Summer Fridays 2.10

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This week's is another that wildly swings from genre to genre but I think it works. Dig the pro artwork this week, from my friend Greg who is an illustrator and toy designer. Clearly my mixes have always had a K-Tel vibe about them, and I like the way he worked the numbering into it subtly. Very clever! He wrote the text too, or at least copied from Wikipedia, and you can read it clearly in the hi-res cover that's included in the download. There did seem to be a sentence missing: "No shuffling!"

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Tracklist:

1.  Lovvers – OCD Go Go Girls 
2.  The Cribs – You Were Always the One 
3.  Horace Andy - Sky Larking 
4.  Big Audio Dynamite - Sambadrome 
5.  Simian Mobile Disco - Bad Blood (feat Alexis Taylor) 
6.  The Walker Brothers - If I Promise 
7.  The Apartments - The Shyest Time 
8.  Easterhouse - Whistling in the Dark 
9.  Grass Widow – To Where 
10. [ingenting] - Halleluja! 
11. Beach Fossils - Vacation 
12. Brilliant Colors - Should I Tell You? 
13. Trashcan Sinatras - Hayfever 
14. Generationals – Nobody Could Change Your Mind 
15. A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding Head 
16. Gorky's Zygotic Monkey - Meyhu Aros Tan Haf 
17. Fluffy Lumber - Cruisers 
18. Luna - Lost in Space 
19. BOAT – Name Tossers

Liner notes after the jump.


1.  Lovvers – OCD Go Go Girls
Those giant timpani drums at the start of this song just screamed "start of tape" to me. I like these guys despite the unnecessary and kind of annoying double consonant in their name. But they do the garage punk thing very well, and their live show is a sweaty thing of beauty. And they're English, which kind of makes them better at it.

2.  The Cribs – You Were Always the One 
I have an affection for the Cribs that keeps me listening to their records more than other bands that started around the same time (2002-2003) and I think part of it has to be that they're brothers. It comes through in the music. Which has me wondering how Johnny Marr joining the band will affect that. Less "whoa-ohs" I'd imagine, less onstage horseplay. Until we hear that album, here's their first song of theirs I ever heard and it still sounds great.
  

3.  Horace Andy - Skylarking 
I really like reggae but I'm very picky about the stuff I like. Saxophone is okay, but not the solo-y kind. Drum machines only if on a really dubby track. The tinnier the better. I want it to sound like an A.M. radio with a sub-woofer attached. Is that weird? My favorite tracks, like "Skylarking," don't sound like they have an era attached, more that they've been beamed here from outer space

4.  Big Audio Dynamite - Sambadrome 
Mick Jones' post-Clash band doesn't get a lot of credit these days, and are remembered more for the B.A.D. II years after all the black guys quit the band. Sorry, but in my mind Don Letts was as crucial to B.A.D. as Jones, and their first four albums were smart, funny and endlessly inventive hybrid pop. No. 10 Upping St remains my favorite, which was co-produced by Joe Strummer, who also co-wrote a lot of the songs. This one, though, was a Jones/Letts collaboration and feels very hot and humid to me.
  

5.  Simian Mobile Disco - Bad Blood (feat Alexis Taylor) 
Less squelchy than your average SMD track, probably due to the vocal style Alexis Taylor brings to it. It doesn't sound like Hot Chip, either…well not really. More like "Popcorn" by Hot Butter. With vocals. 
  

6.  The Walker Brothers - If I Promise 
I think this is actually a John Walker solo single but you can find it on most of the Walker Brothers compilations. The trombone on the chorus is kind of hilarious if you pay attention to it. My favorite part of the song is the "Haven't slept in a month of Sundays) near the beginning that they only do once in the song. That's what makes me hit repeat.
  

7.  The Apartments - The Shyest Time 
This is from the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack which was packed-to-the-gills with obscure UK rock bands. Stephen Hague produced pretty much the whole thing, giving it a real uniformity to the record but also kind of rendering it lifeless in an '80s gloss. (Kind of like the movie, actually.) There are some gems (Furniture's "Brilliant Mind"), some cheese (Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy") and this song that I'm affectionate for and not quite sure why. These Australians actually had a longer career than many on this soundtrack; check out 1995's A Life Full of Farewells if this piques your interest.
  

8.  Easterhouse - Whistling in the Dark
You could learn a lot about music from John Hughes movies even without the soundtrack. Eric Stoltz's character in Some Kind of Wonderful had a poster on his bedroom wall of Easterhouse's Contenders and I bought the album solely on that basis, one of the better blind purchases I made in the day. While the super-left-leaning lyrics have dated, the music (not unlike the Chameleons or early Smiths or The Sound) holds up well.
  

9.  Grass Widow – To Where
San Francisco all-girl trio whose debut LP is worth seeking out… it's only on vinyl. Shambolic (in a good way), C-86 type stuff is always welcome in these parts, and it won't be the only band on this mix that I could use this paragraph unchanged as a descriptor.
  

10. [ingenting] - Halleluja!
Maybe the only band to ever feature brackets in their name, these Swedes' translate to "nothing" and sing exclusively in their native tongue but their anthemic brand of indie pop is pretty winning. And after a couple listens the chorus will be stuck firmly in your head.
  

11. Beach Fossils - Vacation
I like everything about this song except the vocals, which are fed, unnecessarily, through some sort of old vibrato effect. I think Beach Fossils probably consider this their "thing," those affected vocals. But, really, shouldn't your songs be your "thing"? They've got good songs. I'm sure the singer's voice is just fine on it's own. Doing stuff like that makes it seem like you've got something to hide. This single works despite this, which says a lot as to what they got going for them.
  

12. Brilliant Colors - Should I Tell You? 
These guys are better than their low-fi recordings suggest. I saw them at the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival and they were one of the day's surprises, and I liked them better than recent shows I saw of Vivian Girls and Leichtenstien (both girl trios working similar idioms). 
  

13. Trashcan Sinatras - Hay fever 
From thier somewhat forgotten second album, I've Seen Everything, which is maybe the best thing TCS ever did. Easily one of the most underrated bands of the last 20 years, who've been crushed by every sort of music industry mishap you can imagine, barring choking on vomit. But we've got the music.
  

14. Generationals – Nobody Could Change Your Mind 
The only thing I know about Generationals is that they're from New Orleans. Listening to the record, though, shows these guys know big hooks and clever production. The album's a little all over the map, but the songs are all good.
  

15. A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding Head 
"The Loudest Band in Brooklyn" signed to Mute and are now battling The Horrors for best new shoegaze album, one that takes the standard elements and is doing something new, or at least different, with them. and writing good songs underneath all that squall. It's also still really loud. This is the title track from their new album which is out October 6. 
  

16. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Meyhu Aros Tan Haf 
This translates to "I Can't Wait for Summer" in Welsh, and this typifies the Gorkys sound: pastoral, in a renaissance fair sort of way, but with a strong Brian Wilson influence. And a great "la la la" chorus.
  

17. Fluffy Lumbers - Cruisers
These guys (well, really it's one guy from NJ) are making the blog rounds and while it's a little early in Fluffy Lumbers career to be heaping praise, this song is indeed pretty great. Can't wait to hear more.
 
18. Luna - Lost in Space 
Dean Wareham has milked more from the Velvets than just about any other musician without the initials L.R. Almost all of it is good too, even if he is prone to lazy, silly rhymes like "Lazy" with "Crazy." This is one of the more lovely moments from Luna's third alb
um, Penthouse.

19. BOAT – Name Tossers 
In general I try not to repeat bands on these Summer Fridays mixes, certainly not within the same year, but all I do is listen to this new BOAT album so I really couldn't resist putting another song from their forthcoming Setting the Paces on here. I think this is my favorite song on it, a little Built to Spill going on I think.

One Comment

  1. The download's only 1.5 MB and in some foreign format (.pk). Too bad; I was hoping to load this onto my ipod before work.

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