Friday on My Mind: Summer Fried Haze 4.7

8 Jul

We’re in it now. It’s July and it’s HOT and I’ve blown my fuses twice already. That’s what I get for making toast with the A/C on. Try not to lose power when cranking this one, though volume should definitely be set to Very Loud. Cover art this week is by Mazing Vids co-conspirator and genius tie-maker Ryan Sovereign did the cover. He’s Summer Fridays’ lucky number, as he did the ace cover for 3.7 last year. Nice job, don’t you think?

Ryan is a post-punk aficionado so I tilted slightly in that direction on this one. Enjoy!

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Tracklist:
1. Sloan - People of the Sky
2. Robert Pollard – Aspersion
3. Las Kellies – Bling Bling
4. Nightingales - Idiot Strength
5. Grass Widow – Milo Minute
6. Beau & the Arrows – 0.7.9.3
7. The dB’s – Black and White
8. Peoples Temple – Sons of Stone
9. The Horrors – I Can See Through You
10. Simple Minds – Up on the Catwalk
11. David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
12. Hooray for Earth – No Love
13. The Breeders – Saints
14. Super Wild Horses – Black Book
15. Easybeats - Friday on My Mind
16. House of Love – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
17. Helium - Pat’s Trick
18. The Tony Castles – Juice
19. The Legends – There and Back Again
20. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Teenage Tide

You know the deal: NO SHUFFLING. Please. Or do what you want. Liner notes after the jump.

1. Sloan – People of the Sky
I like pretty much every Sloan song — pretty much — but “People of the Sky” is one of the Great Sloan Songs, written by drummer Andrew Scott. I remember hearing this and thinking it was Pavement. “This is Sloan?” The album it’s from, Twice Removed, is one of the ’90s best albums. Ba ba ba dah bah.

 2. Robert Pollard – Aspersion
The Robert Pollard Release Train keeps on a rolling. You either gotta get on or wave as it goes by. I’m more a waver, but I always come out to see it. This is from Bob’s most recent solo LP Lord of the Birdcage. His bag of riffs never empties.

3. Las Kellies – Bling Bling
Post punk, Argentinian style. Las Kellies third album just got released here via Fire Records and if you like The Slits or Liliput, you need to get it. Upping the cred, the record was produced by Dennis Bovvel who worked with Orange Juice, The Pop Group and, yes, The Slits.

4. Nightingales – Idiot Strength
This was the first ever Nightingales single and is slightly more polished and a little more pop than what would come later, believe it or not, but the scratchiness is still there. What I like about this is that even though the anger and urgency is there, it’s also melodic enough to pull you through. Robert Lloyd kind of sounds like Phil Oakey here I think. Which I also like.

5. Grass Widow – Milo Minute
New single from San Francisco’s Grass Widow, the first on their own HLR label. Some of Grass Widow’s music is on the obtuse side, but this is pretty straightforwardly catchy. At least for them. It’s pretty kickin’. The b-side features a cover of Wire’s “Mannequin” which gets covered a lot (but not as much as “Outdoor Miner”).

6. Beau & the Arrows – 0.7.9.3
I love puns but I’m against them in band names though this one’s not as bad as, say, Skabba the Hut. This Beau & the Arrows’ second single and reminds me a little bit of The Teenagers, but not as funny (or as French).

7. The dB’s – Black and White
Some girl really did Peter Holsapple wrong. I think one breakup fueled all his songs for the first two dB’s albums. (This is pure conjecture, mind you, but I’d be surprised to learn otherwise.) Bad for the heart but good for us, those first two albums are classics. This is the opening track to their debut, Stands for Decibels.

8. Peoples Temple – Sons of Stone
For those who long for the days when Anton Newcomb wrote catchy psych pop instead of plodding through the haze for eight minutes at a stretch might want to check out Lansing, Michigan’s People’s Temple. Not only do they share a proclivity for catchy ’60s-ish acid pop, their name is a reference to Jim Jones’ cult. This the title track from their HoZac debut, Sons of Stone.

9. The Horrors – I Can See Through You
The Horrors continue their trek from the shadows to the sunshine with their third album Skying which is an appropriate name. It’s all gossamer synths and soaring choruses. You would not know this was the same band that made Strange House four years ago. They’re not even wearing all black anymore. It’s  a great album and I can’t wait to see where they go next.

10. Simple Minds – Up on the Catwalk
Skying is getting a lot of Simple Minds comparisons and specifically they comparing it to this era of the band when they were weird and pretentious, before The Breakfast Club gave Jim Kerr Bono-itis. (Though I’m pretty sure it was there all along.) “Up on the Catwalk” is bombastic Big ’80s in the best possible way.

11. David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
Orignially I had a Suede song before this (instead of Simple Minds) but thought better of it. Too on the nose. But I kept Bowie, this is the sort of token Bowie-esque single from Lodger which is a weird record. Not in a bad way. Lodger rules! Stepdad’s a fool.

12. Hooray for Earth – No Love
One of NYC’s more interesting overtly pop bands. No low-fi skuzz, no chillwave reverb, just well-produced, ambitious, anthemic, catchy, danceable music. Production and arrangement is especially sweet on this one, dig the horns.

13. The Breeders – Saints
You just knew I’d pull this one out at some point, didn’t you? Summer is ready when you are.

14. Super Wild Horses – Black Book
This Australian duo are better live than on record…but not by much. Love the “Aahhooooh” chorus. This is a new split 7″ they share sides with fellow Aussies the Boomgates.

15. Easybeats – Friday on My Mind
We stay Down Under with this one, going back to 1968. I went to see the great new coming-of-age comedy Submarine last week and, as part of the pre-show entertainment, the theater played a clip of the Easybeats performing this song on some variety show. And now here it is on this mix.

16. House of Love – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
I’ve never even liked your hair.

17. Helium – Pat’s Trick
While the hoi poloi pined for the Breeders, cool ’90s indie boys crushed on Mary Timony of Helium. (And Kim Deal too, but they had to appear cool.)

18. The Tony Castles – Juice
“Black Girls in Dresses” was one of my favorite summer singles of 2010 and Tony Castles’ new single has a similar vibe, though not as dreamy.

19. The Legends – There and Back Again
In this brief respite from new music from Labrador chief Johan Angleborn’s many, many musical projects, let’s look back to an oldie (2005!) from The Legends. And in the time I wrote this, there’s a new Pallers single. Maybe next week.

20. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Teenage Tide
We close this mix with Letting Up Despite Great Faults who are kind of L.A.’s answer to Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Both have a really long name and a proclivity for super-catchy indiepop. Their new EP, Paper Crush, which this song is from, is out next month.

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