Karl Blau is one of those fellas that I don’t listen to regularly enough, but whenever I do I’m reminded that he’s some sort of lo-fi genius. This track has the chugging root 5th cadence and honky tonk guitar of a song plucked from a classic jukebox of some tiny county bar with a name like “Tin Cup” or “Al’s Tavern” where Old Style is sincerely enjoyed. The flutes add a touch of hippie psychedelia that kind of bridges the the gap between the music and lyrics.
This line right here, this line slays me:
take one breath for my darlin and another for my muse there’s the cake and then the eating I must have the sense to choose
I love you Karl Blau, even if we don’t spend enough time together.
It’s a transition time of year. 60 degrees one day, 90 the next. Passing over recipes that require the oven to be on and going straight for fresh fruits and veggies. Trading in my red wine for vodka lemonade. It’s the time of year I find myself going from 0 to 60 and back again over the course of a few days only to repeat it again and again. Too much to do, brief respite to catch my breath, too much to do. That’s how things roll before I find myself lockstep with summer.
Some days ebb, some days flow. This mixtape works much the same way. Give it a download or head over to 8tracks and listen!
There are some great tunes here, folks. You’re bound to fall for one or two. When you do fall, please do the right thing - buy a record, see a show. Send the band some love so they can keep doing what they do.
As always, visit my mixtape hub to listen to more mixed goodness!
Sometimes a mix takes its own path despite the mixmaker’s best intentions - Summer Burn 2010 is a perfect example. This puppy ended up taking 7 left turns before I called it quits. That could mean it’s a pretty nice listen. Could also mean it’s absolute shite. Either way, I had to end it before it ended me.
Hopefully you’ll hear something new and special. As always, show the bands your love buy checking out a show or buying some swag. They love that sort of thing. And it’s a total win/win. Download here!
Summer Burn 2010
01. So Glad - Evil D’s 02. The Be Colony - Broadcast And The Focus Group 03. Caesar - Ty Segall 04. Too Thirsty To Drink Water - Karl Blau 05. L. Mansion - Sic Alps 06. Green Guitar - RatTail 07. Ancient Robots - Conspiracy Of Owls 08. Superior To The Sea - Glass Cake 09. Cadets - Trash Kit 10. Deep - Woods 11. Fucking With My Head (Beck Cover) - Floating Action 12. Phantom Limb - Pat Jordache 13. Lying Around - Magic Bullets 14. Memory Teeth - Rayon Beach 15. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People 16. It’s Choade My Dear - Connan Mockasin 17. Pissing Into Flames - The Fatty Acids 18. All Packed Up - Idiot Glee
My computer has been acting up lately so I apologize for any tag wonkiness. Drop me line if you have issues or comments. And visit my mixtape hub of love for other tunes to spin.