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Sweaty Summertime 2k11 [playlist]

Posted on the 11 July 2011 by Thewildhoneypie @thewildhoneypie


Summer time is really in full swing! With the oppressive heat also come things like BBQs, beaches, picnics and summer jams. We made a playlist of some of our favorite summer music, the songs to cook burgers too, to swim to, and to make out under the bleachers to (summer turns us all into 15 year olds again, it’s a scientific fact).  We’ve done you the service of creating a YouTube playlist for continual listening and posted all the legal MP3s we could.

1. “On Land” – TV Girl

We’ve started the playlist off with one of the lesser known tracks, TV Girl’s irresistible “Oh Land”.  It takes about 30 seconds to fall in love with the tracks’ mix of “oohs”, weird chirps, and effected vocals.

2. “California Sunrise” – Dirty Gold – Free Download

This San Diego band has sunshine and sand in their blood.  Try “California Sunrise” out for size.

3. “Go Outside” – Cults

Dreamy female vocals, light twinkling sound, reverb that kind of makes the song sound like a wave, a chorus about wanting to go outside… Yeah, this is probably the perfect summer song.

4. “Pumped Up Kicks” - Foster the People

With a killer hook and an even more killer bass line this song practically dares you not to dance. It is contagious and probably the most quintessentially summer jam in a long, long while.

5. “Summer’s Cauldron” - XTC

Yes, this was released in the 80s, but it is not summer to me until I hear the crickets and orchestral sounds of this titan of summer songs. XTC gets it absolutely right with the line, “please don’t let me out, this is how I would want to go.”

6. “Blue Star” – Seapony – Free Download

Perfect summer song led by fuzzed out female vocals.

7. “The Start of Something” – Voxtrot

For the lucky ones out there, summer means summer love and this songs sums that feeling up pretty well.

8. “Lights Turned On” - Childish Gambino

Swagger, humor and a thumping euro-trash finale this song will not only get everyone dancing, it will probably get them all making out too.

9. “Boyfriend” - Best Coast

Summer love totally blows, don’t let anyone tell you differently. Shit is the worst. Luckily, Best Coast wrote a song for you to alternatively mope too (he’s not her boyfriend in the song) or, you know, make out to in the grass during a BBQ.

10. “For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea” – Belle & Sebastian

What would a summer playlist be without a Belle & Sebastian song?  Shit.  That’s what.

11. “Cala Cola” – The Smiles

Cali band The Smiles released an EP last year that’s become my quintessential summah-time jam.  This is the best track on the album.

12. “Ice Cream” - Battles

Yes, it’s called “Ice Cream”, but other than that it is a pretty interesting up tempo almost pop number from the experimentalists of Battles. The rhythms, while still interesting and idiosyncratic, are easy to bob along to and Battles will give you that intellectual cred so necessary at parties.

13. “Up Up Up” - Givers – Free Download

It’s peppy and optimistic and has the added bonus of a sultry female lead. I think the xylophone is what really makes this a great summer jam.

14. “We Own the Sky” - M83

M83 traffics in giant atmospheric sounds, the kind that are perfect to listen to with the windows rolled down. This song in particular simply bursts with youthful joy and naivety, which is exactly what summer is for.

15. “Bizness” - tUnE-yArDs

The thumping beat coupled with a funk bass line is enough to make this one of the more interesting and pleasing summer songs in a while, but it’s Merrill Garbus’ incredible one of a kind voice that really makes this song.

16. “East Harlem” - Beirut

Maybe it’s the ukelele’s association with Hawaii, but it’s probably the most summer-y instrument of all time. And maybe it’s my association with the summer that I only listened to The Flying Cup, but Zach Condon’s smooth, soothing voice is also one of the summery-est things this side of vodka-infused watermelon.

17. “M79″ – Vampire Weekend

And rounding out the list is, of course, Vampire Weekend.  You can talk as much “selling out” smack as your want, but their 2008 debut album was one of the best summer albums of last decade.  ”M79″ is one of the more underrated tracks on that album.

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