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heat wave/lavender wild {a mid-summer 2011 mix}

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As promised (to myself, anyway),  the second installment in my 2011 summer mix tape trilogy (first installment here); a little late to be classified as ‘mid-summer,’ perhaps, but So. Awesome. that I’m sure you’ll forgive me. The past two months have been really good months for music, as far as I’m concerned. New albums from Beirut, YACHT and Ducktails, and new LPs or singles from Woods, Best Coast, Jens Lekman, Real Estate, and Forest Fire—I mean, seriously? Thank you, Summer 2011, thank you. And you wanna give me a whole album of Buddy Holly covers as an added bonus? You’re too much, really. Aural exuberance overload of the best kind ….

 

heat wave/lavender wild {a mid-summer 2011 mix}
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Tracks:

East Harlem – Beirut
Pure joy, really. Combine this with the YACHT song following it, and I triple dare you not to feel a little burst of happiness. 

Shangri-La – YACHT
This seems like a departure to me from previous YACHT albums (I’m thinking ‘Psychic City’), but I could just not be remembering previous YACHT albums correctly. Anyway: BY FAR my favorite song on this mix; upbeat, poppy, and it’s not only about Los Angeles (a city I love), but about starting a commune in Los Angeles (an idea friends and I have discussed many times). “If we build a utopia will you come and stay? Shangri-la la la la la la la la la ….”

Our Deal – Best Coast
Thanks to Ms. Rachel Steinberg for sharing this adorable Romeo & Juliet a la swoopy-haired teens on Brooklyn-rooftops video, directed by Drew Barrymore and featuring Arrested Development’s Maebe {you’ve probably already seen it, but if not}.

Find Them Empty – Woods
I love Woods; I’ve said it 2 million times on here, and I think I’ve run out of ways to profess my love for them other than that …

It’s Real – Real Estate
I think I creeped Real Estate lead singer Alex Bleeker out the other day when I cut my twitter follows down to 80 (that’s practically 3 in twitter numbers) and he made the cut … But I’ve got a soft spot for Greenpoint boys, having lived there myself not long ago; and an Alex Bleeker & the Freaks show at Monster Island Basement a few years ago where they first played the ‘Touch-of-Gey’-inspired ‘Getting By’ was one of the best shows I’ve seen (I’m more of a AB&TF fan than Real Estate, but I’m actually really digging this song …). Dear Alex: Can you & the Freaks please cover Thunder Road sometime?

Right Away – Vetiver
Two points for any song that mentions living in Ohio!

Middle Cyclone – Neko Case

(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care – Cee-Lo Green
Unnervingly catchy, from the overall-great Buddy Holly cover-album Rave On Buddy Holly.

An Argument With Myself – Jens Lekman
Weird and catchy and slightly irritating and slightly funny; very in the vein of ‘Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo’ or ‘The Opposite of Hallelujah,’ but with more of Jens talking to himself …

Sympathique – Ben l’Oncle Soul
Thanks to Rachel for this one as well. French soul music. If you can’t get behind French soul music, I can’t get behind you.

Rhubarb Girl – Ducktails
More Greenpoint boys! I think … I may be wrong about this one … regardless, I have a hard time not loving any part of the Woodsist cabal …

Future Shadows – Forest Fire
I have seriously been waiting for years for a new Forest Fire album, as in, probably searching every 6 months since 2008 to make sure I wasn’t missing anything new by them; that’s how much I loved their 2008 album ‘Survival.’ Well the wait is (almost) over—Future Shadows is the first single from Staring at the X, which is supposed to be released in October. {Oh, this song doesn’t disappoint, p.s.} {And thanks to Courtney for the tip}

Ohio – Boy + Kite
From the debut album of this Austin-based band. This song really gets me at the beginning, but the chorus gets really, like, late-90s psuedo-indie pop, if that’s such a thing … Mixed feelings on the album as a whole, really. I can’t remember why I downloaded it, nor why I included it here …

The Rose With the Broken Neck – Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi & Jack White
Because I apparently can’t resist Jack White duets?

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know – Herman Dune

Not Fade Away – Florence + the Machine
More from the Buddy Holly album.

Hop Pala – Stephan & Haigaz
I’m gonna let Rcrd Lbl handle this one: “Hop Pala,” a haunting cut off a new three-disc set of music from the Ottoman-American diaspora between 1916-1929 curated by Ian Nagoski and released by curatorial masters Tompkins Square, is the soundtrack of immigration. We hear this music and think of places and times both strange and foreign, yet the compilation is called To What Strange Place because that place for these musicians was New York City. Artists like Stepan & Haigaz populated small pockets of major Manhattan neighborhoods and eventually Astoria, Queens. This was their folk music, a way to keep their unique culture alive in a strange new world, yet it’s still resonant today.

Let’s Do Something Impossible – William Elliott Whitmore
The opposite of the authenticity of the song above … I used to argue with my friend JVLaB about William Elliott Whitmore, because he hated his ‘shtick’ of being all depression-era bluegrassy. Okay, okay—but he does it so well ….

Bury Me Beneath the Willow – Linda Stoffel & Blackberry Winter
From the soundtrack of the gorgeous and creepy Winter’s Bone.

Shady Grove – Shrimp Boat

From a 2005 album from the mostly 80s/early-90s Chicago band Shrimp Boat. This is another album I have no idea how it came to me, but I’ve been listening to it a lot …

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August 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

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?)

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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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July 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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The Mid-Summer Mix (2008) // Carry On

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So I think at this point I’m aiming to make the perfect trifecta of summer 2008 mixtapes. Which brings us to: Installment #2, the Mid-Summer Mix (Carry On). Yes, I’m the sort of pretentious person who titles mixtapes, and titles them long and weirdly and with thematic intent at that. The beginning of summer mix was “Relentless,” because that was the word we coined Memorial Day weekend for what the weekend was and we hoped the rest of summer would be. And May & June did not disappoint, and all the music was super-frantic and manic and happy. But July has slowed down just a bit—or maybe not, maybe we’re just now accustomed to all the sunshine and late nights and little sleep—but regardless, it seems a little calmer. And so, so is the mid-summer mix (it even contains a Jason Mraz song [because—horrors!, I know—I’ve really been liking this Jason Mraz song, okay?], and “Stay Positive” by the Hold Steady, which is probably almost definitely the best song of this summer but doesn’t it feel a bit like a song that’s already nostalgic about summer passing?). Anyway, track list with links below. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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