Skate or Die…Summer Fridays 4.4

17 Jun

I was only ever truly good at one arcade game and that was Atari’s 720°. I could finish it on one quarter with mostly gold medals. Mostly. I thought of my past glory while looking at the current glory that is the cover art to this week’s mix, courtesy enigmatic street artist King of the Streets. As you may remember, he loves graffiti as much as he loves respecting people’s property…which is why he does all his tagging with MS Paint. The bmp file is a lost art that KOTS keeps alive and thank god for that.

I digress, this week’s mix has nothing to do with skateboarding. See for yourself (new link!):

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Tracklisting:
1. Bananarama - Cruel Summer (+David Lindup intro)
2. The Cake - Baby That’s Me
3. Cults - Abducted
4. Cashier No. 9 – Goldstar
5. The Fresh & Onlys – Do You Believe in Destiny?
6. Blouse – Shadow
7. Odyssey - Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love
8. The Style Council - The Lodgers
9. Hollie Cook – Used to Be
10. The Darling Buds – Let’s Go Round There
11. Sissy & the Blisters - We Are the Others
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Half Way to Crazy
13. Black Lips – Raw Meat
14. Pulsars - Lucky Day Pt. II
15. Brilliant Colors – Back to the Tricks
16. Christine Holmes - Here Comes My Baby
17. Art Museums – Dancing with a Hole in Your Heart
18. John Williams – Flowers in Your Hair
19. Sea Lions - Let’s Fall in Love
20. The Natural Yogurt Band – Pipe Dreams

BONUS MP3: KOTS’ requested the Cake song which kind of led the direction of this week’s mix, but when I saw KOTS’ cover art the first thing I thought of was this forgotten early ’90s gem/jam that may be familiar to those who watched Nickelodeon at the time…

MP3: Skatemaster Tate and the Concrete Crew – Justice

Oh I almost forgot to nag remind you that this mix is blended like a drink from Trader Vic’s so… no shuffling! Liner notes after the jump.

1. Bananarama – Cruel Summer (+David Lindup intro)
A little bombast from David Lindup before crashing into one of the classic-est summer songs of summertime immemorial. This is when Bananarama was still pretty cool/cute, before Stock/Aiken/Waterman got a hold of them and turned them into another Mel & Kim. Aw, what do they say!?!

2. The Cake – Baby That’s Me
At this point in the mix you are either A) relieved or B) disappointed that this isn’t the Cake that did “The Distance.” Or maybe your disappointed its not a nice slice of red velvet, though if that’s the case you have bigger problems. No, this is The Cake — a shortlived NYC girl group. Unlike most of their peers, these three wrote most of their own songs. Not this one, though, which was penned by Jack Nitzsche and Jackie Del Shannon. Fun fact: The Cake also sang backup on the first Soft Machine album.

3. Cults – Abducted
You can’t do a girlgroup-inspired mix and not included 2011 Phil Spector-iest buzz band, Cults. Well, I guess you could. But I didn’t. They aren’t very good live, but I think the album is pretty good even if most of the best songs we’ve already heard around the internet for almost a year. This one’s new.

4. Cashier No. 9 – Goldstar
Take country-tinged West Coast style songwriting and harmonies and then add orchestral production courtesy soundtrack maestro David Holmes and you get Cashier No. 9 who are from Ireland (not Scotland as I would’ve expected). This is definitely one of my favorite singles of 2011. Their debut album, To the Death of Fun, is out next week on Bella Union. The whole thing is quality.

5. The Fresh & Onlys – Do You Believe in Destiny?
We’re six months into 2011 and all The Fresh & Onlys have released is one EP which is about six records less than they’d released by this time last year. Secret Walls is pretty great, another step forward both sonically and song-wise. They’ve really come into their own. You know their one of the best bands, right? Right?

6. Blouse – Shadow
Don’t know much about this enigmatic Seattle band who’ve so far released two 7″ — one on Captured Tracks, and one on Sub Pop. This is the A-side to the latter though the Captured Tracks connection makes more sense with their sound which is kind of overcast, mopey and pretty. Anyone have any inside info on this band?

7. Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love
From a new compilation of singles from Motown’s shortlived California Sound label MoWest that, like everything on Light in the Attic records, is worth owning. This is not the disco-era Odyssey, but one from around 1972 who only put out one record. This song provides the compilation with its title as well as it’s gorgeous cover art.

8. The Style Council – The Lodgers
There’s some seriously cheeseball maneuvers in The Style Council’s canon, but more often than not their singles (the early ones) were pretty flawless. This is from Our Favorite Shop or, as it was known in the U.S., The Internationalists. It’s my favorite of their albums. The video for this one is typical mid-’80s…aka embarrassing.

9. Hollie Cook – Used to Be
The daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, Hollie’s debut album should be on everyone’s summer playlist. Expertly produced by Prince Fatty, there’s that fast-n-cheap feel that gives it a classic sound, and Hollie’s voice floats overtop like an island breeze. Pure pleasure.

10. The Darling Buds – Let’s Go Round There
Opening up the ’80s vaults on this one. Wales quartet The Darling Buds were considered subpar Primitives by some but I actually think these guys (and gal) were the better band. From their 1988 debut Pop Said which this song is from. The band also smartly eased into the Madchester scene as well with their second album Crawdaddy.

11. Sissy & the Blisters – We Are the Others
As I recently wrote, embarrassing name, pretty good band. Very Damned, don’t you think?

12. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Half Way to Crazy
In four years of these mixes I’ve never used a JAMC song. I really like 1990’s Automatic which combines the familiar style with some cheap drum machines and maybe their best single batch of songs. Dumb, fun, still sounds great. Still sounds like Crimson and Clover.

13. Black Lips – Raw Meat
The return of whistling to Summer Fridays! Shades of Lilliput, no? Credit Mark Ronson, rich f-er that he is, to his talent and good taste at knowing how to take something raw, make it more palatable yet still be cool. It almost makes you forget about all that onstage urination. Almost.

14. Pulsars – Lucky Day Pt. II
Digging back to the mid-’90s with a band a lot of people had high hopes for. Pulsars were supposed to be the shit with their new take on Devo-esque new wave. Their 1997 debut on Almo Sounds (a DGC offshoot started by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss who founded A&M) was pretty awesome, as can be heard here. That second album is still coming…

15. Brilliant Colors – Back to the Tricks
Brilliant Colors new album on Slumberand, their second, is more of the same “crash pop” jangle, and just as catchy as ever.

16. Christine Holmes – Here Comes My Baby
Another lost girl group nugget. I know nothing about this song, but love the melody which goes place you don’t quite expect.

17. Art Museums – Dancing with a Hole in Your Heart
San Francisco band, clearly influenced by Television Personalities and early Creation Records. Their first single for Slumberland.

18. John Williams – Flowers in Your Hair
Just when you think you’ve heard everything old and cool you’re going to hear, along comes some compilation of obscure baroque pop to prove you wrong. The Fading Yellow series is a seeming endless example of this. Hence, this.

19. Sea Lions – Let’s Fall in Love
Misfit surf pop from Oxnard, California. Believe it, man.

20. The Natural Yogurt Band – Pipe Dreams
I am prone to this sort of groovy instrumental music. So here’s this week’s example. Be glad I didn’t present the full version of the music that precedes Bananarama.

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