Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Top 5: Summer Songs

FriedOreo's brilliant post about summer songs is exactly the kind of thing we need here at The Great Mongrel. And right now, we're going to activate prior knowledge and do a little activity to raise spirits during these dark winter days and remind us that summer is only 4 months away. As comments to this post, please look deep into your souls and list your top 5 summer songs from 2005.


At 12:44 PM, Blogger FriedOreo said...

Great idea, Mugs. In the meantime, I'll mention here the worst concert experience of the summer, which Mugs had the misfortunate of experiencing with me: Architecture in Helsinki at the First Presbyterian Church in Philly. No charisma onstage, hot as hell in the audience, and surrounded by 16 year-old girls who wouldn't shut their yaps.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger i know the boss said...

I'm happy to join the crew with this one. And it's a user-friendly first post--just looked back at my iTunes to see what songs were added over the summer, and let that jog my memory.

Logically, all of these are linked somehow to great summer '05 concerts.

In no particular order:

-Andrew Bird, "Fake Palindromes" (from Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs). Great lyrics, including "Some lonely night we can get together, and I'm gonna tie your wrists with leather, and drill a tiny hole into your head."

-Rilo Kiley, "Pull Me in Tighter" (unreleased, but a couple good live versions are at Soul and harmonies outta this world. They did it live at the Troc, to the great delight of the assembled.

-The Brunettes, “Best Friend Envy” (from Mars Loves Venus). New Zealanders who opened for Rilo Kiley at the Troc.

-Grey De Lisle, “The Bloody Bucket” (from Iron Flowers). Opened for the Old 97’s at the TLA in June. Rocked the hell out of this one. Starts soft with a great build. Mugshot--you still have the setlist from this show?

-Elliott Smith/Madeleine Peyroux/Glen Phillips, “Between the Bars.” It’s an old Elliott Smith song, but great covers of it have surfaced recently from Madeleine Peyroux (on her album Careless Love) and former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips (unreleased, but live versions can be found at It’s interesting what songs surface years later as popular covers...another thread on that, perhaps?

At 1:09 PM, Blogger ryunited and it feels so good said...

Ok, here are the best five songs I heard for the first time this summer (not I am way behind the times in most cases):

5. Since you've been gone - Kelly Clarkson
4. In the Backseat - The Arcade Fire
3. This Modern Love - Bloc Party
2. Elevator Long Letter - Stars
1. Mr. Brightside - The Killers

Couple things of note:

*I think Kelly Clarkson is amazing. Or atleast her single is ace. I was talking to an accapella singing friend of mine the other day over eggs benedict, and she explained that Clarkson's voice intensity comes from the fact that she sings with her throat and not her lungs, and that she may end up croaking into the microphone one day at 40 like Joni Mitchell. Friedoreo - Please opine!

*DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's "Summertime" is beyond any argument the greatest summer song ever. I am eternally jealous of those that got to see him perform the song live in the summertime, in his hometown, this year.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger FriedOreo said...

Here are my five songs, in no particular order after my clear #1. And oh, they're not all songs I discovered last summer, just ones I played over and over and over...

1. Matt Pond PA, "Summer (Butcher Two)"

Ponys, "I'm With You"
Boo Radleys, "Wish I Was Skinny"
Zombies, "Care of Cell 44"
Rosebuds, "Drunkard's Worst

At 1:31 PM, Blogger FriedOreo said...

And Ryu's right: That Kelly Clarkson single is genius.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger stark attack said...

oh, what a fucking insane summer it was. i was on the road with tapes a whole bunch, so these arent all current, but hear it goes:

5) dylan- spanish boots of spanish leather (breaks mine every time)
4) annie- hearbeat (try not to dance to that one
3) ghostface- buiscits (pull out your teeth)
2) cam'ron- killah cam (really the whole album)

and, speaking of architecture in helsinki:
1) the owls go

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Tempel im Gehör said...

Hi, I'm friends with the dragon and the fried oreo. Listing good songs seems like a nice way to ease into my spot here at the great mongrel's table. I should say that I did not allow myself to buy very much new music this summer, so many of my listenings involved dusting off old favorites I hadn't played for a couple years or more. While I agree completely about summer songs, and have some definite all-time standouts, 2005 was a slow summer for me. I did purchase Vetiver's first cd and Deerhoof's Milkman, songs from both of which might very well have appeared on this list had they not both been stolen from my car a couple weeks after I bought them. That misfortune left me with only these few tunes to see me through the summer moons(look out, despite my implication they probably aren't old songs):

The Books: If not now, whenever

"Bellow, cry, and roar seemed tiny in their hearts"

Cains & Abels: Opportunity (Summer moon illustration)

The rough diamond in the fluff that was State Rights Records' Bro Zone.

Thanksgiving: (you belong to the) blood

A murky gust of conscience. Just try to shake the image of the bloodbath denied, when we try to relax.

Caetano Veloso: Gua

A stand-in for the whole Joia album.

Elliott Smith: Single file

You could have looked at me, and all you'd see is that I was waiting for something.

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Mugshot said...

I know I asked for songs, but I'm going to have to do albums instead. And yes, this is what I listened to most in 2005, not sometime in the 1990s. It was a power-poppy summer. (I also looked at iTunes, but to see what I played the most around August.)

5) Too Far To Care - Old 97's. I saw them in June and they were phenomenal. "Can't Get a Line" is a summery power-pop gem.
4) Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City. My introduction to real power pop. "The Ballad of El Goodo" will destroy you.
3) Oranges Band - The World and Everything in It. This album is perfect for sitting on the beach at Sea Isle City or Cape May. Focus on "The Mountain" and "Ride the Nuclear Wave."
2) Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience. Of course, the "deluxe" edition, with the great song "Idiot Summer" -- and "Allison Road" remains a favorite after all these years.
1) Weezer - Pinkerton. stark attack told me to get it (he called it "the best album ever," or something), and I listened to it several times in a row one day. I still can't get the rollicking rhythm section out of my brain.

At 12:41 AM, Blogger Mugshot said...

Shoot. Before anyone catches me, I'll correct it myself. "Can't Get a Line" isn't on Too Far to Care -- it's on Satellite Rides, which as 97's fan knows doesn't rock as much as TFTC but is still the album I meant to name for summer album #5.


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