The Patch

July 27, 2007

Friday 27th – Summer Song Salvation

Filed under: Music & Film — Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 4:17 am

It may have rained today. A lot. A hella lot. But this week finally saw some sun in this wrecthed summer, and thus I was inspired. Inspired to compile this free 30 song compilation of summer sounds. Yes, just click on the link and follow whatever instructions Send Space give, then upload all those fantastic songs onto your MP3 thingamajig and go for a walk, or climb or a hill, or ride your bike or just lay back and relax with some Malibu and pineapple (a wonderful drink). Here follows a tracklisting and some ponderings.


1. The Unicorns – I Was Born A Unicorn
Are Canadian and remind me of The Libertines with their sweet duelling vocals. Summer punk.

2. Mclusky – She Will Only Bring You Happiness
Second greatest band to ever hail from Wales, and though most of their stuff is a touch more hardcore, this is a wonderful ditty with lyrics that demand attention.

3. Eels – Fresh Feeling
If you have felt love, you have felt this song.

4. They Might Be Giants – Why Does the Sun Shine
One of the ten greatest bands ever, and one not afraid to just be FUN (with all the capitals).

5. Sleepy Jackson – I Understand What You Want, I Just Don’t Agree
Why the hell didn’t Personality top every end of year poll for 2006? Luke Steele has the looks of Patrick Wolf, the insane genius of Brain Wilson and the voice of some freaky ass angel. The greatest Australian ever. Even more than Nick Cave.

6. Mojave 3 – Breaking the Ice
This should have been all over every radio station last summer. BUT NO!!! Enjoy it now. For it is pretty much a perfect a pop song as you shall ever hear.

7. BMX Bandits – E102-2
Short, but as sweet as that little girl from Little Miss Sunshine dipped in sugar and singing I’m A Little Tea Pot.

8. Jurassic 5 – Concrete Schoolyard
Oh how I weep for those who think 50 Cent and Akon are what hip hop is about.

9. Belle and Sebastian – Another Sunny Day
Most twee, and all the better for it.

10. The Auteurs – The Rubettes
Luke Haines is to British music in the 90s as to what God is to existence.

11. My Life Story – Strumpet
And so is Jake Shillingford.

12. Guided By Voices – Game of Pricks
Oh, why does this not last any longer?

13. Mint Royale avec the lovely Lauren Laverne – Don’t Falter
One of the 100 greatest songs ever, and quite possibly the best one to have on your boom box when relaxing in your garden with the new Harry Potter.

14. The Connells – 74, 75
Somewhat cheesy, yet also somewhat brilliant.

15. The Little Ones – Lovers Who Uncover
The best thing to happen to American music since Alligator, but still no-one buys their records. This makes the baby Jesus cry. And want to kill.

16. Dubstar – Not So Manic Now
Oh, just dreamy.

17. Sandie Shaw – Long Live Love
The 60s must have been awesome with dear Sandie around.

18. Ed Harcourt – She Fell Into My Arms
He has a ‘best of’ coming out soon. Let’s hope it gives him the attention usually only awarded to far more insipid, monotonous versions of the singer songwriter.

19. Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a modern masterpiece. This is one of 11 reasons why.

20. El Ten Eleven – My Only Swerving
When post rock sounds happy.

21. Magnetic Fields – The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
The song that made me feel good again.

22. Turin Brakes – Painkiller
I forgot how good this was.

23. Divine Comedy – The Pop Star’s Fear of the Pollen Count
Because this has to be on every summer song collection ever.

24. New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
So hard to choose what Porno’s song to put. The greatest purveyors of pop this millennium. Natch.

25. The Smiths – Ask
Some people say The Smiths are whiny and depressing. These people are morons who haven’t listened to Ask.

26. Saint Etienne – He’s on the Phone
Dancey, dancey, dancey.

27. My Life Story – Sparkle
I’ve gone on about this enough. It’s perfect though, isn’t it?

28. Eels – Last Stop: This Town
‘You’re dead but the world keeps spinning, take a spin through the world you left’. The most hopeful, resounding, upbeat, beautiful song one could imagine.

29. They Might Be Giants – She’s An Angel
When you get to heaven, it will be like hearing this chorus for the first time.

30. Modest Mouse – Night on the Sun
Because it’s aces.



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