Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sunny Days . . .

mel

It reached 22 degrees in Ottawa today (that's around 70, for any yanks out there), I've been done of class for about a week, and I'm currently sitting on my balcony with a bottle of Keith's and some tunes playing. This can mean only one thing: it's summer.

Or at least close enough that I can get away with drinking outdoors to cool down, instead of to increase circulation to my extremities.

To celebrate this change in seasons, I'm presenting my first attempt at a Mocking Music list, and if you haven't guessed the theme yet, you've spent too much time on someone's balcony. It's summer, stupid.


Exploding Dogs in Summer

10. The Fiery Furnaces - Here Comes The Summer [MP3]
The entire point of this post is summed up in title of this track. The only difference is, I refuse to wait until it's June.

9. Sublime - Summertime [MP3]
Of the bazillion covers of this song that, I'm sorry, but I have no idea who actually recorded the original, this track made the list because it does what I think is so necessary when recording a cover. That being maintain the integrity of the song while leaving your mark. Sublime does just that, and maybe it also made it because it sounds a little like Snow, and he makes me laugh. Inforrrrmer!

8. Kathleen Edwards - Summer Long [MP3]
One thing you'll notice about me if you follow my writing is that I'm a sucker for an alt-country chick, and local (to me, and apparently two other mockers) Ottawa artist Kathleen Edwards rises to the top of the heap of Neko Case wannabes. I'm ashamed that I'm living in her hometown and have yet to see her perform live. Expect a review if I ever do.

7. Death Cab For Cutie - Summer Skin [MP3]
Like so many songs about the season, this track reflects the carefree approach we all hope for, but with the signature pretty, flowing sound of Death Cab that has been ripped off by many aspiring OC artists.

6.
The Bravery - Swollen Summer [MP3]
This list was looking too mellow, but this song is a good pick me up after all of the easy-going acoustic-on-the-beach kind of tunes. This could be the closest thing to an indie tail-gate anthem I've found. But, much like the back of a dodge ram, I'm open for suggestions.

5. Belle and Sebastian - A Summer Wasting [MP3]
The greatest summers are when you don't even know how you passed it. Murdoch captures this perfectly, speaking of a summer wasted, but the accompanying freedom. Mmmmm youth.

4. Jason Collett - Almost Summer [MP3]
This is perhaps the most fitting track of the list, since it's only April, but I have no problems jumping the gun. I can only assume this song reflects the summers of many high school students, and if you replace the turned corn fields with potato fields and the lemon gin with cheap beer, I suppose it's not too far off from mine.

3. The Flaming Lips - It's Summertime [MP3]
Starting with the sound of birds chirping and the line "it's summertime", it's hard to doubt that 'tis the season for this song. Although the lyrics aren't all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere, it's an important reminder that you can't ignore the world and play frisbee on the beach the whole time.

2. Wilco - Summer Teeth [MP3]
Another great track with the easy-going, melodic sound that suits a backyard BBQ perfectly. Sing along, chat over it, play some football in the middle of your street, it doesn't matter. Just chill out.

1. Islands - Jogging Gorgeous Summer [MP3]
This track is summer incarnate. The calypso drums lend a tropical island feel, and with a catchy beat this tune could almost convince you flower patterned shirts are a good idea. Almost. Fashion faux-pas aside, with lyrics like "millions of sunsets, but the one I'll remember is the one where you told me you'd love me forever," it will stir up memories of summer nights and fall goodbyes for all of those hopeless romantic scenesters.

Download:
The Fiery Furnaces - Here Comes The Summer
Sublime - Summertime
Kathleen Edwards - Summer Long
Death Cab For Cutie - Summer Skin
The Bravery - Swollen Summer
Belle and Sebastian - A Summer Wasting
Jason Collett - Almost Summer
The Flaming Lips - It's Summertime
Wilco - Summer Teeth
Islands - Jogging Gorgeous Summer

Buy:
Wilco - Summer Teeth
Islands - Return to Sea
Jason Collett - Idols of Exile

When Mel comes in off the balconey, you might find her on her new blog, lower case m (which has 47.99% Mel-approved content).

Related:
Who Are You Calling a Narcissist?
Jesus, Mocking Music Loves You Too
Yes, But is it Heart?
The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
No Pan Troglodyte Business Here
Everything Is Automatic

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (26/4/06 12:38 am) : 

just wanted to make sure you know that Belle and Sebastian isn't actually two people.

 

Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (26/4/06 12:46 am) : 

Oh... ouch, not sure why I didn't notice that, but I take no blame for the embarrasing faux-pas. I'm down with Stuart Murdoch, yo.

 

Blogger M.Beck said ... (26/4/06 6:10 am) : 

ah finally someone who gets summer music. good posts

 

Blogger mel said ... (26/4/06 10:39 am) : 

meh. my bad.

 

Anonymous Blanka said ... (26/4/06 10:03 pm) : 

First list I've seen here w/out 'but you missed...' good job!

 

Anonymous Obi said ... (26/4/06 10:22 pm) : 

Actually, the original Summertime is from George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess".

 

Blogger Bryan Henry said ... (27/4/06 3:48 am) : 

I saw Kathleen Edwards open for Bryan Adams when he came to Halifax earlier in the month. She is a great artist.
Being fairly new she has some experience to gain, expecially when it comes to sound quality during live shows. Her music was way to load and made it next to impossible to understand the lyrics she was trying to portray to the audience.
However she remains one of the best up and commers. Great list by the way. Glad to see someone is geeting all the good weather because we in Nova Scotia have yet to see to much.

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Blogger mel said ... (27/4/06 3:59 am) : 

I'm inclined to think the sound issue was probably the acoustics of the venue, and might not have much to do with Edwards. Bryan Adams probably played a pretty big venue, right? It sounds like the sound technician might be to blame.

 

Blogger landrew said ... (28/4/06 9:38 am) : 

If you are in Ottawa (like me) and have never seen Kathleen Edwards (like me) then you probably should hit Bluesfest this year (like me). BTW, great mix. It's nice to come across people with great taste

 

Blogger mel said ... (28/4/06 9:08 pm) : 

I am definately planning on taking in bluesfest, and I half expected another "(like me)" at the end of that comment. Thanks for the compliment!

 

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