Don’t worry; The Ghost did not leave this week’s Monday Mixteen out in this brutal heat. It just seemed like the perfect photo for this week, given this scorching weather and all. Yes, it is way too hot to be outside unless absolutely necessary. It’s better to find a nice indoor activity to do. Something like listen to this week’s Monday Mixteen, perhaps.
This is another Sesame Street, sponsored by style playlist. This week’s playlist is brought to you by the letters A and R, and the number 3. Either the artist’s name begins with A, the song begins with R, or the album title features a 3 in the title. So stay cool, and be even cooler by listening to this week’s Monday Mixteen.
- Acid Carousel, “Summer Girls”
With all this summer heat, this Acid Carousel track seemed the right way to begin this playlist.
- Remy Reily, “Rattlesnake”
This one reps hard for the R’s. Remy Reilly will also be rocking out Deep Ellum Art Company’s Jamily show on Saturday, which also features The High Moons and Bree & The Fellas, among other strong acts.
- Little Father, “Violence”
Little Father is the one act with a three in the album title (or in this case, EP title). Little Father was also the third track on last week’s playlist, so I decided to add a little variety by featuring the third (and final) track from their EP, 3.
- Ansley, “How to BE Alone”
Sometimes The Ghost knows ahead of time what the playlist theme will be. But sometimes, I find a song or artist I want to feature, and I build a playlist around that. After listening to Ansley’s new album, Rituals, I knew that I had to have a theme that would incorporate her new work. There are plenty of great tracks on this album, but I think that within the last 24 hours, I’ve played this song enough times that I’d need both hands to keep count.
- Annabelle Chairlegs, “Watermelon Summer”
It’s been awhile this band has released new material; here’s hoping they get in the studio soon.
- Caved Mountains, “Rudder”
Because I always welcome the oportunity to shamelessly promote a show of mine. In case you haven’t heard me say this already, Caved Mountains are performing Saturday, August 4th at Double-Wide as part of The Ghost’s 11 year anniversary. Sunbuzzed and Corner Suns will be joining them on this psych drenched lineup.
- Artemus, “Heavy Heart”
The Ghost’s pal Artemus has been keeping quite busy with his Faux Collins tribute band. That’s all good and well Art, but let’s not get distracted from your solo work. I mean, tracks like this are like having a brand spankin’ new Phil Collins single, ya know?
- Bobby Sessions (feat. Zyah), “RVLTN”
There are plenty of clever rhymers at beat masters in local rap, but no one is writing lyrics even half as sharp as Bobby Sessions. The tracks on RVLTN (Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa are like lyrical grenades being thrown into your ears and head. This album is a must-listen, and that’s all there is to it.
- American Werewolf Academy, “Big Nights Forever”
Big Nights and big sounding rock and roll. Oh yeah.
- Atlantis Aquarius, “Nibirian Sun”
Two A’s for the price of one. Nice.
- Droo’s Peace Crush, “Rat Race”
The Ghost has been pushing “Vinyl” and “My Favorite” most heavily from Droo’s ’79 Playlist, which is not to say that those are the only tracks worthy of listen. The album is filled with plenty of nuggets of ear candy, just like this track.
- Alex, “Didn’t Mean To”
Ansley was the first artist I knew I wanted to share, and this ballad by Alex was a very close second. This young lady is recording some solid tunes, and her vocal skills are on point. Between Alex and Ansley, A had to be a letter I used. That letter also represents the grades I’d give both of their tracks.
- [DARYL], “Radio’s Replaceable”
I don’t know how long term this [DARYL] reunion is going to be, so you might wanna get down to Double-Wide this Saturday if you didn’t get to see them at Homegrown Fest. Austin’s Quiet Company will open for them.
- Sleepspent, “Roots”
This El Paso band is making some solid shoegaze tunes.
- Cut Throat Finches, “Reset”
This song still holds a lot of truth in my heart. It’s the kind of track that I listen to when I need either a pick-me-up or a realignment of my attitude.
- Ask for Joy, “Rebirth”
Finally, a band that begins with an A, playing a song beginning with R. Now if only their EP, A Blow and a Kiss, featured a three somewhere in the title.