It’s been a few months since I threw together a podcast, so I figured it was about time for another one. Besides, I’ve been working diligently on a mix-tape for a new local pal, Brett Sandström, whom I met after purchasing a Tullycraft single on eBay – he being the seller, both of us being astonished to find other Tullycraft fans in Skagit County. What began as a modern tribute to light garage pop ultimately changed direction to hint at songs that fit a sweltering, hot summer day.
This is my crank-up-to-eleven garage tape I’ll play as I attempt to get my (theoretically, as it is not yet mine) ’68 BMW 1600 to start without requiring a jump from my ’07 Versa. With any luck, by the time the next podcast is published, that car will be in my garage.
Here’s the kicker. Twenty songs became thirty, and thirty became thirty-five. I had to split it in two, which meant additional reorganizing and refining. So this is Summer Heat Part 1 and I packed it with songs that overflow with pop efficacy, yet whose upbeat nature has a hazy lazy lag to it perfectly attributable to hundred-degree weather, ninety-eight percent humidity, and continual, sticky sweat underneath layers of high SPF and asphalt so hot it requires footwear.
1. “Dream Talkin'” by Family Trees off the Dream Talkin’ single
2. “We Can Do What We Want To” by The Blank Tapes off Home Away From Home
3. “Fulton Girls” by Summer Cats off Songs For Tuesdays
4. “Kiola Beach” by Hot Spa
5. “Keys” by Air Waves off EP
6. “Madagascar” by Lake off Let’s Build A Roof
7. “Beach Comber” by Real Estate off Real Estate
8. “Daydream” by Beach Fossils off Daydream
9. “Pancake City” by Campfires off Burning Rivers, TV Flickers, Drifting Off To Bed
10. “Pick Up” by Woods off At Echo Lake
11. “Whiplash” by Sunglasses off Sunglasses EP
12. “Despicable Dogs” by Small Black off Small Black EP
13. “Our Younger Noise” by Letting Up Despite Great Faults off Letting Up Despite Great Faults
14. “The Jazz Singer” by No Kids off Judy At The Grove
15. “She Was High” by The Hugs off Again & Again
16. “Bad Blood” by Salmon Thrasher
17. “Tila And I” by Harlem off Hippies
18. “Glorylight & Christie” by Cotton Jones off Tall Hours In The Glowstream
19. “Remember Last Time” by Avi Buffalo off Avi Buffalo
20. “Narcissus” by Solander off Narcissus