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Narcotized: Beginning of Summer Mix, Twenty-Ten Edition

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May is flowering, or whatever it does, and we’re kind of all just waiting for June, let’s be honest, when we can really wear next-to-no clothing and not feel indecent, because it’s really just that damn hot, and everyone has kind of coaxed into the summer rhythm of things and maybe people at your office ask you out to get iced coffee more or maybe you really do start doing yoga on the roof every day. Those kind of things. But there’s a special charm to this time of year, too, this wintry-springlike-mix that is April and the beginning of May, when there’s still so much potential for the summer stretching out before you (yes, you will write that novel this summer! you will go climbing upstate more often, you will eat nothing but raw food, you will take a class in unicycling or cooking sauces or speaking french, you will land that job you are looking for, you will stay up late and subsist on kombucha and tecate, and get everything you’ve wanted to get done done and your skin will look great, all sunkissed and maybe freckled, and other things that I’m increasingly aware are beginning to sound like that one Rilo Kiley song). At this time of year, the sun still has the power to narcotize you, render you still and worshiping in its presence you are so happy you made it through another winter for this, because really, every year, you forget how good it really is.

Anyways, this is all just to say that back by popular demand! (two people asked me about it): the Summer Mixtape Trilogy, Twenty-Ten Edition.

First up is Narcotized: A Beginning of Summer Mix. I don’t want to brag or anything, but this may be better than the Most-Perfect-Beginning-of-Summer-Mixtape-Ever. I guess it all depends on your tolerance for weird Polish music from the 90s, which ends the mix and drove the people that are hosting me in DC right now away from me and behind headphones and/or closed bedroom doors after a minute or so (it’s a 10-minute song). So, there’s that. There’s a band that I learned about from NPR via a friend who’s a Threadless model, which is a cliche about something but I’m not sure what (the band, Black Prairie, is amazing, and sounds like a western). There’s old stuff, like Jon Prine and Sam Cooke and Arlo Guthrie, and very very new stuff, like MGMT and Broken Social Scene.

There are also two songs that I will declare right now are going to be THE SONGS OF EARLY SUMMER TWENTY-TEN. These would be “all our most brilliant friends” by the slow club (the refrain is “all our most brilliant friends are doubting themselves,” over top of jangly dance music; that alone – tapping our existential dread but pairing it with the kind of frantic beats that make you want to jump and dance around like Renee Zellewegger on the rooftop in Empire Records singing “Sugar High”  … it provides a crisis with an immediate and built-in path to redemption or catharsis that is like the stock and trade of summer hits, or medical dramas. But maybe that’s just me).

If you’d like your summer hit a little less complicated, a little more familiar (Chocolate Bobka pointed out that it “harnesses the vibe” of Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey,” which pretty much means at times it sounds just like it), then you’ve got “Getting By” by Alex Bleeker (also the front-man of somewhat-more-well-known Real Estate), which is a summer-after-senior-year-of-high-school driving or porch-drinking kind of anthem in all the best ways.

[Of course, I have been wrong about “songs of the summer” before.]

Anyways, enough of all this Sunday-afternoon babbling. Here’s some music. Hope you like it as much as I do.

[*if you’d like a copy, email me*]

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Written by Elizabeth

May 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Posted in Culture, Music

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  1. […] 18 May On my other blog, I’ve got a beginning-of-summer mix. […]

  2. Omg..can’t believe you are a slow club fan. I love them! Was just listening to the ‘doesnt always have to be beautiful’ song..they need to come play NY again..

    cravenmaven

    May 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm

  3. yes, I just discovered them and I love them! Tell me more about them …

    Elizabeth

    May 19, 2010 at 11:33 am


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