Better Late Than Never: Summer Fridays 8.11 & 8.12

5 Oct

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Well it’s not summer anymore and it’s not Friday, but I still had these two mixes in the hopper and I finally found time to finish them. Cover art for mix 8.11 was done by enigmatic digital graffiti artist King of the Streets. Usually he gets a more rocking mix, I felt like he might like to dance, so we start things off with Frankie Goes to Hollywood and go from there.

The final mix for 2015 — SF8-12 — has cover art by Eli Kasan of Pittsburgh’s finest, The Gotobeds. (Not to be confused with classic filmmaker/name-namer Elia Kazan.) Knowing he’s a Wire fan (Google that with the name of the band), I went sort of punk/postpunk/mutant pop for this one.

Both of these turned out good! Appologies to the cover artists for me being so delinquent in finishing them. For everyone else, enjoy a couple last blasts of summer.



Summer Fridays 8.11 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
2. New Order – Tutti Fruiti
3. Painted Palms – Glaciers
4. Empress Of – Standard
5. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (Metronomy remix)
6. Here We Go Magic – Falling
7. Telekinesis – Courtesy Phone
8. Thomas A. Edison Electric Band – Europa & the Pirate Twins
9. Sparks – Number One Song in Heaven
10. Colourbox – Punch
11. Future Punx – Manhattan Loverboy
12. Pop Will Eat Itself – Psychosexual
13. JB Dunckel – Kill for You (Sangaile) [feat. Thibaut Barbillon & Alex Thomas]
14. Laptop – Nothing to Declare
15. Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane remix feat. Au Revoir Simone)
16. Young Galaxy – Body
17. U.S. Girls – Window Shades



Summer Fridays 8.12 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

1. The Moonlandingz – Sweet Saturn Mine
2. Hooton Tennis Club – P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E
3. The Buzzcocks – I Don’t Know What to Do with My Life
4. Childbirth – Siri, Open Tinder
5. Woolen Men – Life in Hell
6. Primitive Parts – Troubles
7. Henry Badowski – Baby Sign Here With Me
8. Echo & The Bunnymen – With a Hip
9. Kelley Stoltz – Cut Me Baby
10. Sheer Agony – I Have a Dream
11. The Reducers – We Are Normal
12. The Shifters – Captain Hindsight
13. The Intelligence – Refuse to Pay Dues
14. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy – Caroline Wheeler’s Birthday Present
15. The Stranglers – Get a Grip on Yourself
16. Deerhunter – Snakeskin
17. The Drink – No Memory
18. Brian James – Ain’t That a Shame
19. Mekons – Memphis, Egypt
20. Wire – Mannequin

Save a prayer for Summer Fridays 8.10

21 Aug


Summer’s not over yet, and neither are Summer Fridays mixes. I just took a little break there. This week’s cover art is by frequent contributor Kelly Hitzing who always seems to find inspiration in the perspiration of her Miami home. With that in mind, here’s a mix that is definitely with the ’80s in mind, even if only a few of the songs are actually old. This one turned out well with a particularly sweet mix between the first two songs (YACHT/Hot Chip) which was by accident (but i definitely finessed it a bit once I realized the potential.) Perfect for poolside nights or listening whilst showering.


And here’s your streaming player:

Summer Fridays 8.10 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And the tracklist:

1. YACHT – I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler
2. Hot Chip – Started Right
3. Shriekback – Underwaterboys
4. Lemonade – Dancer on the Shore
5. Georgia – Nothing Solution
6. Heavenly Beat – Eucharist
7. Korallreven – Here in Iowa
8. Bear In Heaven – Lovesick Teenagers
9. Outfit – On the Water, On the Way
10. Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Room Mate
11. Monika – We Came Into this World (To Beat Them)
12. The Radio Dept. – Occupied
13. Part Time – Science, Shadows & Religeons on the Walls
14. Seoul – Haunt a Light
15. Duran Duran – Save a Prayer

PS no you did not miscount. There is no Summer Fridays 8.9. Yet. But soon.

Bushes are in disagreement with the heat: Summer Fridays 8.8

31 Jul


I keep a playlist of songs I like, old and new, that I want to use for Summer Fridays every year and, inevitably, some of them don’t feel all that summery. Sometimes I wait till a fall mix for those but when I saw this week’s cover art, I took it as an opportunity to use all those aggro burn-it-down songs that had been stacking up (and find some more too).

Cover art is by John Lee who was one of the first people I met on moving to NYC. I went to see his band Muckafurgason religiously. I made mixes for his wedding. Mucka went their separate ways around the time he started getting into TV and with PFFR he’s been part of some of the most amazingly, hilariously f’d up programs ever to air, including Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel and The Heart, She Holler. (Also Delocated which isn’t so f’d up but is awesome.) Recently he’s directed episodes of Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, and he’s currently in Los Angeles directing the Pee-Wee Herman movie that’s being released via Netflix. He grew up in San Francisco, is a pretty die-hard New York dude and simply wrote “this is how I feel about Los Angeles” when he sent the cover art. There’s no way I couldn’t start with The Fall.

Please enjoy this rather nihilistic mix.


Summer Fridays 8.8 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

Here’s the tracklist:
1. The Fall – L.A.
2. Girls Names – Riticence
3. Male Gaze – Smog Dawn
4. Pop-O-Pies – In Frisco
5. Fist City – Fuck Cops
6. Spray Paint – Goth Apologist
7. The Birthday Party – Big Jesus Trash Can
8. The Intelligence – The World is a Drag
9. METZ – Spit You Out
10. Obnox – Grease
11. Fake Palms – Sparkles
12. Protomartyr – Why Does it Shake?
13. Richard Papiercuts – When it Really Begins
14. POW! – Liquid Daydream
15. Primitive Parts – Miracle Skin
16. My Dad Is Dead – Put It Away
17. Spectres – Where Flies Sleep
18. Wavves X Cloud Nothings – How It’s Gonna Go
19. Sleaford Mods – No One’s Bothered

Summer Fridays 8.7: Everybody Loves the Sunshine (and weird mutant animals)

30 Jul


Have you played around with Google’s Deep Dream? Cover art this week started as a picture I took of some balloons on the East River Ferry. But a couple passes through Deep Dream, it turned into that. Freaky! And fun. It seemed like a good choice for this year’s Franco/tropicalia/weird disco/etc mix which is one of the ones I always enjoy the most. It’s not as weird as the cover art. Enjoy.

Also this will be one of two Summer Fridays mixes going up this week as this one should’ve been up last Friday. I swear the next one will be up tomorrow!


Or stream it:

Summer Fridays 8.7 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And here’s the tracklist:

1. Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine
2. LA Priest – Oino
3. Chassol – Pipornithology, Pt II
4. John Baker – Festival Time
5. Stereolab – Blaue Milch
6. Domenique Dumont – Comme Ca
7. Cortex – Poxa
8. BEAK> – When We Fall
9. Richard Hayman – The Look of Love
10. Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway
11. Etienne de Crecy (featuring Baxter Dury) – Family
12. Kasso – Walkman
13. Nadjma – Some Day My Caliph Will Come
14. Donny Benét – Gentleman’s Choice
15. Piry – Heroi Moderno
16. Juniore – Marabout
17. Brigitte Bardot – Contact
18. Etienne Charry – Prinsen
19. Bert Kaempfert – Afrikaan Beat

throwin’ shayde: Summer Fridays 8.4

19 Jul


And Summer Fridays 8.4 finally appears. Artwork is by the very talented (and fellow West Virginian) Shayde Sartin who plays bass in The Fresh & Onlys and is currently doing the same in Sonny & the Sunsets who are on tour and may be playing a town near you soon. I love Shayde’s style — you may have seen it on Trouble in Mind Eindhoven 2015 comp recently — and am very psyched to have him do the cover art. As for the song selection, this one I started with the idea of late-’70s mutant pop, like early dB’s and went from there. Enjoy, and see you next week, whether that’s a Friday or not.


Summer Fridays 8.4 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And here’s the tracklist:

1. Game Theory – Chardonnay
2. Sloan – Neither Here Nor There
3. Squeeze – Another Nail in My Heart
4. Student Teachers – Channel 13
5. The Grapes of Wrath – Misunderstanding
6. Redspencer – Ride it Out
7. The High Llamas – Travel
8. Twerps – Cheap Education
9. XTC – Ten Feet Tall
10. The Byrds – Have You Seen Her Face
11. Chris Stamey – The Summer Sun
12. Nik Hessler – Please Don’t Break Me
13. Polaris – She is Staggering
14. The Stone Roses – Made of Stone
15. Let’s Active – Fell
16. Robyn Hitchcock – If You Were a Priest
17. The Three O’Clock – The Girl with the Guitar
18. Eternal Summers – Gold and Stone
19. Big Star – The Ballad of El Goodo

NOTE: Itunes decided to call Eternal Summers “Eternal Death” (which is a Swedish group)… please adjust accordingly.

Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fridays 8.6

11 Jul


Heyo, we’re back with another Summer Fridays mix on a summer Saturday. That’s ok, right? This week’s cover art is by Katie Harkin of the band Sky Larkin, who has done cover art for my end-of-year mixes before. You may also recognize her from the current live incarnation of Sleater-Kinney, as she was drafted to help out Corin, Carrie and Janet with extra guitar, keyboards and percussion. She’s also doing her first-ever solo show in London this September opening for Torres, so if you’re over that way, go see her!

This week’s mix has a lot of new music I really like (Cold Beat, La Luz, Chastity Belt, Flesh World) and, of course, some old favorites. How have I made 80+ Summer Fridays mixes and NEVER put Electrelane on one? That is now corrected. I always say this, but if you’re downloading and listening, don’t shuffle — this mix in particular has lots of nips and tucks and will sound extremely disjointed on shuffle. (Also I’m super proud of the segue between Chastity Belt and Widowspeak.) Of course if you’re streaming it you have no choice but to listen to it my way. I think it turned out real good.


or stream it…

Summer Fridays 8.6 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And Here’s the tracklist:

1. Cracks – Cold Beat
2. On Parade – Electrelane
3. You Disappear – La Luz
4. Sad Channels – Bad Channels
5. Burial in Twos – No Joy
6. Thread of Light – Pale Saints
7. Patriarchaeth – Gwenno
8. River of Longing – Blank Realm
9. Hitch-Hike – LiLiPUT
10. Just to Tear Me Down – Flesh World
11. Honey Power – My Bloody Valentine
12. Joke – Chastity Belt
13. All Yours – Widowspeak
14. Saw the Light – Seapony
15. Sparks – Beach House
16. Cranekiss – Tamaryn
17. Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires – Cocteau Twins

Aboard the Sopwith Camel: Summer Fridays 8.5

3 Jul


Happy Independence Day Weekend here and I hope everyone’s having a swell three-day holiday. The cover art to this week’s mix comes from Jack Cooper of the bands Ultimate Painting and Mazes. I think I may have had that Flying Ace Snoopy patch as a kid. Maybe. The new Ultimate Painting album, Green Lanes, is out soon and is awesome (look for a track on a future Summer Fridays), and the UP live experience will be in North America soon and that I highly recommend as well.

I usually let whoever does cover art pick a song and Jack choose Moon Gang‘s “ii” which is some heavy, droney, krauty stuff and 100% affected the direction of this week’s mix. It turned out well and I’ve never made a mix quite like it, so that’s something.

PS, if you’re asking yourself “What happened to Summer Friday 8.4?” well artwork got “lost in transit” and I’ll put it up when it gets here, ok? Meanwhile dig into this.

Summer Fridays 8.5 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud


1. Spacemen 3 – Big City
2. Moon Duo – Slow Down Low
3. Harmonia – DeLuxe (Immer Wieder)
4. Holograma – In Your Head
5. Cat’s Eyes – Door No. 2
6. Eaters – This is Round
7. Moon Gangs – ii
8. Espectrostatic – Please Be Careful as You Exit
9. Verve – Beautiful Mind
10. The Caretater – The sublime is disappointingly elusive
11. Augustus Pablo – Vibrate Onn (dub)
12. Julian Cope – Psychedelic Revolution
13. Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe – Cocaine Cat
14. Spiritualized – Anyway That You Want Me

If you’re downloading this, no listening on shuffle — all the songs blur into one another, especially on this mix. Enjoy!

$6000? It’s not even leather! Summer Fridays 8.3

19 Jun

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It’s almost actually summer and here come’s this season’s third mix. Cover art, featuring the lovely Joan Cusack in Working Girl, was made by Kevin Alvir who fronts Brooklyn’s The Hairs (who are back in business). When he thinks mix he thinks mixtape, hence the rectangular shape. As for song selections, Kevin requested Bill Fox so that put things on a definite indie rock bent. Some cool new stuff this week (Sauna Youth, Pinact, Warm Soda, Jaill) and lots of oldies too — note the version of The Feelies “Fa Ce La” is from the Ork Records box set and be prepared for it to blow your mind (especially if you’re familiar with the Crazy Rhythms version). Dig in, download or stream.

Summer Fridays 8.3 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud


And here’s the tracklist:
1) The Feelies – Fa Ce La (Ork Records version)
2) Sauna Youth – Try to Leave
3) Expert Alterations – Venetian Blinds
4) Courtney Barnett – Debbie Downer
5) The Tyde – Do it Again
6) Unlikely Friends – Please Lorraine
7) Gorky’s Zygotic Monkey – Y Ffordd Oren
8) Home Blitz – I’m That Key
9) Bill Fox – Way Way Down
10) J Fernandez – Read My Mind
11) Novella – Phrases
12) The Aislers Set – Been Hiding
13) Pinact – Scars
14) Superchunk – 1000 Pounds
15) PINS – Young Girls
17) Jaill – I Got an F
18) Warm Soda – I Know the Cure
19) Christopher Dedrick – Another Loser Fuckup
20) Kid Wave – Gloom

Dog Days: Summer Fridays 8.2

12 Jun

Summer Fridays 8.2

Whoa that’s a big hot dog! Welcome to the second installment of Summer Fridays 2015 and this week’s cover is done by Summer Fridays MVP Greg Morris. As usual I pair his art with a groovy-leaning mix, and this one turned out well I think. We’ve got new stuff from Hot Chip, TV Girl, Roisin Murphy and Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, and a bunch of classic cuts from Chic, Stetsasonic, Can and more. Dive in, mind the bun…


No shuffling! You can also just stream it (where shuffling’s not an option):

Summer Fridays 8.2 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

1) Chic – Sometimes You Win
2) Hot Chip – Easy to Get
3) Pacific – Poolside Bungalow
4) Dan Lissvik – Airwalk
5) Gina X Performance – Nice Mover
6) US Girls – Damn That Valley
7) Shaun Ryder – Close the Dam
8) Can – I Want More
9) Doomsquad – Apocalypso
10) Fantastic Plastic Machine – L’Aventure Fantastique
11) TV Girl – Natalie Wood
12) Stetsasonic – All That Jazz
13) Experimental Pop Band – Funky Huxley
14) Coldcut – My Telephone
15) Clio – Faces
16) Roisin Murphy – Exploitation

See ya next week!

Pop a tall, cool Shark: Summer Fridays 8.1

5 Jun


Hey, wow! Welcome back to Summer Fridays now in its unbelievable eighth year. You’d think I’d run out of songs by now. (“He has!”) We kick things off with a typically curious mix that manages to start with Hawkwind, make room for Swedish indiepop like Eggstone and Pelle Calberg, as well as 10CC, and wrap things up with FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks). There’s also awesome new songs by Destroyer, Tame Impala, Stealing Sheep, onetime Girls frontman Christopher Owens, and more. It all works, at least I think so.

Frequent contributor Kate Bryant illustrated this week’s cover art and she did an awesome job as usual. Actual Summer Fridays Shark Beer coming soon to a distributor near you. If you’re downloading this mix, remember: no shuffling. You can also stream it too:


Summer Fridays 8.1 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And here’s the tracklist:
1) Hawkwind – Assault & Battery Pt. 1
2) Tame Impala – Let It Happen
3) DJango Django – Vibrations
4) Eggstone – Birds in Cages
5) 10CC – The Things We Do For Love
6) Pelle Carlberg – Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls
7) Juan Wauters – Grey Matter
8) Stealing Sheep – Deadlock
9) Kate – Strange Girl
10) BC Camplight – Thieves in Antigua
11) Steely Dan – Caves of Altamira
12) Part Time – Fallin’ 4 U
13) Christopher Owens – Another Loser Fuckup
14) Destroyer – Dream Lover
15) Amason – NFB
16) FFS – The Man Without a Tan

Enjoy! See you next week.