19 (#TBT) Summer Songs

Dive in and keep cool (for 70 minutes) with this summer-specific “toss back” of indie favorites, math rock syncopations, and surf-rock sounds.




  1. Whenever You See Fit (DJ Dynamite D remix) by Modest Mouse & 764 Hero (Isaac Brock and John Atkins) released in 1998. We ease into this summer mix with a Modest Mouse & 764 Hero collaboration, remixed and refreshed by DJ Dynamite.

  2. You’re Not An Astronaut by The Most Serene Republic, from their 8 track album entitled Phages, which saw its release in 2006. This track explodes with energy and a very clever arrangement.

  3. Shady Lane by Pavement, from Brighten the Corner, released in 1997. It’s summer…everyone wants one.

  4. Syracuse by Pinback, from Summer in Abaddon, released in 2004.

  5. Fangela by Here We Go Magic, released in 2009.

  6. On and Ever Onward by Dirty Projectors + Björk  from the EP Mount Wittenberg Orca, released in 2010. Proceeds from this EP went to a charity dedicated to the preservation of marine space. Pretty cool.

  7. Guilty Cubicles by Broken Social Scene, from the album Feel Good Lost, released March 6, 2001. The etherial tangled guitar solos on this track are like a warm summer breeze.

  8. Omaha by Tapes ’n Tapes from their 2006 album The Loon. Try listening to this track in your convertible, top down (naturally) while driving up the coast.

  9. Thursday by Asobi Seksu released in 2006. (keep driving…)

  10. Once Around the Block by Badly Drawn Boy, 2000 release.

  11. Meet Me in the Garden by Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, released in 2009. Hummable track, memorable lyrics, and definitely something you can shake your shoulders to.

  12. Three is a Magic Number by Blind Melon. While this is probably the most well known cover, you may recognize this song from the pilot episode of School House Rocks, which aired in 1973.

  13. Honestly? by American Football from their self titled 1999 album.

  14. Floating Vibes by Surfer Blood, released in 2010. What says summer fun like meaty guitar lines and a breezy chorus?

  15. Three Coolchicks by The’s from their album Bomb the Twist, released in 1996. Put on those hip shades for that chic beach party.

  16. Something for Jez, Death by Chocolate. Although this track was on their 2012 album Bric-a-Brac, it has a cool vintage sound.

  17. Winter A-Go-Go by Yo La Tengo from Summer Sun, released in 2003. Beaches, sea, get my drift?

  18. Popcorn by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, 1995.  Any summer mix would be incomplete without at least one surfer rock-style track.

  19.  Sixth of July by The High Water Marks from their 2004 album, Songs About the Ocean.

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