Here are some records I've been spinning so far this summer. I hope you can dig at least one of these and then maybe go pick it up somewhere. Thanks for reading!
1. Thee Oh Sees • Mutilator Defeated At Last
I've been spinning this one the hardest, mainly because it's just a beautiful record. You can expect to find yourself falling into the melodies, and as someone else pointed out to me - a kind of a Pink Floyd vibe - happening on this record. I'm so happy they're making music and even happier that somehow they seem to keep getting better. I love this band.
2. Jane's Addiction • Nothing's Shocking
I know, I know…living some nostalgic fantasy out through one of my favorite records of the 90's…well, the joke's on you because this shit came out in 1988, so there! I had a friend named Krissy K that played this band a lot growing up, and it always reminds me of summer, clove cigarettes, and dime bags. In my humble opinion, it's the perfect time to start spinning this record.
3. Starry Eyes Soundtrack • Waxwork Records
If you know me, you know that I love horror films. You'd also know that I adore this record label because their vinyl is high quality in terms of sound, production, concept, and the colors/combinations that Erika Records has produced for them is the best I've seen to date. This album art should be enough for you to want it, alone. The sounds on this record are so on point for the film and even if you're not into horror movies, you can surely appreciate a brilliantly composed work of art in terms of music, right? This shit RULES.
4. Lou Donelson • Hot Dog
People…I mean...come on…look at this album cover! This record is fun all of the way through. It's something you could easily pick up for 10 bucks and enjoy for a lifetime of summers. You're welcome.
5. Al Casey • Surfin' Hootenanny
What does this record have going for it? It was produced by Lee Hazelwood for starters! Here's the blurb about it on Sundazed:
"The post-war explosion of rock, pop and r&b that began in the ‘50s was fueled by a steadily increasing flow of singles and later, albums. The independent labels led the charge of new releases and in due time, the major labels followed suit. This created a huge demand for session musicians who could play a variety of styles and get it down quick, because the next session was booked right behind it! Long Beach, CA native Alvin W. “Al” Casey rose to prominence as an ace session player at this time, recording with a variety of artists. In his teens, Casey began working with producer Lee Hazelwood in Phoenix, playing first on records by Sanford Clark and then as member of Duane Eddy’s Rebels. Though primarily known as a guitarist, Casey played piano in the Rebels and wrote one of their biggest hits, “Ramrod.” He also co-wrote “40 Miles of Bad Road” with Eddy. In addition to guitar and keyboards, Casey was also adept at steel guitar and bass. Quite a valuable guy to have around the studio!
Beyond the studio, Casey began working with his own band, the Al Casey Combo, splitting his time between Phoenix and Los Angeles. Signing with independent label Stacy, Casey and the band scored with three instrumental hits. The third of these hits, “Surfin’ Hootenanny,” led Casey to cut an entire surf LP with Hazelwood. The Surfin’ Hootenanny album saw Casey expertly incorporating the styles of Eddy, Dick Dale and the Ventures and combining them with his own. The range of guitar tones he captures from cut to cut is staggering, from menacing fuzz to muted melody echo lines to dripping wet reverb and beyond. His multi-edged guitar attack was buoyed by contributions from Leon Russell and Hal Blaine, along with other members of L.A.’s “Wrecking Crew.” Female background vocals were provided by “The K-C-Ettes,” which was actually The Blossoms in disguise. Together, they created one of the most listenable albums of the surf era.
It also became one of the most desired yet elusive surf albums. Not long after releasing Surfin’ Hootenanny, Stacy folded, leaving Casey without a label home and the album without a manufacturer. The album’s reputation grew with the passage of time, it’s scarcity making it a hot item on the collector market. Fortunately, Sundazed has located the original analog session tapes and made this surf masterpiece available once again. In addition to the original 12 tracks, this Sundazed edition adds three alternate takes, expanding your listening pleasure. As if that weren’t enough, the album is pressed on “sunset red” vinyl! Whether you’re a novice surf fan or the most silver surfer around, this album will launch you on a journey you’ll want to take again and again."