Just Your Luck: Summer Fridays 4.13

We’re at #13. Unlucky for you…this week’s cover art is by me, the first one I’ve done this year. The original photo is by Danny Lyon, part of a series he took in Brooklyn the summer of 1974. My photoshop skills could use a little polishing but I don’t think it turned out too bad. Musically, this week’s mix was partially inspired by me seeing Upside Down: The Creation Records Story where Primal Scream features heavily. A little madchester, a little dub and some other stuff that made sense at the time.

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Tracklist:
1. Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun
2. Chrome Sparks – Soul & <3
3. The 2 Bears – Bear Hug
4. Holy Ghost! – Jam for Jerry
5. Inspiral Carpets – Directing Traffik
6. Cat’s Eyes – Over You
7. Spoon – Me and the Bean
8. Baxter Dury – Isabel
9. Michigan & Smiley – Nice Up the Dance
10. Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell – Understand My Dub
11. CSS – Hits Me Like a Rock
12. Happy Mondays – Bob’s Yer Uncle
13. M83 – Midnight City
14. Electronic – Lucky Bag (Miami Edit)
15. The Fall – Dr. Buck’s Letter
16. Athlete – Out of Nowhere

Did you know I actually mix these songs together? You probably did. That’s why I’m always like “Hey no shuffling!” But you do what you like. Liner notes after the jump.

1. Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun
Some people think Bobby Gilespie is a genius. I think he’s a guy with extremely good taste, but sometimes not good enough to know that his band can’t do every genre well. As a straight up rock n’ roll band, the Scream are a joke (1989’s self titled LP and 1994’s Give Out But Don’t Give Up are HORRIBLE) but anytime they’re collaborating, mixing genres they can be brilliant. As heard here on this bit of mind-expanding dub-dance bliss out. Bobby will show up again later in this mix.

2. Chrome Sparks – Soul &
Chrome Sparks is the alias of Ann Arbor, MI’s Jeremy Malvin. A lot of this stuff holds no interest with me, but much like Gold Panda and CFCF, Malvin knows the value of melody and good beat. It’s still chopped and screwed but still has an ear to the radio. If you like this you can download the entire seven-song EP for free.

3. The 2 Bears – Bear Hug
When Joe Goddard isn’t busy with his band Hot Chip or his solo recordings, he makes house music with his burly bearded cohort Raf Rundell under the 2 Bears moniker. This song is rediculous and rediculously awesome.

4. Holy Ghost! – Jam for Jerry
Like a lot of DFA artists, Holy Ghost! are indebted to early ’80s New York disco, when Baker and John Robie were behind any single worth dancing to. The drum sounds, the arpeggiated synths can all be traced back to 30-year-old 12″ singles but HG! craft a mean hook and an even more irresistible beat. This one’s also a tribute to the late DFA drummer Jerry Fuchs.

5. Inspiral Carpets – Directing Traffik
That farfisa organ is front and center, the Inspiral Carpets’ signature sound. I find their music difficult to include on mixes for some reason but this works pretty well. Noel Gallagher used to be their roadie.

6. Cat’s Eyes – Over You
Non-LP single from Horrors side project Cat’s Eyes and the piano in this is totally, 100% Madchester. It’s a good song in its own right too. As is their album, one of my favorites of the year.

7. Spoon – Me and the Bean
I think Britt Daniel probably listened to some of the Manchester bands of the early ’90s, you can hear it in Spoon’s music, even if it’s not what you’d call dance music. Well, I hear it at least.

8. Baxter Dury – Isabel
Lead track on Baxter’s brilliant new album, Happy Soup. I wrote about it in length early this week. “I fink my mate slept wiv you when you’re in Portugal.”

9. Michigan & Smiley – Nice Up the Dance
This was a big big hit in England and that keyboard/bass riff has been stolen outright countless times over the years.

10. Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell – Understand My Dub
Steve Mason drafted Dennis Bovell (producer of the Slits and Orange Juice among others) to turn last year’s Boys Outside into something much dubbier. I think I like it better than the original.

11. CSS – Hits Me Like a Rock
Just like I promised, here’s Bobby Gilespie again, now singing on the first single from these Brazilians’ new album. CSS’s second album was kind of a dud, but this new one is a lot more fun.

12. Happy Mondays – Bob’s Yer Uncle
Happy Mondays’ 1990 classic Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches was a favorite at the college station I worked at when it came out. We were all pretty into the Madchester scene, at least musically. This was the jam. It was the bongos.

13. M83 – Midnight City
New track from these ’80s-obsessed Frenchies, complete with mega-sax outro. I’m generally against even mini-sax, but this works. Did I really just write that?

14. Electronic – Lucky Bag (Miami Edit)
The b-side from Electronic’s debut single. This was Bernard Sumner of New Order and Johnny Marr of the Smiths. A big deal at the time. Despite some inessential rapping, the first album holds up. I still like this instrumental, too.

15. The Fall – Dr. Buck’s Letter
Maybe my favorite Fall song of the last decade. I love it when Mark E. Smith cracks himself up with this lyric: “They made such a fuss about giving it to me…but I spend more time getting it turned down.”

16. Athlete – Out of Nowhere
Athlete are not cool but I still really like their first album Vehicles & Animals which is one head-bobbing song after another. Good music to do the dishes to.

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