Music for You and Your July.
As is tradition now, here is a mixtape to mark the passing of time, the bead rising higher on the thermometer, and that I still think about you despite not doing Facebook.
I’m not entirely apart from modern times and computer useless. Depending on when you’re reading this you’ll find that some songs are only a week old (especially if you’re reading this in 1974). And you’ll have two high tech options for listening to the mix: Spotify and Apple Music.
So, fingers crossed, here’s to hoping you see a Spotify player about four inches below the next paragraph. If not, just click here.
Perhaps you’re an early adopter and have signed up for Apple Music only to find yourself short on music. Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by it all. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered here. Apple’s catalogue was impressively canonical. Only three gaps when moving over from Spotify: Carly Rae Jepsen (curious), The Loud Family (no surprise), and early Lucinda Williams (saddest).
Liner notes follow.
Last Date / Floyd Cramer
Perfect music to apologise to. Slip around as the notes do.
Rain / Harry Nilsson
Flash Harry never got a release in the States. I don’t know why. Nilsson’s last and more evidence of unfairness in the 70's.
Beat Accelerado II / Metrô
I imagine that if you went to heaven in the 80's, this would be on at the Portuguese bar.
Fruit de la Passion / Francky Vincent
I imagine that if you went to the French Antilles in the 90's, this would be on at the bar.
Crybaby / Utopia
Todd Rundgren and friends in disguise. Every Utopia album was a different disguise.
A Little Time / Beautiful South
The video to this song is an excellent bit of visual storytelling (arguably, as with the song, it strays at the end). Very much not music to apologise to.
Forever and Ever / Demis Roussos
Always part of Abigail’s Party for me. “Laurence, Angela likes Demis Roussos. Tony likes Demis Roussos, I like Demis Roussos, and Sue would like to hear Demis Roussos: so please, d’you think we could have Demis Roussos on?”
Toujours / Didier Wampas
In the event this song didn’t work its way onto your playlist, enjoy it here courtesy of Google’s borrowed largesse.
The Stand / The Alarm
Precious / Metro
Warm in the Winter / Glass Candy
This is Air France’s hold music. Just. This. Does induce strong hatred after 3 hours.
La Fanette / Jacques Brel —
I must say…
Fool for Love / Lord Huron —
If you’ve yet to see Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love I’d recommend fixing that. This song, which suggests resilience, couldn’t be less simpatico with the play.
Take Care My Baby / Matthew E. White —
Absurd Tests / Radical Dads —
Best band name I’ve heard in a while. Fun one to play yourself.
Someday Man / Paul Williams —
Beauty On / Martin Tielli —
Something end-of-ones-tether about this one. I hope he’s well.
Coolest Little Monster / Zacherly —
I typically despise kitsch and its low ambitions, but Zacherly is A-OK. There is something swell about horror hosts and I hope the tradition doesn’t go away. The host and audience have this admirable and silent agreement about finding something both completely silly and worth their life’s deep attention. Doesn’t seem paradoxical to me.
Birds for the Mind / Wim Mertens —
OST to Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect. For writing on a brilliant film, consider clicking — 3, 2, 1 — here.
Happy Ending / Alex Cameron —
From the surprisingly deep bench of songs about flaming out in Hong Kong, a strong contender for Woke Up Laughing’s cleanup spot. Yes, the place can eat you. Not always the worst thing though; what passes can be a big improvement.
Wig / Mark Sandman —
While I would be loathe to see an early comeback for chain wallets and bowling shirts (or bowling anything), I do hope more people remind themselves precisely how timeless — money even — the late Mark Sandman is.
Frederick / Patti Smith —
Impossibly good song about a name. You don’t meet many Fredericks these days, although I suppose, for Smith, that’s the point. A song for her future husband.
Something Happens / Richard Barone —
The Frenchman / John Phillips —
I’d not heard all the bonus tracks off of John, the Wolf Kind of L.A.. The whole thing is full of excellent, washed out songs of the city, of friends, and the gone. To pick up the spent end of the 60s, don’t reach for the roach — find the coroner’s gloves.
Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) / The Monkees —
Another song you’d be surprised to find Carole King was behind. We had Django Django’s version on our last mix, but it’s not too late for the original.
Les Fleurs / Minnie Ripperton —
Window of Love / Jan Hammer Group —
Before Miami Vice, this. After Miami Vice, Nash Bridges.
Hot and Cold / Ex Hex —
I Really Like You / Carly Rae Jepsen —
I Lost It / Lucinda Williams —
Lucinda Williams is so great. I know we don’t listen to albums as much as we used to — this mix isn’t bucking any trends— but, if you can put in the effort required to not skip around, Happy Woman Blues is worth your 35 minutes.
Patience / Mark Sandman —
My Name is Potatoe / Babies Singers —
This should be Riva Pavone but there’s an irritating blindspot in both Spotify and Apple Music’s coverage. No worry: YouTube saves. If you can get this close to your heart, no matter how horrible life has become you’ll find warmth in this children’s song about American imperialism (!), wretched agribusiness (!!), and space travel (!!!).
Bring on the Night / The Police —
Caught in Midstream / Vic Godard & The Subway Sect —
Growing Up and I’m Fine / Mick Ronson —
Martian Spider on his solo debut. But if this does sound a lot like Bowie, that’s because he’s down as songwriter.
Please Don’t Go / KWS —
So many school dances. KC & The Sunshine Band originally and here in this video. Something about to come to a head here but, interestingly, it never does. Perhaps that’s why she left.
Everything Counts / Depeche Mode —
I love this track so much I don’t even mind that “a career / in Korea / being insincere” is sledgehammered into rhyming. For discussion: is there a song that uses the melodica better?
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy / Elton John —
Amelia / Joni Mitchell —
Like it crashed off the OST to a forgotten James L. Brooks film. A talent scout receives visits from a demanding Amelia Earhart as her own career spirals out of control and all hope of love seems distant. Enter Nick Nolte a distracted…
Disciples / Tame Impala —
Old Man / Love —
Never Forget / Fleetwood Mac —
That’s That / Cass McCombs —
Dead Flowers (Alternate Version) / The Rolling Stones —
The Stones are going on tour again (and putting new decks on their houses). Dead Flowers is even better here. Townes Van Zandt’s still gets me and if you’re on Apple Music, that’s what you’ll hear.
Birthday Girl / Microdisney —
Aerodeliria / The Loud Family —
24 / Game Theory —
“Is it because I’m 23 not 24.” I miss my old problems.
Next Time Might be Your Time / “Blue” Gene Tyranny —
If anyone has more information about BGT or this song, please message me. I absolutely love this and think there’s something mysterious about, well, the fact that it even exists.
Music and Dreams / Robert Lester Folsom —
Bob / Kathy Heideman —
“Bob makes this day the only day that ever was.”
If You Should Fall / Ned Doheny —
Birdland / Weather Report —
Ain’t Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo‘) / Taj Mahal —
Music can certainly change your mood. (I think Spotify organises its playlists based on moods, although breakfast is down as one, which maybe it is, I do feel lunch occasionally, I dunno…) Here, and on all of Take a Giant Step: more than a good mood, one of triumph.
Now, where’s that lunch…