Yeah, I’m into space, I think it’s just fantastic: Summer Fridays 6.2

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Is everyone having a lovely extended holiday weekend? I sure am. BBQs, watching fireworks on the roof, sleeping in…what’s not to love? And I finally got off my butt and — after an pre-summer, primer — we’re back with mixes in earnest for July and August at least.

This week’s is on the guitar pop tip, mostly flitting between the ’80s and now. Cover art is by me, but hopefully we’re going to have some outside design talent soon. Meanwhile, download and enjoy:

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TRACKLIST:
1. MINKS – Painted Indian
2. The Soft Boys – Queen of Eyes
3. Ski Lodge – Boy
4. French Films – Latter Days
5. The Church – When You Were Mine
6. Kids on a Crime Spree – Creep the Creeps
7. The Pastels – Check My Heart
8. The Bicycles – Baby Boy
9. The Jazz Butcher – Southern Mark Smith
10. Proto Idiot – You Can’t Hide
11. The Mantles – Hello
12. Jagwar Ma – Let Her Go
13. The New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
14. Pretty & Nice – New Czar
15. Warm Soda – Star Gazer
16. Big Deal – Swapping Spit
17. The Psychedelic Furs – All That Money Wants
18. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Vacuum Boots
19. Mark Mulcahy – She Makes the World Turn Backwards
20. The Barracudas – We’re Living in Violent Times

WARNING: These songs are actually mixed together. Not intended for shuffled or random listening!

Liner notes are below.

1. MINKS – Painted Indian
I really liked MINKS’ first album, shimmery and reverbed out like early Felt. Two years later, Sonny Kilfoyle returns with LP #2 and the reverb is gone, replaced by sparkling, crystal-clear pop. The album’s not out till August, but it’s a stunner and will definitely be on my year-end list (if I ever publish it…2012’s is still coming?) This is one of two singles they’ve released from it, and there’s even better songs to come.

2. The Soft Boys – Queen of Eyes
Might this have been a hit in 1968? It’s possible. From The Soft Boys’ classic Underwater Moonlight, Robyn Hitchcock at his most arpeggiatedly tuneful.

3. Ski Lodge – Boy
I’m sure Ski Lodge main man Andrew Marr gets tired of comparisons to The Smiths but, boy, they’re kind of unavoidable here, as not only are their melodic cribs from “Ask,” but when he sings “the only thing in life, you’d…” it’s clear he is admitting to his theft. That doesn’t stop this song from being awesome in its own right. Debut album is out later this summer. Really good.

4. French Films – Latter Days
The highlight of the 2013 NYC Popfest, this Finnish band takes cues from Some Kind of Wonderful’s soundtrack, with JAMC cool and Flesh for Lulu catchiness. Plus a genuine pop exuberance that you can’t fake.

5. The Church – When You Were Mine
A few years before “Under the Milky Way,” this and is sort of prototypical early ’80s driving post-punky new wave pop. Maybe a little too long (always a problem with The Church) but when you crank it up, you don’t really notice.

6. Kids on a Crime Spree – Creep the Creeps
Great new single from Mario Hernandez (From Bubblegum to Sky). From the handclaps down, it’s two-minute pop perfection. Out now on Slumberland.

7. The Pastels – Check My Heart
The Pastels are back with Slow Summits, their first new album in ages. Produced by Jim McIntire and featuring help from most of Teenage Fanclub, it’s a warm hug of a record and the eubulliant “Check My Heart” alone justifies their return.

8. The Bicycles – Baby Boy
Another welcome return, Toronto’s Bicycles who are masters of ’70s AM style pop. Cotton candy dusted with confectionary sugar? Well, maybe just a little bit…

9. The Jazz Butcher – Southern Mark Smith
Right now I’m looking around for the right words for all you special gorgeous things. Don’t you know they only make pop records out of plastic?

10. Proto Idiot – You Can’t Hide
Don’t know much about this Chicago band but it’s got the Trouble in Mind seal of approval, which is good enough for me. Nervy indiepop, and you can tell they probably rock a little harder live than on record.

11. The Mantles – Hello
The new Mantles album was produced by fellow San Fran musician Kelley Stoltz who puts his pop smarts on it. The Mantles were pop smart already, mind you. What is it like there where you are?

12. Jagwar Ma – Let Her Go
Australian band Jagwar Ma are getting a lot of attention of reviving the Madchester sound — baggy beats, paisley melodies — and have gotten the stamp of approval from at least one of the Gallagher brothers, for better or worse. This track, from their debut Howlin’, is a little more straight up ’60s pop. They do it well.

13. The New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
Listening too long to one song. I’ve done that.

14. Pretty & Nice – New Czar
Overlooked Album of 2013 contender, this Boston band do crammed-with-hooks powerpop (a la early Squeeze or XTC) better than just about any band right now. Their new album, Golden Rules for Golden People, is out now and highly recommended. I love the little bit where he sings “Jennifer” and the song melts.

15. Warm Soda – Star Gazer
More overlooked action, and this is still currently my #1 LP of 2013 so far. The production is purposefully thin, but damn these hooks are undeniable. The album, Someone for You, is all hits! Get it!

16. Big Deal – Swapping Spit
This is a UK duo who put out a really nice debut album a couple years ago and have upped the volume a bit for LP #2. They really remind me of another duo — early ’00s Long Island group Joy Zipper. Shoegazy pop goodness.

17. The Psychedelic Furs – All That Money Wants
Maybe the last great P-Furs single, and it was originally recorded as the only new song on greatest hits collection, All of This And Nothing. I don’t know what drew me to put this on here, but its good to hear it again.

18. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Vacuum Boots
Anton Newcombe prefers looooonnnng pyschedelic jams these days, but the BJM used to have a great ear for hooks and riffs. (If you didn’t know, that’s a BJM song you hear at the start of every episode of Boardwalk Empire.) “Vaccuum Boots” is a little sloppy, but shows off Newcombe’s genius.

19. Mark Mulcahy – She Makes the World Turn Backwards
It’s been eight years since Mulcahy made a new record and that’s just too long to be away from one of the great voices of the last 30 years.

20. The Barracudas – We’re Living in Violent Times
This sounds like 1968 but is actually from 1981. Paisley Underground, UK edition.

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