JulyFirst of all, sorry for missing last month.  I had a podcast made and everything, but I just couldn’t get myself to write about it.  Last month’s podcast has been appended at the end of this article, check it out, I think it turned out well.

Now for this month’s podcast.  I decided to put something together that kind of goes with the flow of summer, something that fit well with the carefree, hazy days and misty nights.  Recently summer music has gotten holed up in the happy pop lo-fi beach music that’s oh-so popular today (and rightfully so, most is great); so instead, I tried to reach into all of the genres and  compile the songs that I thought best suited the atmosphere.  Fetch the portable fans.

07.09: Blaring Car Speakers in the Tune of Melting Popsicles: Download // Stream

  1. [Δ0:00] Ayo Ayo Nene by Mor Thiam: No matter how hard I try, I can’t get this song off of my mind.  I don’t know what it is, but it sticks.  The groove is just unbeatable.  Also, this guy is Akon‘s dad.
  2. [Δ5:34] La Bamba (remix) by Smack Music 7: Usually when I use a remix in a podcast I’d list the original recording artist, but Smack Music 7 totally made mashed potatoes out of this song.  Listen to La Bamba’s dead body floating in a jar of embalming fluid… I mean that in the best way.
  3. [Δ8:20] Agua by Sad City: Once this song gets going it just doesn’t stop.  It gets you moving, keeps you moving, then throws you to the dogs.
  4. [Δ12:27] Ambivalence Avenue by Bibio: I’m all about the infectious songs today, aren’t I?  This one hooks even harder than Ayo Ayo Nene.
  5. [Δ15:54] Sheba by Phoaming Edison: This song reminds me of MTV, old MTV, the MTV that I wasn’t even around for.
  6. [Δ18:32] Banana Jam Pt. 1 by Julian Lynch: If you have not listened to this song loudly while crossing any of the bridges entering any of the islands on the New Jersey coast than you have not lived.  He just released a split (+ videos!) with Ducktails on Underwater Peoples Records.
  7. [Δ22:29] French Milk by Dunebuggy: Dunebuggy is Ryan Garbes of Raccoo-oo-oon, and Charles “Taterbug” Free.  Garbes brings the beats and Tatebug brings the eccentricity.
  8. [Δ24:24] Calling In Sick (feat: Josiah Wolf) by Clovis Heald: Puts you to sleep in the heat.  Haven’t heard anything out of this camp since ’07.

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06.09: Smelling Cut Grass: Download // Stream

Half-assed track list for a podcast that’s actually really good:

  1. Hey Friend by Animal Collective
  2. Onset – Beyond Clouds by Dolphins into the Future (AWESOME)
  3. Delora by Religious Girls
  4. Portofino by Teengirl Fantasy
  5. 50mph by Memory Cassette
  6. Fantastico by Christine 23 Onna
  7. Tanning Salon by Matrix Metals
  8. Daily Vacation by Ducktails
  9. Gelly Roll Gum Drop by Sic Alps

Deep VacationAs the holiday season approaches many begin counting the days to their holiday vacations.  For those less fortunate I’ve come with an early gift, how would you like to take a trip to the tropics?

Of course, I am in no way capable of funding an actual trip of this caliber, so instead I’ve created a podcast that kind of makes you feel tropical! Put on your bathing suit and curl up under the covers of your bed, it’s time for a deep vacation.

12.08: Deep Vacation:   Download // Stream

  1. A Patricia by Los Destellos: During the 60’s the world went through a revolution.  From California to Japan a shock ran through society as the hippie counter-culture famously became a solid part of popular culture.  During this time hippies sought places where they could find peace, isolation, and beauty.  Peru fit the bill very nicely, and their culture was absorbed and spit out as something a bit more psychedelic.  “A Patricia”, a song created in this era, was a product of the hippie movement in Peru.  By combining traditional cumbias with the psychedelic mindset of the ’60’s a new, and at that time mind-blowing, sound was created.
  2. Ibadan by Ebenezer Obey: Known as the “Cheif Commander” of Nigerian Pop Music, Ebenezer Obey was an influential musician in his home country.  By mixing Caribbean type instrumentation with African beats he creates joyous songs which can be heard oozing out of Nigerian dance clubs on clear nights.
  3. Beach Point Pleasant by Ducktails: Flash to the present!  Ducktails are bringing back the tropics.  As a repetitive organ sprays sun over a warm beach, heavily reverbed guitars drip with blue water.  Just lay back and take it all in.
  4. Horse Steppin by Sun Araw: Greeted with waves, bass, and a lazy drum beat, “Horse Steppin” represents beach sunsets all over the world.  As the bass / drum line repeats throughout the entire 10+ minute song, sleepy guitars sweep in and out as if a sun bleeding orange light.
  5. Intro Goth by Wavves: Used as the album opener on the self-titled record from beach punk specialist Wavves, this song fills the ears with bubbly guitars.  Like jumping from the hot air into the complete silence and green tinge of the ocean, “Intro Goth”  is immersing and blissful.
  6. Scones and Bull by Eric Copeland: Like in most of Eric Copland’s or Black Dice‘s  songs, “Scones and Bull” creates an aural world.  For about a minute and a half Eric Copeland gives you access to this planet of pitch shifted loops and foolery, but just as quickly he pulls you out.
  7. Let it Out by Skeletons: This song is deceivingly complex.  Although its structure seems simple, there are countless sounds to pick out; quick strike of the organs, ascending strings, and silent guitar plucking make this song great.
  8. Robber’s Knot by Him: By mixing genres like afro-beat, math rock, and indie, Him (no, not the metal band) has created something beautiful.  With all didgeridoo buzzes and beautiful singing I am forced to ask how one can not like this.

P.S. – I’ve added a Podcast section to house the new podcasts.