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Friday Playlist

The short-lived “no capitalization” streak (can one be a streak?), with last Friday Playlists’ title is over, and with it my hopes of becoming a graphic artist and sipping fair trade organic coffee. But who cares about that, or who even remembers. To the playlist!

For the full listening experience, hunker down in your backyard's bomb shelter and make sure the can opener works.
For the full listening experience, hunker down in your backyard’s bomb shelter and make sure the can opener works.

This Friday’s departs rather drastically from the indie tracks of last week, and takes us back to the 1950s and ’60s, a “themed” playlist so to speak. Before listening, I suggest grabbing some bottled coke (or an Old Fashioned, if you’d prefer), a Lucky Strike, and settling back in a leather chair. Pick a political party, and rant against the other one (it doesn’t matter if no one’s listening). Be sure to throw out the word Communist or, “those damn Reds” at least once.

Song, Artist – Album
Tracks:
(I understand a majority of the song’s ‘artists’ merely recorded covers of these songs.  Meaning no disrespect to the original creator, these versions are better.)

  1. Barbara Ann, The Beach Boys – Single
  2. Oh! Darling, The Beatles – Abbey Road
  3. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets – Single
  4. Rock and Roll Music, Chuck Berry – Single
  5. Sh Boom Sh Boom, The Crew Cuts – Single
  6. Come And Go With Me, The Del-Vikings – Single
  7. Runaround Sue, Dion – Runaround Sue
  8. Queen of the Hop, Dion – Single (not on YouTube playlist)
  9. When I’m Sixty-Four, The Beatles – Yellow Submarine
  10. Can’t We Be Sweethearts, Dion – Single
  11. My Generation, The Who – My Generation
  12. In My Life, The Beatles – Rubber Soul
  13. Band of Gold, Don Cherry – Single
  14. I’m a Believer, The Monkees – September Mom
  15. Little Bitty Pretty One, Thurston Harris – Single

Once again, lucky you, there’s a corresponding YouTube playlist here.

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Album Review: Bigfoot – Cayucas

Before we start, I should point out I’m not a professional music reviewer, I’m not an audiophile, and I’m not the kind of person who meticulously analyzes every note and word. No, I just like music. And to be honest, that’s who most of us are, just normal people with certain music tastes, and perfectly capable of discerning what they like and what they don’t; all without professional accreditations. Keep that in mind for these album reviews: the only credibility anyone need is their preference.

A word about the group first. Cayucas was originally Oregon Bike Trails, a primarily solo venture by Zach Yudin. In 2012 he grew Oregon Bike Trails into a four-man band, changing the name to Cayucas, and signed with indie record label Secretly Canadian. After releasing a single, Cayucas recorded their first full album (although it’s still only 30 minutes)  in 2013, named “Bigfoot.”

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The album opens with Cayucos, a song that manages to fuse a quick drum beat with a laid-back attitude, a statement true of most of the album. Subconsciously, it brings to mind happy summer memories with its Beach Boys-esque rhythms and vocals, and a 1960s’ vibe vaguely floats through the album.

Recorded in the rainy Pacific Northwest, its views of  summer, warmth, and sleepy towns, seem almost like nostalgic sentiments of a Californian a month removed from the state. While its overall theme is rather separate from the alternative mainstream (if that makes sense), it sometimes falls into the electronic, echoey place reminiscent of so many other alternative groups nowadays.

As I mentioned, the Cayucas maintains a laid-back attitude, and it almost feels like the musicians are just a group of friends having a conversation with you, not begging you to listen, not trying for your attention with complicated builds or crescendos, it just is, perhaps a hallmark of the surfer town vibe they capture so well.

Secretly Canadian has this to say about the album’s background:

Cayucas: Pronounced “ky-yook-us”, is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s, the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then, the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again. The bar has since disappeared, but as Zach Yudin, the man behind the name, will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.

I doubt I’d ever review music I wouldn’t recommend, but either way, it’s worth a listen. And a purchase. You deserve something nice anyway, don’t you?

Tracks:

  1. Cayucos
  2. High School Lover
  3. Will “The Thrill”
  4. A Summer Thing
  5. East Coast Girl
  6. Deep Sea
  7. Ayawa ‘kya
  8. Bigfoot

Listen here.

friday playlist

Look how imaginative and design-major-worthy that title is. Unlike what you’d expect, the first letters aren’t capitalized. Whenever you’ve recovered, read on.

Behold the first New Age Mocha Friday Playlist, a brief collection of songs I’m listening to or like to be published every…wait for it…Friday. I’ll also include a YouTube version of the playlist on a New Age Mocha channel, created exclusively for your listening convenience. That warm fuzzy feeling you’re getting is gratitude.

Anyway, here it is:

Song, Artist – Album

  1. October, Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  2. East Coast Girl, Cayucas – Bigfoot
  3. Rain Day, DOTT – Swoon (not on youtube playlist)
  4. Waves, Electric Guest – Mondo
  5. When I Fall Asleep, The Head and the Heart – iTunes Session
  6. Seven Nights Seven Days, The Fratellis – We Need Medicine
  7. Rock N Roll Will Break Your Heart, The Fratellis – We Need Medicine
  8. A Simple Answer, Grizzly Bear – Shields
  9. Two Weeks, Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  10. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb, Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  11. Norgaard, The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From the Vaccines

Listen to it here!

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