Summer Fridays 3.2: Hazy, Hot and Humid

Whoo it’s hot, huh? And barely June. Despite my hopes at not having to make any of this year’s covers myself, here we are with a patented B.Pearis Type-Over-Photo school of design. (The font, if you’re curious is a Peter Saville original, created for the 1981 – Factus 8 – 1982 compilation EP.) I actually kind of like this one, though.  The photo is from the Library of Congress’ Flickr. It was taken at a square dance in Oklahoma around 1939. No one in this photograph was dancing to The Drums, The B-52’s or Air Miami, but if I was to go back in time with a boom box and play this mix for them, I feel pretty positive they’d be frightened. Fear would turn to anger and I’d get beat up or worse. But maybe doing so would somehow end up in stopping Hitler. Which would make it all worth it. That is the power of music, folks.

But I digress. Here’s mix #2 which I think turned out pretty well and is about half-and-half new/old. At one point this one had two French language tracks, but now it has none. Probably because of the whole time travel incident, the USA never had to storm Normandy and somehow those musicians were never born or never became musicians. Looks like I’ve got some paradox-fixing to do.


  1. Django Django – WOR
  2. The Slits – I Heard it Through the Grapevine
  3. Young Friends – Riverside Kids
  4. The B-52’s – 52 Girls
  5. The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen
  6. Air Miami – Word Cup Fever
  7. Lulu – I’ll Come Running
  8. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Bright Lit Blue Skies
  9. Darwin Deez – Bad Day
  10. Foals – Total Life Forever
  11. New Order – The Village
  12. Beach Fossils – The Horse
  13. Sea Lions – Good Feelings
  14. The Aislers Set – The Way to Market Station
  15. The Housemartins – Sheep
  16. Here We Go Magic – Casual
  17. The Soundcarriers – Last Broadcast
  18. The Radio Dept. – This Time Around
  19. LiLiPUT – Die Matrosen

It should go without saying at this point that this is an actual mix, the songs segue together despite being separate tracks. So no shuffling, ok? I switched to Mediafire for this one — does it download quicker/easier? Liner notes after the jump.

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Peter Saville Signing Stuff in Williamsburg on Saturday


You may not know his name, but you know his work. Peter Saville was Factory Records in-house graphic artist, designing some of the most famous record sleeves of the last 20 years, including Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, Pulp's This is Hardcore, Happy Monday's Pills, Thrills, N' Bellyaches,and the famous floppy disc "Blue Monday" 12" that cost so much to manufacture they lost money on every copy sold. (It remains the best-selling 12" single of all time.) He is probably, along with 23 Envelope's Vaughn Oliver, the most well-known rock graphic designer of the post punk era and beyond.

Saville will be at Williamsburg bookstore Spoonbill and Sugartown this Saturday from 1PM – 3PM, talking with folks and signing stuff, including (I'm guessing) the book Art, Fashion and Work for Hire: Thomas Demand, Peter Saville, Hedi Slimane, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Cristina Bechtler in Conversation, and probably last year's collection of his work, Peter Saville: Estate 1-127, and maybe even Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album. And if you brought your copy of Low-Life with the onion-skin sleeve, I bet he'd sign that too. And maybe he'll decipher the Power, Corruption and Lies cover as well.

Spoonbill and Sugartown is located at 218 Bedford Ave between N. 4th and N. 5th.

Meanwhile, if you're a font fanatic, you can download 15 fonts Peter Saville made for New Order and Joy Division over the years… ones used on Closer, Substance, and Brotherhood and more, and they're all free. Sure to class up any mix CD art you might have planned.

New Order’s ’80s Albums Get the Reissue/Remaster Treatment

Neworder It's about time. All five of New Order's classic '80s studio albums are being reissued with remastered sound and bonus discs of remixes and rarities, plus new liner notes and interviews with the band. Collector's Editions will be out on Rhino on September 29 in the UK and November 11 in the U.S. Here's a rundown of what's new on each one:

Movement Movement (1981) | New Order hadn't quite shaked the spectre of Joy Division on this one, with Martin Hannet's signature production and titles/lyrics that felt more like they were trying to be depressing than they actually were. Nor had they figured out who was going to sing: both Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook take lead on tracks. Musically, though, it was great.

Bonus disc: The original version of "Ceremony" recorded in New Jersey as a three-piece mere weeks after Ian Curtis' death, and the rerecorded version with Gillian Gilbert that was included on Substance; "Cries and Whispers," which a lot of people think is called "Mesh" thanks to being mislabeled so on Substance; the entirety of the 1981 – Factus 8 – 1982 EP, the real "Mesh," and the original version of "Temptation" (which was rerecorded for Substance). Also, the 7" version of "Temptation" which was featured on the soundtrack to Something Wild.

MP3: Dreams Never End

MP3: Mesh

Power, Corruption & Lies Power, Corruption & Lies (1983) | After a string of increasingly strong singles, including the groundbreaking "Blue Monday," released only two months previous, Power Corruption & Lies shows a confident New Order that's not afraid to sound happy. From "Age of Consent" through "Leave Me Alone," is consistently brilliant, especially when you consider most songs are only two chords.

Bonus disc: Not as interesting to fans as Movement, nearly all the tracks here have been easily available on CD elsewhere. The best thing about the bonus disc is that it takes "Blue Monday" and it's instrumental version, "The Beach," and moves them off the main disc and moves them here where they belong. There's also the original version of their electro-influenced "Confusion" (superior, in my opinion, to the rerecorded version on Substance); "Thieves Live Us," one of their best-ever singles, as well as its instrumental version, and its b-side, "Lonesome Tonight" (both on Disc 2 of the Substance CD); and the thundering instrumental "Murder," which was released as a single on Factory Benelux, and found on the second disc of the Substance CD.

MP3: The Village

MP3: Lonesome Tonight

Low-life Low-Life (1985) | New Order at the peak of their abilities, melding the guitar and dancey sides of their persona. Contains some of their best-loved songs ("Love Vigilantes," "Sub-Culture," "The Perfect Kiss") and some of their most underrated (everything else on the record, but especially "Sunrise" and "Face Up"). No bad songs. Not only my favorite New Order album, it's one of my favorite albums period.

Bonus disc: Juciest item is the full, 17-minute version of "Elegia" which fades out around the five minute mark on Low-Life;12" versions of "Subculture" (also the dub verision), and "The Perfect Kiss"; two instrumental tracks from their contributions to Beth B's 1988 film, Salvation!, including the great "Let's Go"; non-LP single "State of the Nation," the John Robie remix of Pretty in Pink's "Shellshock." Not sure why they didn't go ahead and put everything from Salvation! on here, all the tracks were good, especially one called "Skullcrusher."

MP3: Face Up

MP3: Let's Go

BONUS NOT-ON-THE-CD MP3: Skullcrusher

Brotherhood Brotherhood (1986) | A quickie, released a mere 16 months after Low-Life, and was considered a disappointment at the time but it's held up pretty well over the last 22 years. Side One is all guitars, Side Two is disco. Both are worth hearing, with the lovely "As it Was When it Was," the sparkling "Way of Life," their big hit "Bizarre Love Triangle," moving Ian Curtis tribute "All Day Long," and goofy album-closer "Every Second Counts."

Bonus disc: Well, "Every Second Counts," with a joke ending that freaked out thousands of turntable-owners at the time, doesn't close this version of Brotherhood. For some reason, they've tacked-on "State of the Nation" to the end of the first disc, despite also appearing on the bonus disc of Low-Life. This could be a misprint or mis-communication, let's hope so. As for the bonus disc, it's disappointing. There's non-LP single "Touched by the Hand of God" which was also on the Salvation! soundtrack; the lame "Blue Monday '88" and it's instrumental, renamed "Beach Buggy"; two remixes of Substance's "True Fait
h" and the single's original b-side "1963"; the 12" version of "Bizarre Love Triangle" and a remix of "Angle Dust" titled "Evil Dust."

MP3: Way of Life

Technique Technique (1989) | Recorded in Ibiza where the band probably had too much fun, the album is probably their sunniest in demeanor. Heavily influenced by the Balaeric disco that was popular there at the time, as best exemplified by the silly first single "Fine Time" that had Bernard Sumner doing his best Barry White. Second single "Round and Round" is the best thing on the first, undercooked half of Technique, but Side Two is absolutely brilliant, from the folky "Run" (which got them sued by John Denver who claimed they ripped off "Leaving on a Jet Plane" though I don't hear it) through album-closer "Dream Attack."

Bonus disc: Some good stuff here. B-sides "Don't Do It" and "Theme from Best and Marsh" (both instrumentals), the rare, disco-fied single version of "Run" retitled "Run 2" (pulled from shelves after the Denver debacle) and it's b-side, "MTO"; 12" mixes of "Round and Round" and "Fine Time"; an instrumental version of sultry disco number "Vanishing Point." Also some awful stuff: the worst single New Order ever released, the official England World Cup theme "World in Motion," featuring rapping members of the team. New Order's only #1 UK single.

MP3: Dream Attack

MP3: Theme from Best and Marsh