It may be worth reiterating that the summer mixes are meant as something to play when no one's really listening too closely. A backyard get-together, drinks poured, some good talk, and, in the background, a playlist that matches the mood and (maybe) pleases a variety of tastes. That's not to say these songs don't warrant closer inspection, of course - just that there's no grand theme binding them together. It's all about mood. And the mood is summer.
Y'know, now that I think of it, that's probably a mood entirely peculiar to myself. Goddammit, that just sent a pall over my backyard get-together. Oh well. Have you heard the new Fergie single? Did you know there's a Nicke1back greatest hits album? Yeah. So, uh...mood schmood. Shit could be a LOT worse.
1. Tommy & the Rockits Here Comes Summer
2. Weazer (Girl We Got A) Good Thing
3. Admira1 Freebee Let It Shine
4. Wor1d Party Sunshine
5. Bever1y Crooked Cop
6. Keeps I Don't Mind
7. Mott the Hoop1e Alice
8. The Iguanas Oye Isabel
9. Waxwings Keeping the Sparks
10. Minky Starshine Lady London
11. Trashcan Sinatras Ain't That Something
12. The Suffers Slow It Down
13. Wild Be11e It Was You (Baby Come Back To Me)
14. Tanika Char1es Two Steps
15. Teenage Frames Totally Inconsiderate
16. Baby Shakes Summer Sun
17. Thee Attacks It's Alright
18. The Verbs I Saw The Light
19. Wet Willy Keep On Smiling
20. Mick Rodes & the Hard 8 Last Summer
2016 continues to bring the rawk, along with the promise of more in the fall. This particular collection will work as a somewhat wilder/louder companion to the upcoming summer mix - upbeat, melodic tunes that'll nicely soundtrack a martini* weekend.
1. The Hunches Whatcha Gonna Do?
2. The Crazy Squeeeze To The Lonely Ones
3. Is1ands Back To It
4. The Ki11s Heart of a Dog
5. Twin Peeks Keep It Together
6. The Serotones Don't Need It
7. Byrd of Youth Sons & Daughters
8. Mi1es Nei1sen Stranger
9. The Coathangers Dumb Baby
10. Papernut Cambredge Radio
11. James Hunter 6 Stranded
12. East of Venus Jane September
13. The Gee Strings Situations
14. Misty Mi11er Other Girls
15. Cu1ture Abuse Yuckies
16. The Maine Grains Unscrewed
17. Tido Stone To The Marshes
18. Cheep Trick Blood Red Lips
19. So What Why Can't I See You Tonight
20. Giuda It Ain't Easy
21. Radio Days Rock 'n' Roll Night
22. Fuzzy Vox Don't Leave Me Behind
23. Mick Rodes & the Hard 8 Since You
24. Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders Gone Are the Days
*can be substituted for beer, wine, or cocktail of your choice
1. Curt Baker Emma Stone
2. Hot Panda Linda Ronstadt
3. The Apers Jamie Oliver
4. Matt Whipkey Gary Flanagan
5. Admira1 Freebee Kim Basinger
6. Simon Love Elton John
7. Grizfo1k Bob Marley
8. Night Moves Carl Sagan
9. Swedish Po1arbears Norman Blake
10. Lydia Love1ess Chris Isaak
11. Nerf Herder Allie Goertz
12. Tacocat Dana Katherine Scully
13. Bent Shapes Samantha West
14. The Nasty On Lester Bangs
15. S1ow Faction Woody Guthrie
16. The Tranzmitors Alma Blackwell
17. Razorbats Betty Boop
18. Cowboy Mouth Joe Strummer
19. Gospe1beacH Mick Jones
20. Free Time Peter Green
21. The Sugarp1astic Polly Brown
22. Any Troub1e Glen Campbell
23. Cliff Hi11is David Crosby
24. The Phi11y Craw1ers Lee Remick
If I learned one lesson from my last harddrive crash, it was that it's pointless to stash a pile of mixes solely in iTunes playlists. Fuggers disappear without a trace. So from here on in I'm gonna try to post 'em as I compile 'em, which should explain why this covers mix follows so closely on the heels of the most recent faves mix.
I'm not promising this kind of frequency as the norm. There's no way I can realistically expect good intentions to compete in any way with my inherent laziness. Also, while I'm coming clean about expectations - and pic to the contrary - don't expect any disco on this one (or any one). Although please feel free to rollerskate to yer heart's content.
1. Wi11ie Ni1e Sweet Jane (Velvet Undergound)
2. The Stripes Come Together (Beatles)
3. Sober Sisters & the Dirty Four Radar Love (Golden Earring)
4. The Do11yrots Rock 'n' Ro11 All Nite (Kiss)
5. The Verbs Baby Blue (Badfinger)
6. The Cherry Drops I Wanna Be With You (Raspberries)
7. Wy1dlife Rock Candy (Brats)
8. The Sirens Gudbuy T'Jane (Slade)
9. Waco Bros. All Or Nothing (Small Faces)
10. The Nomads American Slang (Jack Oblivion)
11. The C1arks I Want You Bad (NRBQ, via the Long Ryders)
12. Downtown Boys Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
13. The Dah1manns Teenage News (Sylvain Sylvain)
14. Frankenstein 3000 Star (David Bowie)
15. 69 Cats Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
16. Nikki Hi11 Twistin' The Night Away (Sam Cooke)
17. V.V. Brown Video Killed The Radio Star (Bruce Wooley, via the Buggles)
18. Baby1on Zoo Honaloochie Boogie (Mott the Hoople)
19. Rooney Metal Guru (T.Rex)
20. Robyn Hitchcock Let Me Roll It (Wings)
21. Tim Armstrong Ooh La La (Faces)
22. Lords of A1tamont Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
This first faves mix is coming a little earlier than in most years. That means one of two possibilities: either 1) this year is gonna be packed full of the punkpopglamtrash'n'roll this blog is dedicated to, or 2) my quality control has jumped the shark along with a variety of other sea creatures. And frankly, I don't believe that last one for a second.
Only extra note is that the Wy1dlife song is from 2015 - but I missed it and it's awesome, so it's included with the hopes that the boys have a new reckid comin' down the pike for this year.
1. The Wi1d Feathers Happy Again
2. Muncie Gir1s I Don't Want to Talk About It
3. Jack Ob1ivion & the Sheiks Fast Friends
4. Javier Escovedo Downtown
5. The 1 Don't Cares Born for Me
6. B1eached Sour Candy
7. Hinds Chi1i Town
8. Prope11er You Remind Me of You
9. Aubrie Se11ers Dreaming in the Day
10. Dany Laj & the Looks Sma11 Town Kid
11. M. Ward Time Won't Wait Up
12. Mother's Chi1dren No Rules
13. Pub1ic Access TV On Location
14. Tacocat I Hate the Weekend
15. Cheap Star The Other Side
16. The Breakdowns Your Hand in Mine
17. Dr. Dog Dead Record P1ayer
18. Wy1d1ife (It's Ca11ed) Rock 'n' Roll
19. Ginger Wi1dheart Do You?
20. Bent Shapes Rea1ization Hits
21. Benji Hughes Longshot
22. Basia Bu1at Long Goodbye
I always hold off on compiling my Best of the Year list until deep into January, and even then there's always a stack of shoulda-been hits I never managed to hear in time. Subsequently, I use the Orphans series as a place to house such lost gems - as well as being a repository for some of the tracks that just never quite sonically fit in during the year. This time out, however, I'm breaking my own rule by including tracks by the Ravyns and CVB (which date back to 2014), Va11ey Lodge (2013), and the Nomads (2012). All the rest obediently adhere to the established UHM tenets, meaning they're from 2015. Also meaning they totally rock.
1. B1itzen Trapper Rock & Roll Was Made For You
2. The Be11furies Bad Seed Sown
3. Jetbone Fifth Time Loser
4. Honeymoon Disease You're Too Late
5. The Pi1grims Smokes Too Much
6. The Ravyns Incidentally Baby
7. Shove1s & Rope w/ Butch Wa1ker Bullet Belt
8. At1antic Thri11s Treat My Baby
9. Thee Tsunamis Cry Baby
10. Va11ey Lodge Kiss Me, I'm Drunk
11. The New Trocaderos I'm So Bad
12. Modern Kicks Up All Night
13. Curt Baker I Can't Wait
14. Camper Von Beethoven It Was Like That When We Got Here
15. Matt Whipkey 1:59
16. Nick Waterhouse It No. 3
17. Graham Parker & the Rumour Swing State
18. The Stone Foxes New York Ta1k
19. The Breakdowns I Know Your Name, I Lost Your Number
20. The Vo1canics What I Found
21. The Nomads You Won't Break My Heart
22. Cristopher the Conquered I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll
Power pop punk glam trash armed with an amazing arsenal of hooks and a fearless hold on that old rock & roll rhythm. True believers.
2. Ike Reilly Born On Fire
Connects the dots between '65 Dylan, '77 punk, ancient blues & right fuckin' now with an earned swagger.
3. Royal Headache High
Band crashes & bashes, the singer soars, the album targets nothing less than pop immortality & hits it right between the eyes.
4. JD McPherson Let The Good Times Roll
JD flirts with the rock & roll revivalist retro ghetto but imbues every classic move with a modern sheen, turning old dead ends into a freeway of fresh thrills.
5. Dot Dash Earthquakes & Tidal Waves
Dot Dash have expanded from the brittle post-punk of their previous
albums to incorporate ever more melodic strains in their DNA, from the 80s all the way up to the immediate future.
6. Minky Starshine Pop Jewelry
Streamlined and sleek power pop with its focus squarely set on gorgeous, laid-back songcraft.
7. Diane Coffee Everybody's A Good Dog
out the true follow-up to Foxygen's masterful "We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" was by drummer Shaun Fleming's side
project Diane Coffee. A cuinsinart of genre fuckery that doesn't forget the tunes.
8. The Role Models The Go-To Guy
Rough, tough Replacements-style what-the-fuck, complete with the
requisite doses of hopelessness and world-beater arrogance.
9. Simi Stone Simi Stone
There's equal streaks of 50s doo wop and 70s Laurel Canyon
singer/songwriter cool running through Simi's mellow take on modern
R&B that is endlessly awesome.
10. Lucero All A Man Should Do
Lucero all grown up and glossed with big time production. Old time fans might miss the sharp punk edges, but Ben Nichols' songs carry the depth and melody to merit a place in the Memphis soul tradition.
11. The Sonics This Is The Sonics
12. Simon Love It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
13. The Ballantynes Dark Drives, Life Signs
14. Sugar Sugaar - Strange Kicks
15. Orange Humble Band - Depressing Beauty
16. Terra Lightfoot - Every Time My Mind Runs Wild
17. Turbo Fruits - No Control
18. Donald Cumming - Out Calls Only
19. Dr. Boogie - Gotta Get Back To New York City
20. Dan Kelly - Leisure Panic
21. Low Cut Connie - Hi Honey
22. Ryan Hamilton - Hell Of A Day
23. Baby Shakes - Starry Eyes
24. Biters - Electric Blood
25. Downtown Boys - Full Communism
26. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
27. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages - Under A Savage Sky
28. Shovels & Rope - Busted Jukebox Vol. 1
29. White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again
30. Nikki Hill - Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists
31. Reno Bo - Lessons From A Shooting Star
32. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...
33. Blow Monkeys - If Not Now, When?
34. Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms - Heart String Soul
35. Andra Day - Cheers to the Fall
36. The Connection - Labor of Love
37. Jesse Malin - New York Before The War
38. Thunderbitch - Thunderbitch
39. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
40. Prima Donna - Nine Lives & Forty Fives
Favorite EPs of 2015:
The Breakdowns - Heavy Metal Bombs Modern Kicks - The Kicks Ain't All Right The Pilgrims - Shred Savage Rooni - Yodo Rooni - Pilot
And, finally, a sampler mix of some of my absolute favorites from that list. There's no specific order to the mix - just tried to keep the flow - and to that end I've picked fairly randomly from the entire top 40. I'm hoping you'll find something that'll lead you to an entire album (or albums) of new faves.If that's ever the case (or is never the case), let me know in the comments.
And thanks for hangin' around and hangin' in. All the best in 2016!
SWM, slim, attractive, likes candle-lit dinners, romantic walks in the rain, the purring of contented kittens, and pointing and laughing at the handicapped. No head games please.
Everything on this blog is an attempt to support bands and artists that I feel deserve more attention. If you have a problem with my use of a song or a link, please contact me directly and I'll simply remove it. T'ain't no big thang.