Bye Bye 2014: Here’s Yr Mixes

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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!

Bite Me: Summer Fridays 7.5

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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

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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

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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!

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Tracklist:
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!

Sno time like the present: Summer Fridays 7.2

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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:

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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.

Mind the ice puddle, it’s Wintry Mix 2014

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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.

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Tracklist:
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

Bye Bye 2013, but before you go, here are some mixes.

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Another year, another attempt to sum it up over the course of a bunch of mixes. I should clarify: an attempt to sum up my year in music. Hence, no Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Yeezus, Vampire Weekend or a lot of the other mainstays on most year-end lists. (Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those records, per se.) Anyway, I know I left stuff off I meant to include (Eagulls come to mind) but it’s a pretty good representation of what I liked this year. As for my lists, my Top 20 of 2013 is up over at BrooklynVegan, and I’ll have a Top 50 up here at some point. I’ve also got some Summer Fridays artwork regulars (and a couple newbies) to do art for these. Enjoy!

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The first mix’s artwork is by Erica Recto, who made the cover for this year’s Bastille Day mix. I think I spy her dog, Betty, in there somewhere.

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Trackslist:
1. Shine 2009 – Eurozone
2. AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies
3. Outfit – House on Fire
4. Classixx – All You’re Waiting for*
5. Neon Neon – Hammer & Sickle
6. Todd Terje – Strandbar (samba)
7. King Krule – Border Line
8. Heavenly Beat – Complete
9. Foals – My Number
10. Annie – Ralph Macchio
11. Metronomy – I’m Aquarius
12. Phoenix  – Trying to Be Cool
13. Public Service Broadcasting – Inform, Educate, Entertain
14. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
15. Kisses – Hardest Part
16. Gap Dream – Chill Spot
17. World’s End Press – Deadbeat Sweetheart

I realized after I published that in the actual uploaded, track #4 is by Classix, not Outfit. Feel free to change in your iTunes. Sorry about that.
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Mix 2 has artwork from Jeffrey Bergstrom who is doing his first-ever artwork for me. He likes metal! (Also, Coldplay.) He also writes about laffs on BrooklynVegan under the Klaus Kinski pseudonym. I don’t have any metal on my list, but I put the “darker” stuff on this one to fit with the moody cover art.

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Tracklist:
1. Weekend – Mirror
2. Hookworms – Radio Tokyo
3. Wax Idols – The Cartoonist
4. Girls Names – Hypnotic Regression
5. Heaven’s Gate – Drone
6. Savages – She Wants
7. Toy – Join the Dots
8. pat JORDACHE – O.M.O.
9. Las Kellies – Boy, Sweet Boy
10. Disappears – Era
11. Pinkunoizu – Moped
12. Blouse – No Shelter
13. Dick Diver – Calendar Days
14. Holograms – Meditations
15. Medicine – It’s Not Enough
16. Wire – Love Bends
17. Deerhunter – Dream Captain
18. Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
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Artwork for Mix 3 is by Greg Morris who has been doing covers for me for almost as long as I’ve been doing them. He delivers another gem — his most surrealistic yet — for this one:

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Tracklist:
1. Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
2. Disclosure – White Noise (feat AlunaGeorge)
3. Daniel Avery – Free Floating
4. Gramme – Fascination
5. Lady – Money
6. Jungle – The Heat
7. Pulp – After You (Pulp Vs Soulwax)
8. Hot Chip – Dark & Stormy
9. Xeno & Oaklander – Sheen
10. Ooga Boogas – Studio of My Mind
11. Lace Curtain – Good Intentions
12. Factory Floor – Fall Back
13. Jagwar Ma – Man I Need
14. Lindstrom & Todd Terje – Lanzarote
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The artwork to Mix 4 is done by Katie Harkin who fronts the terrific UK rock trio Sky Larkin, and she also sometimes plays keyboards with Wild Beasts. Of it, she says “It’s a multiple exposure I took in a crazy berlin music shop.” Crazy indeed:

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Tracklist:
1. La Femme – Nous Etions Deux
2. Big Deal – Swappin’ Spit
3. Beaches – Out of Mind
4. MINKS – Margot
5. Wild Nothing – A Dancing Shell
6. The Phoenix Foundation – Black Mold
7. Kelley Stoltz – Kimchee Taco Man
8. Mood Rings – The Line
9. Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht – Hang on to Life
10. Still Corners – Beginning to Blue
11. Serafina Steer – Night Before Mutiny
12. Love Inks – Solar Diary
13. No Joy – Hare Tarot Lies
14. Fiction – Careful
15. Future Wife – I’m Gonna Die
16. Midlake – Antiphon
17. Doldrums – Anomaly
18. No Bra – Minger
19. Colleen Green – Time in the World
20. Future Punx – Livin’ in a Movie
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Another longtime Sound Bites mix art designer, Kate Bryant delivers up this trippy prismatic cover that would be worthy of Tame Impala. She made it entirely on her iPhone, btw.

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Tracklist:
1. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardner
2. La Luz – Sure as Spring
3. Sapphire Mansions – Too Shiny
4. Dream Boys – Sworn
5. The Mantles – Hello
6. Thee Oh Sees – No Spell
7. The Liminanas – Black Sabbath
8. Magic Trick – Crazy Teeth
9. Mikal Cronin – See it My Way
10. Warm Soda – Strange as it Seems
11. Corey Cunningham – Is it Really Really Real?
12. Joanna Gruesome – Secret Surprise
13. Heavy Times – Might Not
14. King Khan & the Shrines – Darkness
15. Ty Segall – The Man Man
16. Kurt Vile – Was All Talk
17. Legs – Thirteen Stories
18. The Proper Ornaments – Drop Off
19. Pampers – Head Bag
20. Fuzz – What’s in My Head?
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And lastly, artwork for Mix 6 was done by enigmatic virtual graffiti artist King of the Streets who chooses to do all his tagging digitally. Usually he defaces property or signs or turtles, but here he dreams big, by graffiti-ing the SKY. Deep!

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Tracklist:
1. Prefab Sprout – The Best Jewel Thief in the World
2. Spires – Candy Floss
3. Foxygen – No Destruction
4. Cate Le Bon – Are You with Me Now?
5. Foret – Corps Maquilles
6. Goldfrapp – Drew
7. Temples – Colours to Life
8. Jacco Gardner – Chameleon
9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
10. Ex Cops – James
11. The House Of Love – Money Man
12. Suede – Hit Me
13. French Films – Latter Days
14. Ski Lodge – Boy
15. Pretty & Nice – Q_Q
16. Elephant Stone – Masters of War
17. Yuck – Lose My Breath
18. John Grant – GMF
19. Julian Cope – They Were on Hard Drugs
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These mixes, like all I do, are actually mixed together so the songs meld into each other. No shuffle!

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…

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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

I was looking for some ack-shee-un but all I got was Summer Fridays 6.8

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After taking a week of, we’re back with a new Summer Fridays mix and there’s a lot of music I’m excited about, a couple of which I maybe shouldn’t be including, hence the question marks. But there’s new Kelley Stoltz (a song about a food cart!), new Yuck, new Superchunk, my favorite new band of the week, Temples, some ’90s era oldies (TFC, Pavement, and Oasis), an old Fall song, a song the Fall covered, and more. Trust me, it’s good stuff!

Cover art is by frequent Summer Fridays contributor Kelly Hitzing who used to live here in Brooklyn but is now living the fly life in Miami. By that I mean there are a lot of bugs down there. Also alligators. Albino alligators! They will snap you in two, but burn easily.

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Tracklist:
1) Temples – Colours to Life
2) Love Inks – Solar Diary
3) Kelley Stoltz – Kim Chee Taco Man
4) ??? ??????? ?????? – ????? ??? ?????
5) Oasis – Cigarettes & Alchohol
6) Teenage Fanclub – Starsign
7) Yuck – Middle Sea
8) Superchunk – Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
9) Bizarros – Young Girls at Market
10) The Fall – I’m Frank
11) The Other Half – Mr. Pharmacist
12) Terry Malts – I Was Not There
13) Obits – Spun Out
14) Crystal Stilts – Future Folklore
15) Pavement – Summer Babe
16) ????? ???? – ?????? ????? – Avenue Girls
17) Tropical Popsicle – Havana
18) Frankie Rose – Sorrow
19) The Monkees – Porpoise Song

As I’m legally bound to say, please don’t listen to this on shuffle. It’ll sound weird, ok? Have a swell weekend!

Take me to the bridge: Summer Fridays 6.7

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I manage one to make a mix like this one about once a season, that starts one way and then goes another. Like how do you get from the throb of Outfit to the soaring strains of “Tonight We Fly” and make room for Yello, The Dentists and Honey LTD? You just have to download this puppy to find out.

This mix is going up a day late, but it allowed for this week’s cover, the picture of which I took last night a few blocks from my apartment. We’ve been blessed with a spectacular season of sunsets this summer in New York. Add to that the bridge (Williamsburg) and the picture almost shot itself.

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And in a new twist, you can stream it too:

Tracklist:
1) Outfit – House on Fire
2) Wild Nothing – A Dancing Shell
3) Destroyer – Suicide Demo for Kara Walker
4) Yello – Desire
5) Mood Rings – The Line
6) Shriekback – Faded Flowers
7) No Joy – Hare Tarot Lies
8) Scars – All About You
9) Sapphire Mansions – Too Shiny
10) The Dentists – I’m Not the Devil
11) Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush
12) Honey LTD – Eli’s Coming
13) The Cleaners from Venus – Summer in a Small Town
14) MINKS – Margot
15) The Pale Fountains – (There’s Always) Something on My Mind
16) Would-Be-Goods – Last of the Pinstriped Rebels
17) Fantastic Something – If She Doesn’t Smile (It’ll Rain)
18) The Divine Comedy – Tonight We Fly

Hope you’re have a good weekend. Enjoy this one, and no shuffling!

P.S. if that font on the cover looks familiar, it’s the one Peter Saville designed for New Order’s Republic. He used to give all his fonts away on his website… but not anymore.

Spring is here, please enjoy some new music

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Alright, the ice is melting and while I avoid a list-shaped elephant in the room (blog) , here’s 19 new songs, one fairly new one (Pegasvs) and an old reggae tune. I may try and write some liner notes, but no promises. This one turned out really good I think. I hope it inspires you to seek out some of these bands’ albums (like Warm Soda, my favorite of 2013 so far.) Meanwhile,  Heino and roses for everyone. Please enjoy… and no shuffling!

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TRACKLIST:
1. Mikal Cronin – Weight
2. Elephant Stone – Masters of War
3. The House of Love – Purple Killer Rose
4. Girls Names – Hypnotic Regression
5. Pegasvs – Atlantico
6. Wax Idols – Cartoonist
7. Anika – In the City
8. Ooga Boogas – Sex in the Chillzone
9. The Strokes – Welcome to Japan
10. Elephant – Skyscraper
11. Susan Cadogan – Do it Baby
12. Colleen Green – Time in the World
13. Wampire – Snacks
14. Jacco Gardner – Puppets Dangling
15. Fiction – Careful*
16. Suede – Hit Me
17. Wire – Love Bends
18. Warm Soda – Strange as it Seems
19. Golden Grrls – Paul Simon
20. Legs – Cast in Shadows
21. Highasakite – Son of a Bitch

*Does this sound like Lloyd Cole & the Commotions or what????