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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/31/2008

August Mixtape

By David Malitz

Things get a little slow on the touring circuit at the end of summer, but there are still plenty of shows to choose from in August. So enjoy tracks from metal legends Motorhead, zydeco upstarts Pine Leaf Boys, a vulgar country song from American's Funnyman, anti-comic Neil Hamburger, and take a trip down memory lane with Belinda Carlisle. Five here, 15 more after the jump.

"Death Valley" - Stella Schindler (Aug. 1, Velvet Lounge)
Local songstress offers up a spooky, noirish tale with a galloping beat that, as the title implies, gives off a definite riding-in-the-desert vibe.

"The Birthday Wars" - Oxford Collapse (Aug. 2, Black Cat)
Brooklyn indie rockers find the right halfway point between ramshackle and anthemic on the first single from their fourth album.

"My Baby's Layin in the Ground" - John Barrett's Bass Drum of Death (Aug. 5, Black Cat)
There's not much variety to what a one-man-band can do -- some dirty guitar, a very basic kick drum beat and some vocals -- but Barrett does it well, achieving an appealing primal garage sound.

"The Recycle Bin" - Neil Hamburger (Aug. 6, Black Cat)
The nation's premier anti-comic releases a ... country album? Oh, you better believe it. This very NSFW tune focuses on those objects that just can't be recycled. "You can't recycle Styrofoam/Or a potted plant/Or artichoke waste/You [expletive]." Must be heard to believed, but if you're at work, headphones are a must.

"Fire in the Hole" - Bob Log III (Aug. 7, Iota)
Here's another one-man-band, and you won't find many acts -- no matter how many members -- that are more bizarre than Bob, who offers up a vulgar, deranged take on garage blues.

"Overkill" - Motorhead (Aug. 7, Nissan Pavilion)
There's metal, then there's Motorhead. Nobody gets the fists pumping like Lemmy and crew, and this set-closer is one of the band's best.

"No Allies" - Double Dagger (Aug. 8, Comet Ping Pong)
The Baltimore band that I won't stop talking about just released a new 7-inch featuring this furious blast of low-end punk. If you still miss that "classic" Dischord sound, these guys are doing it better than most of those old bands ever did it.

"Churches Off the Interstate" - Laura Cantrell (Aug. 9, Jammin' Java)
Cantrell gained acclaim as host of "Radio Thrift Shop" on WFMU, but now she gets notice for her own excellent, downhome country songs.

"King of Carrot Flowers, Part 1" - Wilco (Aug. 9, Virgin Festival)
How about a Wilco rarity? Here's a live cover of Neutral Milk Hotel from 2000.

"Born Slippy NUXX" (YouTube video) - Underworld (Aug. 9, Virgin Festival)
This song was the cherry on top of "Trainspotting," one of the best pounding electro anthems ever.

"God Monkey Robot" - The Apparitions (Aug. 9-10, Iota)
Mark Heidinger has made a name for himself as the folky Vandaveer, but before that, he was a singer/guitarist for this Louisville quintet, which featured a bright, triple-guitar attack. After a couple years off, the band is getting back together for a pair of weekend shows at Iota.

"Where Do You Run To" - The Vivian Girls (Aug. 13, DC9)
Upstart indie-pop group is half girl-group throwback and half Jesus and Mary Chain fuzz. It ends up sounding a lot like long-ago local legends Black Tambourine.

"Valkyries" - Jana Hunter (Aug. 14, Black Cat)
Hunter's record was released by Gnomonsong, a label run by Devendra Banhart, so it makes sense that she plays the same sort of left-of-center neo-folk.

"The Waterline" - Pepi Ginsberg (Aug. 14, Black Cat)
It's an embarrassment of female singer-songwriter riches at the Black Cat on this night with Hunter (above) on the backstage while Ginsberg's opening for Thao Nguyen on the mainstage. This Ginsberg tune is a refreshing, relaxed jaunt with bouncy piano.

"Tracks of My Tears" (YouTube video) - Smokey Robinson (Aug. 14, Wolf Trap)
Okay, there's been some pretty obscure stuff up to this point. So here's a Motown classic everyone can enjoy.

"Under the Pines" - Bodies of Water (Aug. 17, Black Cat)
This California group plays a unique brand of indie-gospel, with all four members frequently singing in rousing unison.

"None Shall Pass" - Aesop Rock (Aug. 20, 9:30 Club)
The Def Jux mainstay has been an underground rap hero for almost a decade, thanks to lyrical barrages like this one from last year's album of the same name.

"Zydeco Gris Gris" - Pine Leaf Boys (Aug. 22, Glen Echo)
Young Louisianians do the Bayou state proud with their exuberant take on zydeco, with lyrics sung only in French.

"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (YouTube video) - Belinda Carlisle (Aug. 26, Wolf Trap)
The Regeneration Tour offers plenty of chances for a nostalgia pick -- A Flock of Seagulls, Human League, ABC -- but for reasons unknown I've always had a soft spot for this schlocky mid-'80s hit.

"Funky D See" (MySpace stream) - Funk Ark (Aug. 30, Velvet Lounge)
Local pianist Will Rast is always worth listening to. His newest project, leading this 11-piece funk band, may be his best one yet.

-- David

By David Malitz  | July 31, 2008; 12:27 PM ET
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Don't forget Oneida at the Black Cat August 23 (with the Apes opening). Here's a link to "Up With People" (MP3) from their latest album, Happy New Year.

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