Year: 2023
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This one has more of a late-summer feel, edging into the autumnal.

That’s summer sorted, then.

Playlist:

Pick Yourself Up Love and Rockets
It was a good summer for your L&R fan: In addition to touring (lucky me got to see them in Oakland and L.A.), they released a bunch of outtakes from the Sweet F.A. Sessions. It’s not all great, but some of it is.

The Court (Dark-Side Mix) Peter Gabriel
Speaking of favorites from back in the day… ol’ Pete has been releasing actual new music this year, and he’s also on tour, though I opted not to shell out for the show that will be happening at Chase Center in San Francisco… let’s see… today!

I Can Hear Everything Lloyd Cole
If you’d told me last year that I’d be listening to lot of Lloyd Cole this summer, I might have said “Who?” I mean, I remember Lloyd and the Commotions from the 80s, I just hadn’t thought of him for a long time. His 2023 album On Pain is a keeper though. Side note: I like how Lloyd slips in references not just to Bowie (“the silent age”) but the Sisters of Mercy (“this corrosion”) and This Heat.

Barbaric Blur
Just a perfect pop song. I love that Damon doesn’t even try to find a rhyme for the word “barbaric.” It’s the right word. Fuck it.

Ghost Town Coming Portugal, the Man
It was not my own decision to see Portugal, the Man at Red Rocks this summer; we happened to be in Colorado and my stepmother wanted to go. But I was impressed. They were a lot more rock’n’roll than I expected, and the between-song video clips of Paul Williams were a blast. Their recorded oeuvre is kinda all over the place, but it’s been growing on me.

I Put a Spell on You (Original Version) Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I was already in the midst of an SJH deep dive when a new compilation called Because You’re Mine: Hits & Rarities came out this summer. It’s great stuff and I’m a little mad at myself because here I am putting a version of “I Put a Spell on You” on here when I know, as not enough people do, that he is so much more than that. But it’s the song that makes sense in this context. By way of atonement I’d like to encourage you, if you have time, to please watch this documentary about Jay — a lunatic/genius of the first order whose like we shall not see again.

Irene Pere Ubu
I’ve been on a big Pere Ubu kick lately too, for reasons having as much to do with the alphabet as anything else. It felt necessary to represent their catalog — in all its magnificent, maddening, multifaceted glory — somewhere in here. This is not from their 2023 album (Trouble on Big Beat Street) but it seems Of the Moment somehow.

Thinking About You Beck
It always bothered me a bit that Beck was a Scientologist, and lately he seems to have been backing away from it. “I’m not a Scientologist,” he said in 2019. “I was raised celebrating Jewish holidays, and I consider myself Jewish.” Which is encouraging, even if I’m not sure I 100% believe him. This is a hell of tune though.

A Thought Is Just a Passing Train John Moreland
“FOUND THIS AMAZING ARTIST DRIVING TONIGHT AROUND 1AM IN THE POURING RAIN LISTENING TO KCRW, ON MY WAY TO DO SOMETHING NAUGHTY CAUSE IM GOING NUTS STUCK INSIDE DURING THIS QUARANTINED BULLSHIT 4-9-20 AND THIS JUST MADE IT ALL THE MORE EXCITING. THE CRASHING RAIN HITTING MY WINDSHIELD, THE THOUGHTS OF WHAT I WAS JUST ABOUT TO DO WITH THIS VELVETY SMOOTH VOICE IN THE BACKGROUND WAS PERFECT ….THANK YOU FOR MAKING MUSIC PERFECT FOR ALL LIFE’S ADVENTURES 5.” —YouTube commenter “gabriellekremer705”

Good to Go The Deslondes
“I wrote this song after a night of playing cards and dice with a bunch of old friends in Missouri and making out alright just to wake up and discover I had an expensive car repair to take care of and just being able to laugh it off and calm down in my own way by singing about it. Kinda just the way it goes though… you’re up one min and down the next, but that’s life and that’s gambling. I guess you gotta pay to play and play to pay.” —Riley Downing

Growing Growing Gone Ben Harper
In looking up Ben’s personal life on Wikipedia — this song appears to be about his daughter Harris, now 23 — I learned that he had once been married to Laura Dern. What a small world.

Going Going Gone Richard Hell & the Voidoids
What kind of punk rocker records covers of Creedence, the Kinks, and Bob Dylan? This kind.

See You Later, I’m Gone Robert Lester Folsom
If you’re looking for a feel-good story for the day, check out this article about RLF, who’s been having a bit of a moment. Much like Rodriguez (R.I.P.), he never made it big and long ago abandoned a career in music to get a real job (in his case, house painter). But then someone rediscovered his album and, yada yada yada, now they love him in Brooklyn.

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