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2016 Sucked Except the Music (here are some year-end mixes)

1 Jan


So I don’t think there’s much of an argument that 2016 was a lousy year, not just in America but all over the world. There was a lot of great art, specifically music (but also film, television, fine art, etc). A lot of it was a direct reaction to what was going on this year. And here’s a seven volume sampler of the stuff I liked. I did all the dodgy cover art except for #2 which is really good and designed by Travis Johnson of Grooms. You may be ready to chuck the year into the garbage and not look back, but hopefully you’ll find some gems in here.



Field Music – Disappointed
TEEN – All About Us
Let’s Active – Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
Roisin Murphy – Mastermind
Tasseomancy – Claudine
Bat for Lashes – Sunday Love
The Raveonettes – This World is Empty Without You
Trentemoller – Redefine
Lake Ruth – The Inconsolable Jean-Claude
Zoos of Berlin – A Clock Would Never Tell
Metronomy – Night Owl
The Radio Dept. – Swedish Guns
Wild Beasts – Ponytail
DOOMsquad – Pyramids on Mars
Prince Rama – Now is the Time of Emotion
Operators – Cold Light
Yumi Zouma – A Text from Sweden
Soft Hair – The Lying Has to Stop
Maria Usbeck – Tarantula



The World – Managerial Material
Tyvek – Tip to Tail
The Molochs – Cryin’
TERRY – Hot Heads
Thee Oh Sees – The Poem
Chocolat – Les Pyramides
Marissa Nadler – Katie I Know
S U R V I V E – High Rise
Duchess Says – I’m an Idea
Ausmuteants – Coastal Living
SAVAK – Reaction
The Gotobeds – Crisis Time
Wire – Nocturnal Koreans
B Boys – Sound Frequency
Uranium Club – Opus
Savoy Motel – Western Version Boogie
CC Dust – Shinkansen No. 1
Preoccupations – Degraded
Proto Idiot – Better Version
The Mystery Jets – Too Many GIrls
Weaves – Tick
Sleaford Mods – I Can Tell



Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
Robert Pollard – My Daughter Yes She Knows
TUNS – Mind Over Matter
Cate Le Bon – We Might Revolve
Flasher – Destroy
The Tyde – The Curse in Reverse
Ultimate Painting – Bills
Doug Tuttle – Falling to Believe
Amber Arcades – Perpetuum Mobile
Parquet Courts – One Man, No City
Steve Gunn – Conditions Wild
Grandaddy – The Way We Won’t
Teenage Fanclub – The First Sight
Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
The Besnard Lakes – The Plain Moon
Happyness – Anna, Lisa Calls
Heavy Times – Dancer
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife
Dog Chocolate – Plastic Canoe
Goat Girl – Scum
Connections – Month 2 Month
Honey Radar – Fort Wayne Mermaids
Quilt – Roller



Whitney – No Woman
Charles Bradley – Change the World
Childish Gambino – Zombies
Woods – Sun City Creeps
Liv – Wings of Love
The High Dials – Here Come the Rattling Trees
Mild High Club – Skiptracing
Drugdealer (w/ Weyes Blood) – Suddenly
Sloan – December 25
The Lemon Twigs – These Words
Dent May – Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love
Jim James – Same Old Lie
Tess & Dave – Remove My Pictures
Kevin Morby – I Have Been to the Mountain
Father John Misty – Real Love Baby
Elephant Stone – Love is Like a Spinning Wheel
Morgan Delt – I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare
Cut Worms – Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye
Lambchop – In Care of 867-5309



Cat’s Eyes – Drag
Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be with the Guys
Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Liquid Gate (ft. Bradford Cox)
Lush – Burnham Beeches
Acrylics – Keeper Finder
Sonny & the Sunsets – Moods
Teleman – Dusseldorf
Kristin Kontrol – (Don’t) Wannabe
Beverly – Bulldozer
Haley Bonar – Kismet Kill
Underworld – I Exhale
Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong
Toy – I’m Still Believing
Ulrika Spacek – She’s a Cult
Wolf Parade – Floating World
Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Door to Tomorrow
Lawrence – A Lake
Britta Phillips – One Fine Summer Morning
Gabriella Cohen – Feelin’ Fine



ABC – Viva Love
The Avalanches – Subways
A Tribe Called Quest – Whateva Will Be
TV Girl – Song About Me
Kero Kero Bonito – Trampoline
NZCA Lines – Oh (Call Me Back)
Justice – Safe and Sound
Solange – Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)
Crooked Man – The Girl with Better Clothes
Klaus Johann Grobe – Liebe am Strand
Le Couleur – Nunca Sera
The Modernist – The Price of Love
Blood Orange – Best to you
The Growlers – I’ll Be Around
Santigold – Can’t Get Enough of Myself
Monster Rally – Full Sail
Kate Tempest – Don’t Fall In
Factory Floor – Ya



Mercury Girls – Ariana
JC Flowers – Ym Mhorthcawl
The Goon Sax – Home Haircuts
Pete Astor – Really Something
Chris Cohen – As if Apart
GOAT – Try My Robe
EZTV – High Flying Faith
Las Kellies – Sugar Beat
La Femme – Exorciseur
The New Lines – The Weatherman’s Apology
Nap Eyes – Click Clack
Eerie Wanda – I am Over Here
OMNI – Earrings
Terry Malts – Gentle Eyes
Boys Forever – Poisonous
Tacocat – I Hate the Weekend
Real Numbers – Just So Far Away
The Hairs – My Battleaxe
Chook Race – Hard to Clean
Porridge Radio – Danish Pastry Lyrics

Do these old shoes look funny? Summer Fridays 9.8

9 Sep


We’re winding down but Summer’s still here and so are Summer Fridays mixes. This is unlike any I’ve done before, in that I don’t think I’ve ever had so many genuine “hits” on one mix. Of course the theme is new for Summer Fridays too. My good friend Sarah did the cover art and, as I suspected, it features her dog Gertie (the third dog cover star this season!). What with the down home flavor of the pic, and Sarah’s love of country, I knew what I had to do. This mix also features Sarah’s favorite ever singer, Donna Fargo. Or was it another D, anyway, it’s all country. Only two songs on this mix are from the last decade and only one from this year. Most are from before 1975. I think this one turned out good. Enjoy!


1. Billie Jo Spears – Mr. Walker, It’s All Over
2. George Jones & Tammy Wynette – Golden Ring
3. Richard Hawley – Like the Rain
4. Glen Campbell – Galveston
5. Lee Hazelwood and Suzie Jane Hokum – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
6. Donna Fargo – The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.
7. Albert Collins – It Never Rains in Southern California
8. Jerry Reed – If I Promise
9. Jim Reeves – He’ll Have to Go
10. Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billy Joe
11. Dolly Mixture – Jolene
12. Faron Young – I Can’t Wait (For the Sun to Go Down)
13. Buck Owens – I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail
14. Jean Shepard – Twice the Lovin’ (In Half the Time)
15. Marty Robbins – Big Iron
16. Don Gibson – Sea of Heartbreak
17. Jennie C Riley – Harper Valley PTA
18. Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)
19. Bobby Bare – The Cowboy And The Poet (Faster Horses)
20. Patsy Cline – Heartaches
21. Lynn Anderson – All-Day Sucker
22. Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

Dance to the Musizika: Summer Fridays 9.7

3 Sep


I remember back in 1999 when West Nile Virus hit NYC, during that ultra-hot July, they sprayed down the streets of South Williamsburg along Kent at like 2AM. There were cars leading the way a few blocks ahead, blaring horns and warnings to “GET INSIDE NOW WE ARE SPRAYING INSECTICIDE.” It was like some sort of post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. Scary! Thankfully, Zika hasn’t really hit here, but for my friend Kelly who lives in Miami it’s very real. Weirdly, according to her, the fear has manifested itself into a musical subgenenre of dance music they’re calling “zika wave” which is somewhere between Belgian “new beat” and Italo? Or it could just be a joke on this party flyer. Either way it was her inspiration for this week’s cover art. I think the “9,7” is made out of mosquitos?

I didn’t put any New Beat on here but there is a little Italo (Chromatics) and I wanted to put the great new Radio Dept song “Swedish Guns” on here so everything is pretty much either dance or dub. Also, I dipped into Sandinista! for a second week in a row. Please enjoy, whether you’re wearing a mosquito net suit for not.


1. The Radio Dept. – Swedish Guns
2. El Perro Del Mar – Ding Sum
3. Saint Etienne – On the Shore
4. Soft Hair – Lying Has Got to Stop
5. The Beta Band – Lion Thief
6. Hollie Cook – Sugar Water (ft. Horseman)
7. New Age Steppers7 – Some Love
8. Blackbeard – Electrocharge
9. Trentemøller – Redefine
10. Chromatics – Hands in the Dark
11. The Clash – The Call Up
12. The Modernist – The Price of Love (ft. Joe Goddard)
13. Renegade Soundwave – Thunder
14. Pional – Casualty

Too Many Summer Fridays

29 Aug


As summer roars out we have a fun, synth-heavy pop edition of Summer Fridays. Cover art is a photo by me of this custom upcycled Summer Fridays fabric notebook made by my friend Kelly who has a company called Too Many Sparkles that makes notebooks, cards, and art like this. That yellow thing is not a headband but a vintage pair of impractical new wave sunglasses that I’ve owned for over 30 years. Radical.


1. Babybird – No Children
2. Yumi Zouma – Text from Sweden
3. Kero Kero Bonito – Lipslap
4. Betty Boo – Where Are You Baby?
5. TEEN – Example
6. The Raveonettes – This World is Empty Without You
7. Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t it Be Good?
8. Weaves – Tick
9. Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself
10. The Clash – Hitsville UK
11. Kristin Kontrol – Don’t Wannabe
12. General Public – Never You Done That
13. TV Girl – Song About Me
14. Younger Younger 28s – Gary
15. Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong
16. Missing Persons – Destination Unknown
17. ABC – Viva Love
18. Blood Orange – EVP
19. Big Audio Dynamite – Around the World in 80 Ways

Do You Like My Corn, Jerry? Summer Fridays 9.5

19 Aug

I had already picked out this space disco version of “Popcorn” when Greg sent me the cover art. Kismet or something, yeah? This is a double-sized mix — nearly two hours! — and maybe a little crazy. There is modern techno (Factory Floor), balaeric, that space disco, dub/industrial, Soul II Soul, S U R V I V E (the Stranger Things soundtrack guys), and… The Bangles (by way of Todd Terje)?!?!? Will anyone besides me actually want to listen to this thing? I guess we’ll find out.


1) Justice – Safe and Sound
2) NZCA Lines – Two Hearts
3) Underworld – I Exhale
4) Coil – The Hills Are Alive
5) Brookzill! – Suadade
6) The Avalanches – Subways
7) Joel Fajerman – Asteroide
8) Roisin Murphy – Mastermind
9) Soul II Soul – Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)
10) Dan Lissvik – N
11) S U R V I V E – Relays
12) DOOMsquad – Pyramids on Mars
13) Holy Fuck – Xed Eyes
14) Grand Prix – Grand Prix
15) Factory Floor – Ya
16) Junior Boys – What You Won’t Do for Love
17) Anarchic System – Popcorn
18) Mungolian Jetset – Moon Jocks ‘N’ Prog Rocks (Todd Terje’s Schlong Tong Vocal version)
19) Mind Enterprises – Give Me Light
20) Space Art – Welcome to Love
21) Lindstrøm – Foehn
22) The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian (Todd Terje Edit)

Dog Days (Pt 1?): Summer Fridays 9.4

12 Aug


Dog Days is right! The heat index in NYC is like 110 and you don’t even wanna go out in that stuff. Here’s a cool mix of hot indie rock, both old and new, including one song I can’t tell you what it is. Infamous digital graffiti artist King of the Streets is back again to do cover art, and you may spy rising dog-of-internet Kate Moss The Dog in the rearview. Follow her on Instagram, won’t you?

Stay cool party people.


1. Mystery Artist! – Mystery Song!
2. Unrest – Cath Carroll
3. Dinosaur Jr – Tiny
4. Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blank
5. Belly – Dusted
6. Dog Chocolate – Plastic Canoe
7. SAVAK – Drop the Pieces
8. Deerhoof – Life is Suffering
9. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife
10. Savoy Motel – Souvenier Shop Rock
11. Built to Spill – Carry the Zero
12. B Boys – Other Head
13. Boston Spaceships – How Wrong Are You
14. TERRY – Hot Heads
15. Parquet Courts – Captive of the Sun
16. Honey Radar – Fort Wayne Mermaids
17. Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
18. Proto Idiot – Better Version
19. TUNS – Mind Over Matter

Conditions Mild: Summer Fridays 9.3

5 Aug


It’s a laid-back mix this week as Summer Fridays head into the long shadows of August. I really love this Ultimate Painting song that leads things off, and the whole thing works pretty well in a chilled out groove. Cover art this week is by my good friend Don Gochenour who actually made that “hours” sign and then stuck it on some store’s door and then photographed it! Very cool.


Or stream it:

1) Ultimate Painting – Bills
2) Steve Gunn – Conditions Wild
3) Salako – The Bird & the Bag
4) Eerie Wanda – I Am Over Here
5) The Go-Betweens – Surfing Magazine
6) Amber Arcades – Fading Lines
7) The Radio Dept. – This Repeated Sodomy
8) The Chills – Rolling Moon
9) The Goon Sax – Sweaty Hands
10) Miracle Legion – Butterflies
11) JC Flowers – China Girl
12) Morgan Delt – I Don’t Want to See What’s Happening Outside
13) The Feelies – Sooner or Later
14) EZTV – High Flying Faith
15) Let’s Active – Talking to Myself
16) The Moles – Dreamland
17) Chook Race – Hard to Clean
18) Starbreaker – Sound of Summer

I play just what I feel: Summer Fridays 9.2

31 Jul


I really wanted to use this great new Dent May single (song title of the year?) which sent me down a ’70s soft/yacht rock direction, and I really just went for it (see: Boz Scaggs and The Dan). There are some obscurites on here (The Poppy Family, Doris) and a song off Love’s funk/disco record. I end things with a Flo & Eddie (of The Turtles) song that is both fitting of the mix, but with lyrics that seem like they could’ve been written today (like, literally today).

Artwork by frequent contributor Heloise Chung. Download or stream to your heart’s content.


1. Dent May – Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love
2. Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
3. Love – Be Thankful for What You Got
4. The Bees – Get to Let Go
5. Klaus Johann Grobe – Lieb am Strand
6. The Poppy Family – Where Evil Grows
7. Britta Phillips – One Fine Summer Morning
8. The High Llamas – Checking In, Checking Out
9. Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
10. Metronomy – Nite Owl
11. The Lemon Twigs – These Words
12. Doris – Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby?
13. Drugdealer – Suddenly (ft. Weyes Blood)
14. Breakbot – Too Soon
15. Flo & Eddie – Keep it Warm

Finally….Summer Fridays 9.1

14 Jul


I know, I know. No end of year mixes for 2015. No Wintry mixes or Sound Bites of Spring. You may have thought I was gone forever. Just a late start — I moved apartments for the first time in 18 years which took up a whole lot of my early summer. Anyway, we’re back and very happy to be here. Not sure if I’ll be able to do every Friday, but I’m hoping at least every other Friday during this summer.

Lots of great music on this one old and new. Cover art picture is by my friend and “internet wizard” Adam Sypnier. Thanks for sticking around. Hope you’re summer’s going ok despite the entire world going to shit. Enjoy.


Or stream it:

1. Field Music – The Noisy Days are Over
2. Cornelius – Star Fruits Surf Rider
3. Roy Budd – Getting Nowhere in a Hurry
4. Cat’s Eyes – Drag
5. The Pioneers – Time Hard
6. Woods – I Can’t See at All
7. Pastor T.L. Barnett – Like a Ship
8. Whitney – The Falls
9. Mandingo – Black Rite
10. Cate Le Bon – We Might Revolve
11. Rexy – Perfect Day
12. Sonny & Cher – Moods, Baby, Moods
13. Bantu Clan vs Sarabi – Africa Ni Leo
14. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Door to Tomorrow
15. Cut Worms – Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye

Back from the Dead: Vampire Bites goth mix!

28 Oct

I made this mix of goth favorites for this bar near my house, Snacky, 12 13 years ago (!) and it still gets played there around this time (and at other bars, actually). I posted it on this blog six years ago and figured I’d repost again. It really is pretty good, hard to go wrong with a bunch of stone-cold classics. Perfect for your Halloween party or any time of the year really.


You can stream it now too:

Vampires Bites: Essential Goth by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

1. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
2. Clan of Xymox – Muscovite Mosquito
3. Sisters of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
4. The Birthday Party – Release the Bats
5. Death Cult – God’s Zoo
6. The Damned – Wait for the Blackout
7. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Spellbound
8. The March Violets – Snake Dance
9. The Bolshoi – Away
10. Echo & the Bunnymen – Pictures on My Wall
11. The Cramps – Human Fly
12. The Cure – The Hanging Garden
13. Xmal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus
14. Lords of the New Church – Dance With Me
15. Southern Death Cult – Fat Man
16. Joy Division – Heart and Soul
17. Tones on Tails – Christian Says
18. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Temptation
19. Sex Gang Children – Beasts