So long, Summer Fridays 2013

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This is the last Friday of Summer 2013 (fall starts on Sunday) and I’m wrapping things up with two mixes. The first is of the electronic variety with cover art by me. The second is a rocker, with cover art by our old pal and digital grafiti artist King of the Streets (KotS) who defaces an old picture of his dad, who used to be a “local model.” Quick, some new band, take that name. KotS also requested the aMiniature song you’ll hit about halfway through the mix.

I only managed to make 10 mixes this summer, the least I’ve ever done. I will aim to do better next summer. Until then…

DOWNLOAD SUMMER FRIDAYS 6.9

Tracklist:
sf6_091. Holy Ghost! – Okay
2. Colourbox – Breakdown
3. Lindstrom & Todd Terje – Lanzarote
4. Classixx – I’ll Get You
5. Lemonade – Skyballer
6. Au Revoir Simone – Somebody Who
7. Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
8. Pat Jordache – O.M.O.
9. The Wolfgang Press – Shut That Door
10. Xeno & Oaklander – Sheen
11. Factory Floor – Work Out
12. ?????? – ????????
13. Giorgio Moroder – The Chase
14. Shine 2009 – Older

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Tracklist:
SF_6.101. Eagulls – Nerve Endings
2. The Blind Shake – Porto Alegre
3. Pampers – Purple Brain
4. Night Beats – Playing Dead
5. U.S. Girls – Overtime
6. The Herms – Power Joystick
7. Shinies – Salt
8. aMiniature – Towner on the B-Side
9. Rose Elinor Dougal – Strange Warnings
10. Spires – Candy Flip
11. Teleman – Steam Train Girl
12. Dream Boys – Citrus Girls
13. Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now?
14. ??? ????????? – ?? ????? ?????
15. Ash – Girl from Mars
16. The Dirtbombs – We Come in the Sunshine
17. Menswe@r – Daydreamer
18. of Montreal – Fugitive Air
19. The Fall – No Bulbs

Bye Bye 2012, here’s a bunch of mixes to download

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Well it’s the last day of 2012 and, while I have got any of my lists up yet (just making sure My Bloody Valentine doesn’t decide to drop the new album as a NYE surprise or whatnot), here are my annual year-end mixes. Unlike previous years were I took stills from viral videos and other internet memes for the artwork, I turned over duty to actually talented people who had done covers for my annual Summer Fridays series.

I know I’ve forgotten bands/songs that should be on here, but as is you’re getting about 100 great ones that pretty much sum up my personal faves of 2012. I will have Best Albums, Singles, reissues, etc up later this week. Until then, enjoy the tunes and see you in 2013.

A note about the Sendspace downloads, you want to click the “Click here to start download from sendspace” text link. (The other “DOWNLOAD” links are ads, it’s what you put up with for free hosting.) Here’s a link to all five mixes, but individual download links are underneath cover art for individual mixes…

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Cover art for Mix #1 is by Sable Yong who, when not singing for Year of the Tiger and Chalk and Numbers makes cool and impractical iPhone cases and other stuff you want at Rich and Damned. No, I do not know where that ramen is from (or maybe it’s udon?), but it looks very good! If only you could have animated GIF artwork work on iTunes…

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DOWNLOAD SOUND BITES: BEST OF 2012 #1

Tracklist:
1. Ty Segall – The Hill
2. King Khan & the Shrines – I’ll Bite My Tongue
3. Peggy Sue – My Boyfriend’s Back
4. Allah-Las – Busman’s Holiday
5. The Limiñanas – Longanisse
6. Field Mouse – You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom
7. CUFFS – Private View
8. Beach Pigs – Catch Up in the Sun
9. Kelley Stoltz – Marcy
10. Jacco Gardner – Clear the Air
11. Sheer Agony – Pet Crow
12. Grass Widow – Milo Minute
13. Woods – Is it Honest
14. Allo Darlin’ – Capricornia
15. Craft Spells – Still Left with Me
16. AC Newman – Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
17. Lightships – Sweetness in Her Spark
18. Jim Ruiz Set – Neo-Acoustic Ambassador
19. Hospitality – The Birthday
20. The Peoples Temple – Looter’s Game
21. The Raveonettes – Young and Cold

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Cover art to Mix #2 is by legendary internet graffiti artist King of the Streets whose who grapples with his muse and respect for public property by working exclusively in MS Paint.

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DOWNLOAD SOUND BITES: BEST OF 2012 #2

Tracklist:
1. METZ – Knife in the Water
2. A Place To Bury Strangers – So Far Away
3. Wax Idols – Schadenfreude
4. The Megaphonic Thrift – Moonstruck
5. Erik Blood – The Lonesome Death of Henry Paris
6. Savages – Flying to Berlin
7. BEAK> – Mono
8. Disappears – Pre Language
9. Japandroids – Evil’s Sway
10. Holograms – ABC City
11. Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time
12. Moonmen On The Moon, Man – Oh Look, A Sweat Balloon
13. Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless
14. Nude Beach – Some Kinda Love
15. Bleeding Rainbow – Pink Ruff
16. Total Control – Scene from a Marriage
17. PAWS – Sore Tummy
18. Street Chant – Sink
19. BNLX – Everything Must Go
20. The Soft Pack – Tallboy
21. Cheatahs – The Swan

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Cover art to Mix #3 is by longtime Summer Fridays contributor Greg Morris who is the first toymaker to the king, amongst other things. FYI, his cover is loosely based on the towering, haphazard wall of CDs in my apartment.

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DOWNLOAD SOUND BITES: BEST OF 2012 #3

Tracklist
1. El Perro Del Mar – Walk on By
2. Hot Chip – These Chains
3. Purity Ring – Belispeak
4. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
5. Saint Etienne – I’ve Got Your Music
6. Bertrand Bergulat – Double Peine
7. GOAT – Goatman
8. Icona Pop – I Love It
9. The 2 Bears – Work
10. Django Django – Default
11. Prince Fatty feat. Hollie Cook – And the Beat Goes On
12. Jessie Ware – 110%
13. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – You Need Me On My Own
14. Chromatics – At Your Door
15. New Build – Do You Not Feel Loved
16. WhoMadeWho – Inside World
17. Divine Fits – For Your Heart
18. Chairlift – I Belong in Your Arms
19. Summer Camp – Always
20. NZCA/LINES – Atoms & Axes
21. Bear in Heaven – World of Freakout
22. Grimes – Oblivion

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Kate Bryant has done cover art for Summer Fridays since they started. More than a couple have featured her Catahoula Leopard Hound Arlo, and he’s in this one too. It looks like a still from Canine Terminator. For for pictures of her dog (and other things), follow Kate on Instagram.

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DOWNLOAD SOUND BITES: BEST OF 2012 #4

Tracklist:
1. Eternal Summers – Millions
2. Ice Choir – A Vision of Hell, 1994
3. Fergus & Geronimo – No Parties
4. Stealing Sheep – Genevieve
5. Cate Le Bon – Fold the Cloth
6. Liechtenstein – Ambitions
7. Deep Time – Coleman
8. Lower Dens – Brains
9. Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows
10. Rachel Zeffira – Front Door
11. Tame Impala – Keep on Lying
12. Beach House – Other People
13. Peaking Lights – Live Love
14. Frankie Rose – Nightswim
15. Cat Power – Ruin
16. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Be Proud of Your Kids
17. Caged Animals – This Summer
18. Merchandise – Time
19. Moon King – Crucified
20. Dent May – Rent Money

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And cover art for Mix #5, which was at the top of this post too, is by Kelly Hitzing who has done mix art for a long time as well. She just got her degree in Landscape Architecture and is very talented. She would be a great addition to your firm, please hire her (especially if you’re in NYC, we need her back here).

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DOWNLOAD SOUND BITES: BEST OF 2012 #5

Tracklist:
1. TOY – Motoring
2. Shrag – Chasing Consumations
3. Mac DeMarco – Freaking Out the Neighborhood
4. Punks on Mars – 8 Showers of Pain
5. The Intelligence – (They Found Me in the Back of) The Galaxy
6. The Babies – Moonlight Mile
7. The Fresh & Onlys – Presence of Mind
8. Orca Team – Behind Your Eyes
9. Scraps – 1982
10. Opossom – Fly
11. Violens – Sariza Spring
12. Two Wounded Birds – It’s Not Up to You
13. King Tuff – Alone and Stoned
14. Vex Ruffin – Take It
15. Useless Eaters – Black Night Ultraviolet
16. Terry Malts – Something About You
17. Graham Coxon – What’ll It Take?
18. The Cribs – Glitters Like Gold
19. Woollen Kits – Out of Whack
20. Field Music – Who’ll Pay the Bills?
21. Cats on Fire – 1914 and Beyond

I really don’t think it needs to be said, but the songs on these mixes are actually mixed together so, for reasons of “flow,” please don’t listen on shuffle.

Skate or Die: Summer Fridays 5.8

This week’s cover art was made by yearly Summer Fridays contributor and renegade digital street artist King of the Streets (KOTS) who, as you all know by now, values graffiti and property rights in equal measure. Hence, all his tagging is done via MS Paint. He also loves to shred and requested that this mix be something you can skate to. Well I did my best. There are some of the most aggressive songs ever committed to a Summer Fidays on this one (like GvsB) and maybe one of the most annoying (forgotten ’80s band The Sicilian Vespers, who I love). Plus, new tunes from METZ, The Soft Pack, Megaphonic Thrift, JEFF the Brotherhood and more. Rad?

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Tracklist:
1. Ty Segall – Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart
2. The Adverts – Gary Gilmore’s Eyes
3. Mean Jeans – Hangin’ Tough
4. METZ – Headache
5. Girls Against Boys – Let Me Come Back
6. The Damned – Love Song
7. Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers
8. The Soft Pack – Saratoga
9. The Clean – Getting Older
10. Shrag – Show Us Your Canines
11. The Megaphonic Thrift – Moonstruck
12. Swervedriver – Blowin’ Cool
13. Mystery Band – Something Something Something
14. The Sicilian Vespers – Teenage Abuse
15. JEFF the Brotherhood – Country Life
16. The People’s Temple – Looter’s Game
17. The Fall – 2 X 4
18. The Intelligence – The Entertainer
19. Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
20. Gang of Four – I Found That Essence Rare

Information Please: Summer Fridays 4.11

How is it August already? (I think I ask this every year.) Anyway, we’re back with this week’s mix which is a little more hodgepodge than I’ve done this year. We’ve got dance, soul, ’70s obscurities, and the requisite whiteboy indie. But I think it works pretty well and there’s some great new music this week and hopefully some crate digging you’ll dig as well. Art this week by Ben Smith who is pals with famed tagger KOTS and I met at this year’s SXSW Festival where we talked music and neti pots. Yes, it’s a drawing of me. Ben, you’ve got a career on 42nd St. if you ever tire of the West Coast.

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Tracklist:

1. TV Girl – Benny and the Jetts
2. Pilot – January
3. Zoos of Berlin – Haven’t Eyes
4. The Supremes – It’s Time to Break Down
5. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go for That
6. Röyksopp – Eple
7. The Drums – Money
8. The Raveonettes – Ignite
9. Widowspeak – Fir Coat
10. The Sneetches – From an Empty Sea
11. The Tyde – Henry VIII
12. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Tigers
13. The Research – The Way You Used to Smile
14. Sly & the Family Stone – Runnin’ Away
15. The Experimental Pop Band – James Remains
16. Erika Spring – Six More Weeks
17. Casiokids – Det haster!
18. US 69 – Yesterday’s Folks
19. Scritti Politti – Cooking

You know the rules — no shuffling. Liner notes are below.

PS: about the download. Over at the Sendspace download page, after clicking the “Regular Download” button, it takes you to a new page. Scroll down and click the “Click here to start download from sendspace” link and not the big DOWNLOAD or PLAY thing at the top…that’s an ad.

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Skate or Die…Summer Fridays 4.4

I was only ever truly good at one arcade game and that was Atari’s 720°. I could finish it on one quarter with mostly gold medals. Mostly. I thought of my past glory while looking at the current glory that is the cover art to this week’s mix, courtesy enigmatic street artist King of the Streets. As you may remember, he loves graffiti as much as he loves respecting people’s property…which is why he does all his tagging with MS Paint. The bmp file is a lost art that KOTS keeps alive and thank god for that.

I digress, this week’s mix has nothing to do with skateboarding. See for yourself (new link!):

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Tracklisting:
1. Bananarama – Cruel Summer (+David Lindup intro)
2. The Cake – Baby That’s Me
3. Cults – Abducted
4. Cashier No. 9 – Goldstar
5. The Fresh & Onlys – Do You Believe in Destiny?
6. Blouse – Shadow
7. Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love
8. The Style Council – The Lodgers
9. Hollie Cook – Used to Be
10. The Darling Buds – Let’s Go Round There
11. Sissy & the Blisters – We Are the Others
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Half Way to Crazy
13. Black Lips – Raw Meat
14. Pulsars – Lucky Day Pt. II
15. Brilliant Colors – Back to the Tricks
16. Christine Holmes – Here Comes My Baby
17. Art Museums – Dancing with a Hole in Your Heart
18. John Williams – Flowers in Your Hair
19. Sea Lions – Let’s Fall in Love
20. The Natural Yogurt Band – Pipe Dreams

BONUS MP3: KOTS’ requested the Cake song which kind of led the direction of this week’s mix, but when I saw KOTS’ cover art the first thing I thought of was this forgotten early ’90s gem/jam that may be familiar to those who watched Nickelodeon at the time…

MP3: Skatemaster Tate and the Concrete Crew – Justice

Oh I almost forgot to nag remind you that this mix is blended like a drink from Trader Vic’s so… no shuffling! Liner notes after the jump.

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That Hard Shell Finish: Summer Fridays 3.4

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We're still a few days from it actually being Summer but that is good, as we've got a whole season to look forward to: the oppressive heat and humidity, the crushing disappointment of everything Hollywood has to offer except for Inception, and gallons and gallons more oil into the Gulf. Good times!

On the plus side, this week's cover was done by famed street artist King of the Streets, who is probably the hottest name this side of Mr. Brainwash. As you may remember he's a staunch environmentalist (and suffers crippling agoraphobia), so all graffiti takes place via MS Paint. You can visit that turtle down at the South Street Seaport if you like. Musically, after a couple weeks of dancier fare, the guitars return for Summer Fridays 3.4. Please enjoy: 

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Tracklist:

  1. The Jameses – Rat People
  2. Blur – Fool's Day
  3. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Trick Pony
  4. La De Das – How is the Air Up There?
  5. The Soft Pack – Pull Out
  6. The Megaphonic Thrift – Talks Like a Weed King
  7. Women – Narrow with the Hall
  8. Jacques Dutronc – Mini, Mini, Mini
  9. Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Gentleman
  10. The Turtles – You Showed Me
  11. Woods – Blood Dries Darker
  12. Love – A House is Not a Motel
  13. The Coral – Butterfly House
  14. The Morning Benders – All Day Daylight
  15. Film School – Waited
  16. Asteroid #4 – Let it Go
  17. Swervedriver – Birds
  18. Bear Quartet – His Spine

Disclaimer: all the songs are actually mixed together, despite being separate tracks so, say it with me, no shuffling! Liner notes after the jump.

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Summer Fridays 2.7

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This week's mix is a little schizo: some goth shoegaze, some new 7" finds, and a lot of '90s indie rock nuggets. And then there's the '80s rockin' "Free Energy" which is total top down convertible fodder dumb fun. The Archers of Loaf track was chosen by this week's cover art contributor KOTS. That's his tag name. KOTS loves grafitti, but he also hates defacing other people's property so he does his work completely in MS Paint. If you'd like to do a cover, do get in touch. Have a swell weekend, folks. And no shuffling!

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Here's the tracklist. I'll try and get liner notes up over the weekend.

1.  The Horrors – Scarlet Fields
2.  Archers of Loaf – Wrong
3.  Free Energy – Free Energy
4.  Zaza – Sooner or Later
5.  Engineers – Sometimes I Realize
6.  Number One Cup – Waiting for the Lions
7.  Flaming Lips – Silver Trembling Hands
8.  Uninhabitable Mansions – Do You Have a Strategy?
9.  Fergus & Geronimo – Harder Than It's Ever Been
10. Jale – Not Happy
11. Pavement – Gold Soundz
12. Echo & the Bunnymen – Rescue
13. Blow Up – Good to Me
14. Sex Clark Five – Detention Girls
15. Nodzz – True to Life
16. Let's Active – In Little Ways
17. Official Secrets Act – The Girl from the BBC
18. Unrest – Makeout Club