Too Many Summer Fridays

29 Aug

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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

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Do You Like My Corn, Jerry? Summer Fridays 9.5

19 Aug

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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

12 Aug

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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

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Conditions Mild: Summer Fridays 9.3

5 Aug

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It’s a laid-back mix this week as Summer Fridays head into the long shadows of August. I really love this Ultimate Painting song that leads things off, and the whole thing works pretty well in a chilled out groove. Cover art this week is by my good friend Don Gochenour who actually made that “hours” sign and then stuck it on some store’s door and then photographed it! Very cool.

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Tracklist:
1) Ultimate Painting – Bills
2) Steve Gunn – Conditions Wild
3) Salako – The Bird & the Bag
4) Eerie Wanda – I Am Over Here
5) The Go-Betweens – Surfing Magazine
6) Amber Arcades – Fading Lines
7) The Radio Dept. – This Repeated Sodomy
8) The Chills – Rolling Moon
9) The Goon Sax – Sweaty Hands
10) Miracle Legion – Butterflies
11) JC Flowers – China Girl
12) Morgan Delt – I Don’t Want to See What’s Happening Outside
13) The Feelies – Sooner or Later
14) EZTV – High Flying Faith
15) Let’s Active – Talking to Myself
16) The Moles – Dreamland
17) Chook Race – Hard to Clean
18) Starbreaker – Sound of Summer

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I play just what I feel: Summer Fridays 9.2

31 Jul

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I really wanted to use this great new Dent May single (song title of the year?) which sent me down a ’70s soft/yacht rock direction, and I really just went for it (see: Boz Scaggs and The Dan). There are some obscurites on here (The Poppy Family, Doris) and a song off Love’s funk/disco record. I end things with a Flo & Eddie (of The Turtles) song that is both fitting of the mix, but with lyrics that seem like they could’ve been written today (like, literally today).

Artwork by frequent contributor Heloise Chung. Download or stream to your heart’s content.

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1. Dent May – Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love
2. Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
3. Love – Be Thankful for What You Got
4. The Bees – Get to Let Go
5. Klaus Johann Grobe – Lieb am Strand
6. The Poppy Family – Where Evil Grows
7. Britta Phillips – One Fine Summer Morning
8. The High Llamas – Checking In, Checking Out
9. Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
10. Metronomy – Nite Owl
11. The Lemon Twigs – These Words
12. Doris – Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby?
13. Drugdealer – Suddenly (ft. Weyes Blood)
14. Breakbot – Too Soon
15. Flo & Eddie – Keep it Warm

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Finally….Summer Fridays 9.1

14 Jul

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I know, I know. No end of year mixes for 2015. No Wintry mixes or Sound Bites of Spring. You may have thought I was gone forever. Just a late start — I moved apartments for the first time in 18 years which took up a whole lot of my early summer. Anyway, we’re back and very happy to be here. Not sure if I’ll be able to do every Friday, but I’m hoping at least every other Friday during this summer.

Lots of great music on this one old and new. Cover art picture is by my friend and “internet wizard” Adam Sypnier. Thanks for sticking around. Hope you’re summer’s going ok despite the entire world going to shit. Enjoy.

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Tracklist:
1. Field Music – The Noisy Days are Over
2. Cornelius – Star Fruits Surf Rider
3. Roy Budd – Getting Nowhere in a Hurry
4. Cat’s Eyes – Drag
5. The Pioneers – Time Hard
6. Woods – I Can’t See at All
7. Pastor T.L. Barnett – Like a Ship
8. Whitney – The Falls
9. Mandingo – Black Rite
10. Cate Le Bon – We Might Revolve
11. Rexy – Perfect Day
12. Sonny & Cher – Moods, Baby, Moods
13. Bantu Clan vs Sarabi – Africa Ni Leo
14. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Door to Tomorrow
15. Cut Worms – Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye

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 13 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.

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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

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.

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Tracklist:
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

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Tracklist:
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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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