Still Feels Like Summer (Fridays 10.5)

This year was kind of a total fail for these mixes but I did want to put up one last one while you could still go out without a coat, especially as my friend Heloise spent hours and hours making the cover art you see above. And I had a bunch of songs I still wanted to use, including the awesome new King Krule song. One good thing about less mixes is there’s less filler, right? Anyway, here we are for downloading or streaming.

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Summer Fridays 10.5 Tracklist:
1. Kommode – Captain of Your Sinking Ship
2. Steely Dan – FM
3. King Krule – Dum Surfer
4. The Horrors – Machine
5. Beach Fossils – Sugar
6. Captain Sensible – Martha the Mouth
7. MINKS – Romans
8. Dent May – Take Me to Heaven
9. Girl Ray – Don’t Go Back at 10
10. Manuela – Cracks in the Concrete
11. The World – Hot Shopper
12. Puberty – Parties
13. Tashaki Miyaki – Girls on TV
14. Patience – White Of An Eye
15. Saint Etienne – Whyteleafe
16. The Clientele – Lunar Days
17. The Beat – Walk Away
18. TOPS – Petals
19. Yumi Zouma – Champagne Supernova

Will these be back in 2018? Will any of us? Stay tuned!

People love it when you lose: Summer Fridays 10.4

It’s Labor Day Weekend and I haven’t done so well with cranking out the mixes this year, but here’s #4 which is one of the weirder mixes I’ve ever made including at least one artist I pretty much would’ve never thought I’d ever put on one of these. But King of the Streets, whose digital graffiti graces this week’s cover, told me to seek inspiration from his artwork…so blame him! There’s also at least three amazing new songs here, via Baxter Dury, LCD Soundsystem and Kelley Stoltz. And inbetween…please enjoy!

There are, technically, three more weeks of summer so I’m gonna try and finish strong. See you next week.

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TRACKLIST:
1. Baxter Dury – Miami
2. Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue
3. Coldcut x On-U Sound – Kajra Mohobbat Wala feat. Hamsika Iyer
4. Soulwax – Another Excuse (DFA Remix)
5. Cornelius – In a Dream
6. Imagination – Just an Illusion
7. Shit & Shine – Long Island City
8. Don Henley – Dirty Laundry
9. LCD Soundsystem – I Used To
10. Big Audio Dynamite – Sightsee MC!
11. L’ Trimm – The Cars That Go Boom
12. Art Attacks – Can’t Stand It
13. UB40 – Food for Thought
14. Kelley Stoltz – Empty Kicks

Those Were the (Summer Fri)Days

Have you read Meet Me In The Bathroom? It’s an oral history of the early-’00s NYC music scene and is pretty entertaining even if it leaves out a lot of stuff. It really did feel like a special time, especially coming off the ’90s where there wasn’t much going on locally/musically. Living in Williamsburg at the time and being a music fan, it was hard to avoid. With that in mind, here’s a Summer Fridays mix with songs pulled entirely from that era (2000 – 2005). No cocaine necessary to enjoy it!

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TRACKLIST:
1. The Strokes – Barely Legal
2. The Rodgers Sisters – Chain Reaction
3. Calla – Strangler
4. Interpol – PDA
5. TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun
6. Stellastarr – My Coco
7. The Walkmen – The Rat
8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date With the Night
9. Liars – Mr Your On Mr. Fire
10. Out Hud – On Life to Leave
11. LCD Soundsystem – Yr City’s a Sucker
12. The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
13. Diamond Nights – Saturday Night
14. Le Tigre – Deceptacon
15. Les Savy Fav – The Sweat Descendes
16. The Secret Machines – Nowhere Again
17. Ambulance LTD – Heavy Lifting
18. The Cloud Room – Hey Now Now
19. !!! – Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story)

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There will be more Summer Fridays before the summer’s over, I promise.

Quel oiseau magnifique! Summer Fridays 10.2 (Bastille Day édition)

It’s Bastille Day and Friday, so that means an all-French edition of Summer Fridays. I’ve done a few of these and feared I’d gone to the well too many times, so I got some help from some friends. Crowdsourcing works! I had an abundance of stuff to choose from but kept being drawn to the dancier songs, so that’s the direction this one takes. There are a few repeat offenders (MC Solaar, Lio, Bertrand Burgalat) but a lot of this was new to me too. I’ve listened to this one a few times through and I dig it. Enjoy!

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TRACKLIST:
1. Calypso Valois – Vis a Vie
2. Paradis – La Ballade de Jim
3. Yelle – La Musique (Terp remix)
4. Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Fire
5. Le Couleur – Underage
6. Guru/MC Solaar – Le Bien, Le Mai
7. Cannibale – Diabolik Prank
8. Corine – Porquoi Porquoi
9. Charlotte Adigéry – Le Froid
10. Francois & The Atlas Mountains – Grand Dereglement
11. Bertrand Burgalat – Ultradevotion
12. Lockett Pundt – Femme fantôme
13. Lio – Banana Split
14. Aquaserge – Si loin, si proche
15. Veroique Jannot – Aviateur
16. Kid Creole & the Coconuts – Les Vitrines
17. Dylarama – Saison Estivale
18. M Farmer – Tristana
19. Orval Carlos Sibelius – Coeur De Verre

Maybe she’ll call me back: Summer Fridays 10.1

Can you believe this is the is the tenth summer of Summer Fridays mixes? When I started these, 2008, George W Bush was still in office, we were on the brink of the real estate bust and recession, and I’d just been laid off work. Those were the days, huh! Well, we’re all still here, and thanks for sticking around. I’m gonna try and do these every Friday, we’ll see. Anyway, here’s the first of 2017, opening with a brand new Baby Dayliner song — his first new music since Summer Fridays existed. We’ve also got new Broken Social Scene, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Cold Beat…as well as oldies by Bowie, Eno and more.

You can stream it, or download. Enjoy!

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Tracklist:
1. Baby Dayliner – You Push, I’ll Go
2. Brian Eno – Backwater
3. Johnny Gamboa – That Good Old Feeling Back Again
4. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Cross My Heart
5. Cymbals – Decay
6. Bill Nelson – Hope for the Heartbeat
7. Cold Beat – Don’t Touch
8. Elastica – 2:1
9. Fazerdaze – Lucky Girl
10. Broken Social Scene – Protest Song
11. Deep Throat Choir – Be OK
12. David Bowie – Without You
13. CAN – I’m So Green
14. Guerilla Toss – TV Do Tell
15. Molly Nilsson – Mona Lisa’s Smile
16. Sneaks – Inside Edition
17. Terry – Take Me to the City
18. Klark Kent – Theme for Kinetic Ritual

Do these old shoes look funny? Summer Fridays 9.8

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We’re winding down but Summer’s still here and so are Summer Fridays mixes. This is unlike any I’ve done before, in that I don’t think I’ve ever had so many genuine “hits” on one mix. Of course the theme is new for Summer Fridays too. My good friend Sarah did the cover art and, as I suspected, it features her dog Gertie (the third dog cover star this season!). What with the down home flavor of the pic, and Sarah’s love of country, I knew what I had to do. This mix also features Sarah’s favorite ever singer, Donna Fargo. Or was it another D, anyway, it’s all country. Only two songs on this mix are from the last decade and only one from this year. Most are from before 1975. I think this one turned out good. Enjoy!

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Tracklist:
1. Billie Jo Spears – Mr. Walker, It’s All Over
2. George Jones & Tammy Wynette – Golden Ring
3. Richard Hawley – Like the Rain
4. Glen Campbell – Galveston
5. Lee Hazelwood and Suzie Jane Hokum – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
6. Donna Fargo – The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.
7. Albert Collins – It Never Rains in Southern California
8. Jerry Reed – If I Promise
9. Jim Reeves – He’ll Have to Go
10. Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billy Joe
11. Dolly Mixture – Jolene
12. Faron Young – I Can’t Wait (For the Sun to Go Down)
13. Buck Owens – I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail
14. Jean Shepard – Twice the Lovin’ (In Half the Time)
15. Marty Robbins – Big Iron
16. Don Gibson – Sea of Heartbreak
17. Jennie C Riley – Harper Valley PTA
18. Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)
19. Bobby Bare – The Cowboy And The Poet (Faster Horses)
20. Patsy Cline – Heartaches
21. Lynn Anderson – All-Day Sucker
22. Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

Dance to the Musizika: Summer Fridays 9.7

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I remember back in 1999 when West Nile Virus hit NYC, during that ultra-hot July, they sprayed down the streets of South Williamsburg along Kent at like 2AM. There were cars leading the way a few blocks ahead, blaring horns and warnings to “GET INSIDE NOW WE ARE SPRAYING INSECTICIDE.” It was like some sort of post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. Scary! Thankfully, Zika hasn’t really hit here, but for my friend Kelly who lives in Miami it’s very real. Weirdly, according to her, the fear has manifested itself into a musical subgenenre of dance music they’re calling “zika wave” which is somewhere between Belgian “new beat” and Italo? Or it could just be a joke on this party flyer. Either way it was her inspiration for this week’s cover art. I think the “9,7” is made out of mosquitos?

I didn’t put any New Beat on here but there is a little Italo (Chromatics) and I wanted to put the great new Radio Dept song “Swedish Guns” on here so everything is pretty much either dance or dub. Also, I dipped into Sandinista! for a second week in a row. Please enjoy, whether you’re wearing a mosquito net suit for not.

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Tracklist:
1. The Radio Dept. – Swedish Guns
2. El Perro Del Mar – Ding Sum
3. Saint Etienne – On the Shore
4. Soft Hair – Lying Has Got to Stop
5. The Beta Band – Lion Thief
6. Hollie Cook – Sugar Water (ft. Horseman)
7. New Age Steppers7 – Some Love
8. Blackbeard – Electrocharge
9. Trentemøller – Redefine
10. Chromatics – Hands in the Dark
11. The Clash – The Call Up
12. The Modernist – The Price of Love (ft. Joe Goddard)
13. Renegade Soundwave – Thunder
14. Pional – Casualty

Too Many Summer Fridays

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As summer roars out we have a fun, synth-heavy pop edition of Summer Fridays. Cover art is a photo by me of this custom upcycled Summer Fridays fabric notebook made by my friend Kelly who has a company called Too Many Sparkles that makes notebooks, cards, and art like this. That yellow thing is not a headband but a vintage pair of impractical new wave sunglasses that I’ve owned for over 30 years. Radical.

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Tracklist:
1. Babybird – No Children
2. Yumi Zouma – Text from Sweden
3. Kero Kero Bonito – Lipslap
4. Betty Boo – Where Are You Baby?
5. TEEN – Example
6. The Raveonettes – This World is Empty Without You
7. Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t it Be Good?
8. Weaves – Tick
9. Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself
10. The Clash – Hitsville UK
11. Kristin Kontrol – Don’t Wannabe
12. General Public – Never You Done That
13. TV Girl – Song About Me
14. Younger Younger 28s – Gary
15. Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong
16. Missing Persons – Destination Unknown
17. ABC – Viva Love
18. Blood Orange – EVP
19. Big Audio Dynamite – Around the World in 80 Ways

Do You Like My Corn, Jerry? Summer Fridays 9.5

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I had already picked out this space disco version of “Popcorn” when Greg sent me the cover art. Kismet or something, yeah? This is a double-sized mix — nearly two hours! — and maybe a little crazy. There is modern techno (Factory Floor), balaeric, that space disco, dub/industrial, Soul II Soul, S U R V I V E (the Stranger Things soundtrack guys), and… The Bangles (by way of Todd Terje)?!?!? Will anyone besides me actually want to listen to this thing? I guess we’ll find out.

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Tracklist:
1) Justice – Safe and Sound
2) NZCA Lines – Two Hearts
3) Underworld – I Exhale
4) Coil – The Hills Are Alive
5) Brookzill! – Suadade
6) The Avalanches – Subways
7) Joel Fajerman – Asteroide
8) Roisin Murphy – Mastermind
9) Soul II Soul – Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)
10) Dan Lissvik – N
11) S U R V I V E – Relays
12) DOOMsquad – Pyramids on Mars
13) Holy Fuck – Xed Eyes
14) Grand Prix – Grand Prix
15) Factory Floor – Ya
16) Junior Boys – What You Won’t Do for Love
17) Anarchic System – Popcorn
18) Mungolian Jetset – Moon Jocks ‘N’ Prog Rocks (Todd Terje’s Schlong Tong Vocal version)
19) Mind Enterprises – Give Me Light
20) Space Art – Welcome to Love
21) Lindstrøm – Foehn
22) The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian (Todd Terje Edit)

Dog Days (Pt 1?): Summer Fridays 9.4

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Dog Days is right! The heat index in NYC is like 110 and you don’t even wanna go out in that stuff. Here’s a cool mix of hot indie rock, both old and new, including one song I can’t tell you what it is. Infamous digital graffiti artist King of the Streets is back again to do cover art, and you may spy rising dog-of-internet Kate Moss The Dog in the rearview. Follow her on Instagram, won’t you?

Stay cool party people.

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Tracklist:
1. Mystery Artist! – Mystery Song!
2. Unrest – Cath Carroll
3. Dinosaur Jr – Tiny
4. Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blank
5. Belly – Dusted
6. Dog Chocolate – Plastic Canoe
7. SAVAK – Drop the Pieces
8. Deerhoof – Life is Suffering
9. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife
10. Savoy Motel – Souvenier Shop Rock
11. Built to Spill – Carry the Zero
12. B Boys – Other Head
13. Boston Spaceships – How Wrong Are You
14. TERRY – Hot Heads
15. Parquet Courts – Captive of the Sun
16. Honey Radar – Fort Wayne Mermaids
17. Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
18. Proto Idiot – Better Version
19. TUNS – Mind Over Matter