Flash back. Back in the spring of 2010 both The New Pornographers and The National were releasing highly anticipated follow up albums. Both released singles that went viral and pounded at the core of our loyal following. Crash Years was an instant surge of hopeful indie pop and Bloodbuzz Ohio was a growling driving anthem of mid-life despondency. Both were epic and enormous. I listened to them in my truck over and over. Neko Case’s vocals pleaded and Matt’s baritone got under my skin and suddenly Ohio was all I ever wanted. In May of 2010, both LPs dropped and they became benchmarks of indie music. High Violet will haunt me forever.
So in 2012 when I was thinking about the summer mix, I decided to use Crash Years and Bloodbuzz Ohio as the base and I already knew I wanted to include a handful of 80s pop. In May of 2012 we scored awesome seats to see The Go-Gos. Belinda Carlise belted out Mad About You. That was the third song. The rest was easy. The summer mix was shaping up to be a rowdy mix of 80s pop and brilliant indie anthems. It took a couple weeks of obsessive scrutiny and I finally had the playlist perfected. The Jezabels from Austrailia add a sudden unexpected dimesnion towards the end of the mix. City Girl is phenominal. The bass goes down like a good red zinfendel. Smooth but big and explosive.
Then the artwork. All of my sour hour albums are literally that. The playlist becomes it’s own album. I needed artwork that was modern, but vintage. It had to say Party. I dont know what I googled but I found these two women at an 80s retro party and that was it. They are the poster girls for having an epic happy hour. Their faces say Yes! Let’s Rock it Out!
Not every sour hour is crazy. Actually most are mellow. But when we need to blow some steam, down a glass of wine and temporarily forget reality and all the pain and hate, we put the girls on, turn up the volume and pretend like it’s 1982.