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Summer Fridays 7.8, lightly grilled

30 Aug


It’s Labor Day Weekend and the unofficial end to Summer. I spent half of my August doing my civic duty serving on the Kings County Grand Jury which was an interesting experience and made for a stressful and mix-free weeks. But Summer Fridays are back — even if it’s a Saturday — and I’m going to do a couple more after this just to get it to an even 10. Also, summer ain’t over till September 21 anyway.

This week we’ve got a few songs from some of the year’s best albums (Ty Segall, Spoon), a couple yacht rock classics (Gerry Rafferty, Ned Doheny) and, believe it or not, only ONE song from the ’80s. Crazy. You can download or stream, isn’t that nice?


Here’s the tracklist:
1. TV Girl – Louise
2. Spoon – Do You
3. Part Time – My Jamey
4. TOPS – Way to Be Loved
5. Wampire – Wizard Staff
6. Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line
7. Spoon – You’ve Got a Lot on Your Mind
8. Ty Segall – The Clock
9. Medicine – Turning
10. The Inbreds – Round 12
11. The Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society
12. The Woodentops – Third Floor Rooftop High
13. Game Theory – Erica’s Word
14. Amason – Margins
15. Spirea X – Signed DC
16. Elephant Stone – Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)
17. Ned Doheny – Give it Up for Love

Have a great weekend. No shuffling!

the united colours of SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.7

1 Aug


It’s that time of year again when I do my “here’s some Brazilian funk and weird French synthpop into some oddball Japanese song and that song from the commercial they showed during the World Cup then a Nigerian Moog obsessive and Trojan dub and OF COURSE some Stereolab” mix. All of which seems to flow magically together. But am I starting to become a broken record?

Speaking of, how about that cute little guy above? This week’s cover was done by Summer Fridays All-Star Greg Morris. Another exemplarily job. I hope you like this one, I think it’s a lot of fun.

Summer Fridays 7.7 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud


1. Marcos Valle – Estrelar
2. Katerine – Patouseul
3. マクロスMACROSS 82-99 – Horsey (feat. Sarah Bonito)
4. Todd Terje – Preben Goes to Acapulco
5. Roisin Murphy – In Sintesi
6. Stereolab – Parsec
7. Gulp – Let’s Grow
8. Sebastien Tellier – Ma Calypso
9. The Soundcarriers – Somewhere to Land
10. Klaus Johann Grobe – Aufstand
11. William Onyeabor – Good Name
12. Saâda Bonaire – You Could Be More Than You Are
13. The Upsetters – Vs. Panta Rock

AS ALWAYS: If you’re downloading, don’t listen on shuffle!

You want it, I’ve got it: Summer Fridays 7.6

27 Jul


A last-minute shuffling of who was doing cover art this week left a hole for this week, and Chris Pickering of Future Punks and the fine Dull Tools label was nice enough to step up to the plate and give us the lovely cover you see above. It reminded of the kind of art you saw on UK indiepop 7″s so that was the real inspiration behind this week’s choice of tunes. So you get some C86-era stuff (pre-rapping PWEI, The Bodines, Jasmine Minks), new stuff that fits with that vibe (Literature, Pale Lights, Joanna Gruesome), and artists from in-between. Enjoy!

Summer Fridays 7.6 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud


Pop Will Eat Itself – The Black Country Chainstore Massacre
The Go-Betweens – Lee Remick
Eureka California – Sneaky Robby
The Bodines – Therese
The Jasmine Minks – Where the Traffic Goes
Parquet Courts – Dear Ramona
The Pooh Sticks – On Tape
Felt – I Will Die with My Head in Flames
Pale Lights – Before There Were Pictures
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Rattlesnakes
Bart Davenport – On Your Own Planet
Lillies on Mars – Dream of Bees
Birdie – Such a Sound
The History of Apple Pie – Tame
Literature – The English Soft Hearts
The Housemartins – We’re Not Deep
S – Vampires
The Clientele – We Could Walk Together
Teenage Fanclub – Speed of Light
BMX Bandits – E102
Joanna Gruesome – Jerome (Liar)
Martha – Courting Strong

Bite Me: Summer Fridays 7.5

19 Jul


I’ve said it before, Summer Fridays are a state of mind. Which is why I don’t feel too bad about getting this week’s SF up on a Saturday. A year from now (or ten) when you’re still jamming this, you will not think “Bill was late posting this.” You will think, “Wow, this has ‘War on the East Coast’ and that weird ’60s song, and those obscure glam tracks and that awesome Protomartyr song…I love it ever so much!” Seriously though how good is New Pornographers‘ “War on the East Coast”? Single of the Year? Maybe. Quite possibly video of the year, AC Newman is clearly having so much fun lypsynching Bejar’s vocals, giving them the gravitas performance they deserve. The mix ends with makers of what will surely be my #1 album of the year, Protomartyr. That Marvelous Mark song is killer too. Also: new Raveonettes which is also real good. Plus…The Fall, GBV, Sleaford Mods, Total Control… I like this one.

Cover art this week was done by my friend and fellow BrooklynVegan writer Klaus Kinski (The famous one, not the actor). That’s a picture of his mouth, “pre-braces, 1991. It definitely doesn’t scream summer and is certainly weird. I did take the pic in the summer though!” Please enjoy this one in either streaming or download form. It’s not Freedom Rock, but turn it up, dude. Here’s the stream, via the nifty Mixcloud site:

Summer Fridays 7.5 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud


Here’s the tracklist:
1. The New Pornographers – War on the East Coast
2. Zumpano – The Only Reason Under the Sun
3. Vietnam – Throw it Away
4. Herzog – Teenage Metalhead
5. TRAAMS – Giddy
6. The Fall – Wrong Place Right Time
7. Sleaford Mods – Little Ditty
8. The Buzz – You’re Holding Me Down
9. Feature – Fuzz
10. Crystal Stilts – Delirium Tremendous
11. Actor – White Fence
12. Ambulance LTD – Heavy Lifting
13. Flame – Big Wheel Turning
14. Marvelous Mark – Bite Me
15. Guided By Voices – Game of Pricks
16. The Rats – Turtle Dove
17. The Raveonettes – Sisters
18. Casual Sex – Stroh 80
19. Total Control – Flesh War
20. Protomartyr – Come and See

Take a dip: SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.4

12 Jul


One month in, this fourth mix is a bit of a kitchen sink cookie, with a crisp guitar-y crust and a soft synthy middle. Delicious. Cover art this week is by longtime contributor Kate Bryant. Clever as always. Please enjoy!


1. Sondre Lerche – Bad Law
2. Blumfeld – Walkie Talkie
3. The Proper Ornaments – Magazine
4. Avi Buffalo – So What
5. XTC – Grass
6. Elephant – Ellusive Youth
7. Dubstar – Stars
8. Woman’s Hour – Conversations
9. The John Steel Singers – Happy Before
10. Haunted Hearts – House of Lords
11. The Stone Roses – Mersey Paradise
12. Melted Toys – Horizons
13. Immortal in Mirrors – Stranger Than Fiction
14. Thee Oh Sees – Drop
15. Milk ‘n’ Cookies – Not Enough Girls in the World
16. Allah-Las – Every Girl
17. The Clean – Thumbs Off
18. Beverly – Madora

If you’re downloading, don’t listen on shuffle!

I don’t even know anybody in Toronto! SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.3

3 Jul


If only I’d started one week earlier with these we’d have Summer Fridays 7.4 on July 4. I didn’t think of that till just now, unfortunately, so it was not to be. That said we’ve got what I think is a very good one, that is mostly music from ’82 – ’84 with a few songs from right here in 2014 that fit that mood. As for the new, we’ve got La Roux evoking some serious Bananarama vibes, a song from the great new Hollie Cook album, plus Brian Eno/Karl Hyde, and Brooklyn new wave revivalists Future Punx. Also: NEW BAXTER DURY! As for the old, let’s travel back to the days when the UK charts were full of exciting new pop. Why yes, that is Culture Club you see on here. The opening and closing track were deliberately placed. Can you figure out why?

This week’s cover art is by frequent contributor Kelly Hitzing who lives in Miami where every Friday is Summer Friday. She just illustrated a book on foraging for edible plants in Miami and you should buy it. The picture is from some thing they do down there called Floatopia. She hired that plane just for this.

Anyway, this would make pretty good backyard barbecue music, I think. Feel free to do so. I’ve got this one streaming in addition to the download. Enjoy and have a great holiday weekend.


Summer Fridays 7.3 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud

1) Big Audio Dynamite – The Bottom Line
2) Baxter Dury – Pleasure
3) Bananarama – He Was Really Sayin’ Something
4) Tom Tom Club – On, On, On, On
5) Hollie Cook – 99
6) Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)
7) La Roux – Uptight Downtown
8) General Public – Are You Leading Me On?
9) Eno • Hyde – Daddy’s Car
10) The Waitresses – No Guilt
11) Klark Kent – Office Girls
12) LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
13) Future Punx – 999
14) Sparks and Jane Wiedlin – Cool Places
15) Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Under Pink Moons
16) The Buzzcocks – Why Can’t I Touch It?

If you’re downloading this, don’t listen on shuffle please.

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Sno time like the present: Summer Fridays 7.2

27 Jun


So this is the first real Friday of Summer 2014. How is yours going so far? Me too. No real theme this week, though much of it’s got a postpunk sorta vibe to it. This one opens with a brand new song from the Brian Jonestown Massacre — their new album is good, people. You also get fresh cuts from The Horrors, Craft Spells, newish Brooklyn band Gingerlys, Merchandise, The Horrors, Cold Beat (Hannah of Grass Widow), plus classics from The Chameleons (how did I wait till the seventh year to use “Swamp Thing”), Pale Saints,  Adult Net (Brix from The Fall) and more.

OK I managed to get a streaming version going:

And here’s the download:


Here’s the tracklist:
1. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Vad Hände Med Dem
2. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Firmament Vacation
3. The Chameleons – Swamp Thing
4. The Horrors – So Now You Know
5. Pale Saints – Baby Maker
6. Dum Dum Girls – Cult of Love
7. Love & Rockets – Welcome Tomorrow
8. Gingerlys – Summer Cramps
9. Big In Japan – Suicide a Go-Go
10. Cold Beat – UK
11. Adult Net – Take Me
12. Paul & Ritchie & The Cryin’ Shames – Come On Back
13. The Fresh & Onlys – Hummingbird
14. The Smiths – I Want the One I Can’t Have
15. Merchandise – Little Killer
16. Echo & The Bunnymen – Villiers Terrace
17. Devon Williams – Pendulum
18. The Church – Myrrh
19. Babybird – You’re Gorgeous
20. Craft Spells – Breaking the Angle Against the Tide

Please don’t cut line for sno-cones or play this on shuffle. See you in July.

Brand new shoes for you and me: Summer Fridays is back!

20 Jun


Some of you may have been wondering if I’d be back with these this year, being as it’s a later start than usual, but here we are. Yay! I was waiting till actual summer, but as tomorrow is the solstice, I thought I’d jump the gun by a day. Hopefully I’ll have this every Friday through the whole season. We’ll see. I’m a busy guy these days, ok? I’ve been wanting to use this Equals song since I heard it back in February so it inspired this first mix of the season. (That’s Eddy Grant’s old band, btw.) Please enjoy.


1. The Equals – Michael and Slipper Tree
2. Super Furry Animals – Play it Cool
3. Doug Gillard – Ready for Death
4. Stephen Steinbrink – Now You See Everything
5. Metronomy – Resevoir
6. Tommy Roe – Jam Up Jelly Tight
7. Kiss Kiss Karate Passion – Hope the Sky’ll Never Fall
8. Sloan – Take Good Care of the Poor Boy
9. The Notwist – Kong
10. Liam Finn – Snug As Fuck
11. Teleman – In Your Fur
12. Paul McCartney & Wings – Mrs Vanderbilt
13. Alvvays – Adult Diversion
14. Rocketship – I Love You Like the Way I Used to Do
15. Trans – Thinking About a Friend
16. Ohio Express – Sausalito (Is the Place to Go)
17. The Bangles – Live
18. J.C. Satan – Italian Summer
19. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Lariat

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: This mix is indeed “mixed,” the songs flow together. Don’t listen on shuffle!

Mind the ice puddle, it’s Wintry Mix 2014

9 Feb


Here in NYC we’re experiencing one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory and the piles of white never seem to all melt before the next comes along. So it seemed like a good time let loose a new mix. All of this is new for 2014 and, as always, lots of good new music. It should go without saying, but these songs fade into one another so don’t ruin the mood by listening on shuffle. Enjoy.

DOWNLOAD WINTRY MIX 2014 (this link works!)

1. Metronomy – I’m Aquarius
2. Warm Soda – Postcards
3. Eternal Summers – Gouge
4. *** **** ******* – ?????????? ??????????
5. CYMBALS – 5%
6. Hospitality – Going Out
7. Elephant – Shapeshifter
8. Juniore – Christine
9. Klaus Johann Grobe – Traumhaft
10. Warpaint – Biggy
11. Snowbird – I Heard the Owl Call My Name
12. Weeknight – Sound of My Voice
13. Breton – Got Well Soon
14. Dum Dum Girls – In the Wake of You
15. Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution
16. Habibi – I Got the Moves
17. Morgan Delt – Mr. Carbon Copy
18. Coconaut Groove – Colours
19. September Girls – Cursing the Sea

Sound Bites Favorite Albums of 2013

4 Jan


Well here we go, another fine year for records. It always is, and anyone who says different isn’t really trying to find the good stuff.  I should say there were a lot other records from 2013 that I liked a lot too, but I guess these are the ones that stuck with me the most. (You may have seen my Top 20 already on BrooklynVegan, but here’s more and more blurbs.) My Top 3 are basically a three-way tie for 1st place — they’re all completely different — so feel free to take them as such. But I don’t believe in ties (Tys is a different story, see #38) so I pulled rank. No MP3s this year, but there are links to streams (Spotify, mostly) and where to buy a physical copy — there is a track from every one of these 50 albums on my year-end mixes. I also made a Spotify playlist of all of the albums on my list that are on the service.

Without any further ado, my Favorite Records of 2013:

1. Hookworms - Pearl Mystic (Gringo / Weird World)
01hookwormsThis group from Leeds, UK practice a visceral blend of noise, drone, motorik rhythms and impassioned vocals that basically demands to be listened to at top volume. The parts are old but Hookworms’ electrifying energy makes it feel like they came up with the idea. Seeing them live during CMJ, where singer Matt Johnson seemed to leave his body on stage, nudged this record ahead just enough for me to name is at my favorite of 2013. For that matter, their non-LP single, “Radio Tokyo,” was my favorite track of the year. Hookworms win.


2. Warm Soda – S/T (Castle Face)
02warm-sodaMatthew Melton formed Warm Soda immediately after his previous band, Bare Wires, imploded onstage at SXSW. He doesn’t really alter the power-pop formula with his new band but the change has definitely made his creative juices more effervescent. Keeping with those late ’70s vibes, Warm Soda’s debut actually kind of sounds like it is coming out of a transistor radio: tinny and compressed (in a good way), but with giant hooks and choruses packed into 27-minute running time. It’s hit after hit after hit.


3. La Femme - Psycho Tropical Berlin (Born Bad)
03la-femmeThe title of Parisian band La Femme’s debut album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, is a pretty good summation of what to expect: crazed psychedelic pop with a krautrock/coldwave backbone and an affinity for surf rock. Add to that the inherent French element (Ye-Ye enthusiasm and smoky Gainsbourg cool), you get an inventive, modern, highly entertaining album, unlike anything anything else I heard this year.


4. OutfitPerformance (Double Denim)
04outfitAfter a few singles/EPs, UK group Outfit make their long-player bow and I wasn’t quite prepared for what a leap they made. This is sleek, elegant dancepop, endlessly inventive and a little nerdy/quirky — but not so much that it ever pulls you out of the groove. Comparisons to Hot Chip are pretty easy to make but Outfit have their own distinct style. This record remains a UK import. Somebody over here sign these guys!


5. John HopkinsImmunity (Domino)
05jon-hopkinsHaving helped create textural work with Imogen Heap, Brian Eno (and Coldplay), Jon Hopkins delves into dance music for the first time, with this concept album exploring, instrumentally, an epic night out. While it may not feature any Disclosure-style dancefloor bangers, Immunity is an absolute stunner, a record that needs to be heard as a whole, and one whose synthesizers throb like a beating heart.

6. Cate Le BonMug Museum (Turnstile / Wichita)
06mug-museumWritten following the death of her maternal grandmother but recorded after moving from Wales to her new home of California, Cate Le Bon’s third album, Mug Museum, hits the happy/sad sweet spot like a ray of sunshine peaking through the grey. A little less skronky than last year’s CYRK, Cate Le Bon’s quirky Welsh charm, songwriting skills and bewitching voice remain.


7. No JoyWait to Pleasure (Mexican Summer)
07no-joyWorking with Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht, Wait to Pleasure goes beyond the No Joy’s pummeling shoegaze start, showing off previously unheard textures, melody and beauty. They can still attain tinitus-level volume (just see them live), but they’ve now got other cards too and the ebbs, flows and crashing waves make for a great listen start-to-finish. One of the most pleasant surprises of 2013.


8. Factory Floor – S/T (DFA)
08factory-floor25 years since it’s Detroit birth, the sounds of techno and acid house are still inspiring new artists. UK trio Factory Floor take those squelchy 303s and filter them through krautrock and post-punk sensibilities for a near-relentless hour on their long-awaited-but-worth-it full-length debut. While using some of the same equipment Juan Atkins tinkered with in his bedroom in 1987, in Factory Floor’s hands, it still sounds like the phuture.


9. Girls NamesThe New Life (Slumberland)
09girls-namesFor their second album, Girls Names dropped much of the murky gloom prevalent on their debut, instead opting for more crystalline production, driving basslines, propulsive drumming, prominent keyboards and markedly improved songwriting. It’s all a little early-’80s Bunnymen, but Girls Names bring their own style to the proceedings, and every little atmospheric detail works. You still wouldn’t call it happy, but you can dance to it.


10. Ooga Boogas – S/T (Aarght)
10ooga-boogasAustralian musician Mikey Young stays busy with a bunch of bands (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control, Lace Curtain), all of them excellent. And here’s another as part of Ooga Boogas. Their self-titled album genre hops from Fall-influenced indie rock to Stranglers-y new wave to the vaguely Talking Heads-ish groovers. (Also “Studio of My Mind” is the best LCD Soundsystem song they never wrote.) But damn if they aren’t all great.

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11. Joanna GruesomeWeird Sister (Slumberland)
11joannagSomewhere between Veronica Falls and Los Campesinos, Weird Sister takes great fantastic indiepop tunes and throws them in the mosh pit. One of the best album covers of the year too.


12. Minks - Tide’s End (Captured Tracks)
12minksA band I thought was over, MINKS return letting bright sunshine burn through the haze of their debut, giving us ridiculously catchy ’80s-inspired synthpop.


13. King Krule10 Feet Beneath the Moon (True Panther Sounds)
13kingcruleAn old soul trapped in a teenager’s body, Archy Marshall really stepped up to the plate on his debut full-length, a pidgeonhole-defying record that melds the sounds he hears around him now (and a few from his mom’s record collection) for something truly modern.


14. Mikal CroninMCII (Merge)
14mciiMikal Cronin does it again. Apart from Warm Soda, perhaps the best pure guitar-pop album of the year.


15. SuedeBloodsports (Suede LTD)
15suedeSuede return (with second guitarist Richard Oakes) to make a great new album, no “comeback” signifier needed. If Coming Up is your favorite Suede album, buy Bloodsports immediately.


16. WeekendJinx (Slumberland)
16weekendReigning in the dissonance for gothy — and danceable — pop hooks, Weekend reimagine themselves just enough and show that they’ve got way more to offer than just sheer sonic blast.


17. Wax IdolsDiscipline + Desire (Slumberland)
17waxidolsSavages (who I like, mind you) may have the image and super-intense live show, Wax Idols’ new album has something they don’t — the tunes. In the ’90s, you could put Weekend’s album on one side of a Maxell XLII C100 cassette and this album on the other.


18. Heaven’s GateTransmuting (Inflated Records)
18heavensgateOut of the ashes of Sweet Bulbs, Heaven’s Gate took some of their old band’s dreamy noise, but took it in a significantly different direction, playing to singer strengths and became more of punky rock band… while still using a lot of effects pedals. Their debut is a terrific representation of what Heaven’s Gate have become — confident, hooky, and pretty damn kick-ass.


19. Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze (Matador)
19kurtvileOlivia Newton John once asked, “Have You Ever Been Mellow?” Kurt is probably more like “Have you ever NOT been mellow” but has honed that vibe to perfection here while still letting it all hang out.


20. Heavenly BeatProminence (Captured Tracks)
20heavenlybeatOnetime Beach Fossils bassist Jon Pena works with a small palette — lightly plucked classical guitar, synth steel drums, skittering beats, whispered vocals, the occasional pizzicato strings — but make the absolute most of it, with lots of great little touches in the arrangements. Meticulous, yet has a shrugged off, sexy charm.

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