We're still three weeks away from the official start of the summer, but with temperatures in the '80s and Memorial Day Weekend upon us… close enough. So here's the first of a season's worth of mixes, made just for you. Having a little extra time for this one I redid it multiple times, tweaking here and there, and am pretty happy with what's now before you. Hope you like it. Cover art for this first mix of 2010 is by frequent contributor Kate Bryant and is the first to features a fold-able insert with track listing. If you'd like to contribute art to a mix, please do get in touch. No one wants me designing anything.
As always, the songs segue into one another, so no shuffle please! Here's the link:
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And the tracklist:
- The Crayon Fields – Voice of Paradise
- Club 8 – Dancing with the Mentally Ill
- David Snell – International Flight
- The Cyrkle – Red Rubber Ball
- Allo Darlin – The Polaroid Song
- The New Pornographers – Silver Jenny Dollar
- Sambassadeur – Days
- The Embassy – Time's Tight
- Kelley Stoltz – Pincecone
- Art Musems – Sculpture Gardens
- The Particles – Apricot's Dream
- Eternal Summers – Able To
- Air Waves – Knockout
- Veronica Falls – Beachy Head
- The What Four – I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy
- The Monochrome Set – Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
- Biff Bang Pow – Someone Stole My Wheels
- The Depreciation Guild – Crucify You
- Jack Nitzche – The Lonely Surfer
- Comet Gain – I Never Happened
- Avi Buffalo – Truth Sets In
- Burt Bacharach – Something Big
Liner notes for the curious are after the jump.
I gotta say I wasn't expecting Veronica Falls to be as loud and rockin' as they were. Have you see their press photos? They look like you could knock them over with a feather. And as much as I love, love, love their single "Found Love in a Graveyard," it's on the gentle side. At least on record. When they played it live last night at their first-ever New York show, they tore into their instruments with an extended midsection that woulda made David Gedge proud. No other way to put it: they rocked.
Short set, as befits a band whose second single is still a couple weeks away. We got "Graveyard" and it's b-sides from both the UK (the Pastels-y "Stephen") and American (Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes") pressings. "Starry Eyes" was probably the highlight of the night, a rare case where a band covers a song and truly makes it their own.In addition to handful of songs previously unheard on these shores was the driving next single, "Beachy Head," which is a real showoff for drummer Patrick Doyle's bashing skills. I'd definitely want them on my side in a fight.
MP3: Veronica Falls – Starry Eyes
Veronica Falls play Bruar Falls tonight, you should definitely come out for it. Boston tomorrow, then back to us for the NYC Popfest on Thursday at Cake Shop. VIdeo of "Stephen" and a new song after the jump.
It's rare when a single's a-side is bettered by the flip. Rarer still that a cover surpasses the original. But I think both those things happen with Veronica Falls' debut 7" on Captured Tracks. "Found Love in a Graveyard" made my Favorite Singles of 2009 list when it was just an MP3 floating around on the internet — indiepop at its sad, romantic best. But what a treat too see they covered Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes" for the b-side. Roky's take (of which there are many versions) was more twangy power pop, but Veronica Falls let the lovelorn lyrics lead the understated arrangement, punctuated with ooh-wee-oohs and the fragile vocals of Roxanne Clifford and Patrick Doyle, both late of Glasgow's Royal We and Sexy Kids. Perfect for you next crush mix-tape.
MP3: Veronica Falls – Starry Eyes