Episode 072: Summer Sounds
(Featuring all songs that remind me of Summer.)
Last year I prepped a show called “Summer Sounds,” which was going to include all my favorite songs that remind me of summer. Sadly, a series of circumstances let to a lot of other shows getting put together instead, and this Summer Sounds show wound up slipping through the cracks. I kept the playlist, imagining that I might get to do at some point down the road. That day has finally come.
The Breeders set the tone on this one: “Summer’s Ready When You Are.” I haven’t been feeling in a summer mood lately, in spite of the nice weather we’ve been having this week. Something feels off, as if something wasn’t quite in sync yet. Nearly all the elements were in place, but something wasn’t adding up. Even as I was getting ready to go down to the station today, I wasn’t sure that summer was really ready to start. Fortunately, as soon as I started up with the first song, I instantly started dancing. I guess all it took was a little musical push in the right direction.
I did update the playlist a bit from my first version of in last year, adding a few, subtracting a lot of others. I also tried to include music from summers over the years. Man… Or Astro-Man? always evoke the summer of 1997 for me, where Captain Beefheart seems rooted in 2006 for me. But nearly all of the bands evoke sunny skies, BBQs, drinking on porches, and close friends. In a way, it was an effort on my part to summon all those things.
This one also tries to tell a little story. In the first third of the show, Summer is starting, everyone is excited, and it’s sort of bacchanalian in a way: loud and excited. In the second third, we start to get into the groove a little. Dancing, telling stories, getting worked up, getting cooled off, etc. It’s all part of the part that’s brewing. In the last third, the sun is starting to go down. The real party is getting ready to kick into high gear, and it’s time to DANCE. Of course, every party has to end, and …Trail of Dead sort of caps off that party in a great meditation on the entire day. We end with The Ambiguity Song: because, the day after, everything seems to be up in the air.
There is also a little commentary (in the song selections) on our current situation with KBPS. While I hinted at it while on the air, I decided not to talk about it. While I’m very disappointed in KBPS for making a short-sighted (and poorly-timed) decision like this, the staff and volunteers at KPSU are united in their belief that this is the beginning of a new era for us. In a way, broadcasting on the AM signal was the last remaining part of a vestigial limb that was in bad need of amputating. While we are going to be in limbo in a lot of ways, in others, we get to make up our own future from here on out. In a way, that’s sort of a perfect place to be at the beginning of summer.
See ya in seven.
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Saints * The Breeders * Last Splash * 4AD Records
02.) Of Sex And Demise * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Destroy All Astromen! * Estrus Records
03.) Zig Zag Wanderer * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Safe As Milk * Buddah Records
04.) Money Money Money * 9th Life * 9th Life * Self-Released
05.) Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have) * The Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady * EMI Records
06.) Scuffle Town * Avail * Over the James * Lookout! Records
07.) Summertime * Ashtray * White Sugar Is The Devil
08.) Sex Euro And Elvis Pop * Messer Chups * Crazy Price * Ipecac Records
09.) Land Of 1000 Dances * Wilson Pickett * Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974 * Atlantic Records
10.) Little Egypt * The Coasters * Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974 * Atlantic Records
11.) Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) * The Andrews Sisters * Greatest Hits: The 60th Anniversary Collection * MCA Records
12.) Rocky Racoon * The Beatles * The Beatles (White Album)
13.) Blues X Man * The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion * Orange * Matador Records
14.) DANCE * Battles * B EP * Dim Mak Records
15.) There’s A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) * The B-52’s * The B-52’s * Island Records
16.) Let’s Spend The Night Together * David Bowie * Best Of David Bowie 1969-1974 * EMI Records
17.) Gargoyle Waiting * …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead * Trance Syndicate Records
18.) Ambiguity Song * Camper Van Beethoven * Telelphone Free Landslide Victory * Independant Projects Records