Sound Bites of Spring 2015: new mix!

10 Apr

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Hello and welcome to the fourth month of 2015 and the first update to this site this year. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on elsewhere. Nonetheless, there’s lots of new music I’ve been digging and with that here’s a new mix for the new season. Lot’s of stuff I’m excited about, including Stealing Sheep, No Joy, Django Django, Dick Diver, Prinzhorn Dance School and lots more. No oldies on here, just the newness of now. Enjoy! Download or stream:

Sound Bites of Spring 2015 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Not Real – Stealing Sheep
2. Fever Head – Barringtone
3. Blogging – Wire
4. Beaming White – EAST INDIA YOUTH
5. The Line – Seoul
6. Catastrophe – Yumi Zouma
7. The House – Le Volume Courbe
8. Everything New – No Joy
9. Reign – Prinzhorn Dance School
10. Percentage Points – Dick Diver
11. We Awake – Doldrums
12. Reaper Invert – Wand
13. Maybe You’re Crazy – Wildhoney
14. Trapped – Chastity Belt
15. Soft Reputation – Unlikely Friends
16. California Owls – Death And Vanilla
17. Reflections – DJango Django
18. Picture This! – Kero Kero Bonito

Bye Bye 2014: Here’s Yr Mixes

31 Dec

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I always say “what a crazy year, huh?” but this year I mean it. Things are about to pop, and probably not in a good way. My Brooklyn neighborhood has changed more in 2014 than in any of the other 17 years I’ve lived here, including the loss of all the venues on Kent / S. 2nd St. (It was bound to happen but VICE, you really really really could’ve/should’ve picked a different place. You suck.) Williamsburg ain’t what it used to be. I know it’s over, still I cling.

That said, 2014 was a great year for music. You can check out my Top 20 LPs over at BrooklynVegan and I’ll hopefully have my Top 50 up this weekend. In the meantime, here’s my annual bunch of year-end mixes which includes songs from albums that won’t make my best-of list but I liked a lot too. The mixes are more thematic than in some sort of ranked-by-goodness. Hopefully they flow well! You can download or stream them, and they’d probably be good for a party (if you don’t want to hear any hip hop or anything zeitgeist popular). Enjoy, and ¡Viva la 2015 Revolución!

Here’s a link to download all six mixes.

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As usual, I got a bunch of people to do art for these. My old college pal Phil Maramba did the art for Mix #1. Note: the “0” is the “Golden Eagle” from glorious WV cholesterol chain Tudor’s Biscuit World, which I will probably be wishing I was eating on New Year’s Day morning.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #1 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose
2. Cold Beat – UV
3. The Drink – Microsleep
4. Bully – Bully
5. JC Satan – Italian Summer
6. Ty Segall – Tall Man, Skinny Lady
7. Haunted Hearts – House of Lords
8. Mazes – Astigmatism
9. Wand – Broken Candle
10. Crystal Stilts – Delerium Tremendous
11. Flowers – Forget the Fall
12. Gingerlys – Summer Cramps
13. Beverly – Madora
14. POW! – Verticle Slum
15. Thee Oh Sees – The Drop
16. Cool Ghouls – And it Grows
17. White Fence – Like That
18. September Girls – Cursing the Sea
19. Dum Dum Girls – In the Wake of You
20. Happyness – Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same
21. Herzog – Theme for Boys
22. Marvelous Mark – Bite Me
23. The Gotobeds – New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones)
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Mix #2’s artwork was done by lonnnngtime contributor Greg Morris who never ever disappoints. I give this one 18 thumbs up. This mix is the craziest and it’s because as I pulled songs that fit together in my mind, these were basically the last songs left. So it was the last mix I made, but it’s also got some of my absolute favorite songs of the year, so I bumped it up to #2. Definitely a little kooky, but I think it workd ed well.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #2 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Fat White Family – Touch the Leather
2. Liars – Mess on a Mission
3. Klaus Johann Grobe – Kothek
4. Sleaford Mods – Tiswas
5. Dreamsalon – Soft Stab
6. Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
7. Virginia Wing – World Contact
8. Absolutely Free – Beneath the Air
9. The Soundcarriers – Somewhere to Land
10. Amason – Duvan
11. Spoon – Do You
12. Ultimate Painting – Ten Street
13. Menace Beach – Tennis Court
14. Wild Beasts – Mecca
15. Courtship Ritual – Kingdom of Beauty
16. Warpaint – Love is to Die
17. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
18. Shamir – On the Regular
19. Chicks On Speed – Burning Down the House
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Art for Mix #3 was done by legendary and enigmatic digital graffiti artist King of the Streets. He went all the way to Colombia to do this one! He gets the jangliest mix of the year.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #3 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Twerps – Back to You
2. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Lariat
3. Metronomy – The Most Immaculate Haircut
4. Quilt – Arctic Shark
5. Teleman – In Your Fur
6. The Proper Ornaments – Magazine
7. Real Estate – Talking Backwards
8. Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution
9. Angel Olsen – Forgiven Forgotten
10. The Fresh & Onlys – Animal of One
11. Avi Buffalo – Overwhelmed With Pride
12. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
13. Alvvays – Adult Diversion
14. Fear of Men – Waterfall
15. Hospitality – Going Out
16. Sea Pinks – Dream Happening
17. Doug Gillard – Ready for Death
18. Gold-Bears – From Tallahassee to Gainesville
19. Juniore – Christine
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Kate Bryant, who has probably contributed to Sound Bites mix art longer than anyone else, does this very groovy soundsystem design for Mix #4 which is, I guess, the “pop” mix of these. Or what “pop” means to me. The TOPS song was my favorite track of 2014, btw.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #4 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. TOPS – Way to Be Loved
2. The New Pornographers – Champions of Red Wine
3. TV Girl – Louise
4. Gruff Rhys – Liberty is Where I’ll Be
5. The Raveonettes – Killer in the Streets
6. Sondre Lerche – Bad Law
7. Sloan – You’ve Got a Lot on Your Mind
8. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)
9. Part Time – My Jamey
10. Baxter Dury – Other Men’s Girls
11. Mac DeMarco – Passing Out Pieces
12. The Horrors – In and Out of Sight
13. Deerhoof – Paradise Girls
14. Medicine – Turning
15. Devon Williams – Pendulum
16. Ariel Pink – Dayzed Inn Daydreams
17. Temples – Move With the Season (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Reanimation)
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I had two new artwork contributors for these, including Kris Peterson who holds down the fort at DFA Records when not going to shows, DJing or speaking his mind on Twitter. I gave him the most “punk” mix, and he gave me a very clever tribute to Vanessa’s Dumplings.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #5 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Purling Hiss – Learning Slowly
2. Protomartyr – Come and See
3. Nots – Static
4. Priests – Doctor
5. Primitive Parts – Open Heads
6. PUJOL – Pitch Black
7. Parquet Courts – Dear Ramona
8. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Pink Moons
9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Food for Clouds
10. Iceage – The Lord’s Favorite
11. Merchandise – Little Killer
12. Negative Scanner – Ambitious People
13. Spray Paint – Rest Vs Rust
14. The Blind Shake – Parachute
15. Pampers – Suicide
16. Total Control – Expensive Dog
17. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m in Your Mind
18. The Notwist – Kong
19. Eagulls – Possessed
20. Hookworms – Retreat
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Another first-time mix art maker is Tim Paul who, like me, has put up with Williamsburg’s changing landscape. Some might say the neighborhood’s gone to the dogs, but he puts a positive spin on that. This is my “dance” mix.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #6 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Hollie Cook – Ari Up
2. Peaking Lights – Breakdown
3. Mr Twin Sister – In the House of Yes
4. The Juan MacLean – A Simple Design
5. Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite
6. Roisin Murphy – In Sintesi
7. CYMBALS – The End
8. Katerine – Patousel
9. La Roux – Uptight Downtown
10. Eno • Hyde – Daddy’s Car
11. Caribou – Second Chance
12. Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze
13. Aphex Twin – 4 bit 9d api+e+6
14. Sebastien Tellier – Ma Calypso
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If you’re downloading these, don’t listen on shuffle!

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Back from the Dead: Vampire Bites goth mix!

28 Oct

I made this mix of goth favorites for this bar near my house, Snacky, 12 years ago (!) and it still gets played there around this time (and at other bars, actually). I posted it on this blog six years ago and figured I’d repost again. It really is pretty good, hard to go wrong with a bunch of stone-cold classics. Perfect for your Halloween party or any time of the year really.

DOWNLOAD: VAMPIRE BITES – ESSENTIAL GOTH (NEW 2014 LINK)

You can stream it now too:

Vampires Bites: Essential Goth by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
1. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
2. Clan of Xymox – Muscovite Mosquito
3. Sisters of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
4. The Birthday Party – Release the Bats
5. Death Cult – God’s Zoo
6. The Damned – Wait for the Blackout
7. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Spellbound
8. The March Violets – Snake Dance
9. The Bolshoi – Away
10. Echo & the Bunnymen – Pictures on My Wall
11. The Cramps – Human Fly
12. The Cure – The Hanging Garden
13. Xmal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus
14. Lords of the New Church – Dance With Me
15. Southern Death Cult – Fat Man
16. Joy Division – Heart and Soul
17. Tones on Tails – Christian Says
18. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Temptation
19. Sex Gang Children – Beasts

Just under the wire? Summer Fridays 7.9 & 7.10

22 Sep

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It’s definitely not Friday but it IS STILL summer. For four more hours. So two final mixes, one is on the dance side and the other is more indie rock. The latter’s cover art was done by digital graffiti auteur, King of the Streets. He is nowhere and everywhere…even the clouds. As usual this year you can either stream or download. Even though there were no yacht races, free-throw competitions or Demi Moore, it was still one crazy summer. Looking forward to fall. Enjoy!

Summer Fridays 7.9 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

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1. The Wolfgang Press – Louis XIV
2. Lemonade – Orchid Bloom
3. Everything But The Girl – Flipside
4. Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band – Think Twice
5. Mister Twin Sister – The House of Yes
6. The Knife – Like a Pen
7. The Juan MacLean – I’ve Waited for So Long
8. Doldrums – Anomaly
9. Lace Curtains – I Can’t Wait
10. New Order – Vanishing Point
11. Peaking Lights – Breakdown
12. The Whitest Boy Alive – Courage

Summer Fridays7.10 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

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TRACKLIST:
1. Pop-O-Pies – I Love New York
2. Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose
3. The Fall – Everything Hurtz
4. The Rakes – Work, Work, Work, Pub, Club, Sleep
5. Pet – No Yes No
6. Purling Hiss – Learning Slowly
7. The Flaming Lips – This Here Giraffe
8. The Radio Dept. – I Don’t Need Love, I’ve Got My Band
9. Life Without Buildings – Philip
10. Rat Columns – Pink Mist
11. Number One Cup – Ice Melts Around My Battery
12. Sammy – Neptune Ave. (Ortho Hi Rise)
13. Pavement – Mellow Jazz Docent
14. The Stevens – Challenger
15. Flowers – Forget the Fall
16. Wand – Fire on the Mountain (I-II-III)
17. Cool Ghouls – And It Grows
18. Keneckie – In Your Car
19. Universe People – Cha-cha
20. The Gotobeds – New York’s Alright (If You LIke Sex & Phones)

Summer Fridays 7.8, lightly grilled

30 Aug

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It’s Labor Day Weekend and the unofficial end to Summer. I spent half of my August doing my civic duty serving on the Kings County Grand Jury which was an interesting experience and made for a stressful and mix-free weeks. But Summer Fridays are back — even if it’s a Saturday — and I’m going to do a couple more after this just to get it to an even 10. Also, summer ain’t over till September 21 anyway.

This week we’ve got a few songs from some of the year’s best albums (Ty Segall, Spoon), a couple yacht rock classics (Gerry Rafferty, Ned Doheny) and, believe it or not, only ONE song from the ’80s. Crazy. You can download or stream, isn’t that nice?

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Here’s the tracklist:
1. TV Girl – Louise
2. Spoon – Do You
3. Part Time – My Jamey
4. TOPS – Way to Be Loved
5. Wampire – Wizard Staff
6. Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line
7. Spoon – You’ve Got a Lot on Your Mind
8. Ty Segall – The Clock
9. Medicine – Turning
10. The Inbreds – Round 12
11. The Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society
12. The Woodentops – Third Floor Rooftop High
13. Game Theory – Erica’s Word
14. Amason – Margins
15. Spirea X – Signed DC
16. Elephant Stone – Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)
17. Ned Doheny – Give it Up for Love

Have a great weekend. No shuffling!

the united colours of SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.7

1 Aug

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It’s that time of year again when I do my “here’s some Brazilian funk and weird French synthpop into some oddball Japanese song and that song from the commercial they showed during the World Cup then a Nigerian Moog obsessive and Trojan dub and OF COURSE some Stereolab” mix. All of which seems to flow magically together. But am I starting to become a broken record?

Speaking of, how about that cute little guy above? This week’s cover was done by Summer Fridays All-Star Greg Morris. Another exemplarily job. I hope you like this one, I think it’s a lot of fun.

Summer Fridays 7.7 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud

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tracklist:
1. Marcos Valle – Estrelar
2. Katerine – Patouseul
3. マクロスMACROSS 82-99 – Horsey (feat. Sarah Bonito)
4. Todd Terje – Preben Goes to Acapulco
5. Roisin Murphy – In Sintesi
6. Stereolab – Parsec
7. Gulp – Let’s Grow
8. Sebastien Tellier – Ma Calypso
9. The Soundcarriers – Somewhere to Land
10. Klaus Johann Grobe – Aufstand
11. William Onyeabor – Good Name
12. Saâda Bonaire – You Could Be More Than You Are
13. The Upsetters – Vs. Panta Rock

AS ALWAYS: If you’re downloading, don’t listen on shuffle!

You want it, I’ve got it: Summer Fridays 7.6

27 Jul

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A last-minute shuffling of who was doing cover art this week left a hole for this week, and Chris Pickering of Future Punks and the fine Dull Tools label was nice enough to step up to the plate and give us the lovely cover you see above. It reminded of the kind of art you saw on UK indiepop 7″s so that was the real inspiration behind this week’s choice of tunes. So you get some C86-era stuff (pre-rapping PWEI, The Bodines, Jasmine Minks), new stuff that fits with that vibe (Literature, Pale Lights, Joanna Gruesome), and artists from in-between. Enjoy!

Summer Fridays 7.6 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud

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Tracklist:
Pop Will Eat Itself – The Black Country Chainstore Massacre
The Go-Betweens – Lee Remick
Eureka California – Sneaky Robby
The Bodines – Therese
The Jasmine Minks – Where the Traffic Goes
Parquet Courts – Dear Ramona
The Pooh Sticks – On Tape
Felt – I Will Die with My Head in Flames
Pale Lights – Before There Were Pictures
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Rattlesnakes
Bart Davenport – On Your Own Planet
Lillies on Mars – Dream of Bees
Birdie – Such a Sound
The History of Apple Pie – Tame
Literature – The English Soft Hearts
The Housemartins – We’re Not Deep
S – Vampires
The Clientele – We Could Walk Together
Teenage Fanclub – Speed of Light
BMX Bandits – E102
Joanna Gruesome – Jerome (Liar)
Martha – Courting Strong

Bite Me: Summer Fridays 7.5

19 Jul

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I’ve said it before, Summer Fridays are a state of mind. Which is why I don’t feel too bad about getting this week’s SF up on a Saturday. A year from now (or ten) when you’re still jamming this, you will not think “Bill was late posting this.” You will think, “Wow, this has ‘War on the East Coast’ and that weird ’60s song, and those obscure glam tracks and that awesome Protomartyr song…I love it ever so much!” Seriously though how good is New Pornographers‘ “War on the East Coast”? Single of the Year? Maybe. Quite possibly video of the year, AC Newman is clearly having so much fun lypsynching Bejar’s vocals, giving them the gravitas performance they deserve. The mix ends with makers of what will surely be my #1 album of the year, Protomartyr. That Marvelous Mark song is killer too. Also: new Raveonettes which is also real good. Plus…The Fall, GBV, Sleaford Mods, Total Control… I like this one.

Cover art this week was done by my friend and fellow BrooklynVegan writer Klaus Kinski (The famous one, not the actor). That’s a picture of his mouth, “pre-braces, 1991. It definitely doesn’t scream summer and is certainly weird. I did take the pic in the summer though!” Please enjoy this one in either streaming or download form. It’s not Freedom Rock, but turn it up, dude. Here’s the stream, via the nifty Mixcloud site:

Summer Fridays 7.5 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud

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Here’s the tracklist:
1. The New Pornographers – War on the East Coast
2. Zumpano – The Only Reason Under the Sun
3. Vietnam – Throw it Away
4. Herzog – Teenage Metalhead
5. TRAAMS – Giddy
6. The Fall – Wrong Place Right Time
7. Sleaford Mods – Little Ditty
8. The Buzz – You’re Holding Me Down
9. Feature – Fuzz
10. Crystal Stilts – Delirium Tremendous
11. Actor – White Fence
12. Ambulance LTD – Heavy Lifting
13. Flame – Big Wheel Turning
14. Marvelous Mark – Bite Me
15. Guided By Voices – Game of Pricks
16. The Rats – Turtle Dove
17. The Raveonettes – Sisters
18. Casual Sex – Stroh 80
19. Total Control – Flesh War
20. Protomartyr – Come and See

Take a dip: SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.4

12 Jul

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One month in, this fourth mix is a bit of a kitchen sink cookie, with a crisp guitar-y crust and a soft synthy middle. Delicious. Cover art this week is by longtime contributor Kate Bryant. Clever as always. Please enjoy!

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Tracklist:
1. Sondre Lerche – Bad Law
2. Blumfeld – Walkie Talkie
3. The Proper Ornaments – Magazine
4. Avi Buffalo – So What
5. XTC – Grass
6. Elephant – Ellusive Youth
7. Dubstar – Stars
8. Woman’s Hour – Conversations
9. The John Steel Singers – Happy Before
10. Haunted Hearts – House of Lords
11. The Stone Roses – Mersey Paradise
12. Melted Toys – Horizons
13. Immortal in Mirrors – Stranger Than Fiction
14. Thee Oh Sees – Drop
15. Milk ‘n’ Cookies – Not Enough Girls in the World
16. Allah-Las – Every Girl
17. The Clean – Thumbs Off
18. Beverly – Madora

If you’re downloading, don’t listen on shuffle!

I don’t even know anybody in Toronto! SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.3

3 Jul

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If only I’d started one week earlier with these we’d have Summer Fridays 7.4 on July 4. I didn’t think of that till just now, unfortunately, so it was not to be. That said we’ve got what I think is a very good one, that is mostly music from ’82 – ’84 with a few songs from right here in 2014 that fit that mood. As for the new, we’ve got La Roux evoking some serious Bananarama vibes, a song from the great new Hollie Cook album, plus Brian Eno/Karl Hyde, and Brooklyn new wave revivalists Future Punx. Also: NEW BAXTER DURY! As for the old, let’s travel back to the days when the UK charts were full of exciting new pop. Why yes, that is Culture Club you see on here. The opening and closing track were deliberately placed. Can you figure out why?

This week’s cover art is by frequent contributor Kelly Hitzing who lives in Miami where every Friday is Summer Friday. She just illustrated a book on foraging for edible plants in Miami and you should buy it. The picture is from some thing they do down there called Floatopia. She hired that plane just for this.

Anyway, this would make pretty good backyard barbecue music, I think. Feel free to do so. I’ve got this one streaming in addition to the download. Enjoy and have a great holiday weekend.

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Summer Fridays 7.3 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1) Big Audio Dynamite – The Bottom Line
2) Baxter Dury – Pleasure
3) Bananarama – He Was Really Sayin’ Something
4) Tom Tom Club – On, On, On, On
5) Hollie Cook – 99
6) Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)
7) La Roux – Uptight Downtown
8) General Public – Are You Leading Me On?
9) Eno • Hyde – Daddy’s Car
10) The Waitresses – No Guilt
11) Klark Kent – Office Girls
12) LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
13) Future Punx – 999
14) Sparks and Jane Wiedlin – Cool Places
15) Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Under Pink Moons
16) The Buzzcocks – Why Can’t I Touch It?

If you’re downloading this, don’t listen on shuffle please.

Liner notes — I actually wrote some for the first time in eons — are below the jump. Click through, go on do it… Continue reading