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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 06/ 2/2009

Wale, David Byrne, Amadou & Mariam, Frodus and more: June Mixtape

By David Malitz

This month's mixtape is oversized, with 25 songs instead of 20. That's because almost half of it is devoted to shows on a single day. I'm going to declare June 11 as the most packed day of music this area has seen in a long while. Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello, Dave Brubeck, Jenny Lewis, Gil Scott Heron, plus up-and-comers Mika Miko, AA Bondy, Blk Jks and the Avett Brothers? Talk about options. There's truly something for everyone. Five here, 20 more -- including the 6/11 motherload -- after the jump.

"Magic" - Wale (June 3, 9:30 club)
Hey, it's everyone's favorite local hip-hop savior/Next Big HUMONGOUS Thing who, we swear, is going to release a proper album one of these days. Oh, we kid. We'd be fine if he keeps dropping irresistible, DMV-referencing singles like this one.

"It Gets Your Body Movin" - Suckers (June 3, Black Cat)
Brooklyn band works its way up to something big by the end of this song. Horns are blasting, lots of voices shouting in unison -- it's big but not overblown.

"Fuzzy Freaky" - David Byrne (June 6, Wolf Trap)
Sure, I could break out an old Talking Heads chestnut, but Byrne's career has always been about moving forward. So here's a new song that's more freaky than fuzzy. But plenty funky.

"Go On Say It" - Blind Pilot (June 7, Black Cat)
Portland, Ore., band has played with the Decemberists, and it's a good fit. Imagine that band when it was still, you know, a band and not some sort of nautical rock musical.

"Sabali" - Amadou & Mariam (June 10, Birchmere)
The Malian pop duo gets all electronic; this song sounds like a collaboration with Ladytron. A pretty awesome collaboration with Ladytron.

"I Got a Lot (New New New)" - Mika Miko (June 11, Comet)
Slapdash, fun, funky punk rock from this gang of young ladies from L.A. You'll be jumping around like you got pop rocks in your shoes.

"To Turn a Tune or Two" - Strange Boys (June 11, Comet)
Ragged garage rock that's so laid back it never really gets to rocking. Which is fine, because it still grooves in that old-school "Nuggets" sorta way.

"There's a Reason" - AA Bondy (June 11, Iota)
Downtrodden singer-songwriter with an ear for melody leaves at least a glimmer of hope. Sounds like Mixtape faves Clem Snide.

"Waves" - Holly Miranda (June 11, Iota)
Ethereal and beautiful. Almost as beautiful as Holly herself. Seriously, she's a babe. No really, I am in love with her.

"The Bottle" (YouTube video) - Gil Scott Heron (June 11, Blues Alley)
The poet/singer/revolutionary set the stage for hip-hop with his socially and politically-conscious lyrics. This classic tune also features some Burgundy-esque jazz flute.

"43 Percent Burnt" - Dillinger Escape Plan (June 11, Rock and Roll Hotel)
If you've ever wondered what "mathcore" is, here's your answer. Pummeling noise with schizophrenic shifts and lots of screaming. Lots of screaming.

"Lakeside" - Blk Jks (June 11, Black Cat)
Great, another bunch of indie twerps who think they should take cues from African music. What's that? They're actually from South Africa? And this song has a swirling, hypnotic groove? OK then.

"Love Story" (YouTube video) - Taylor Swift (June 11, Merriweather Post Pavilion)
The reigning queen of country and pop, her show at Merriweather sold out in just 30 minutes. This is my favorite of her cavalry of mega-hits.

"Handle With Care" - Jenny Lewis (June 11, 9:30 club)
The indie rock siren's show is also sold out. Here's her charming, soothing cover of the great Traveling Wilburys song.

"Complicated Shadows" - Elvis Costello (June 11, Wolf Trap)
One of pop's great tunesmiths goes bluegrass on his new album, but this song doesn't have much of an Appalachian feel. It's a rocked-up reworking of a decade-old song he wrote for Johnny Cash.

"Murder in the City" - The Avett Brothers (June 11, Lisner Auditorium)
Americana upstarts have been known to inject some youthful bravado into their rollicking tunes but show off their introspective side on this ballad.

"Take Five" (YouTube video) - Dave Brubeck (June 11, Warner Theatre)
The jazz legend leading his band through one of his most famous songs. Throw his album on at your next dinner party, nobody will be disappointed.

"Eid Ma Clack Shaw" - Bill Callahan (June 12, Black Cat)
Another deadpan, introspective home run from the most underappreciated member of the Drag City Holy Trinity (Will Oldham, David Berman being the others).

"That Summer Feeling" - Jonathan Richman (June 14, 9:30 club)
No joke -- this is one of my favorite songs ever. This live version gives a good feel for the infectious playfulness of seeing Richman in concert.

"Wish Someone Would Care" (YouTube video) - Irma Thomas (June 14, National Mall)
The "Soul Queen of New Orleans" performs free as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. This is one of those girl-scorned classic tearjerkers from the '60s. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

"Coast of Carolina" - Telekinesis (June 17, Black Cat)
This is the Krackel of power pop -- it's sweet and crunchy, but it doesn't have any gooeyness like, say, a Milky Way. I'm hungry.

"Feelgood Song of the Year" - Frodus (June 20, Black Cat)
Holy high school, Batman! Local spazzcore heroes are back to show a new generation of young'uns how we used to throw down back in the day.

"French Navy" - Camera Obscura (June 21, 9:30 club)
Scottish indie-pop sextet overdoses on the string arrangements but it works to perfection on another bittersweet gem.

"Natural Disasters" - Enon (June 27, Comet)
Enon has quietly amassed one of the most consistent discographies in indie rock over the past decade, with its kitchen-sink approach keeping things fresh. This is a highlight, with John Schmersal and Toko Yasuda's tandem vocals leading the way.

"Dreamer" - Tiny Vipers (June 28, The Red & the Black)
For those sad and lonely nights when you want to hear someone who's sadder and lonelier than you are. That would be Jesy Fortino, who is all by herself on this stark, enchanting song.

By David Malitz  | June 2, 2009; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Music  
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nice mix! throw in some Steve Earle, PJ Harvey, X, and Bela Fleck because they're all here this week too.

Posted by: saralevy | June 3, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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