…and a whole lot of fooling around. Hey, look! Summer Friday are back!

25 May

Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times? Are you ready for the birds and bees? The apple trees? And a whole lot of indie rock? Well you’re in luck because that’s what we have here with the first mix of Summer Fridays 2012.* I am hoping to do these every Friday, though I’m gainfully employed now (we don’t get summer Fridays at my job, unfortunately) and have a lot less time — and energy — than I have the last four years. Which is good! Anyway, we’ll see how I do. This kickoff mix has lots of great new music, I think, and a few oldies peppered in as well. Like usual. Slide away…

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Tracklist:
1. The Intelligence – Reading and Writing About Partying
2. The Limiñanas – I Know There’s an Answer
3. The Primitives – Who Are You Trying to Fool?
4. Flop – Hello
5. Exlovers – This Love Will Lead You On
6. Pushy Parents – Secret Secret
7. Eternal Summers – You Kill
8. Terry Malts – Disconnected
9. TV Girl – Sweaters
10. Smile – Satellite Blues
11. The Upsetters – V-S Panta Rock
12. Race Horses – Mates
13. Orca Team – 8×8
14. Nick Waterhouse – (If) You Want Trouble
15. Grass Widow – Under the Atmosphere
16. Evans the Death – Catch Your Cold
17. Kelley Stoltz – Marcy
18. The Teardrop Explodes – When I Dream
19. King Khan & the Shrines – Bite My Tongue
20. Novella – Don’t Believe Ayn Rand
21. No Joy – Junior

No shuffling! Liner notes are below.

*This mix has no birds, bees or apple trees.


1. The Intelligence – Reading and Writing About Partying
Oh yes The Intelligence are back and this is Lars Finberg’s best since Fake Surfers without a doubt, keeping that clean mid-fi production of Males but with better songs. This one is actually has been around for a while, released on a hard-to-find single, and rerecorded… it rocks!

2. The Limiñanas – I Know There’s an Answer
A cover of the Beach Boys song you may know from the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds or perhaps Frank Black cover that used the alternate “Hang on to Your Ego” lyrics. Here France’s Limiñanas put their groovy spin on it…you can get this in CD form, glued to the front of the June issue of MOJO that has the whole of Pet Sounds covered by the likes of Saint Etienne, Flaming Lips, Here We Go Magic and more.

3. The Primitives – Who Are You Trying to Fool?
The Primitives, who are best known for their 1987 single “Crash,” reformed a couple years ago and have put out Echoes & Rhymes,  a great new album consisting of ’60s girl group covers. This one was originally done by Little Ann.

4. Flop – Hello
Power-pop nugget from ’90s Seattle indie rockers Flop whose album Fall of the Mopsqueezer I rediscovered recently. Very Cheap Trick.

5. Exlovers – This Love Will Lead You On
This newish UK band made one of my favorite singles of 2012 — “Blowing Kisses” — and their debut album, Moth, is set to drop any minute now. This is the new single, a little more Teenage Fanclub and a little less Ride… but still really good.

6. Pushy Parents – Secret Secret
Swedish group who just played NYC Popfest, which was the band’s second-ever show. Their Secret Secret EP is somewhere between the Cardigans and the Concretes and is highly recommended.

7. Eternal Summers – You Kill
Eternal Summers new album Correct Behavior is gonna surprise a lot of people. Gone is the murky production drenched in reverb — this is shiny pop, and songs this good don’t need to be hid. Not that they’re old songs were bad, far from it, but this new album is a giant leap in every way and will be in my Top Ten of 2012 unless the second half of the year is insane.

8. Terry Malts – Disconnected
New single from these ex-Magic Bullets pop punkers. This is from a split on Loglady Records and is pretty much as good as anything on their debut album from earlier this year… and that’s a great record!

9. TV Girl – Sweaters
You can get TV Girl’s debut for free from his BandCamp page. He’s actually calling in a mixtape, probably because there’s so many samples on it he couldn’t afford to actually release it as a “legit” album. Either way, it’s a super-clever bit of cut-n-paste indiepop.

10. Smile – Satellite Blues
What do you get when you take Bjorn of Peter Bjorn and John and put him with one of the Teddybears? You get Smile which is pretty entertaining. This is one of the few vocal tracks on the album.

11. The Upsetters – V-S Panta Rock
Blackboard Jungle Dub is perhaps the definitive Lee “Scratch” Perry album and still sounds amazing today. If you think you don’t like reggae, well, you need to listen to the good stuff. Like this.

12. Race Horses – Mates
Ex-Radio Luxembourg band is slow on releases, but they’re all pretty good. A debut album is promised soon, and this is the first taste. Very ’70s AM pop. Yes, I did think they were saying “meats” at first.

13. Orca Team – 8×8
One of the highlights of last week’s NYC Popfest, Seattle’s Orca Team are something a lot of “indiepop” bands aren’t — seriously great musicians. Their hyper-energetic set was tight and fun. This be from their new album on Happy Happy Birthday to Me which cuts down on the reverb and ups the Krauty rhythms.

14. Nick Waterhouse – (If) You Want Trouble
He’s only 25 but his records sound like they’re 50 years old, like you’ve found some obscure R&B single. He’s good live too.

15. Grass Widow – Under the Atmosphere
Laying off the obtuse melodies and going pop — at least as much as they seem capable of — Grass Widow’s new album is my favorite thing they’ve done yet. They’re still odd, but much more likably so.

16. Evans the Death – Catch Your Cold
It took me a while to warm up to Evans the Death, who can be a litte twee… but their new album rocks pretty good, in an indiepop kind of way.

17. Kelley Stoltz – Marcy
Kelley Stoltz first new music in a couple years is via a 7″ on French label Les Disques Steak and is dubbed “Two Imaginary Girls” as each side is about a fictitious femme. Both sides are great, this is the b-side.

18. The Teardrop Explodes – When I Dream
Julian Cope’s old band, back when he wanted to be famous, not some crazy eccentric writing tomes on pysch-rock obscurites or swimming with dolphins. An early single, this, from when Bill Drummond/David Balfe’s ZOO label existed (and long before the Dum Dum Girls/Crocodiles co-opted the name for their own label).

19. King Khan & the Shrines – Bite My Tongue
I feel like Khan is known for being a wildman, but this single is great Kinks-y pop. Yeah!

20. Novella – Don’t Believe Ayn Rand
Don’t know a lot about this UK group but I love their new EP which has all my favorite post-punk/shoegaze influences….

21. No Joy – Junior
…as does this one from Montreal’s ear-bleeding No Joy who seem equal parts Lush and Swervedriver. From their new Negaverse EP due out soon on Mexican Summer

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