Do people who actually still have jobs still get Summer Fridays in 2009? No matter, it's just a hook to hang an excuse for making weekly mixes again. How did it get to be June already? As usual, there's no theme here, just a bunch of song (mostly new this time) that I like a lot. You may remember, I actually segue the songs together because I'm a control freak who wants you listening to the songs in the order I put them in. Cover art for this first Summer Friday is by my friend Kate, who did a couple covers last year. If you have interest in doing art for an upcoming mix, do get in touch. Anyway, without further ado:
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Here's the tracklist:
1. The Sneetches – Over Round Each Other
2. Miike Snow – Song for No One
3. The Legends – Always the Same
4. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
5. Super Furry Animals – Where Do You Want to Go?
6. Let's Wrestle – We Are the Men You'll Grow to Love Soon
7. The Fresh & Onlys – I Saw You Seeing Me
8. Surf City – Kudos
9. New Order – Dream Attack
10. Jack Peñate – Today's Tonight
11. Mazes – Love to Lay
12. Close Lobsters – Let's Make Some Plans
13. Say Hi – Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
14. Cats on Fire – Borders of This Land
15. Aztec Camera – Oblivious
16. I Was a King – California
17. My Teenage Stride – Creep Academy
18. Casiokids – Fot I Hose
19. Micachu – Calculator
20. The Drums – Don't Be a Jerk, Jonny
21. Clor – Love + Pain
"Liner notes" after the jump:
1. The Sneetches – Over Round Each Other | San Francisco band from the 80s/90s who clearly loved The Turtles. From their great first album, Sometimes It's All We Have.
2. Miike Snow – Song for No One | As you may have heard, these guys (or some of them) wrote Britney Spears' "Toxic." Don't expect this to sound like that though.
3. The Legends – Always the Same | The Legends reinvent themselves again, keeping the same pop melodies but burying them under a blanket of white noise. They're playing NYC in two weeks.
4. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work | If you're like me, you'll hear this and say "Are you sure this isn't Phoenix?" Nope, this lot are from Ireland, this single's on Kitsune, and it's quite good I think.
5. Super Furry Animals – Where Do You Want to Go? | Super Furry Animals are probably my favorite band of the last 15 years and have yet to deliver an album I didn't like. The new one, Dark Days/Light Years, is a bit unwieldy but there are some amazing songs on it. Like this one.
6. Let's Wrestle – We Are the Men You'll Grow to Love Soon | First single from their long-awaited, highly-anticipated (by me), super-awesome debut album, In the Court of Wrestling Let's.
7. The Fresh & Onlys – I Saw You Seeing Me | If you haven't sought out these San Franciscans yet, you really should. By year's end they'll have six or seven things out, all on different labels. Hopefully all of it good. This is from their 7" on Dirty Knobby. Get it here. Also: I interviewed them.
8. Surf City – Kudos | The best new thing out of New Zealand in ages. Their 2007 EP has been worn out by me, so hopefully there'll be an album in the near future. This track is from a MORR tribute to Flying Nun.
9. New Order – Dream Attack | Side two of Technique is pretty much bulletproof, and this is the closing track, a perfect blend of New Order's rock and dance sides.
10. Jack Peñate – Today's Tonight | He's gone kind of world beat on his second album, Everything is New, which is just the sort of thing I usually hate. Yet it works for me. Maybe I need to give Vampire Weekend another shot? Probably not.
11. Mazes – Love to Lay | This is a side project by Edward from Chicago's 1900s. Not really that different from what they do, but gives him more of a vocal spotlight. Mellow and warm.
12. Close Lobsters – Let's Make Some Plans | The Wedding Present's cover of this song is probably more famous, but I've always like these guys and all three of their releases (two albums and an EP) are worth seeking out if you love '80s indiepop.
13. Say Hi – Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh | I can't say that I'm a big Say Hi fan in general, but this song is great. Don't know whether it's the trombone or the Built to Spill nod that put me over the edge. You may have heard this song in an episode of Gossip Girl but don't hold it against it.
14. Cats on Fire – Borders of This Land | Fop pop from Finland. The guitar playing on this song is just stellar, all the little flourishes and whatnot. Sort of Cardigans-esque I think. Or maybe a bit…
15. Aztec Camera – Oblivious | …like Roddy Frame, who was still drinking chocolate milk when he wrote this. If you don't own High Land, Hard Rain, jeez what are you waiting for?
16. I Was a King – California | Just when you're getting into this song, it's over. That is not a criticism.
17. My Teenage Stride – Creep Academy | From their monthly singles series, exclusively available on Emusic. Maybe the best thing MTS have ever done.
18. Casiokids – Fot I Hose | That synth bass gets me every time.
19. Micachu – Calculator | What a wierd, wonderful record Micachu's album is. This track might go well with a lime chaser.
20. The Drums – Don't Be a Jerk, Jonny | Up-and-comers from Florida whose debut EP, Summertime!, will hopefully be out soon. This is from that. If you live in NYC, they're playing every Wednesday in June at The Annex. Horrible club, good band.
21. Clor – Love + Pain | Why did you have to break up, Clor? My #1 single of 2005. I have yet to tire of it four years on. Singer Barry Dobbin's got a new thing, Barringtone, but it's not the same.