mixtape: summertime

Welcome to summer!  Now I know what you’re thinking – Memorial Day is usually the unofficial kickoff to summer, and I’m about 5 days late in posting.  But I celebrate the beginning of my summer on the last day of school, which just so happens to be today.  And now that it’s officially summer – in my eyes at least – it’s time to start thinking about summer mixtapes.

More than any other season, summer makes me crave a good mixtape.  I try to make one every summer – a mixture of songs that are explicitly about the season and songs that “feel like summer.”  Now, I can’t help you with those songs that “feel like” summer, because what feels like summer to me might not feel like summer to you.  And what feels like summer in 2011 might not feel like summer in 2012.  But I can help you with those other songs – the ones with a more literal take on the topic.  Mix these songs with your own picks and you’re sure to have the perfect mixtape for the pool, the beach, or that great road trip.

Matt Pond PA – Summer Is Coming

“The summer is coming
We should all stand clear
Of the heat and high water”

 

Beach Fossils – Vacation

“I’m getting on that bus
Got to get out of town
It’s all that’s on my mind
Leave the city behind”

 

Harlem Shakes – Sunlight

“Sunlight, sunlight baby
We just let go of the night now slowly”

 

Martha & the Vandells – Dancing In The Streets

“Summer’s here and the time is right
For dancin’ in the streets”

 

The Decemberists – Summer Song

“And summer arrives with a length of lights
And summer blows away
And quietly gets swallowed by a wave”

 

Tennis – Cape Dory

“We can play in the sun holding hands
And nap through the day on sun-bathed sands
We can live on an island of old conch shells
We can listen to the sounds of the ocean swell”

 

PAS/CAL – Summer Is Almost Here

“Well the summer is almost here
Muggy mornings and sweaty shirt stains
Sand, lotion, and the smelly ocean”

 

Magic Kids – Summer 

“Summertime is for sweethearts
Home again, see my friends”

 

Pansy Division – The Summer You Let Your Hair Grow Out

“The summer you let your hair grow out
Hope hung heavy in the air”

 

Dirty Gold – California Sunrise

“I’ve been sleeping far too long hibernating from your love
I need some summer sun to come and wake me up”

 

Best Coast – All Summer

“All year long we wait for sun
At the beach we come undone”

 

The Go-Gos – Vacation

“Vacation all I ever wanted
Vacation had to get away”

 

The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

“Oh, mama I wanna go surfing
Oh, mama I don’t care about nothing”

 

Weezer – Surf Wax America

“I’m going surfin ‘cause I don’t like your face
I’m bailing out because I hate the race
Of rats that run round and round in the maze
I’m going surfing, I’m going surfing!”

 

Roky Moon & BOLT! – Hot Saturday Night

“I dont stop for days
Hot Saturday night hot summer. “

 

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City

“But at night it’s a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it’ll be alright”

 

Granddady – Summerhere Kids

“Summer here kids
All of them awful lies
Tourist info said I’d have a good time
I’m not having a good time”

 

Youth Lagoon – July

“Explosions pillaging the night
From the fireworks on the fourth of July
It’s just my lady, our friends, and I
Smoking cigars and yelling at cars as they drive by”

 

Death Cab For Cutie – Summer Skin 

“And we frolicked about in our summer skin
I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air”

 

Beat Happening – Indian Summer

“What is that cheerful sound?
Rain fallin’ on the ground
We’ll wear a jolly crown
Buckle up, we’re wayward bound
We’ll come back for Indian Summer”

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12 comments
  1. krezgirl said:

    Ooh, kudos for adding in Surf Wax America! But I really think you’ve got to add It Must Be Summer by Fountains of Wayne. Great song, especially if you grew up somewhere really hot in summer, like Arizona.

    • Thanks – I’ll check it out!

    • i love that fountains of wayne song! good call.
      also this whole playlist is really great. pretty chill.

      • Thanks, man. Chill is exactly what you need in the summer.

  2. This is great! New music just in time for summer, thanks for the mix :)

  3. Henry Ellenthorpe said:

    This was awesome; we’ve been doing a similar thing at our site and I love your Death Cab mention!

    • Sweet! I’ll have to go check your mix out too!

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