We’ve got some catching up to do, owing to summer travels. First up, the albums released on Friday, June 10th. Play the mixtape on YouTube or use the embedded player below. A track list is below the player. Happy listening!
“My Way Home” by Eli Paperboy Reed, from My Way Home on Yep Roc (Grant Lee Phillips). You don’t get a handle like “Paperboy” without a gimmick, and my man’s here is his Sam Cooke-style crooning. It’s a throwback if you’re into throwbacks.
“Empty” by Garbage, from Strange Little Birds on Stunvolume (Garbage’s own label). I was not a Garbage fan in the 90’s when they had, you know, fans. I’m not crazy about this track, but it feels newsworthy that Shirley Manson’s act is back after four years.
“Boo Hoo” by Nite Jewel, from Liquid Cool on Secretly Canadian (Anonhi). 80’s synthesizers and airy Ramona Gonzalez vocals. Perfect for a stroll through the mall with your Walkman.
“Concrete Vision” by Still Parade, from Concrete Vision on Heist Or Hit Records. A little ethereal. Reverb-soaked guitars and layered vocals, ala Fleet Foxes meets the Raveonettes.
“Lit It Out” by Diarrhea Planet, from Turn To Gold on Infinity Cat Recordings. After STRFKR, this band has the worst name in music. But they slay it a little bit, southern rocker style.
“Breakin’ Point” by Peter Bjorn And John, from Breakin’ Point on INGRID (a cool collective label founded by PBJ, Lykke Li, and Mike Snow). You better believe there will be whistling. The melody could have been borrowed from label-mate Snow, to its credit.
“HandClap” by Fitz And The Tantrums, from Fitz And The Tantrums on Atlantic Records. I don’t get the convention of self-titling an album that isn’t your debut, but whatever. Owing to its title, ClapTrack was compelled to feature this track, even though the pop act’s album is getting kind of crushed, critically.
“The Original One” by Gemma Ray, from The Exodus Suite on Bronze Rat Records. Dreamy and lovely, because she’s a soulful singer who belongs to an earlier era.
“Thick As Thieves” by The Temper Trap, from Thick As Thieves on Glassnote. “Sweet Disposition” disposed me to give anything these Aussies record. Their follow up was definitely not disappointing. This is their third studio album as anthemic rock.
“You’re Right (I’m Wrong)” by Colvin And Earle, from Colvin And Earle on Concord. My introduction to Shawn Colvin was Cover Girl, an album of covers that included Steve Earle’s “Someday.” Those two forces combine on an album of original songs here.
“Sideman” by Freddy And Francine, from Gung Ho released independently. I’m a homer’s homer for this duo. I got hooked on their harmonies back in ’09 and have drowned in them repeatedly since. This is soulful, fun stuff.
“When Things Fall Apart” by Augustines, from This Is Your Life on Play It Again Sam Recordings. My man eats gravel for breakfast, and his voice rewards the effort with throaty, compelling lyrics. Not sure I can handle a full album of it though.