Here’s another one of those seasonal mix things. This one works well for the summertime: beaches, pools, wheat beer, barbecues, etc. etc.
There’s some upbeat stuff, and a handful of good-natured downers; mostly new stuff, with a few oldies-but-goodies too.
If you find something you like, please support the artist and buy the album, or a t-shirt, or something. Better yet, go see them in concert.
Tracklist and short writeups below. Cheers.
Download link will be posted for a short time:
1. Castanets – Out for the West
Mid-tempo, catchy, and mostly spoken-word. Somehow references Rick Carlisle, Sean Penn, Jason Kidd, and Harvey Milk all in one song.
2. Dan Croll – Always Like This
A great summer beach song, with horns and auxiliary percussion to spare.
3. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons – Take Off Your Sunglasses
Spastic songwriter likes cool shades and summer, is bitter about snow-skiing.
4. The Felice Brothers – Lion
Upstate New Yorkers are the closest thing to The Band you’ll hear this year.
5. George Ezra – Leaving It Up to You
Guy sounds like a grizzled 1920s blues singer, is actually a 21-year-old British kid.
6. Jack White – Alone in My Home
Rock’s premiere weirdo genius writes about agoraphobia.
7. Modest Mouse – You’re the Good Things
Rare oldie & goodie from their 1999 Japan-only EP Night on the Sun.
8. Hozier – Cherry Wine (live)
Don’t be fooled by the delicate singing and finger-picking. This is not a love song, and the guy apparently was not in a healthy relationship when he wrote it. It’s purty though.
9. Donovan Woods – Put On, Cologne
Donovan Woods writes thoughtful, clever, and often-funny songs. If you haven’t heard of him, then he’s probably the best pudgy bearded songwriter you’ve never heard of.
10. The Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
11. Fountains of Wayne – Hey Julie
“Stacy’s Mom” band wrote lots of other good songs, like this one.
12. Alcoholic Faith Mission – Running with Insanity
Bizarre band name. Bizarre song name. Somehow it works.
13. Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore – Something, Somewhere, Sometime
Two underrated songwriters collaborate for a song that’s equal parts joyous and wistful.
14. David Dondero – This Guitar
Brilliant love/hate ballad about a guy’s favorite instrument, performed (perhaps ironically?) on his second favorite instrument.
15. Bleached – For the Feel
Lo-fi sister duo owes some royalty money to The Ramones, but it’s more homage than pastiche.
16. Nick D & the Believers – Find a Little Love
This song belongs on the radio. No such luck so far, but summer’s not over yet.
17. The Beta Band – Round the Bend
“I will now sell five copies of The Three EP’s by the Beta Band.”
18. David Gray – Back in the World
Sorry about using the word “pastiche” up there. It’s pretentious and unnecessary. David Gray wrote another good record recently.
19. Sturgill Simpson – Long White Line
Good country music alert! There is still good country music being made. It’s not all overproduced horseshit. (Most of it is though.)
20. Hope and Social – Nana New Orleans Death March
Hippie British band releases all of their music in a “pay what you want, man” fashion. Lots of good stuff available from them.