Mixtape Monday – Tape 10: Side A – “Hang Ten with the Surf Ape”

by, Art Carny

The best way I can properly describe the theme for this mixtape is to do so with a little help from the dialogue intro to Weezer’s 1994 hit, “Undone – The Sweater Song”:

[Matt:] Hey bra, how we doin’ man?
[Karl:] All right.
[Matt:] It’s been a while man, life’s so rad!
This band’s my favorite man, don’t ya love ’em?
[Karl:] Yeah.
[Matt:] Aw man, you want a beer?
[Karl:] All right.
[Matt:] Aw man, this is the best. I’m so glad we’re all back together and stuff.
This is great, man.
[Karl:] Yeah.
[Matt:] Hey, did you know about the party after the show?
[Karl:] Yeah.
[Matt:] Aw man, it’s gonna be the best, I’m so stoked! Take it easy bra’.

Top 10 Albums of the Week

by, Art Carny

Albums, albums, albums.  Ten to be exact.  All nicely sorted, ranked, and available for your listening pleasure.  The links provided will take you to the artist’s individual Bandcamp sites where, if you like what you’re hearing, you can lend a few dollars and support.  Go on searching Apes at any cost.

10. Weird Little Birthday, Happyness (Bar None, 2015)

“…they cite the stormy narrative turns of American author Cormac McCarthy as a major influence, but to me there’s more of a Kurt Vonnegutishness to the absurd, nonchalant, thinly murderous twists their tales of sex and sickness in the suburbs take…” – NME

9. To Where the Wild Things Are, Death and Vanilla (Fire, 2015)

“Just imagine John Barry’s spytastic Ipcress Files soundtrack re-engineered by Delia Derbyshire and Brian Wilson with a soupçon of “ye olde folklore” for added mystery machine.” – Pop Matters

8. Rosy Maze, Marker Starling (Tin Angel, 2015)

“Heavily influenced by the flicker of 16mm cinema, I might best characterize Cummings as a Lynchian angel (à la Sheryl Lee) of sincere nightclub kitsch.” – Chart Attack

7. “don’t let them begin”, Trust Fund (Reeks of Effort, 2013)

“There’s power in truth. Trust Fund produces an honesty that we’re afraid to utter – even to ourselves.” – Gold Flake Paint

6. Cosmic Troubles, Faith Healer (Mint, 2015)

“On the opening track for Faith Healer’s debut record Cosmic Troubles, Jessica Jalbert clutches onto the train of “Sweet Jane“’s dress and drags her down into an anti-drug PSA.” – Stereogum

5. Mind Frames, Twin Peaks (self-released, 2015)

“You could listen to Mind Frames on its own, without having heard the official album Wild Onion, and think it’s a stand-alone project, from a band who can’t seem to put a foot wrong.” – Safe Kind of High

4. Potty Mouth EP, Potty Mouth (self-released, 2015)

“But the oomph of “Cherry Picking” can’t just be chalked up to expert mimicry: It’s the sound of a good band becoming great.” – NPR

3. Depression Cherry, Beach House (Sub Pop, 2015)

“There’s a place I want to take you,” she sings, over a subtle beat that builds toward a pop crescendo that never quite comes. Who needs it to? Foreplay this good is an end unto itself.” – Rolling Stone

2. Mr. Face, Ty Segall (Famous Class, 2015)

“It’s Segall’s greatest attribute, perhaps, that his extensive absorption of American and English musical culture―from Hawkwind to the Kinks to Bowie to Alice Cooper, etc.—goes in one ear and pings around for a while before coming emerging, canon-like, into yet another batch of fantastically infectious tracks.” – Paste

1. Hermits on Holiday, DRINKS (Birth, 2015)

“Dry, scratchy and clankingly awkward at times… replicates the feel of proper outsider art, its creators chewing up words and music like psychedelic wasps, building a nest around themselves to protect a curious internal logic.” – MOJO