Published May 21, 2009As T-shirt season slowly goes from dream to reality, Jens Lekman is once again ringing in the summer season with a new digital mixtape. Right now over on the Swede's website you can pick up his freshly released and totally free The Summer Never Ends, which follows up on the previous Lekman-crafted summer offering, The Death of This Summer from 2006.
On the 32-minute continuous mix, Lekman throws together a collection of feel-good sunshine jams, ranging from cuts by Service label-mates the Embassy to late percussionist/Santana member Coke Escovedo, toddler-voiced Italo disco crew Baby's Gang and '60s hit-makers American Breed. There's also a few excerpts from some new, previously unreleased Lekman-penned originals, as well as a spoken-word intro from the Swede saying, "Hello my children, it's your old friend Jens Lekman. I just thought I would make you a little mix of some nice seductive tunes. May 17th , Two Thousand and Fine. The summer never ends."
You can grab The Summer Never Ends here, and if you still haven't grabbed The Death of This Summer you can still get that one here.
As previously reported, Lekman also has some North American dates lined up. Here they are, following a list of the tracks included on the new summer mix:
The Summer Never Ends:
1. "The Summer Never Ends" (excerpt)
2. "I Really Think That We Can Make It Girl"
3. Nicolette Larsson - "Lotta Love"
4. The Embassy - "State 08"
5. "New Directions" (excerpt)
6. Coke Escovedo - "I Wouldn't Change A Thing"
7. Filippo Trecca - "La Morte Dell'erminia"
8. "His name is Mikael Carlsson, her name is Alicia Keys"
9. Lamont Dozier - "Blue Sky and Silver Bird"
10. Cat Stevens - "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out"
11. Jeff Perry - "Love Don't Come No Stronger"
12. Good News - "Australia"
13. Baby's Gang - "America"
14. American Breed - "Always You"
North American tour dates:
5/26 San Diego, CA - The Loft- UCSD
5/27 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
5/28 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
5/29 Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
5/30 San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Art Center
6/1 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
6/2 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
6/3 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
6/4 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
6/5 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
6/6 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
6/7 Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards