Bodies in the sand
Tropical drink melting in your hand
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Kokoma
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I guess in other parts of the country peoples summers are winding down. In San Francisco summer nights are just beginning to crawl into the picture. This mix is a bit dark, dare I say, quite goth? But good goth, like melodic Belgian coldwave goth not cheesy eyeliner industrial goth. I feel like that’s the way things are going, or at least that’s what I’ve been drawn to lately. It’s also mostly new songs, which is pretty exciting to me since I’ve also been pretty stuck in the early eighties and nineties scouring tapes for another upcoming mix.
The vignette I imagined it to score would be something along the lines of:
Haunted summer night spiraling outward from a shitty party in the city, stumbling to car in pursuit of better places outside of places, city skyline increasingly in distance, cold light, making it to coast and passing out as fog clears and the sand glows under the pale light of the moon. Etc, etc. You know, an average San Francisco night.
Anyways, this is it from me for a bit. Well, until I drop the other sunnier side to this mixtape, Golden Gloom, my mixtape embassy to the west later next week. I am off to Belgium and France and anywhere else I decide to visit on whim while in Europe for the better part of the month. Eventually upon my return I plan to make my home out in NY. Any readers interested in putting me up along my European trip let me know. Or if you recommend I visit anywhere that these songs might fit nicely into?
So long West Coast ((())))))))))\\
Highlights and Tracklist:
I played this track at the Naturalismo Presents: Sleep Over & Pure Ecstasy show and had a few people come up asking who it was. This is an earlier (and much better take) of the song from an early E.P. by them before they became the Clan of…it’s some serious Maus-level type addictiveness. From 1984ish.
Something so sweetly sinister about this track. I haven’t really listened to much Brian Wilson this summer, but the Beach Boys tinged guitar licks in this dark track satiate on a similar level.
Incredible acetate demo cut by some lost Bethesda 60’s band, super brooding and catchy.
Lawrence is god.