Feel Bad for July 2015

Hi-diddly Ho-diddly internet weirdos! This month’s mixtape is brought to you by the letters “D,” “S,” and “L” for “Dog Days of Summer” and “Lazy.” But I’m sure you’re all too wrapped up in watching Sharknado 3 tonight (at least those of us in North American) to realize how slow I am in posting this month’s comp. Thanks to Trailer for the disturbing artwork. The original image is by the famous photographer David LaChapelle. Let’s hope he has a sense of humor and doesn’t sue us. Now….back to a cold beer and a comfy couch….ahhhhhh……

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1. “Guided By Voices”
Selective Service (2001)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: One of a few songs anointed the “ballad of Guided By Voices” by none other than Robert Pollard. Perhaps the perfect summer song. Oh yeah, fuck Don Henley.
Note: This track was supposed to be on the June mix, but I missed it. D’oh! Sorry. :(

2. “True Believers”
Have Gun Will Travel
Science From An Easy Chair (2015)
Submitted By: Autopsy IV
Comments: Lead single from the upcoming Have Gun Will Travel album, Science From An Easy Chair. Love the rim shot drums on this song as well as the guitars in it.

3. “The Rise of the Black Messiah”
Indigo Girls
One Lost Day (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: You didn’t think a new Indigo Girls record could be released without me submitting a track did you? Written for the case of the Angola 3, it feels even more appropriate given recent events and the ugly evils of a racist system we’re still not able to face directly.

4. “Rules of Change”
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
The Monsanto Years (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Enlightened anger; got a good beat, easy to dance to, I’ll give it a 90.

Seeds have floated, birds have flown
Seeds have traveled far from home
Seeds are life it can’t be owned
Not even by Monsanto
People must be free to grow

5. “Who Are You Listening To?”
Billy Hubbard
Demo (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: The Knoxville Americana-ist has been working on this song for awhile and recorded a demo at home to send out into the interwebs for comment. I feedbacked him :) that it’s one heck of a song. And not a bad question.

6. “Imuhar (Freemen)”
Bombino
Nomad (2013)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Sometimes a song just plugs itself into your brain; that’s what happened to me with this Bombino number. The swaying beat, the elegant vibraphone solo, the hypnotic guitar arpeggiation, all tell me I need to be smoking what this dude is smoking.

7. “I Ride My Bike”
Cracker
Kerosene Hat (1993)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’ve been riding my bicycle a lot, so …

8. “Trash The Sun”
Hymn For Her
Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Can’t wait to say goodbye to July. Good lawdy it’s hot. Wait. What? AUGUST??? Damn.

9. “Yuma”
Justin Townes Earle
Yuma EP (2007)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Just discovered this beauty… “And is it too much to ask, he cried as he stepped into the wind, He turned his back onto the world and he fell back to earth again, So with the wind in his hair, and smile on his face, he crashed through the hood of an Old’s 98, and he lay there dying on a cold winters day, all alone, all alone.

10. “Atlantic City (Gonna Make a Million Tonight)”
East River Pipe
The Gasoline Age (1999)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: East River Pipe a.k.a. F.M. ‘Fred’ Cornog is a recent discovery for me even though his early recordings (93-96) were released on legendary UK indie label Sarah Records, this sound effect laden track is from an album released by the mighty Merge Records in 99.

11. “24 Frames”
Jason Isbell
Something More Than Free (2015)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Just got this today — enjoying listening to the new album.

12. “Call To Arms”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: I’m digging on this San Francisco based blues/indie rock trio Fritz Montana. New 7″ just released. New album later this year.

13. “I’m Not The Same”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
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14. “You Got to Me”
James McMurtry
Complicated Game (2015)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: McMurtry paints with words, way Rembrandt, Monet, or Picasso paints with oils.

15. “Too Close To Home”
My Life in Black and White
Columbia (2014)
Submitted By: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: Having kids is always bittersweet. Summers can be especially so. This track is one I’ve been listening to a lot lately while thinking about my kids but it stands on its own even for those without kids. It’s a great punk track from a band who doesn’t get nearly enough attention.

16. “Summer’s Cauldron”
XTC
Skylarking (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: It’s been awfully warm in the Pacific Northwest, so this song came to mind.

17. “Husk”
Michael Rank & Stag
Horsehair (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: From Rank’s latest album, really rootsy Americana from an artist who has released five spellbinding albums in the last four years.

18. “Philophobia”
Copywrite
A Heart of Glass EP (2015)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: The raw and unadorned first single from Australia’s Copywrite. The band’s debut LP will be released on 11 August.

19. “Littleworth”
T. Hardy Morris
Drownin’ on a Mountaintop (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer
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20. “I Love a Rainy Night”
Eddie Rabbitt
Number One Hits (2009)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: So, everything keeps getting rained out right now. But it’s ok…because I love a rainy night.

21. “When My First Wife Left Me”
R.L. Burnside
Too Bad Jim (1994)
Submitted By: Truersound
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22. “James Alley Blues”
Jeff Tweedy, Roger McGuin & Jay Bennett
The Harry Smith Connection (1997)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Salt for salt