Compiling my favorite summer records so far is one of the corniest exercises I could possibly think of performing for this here blog. Enjoy!
1. King Khan and the BBQ Show – I’ll Be Loving You – Invisible Girl – In the Red Records 2009
Put this doo-wap record on while I swam in my pool on the first day of summer after a testy pick-up game of b-ball. Spaced out on a dilapidated inner tube for forty-five minutes while King Khan and Mark Sultan were rhapsodizing in the background. Dig it.
2. Electrelane – Only One Thing Is Needed – The Power Out -Too Pure 2004
One of the best bands nobody ever talks about. I was cleaning my room and this track came on and I did a lil’ jig and my dog ran in the room and hid under the bed.
3. Carsick Cars – Zhong Nan Hai – You Can Listen, You Can Talk – Maybe Mars Records
Chinese punk rock from Beijing. I saw them perform at Hampshire College last fall. I had never heard these guys before and I damn near hugged them after hearing three songs. Instead, I lost my cool and dove into the mosh pit with a buncha weird Asian groupies. It was wonderful.
I finally got around to illegally downloading their record and I listened to it the other night, just chillin’ in my car in the driveway with the seat down low. Like a Hold Steady or Springsteen song.
Fuck, I love Carsick Cars so much I’m going to post three videos.
4. Silver Jews – American Water – Blue Arrangements/People – Drag City Records 1998
I challenge you to find two songs in a row on any record that are more summer-inspired than these. I can just imagine DB and SM driving around in a crappy truck with a couple junky acoustic guitars and penning these numbers while passing around a jug of wine.
5. The Roots – Mellow My Man – Do You Want More?!!!??! – Geffen 1995
When ?uestlove drops in those drums, right before Black Thought comes in with his rhymes. When Malik B starts to spit, and the horns come in. Those perfect musical moments are THE epitome of good summer vibes and buzzes, my broz and squirrelz.