A Mid-Summer's Playlist...

First order of business,  July 30th, THIS FRIDAY NIGHT come to Astoria, NY and listen to me sing some songs... Waltz-Astoria I go on at 8pm sharp, first performer of the night...we'll have some drinks, it'll be nice...see you there.

Now, I've been listening to a select group of songs and artists on rotate lately (to be honest, the first 5 songs and artists of this list are the only ones I've really been rotating...the rest are still songs I love, but I added them here so the list wasn't 5 deep) and so here I am to post them for you to purchase/download/steal/ whichever method you like to obtain music, and if it's available via YouTube, i'll at least do that much for you and link it...ENJOY!

BANG! - The Raveonettes - (pictured left)The chorus is SO good...a little risque, but hey, it's true.  (I've been a fan of this group for a long while, they stay true to the retro sound that influence them, yet they still do some pretty rad things. Check out "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)" )

Heart To Tell - The Love Language - I'm new to this group, but what a damn song and it's really well written. I think on top of the fact that it's catchy, its the writing that gets me most.

Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken - Camera Obscura - It's difficult to figure which song to include on this list, because this entire record thrills me. But this one gets me boppin', so eat it up.

Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National - This guys voice beats the crap out of me, and I'll never get over "I still owe money , to the money, to the money I owe"...fantastic.

You Are Not Alone - Mavis Staples - I love the Staple Singers, and the HIGHLY influential guitar from "Pops" Roebuck, and I love the mystery around the "romance" between Mavis & Bob Dylan back in their day...(check out some footage from the 60s, Mavis was a looker) Her new record is out in September, and it's produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.  He also wrote this song, which is just gorgeous, doesn't leave you with that "summery" feel, but I've been listening to it lately and so it must go on the list.

Scissor Runner - Jenny & Johnny - Jenny Lewis puts her stamp on something, and it's instantly listenable. This is a side project with her bandmate & bedmate, Johnathan Rice. I'm looking forward to this record just because I like the crowd they run with, and usually you get some good collaborations. I will enjoy the liner notes. This is nice and upbeat, should dig you out of the hole Mavis may have left you in.

Bodas de Oro - Manuel Galban & Ry Cooder - When the weather is as oppressive as it's been, I love to listen to this album and/or anything by any of the Buena Vista Social Clubbers. Somehow it justifies sweating minutes after a shower.

Im going to close this out with 3 current pop hits I refuse to turn off when I hear them on the radio-

Teenage Dream - Katy Perry  - No link for this, likely because they want you to buy it as of yesterday. I find this kind of pop to be infectious, and that's the point. The production is what excites me most of all (these lyrics fall about 4th or 5th on the list of positive attributes.) Im a big fan of BIG SOUNDS,  and that thumping low end (wink, wink) and this chorus has that. Big guitars and a riff buried under the rest of it all...thats the kind of shit that sticks with you.

Beautiful Girls - B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars - Sing-a-long chorus is a winner, hands down.

Misery - Maroon 5 - They stick to being Maroon 5, but they just turn up the f-u-n-k. This song has such a groove, it makes me feel like I can dance realllly well...and I cannot. The bass and keys own this track and having heard a snip of a different one also, this is my most anticipated of the pop records with release dates.

And with that, I'm out... Enjoy my musical suggestions and come out to Waltz Friday night, we'll do something, it'll be great, you're a doll.