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printdude / August 8, 2007 10:04 AM

"Party Like a Rock Star"
It is the song I heard more than any other, bumpin' from Cars, and most recently, heard from the neighbor's child as he took a bath, loudly yelling the lyrics.
At first I thought he was crying, but then I heard the (sorta) rythym.

mike / August 8, 2007 10:18 AM

My favorite stuff this summer has been:

Frog Eyes "Tears of the Valedictorian"

Jay Reatard "Blood Visions"

Hackman "The New Normal

I just realized I could go on for a while with this list. My favorite song this summer has been "Wet and Rusting" by Menomena.

kate / August 8, 2007 10:19 AM

"Linoleum Knife" by Mastodon.

It kills.

leah / August 8, 2007 10:28 AM

"throw a kit" -- hollywood holt

last year, lupe's skateboard. this summer, the moped anthem.

Nuxrs / August 8, 2007 10:31 AM

a bay bay.
just kidding - i hate that song.

p / August 8, 2007 10:41 AM

Soulja Boy
Crank Dat Soulja Boy

Watch My Feet
Dude 'N 'Em

Ace of Spades
(Always in season)

Shylo / August 8, 2007 10:49 AM

"Young Folks" by Peter, Bjorn and John

TRoyal / August 8, 2007 11:05 AM

Common's "Southside," Pharoahe Monch's "Let's Go". As for summer jams, I don't listen to the radio, so I have no idea what GCI's been getting paid to play and proclaim the summer banger.

Mo / August 8, 2007 11:20 AM

When I happen to be listening to the radio, the two songs that I heard nonstop this summer and made me want to scream every time it came on was Party Like a Rockstar and Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry. I could put the radio on scan and hear it at least 3-4 times on at the same time.

As for new music, none for me. This summer has been about collecting new books, not music, which is not the norm but feels good right now.

skafiend / August 8, 2007 11:25 AM

God, I am so far out of the current musical loop I don't even know what's being played this summer or what's hot. At least I've HEARD of most of these people/songs (Lupe Fiasco, Dude N' Em, "Party Like a Rock Star", Peter, Bjorn and John).

But as far as summer stuff, I'm listening to the same stuff I listen to all year round. Although I have been playing "Wake Up And Make Love To Me", and "Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads a lot lately for some reason. Does that count?

nattles / August 8, 2007 11:50 AM

i used to really follow the indie rock very closely, but pitchfork and the 8 million music blogs somehow make me care a lot less about it now.

however, i have to say i'm really liking the "boxer" record by the national this summer. not really summer listening so much, though it felt sort of right this morning. maybe it's the humidity and overcastness that makes it fit. otherwise it seems more like a fall record to me.

snuh / August 8, 2007 11:59 AM

i parrot nattle's sentiments. maybe it's just age, or gas.
otherwise, as far as summer jams, probably justice's "d.a.n.c.e."

Doyle / August 8, 2007 12:06 PM

Digitalism: Idealism

Low: Belarus

Scorpions: Rock You Like a Hurricane...anyone read "You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggers recently? I couldn't stop laughing on the el.

Veronica / August 8, 2007 12:34 PM

Timbaland's The Way I Are. For me, the summer song is the one that gets played all the time, yet I never tire of hearing it. After 100-plus hearings, it's still hot.

misterShankly / August 8, 2007 12:43 PM

indie schmindie...
you all can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh!

dave / August 8, 2007 12:47 PM

My trusty iTunes informs me my songs of the summer are:
* Jose Gonzalez's cover of "Love will tear us apart"
* CRS's "Us placers"
* Placebo's cover of "Running up that hill"
*Low's "When I go deaf"
*Mastodon's "Circle Of Cysquatch"

I'm also really diggin the Hope in Ghosts full length.

Spence / August 8, 2007 12:50 PM

I'd say:

Bros by Panda Bear

Icky Thump by the White Stripes

Alala by CSS

I believe by Simian Mobile Disco

fluffy / August 8, 2007 2:12 PM

black moth super rainbow, femi kuti, french and disco music

Josh / August 8, 2007 2:24 PM

This summer's soundtrack has been Black Sabbath, Oasis, Peter Tosh, and scores from a few James Bond films.

Don't know the new stuff, today's bands sound whiny & depressing. Only listen to the oldies station now - Dick Biondi is still at it, God bless him!

Shasta / August 8, 2007 2:53 PM

"Green Light" by Beyonce. I especially love the lyric:

"You're holding up traffic, green means GO!" I've been saying that to folks left and right.

I also dig Veronica's choice of "Way I Are." The phrasing kinda drives me nuts, but the beat is hot.

Leelah / August 8, 2007 2:56 PM

I'm listening to the Simpsons' "Happy Birthday Lisa" because it's my birthday!

And Ted Leo's "A Bottle of Buckie"

Stephanie / August 8, 2007 3:05 PM

Justice - D.A.N.C.E.

& the most pleasantly infectious song of the summer:

the Flosstradamus remix of Matt & Kim's Yea Yeah.

skafiend / August 8, 2007 4:42 PM

the Flosstradamus remix of Matt & Kim's Yea Yeah.

I don't think I understood one word in that sentence.

OK, I have heard/read about Flosstradamus but I haven't even heard the ORIGINAL version of this "Yea Yeah" song by this Matt & Kim duo, let alone the remix. I'm doubly out of it.

Sam / August 8, 2007 4:44 PM

I'm glad there's no song that keeps repeating (so far) this summer. I freakin' HATE "Crazy" and wanted to stab my ears most of last summer. (I'm forced to listen to radio at work)

Steve / August 8, 2007 4:48 PM

"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse, of course.

- "All My Friends," Franz Ferdinand
- "All My Heroes Are Weirdos," !!!
- "Poser Psychotic," the Ponys
- "Fluorescent Adolescent," Arctic Monkeys
- "People in Love," Art Brut
- "Guest Room," the Nationl
- "No I in Threesome," Interpol (bite it, haters)
- "Southside," Common and Kanye

In a more fun world, "The Salmon Dance" by Fatlip + The Chemical Brothers would be inescapable.

Ramsin / August 8, 2007 5:33 PM

I'm pretty sure that "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly has yet to be unseated as all-time permanent summer jam, but if you're working on a year-by-year model, then there's no question, cuz. I can't believe you ALL got it wrong.

It's A Bay Bay by Hurricane Chris.

C'mon now.

benschomatic / August 8, 2007 6:35 PM

Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
Gruff Rhys - Candylion
My Teenage Stride - Ears Like Golden Bats
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

"Almost Ready" by Dinosaur Jr. will kick you in the pants, out the door, into the summer sun.

pat / August 8, 2007 8:03 PM

I really have no idea what the kids are listening to anymore; but some tracks that have been burning a rut in my ipod this summer are:

the klaxons - Atlantis to Interzone & Gravity's rainbow

the whole Pipettes album

and a little too much amy winehouse.

Dutch101 / August 8, 2007 9:17 PM

Personally, my jam of the summer is "Your Love" by The Outfield, mixed skillfully with the Arcade 2600 house remix, hey but that's just me. . .

Maybe that Peter Bjorn and John song "Young Folks," it seems a little ubiquitous this summer.

moody / August 9, 2007 8:53 AM

Common's Finding Forever album

hench / August 9, 2007 9:19 AM

been listening to these pretty much all summer:

bitter tears: the grinning corpse who went to town

budos band: the budos band ii

deerhunter: cryptograms

motley crue: too fast for love

Beauregard Henry / August 9, 2007 9:34 AM


it being summer and all, guess id be “Get Rhythm”.
J.R. Cash sung it.

least thats whut we called em down home cause thats what his momma Carrie Rivers, named him as a Christain. Hear tell round these parts he goes by Johnny

Sol / August 9, 2007 9:35 AM

Only radio I listen to regularly is NPR, and barely that.

But right now I've got the Once soundtrack on repeat, Ingo Pohlmann's "Wenn es Sommer wär," Oscar D'Leon's "Lloraras," and Dan Deacon's "Okie Dokie." Because I am nothing if not consistent.

There's a flosstradamus remix of yea yea out there?

Elizabeth / August 9, 2007 10:48 AM

Silverchair's Young Modern. I am not kidding.

nayru / August 9, 2007 11:47 AM

European, so might be old news here, but summer song so far (when it comes to radio airplay) was Mika's relax, take it easy.

Graham / August 9, 2007 12:13 PM

Just from what I hear pumping the most out of vehicles on the Southside, I'd say that for most folks it's a three-way tie between "I'm a Flirt," "Sex Planet," and "Party Like a Rockstar."

As for myself, I elect for Hollywood Holt's "Caked Up," Bonde do Role's "Solta O Frango," and Pase Rock's "Sexy MF"

Bill V / August 9, 2007 12:26 PM

Some summer listens, Datarock, Stars, The National, Interpol, My Teenage Stride, Ted Leo, White Rabbits, and Twilight Sad.

I think Young Folks has been the song of the summer with all of it's different remixes and staying power. Worst summer song, take your pick from Amy Winehouse.

Amy / August 9, 2007 12:26 PM

I'm all about Laura Viers "Saltbreakers" this week.

But the best song I've heard this summer is Richard Hawley's "Tonight the Streets are Ours". It's like Johnny Cash singing the soundtrack to a 40's romantic comedy. It actually makes you want to break out into dance in the middle of the street.

billy / August 9, 2007 12:48 PM

It's been a saaaaaaaaad summer for buoyant, pop music. The best thing that's crossed my pod is:
"Acceptable in the 80's" by Calvin Harris.

Download Here:

Otherwise, my summer playlist is dominated by Cloud Cult's "Power of 8" which is truly a revelation!

billy / August 9, 2007 12:51 PM

links are:

"Acceptable in the 80's" by Calvin Harris.
Download Here:


steven / August 9, 2007 12:51 PM

been singing lots of interpol lately, but the song of the day is that "i'm no good" song from amy winehouse. catchy.

i'm sick of a lot of whats out there though. too many bands putting out sub-par records. i'll have to start getting international soon. i've been late with that train for way too long.

K. / August 9, 2007 2:02 PM

I'm with Mister Shankly.

Whether you like it or not, this is the summer of Rihanna. She will not be denied,

cliff@rosedale / August 9, 2007 2:02 PM

I've heard a lot of Interpol lately as well...

But for my summer soundtrack it has to be the Silversun Pickup's CARNAVAS. That album just rocks...

Leelah / August 9, 2007 3:13 PM

New answer!!!!

Everybody go buy Okkervil River's new album (The Stage Names)!

Sue / August 9, 2007 3:21 PM

"Rehab" Amy Winehouse. Not a huge fan, but I get the song stuck in my head all the time!

Ellen / August 9, 2007 4:25 PM

Spoon's "Underdog" on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

I can't believe you are all missing so much fun! The whole CD's great, bouncy, dancy fun.

holden / August 9, 2007 6:30 PM

Rehab - Amy Winehouse.
love it .

Umbrella - Rihianna & Jay Z

I hate that party like a rockstar song, but it may be the jam of the summer.

And, yes, Fergie, Big girls don't cry.

peanut / August 9, 2007 7:09 PM

"can i get get get" by junior senior. actually, i'm not sure when that album came out (hey hey my my yo yo), so maybe it's the song of the spring and i'm just lagging.

also, "high on you" by survivor. it's my jam.

Spook / August 10, 2007 9:45 AM

With all this crazyness
going on, I've been hold'n it down and keeping track of my humanity with with Speard Head & Michael Franti's

"Yell Fire!"

eep / August 10, 2007 10:14 AM

Casting another vote for Amy Winehouse's "Rehab." Holy God almighty, am I sick of that damn song. And I don't even have a radio.

I've been listening to "Young Folks" for a while now, so I guess I'll cast a vote for that as well.

Mika's "Big Girl (You are Beautiful)" was on a loop earlier this summer.

And Islands' "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" has been making me consistently happy for a few months now.

JasonB / August 10, 2007 10:15 AM

I've been spending a lot of time on YouTube.

I've become a big fan of this guy and other musicians at Candyrat records.

ro133ck / August 17, 2007 6:44 AM


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