Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 24: Summer Skin

Summer turns me upside down / Summer summer summer / It’s like a merry-go-round.”

So sang Ric Ocasek, and who am I to disagree?

This edition of RFH is (roughly) summer-themed. There’s some music that’s explicitly about summer, and a bit that’s more casually related to warm-weather activities. I really enjoyed putting this ep together because it not only gave me a chance to listen to some exclusive material, but also to some tracks from my two favorite records of the moment, International Metamorphosis and Zero One.

And that, my friends, is how I get my summer on.

Download Radio Free Hipster Ep. 24: Summer Skin [hosting provided by Antisocial] Size: 41.1 MB Running Time: 44:52

Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah (feat. Beefy) – Radio Free Hipster Theme”
This track sounds great regardless of season.

Track 1: The Goondocks - ()
I still have no idea what the hell this song is called. “Open Parentheses, Close Parentheses” is the best I can come up with.

Z’s first interlude: “Jo, Blair, Tootie, Fat Natalie…”
It always comes back to The Facts of Life!

Track 2: DJBC - Hotbreaker
If you’re not listening to Tim’s Radio Clash podcast, you should be!

Track 3: DJ Beef - DJ Beef Goes All-City/ Robin Williams / Cousin Eddie
Halifax must be some kinda hip-hop town, as it has given us Jesse D, Uncle Fester, Wordburglar, et al. Do yourself a favor and download this entire mixtape.

Track 4: Billy Idol - Hot in the City Tonight
I know Billy was the marketable face of the post-punk, MTV revolution, and I also understand that he was supposed to be the very epitome of hip in the 1980s. Still, he always struck me as an interminable dorkwad.

Track 5: Rachael Layne - Summer, Highland Falls
This is yet another gem I pulled from Glenn Case’s expansive online library.

Track 6: Ziwtra - Stomp the Summer Sky
And this is yet another gem I pulled from OverClocked ReMix. It pays to have old standbys!

Track 7: Fourteen Year Old Girls - Beach Party
“Take Luigi with you; use the buddy code.”

Z’s 2nd interlude: “New love and drinking.”
There’s something about summer that always makes me think of romance and booze. Perhaps it’s my poetic heart.

Track 8: Shael Riley - Bandaid
Shael told me early on that he didn’t wanna leak any demo material from the new album. I have no idea what sparked this change of heart, but I am thrilled to present this track.

Track 9: DJ Mashup - Kool Temperature (EVEN Kooler edit) / Ollie Williams
It’s hard to follow-up a track about hospital sex. I thought this sufficed.

Track 10: FOXHOUND - TwoFace
In their own words, “FOXHOUND plays the music of the 8-bit/16-bit golden age of video-gaming with an earnestness and gravity that is completely ridiculous.” God, I love this band!

Track 11: Dual Core - Give Me Wings
I am decaffeinated and also very old, so I totally missed the whole “Red Bull and Vodka” thing. This song makes me really regret that.

Z’s final interlude: “My little jaunt through the nerdy (and not-so nerdy) songs of summer.”
I’m still unsure how Billy Idol made it into this podcast. Perhaps it was the wine.

Track 12: YTCracker and the Tanner 4105 Orchestra - Phillip Nis in High School
It sort of makes me feel good to know that Nis hasn't always had all the info. ;)

I tried to make this episode of the podcast a little different, a little, I dunno, jazzier. I like to spice shit up for y'all at irregular intervals.

I'll wager I missed a lot of great summer songs, so feel free to point out any classics I may have ignored. Who knows when I'll get the wild hair and decide to do another summer ep.

As always, your comments are encouraged. I am nothing without your input.

Thanks for playing.


Matt S said...

You think Billy Idol was trying to do the whole Post Punk thing? I always lumped him in more with an attempt to captalize on his '76 punk credentials (being the lead singer of Generation X).

ChurchHatesTucker said...

I'm reading "()" as "empty set." (Which would be a great title for a live album.)

Z. said...

I hear you, Matt, but I was mostly just using the phrase “post-punk” as a more palpable synonym for New Wave. You know I’m not one to call sell-out, but as soon as Billy told me that he did, in fact, want his MTV, I believe he left his punk cred far, far behind. ;)

Damnit, Church! Out-geeked again. :P

Matt S said...

Billy's punk cred, as it were, was simply a case of being there when things happened. Even when he was in Gen X he never made any bones about wanting to be a rock star.

Z. said...

Indeed. Don't get me wrong, there are a handful of Idol songs that I genuinely dig, but nothing about the man has any - shall we say - artistic integrity.

ChurchHatesTucker said...

I related this conversation to The GF, and she promptly corrected me, "You mean, 'null set.'"

Damnit! Out-geeked again. :P

Z. said...

Very well, Church, but when someone names a track after an obscure reference to modernist literature, THEN we’ll see who gets out-geeked. ;)

Matt S said...

So Church's girlfriend out geeks him. And Z's wife lets him see TMNT on thier anniversary. Have either of you guys stopped to consider just how lucky you are? Seriously.

Z. said...

Only every day, brother. Only every day!

ChurchHatesTucker said...

All too aware, Matt.

pinky said...

man, it aint summer.

im freezin my lilly white ass off.

you fucking american cats gotta get yo shit together.

really. :P

Z. said...

Your seasons are all fucked up down there, Pink. I'm just sayin'. ;)