Yes, the Thermals have a new record coming out soon. But Desperate Ground won't be released by Saddle Creek until April 16, so the band has some stuff for you to put into your ears right now.

They've put together a free online mixtape for Check Yo Ponytail. Using the widget above, get it by entering your email address, or check out a stream of the whole thing over on the IHEARTCOMIX site. What kind of stuff makes the Thermals' playlists? Some Portland bands, like the Wipers, and Kim Baxter (who's bandmates with Thermal Kathy Foster in All Girl Summer Fun Band), plus other super tracks by Deep Time, Veronica Falls, Sonny and the Sunsets, Depeche Mode, and a track from one of my favoritest albums ever, the Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year."

Still can't wait for Desperate Ground? Here's the first single, in case ya missed it: