Summer Fridays #7

8 Aug

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Here we go again… lucky number seven. Wasn't aiming for a theme this week, though there's certainly a epic sweep to a lot of them. Cover art this time provided by my good friend Erinn, once again saving you from having to look at one of my creations. Three more Summer Fridays (in the Office sense of the term, six more if you're going seasonally) to go and still a couple open slots for any creative types out there who'd like to contribute graphics to an upcoming one. Also a lot of strings this time.

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Tracklist:
1.    Cocoanut Groove – The End of Summer On Bookbinder Road   
2.    Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con   
3.    Scott Walker – The Old Man's Back Again   
4.    Chairlift – Evident Utensil
5.    David Byrne & Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
6.    The Buggles – I Love You Miss Robot
7.    Larry Jon Wilson – Sheldon Churchyard
8.    The Week That Was – The Airport Line
9.    Can – Vitamin C   
10.    Clor - Dangerzone
11.    Tomorrowpeople – Youth in Orbit   
12.    Frank Pourcel – Francis Francis
13.    Kings of Convenience – I'd Rather Dance with You
14.    Jape – I Was a Man
15.    Blancmange - Living on the Ceiling
16.    The Bridal Shop – From Seas

As I've said before, I actually mix these songs together (though they're separate tracks) so the songs segue together. So set controls to "gapless" or whatever it's called on the player you use. No shuffle or you'll hurt my feelings!

I also wrote liner notes for this one, which I shoulda done on the last six:

1.    Cocoanut Groove – The End of Summer On Bookbinder Road
We're not quite to the end of summer but I didn't want to wait any longer to use this fabulous song. Mysterious Swede who makes enticing singles. Full-length due anytime now.

2.    Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con   
Fulfilling the requisite French quotient on Mix #7, and one of Serge's greatest sounding songs. Those bongos are out of this world. I always think of Stereolab's "Metronomic Underground" when I hear this.

3.    Scott Walker - The Old Man's Back Again   
Recluse and oft-cited as an influence (Most recently the Last Shadow Puppets) Scott Walker's records can be a bit of an acquired taste. But this track, from the landmark Scott 4, is pretty easy to digest. Dig that groovy bass-line!

4.    Chairlift – Evident Utensil
I'm not convinced of their live show but these NYC oddballs are much more palatable on record. Very '80s but very good.

5.    David Byrne & Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Pt. 2 this is not. Which is fine because, serious, how awesome is this song? It's greatness sort of sneaks up on you, and when it does you're already dancing. Cannot wait to hear the rest of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.

6.    The Buggles – I Love You Miss Robot
The Buggles had more than just "Video Killed the Radio Star," and this is the a somewhat undiscovered gem off The Age of Plastic. Sounds very modern to me still.

7.    Larry Jon Wilson – Sheldon Churchyard
You can get this on a compilation called Country Got Soul and this track certainly does. You'll wanna hear more after this… but sadly almost all of LJW's classic '70s catalog is out of print.

8.    The Week That Was – The Airport Line
I'm coming of the opinion that The Week That Was' debut is the best Field Music-related record yet, with a Big 80s vibe without cheese, and amazing songs. One of the albums of the year.

9.    Can - Vitamin C   
Krautrock legends at their most accessible — 1972's Ege Bamyasi which has been sampled a lot…thanks to the amazing Jaki Liebezeit's amazing drumwork (among other things).

10.    Clor - Dangerzone
Criminally-ignored UK group whose sole album will be ripe for rediscovery sometime soon. In the meantime pick it up super-cheap. This wasn't a single but shoulda been.

11.    Tomorrowpeople – Youth in Orbit
The Dallas band that shoulda woulda coulda if it wasn't for dumb Major Label problems. From the album they recorded for Geffen in 1999 that never saw the light of day…till now.

12.    Franck Pourcel – Francis Francis
I know absolutely nothing about this track other than its inclusion on the second Sound Gallery compilation, which collected a bunch of posh '60s instrumental music originally recorded for TV and commericals. And endless supply of groovy transitions.

13.    Kings of Convenience – I'd Rather Dance with You
Orland Oye is kind of a genius and I anxiously await his next thing, be it more from KoC, The Whitest Boy Alive, or something new. Until then, there's this. You've seen the video for this, right?

14.    Jape – I Was a Man
I love the couplet, "I popped my cherry to 'November Rain'/I think she liked it but don't think she came." Thanks to Nialler9 for turning me on to this one.

15.    Blancmange – Living on the Ceiling
From the '80s when there was no such thing as "too melodramatic vocals." Surely Blancmange were the best '80s synthpop group to ever name themselves after Monty Python sketch.

16.    The Bridal Shop – From Seas
Mysterious dreampop-meets-Italodisco from some enigmatic Swedes. And by "enigmatic" I mean "I don't know anything about them and am too lazy to research but this song is good." (Anyway, Swedes tend to be either mysterious [The Knife] or totally in-your-face [The Hives] so it's a safe bet they're the former.) Also the latest signings to Magic Marker Records. And this song concludes in a way that says "The End." But only till next Friday.

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