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COLEMAN HELL – 2 Heads 

You’ve probably all heard this song a million times by now, but I wanted to share this track because this dude is from Thunder Bay!     This song exploded online and was all over steaming music sites and favourited/shared on just about every music blog in exsistence.  This lead to him signing with a major label, a shiny music video, and an upcoming full length album.  Certainly some cool shit to come out of a small town.  But is that even a thing anymore?  Has the internet made the world small enough that the chance at international success is actually attainable for anyone with the talent and work ethic?.  Maybe.  Pay attention to the last shot of the video.  An homage to The Graduate!  Which if you haven’t seen then how the hell did you get the jokes in Wayne’s World 2?

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE – Hey Julie

Hot Tracks Friday compadre Jay was over the other day and I had this song on and he was like ‘Hey who is this’?  So here it is buddy in case you forgot.  AND YES people, these are the Stacy’s Mom guys fuck off!  This is a great summer party tune.

CROCODILES – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)

One time Jay and I were at a Dum Dum Girls concert.  The opening act was Crocodiles whose lead singer is married to Dee Dee, the lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls.  So like a couple of teen girls Jay and I bought some stuff from the merch table and went up to Dee Dee to get her to sign it.  Only problem begin that she was standing with her Crocodile lead singer husband… Anywho we asked for her to sign our stuff, which she did, and completely ignored him.  It was very awkward for everyone involved and after listening to this song all summer realize I should have given him a lot more props.  My bad.

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Chill Vibes, Bro.

WASH IT OUT

Summer time is no-bummer time! It’s all about feeling the sun on your skin, and surrounding yourself with the sweet sonic vibrations. Sex, synth and chillwave. This first track is a delirious, hazy day tripper. It’s bittersweet, smooth and totally nostalgic.

The live version (seen here, on KEXP Seattle. Where the music matters!) feels a bit more somber and soulfull than the album version, and it’s definitely more mellow. You Hot Tracks fanatics might know this as the opening intro for IFC’s Portlandia.

It’s chill, it’s soaked in a mid-summer tangerine haze, it’s WASHED OUT. With “Feel It All Around” from Life of Leisure. Which by the way, is one of my all-time favs for summer album art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEfy3KkEkTE

 

HAVING AN AVERAGE SUMMER?

It’s widely known that this year’s anthem of summer here in Toronto is “Marry Me, Archie” by local garage band cool kids Alvvays. And we’ve professed our love for that track on HTF many moon ago.

So, in the spirit of fuzzed-out, feedback-laiden summer anthems  and that authentic Toronto sound, here’s a Grunge classic that harkens back to the days of ‘the Daves we all knew’. A time when 30 Helens could agree on something, without any outrage.

We take you back to the cult classic show “Kids in the Hall”, and their unforgettable intro. It’s “Having an Average Weekend” by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. And it has all the right ingredients for summer in the city

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVQQE5goiSE

 

BE ABOVE IT, BRO

In the name of all that is July, we’ll leave you with the fuzzed-out, vitamin D drenched piece of surf-toned Psychadelia from Aussie electro-Rockers Tame Impala. If this doesn’t open your mind and make you want to drop drugs and get beach sand in all your naughty places, then there’s just no saving you.

This is “Gotta Be Above It”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqitvCprMEg

Sweet Summer Trax

The Smiles – Cala Cola

This song is pretty alright!

 

The Cramps I Can’t Hardly Stand It

Lux Interior (who I assume got his name from a Buick catalog) gives a bitchin’ performance on this track. Beats the heck out of Charlie Feathers.

 

Edwyn Collins – I Never Met a Girl Like You Before

Groovy.