Archive for July, 2008

Summer Music

My homie Mike has put together an iPod ready summer road trip mix and it’s available here for download. You gotta love a mix that includes both the Doors and St. Etienne. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got certain CDs I only listen to during the summer — they seem to just have the right sound for the season. Conversely, I have other CDs I only listen to in the winter, like Autechre’s “Chiastic Slide” or Mum’s “Finally We Are No One”. Below is a list of my current summer favorites:

Call and Response (self titled)
Stereolab style pop filtered through a Southern Califorian lens. Perfect for sitting out by the garden while reading the paper or hanging clothes on the laundry line. These guys sure sound a lot like Free Design, which is a good thing.

Cibo Matto - Stereo Type A
The first five tracks are this disc are totally fantastic. I play this on summer Saturday mornings when I need to get motivated to make breakfast.

The Concretes - In Colour
Wonderful summer driving music from a collective of Swedish musicians. The CD has a very ’70s FM radio vibe to it. If I had a working stereo in the Volvo 1800, this is what I would be listening to.

Beulah - The Coast Is Never Clear
I’ve raved about this CD before, but I don’t actually listen to it much in the winter. It’s perfect for summer driving though. This CD was in heavy rotation when I did that road trip to the Southwest a couple of years ago.

Spoon - Girls Can Tell
This use to be a year-round CD, but recently I’ve only pulled it out during the summer months. It will always remind me of driving to the Oregon coast at night with the sunroof open for some reason.

1 comment July 31st, 2008

Dear OC: I’m Sorry


OK, sometime we retract statements made here at wildfreshness, just not very often. A couple of weeks ago, I complained about the renovation of the Oregon City municipal elevator. Well, Iā€™m man enough to admit that some of that criticism was unwarranted in light of recent improvements. Last week, the city upgraded the lighting in the access tunnel making the lenticular prints easier to see. It almost makes you forget the overpowering smell of urine. They also added security cameras, which were much needed in light of all the recent vandalism. A ton of new lenticular prints were also added to the upper lobby of the elevator and those are quite fantastic.


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