In the spirit of summer and awesome music I'm posting my favorite songs right now. I hope you enjoy my summer playlist.
1. Lisztomania - Phoenix
-This french indie-pop outfit has been taking the musical world by storm, playing their music for Conan, Letterman and the like and creating a huge blogosphere buzz along the way. I hope you dig this first song from their new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
2. Corriander - Pomegranates
-Ever since I saw these Cincinnati natives open for my beloved Headlights I had a big love affair with their music. The way they structure their songs and integrate strange timings in to their work is incredible.
3. The Magnificent Seven - The Clash
-Classic Clash. I love that The Clash by the end of their career could do whatever they wanted and still make it awesome and punk as fuck.
4. Cheerleader - Grizzly Bear
-Veckatimest has been on repeat here in the townhome (at least in my basement dwelling) and this song has stuck out as one of my favorites.
5. Knotty Pine - Dirty Projectors with David Byrne
-Since I don't have Bitte Orca (I know, I'm so behind!) I decided to through this offering from the Dark Was the Night comp. on here. It's a fun catchy tune that certainly wasn't detracted by the addition the one and only David Byrne.
6. Kodachrome - Paul Simon
-In honor of the late, great Kodak product which, as Mr. Simon so poignantly sings, brings us the brightest colors and the greens of summer.
7. Sunny Feeling - Wilco
-Oh, Wilco, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways: AM, Being There...Wilco (The Album). That's seven (trust me). This song has such a fun poppy jangle to it that I couldn't resist putting it on my summer mix.
8. My Maudlin Career - Camera Obscura
-I just recently got in to this band thanks to a local record store owner, and I am really glad that I did. The Scottish band put out a fun pop record in the vain of Rilo Kiley and Neko Case. This is the title track from that album.
9. The Ancient Common Sense of Things - Bishop Allen
-Ever since The Broken String burst on to my iTunes in '07 I have been in love with the tunes that this band has been putting out. This song from their sophomore effort, Grrr... is another one of those catchy tunes that they are so good at writing.
10. I Was Once a Loyal Lover - Death Cab for Cutie
-Death Cab is practically obligatory, right? Either way this song is really good.
11. Nothing Ever Happened - Deerhunter
-Noise pop never sounded so good. If you haven't picked up Microcastle yet I'd recommend a trip to a record store or a BitTorrent site.
12. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!) - The Decemberists
-Colin Meloy wrote a folk-rock-opera. How awesome is that? This is one of my favorite songs off their newest work. It reminds me of Sabbath if they were a folk band.
13. Set 'Em Free - Akron/Family
-Another band that I heard about because of the local record store owner. I like the progressive folk style that Akron/Family has. Their experimental nature is interesting set to the folk music genre. This song goes more for the straightforward folk and they do it well.
14. People Got A Lotta Nerve - Neko Case
-Case's latest, Middle Cyclone, is a strong effort and might be her finest to date. Thanks to my friend Pat for turning me on to her music.
15. Right Moves - Josh Ritter
-I love this guy. He's like Ryan Adams older brother or something. He just does his brand of Alt-Country/Folk so well. He really should be bigger than he is.
16. Luna - Fanfarlo
-A fun young British band that has been generating a good buzz across the internet. Their first album, which this song comes from, is available on their web site for only a dollar. You should get it.