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Andrew / August 23, 2004 10:38 AM

It's been more of an album thing for me this summer, so here's a couple that've been on regular rotation:

- Twilight Singers, "Blackberry Belle"
- Decibully, "City of Festivals"
- Modest Mouse, "Good News..."
- Postal Service, "Give Up"
- Christopher O'Riley, "True Love Waits"

Mike / August 23, 2004 10:50 AM

I can't think of ten! Sitting at work erases even my good memories of music sometimes. But I'll just lay down 3 for hanging out, 3 for rocking out.

-Max Romeo, "Police and Thieves"
-The Kinks, "People in Grey"
-Camper Van Beethoven "Take the Skinheads Bowling"
-The Rapture "House of Jealous Lovers"
-The Undertones "Teenage Kicks"
-Junior Senior "White Trash"

And then of course, anything by Hall and Oates.

jennifer / August 23, 2004 11:07 AM

the sea and cake--the sporting life
the rapture--house of jealous lovers
les savy fav--tragic monsters
dismemberment plan--the city
britney spears--toxic
90 day men--dialed in
tv on the radio--staring at the sun
broken social scene--kc accidental
the shins--new slang

Craig / August 23, 2004 11:14 AM

01 Matthew Dear - Dog Days
02 French Kicks - One More Time
03 RJD2 - 1976
04 Magnetic Fields - I Don't Really Love You Any More
05 Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
06 Rogue Wave - Every Moment
07 Secret Machines - First Wave Intact
08 Books on Tape - The Crucial
09 Spoon - Sister Jack (demo)
10 Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car

Bonus Jams:
11 Stone Roses - Fool's Gold
12 LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge (Two years late-- now THAT'S losing your edge)

Bonus Album:
13 Erlend Oye - DJ Kicks

gb / August 23, 2004 11:28 AM

wilco - spiders
the blackouts - pink fuzz blues
rilo kiley - portions for foxes
neutral milk hotel - song against sex
modest mouse - bukowski
white stripes - we're gonna be friends
wilco - handshake drugs
decemberists - july, july
french kicks - one more time
golden smog - pecan pie

Lacey / August 23, 2004 12:16 PM

1. Janet Jackson: "Love Will Never Do Without You"
2. Dilated Peoples: "This Way"
3. Kanye West: "Spaceship"
4. Kanye West: "Family Matters"
5. Beastie Boys: "Root Down"
6. The Sundays: "Summertime"
7. The Postal Service: "Such Great Heights"
8. Beastie Boys: "Triple Trouble"
9. Alicia Keys: "You Don't Know My Name"

cxc / August 23, 2004 12:21 PM

100,000 Fireflies - Magnetic Fields
Summer Babe - Pavement
Summer Here Kids - Grandaddy
Kicked It in the Sun - Built to Spill
Know Your Onion! - The Shins
Tiny Spark - Brendan Benson
Summerteeth - Wilco
Incident on 57th Street - Bruce Springsteen
Nightswimming - R.E.M.
Sunset Soon Forgotten - Iron & Wine

Oh damn, look who just went and made herself a new on-the-go playlist....

Steve / August 23, 2004 12:26 PM

What Summer 2004 means to me:

!!! -- When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Karazzee
American Music Club -- Patriot's Heart
Divine Comedy -- Our Mutual Friend
Morrissey -- First of the Gang to Die
RJD2 -- 1976
Roots -- Don't Say Nuthin'
Scissor Sisters -- Tits on the Radio
Sparta -- Hiss the Villain
Streets -- Blinded by the Light
Walkmen -- The Rat

My bone us track would be that one subcontinental-sounding rap from that Mountain Dew commercial that I have on a mix CD but not on my Archos and thus can't think the name of right now....

Qwert / August 23, 2004 12:51 PM

Moby & Public Enemy: Fuck War
Stereo Total: Bad News From The Stars
Jurassic 5: Golden
Benny Goodman: Sing Sing Sing
Jem: They
Mouse on Mars: Do It
Portishead: Tribute to Monk and Cantella
Julieta Venegas: enero y abril
El Tigre: Get Off The Internet
Aphex Twin: CMYK Beats
Ray Charles: Lonely Avenue

paul / August 23, 2004 12:52 PM

1. Shiny Metal Rods, Aphex Twin
2. Hizbollah, Ministry
3. Grave Wisdom, Skinny Puppy
4. Watch Take Care, He Said
5. Red Right Hand, Nick Cave
6. Dresden, Stuart Davis
7. Hammerheads, Shriekback
8. Peek-a-boo, Siouxsie and the Banshees
9. Atmosphere, Joy Division
10. One of These Days, Pink Floyd

Oops, I forgot to include any Magnetic Fields.

pat / August 23, 2004 12:54 PM

Not really a "summertime mix" per se, just my most recent playlist.

the killing moon - echo & the bunnymen
Penelope - of montreal
tomorrow is already here - stereolab
what's it gonna be - dusty springfield
here to stay - new order
blossom - komeda
oh baby - spiritualized
surfing on a rocket - air
the dark of the matinee - franz ferdinand
i can't believe - the apples in stereo

Craig / August 23, 2004 1:11 PM

Let it be said now, while the playlists are still smoking, that Gapers' Block readers have good taste in music.

dan / August 23, 2004 1:14 PM

southern belles in london sing - the faint
accidntel death - rilo kiley
golden age of radio - josh ritter
callin' out - lyrics born
the view - modest mouse
death on the stairs - the libertines
god bless mom - the frames
medieval - dm & jemini w/ pharcyde
drink to me, babe, then - a.c. newman
the pixies - debaser

Dawson / August 23, 2004 1:55 PM

1. Faithless • Mass Destruction
2. Felix Da Housecat • Rocket Ride
3. Goldfrapp • Strict Machine
4. Sophie Ellis-Bextor • Party In My Head
5. Bjφrk • Pluto
6. Scissor Sisters • Skins
7. Britney Spears • Brave New Girl
8. Kylie Minogue • Chocolate
9. Kelis • In Public
10. Jentina • Bad Ass Strippa

robin.. / August 23, 2004 2:14 PM

summer rockage, v. 2004:
1. "electric version" - new pornographers
2. "entertainment" - gang of four
3. "highway 61 revisited" - bobby dylan
4. "hearts of oak" - ted leo & the pharmacists
6. the pixies live at indio
7. "five leaves left" - nick drake
8. "innervision" - stevie wonder
9. the gossip, the gossip, the gossip
10. "abbey road" - the beatles.

Alice / August 23, 2004 2:23 PM

These are a few songs from the mix I listen to when I need some serious cheering up (which I've needed a lot lately):

Rosemary Clooney, "Mambo Italiano"
Doris day, "Que sera sera"
Rockapella, "Zombie Jamboree"
Simon and Garfunkel, "Cecilia"
Cyndi Lauper, "Goonies 'R Good Enough"
Herman's Hermits, "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am"
Bing Crosby, "Swinging on a Star"
Elvis Presley, "Viva Las Vegas"
Henry Belafonte, "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)"
The Four Lads, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"

katie / August 23, 2004 3:01 PM

yay for this thread!

01 erlend oye // there is a light that never goes out (mix w/ royksopp)
02 the smiths // there is a light that never goes out
03 ben gibbard & andrew kenny // you remind me of home
04 van morrison // everyone
05 bruce springsteen // rosalita
06 john denver // follow me
07 ryan adams // english girls appoximately
08 modest mouse // float on
09 fiona apple // extraordinary machine
10 fruit bats // when u love somebody

the innocence mission // birds of my neighborhood

bonus! most ultimate summer song, ever:
the sundays // summertime

Carly / August 23, 2004 3:02 PM

Ya'll have great taste!

(1)Upwards Over the Mountain-Iron & Wine
(2)I Love the Valley, OH!-Xiu Xiu
(3)Let Go-Frou Frou
(4)Still in Love Song-The Stills
(5)The Rat-The Walkmen
(7)Naked As We Come-Iron & Wine
(8)Leave (Get Out)-JoJo
(9)Winter-Josh Radin
(10)Worn Me Down-Rachael Yamagata

And so many more...

Naz / August 23, 2004 3:02 PM

The Summer Hit Parade:

  1. The Velvet Teen - We Were Bound (to Break the Rules)
  2. The Twilight Singers - Feathers
  3. The Von Bondies - C'mon C'mon
  4. Hella - The Republic of Rough and Ready
  5. Frou Frou - Let Go
  6. Phoenix - Everything is Everything
  7. The Mercury Program - You Yourself Are Too Serious
  8. Regurgitator - Black Bugs
  9. Decibully - Lighter and Strings
  10. Brazil - Escape

Bonus songs:
Iron and Wine - Promising Light
Beck - Everyone's Gotta Learn Sometime
Afghan Whigs - Creep (TLC cover)
Helmet - Army of Me (Bjork cover)

Album most played -
The Twilight Singers - Blackberry Belle

dan / August 23, 2004 4:26 PM

Oooh... while it's not necessarily a great album, the Thrill's "So Much for the City" is perfect for open-window-car blarin'. Shimmery California-inflected jangle-pop.

Carly / August 23, 2004 4:32 PM

I have to mention Dios...they're album is great!

Also, Tahiti 80 and Phoenix...big time summer listening for me.

Lacey / August 23, 2004 4:45 PM

While I'm thinking of open-window car blarin' music, I would like to suggest Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song" as the Ultimate.

Naz / August 23, 2004 4:54 PM

My vote for blastin' out the window - Rush, Limelight. Or alternately, the Rollins Band, Liar. There's nothing like vocals that are singing "I'm a liar, yeah, I like it!" when you're passing people...

Nicole / August 23, 2004 6:01 PM

1. Miracle Drug, AC NEWMAN
2. Teach Me How to Fight, JUNIOR BOYS
4. Consequence, THE NOTWIST
5. Kicking the Heart Out, ROGUE WAVE
6. The Glow, Pt. 2, THE MICROPHONES
7. The Childcatcher, PATRICK WOLF
8. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), ARCADE FIRE
9. Chris Michaels, FIERY FURNACES
10. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie, JOANNA NEWSOM

B! / August 23, 2004 6:42 PM

Here are the songs of summer for me with lots of listening to from the ears and lots of the dancing of the feet.

1. Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones
2. House of Bamboo - Southern Culture on the Skids
3. Water From A Vine Leaf (Xylem Flow Mix) - William Orbit
4. Malambo # 1 2 - Yma Sumac
5. English Summer - Eurythmics
6. Summer Sun - Koop
7. Why Is It Hot In The Summer? - Tom Glazer
8. Technova (Radio Edit) - Towa Tei
9. So Nice (Summer Samba) - Astrud Gilberto
10. Jungle Fever - Chakachas
11. The Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
12. Joga - Bjφrk
13. Heat Wave - Marilyn Monroe
14. Once Upon A Summertime - Blossom Dearie
15. Ain't It A Shame (New Edit) - B-52's
16. In My Room - Beach Boys
17. Summertime - Sarah Vaughan
18. Just Like Honey - Jesus & Mary Chain
19. Something Cool - June Christy
20. The Island - Kellye Gray

I obviously can't count.

Hobbsie / August 23, 2004 6:47 PM

Long-time reader, first-time poster...

1. Pacific - Cinerama
2. Luminate - Projections
3. Burning Up - Alpinestars
4. Fading Out - Primitive Radio Gods
5. Sweetest Decline - Beth Orton
6. The Golden Age - Beck
7. Supermellowman - Echo & The Bunnyment
8. Falling Down - Turin Brakes
9. Nowhere Near - Yo La Tengo
10. BLue Law - Silver Scooter

Lisa / August 23, 2004 7:08 PM

My God! Somebody other than me and Steve knows Cinerama!

1. "nothing with you" the descendents
2. "nothing better" the postal service
3. "kissing the lipless" the shins
4. "lola stars and stripes" the stills
5. "teenage wristband" the twilight singers
6. "first of the gang to die" morrissey
7. "i don't really love you anymore" the magnetic fields
8. "foregone conclusions" pedro the lion
9. "white noise" superchunk
10. "dark of the matinee" franz ferdinand

Kevin / August 23, 2004 7:57 PM

Chocolate Genius - Half a Man
Frank Zappa - Broken Hearts Are For Assholes
Brand New Heavies - Dream On Dreamer
Jimmy Dale Gilmore - Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown
Ted Hawkins - There Stands The Glass
Ramones - Indian Giver
King's X - Sally
5ive Style - Canoe Race
Uptighty - Let's Take It To The Lounge

NoahVale / August 23, 2004 8:28 PM

Best thread ever! But, ten isn't enough. No particular order...

Undertones - Here Comes the Summer
Springsteen - Thundercrack
White Stripes - Your Southern Can is Mine
Replacements/Tom Waits - Date to Church
Grateful Dead - Aiko Aiko
Gomez - Whipping Piccadilly
Husker Du - Got A Lotta
Pink Floyd - Ibiza Bar
Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love
Ray Charles - Let's Go Get Stoned
Discharge - Free Speech for the Dumb
T. Rex - Baby Strange
Zappa - Willy the Pimp

Jeff / August 23, 2004 8:40 PM

Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should Have Come Over
David Allan Coe - You Never Even Called Me By My Name
Nina Simone - I Wonder What It Would Feel Like to Be Free
Tarkio - Weight of the World
Silkworm - Prayer to God
Tin Hat Trio - Osborne Avenue
Elf Power - Big Thing
Langley Schools Music Project - Space Oddity
Regina Spektor - Carbon Monoxide
Songs:Ohia - Farewell Transmission

amyc / August 23, 2004 8:54 PM

Stuck in my head at various points over the last few weeks:

Lily White Hands – the Gossip
Hey, Fuck You – the Beastie Boys
Angel, Won’t You Call Me? – The Decemberists
Shame – PJ Harvey
My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
I Looked All Over Town – Magnetic Fields
Ke Ha'a La Puna I Ka Makani -- Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu
This Will Be Our Year -- OK Go
Knock Loud -- Neko Case
Riches and Wonders -- The Mountain Goats

Pete / August 23, 2004 8:54 PM

1.Le Tigre Decepticon
2. Air Sexy Boy
3. Tricky Excess
4. Fischerspooner Emerge
5. Bright Eyes Calender Hung Itself
6. Breakbeat Era Terrible Funk
7. DJ Shadow Organ Donor
8. Freelance Hellraiser I Just can't get enough Pills
9. Interpol NYC
10. Requiem For a Dream Summer Overture
11. Sigur Ros Staralfur
12. Squarepusher Iambic 5 Poetry
13. Spiritualized We are Floating in Space
14. Peaches Shake your Dix
15. Electric Six Gaybar

15 a little too many

Alex / August 23, 2004 9:41 PM

This has been a more-than-usual mellow summer when it comes to music:

1. Bach: Cello Sonata #1 from his 6 Suites for unaccompanied Cello
2. Morrissey: Sister, I'm a Poet
3. John Denver: Annie's Song
4. Suescum: Cholita Bonita
5. Interpol: Evil
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Y Control
7. This Mortal Coil: You and Your Sister
8. Sir Edward Elgard: Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
9. Prince: Automatic
10. Ute Lemper: Mein Herr from "Cabaret"

Shasta MacNasty / August 23, 2004 9:58 PM

In no particular order...except for the first one :-D

1. Golden -- Jill Scott
2. Hey Mama -- Black Eye Peas
3. Have A Cry -- Kina
4. Dirt Off Your Shoulders -- Jay Z via DJ Dangermouse
5. Cher Chez La Femme -- Buzzard Savannah Band
6. Hello, It's Me -- Todd Rundgren
7. If I Ain't Got You -- Alicia Keys
8. I'm Still In Love -- Shaun Paul
9. Jogi -- Panjabi MC
10. Floetic -- Floetry

Pete / August 24, 2004 9:31 AM

Death Cab for Cutie, "Title and Registration"
The New Year, "Chinese Handcuffs"
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, "Under the Hedge"
Joel R.L. Phelps, "Rev. Robert Irving"
Elliott Smith, "Say Yes"
Kleenexgirlwonder, "Amelia"
Swearing at Motorists, "I'll Only Sleep"
The Connells, "Slackjawed"
Guided by Voices, "My Kind of Soldier"
TV on the Radio, "Dreams"

Jake / August 24, 2004 9:54 AM

Ten of the best from a mix I just made:

The Hives - Abra Cadaver
Ambulance - Primitive
Beastie Boys - Oh Word?
Elliott Smith - A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free
Tom Waits - Day After Tomorrow
The Mountain Goats - Pigs that Ran Straightaway into the Water, Triumph of
Ben Kweller - Hospital Bed
Wilco - Hummingbird
Velvet Underground - I'm Sticking With You
Dixie the Tiny Dog - Peter Himmelman

steven / August 24, 2004 10:54 AM

i was all ready to be the first one on the list yesterday and WHAM the network shuts down. so i'll be #37 (sigh). songs i love hearing on the radio in the summertime and others that fit right in with a sunny day...

1. sweet jane - velvet underground
2. tempted - squeeze
3. cinnamon girl - neil young
4. good fortune - pj harvey
5. waitin on a friend - rolling stones
6. no escape from heaven - curve
7. the modern age - strokes
8. girl, you have no faith in medicine - white stripes
9. walk on the wild side - lou reed
10. summer's kiss - afghan whigs (to be listened to at sunset)

and i salute the above choices:
j. buckley
modest mouse

Roxabunch / August 24, 2004 11:44 AM

1. Low- Hero
2. Velvet Underground- Candy Says
3. Coltrane- (all of) Love Supreme
4. 5 Style- Father Time
5. Talking Heads- This must be the place
6. David Bowie- Queen Bitch
7. Elvis Costello- Radio, Radio
8. New Order- Blue Mondays
9. Basement Jaxx- Romeo
10. Journey- Any way you want it

Krissy / August 24, 2004 2:44 PM

The Rat / The Walkmen
I Lost My Dog / The Fiery Furnaces
Night Nurse / L'Aventura
Susan's Husband's Gunshop / Earlimart
Temptation Eyes / The Grass Roots
Robotobar / New Black
Do The Du / A Certain Ratio
Nowhere Again / Secret Machines
Testament to Youth In Verse / New Pornographers
Punchbag / The Bees

carrie / August 24, 2004 3:29 PM

The soundtrack to the summer of the Big Break Up (sigh):

Modest Mouse "sad sappy sucker"
Cursive "The Recluse"
Decibully "Tables Turn"
Magnetic Fields "No One Will Ever Love You"
Metric "Combat Baby"
Old 97's "won't be home"
Rainer Maria "The Double Life"
Iron & Wine "such great heights"
Buddyrevelles "The Greatest Romantic"
Beezewax "...and it's all about you"
Rilo Kiley "Jenny, You're Barely Alive"
Tegan and Sara "When you were mine"
Tullycraft "Twee" (hee hee)

Naz / August 24, 2004 3:39 PM

You know, it's getting harder and harder to differentiate between artist names and their songs.

Ron / August 24, 2004 5:27 PM

These lists are too cool for me.
I'm just gonna hum to myself.

Lisa / August 24, 2004 7:09 PM

Can I add "Bohemian Rhapsody" to my list? I just heard in in the car and it was rockin' good!

Lyle From Lisle / August 24, 2004 10:50 PM

"We a Rockers" - Inner Circle
and the rest of the "Rockers" soundtrack

"A Focus and a Dell" - unnamed pop-punk group
Can't deny the hook. The printer's phat, the monitor's flat!

"Do That There" - Lyrics Born

"The Rat" - The Walkmen
Wow, this tune is on at least two other lists. First time I ever bought a disc based on a phenomenal late-night TV performance.

"The Dream's Dream" - Television
From the new-ish "Live at the Old Waldorf"

"Unfinished Sympathy" - Massive Attack

"The Salmon Song" - Steve Hillage

"Paris au Printemps" (album) - Public Image

Steve / August 25, 2004 1:08 PM

Awesome -- 30-something lists, and no one mentioned that godawful Polyphonic Spree....

Lisa / August 25, 2004 3:17 PM

The Polyphonic Spree must die.

Steve / August 26, 2004 10:06 AM

I have a theory: maybe Dave Matthews thought Polyphonic Spree were on that tour boat, and hoped to finish them off for us with his fatal feces?

Oh wait, I almost forgot -- Dave's too much of a dick to do something good like that.

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