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Summer Soundtrack

July 2, 2013


Is it really October since my last playlist? Oh, dear. Well, rest assured we’ve been listening to some good tunes around the Seith house, I’ve apparently just not been writing about them. For all the road trips and backyard dinners this season has to offer, here’s the summer soundtrack.

Diane Young by Vampire Weekend (I love the Saab reference in this song. That car, for a very long time was my dream car; plus, this song makes me want to wear an Izod, Wayfarers and pastel shorts … the perfect summer outfit.)

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon (Summer is all about exploring and getting outside the everyday routine.)

Lover of the Light by Mumford & Sons (Sunny days ahead.)

Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? by She & Him (Aren’t road trips about crashing anywhere? I was never very good with that notion.)

Mountain Sound by Of Monsters and Men (I love the chorus of Hold your horses now, considering patience isn’t exactly my strongest virtue. Are we there yet?)

French Navy by Camera Obscura (I’m obsessed with this song and sad I’ll miss them when they are in Atlanta on July 13.)

Without You by Eddie Vedder (Nothing quite makes me think of my childhood in Hawaii than a ukulele and Vedder’s voice paired with simple chords is fantastic.)

Sun by Cat Power (Her voice is like an angel over this great beat and this entire album makes me feel like she’s branching out beyond her usual folk sound.)

Black Skinhead by Kanye West (While I’m so over Kimye, I’m into this song. However, one tip for Mr. West: If you’re that talented, you don’t need to tell everyone about it all the time.)

Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones (Dan’s favorite Stones tune ever and great for a sing-a-long.)

Defriended by Beck (He’s come a long way since Two turntables and a microphone; I love this song.)

Blood Bank by Bon Iver (Doesn’t every summer have some sort of injury? Ours usually involve the dog and his intestinal troubles versus a mulberry tree.)

In the Sun by Donna De Lory (I’m a sucker for hot, summer days.)

Sweater Weather by the Neighbourhood (I’m anti-sweater weather … see above.)

Little French Song by Carla Bruni (Ooh la-la.)

These Days by R.E.M. (I’ve always loved R.E.M.’s older stuff and lately I’m convinced Lifes Rich Pageant is their best work. Every song is so good.)

Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell (How amazing was this song on the season finale of Mad Men?)

Stubborn Love by the Lumineers (Fact: It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all.)

Graffiti on the Train by Stereophonics (Take in the scenery.)

Jesus’ Chariot by Neil Young & Crazy Horse (This is Margaret’s favorite song at the moment. She especially loves the addition of the chicken and dumplings verse. Yum, yum! Though, we usually skip the killing of the red rooster part. #Don’tKnowHowToExplainThat)

I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty (I heard he killed it at Bonnaroo, playing this song shortly after coming on stage.)

Where We Gonna Go From Here by Mat Kearney (Life’s an open road.)

Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend (I’m going full circle with this playlist by starting and finishing with same band. I’m certain the lyric, Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma? is a rhetorical question, but I do. I give a fuck about an Oxford comma, and you should too.)