Rhapsody in Blue
For some reason this song has a quirky feel to it, especially when played really loudly while driving.
PROSPECT PARK PICNIC
The Jealous Girlfriends’ debut LP came out last month, and they perform in Prospect Park on July 26. Band members Alex Lipsen, Mike Fadem, Holly Miranda, and Josh Abbott each select songs for a picnic mix.
LIPSEN: “Rides the Rails”
The Besnard Lakes
Everyone’s really into the Beach Boys, and the Besnard Lakes combine the Pet Sounds influence with a Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin kind of rock.
They are very experimental and sometimes hard to listen to, but I’m always impressed when a band like this does a really catchy song.
FADEM: “Soldier’s Grin”
I picture a bunch of people hanging out in the park, and this song has lots of sections with different sounds going on.
“House of Cards”
This is a simple song for them, really mellow and introspective.
MIRANDA: “To Be Loved”
Joan As Police Woman
I’ve been obsessed with this song since I first heard it a few months ago.
I can imagine listening to this song while lying down in a field, watching the clouds make faces.
ABBOTT: “Map Ref 41 Degrees N 93 Degrees W”
This is one of the only bands I’m always listening to. This is one of their most poppy songs, and it’s probably on their darkest album.
We always have to put a non sequitur in the mix, and this is just too perfect not to include.
This is for the end of the picnic, when people are relaxing and stomachs are full.
Free Kitten, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Pussy Galore’s Julie Cafritz’s post-punk pet project, released their album Inherit last month. The band hits the highway this summer. Cafritz shares what they’ll listen to on the drive.
“Here Come the Warm Jets”
If I could dive into the production of one song like it was a pool, this song would be the one.
Their whole CD In the Land of Grey and Pink could be on tour with us. But this song in particular, well, it’s about a guy flirting with a girl on a golf course. It feels summer-appropriate.
I’m always impressed when a gringo sings Spanish. And perhaps this is revealing too much, but I think this song is the closest that Free Kitten is going to get to a Jimmy Buffett vibe.
I secretly like this one because it reminds me of the Weather Report songs of my childhood.
“Futures & Folly”
Blitzen Trapper have that sort of hillbilly rock vibe—something to smoke pot on the bus to. If we smoked pot, this is the song we’d do it to.
Earth, Wind & Fire
This band screams proms and graduations, and all those types of things that I didn’t actually attend. But as long as I don’t have to see white people dancing to this song, it makes me very happy.
I happen to think this is very good. We’ll put it on in the background and pretend we’re drinking cocktails in the Hamptons with him and his New York socialites.
“Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy”
Every band is brought together by a little musical-theater number. I imagine us all standing up and singing while the bus driver is trying to park.
The Fiery Furnaces
I think one day Eleanor will drive a stake through her brother’s heart. He puts every word in her mouth, like she’s his slave puppet! He might get away with that with a girlfriend. But between brother and sister, that’s going to end in violence.
“I Got You”
Toward the end of any mix I tend to add songs that are kind of forgotten, that other people don’t seem to appreciate nearly as much as I do.
This is the redeeming last song—the one that’s blasting in the club before we take the stage.
Pistolera’s new album, En Este Camino, comes out August 5; they will be playing SummerStage on August 9. Lead singer Sandra Lilia Velásquez makes the band’s block-party soundtrack.
“Welcome to Jamrock”
When you hear this, you automatically think, “Where the party at?”
“Cumbia Sobre el Río”
I’ve never been to a party with Latinos where this song is not on the iPod mix—for a good reason.