Summer ’09: Take a mental pic

11 Oct

I spent much of today writing an e-mail to one of my bestest friends. He wrote me about all of the music he’s been listening to this summer (lots of British chicks. Lots and lots of British chicks.) and he asked me to send him back a list of the music I’ve been listening to this summer.

I hate for such a good list to go to just one person, so I thought I’d post it here, too.

A few notes: first, this isn’t *everything* I’ve listened to this summer. This is just the stuff I’ve liked. This list is mostly artists I discovered this summer, but there are a few on here who I’ve been listening to for a while now.

Here goes. Please list your own favorites from this summer because I can always need a new obsession. πŸ™‚

Elvis Perkins in Dearland – My record of the summer, hands down. Kinda officially obsessed. Suggested if you like: Folk. Actual instruments used in the making of music.
Sebastien Grainger – His new album is great but I’m especially in love with “By Cover of Night” and “American Names.” I’ve also gone back and discovered his first band, Death From Above 1979, and guess what? I love that band, too. Obsession level=that orange level Bush liked so well. Suggested if you like: Songs you can scream along with.
Phoenix – My songs of the summer have been “1901” and “Lisztomania.” Obsession? Yes pls. Suggested if you like: Cotton candy, songs in Caddy ads.
Fanfarlo – Such a sturdy, strong, gorgeous record. Suggested if you like: Folky alt-pop, carbonation that’s somehow good for you.
We Were Promised Jetpacks – ThinkΒ  Frightened Rabbit‘s little brother. Suggested if you like: Frightened Rabbit, little brothers (not really)
The Broken West – OK, I don’t have the new record, just the last one. Either way, I can dig it. Suggested if you like: Sunshine in the form of pop-rock.
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – Ah, the sweet sweet sounds of Dent May – you just have to experience it. And he’s from Oxford!
The Gossip – I need to be in a Gossip cover band. This is one of the best bands in existence…trust. Suggested if you love: Sequins.
Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke is my GaGa. Suggested if you love: Wearing sunglasses at night.
Lorien – I’ve seen this band twice, and it took two times to get into them…but now that I’m in, I’m slightly obsessed. Suggested if you: are in your 20s and wear square glasses and Chucks,Β  your unofficial motto is, “I’m NOT emo!”
Amanda Blank – Yet another song for the summer is “Lemme Get Some.” Brillz. A song every woman needs on her iPod. Suggested if you like: Poor man’s Santigold + a “potty” mouth.
Metric – Thank sweet Neil Patrick Harris for Better Than Ezra, who played this band before its Southaven set. Suggested if you like: 1999’s good side. Its really good side.
Dananananaykroyd – Nominated for Love&Unicorns Award in the category of Best Band Name Ever. Suggested if you like: Physical movement.
La Roux – Dance music that’s also intensely satisfying? Come to mama. Suggested if you like: Synthy dance/pop, Rainbow Brite.
St. Vincent – Whether she’s old-school ambient or loud and alt-indie, she’s intense. Suggested if you like: NYC
Florence + the Machine – I’m in love with her voice. It’s all shades of melodramatic and lovely. Suggested if you ever wondered what Tim Burton would sound like if he were a chick singer.
BLK JKS – I like the pieces – the tribal sounds, the prog rock, the punk – so the whole is pretty amazing to hear. Suggested if you like: any of the pieces I just mentioned, because there’s not much the whole sounds like.
Shout Out Louds – If The Cure was from Sweden, they’d sound like this. Suggested if you like: The Cure, Sweden.
Ty Segall – I will always, always love dirty, messy punk. Suggested if you like: the same; the sounds of a guy whose profile pic is a unicorn.
Let’s Wrestle – Their song “I Won’t Lie toΒ  You” opens with this line: “No matter how many records I buy/I can’t fill this void.” Amen. Suggested if you like: Snotty UK teenagers.
Kid Cudi – Another summer obsession: “Day ‘N’ Nite.” Suggested if you hope hip-hop continues in this tradition.
Mayer Hawthorne – I don’t care much if this guy is “for real” (whatever that is), I’m just digging the tunes. Suggested if you like: Making whoopee to the sounds of men like Barry White and Al Green, sunny days with a side of guilt.
Major Lazer – Some brilliant moments, some not-so-brilliant moments, but very summer-y, all around. Suggested if you wish M.I.A. was Jamaican dude.

You don’t have to read this blog to know the new Avett Brothers album is amazing, but it is, so go by it. I’m also digging the new AFI record. And it seems I can’t live without Jason Isbell (either his solo CD or the one with the 400 Unit). Check ’em out.

I showed you mine, show me yours.

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