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miércoles, junio 25, 2008

itms!! summer playlist: the song sings itself.

I named this playlist after a quote by William Carlos Williams, mostly because I was too lazy to come up with a ridiculous theme like my last two playlists. I've also always liked that the first name of William Carlos Williams is almost his last name too, you know? The zip file of the playlist includes a special bonus track by one of my favorite groups, like, EVER.
UNIFICS - It's A Groovy World (YSI): Despite the fact that it's been on my blogroll for ages, I somehow lost track of the outstanding soul/R&B/funk blog Funky16Corners. Well I rediscovered itit, and recently I mentioned the outstanding post Larry did including a rip of the entire Otis Redding set from the Monterey Pop Festival. This song is another gem that I found thanks to Larry. Here's what he had to say about it--"Written and produced by Guy Draper, the record opens with a brief string flourish, things come to a halt and the singers come in with a fantastically stark bit of falsetto harmony. The record starts up again with a stylish, funky groove as Johnson weaves a tale of brotherhood, harmony (musical and otherwise), peace and love." I thought this song would be a perfect fit for the opening song on this summer playlist. I mean, don't sunny days tend to make the world feel a little groovier? I also hear that peace, love, and harmony are VERY in this season! (WIK IT)

(YSI): I discovered Cute Kids Don't Sell Records by looking at Cof Cof's similar artists on Shortly after that, I realized that nearly every song he recorded is available for download through his page. "Jennie, Jennie" is a very simple song, and summer is a time for simplicity. (SPACE IT - BOOK IT)

BMX - War
(YSI): I suppose it's cheating to re-feature a song that I already put on my Bathing Booties mini-playlist, but I can't help that BMX is so damn good, yall! I also suppose it's odd to start with a track about peace and then bring up war, but this isn't as depressing as the real war (despite mention of hand-grenades). And despite having a certain lyrical montage that evokes a fight between a married couple on the verge of divorce, you can't help but dance upon hearing this delicious electro-tune. BIGSTEREO dropped this hotness onto the world. If you like it, check out "Refero Beach" (thanks to Travis!). This Australian quartet will make you feel like this inside your body. (SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

(YSI): Back in February 2006, I made a playlist for the ol' blog Totesumbrellas called Snow'd In. It featured the Swedish duo Springfactory's tune "Get Out Of Bed", which reminds me of a quote from their Series Two Records press release--"In the beginning Springfactory's main goal was to make a lot of noise and distortion. Quite honestly, the result was more poppy and well mannered than the original thought." I like to think that "No More" is the type of song the band made after they realized how outstanding they were at crafting pop songs. "No More" is also an excellent pop song by 3LW, "You promised me Kate Spade, but that was last year, boy, in the eighth grade." I like that song a lot too. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

THE TERRORDACTYLS - Overcast Summer (YSI ): Since writing about their cover of Andrew WK, I've fallen even harder for The Terrordactyls. It may have had something to do with finding their adorable video for "I Want To Cry", or it may be the brilliance behind releasing a series of incredible posters along with 20 never-heard demos as a method of raising money to record their new album. Serious. Lee. I shelled out $100 for the full series. I know I'm a blogger and I'm supposed to pretend that I pay for music and support artists, but that isn't always the case, you know? I ain't no rich folk! Yet even though it was available for free on their website, I copped their self-titled album on iTunes! This tune is off of the Mike Bowers EP, a collection of covers of The Pharmacy. I don't own this EP yet because I have to keep some money for my rent and food, and I will need that five dollars this month to buy myself some chicken nuggets. I really like this song because of the line, "Do you recall the feeling that you got when you dressed like a robot?" It reminds me of this lovely couple I met recently. The one guy was telling his boyfriend that he had a dream in which they were wearing full-body robot suits. Isn't that cute? I think it is. The dream was less cute because it involved cannibals. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

(YSI): I found this song through the horribly underutilized, and it's stuck with me for quite a while now. Ghosts and Liars reside in Tacoma, Washington, and their site's biography makes me slightly sad. It also makes me sad that the band broke up this past March. But this song makes me happy. (SITE IT - SPACE IT - VIRB IT - HYPE IT)

WHATFOR - Call That Girl (YSI): I wrote about Whatfor back in April. Despite the fact that I hate when bloggers or music journalists compare bands to The Beatles, I totally compared them to The Beatles. Their label Science of Sound says that they're, "sort of like The Kinks collaborating with Rufus Wainwright". At some point I tried to switch up "Call That Girl" with "I Want A Girl" (one that readers seemed to favor on Hype Machine). This trade-off threw off the groove of the playlist, so I'm sticking with my first instincts. If you'd like to hear "I Want A Girl", you can check my original post. Even if you don't think this band sounds anything like The Beatles, these songs are both under two minutes, too short to suck. (BUY IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO - I Box Up All The Butterflies (YSI): Continuing along with being masturbatory and name-dropping posts I've written in the past, The Boy Least Likely To were featured on my very first post here on ITMS!! They released this song as a free download back in March, and I'm not really sure if this means that they'll be releasing a new album soon. This song was released as a single, along with the note, "i was wondering whether or not it could be considered a single. perhaps it's just a song. it doesn't have a video or a b side and it's only available as a free download, so perhaps it isn't a single at all. but then again it does have a front cover so i think it must be a single." The tag on iTunes says that it's from their "Second Album", and whatever this song is, I'm all over it. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT - WIK IT)

AVENUE D & PHIILIIP - Totally In Love (YSI): Despite the fact that this song's first lyrics are "What is love? Baby don't hurt me", it has nothing to do with Haddaway's 1993 hit. Avenue D are mostly known for their song "Do I Look Like A Slut?", as well as "2D2F (Too Drunk To Fuck)" and "My Dirty South". On this song, we see an entirely different side of the gals--the cute side!! I don't really know much about Phiiliip, but I'm really glad that he made this song. The video ends with a baby in a freezer, and I'm pretty sure my friends put a baby in a freezer this one time. Oh, oh, OH...I mean, a baby DOLL. I wish I knew someone who put a baby in a freezer. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

THEHELPMEPLEASE - Louise Dyer (YSI): This song is by another Swedish band that Series Two Records was promoting. It's a pretty simple song about wanting to boink the girl who works at the bookstore. I'm not sure if I can relate to this one, but I really like visiting tiny bookstores in the summer. Do YOU want to boink anyone who works at a bookstore? Please elaborate in the comments. (BUY IT - SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

ESAU MWAMWAYA - Kamphopo (YSI): Back in March, Leif wrote a bulletin on the space expressing his concern that Esau Mwamwaya (described as the "Phil Collins of Africa") wasn't quite catching on yet. Months later, it seems that the world has yet to catch on to how awesome Esau is, but I remain optimistic. His album has yet to drop, Gorilla Vs. Bear reports that it features collaborations with M.I.A., Vampire Weekend (vom!), Santogold, The Ruby Suns, and former Bonde do Role member Marina Vello. On this tune, Esau sings over Architecture In Helsinki's "Heart It Races", and it may be significantly better than the original. And I actually really like the original. (SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

COF COF - Forbidden Cocktail
(YSI): If there was any justice in this world, this would be the song of the summer. The more I listen to it, the more I want to compare it to the dancier Cibo Matto songs, but if you look at my last post you'd see that singer Ana Analógica prefers when I compare her to ice cream. Cof Cof will be in NYC on August 20-24, and they'll be performing four out of five of those nights. The EP on which this song appears, Who Said Party?, is available for free through their page on the space. Winnie Cooper also has a great mash-up of Cof Cof's "Caribbean Boy" with Spank Rock's "Backyard Betty". (SPACE IT - HYPE IT)

MY LITTLE AIRPORT - 失落沮喪歌 (YSI): I don't know what the translation of this song's title is. I don't know what the lyrics of this song mean. This could be about strangling babies while fondling your mother's sweaters. For me, it's just a nice lo-fi indie-pop tune and the perfect conclusion to this summer playlist. (SITE IT - SPACE IT - HYPE IT - WIK IT)

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Anonymous Anónimo said...

I'm loving Overcast Summer and We'll Carry On and Call That Girl and Totally In Love. Keep up the good work!

6/26/2008 6:25 a. m.  
Anonymous Sven said...

Good Job! :)

7/26/2008 4:48 a. m.  

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