I’m not sure that I could be any more stoked about this about this album than I already am, but every time I listen I can’t help but smile a little wider than I did the time before. Checklist time. Female & male vocal harmonies? Acoustic guitars? Electric guitars? Fast pop punk leads? Charmingly cute but brainy lyrics? Keyboards? I answered “yes” to all those things found on Mixtapes’ debut full-length Maps from earlier this year. How can I not love this? It’s 10 songs of near-perfect pop-punk played in a tick over 18 minutes. It’s refreshing and really, really fucking good. The songs are varied enough that (at times) it kinda actually sounds like a mixtape… sorta. It’s the perfect sort of brief basement punk rock in that they never really hold onto any idea long enough for it to get stale. Just imagine Lemuria but in shorter bursts and faster-paced. All in all, Maps is probably the most fun you can legally have in 18 minutes without involving sex or alcohol. The album will (soon) see a proper CD release, but (for now) you can download it for free (and the band’s new EP) from Death To False Hope Records. You’re an idiot if you don’t.