Nothing like crafting your summer playlist halfway through summer! My personal belated playlist is straight from me to you.
The first course is a heavy serving of garage/guitar rock from greats such as Japandroids and Jay Reatard. Also present here is a song by one of the best new bands I’ve heard in a long time, Cayucas. Cleansing the palate with the psychedelic leaning rock of King Tuff. The brain pounder that is Dan Deacon’s “Lots” moves us into the second plate which is a mix of Wild Noting dream pop sounds and Golden Age Hits from Buddy Holly and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
This second plate also features a very Pixies-esque “Headspins” from Splashh, as well as wonderful songs about wasted days from JEFF the Brotherhood and Neon Indian. Following Portugal. The Man’s “Creep in a T-Shirt,” Dirty Gold brings us back to calmer sound with Dirty Gold and Tennis’s “It All Feels the Same”. My personal highlight of this list is “It All Feels Right,” Washed Out’s new song from his forthcoming album Paracosm. What more appropriate title for these summer months than one that refers to a feeling of having everything in place?
The Final entrée speeds up with “Lit Up” from The National, and gets a disco vibe from LCD Soundsystem and Disclosure. “Beach Comber” is probably a little misplaced in this segment, but with the line about “walking on a Pensacola beach” I couldn’t pass it up. Bath’s dark little ditty “No Eyes” is a bleak electro-pop song about “bedroom buddies,” and to top off this long list is WU LYF’s “We Bros.” Anthemic and powerful, feel free to chant along with your bros as the song builds, crashes, builds again and then brings the house down.
*Grooveshark did not have the chosen Splashh song, “Headspins.”
The Boys Are Leaving Town – Japandroids
Stolen Flowers – Japanther
Year’s Not Long – Male Bonding
Fading All Away – Jay Reatard
My Gaps Feels Weird – Superchunk
Eraser – No Age
High School Lover – Cayucas
Keep on Movin’ – King Tuff
Lots – Dan Deacon
The Body in Rainfall – Wild Nothing
Round the Moon – Summer Camp
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly
How Do You Do It – Gerry and the Pacemakers
Headspins – Splashh
Sixpack – JEFF the Brotherhood
Terminally Chill – Neon Indian
Creep in a T-Shirt – Portugal. The Man
California Sunrise – Dirty Gold
It All Feels the Same – Tennis
It All Feels Right – Washed Out
Lit Up – The National
Beach Comber – Real Estate
Time to Get Away – LCD Soundsystem
When a Fire Starts to Burn – Disclosure
No Eyes – Baths
We Bros – WU LYF