion successfully re-riddles the most inimitable sphinx in indie, Of Montreal.
[Download MP3] via Stereogum
3. The Bird and the Bee – “Love Letter To Japan”
The single off the second LP from this LA pop duo is part dance-club hit, part Apple commercial, and part unhinged adorability.
[Download MP3] via This Recording
4. Black Lips – “Short Fuse”
After getting chased from India for lewd conduct, the Black Lips bust out their mustaches and pension for peeing on stage in a preview of their new record.
[Download MP3] via Vice
5. Peter Gabriel and Hot Chip – “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”
After a shout-out in the song with the most talked-about rhyme of the summer, Peter Gabriel gives his own take on Vampire Weekend’s cheery hit with Hot Chip’s synthy support.
[Download MP3] via Pretty Much Amazing
6. Metric – “Help I’m Alive”
We heard the first single from Emily Haines’ (we mean Metric’s) upcoming album and we likey-likey.
[Download MP3] via Cause=Time
7. Doves – “Jetstream”
Based on this tune form their upcoming album, U.K. chart-topping rockers Doves are adding four-on-the-floor dance beats to their climactic rock hooks.
[Download MP3] via ThaBombShelter
8. Teriyaki Boyz feat. Kanye West – “Teriya-Kings”
There is a special place in our heart for Kanye, especially when he “kicks it like Karate Kid” with this established Japanese hip-hop crew.
[Download MP3] via ChromeMusic
9. Ponytail – “Beg Waves”
One of the most talked-about bands out of Baltimore, Ponytail wowed us with a high-pitched performance in Brooklyn. Singer Molly Siegel has a squeal that is both deafening and endearing.
[Download MP3] via You Me & Everyone