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Mid-Summer Mix, 2010: The Wisdom of Lobster Pops

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Mid-Summer Mix, Twenty-Ten: The Wisdom of Lobster Pops

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Tracks

1. Destroyer of the Void – Blitzen Trapper
2. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
3. Nothing Changes – Anais Mitchell featuring The Haden Triplets
4. Learning – Perfume Genius
5. To Clean – Acoustic Family Creeps
6. It Doesn’t Have to Be Beautiful – Slow Club
7. Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells
8. Whiplash – Sunglasses
9. Long Day – Medications
10. Idea of Me – Makeout Point
11. “Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round” – Patsy Cline
12. Troublesome Houses – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang
13. The Tree – Blitzen Trapper, feat. Alela Diane
14. Til the Sun Rips – Woods
15. Summer Dust – The Love Language
16. We End Up Together – The New Pornographers

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1. Destroyer of the Void – Blitzen Trapper

I had really liked Blitzen Trapper’s Furr (2008), but 2009’s Black River Killer just bored me. “Destroyer of the Void,” though – the first track on the eponymous latest album from the band – is a 6-minute epic that starts all  Bohemian-Rhapsody-tinged then warps into some Led Zeppelin-style guitar rock before heading back into Queen territory. Yeah, that’s how I describe music: in terms of how it sounds compared to what my dad listened to. Anyway—well played, boys.

2. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Might Arcade Fire be the band of our generation? By our generation, of course, I mean the weird cuspers lost between flannel shirts and text messages, hovering on the edges of Gen X & Y, able to remember listening to Veruca Salt but still unable to escape Sleigh Bells, who managed to have Friendster accounts but also be the earliest adopters on Facebook, to have been banned from citing Internet sources in early college term-papers but never had a qualm about Starbucks. I remember hearing songs from the first Arcade Fire album on NPR while driving around my new neighborhood as a freshly-minted college graduate, back in 2004, and from then on “Neighborhood #1” became something of an anthem. And every few years since, the band seems to put out the same old album but updated slightly for the subtle shift of the previous few year’s petty zeitgeists. Or maybe I just listen to too much Canadian indie rock. Anyway, the full album, The Suburbs, is supposed to come out August 3; for now, we’ve got this.

3. Nothing Changes – Anais Mitchell featuring The Haden Triplets

4. Learning – Perfume Genius

Probably the most emo song on this mix, i.e., one of my favorites.

5. To Clean – Acoustic Family Creeps

If you’d asked me in July what album I’d take on a desert island with me, it’d be this 2009 release from Woods, a side-project album (I think; I don’t understand how all you weirdo noise/drone people release records) of manic psych-folk jams. Whatever it is, and wherever it came from, it’s goddamn gorgeous.

6. It Doesn’t Have to Be Beautiful – Slow Club

Oh, Slow Club! Probably my favorite recently-discovered band, the English duo channels Tilly & the Wall, Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley—I guess we could just say Omaha circa 2003. So … damn .. catchy …

7. Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells

Speaking of catchy …

8. Whiplash – Sunglasses

No one can resist dancing to this one. Seriously. It’s already become a Sutton Street backyard-dance-party favorite … [p.s. WHO WANTS TO REMAKE THIS VIDEO???? Dude looks so much like a combination of my roommate Ian Parker and a kid I knew in college …]

9. Long Day – Medications

10. Idea of Me – Makeout Point

Speaking of Veruca Salt …

11. “Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round” – Patsy Cline

I heard a college friend-of-friends, Natalie Jose, cover this song in Chicago earlier this month (swoon!, p.s.) and haven’t been able to stop playing it several times daily since. Well I’m a-getting dizzy but I can’t stop …

12. Troublesome Houses – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang

Oh, Will Oldham, you sexy, pot-bellied, bearded-like-my-crazy-agoraphobic-uncle genius, you! I can’t even really separate the quality of his songs from how much I ❤ Will Oldham by this point*, so don’t take my word on this one. But it’s lovely. And it’s so, so the album Mr. Prince Billy would be making right now, having recently moved from the bluegrass state of his (and my!) ancestry to Brooklyn, NY. “I once had a house / and my family knew / where to find me / if ever they needed …”

13. The Tree – Blitzen Trapper, feat. Alela Diane

Could be Simon & Garfunkle circa Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

14. Til the Sun Rips – Woods

15. Summer Dust – The Love Language

Sappy Smiths-esque doo-wop indie ballad. This one has montage written all over it, kids.

16. We End Up Together – The New Pornographers

It’s, you know … the New Pornographers. NP albums are always so hit and miss, and this one hasn’t won me over yet, but it is growing on me, especially the songs that sound like they might as well be A.C. Newman songs, like this one. Triumphant whimsy & longing and all that … (I think “Moves” will be the big hit, though?)

Enjoy!

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* He drinks Ricard! You know who else started drinking Ricard & Pernot a few months ago? This girl! Soul. Mates. … (ask me for a good anise liquor cocktail next time you visit)

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Written by Elizabeth

July 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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