So, this summer I went a little nuts and made 5 different summer mixes. Part of it was the fact the baby is on its way and I know I won’t have time, and part of it is there are a ton of songs that deserve to be part of your summer. One will post each day this coming week, but there were certainly songs that didn’t make the cut that I think sound like summer, too. So, here are the 40 I had to leave off the mixes I made but still think should be part of your summer soundtrack. Listen below, or click here to head over and listen/follow the playlist on Spotify. (Related: if anyone has the time/energy/will to make copies of these summer playlists on Apple Music, shoot me an email – songsfortheday at gmail- and I’d be happy to post a link with credit so that everyone can listen if they’d like, since I know not everyone uses Spotify)
Alright, enough words. Back tomorrow with the first summer mix. Enjoy.
Pretty demoralizing day for the world. Let’s get lost in some tunes for a bit.
“Mary”- Big Thief
This is one of the 2 or 3 best songs I’ve heard this year. That moment when the pace picks up? Good lord.
“Holding On”- The War On Drugs
It is so damn comforting to know that The War On Drugs will be releasing a new album in August.
“National”- James Vincent McMorrow
A new album from James Vincent McMorrow only a couple months after his last one? Yeah, I am good with that.
“It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)”- John Moreland
I’m late on this one, but I’m making up for lost time by listening to this on repeat a whole lot.
“Everything Now”- Arcade Fire
Man, I don’t care what people think: I dig this song. Not every song has to be the most moving, epic song, you guys. Sometimes they can just be fun.
New week, new tunes. (Oh, and I’ll be putting all the albums and singles that come/came out this week and are worth your time on this here playlist tomorrow and updating it every week, in case you’re looking for an easy way to stay up to date on the good stuff.)
“Believe”- Benjamin Booker
Unexpected and perfect, this one. You can listen to the whole new album right now. You should do that.
“The Only Heirs”- Local Natives feat. Nico Segal
Play this one loudly, over and over.
“If Before I Wake”- The Districts
This one gets played on 10, too, you guys.
“Alaska” (Acoustic)- Maggie Rogers
Love the original, love this stripped back version. Good any way it’s played.
“In Time”- Pickwick
Time to get a little anxious and weird.
“On the Frame” (Acoustic)- Beta Radio
This is very lovely.
On Twitter and Facebook I share links each day to various stuff that I think is great and/or worth people’s time. But not everyone that comes here is on Twitter or Facebook, so I gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday Links (or just want to waste some time), check out the archive here.
Here’s Julien Baker playing a new tune in the back of a car. Not to spoil the surprise, but it’s great.
Middle Kids has your next 11-plus minutes taken care of.
Decent chance this Joan Shelley tune is my favorite one released in 2017 at this point.
Very much still enamored with this Maggie Rogers tune despite listening to it about a thousand times.
Also, still not tired of this Valley Queen tune.
We’ve been listening to this tune a lot around the house lately. This is a lovely take on it.
Lucy Rose is so lovely, you guys.
Really looking forward to this Benjamin Booker album. You should be, too.
Same goes for the new one from Justin Townes Earles.
Time to escape into some music.
“If We Were Vampires”- Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
If this doesn’t make you feel things then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life, man.
“In The Summertime”- The Head and The Heart
I’ve loved this song for a long time. Still do. (Here’s the original version for comparison’s sake.)
“How to Boil an Egg”- Courtney Barnett
Yes. This is great.
“SGL”- Now, Now
:::::adds to playlist for summer:::: Ahhhhh, that’s nice.
“We’d Be Home”- Joan Shelley
Lovely love song, this one.
“Maybe A Moment”- Justin Townes Earle
Very, very excited about the new album from Justin Townes Earle that comes out next week. (You can get an early listen here.)
Kind of a hazy blur, much like life lately. Big fan.
“Down By The River”- Vikesh Kapoor
It’s been much too long since we heard from this man.
“Seventeen”- King Cardinal
Spent a lot of time lately playing this one very loudly. No regrets.
“No Curse”- Waxahatchee
Need to drive very fast to this song soon, I think.
“Turn The Skies Of Blue On”- Fionn Regan
This is two minutes and nine seconds of perfection.
“May I Have This Dance”- Francis and The Lights feat. Chance the Rapper
Everything Chance touches turns to gold.
This one’s ready for summer.
Music is all we got.
“Low Hey”- Chris Bathgate feat Tunde Olaniran
This is the best 3 minutes I’ve heard lately.
“America, Goodnight”/”Straight Up Western (White Noise)”- Cataldo
This new Cataldo record is really exceptional, you guys.
“Want You Back”- HAIM
I don’t give a shit: I love Haim. They are better at this than everyone else. Please keep your bad Haim takes to yourself.
“Turned Over To Dreams”- Daniel Martin Moore
With a little girl on the way at the end of July, you better believe I’m going to be listening a whole lot to this new Daniel Martin Moore collection of lullabies.
“Holy”- Jamila Woods
This. All day.
Jam, this one.
“What If We’re Wrong”- Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams’ b-sides are better than most of what makes up other artists’ albums.
“The Glow”- Sylvan Esso
New Sylvan Esso album was worth the wait and anticipation. Somehow. It’s so damn good.
“Dusty Eyes”- Bedouine
Go ahead and get lost in this one.
“Sheep”- Mt. Joy
A little late to this one, but this is fantastic and you should listen to it.
“My Friends”- Oh Wonder
Gonna play this new Oh Wonder album so much this summer that both my wife and my newborn will be tired of it. I can just feel it.
Here’s a mix for the quiet, brisk, wet part of spring, where the skies are mostly grey and everything is starting to bloom. Enjoy!
(click here to listen/follow playlist on Spotify)