BlackBook Tracks #7: Let’s All Care About Sports More Than We Normally Do

So, how about those Olympics? That’s a thing that’s happening, right? London’s being taken over by tourists and athletes and said athletes’ wild sex. Considering that I spend the majority of my time sitting in front of a computer, I don’t really know that much about sports, but here are some tenuously thematic tracks.

Hot Chip – “Wrestlers”
Not only are Hot Chip one of the best bands, their music will be used during the Olympics to score one of the best sports: ping-pong.

Girls Aloud – “Swinging London Town”
Sure, the Spice Girls are reuniting for the Olympics, but here’s something from another girl group on hiatus for you. Girls Aloud never grabbed much of an audience outside of the UK, but it’s never too late to discover pop perfection.

Surfer Blood – “Swim”
It feels like a while since we’ve heard from Florida rockers Surfer Blood, whose debut album Astrocoast was a favorite from 2010. Go ahead and listen to this while reading internet comments about the number of bags that need to be put over Michael Phelps’s head or something.

Jonquil – “Run”
Things I would rather do than actually go running: listen to this song from the perennially pleasant Oxford band Jonquil, featured on their recent LP Point of Go.

Tennis – “Petition”
I played tennis as a kid because my mom said I would like it and Michael Chang was a rare celebrity role model for Asian-Americans during the 90s. I wasn’t very good at it, so now the closest I get is listening to the retro-pop duo called Tennis. This is a highlight from their latest album Young And Old.

The Jam – “London Traffic”
So apparently, a huge influx of people entering a city makes traffic really bad. Here is a song entitled “London Traffic” from 1977, truly a message for the ages.

The Specials – “Too Much Too Young”
The closing ceremonies of the Olympics are set to showcase various artists from Britain’s proud musical history, including ska legends the Specials.

New Order – “Age of Consent”
Not only are New Order also performing at the closing ceremonies, it’s scientifically proven (not really) that “Age of Consent” is one of the best summer songs ever.

Blur – “For Tomorrow”
A significant portion of America is going to have to find out that Blur made more than “that woohoo song” when they headline the closing ceremonies. Here is my favorite Blur song, from 1993’s Modern Life Is Rubbish.

The Ruby Suns – “Olympics On Pot”
It’s almost guaranteed that someone from Vice is going to go to the Olympics on acid, but the title of this song offers a back-up idea.

Harry and the Potters – “Voldemort Can’t Stop The Rock”
The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are apparently set to include a bunch of Mary Poppinses fighting a giant Voldemort. Because there is no reason why they shouldn’t.

Jonquil Will Show You Love

Today while taking a gander at the office’s freebies dumping ground—you know, that section in your office where people leave little gifts (read: things no one wants) for others to enjoy—I stumbled upon some gold. I’ll say it again: GOLD! Jonquil, a band whose name I had heard mentioned on the Hott Traxxx & Throwbacks podcast, lured me with the track “It Never Rains” and made it necessary for me to give the entire album a full listen. Thankfully for my ears (and trust me your ears will thank me too), this album is now a shiny hunk of a gem on my playlist.

Jonquil’s album Point of Go, which was released this past March on Dovecote Records, is the perfect spring-to-summer transition album. On “This Innocent,” singer Hugo Manuel forces us to go back to innocent young love, a time before things had to go and get all complicated with feelings and emotions and what does this all really mean?! A time when love was just that: love. Sigh, I am crying all over again.

I do, however, deem the best possible way to really enjoy this album is if you happen to find yourself on a boat, sailing down the Hudson River at sunset (OBVIOUSLY). Throw on these jams and cozy up right next to Lady Liberty herself, because she’s the only one that will ever really love you anyway.

Take a look at the video for "Run" below: