Don’t Touch My Bikini! It’s Summer Fridays 4.8!

We’re pretty rockin’ this week in a power-pop garage sort of way. So grab a soda and a taco, head to the beach and turn this one up. Artwork by Carly of the CapeShok folks. There’s a Rockaway vibe to it, if you’re hip to that scene. I shoulda put the Ramones on, but I didn’t. Enjoy!

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Tracklist:
1. Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
2. Kids on a Crime Spree – Trumpets of Death
3. BNLX – Dance Dance Dance (on the Radio)
4. Jacuzzi Boys – Cool Vapors
5. The Halo Benders – Don’t Touch My Bikini
6. Useless Eaters – Daily Commute
7. Gay Dad – To Earth with Love
8. McDonalds – Name Names
9. Thee Oh Sees – Stinking Cloud
10. Animal Man – Do You Feed (The Curry Song)
11. Sonny & the Sunsets – Home and Exile
12. Small Reactions – Nerve Pop
13. The Motors – Dancing the Night Away
14. Bad Sports – Teenage Girls
15. Hell on Wheels – Baby
16. Army Navy – The Long Goodbye
17. I’m Turning Into – Once and for a While
18. Allah-Las – Catamaran
19. Sex Clark Five – The Men Who Don’t Know Ice
20. The Long Ryders – Looking for Lewis & Clark

Hey don’t shuffle this, okay? Liner notes below.

1. Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
Stranger Than Fiction kind of ruined “Whole Wide World” for me for a while — nothing like Will Ferrell singing a song in a movie to make you not want to listen to it. But I’ve come back around to Wreckless Eric and this is a definite classic. If you didn’t know, Nick Lowe plays bass and Ian Dury is on drums. Love the way he says “Tahiti.”

2. Kids on a Crime Spree – Trumpets of Death
Mario Hernandez is an indiepop mainstay, previously fronting Ciao Bella and From Bubblegum to Sky. KoaCS is his latest confection (he’s also a chef), the noisiest thing he’s done yet — and maybe my favorite. ’60s melodies meet bubblegum vocals in a smoky haze of feedback, distortion and handclaps. Not a new recipe, but Mario adds his own touch.

3. BNLX – Dance Dance Dance (on the Radio)
This new BNLX track (from the duo’s sixth quarterly EP release) almost feels like the same song as the previous one — same key, same noisy attack, but the boy/girl vocal attack gives it its own flair. Despite the nods to Joy Division, there is nothing depressing about this one.

4. Jacuzzi Boys – Cool Vapors
New track from Florida’s great Jacuzzi Boys who just signed to Hardly Art and this is from their new album for the label. Not to be confused with the French band that fights injustice with garage rock, the J’accuse! Boys.

5. The Halo Benders – Don’t Touch My Bikini
Calvin Johnson and Doug Marstch together, at the height of their ’90s indie rock powers. I always sorta wanted Nancy Sinatra to cover this. “Smile when you see me / You can stare, that’s a freebie.”

6. Useless Eaters – Daily Commute
I’d like to think this mix — and this song in particular by Memphis’ latest, greatest rock band — would help any daily commute but your mileage may vary.

7. Gay Dad – To Earth with Love
They say music critics are all failed musicians, but some writers did go on to form bands people cared about. If only for ten seconds in 1999. Cliff Jones was a journalist for The Face and Mojo and he used his extensive rock knowledge to create the gloriously stupid Gay Dad, a band that sounded like they were aiming for Wembley Stadium right out of the gate. This song made it to #10 on the UK charts.

8. McDonalds – Name Names
A horrible name for a band, but hey these kids are all right! McDonalds certainly don’t sound like any other band in Brooklyn. They sound more like Manchester 1987, on the indie fringe between C-86 and baggy. How much do these guys love Happy Mondays? “Don’t have a decent bone in me” indeed. We have entered the slightly weird portion of the mix.

9. Thee Oh Sees – Stinking Cloud
10. Animal Man – Do You Feed (The Curry Song)
This is from the Record Store Day release David’s Town which is a companion piece of sorts to Fucked Up’s acclaimed David Comes to Life album. Supposedly a 1977 compilation of punk bands from Byrdsdale Spa, UK but is actually Fucked Up and various guest singers doing approximations of the same. So it’s like a punk rock Dukes of Stratosphere. I actually like it better than Fucked Up, as I’m not so much a fan of hardcore style singing. This one features FU guitarist Ben “Young Governor” Cook on fake Cockney vocals. “The mango chutney must be chunky or there will be a fight!”

11. Sonny & the Sunsets – Home and Exile
You get the feeling Sonny Smith has had a hard life, but his new album is pretty much a party record, albeit one that sounds like it was made in 1964. Which is all right! Go see this guy live, super fun.

12. Small Reactions – Nerve Pop
I was a day late to the Small Reactions bandwagon to see them play two blocks down the street from me, but I will definitely not miss them next time. Thanks to Gold-Bears and Toby for the tip.

13. The Motors – Dancing the Night Away
The Motors straddled the line between pub rock and punk and this song fit in nicely on the slightly sneery vibe of this week’s mix, in particular it reminded me of

14. Bad Sports – Teenage Girls
…this song by Denton Texas’ Bad Sports whose new album Kings of the Weekend is out next month on the fine Dirtnap label. “Teenage girls dancing in the street… they’re not dancing with me.”

15. Hell on Wheels – Baby
Finally new material from Sweden’s Hell on Wheels!  This took me a few listens to decide I loved it.

16. Army Navy – The Long Goodbye
Los Angeles’ Army Navy practice the kind of pristine janglepop you don’t hear so much these days, but fans Mitch Easter, Tommy Keene, Velvet Crush should snap up their new album, The Last Place, which is currently available only on Emusic.

17. I’m Turning Into – Once and for a While
If you like this track from Brooklynites I’m Turning Into (who also are My Teenage Stride’s rhythm section) go immediately to their Bandcamp site where you can download their debut, Parcel of Marbles, for free — but only through this weekend (7.7).

18. Allah-Las – Catamaran
Debut single from this SoCal band that have a nice laid back vibe to them. Can’t wait to hear more.

19. Sex Clark Five – The Men Who Don’t Know Ice
One of the cultiest cult bands on the ’80s, Alabama’s Sex Clark Five rarely had a song longer than two minutes but they packed them full of undeniable hooks and choruses. This is from their debut Strum and Drum! Does anybody have a copy of Battle of The Sex Clark Five they could lend me?

20. The Long Ryders – Looking for Lewis & Clark
There’s a great new Deluxe Edition reissue of The Long Ryders’ classic 1984 album Native Sons that has a bunch of b-sides, radio sessions and other outtakes. All of which is worth hearing but I’m closing this week’s mix with this, the first song I ever heard from them. I think I saw the video on USA Nite Flight or something. The Long Ryders were kind of the ’80s CCR, both in sound and political outlook. They got pretty specific in their targets but I think this one still has lyrical bite. And it’s a killer riff.

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