Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Summer has arrived, and with it comes great expectations and grave responsibility. Every year people reach this point and look ahead with the best intentions to milk the summer months for everything they're worth. I call this "summer's gravity": the pressure to not let the summer slip away before accomplishing something. Whether it's a chance to take a roadtrip, to spend time with friends, or a chance to buckle down for a serious cash earning stint at a summer job, there's no doubt that many of us have high hopes for the summer.

Of course, summer always has a soundtrack too. Once the calendar turns on May and June, I reach for a set of records that speak to the essence of summer. Musically, it's a blend of folk song writing, country instrumentation, and a punk rock/indie rock approach to arrangement & dynamics. Really there's no set style or sound though, and I go more on mood and decide whether a song is a "summer song" or not. While not a definitive mix of any one music scene or style, the songs here showcase a few of bands that (to my ears) share similar influences and approaches in their music, and they're all summer songs.

Wilco - War On War
The Pixies - Winterlong
The Lemonheads - Paid To Smile
Buffalo Tom - Gravity
The New Pornographers - Crash Years
Wilco - You Never Know
The Lemonheads - Rule Of Three
Dinosaur Jr. - Feel The Pain
Matt & Kim - Lightspeed

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