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Summer Fridays 8.7: Everybody Loves the Sunshine (and weird mutant animals)

30 Jul

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Have you played around with Google’s Deep Dream? Cover art this week started as a picture I took of some balloons on the East River Ferry. But a couple passes through Deep Dream, it turned into that. Freaky! And fun. It seemed like a good choice for this year’s Franco/tropicalia/weird disco/etc mix which is one of the ones I always enjoy the most. It’s not as weird as the cover art. Enjoy.

Also this will be one of two Summer Fridays mixes going up this week as this one should’ve been up last Friday. I swear the next one will be up tomorrow!

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Or stream it:

Summer Fridays 8.7 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And here’s the tracklist:

1. Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine
2. LA Priest – Oino
3. Chassol – Pipornithology, Pt II
4. John Baker – Festival Time
5. Stereolab – Blaue Milch
6. Domenique Dumont – Comme Ca
7. Cortex – Poxa
8. BEAK> – When We Fall
9. Richard Hayman – The Look of Love
10. Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway
11. Etienne de Crecy (featuring Baxter Dury) – Family
12. Kasso – Walkman
13. Nadjma – Some Day My Caliph Will Come
14. Donny Benét – Gentleman’s Choice
15. Piry – Heroi Moderno
16. Juniore – Marabout
17. Brigitte Bardot – Contact
18. Etienne Charry – Prinsen
19. Bert Kaempfert – Afrikaan Beat

throwin’ shayde: Summer Fridays 8.4

19 Jul

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And Summer Fridays 8.4 finally appears. Artwork is by the very talented (and fellow West Virginian) Shayde Sartin who plays bass in The Fresh & Onlys and is currently doing the same in Sonny & the Sunsets who are on tour and may be playing a town near you soon. I love Shayde’s style — you may have seen it on Trouble in Mind Eindhoven 2015 comp recently — and am very psyched to have him do the cover art. As for the song selection, this one I started with the idea of late-’70s mutant pop, like early dB’s and went from there. Enjoy, and see you next week, whether that’s a Friday or not.

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Summer Fridays 8.4 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And here’s the tracklist:

1. Game Theory – Chardonnay
2. Sloan – Neither Here Nor There
3. Squeeze – Another Nail in My Heart
4. Student Teachers – Channel 13
5. The Grapes of Wrath – Misunderstanding
6. Redspencer – Ride it Out
7. The High Llamas – Travel
8. Twerps – Cheap Education
9. XTC – Ten Feet Tall
10. The Byrds – Have You Seen Her Face
11. Chris Stamey – The Summer Sun
12. Nik Hessler – Please Don’t Break Me
13. Polaris – She is Staggering
14. The Stone Roses – Made of Stone
15. Let’s Active – Fell
16. Robyn Hitchcock – If You Were a Priest
17. The Three O’Clock – The Girl with the Guitar
18. Eternal Summers – Gold and Stone
19. Big Star – The Ballad of El Goodo

NOTE: Itunes decided to call Eternal Summers “Eternal Death” (which is a Swedish group)… please adjust accordingly.

Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fridays 8.6

11 Jul

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Heyo, we’re back with another Summer Fridays mix on a summer Saturday. That’s ok, right? This week’s cover art is by Katie Harkin of the band Sky Larkin, who has done cover art for my end-of-year mixes before. You may also recognize her from the current live incarnation of Sleater-Kinney, as she was drafted to help out Corin, Carrie and Janet with extra guitar, keyboards and percussion. She’s also doing her first-ever solo show in London this September opening for Torres, so if you’re over that way, go see her!

This week’s mix has a lot of new music I really like (Cold Beat, La Luz, Chastity Belt, Flesh World) and, of course, some old favorites. How have I made 80+ Summer Fridays mixes and NEVER put Electrelane on one? That is now corrected. I always say this, but if you’re downloading and listening, don’t shuffle — this mix in particular has lots of nips and tucks and will sound extremely disjointed on shuffle. (Also I’m super proud of the segue between Chastity Belt and Widowspeak.) Of course if you’re streaming it you have no choice but to listen to it my way. I think it turned out real good.

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or stream it…

Summer Fridays 8.6 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And Here’s the tracklist:

1. Cracks – Cold Beat
2. On Parade – Electrelane
3. You Disappear – La Luz
4. Sad Channels – Bad Channels
5. Burial in Twos – No Joy
6. Thread of Light – Pale Saints
7. Patriarchaeth – Gwenno
8. River of Longing – Blank Realm
9. Hitch-Hike – LiLiPUT
10. Just to Tear Me Down – Flesh World
11. Honey Power – My Bloody Valentine
12. Joke – Chastity Belt
13. All Yours – Widowspeak
14. Saw the Light – Seapony
15. Sparks – Beach House
16. Cranekiss – Tamaryn
17. Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires – Cocteau Twins

Aboard the Sopwith Camel: Summer Fridays 8.5

3 Jul

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Happy Independence Day Weekend here and I hope everyone’s having a swell three-day holiday. The cover art to this week’s mix comes from Jack Cooper of the bands Ultimate Painting and Mazes. I think I may have had that Flying Ace Snoopy patch as a kid. Maybe. The new Ultimate Painting album, Green Lanes, is out soon and is awesome (look for a track on a future Summer Fridays), and the UP live experience will be in North America soon and that I highly recommend as well.

I usually let whoever does cover art pick a song and Jack choose Moon Gang‘s “ii” which is some heavy, droney, krauty stuff and 100% affected the direction of this week’s mix. It turned out well and I’ve never made a mix quite like it, so that’s something.

PS, if you’re asking yourself “What happened to Summer Friday 8.4?” well artwork got “lost in transit” and I’ll put it up when it gets here, ok? Meanwhile dig into this.

Summer Fridays 8.5 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

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Tracklist:
1. Spacemen 3 – Big City
2. Moon Duo – Slow Down Low
3. Harmonia – DeLuxe (Immer Wieder)
4. Holograma – In Your Head
5. Cat’s Eyes – Door No. 2
6. Eaters – This is Round
7. Moon Gangs – ii
8. Espectrostatic – Please Be Careful as You Exit
9. Verve – Beautiful Mind
10. The Caretater – The sublime is disappointingly elusive
11. Augustus Pablo – Vibrate Onn (dub)
12. Julian Cope – Psychedelic Revolution
13. Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe – Cocaine Cat
14. Spiritualized – Anyway That You Want Me

If you’re downloading this, no listening on shuffle — all the songs blur into one another, especially on this mix. Enjoy!

$6000? It’s not even leather! Summer Fridays 8.3

19 Jun

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It’s almost actually summer and here come’s this season’s third mix. Cover art, featuring the lovely Joan Cusack in Working Girl, was made by Kevin Alvir who fronts Brooklyn’s The Hairs (who are back in business). When he thinks mix he thinks mixtape, hence the rectangular shape. As for song selections, Kevin requested Bill Fox so that put things on a definite indie rock bent. Some cool new stuff this week (Sauna Youth, Pinact, Warm Soda, Jaill) and lots of oldies too — note the version of The Feelies “Fa Ce La” is from the Ork Records box set and be prepared for it to blow your mind (especially if you’re familiar with the Crazy Rhythms version). Dig in, download or stream.

Summer Fridays 8.3 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

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And here’s the tracklist:
1) The Feelies – Fa Ce La (Ork Records version)
2) Sauna Youth – Try to Leave
3) Expert Alterations – Venetian Blinds
4) Courtney Barnett – Debbie Downer
5) The Tyde – Do it Again
6) Unlikely Friends – Please Lorraine
7) Gorky’s Zygotic Monkey – Y Ffordd Oren
8) Home Blitz – I’m That Key
9) Bill Fox – Way Way Down
10) J Fernandez – Read My Mind
11) Novella – Phrases
12) The Aislers Set – Been Hiding
13) Pinact – Scars
14) Superchunk – 1000 Pounds
15) PINS – Young Girls
16) SUPER FURRY ANIMALS – Dacw Hi
17) Jaill – I Got an F
18) Warm Soda – I Know the Cure
19) Christopher Dedrick – Another Loser Fuckup
20) Kid Wave – Gloom

Dog Days: Summer Fridays 8.2

12 Jun

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Whoa that’s a big hot dog! Welcome to the second installment of Summer Fridays 2015 and this week’s cover is done by Summer Fridays MVP Greg Morris. As usual I pair his art with a groovy-leaning mix, and this one turned out well I think. We’ve got new stuff from Hot Chip, TV Girl, Roisin Murphy and Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, and a bunch of classic cuts from Chic, Stetsasonic, Can and more. Dive in, mind the bun…

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No shuffling! You can also just stream it (where shuffling’s not an option):

Summer Fridays 8.2 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1) Chic – Sometimes You Win
2) Hot Chip – Easy to Get
3) Pacific – Poolside Bungalow
4) Dan Lissvik – Airwalk
5) Gina X Performance – Nice Mover
6) US Girls – Damn That Valley
7) Shaun Ryder – Close the Dam
8) Can – I Want More
9) Doomsquad – Apocalypso
10) Fantastic Plastic Machine – L’Aventure Fantastique
11) TV Girl – Natalie Wood
12) Stetsasonic – All That Jazz
13) Experimental Pop Band – Funky Huxley
14) Coldcut – My Telephone
15) Clio – Faces
16) Roisin Murphy – Exploitation

See ya next week!

Pop a tall, cool Shark: Summer Fridays 8.1

5 Jun

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Hey, wow! Welcome back to Summer Fridays now in its unbelievable eighth year. You’d think I’d run out of songs by now. (“He has!”) We kick things off with a typically curious mix that manages to start with Hawkwind, make room for Swedish indiepop like Eggstone and Pelle Calberg, as well as 10CC, and wrap things up with FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks). There’s also awesome new songs by Destroyer, Tame Impala, Stealing Sheep, onetime Girls frontman Christopher Owens, and more. It all works, at least I think so.

Frequent contributor Kate Bryant illustrated this week’s cover art and she did an awesome job as usual. Actual Summer Fridays Shark Beer coming soon to a distributor near you. If you’re downloading this mix, remember: no shuffling. You can also stream it too:

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Summer Fridays 8.1 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

And here’s the tracklist:
1) Hawkwind – Assault & Battery Pt. 1
2) Tame Impala – Let It Happen
3) DJango Django – Vibrations
4) Eggstone – Birds in Cages
5) 10CC – The Things We Do For Love
6) Pelle Carlberg – Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls
7) Juan Wauters – Grey Matter
8) Stealing Sheep – Deadlock
9) Kate – Strange Girl
10) BC Camplight – Thieves in Antigua
11) Steely Dan – Caves of Altamira
12) Part Time – Fallin’ 4 U
13) Christopher Owens – Another Loser Fuckup
14) Destroyer – Dream Lover
15) Amason – NFB
16) FFS – The Man Without a Tan

Enjoy! See you next week.

Sound Bites of Spring 2015: new mix!

10 Apr

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Hello and welcome to the fourth month of 2015 and the first update to this site this year. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on elsewhere. Nonetheless, there’s lots of new music I’ve been digging and with that here’s a new mix for the new season. Lot’s of stuff I’m excited about, including Stealing Sheep, No Joy, Django Django, Dick Diver, Prinzhorn Dance School and lots more. No oldies on here, just the newness of now. Enjoy! Download or stream:

Sound Bites of Spring 2015 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Not Real – Stealing Sheep
2. Fever Head – Barringtone
3. Blogging – Wire
4. Beaming White – EAST INDIA YOUTH
5. The Line – Seoul
6. Catastrophe – Yumi Zouma
7. The House – Le Volume Courbe
8. Everything New – No Joy
9. Reign – Prinzhorn Dance School
10. Percentage Points – Dick Diver
11. We Awake – Doldrums
12. Reaper Invert – Wand
13. Maybe You’re Crazy – Wildhoney
14. Trapped – Chastity Belt
15. Soft Reputation – Unlikely Friends
16. California Owls – Death And Vanilla
17. Reflections – DJango Django
18. Picture This! – Kero Kero Bonito

Bye Bye 2014: Here’s Yr Mixes

31 Dec

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I always say “what a crazy year, huh?” but this year I mean it. Things are about to pop, and probably not in a good way. My Brooklyn neighborhood has changed more in 2014 than in any of the other 17 years I’ve lived here, including the loss of all the venues on Kent / S. 2nd St. (It was bound to happen but VICE, you really really really could’ve/should’ve picked a different place. You suck.) Williamsburg ain’t what it used to be. I know it’s over, still I cling.

That said, 2014 was a great year for music. You can check out my Top 20 LPs over at BrooklynVegan and I’ll hopefully have my Top 50 up this weekend. In the meantime, here’s my annual bunch of year-end mixes which includes songs from albums that won’t make my best-of list but I liked a lot too. The mixes are more thematic than in some sort of ranked-by-goodness. Hopefully they flow well! You can download or stream them, and they’d probably be good for a party (if you don’t want to hear any hip hop or anything zeitgeist popular). Enjoy, and ¡Viva la 2015 Revolución!

Here’s a link to download all six mixes.

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As usual, I got a bunch of people to do art for these. My old college pal Phil Maramba did the art for Mix #1. Note: the “0” is the “Golden Eagle” from glorious WV cholesterol chain Tudor’s Biscuit World, which I will probably be wishing I was eating on New Year’s Day morning.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #1 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose
2. Cold Beat – UV
3. The Drink – Microsleep
4. Bully – Bully
5. JC Satan – Italian Summer
6. Ty Segall – Tall Man, Skinny Lady
7. Haunted Hearts – House of Lords
8. Mazes – Astigmatism
9. Wand – Broken Candle
10. Crystal Stilts – Delerium Tremendous
11. Flowers – Forget the Fall
12. Gingerlys – Summer Cramps
13. Beverly – Madora
14. POW! – Verticle Slum
15. Thee Oh Sees – The Drop
16. Cool Ghouls – And it Grows
17. White Fence – Like That
18. September Girls – Cursing the Sea
19. Dum Dum Girls – In the Wake of You
20. Happyness – Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same
21. Herzog – Theme for Boys
22. Marvelous Mark – Bite Me
23. The Gotobeds – New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones)
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Mix #2’s artwork was done by lonnnngtime contributor Greg Morris who never ever disappoints. I give this one 18 thumbs up. This mix is the craziest and it’s because as I pulled songs that fit together in my mind, these were basically the last songs left. So it was the last mix I made, but it’s also got some of my absolute favorite songs of the year, so I bumped it up to #2. Definitely a little kooky, but I think it workd ed well.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #2 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Fat White Family – Touch the Leather
2. Liars – Mess on a Mission
3. Klaus Johann Grobe – Kothek
4. Sleaford Mods – Tiswas
5. Dreamsalon – Soft Stab
6. Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
7. Virginia Wing – World Contact
8. Absolutely Free – Beneath the Air
9. The Soundcarriers – Somewhere to Land
10. Amason – Duvan
11. Spoon – Do You
12. Ultimate Painting – Ten Street
13. Menace Beach – Tennis Court
14. Wild Beasts – Mecca
15. Courtship Ritual – Kingdom of Beauty
16. Warpaint – Love is to Die
17. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
18. Shamir – On the Regular
19. Chicks On Speed – Burning Down the House
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Art for Mix #3 was done by legendary and enigmatic digital graffiti artist King of the Streets. He went all the way to Colombia to do this one! He gets the jangliest mix of the year.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #3 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Twerps – Back to You
2. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Lariat
3. Metronomy – The Most Immaculate Haircut
4. Quilt – Arctic Shark
5. Teleman – In Your Fur
6. The Proper Ornaments – Magazine
7. Real Estate – Talking Backwards
8. Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution
9. Angel Olsen – Forgiven Forgotten
10. The Fresh & Onlys – Animal of One
11. Avi Buffalo – Overwhelmed With Pride
12. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
13. Alvvays – Adult Diversion
14. Fear of Men – Waterfall
15. Hospitality – Going Out
16. Sea Pinks – Dream Happening
17. Doug Gillard – Ready for Death
18. Gold-Bears – From Tallahassee to Gainesville
19. Juniore – Christine
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Kate Bryant, who has probably contributed to Sound Bites mix art longer than anyone else, does this very groovy soundsystem design for Mix #4 which is, I guess, the “pop” mix of these. Or what “pop” means to me. The TOPS song was my favorite track of 2014, btw.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #4 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. TOPS – Way to Be Loved
2. The New Pornographers – Champions of Red Wine
3. TV Girl – Louise
4. Gruff Rhys – Liberty is Where I’ll Be
5. The Raveonettes – Killer in the Streets
6. Sondre Lerche – Bad Law
7. Sloan – You’ve Got a Lot on Your Mind
8. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)
9. Part Time – My Jamey
10. Baxter Dury – Other Men’s Girls
11. Mac DeMarco – Passing Out Pieces
12. The Horrors – In and Out of Sight
13. Deerhoof – Paradise Girls
14. Medicine – Turning
15. Devon Williams – Pendulum
16. Ariel Pink – Dayzed Inn Daydreams
17. Temples – Move With the Season (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Reanimation)
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I had two new artwork contributors for these, including Kris Peterson who holds down the fort at DFA Records when not going to shows, DJing or speaking his mind on Twitter. I gave him the most “punk” mix, and he gave me a very clever tribute to Vanessa’s Dumplings.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #5 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Purling Hiss – Learning Slowly
2. Protomartyr – Come and See
3. Nots – Static
4. Priests – Doctor
5. Primitive Parts – Open Heads
6. PUJOL – Pitch Black
7. Parquet Courts – Dear Ramona
8. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Pink Moons
9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Food for Clouds
10. Iceage – The Lord’s Favorite
11. Merchandise – Little Killer
12. Negative Scanner – Ambitious People
13. Spray Paint – Rest Vs Rust
14. The Blind Shake – Parachute
15. Pampers – Suicide
16. Total Control – Expensive Dog
17. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m in Your Mind
18. The Notwist – Kong
19. Eagulls – Possessed
20. Hookworms – Retreat
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Another first-time mix art maker is Tim Paul who, like me, has put up with Williamsburg’s changing landscape. Some might say the neighborhood’s gone to the dogs, but he puts a positive spin on that. This is my “dance” mix.

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Sound Bites Best of 2014 #6 by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1. Hollie Cook – Ari Up
2. Peaking Lights – Breakdown
3. Mr Twin Sister – In the House of Yes
4. The Juan MacLean – A Simple Design
5. Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite
6. Roisin Murphy – In Sintesi
7. CYMBALS – The End
8. Katerine – Patousel
9. La Roux – Uptight Downtown
10. Eno • Hyde – Daddy’s Car
11. Caribou – Second Chance
12. Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze
13. Aphex Twin – 4 bit 9d api+e+6
14. Sebastien Tellier – Ma Calypso
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If you’re downloading these, don’t listen on shuffle!

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 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.

DOWNLOAD: VAMPIRE BITES – ESSENTIAL GOTH (NEW 2014 LINK)

You can stream it now too:

Vampires Bites: Essential Goth by Soundbitesnyc on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
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