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Summer Mix

Doesn’t everyone have one of these? Well, I wanted to do one too, so there. This one is more loosely put together than usual but still meant to be listened to in order; and hopefully the last song doesn’t insult anyone. The 90s were a time of … uh … looser speech? Or is it loserspeak? I forget which. At any rate, enjoy “The Warmer the Waves,” either in little pieces or a rar file containing all the songs.

01 dj john — rockin down the house with rum & coca cola (the andrews sisters vs. mi 7)
02 m ward — here comes the sun again
03 led zeppelin — down by the seaside
04 bishop allen — that summer
05 dan zanes & angelique kidjo — jamaica farewell
06 the innocence mission — once upon a summertime
07 the beatles — octopus’s garden
08 ben kweller — sundress
09 bright eyes — tourist trap
10 pm dawn — set adrift on memory bliss
11 the ronettes — paradise
12 dead milkmen — bitchin’ camaro

Summer Mix rar file

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Where I didn’t like the album but the one song, it just wouldn’t leave my brain! (Hopefully putting up all these songs won’t max out my bandwidth. You guys wouldn’t do that to me, would ya?)

[ed note: tracks removed. contact me for a copy.]

01. The Rosebuds — Get Up, Get Out

I had this on a mixtape and my son (age 6) asked for it every single day for weeks. We neither of us have any idea what they’re saying on that song, but even now he will sing different words to that same tune (”da da, da da, da da da”). So I honor it here.

02. Okkervil River — John Allyn Smith Sails

This one’s for Chad. I know I give the River a lot of flack, but this song just proves that Will Sheff knows his poetry, and I gotta give him props for his knowledge and his ability to use it so well.

03. Travis — Selfish Jean

“The Boy With No Name” had some really great songs on it, and this is one of them. Whoever Jean is, she’s probably so vain she thinks that song is about her.

04. Luke Temple — People Do

I have to take Temple in short doses, but “People Do” is a beautiful example of folk/country, and “Snow Beast” is a good solid album (if a bit thin).

05. The Innocence Mission — Lake Shore Drive

I left “We Walked In Song” off my list, and I’m kind of sad about that. I love this song, and it’s one of many fine ones.

06. Gogol Bordello — Wonderlust King

Sometimes Gogol Bordello gets on my nerves amazingly, but this song is totally fabu. “Has he not gone beyond the hills? Has he not crossed the seven seas?”

07. DJ Rekha & Panjabi MC — Snake Charmer

Superfab Indian electronica from the album “Basement Bhangra.”

08. Aesop Rock — None Shall Pass

Yes, I had no idea what this was about. I did feel proud of myself for branching out, though, ha ha, and if you parse the lyrics you find some very interesting bits in there.

09. Wyclef Jean feat Serj Tankian & Sizzla — Riot

I could have done without the rock opera background, but I love Wyclef telling the neighbors to mind their business.

10. Brandi Carlile — Cannonball

I must have listened to this one a million times. Harmony! Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet harmony.

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Today’s featured band actually formed in 1989, and of course I missed them by a mile, so I’m remedying the error. Great music is great music, be it two years old or twenty, so have a listen to The Innocence Mission. Formed by four folks who met at Catholic school, it’s music out of Pennsylvania that sounds like it ought to be out of Iceland. Crazy, no? Oh yes, crazy like a fox.

Karen Peris, the lead, sounds like a cross between Bjork and Dido … a good cross. She adds an odd, foreign inflection to her lovely soprano, giving the songs an especially otherworldly touch. The Innocence Mission’s 2004 album, entitled “Now the Day is Over,” covers some old standards like “What A Wonderful World,” but deftly, doing something that no one on American Idol ever can — remaking them to sound almost original. And the original music, well, it’s resoundingly original. If there’s such a thing as music for the soul, and I believe there is, maybe it’s the mission of Innocence Mission to let their music live in the cathedral of our bodies, singing chorals to our better being.

The Innocence Mission – Site | Myspace | Label (Badman)

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you'd like a copy.]

The Innocence Mission – Bright As Yellow
The Innocence Mission – Tomorrow On the Runway
The Innocence Mission – What A Wonderful World (L. Armstrong)

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