The Dunce Cap: Week of Nov. 27, 2011

The Dunce Cap, Vol. 39: Just the smell of the summer can make me fall in love. (click on link to listen to mix via 8tracks – or just play above!)

1. “Wonder Why” – Vetiver
2. “Summer” – Modest Mouse
3. “Bastards of Young” – The Replacements
4. “September Gurls” – Big Star
5. “Chips Ahoy!” – The Hold Steady
6. “Roman History” – Pet Lions
7. “What Is Life” – George Harrison
8. “In Bloom” – Butch Walker & the Black Widows
9. “The Girl” – City & Colour
10. “This Year” – The Mountain Goats

Look at that li’l guy! Just take a looksie; my friend Jen found this guy in his Halloween get-up, as Up‘s Carl Fredricksen, on Pinterest, and I thought he’d be perfect for the cover of my newest Dunce Cap. Fair warning, though, his cheery little mug has almost nothing to do with the rest of this mix. These are ten songs I can’t seem to get out of my head; from the hip-shaking power pop of Big Star and The Replacements (I still maintain they verge on power pop; lookin’ at you, Bebe) to the killer tempo-changers from City & Colour and Butch Walker’s take on Nirvana, I’m pretty pleased overall with this’un. It’s surely not cohesive, but it’s a good last-ditch foray/eager return to mixmaking.

Happy listening!

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