Sure, I’ve featured a picture of the Love Language above since it was the only show I went to this month. But the enduring image of July 2010 will undoubtedly be this picture of world-class asshole Nigel de Jong planting his cleat into Xabi Alonso’s chest. Props to Spain for denying a victory to the most loathesome, dirty and unlikeable national soccer team not named Mexico or Italy.
Also, props to these artists for putting out incredible albums this month:
- Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty: Normally, when an album is continually pushed back by the label, it’s a sign that the album is going to suck. I’m now having to rethink that assumption (see also: OB4CL2). Because this right here might just be my favorite album of the year.
- Wavves – King of the Beach: Another contender for my favorite album of the year. Incredibly surprising since I hated their first album. But it’s amazing what happens when you turn down the fuzz and alow people to actually listen to your music. And adding Jay Reatard’s old backing band apparently helps, too. All respect to the departed Mr. Reatard, but apparently his ex-bandmates are more than “boring rich kids who can’t play for ahit.”
- The Love Language – Libraries: These guys are kings of the Triangle music scene right now. Cover of the Indy. Incredible, sold-out album release show at Cat’s Cradle. All deserved.
- Ty Segall – Melted: Winner of the award for Creepiest Album Cover of the Year.
On to this month’s mix. As always, let me know if there’s something you think I missed.
1) The Thermals – I Don’t Believe You
New Thermals! I love these dudes (and dudette), even if this song doesn’t sound too different from anything on their last two albums (save for not being about theocracies or death). Hell, if it ain’t broke…
2) Ty Segall – Girlfriend
Luckily the songs aren’t as creepy as the album cover. Exuberent garage rock songs about your girlfriend are the anti-creepy.
3) Wavves – Post Acid
Exuberent garage rock songs about depression are also awesome, apparently. Also, pretty much impossible not to pump your fist or air-drum when they do that thing on the chorus (see the 0:34 mark). Well done, rhythm section.
4) Beta Hector (ft. Dionne Charles) – Payback
I wasn’t a fan of funk-revivalists Baby Charles, but this offshoot project has a much creepier, experimental vibe that I enjoy quite a bit! Props to Steady Bloggin.
5) Cee Lo Green – I Like It
Musical Prozac. Cee Lo over a reworking of Prince Paul’s “More Than You Know” beat is guaranteed smiles. Cee Lo’s Stray Bullets mixtape is well worth checking out if you’re a Cee Lo/Gnarls Barkley fan.
6) Recess (ft. Donwill) – Dance Pants
Another incredibly fun song. Coincidentally, I could see Cee Lo going nuts over this beat. Idea for Stray Bullets II?
7) Big Boi (ft. Sleepy Brown & Andre 3000) – Lookin’ 4 Ya
Should have been on the album. As a wise man once said, “I’m sorry to the fans but them crackers won’t play em fair Jive.” Seriously, those guys are some grade-A assholes.
8) Gucci Mane – Makin’ Love to the Money
“I’m talkin’ Kim K…I’m talkin’ RAY J!” – your earworm of the month!
10) Chuck Carbo & the Soul Finders – Can I Be Your Main Squeeze?
Can you name the previous monthly mix song that sampled this song?
12) ST 2 Lettaz – Heart N Soul
One half of G-Side asks that you “pass the L’s in a circle like the symbol on your Lexuses.”
13) KD – Summa
From Huntsville to Birmingham.
14) Big Boi (ft. Yelawolf) – You Ain’t No DJ
Man, I probably could have just thrown a dart and picked any song off this album that I hadn’t posted before. But this song just stood out a little bit more for me. Yeah, there’s a Yelawolf appearance, and I’m obviously a big fan. But I also love how quickly the taunt of “your DJ ain’t no DJ” seems to have entered the hip-hop vernacular.
15) Killer Mike – Big Body Hijack
Killer Mike goes in on one of this year’s biggest beats, Lloyd Banks’ “Beamer Benz or Bentley.” That’s enough to sell me on it. Add on the “call the amber lamps” line, and you’ve got one of my favorite songs of the month.
16) Gyptian – Hold Yuh (Major Lazer Remix)
Cheesy as hell, but I still like it.
19) The Love Language – Heart to Tell
Hey, 0:33 to 0:39 section of this song…that was fun!
20) The Roots (ft. John Legend) – Doin’ It Again
It’s been getting good reviews, but I find the latest Roots album a little boring. Seems like with Game Theory, Rising Down, and now How I Got Over, that they’ve settled into the same sort of formula. At this point, I’d rather listen to the Money Making Jam Boys rap about how good they are at rapping (they’re quite good), instead of listening to Black Thought and friends rapping about how fucked up the world is and how we’ll eventually overcome, etc etc. All that said, this little bit of inspirational rap admittedly gives me goose bumps.
21) Jamie Lidell – Completely Exposed
Some white dude from Englad just made the best R&B song of the year…at least until Bilal’s new album drops on 9/14 (same date as new Chromeo, btw).
22) The Love Language – This Blood Is Our Own
Does Stuart McLamb enter the conversation of “best voices in indie rock”? Definitely one of several goosebump moments from their show was the performance of this song.
23) Wavves – Green Eyes
Let’s end it with my July 2010 theme music.