Summer Fridays 2.13

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Where did it go? Summer's over folks. Yes I know it doesn't technically end till September 21 but Labor Day signifies the end of the season. Back to school, network TV shows less crappy reality shows, we can start eating oysters again without fear. And so finishes 13 weeks of mixes from yours truly. Like last year, I decided to make the last one a double, divided into day (pop) and night (dance, or at least "dance-y" you be the judge). I hope you made the most of the summer and enjoyed these.

Art for the Day mix was done by my most frequent contributor, Kate Bryant, who did the first mix of Summer 2009. It reeks of Summer In Brooklyn, don't you think? The art for the Night mix was done by me, in my living room, using a long shutter on the camera and the LED light on my cable remote as a pen. This will be my last opportunity to remind you that these mixes are actually mixed together, the songs blend, so no shuffle please. It will sound jarring and unpleasing to the ear. And nobody needs that. 

Have a great long weekend.  



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Summer Fridays 2.13 Day tracklist:

1. The Cribs – We Share the Same Skies
2. The Hidden Cameras – The Na
3. Adventures in Stereo – You Hurt Me More Than You Know
4. Bye Bye Bicycle – Navigation
5. JEFF the Brotherhood – Bone Jam
6. The Wedding Present – It's a Gas
7. The High Dials – My Heart is Pinned to Your Sleeve
8. Tap Tap – Codeine
9. Hospitality – Liberal Arts
10. Kings of Convenience – Mrs. Cold
11. Virgin Sleep – Love
12. Atlas Sound w/ Laetitia Sadier – Quick Canal
13. Pastels/Tenniscoats – Vivid Youth
14. Princeton – I Left My Love in Nagasaki
15. Your Twenties – Billionaires
16. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than the Stars
17. The Magnetic Fields – The Sun Goes Down and the World Goes Dancing
18. The Kinks – Autumn Almanac

  


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ummer Fridays 2.13 Night tracklist:

1. Bent – Invisible Pedestrian
2. The Weathermen – Poison
3. Friendly Fires – Kiss of Life
4. Jack Penate – Everything is New
5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne visits Lord Spank Remix)
6. Metronomy – Not Made For Love (Astronomer Remix)
7. OMD – Genetic Engineering
8. Zoot Woman – Just a Friend of Mine
9. Delorean – Seasun
10. Pop Will Eat Itself – Another Man's Rhubarb
11. Stardeath & White Dwarfs – Return to the Sun
12. Dan Black – Alone
13. The Golden Silvers – True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)
14. Super Furry Animals – The Very Best of Neil Diamond
15. Caribou – Lord Leopard

Liner notes follow after the jump.



Summer Fridays 2.13 Day tracklist


1. The Cribs – We Share the Same Skies

I was worried Johnny Marr joining the Cribs would mess up the filial bond, but Ignore the Ignorant (out Monday) might be their best yet. And it's definitely Marr's Smithiest guitar playing since his time in The The.
 


2. The Hidden Cameras – The Na

Somewhere between The Chills and the Gay Mens Chorus are Canada's Hidden Cameras who always have at least one brilliant song per album, usually more. This one definitely qualifies, from their brand-new fourth LP, Origin: Orphan.

3. Adventures in Stereo – You Hurt Me More Than You Know
Jim Beattie was in Primal Scream, then in Spirea X. This was his third group, super high-concept. The music is all sample based, but I'm not sure whether these are authentic girl group samples or snippets they created on their own and looped. Either way, AiS fashioned their own sound, even much of it all runs together. One song here and there, however, is pretty brilliant.
 


4. Bye Bye Bicycle – Navigation

Sweden's BBB are not dissimilar to their neighbors The Mary Onettes (or other Swedes) who milk '80s Anglo rock like the Cure and Echo & the Bunnymen. This is the current single and though the strings threaten to get a little too gypsy at time, it's a quality tune.

5. JEFF the Brotherhood – Bone Jam
Oh yeah. Nashville's Jake and Jamin Orall rock as hard as a band with three times as many members. And their live shows are wild. Last time I saw them i got hit in the chest with a bottle rocket. Which wasn't cool at all, but it had yet to blow up, I didn't get burned, and the band didn't do it. Your experience may be less dangerous, but their solos will be just as incendiary. 
  


6. The Wedding Present – It's a Gas

From TWP's 1994 album Watusi, their only record for Island and the only one that is currently out of print. Steve Fisk produced, it's their most idiosyncratic in their whole catalog, and has some of their poppiest songs. This is one of my favorite songs of theirs ever.
  


7. The High Dials – My Heart is Pinned to Your Sleeve

Criminally underheard Montreal band, this is from last year's Moon Country which made my 2008 Top Ten. Seriously rock-solid stuff, great melodies and harmonies and these guys can play. I mean it, buy it now. 
  


8. Tap Tap – Codeine

This is Tom from Pete & the Pirates on his own and Tap Tap predates his more-known band. I'm not really sure where the difference lies, it's not so different from P&tP, maybe a bit mellower, a bit more orchestrated, but the songs are still great. The album it's from, On My Way, is out soon on Stolen Recordings. And Pete & the Pirates are almost done with their new album too, and may be playing this year's CMJ.
  


9. Hospitality – Liberal Arts

If you ever wished Audry Hepburn could really sing like she did in the opening of Breakfast at Tiffany's, you might want to check out Hospitality, whose singer Amber Papini has a similar coquettish cadence, and her songs have an indie-Mancini vibe to them too. Or at least they did. Newer songs they're playing live are a bit more rock, which is fine, but I do swoon a bit with songs like this one.
  


10. Kings of Convenience – Mrs. Cold

Press notes have said that "Mrs. Cold" is one of the more upbeat numbers on KoC's upcoming third album, Declaration of Dependence, will be exceedingly mellow. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Erland Oye has exceptional taste, and no doubt this is quite lovely.
  


11. Virgin Sleep – Love

"The advanced publicity for 'Love.' the first of only two singles by the enchantingly named Virgin Sleep, asserted that the song was based on a Buddhist chant. The mantra 'om mane padme hum' (roughly translated as 'a jewel in the lotus') can be heard in its final bars, though the tune probably owed as much to a sluggish reading of the Trogg's 'Wild Thing' than to exotic influences.  – MOJO

12. Atlas Sound w/ Laetitia Sadier – Quick Canal
Epic and awesome centerpiece to the new Atlas Sound album, featuring Stereolab's chanteuse. Bradford Cox has been on a 16-month hot streak, let's hope he keeps making music at this pace and quality. Yes, it's eight minutes long. And worth it.
  


13. Pastels/Tenniscoats – Vivid Youth

Lovely collaboration between Scottish indiepop stalwarts Pastels and Japanese band Tenniscoats. It seems more the latter than the former, but it's great nonetheless. A perfect rainy day album. Even if the sun's out.
  


14. Princeton – I Left My Love in Nagasaki

They're young, they're good looking, they write undeniably catchy songs. I kind of feel like Princeton are Vampire Weekend without the multicultural influences, which is just fine by be. I say that knowing full well this song is called "I Left My Love in Nagasaki"… it's not VW's influences, at least. Their album's out digitally on Tuesday, and in physical form September 29.
  


15. Your Twenties – Billionaires

Gabriel Stebbing spent the last couple years as a touring member of Metronomy and now he's on his own making sparkly guitar pop like this ace single. To find out how Metronomy is doing without him, see the "Night" mix which is also part of this post.
  


16. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than the Stars

Lead track from TPOBPAH's new EP which finds the band exploring new sounds and at least one new chord. But like always, the hooks are undeniable. A remix of this track is on the other mix.
  


17. The Magnetic Fields – The Sun Goes Down and the World Goes Dancing

It's hard to believe Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs is ten years old. 1999 had a lot of classics, but this is the only one that needed three discs to prove it.
  


18. The Kinks – Autumn Almanac


How did it get to be September already?


Summer Fridays 2.13 Night tracklist:


1. Bent – Invisible Pedestrian

I know nothing about this band who I assume is a duo because all these mysterious dance acts (Air, Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Zero 7, etc etc) seem to be two people. This their debut, Programmed to Love, never got much juice in the U.S. but I think it holds up better than almost any of the other records from aforementioned duos. It's weirder, catchier, and less in-your-face…staying with you much longer. Seek it out. 
  


2. The Weathermen – Poison

Belgian-American duo I discovered while a college radio DJ, they were just industrial enough to be cool (that's right, industrial was once cool. Ok, maybe not), but pop enough to not frighten people away. This was the closest thing they ever had to a hit. Narrator Susanna Stammer makes appearances on other Weathermen records, but none more menacing than here: "I used to go out with your drummer. I made his life miserable, and now I'll start on you."
  


3. Friendly Fires – Kiss of Life

Brand new single from this UK band whose debut album has grown in stature on my stereo in the past year. I think this is pretty great… except for the "KISS OF LIFE-IFE-IFE-IFE" part which sounds like it should be in a Nivea commercial with slo-mo water splashing across a model's face. Yet it doesn't ruin the song for me, but I do feel a need to exfoliate.
  


4. Jack Penate – Everything is New

If you haven't checked out Jack's sophomore album, to which this is the title track, do so now. It's definitely a summer record, drenched in perspiration. You can feel it, thick on your skin, like you just danced all night in some illegal club somewhere that you shouldn't be at this late.

5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne visits Lord Spank Remix)
Saint Etienne remix TPOBPAH which must be blowing their Anglophile/indiephile minds. The synthy/dancey version of them sounds a lot like Trembling Blue Stars if you ask me.
  


6. Metronomy – Not Made For Love (Astronomer Remix)

Hey, it's new Metronomy! Joseph Mount has reconfigured the group — post Gabriel's leaving to front Your Twenties full-time —  to be a four-piece, now with a drummer and a girl bassist. The two new songs I've heard sound like they might be just demos but clearly this remix is legit? And good.
  


7. OMD – Genetic Engineering

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark always had a leg up on other synthpop bands because they had an honest-to-god real rhythm section. A real drummer is always, always the way to go. (Listen up, The XX!). They got a bit silly by the mid-'80s but 1982's Dazzle Ships still sounds great today. Dig the typewriter backing.
  


8. Zoot Woman – Just a Friend of Mine

Stuart Pryce, who you may know as Jacques Lu Cont, is a dance music maestro but he also has a "rock" band, Zoot Woman, who are kind of like Japan or Duran Duran. Sleek and sexy. I'm not sure their new album (first in six years) equals their first two, but "Just a Friend of Mine" is pretty good.
  


9. Delorean – Seasun

Blissed-out dance pop from Barcelona, Spain who build swirling symphonies of strings, handclaps, harmonies that is hard to resist even when you say to yourself "this kind of reminds me of Technotronic."
  


10. Pop Will Eat Itself – Another Man's Rhubarb

Admission: I loved PWEI from 1988 – 1991 and somewhere in my closet I have a promo item black denim jacket with the techno-skull logo from their 1991 album, Cure for Sanity, emblazoned across the back. I thought it was soooo cool back then. I don't wear it anymore (it was always too big) but I still hold on to it. And I still like the Poppies. You know singer Clint Mansell is the guy who wrote the score for Requiem for a Dream, don't you? But yes, they sure looked dumb in 1991. 
  


11. Stardeath & White Dwarfs – Return to the Sun

Wayne Coyne's nephew roadies for Flaming Lips for years and then forms his own psychedelic pop band. The rest of their album is much noisier than this. But still worth checking out
  


12. Dan Black – Alone

I'll be honest, I don't know a whole lot about Dan Black, other than he used to be in a group called The Servant who I also know nothing about. But this song is nice.
  


13. The Golden Silvers – True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)

Kind of this year's Alphabeat, super poppy, super infectious dance pop. (Though not as treacly as Alphabeat by any stretch.) They kind of remind me of ABC, though maybe not on this song.
  


14. Super Furry Animals – The Very Best of Neil Diamond

Just…the…very best….just the very best. No filler. And no actual Neil. Just the very best.
  


15. Caribou – Lord Leopard

Sometimes you need a 1:37 song to take you to a full hour. It was this or some Ken Nordine spoken word track about the color Chartreuse. Count yourself lucky.

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