Gather round boys and girls it’s time for another monthly playlist. Summer is probably one of the easiest times to make mixes. They just kind of write themselves. There’s always something playing that sticks with me and creates a memory for years to come. Whether it’s enjoying a nice meal with friends at a restaurant or just simply driving in the car when something funny happens, a memory has the ability to stick to these songs like glue (for better or worse). Rather than zone in on a particular summery theme like pool parties, BBQs, or road trips, I decided to try something a little different.
I often go back and forth between writing and not writing some blog posts. Especially when it comes to music but not posting about it wouldn’t make this blog true to who I am. I don’t feel like my taste in music is why anyone reads this blog to begin with, but I’m certainly not writing posts strictly to get likes (although those are pretty cool). So after some time of indecisiveness (a couple weeks really) I decided to give it a go. Plus I just love the new Fleet Foxes record so much.
Fleet Foxes are an indie folk band from Seattle who became well-known a few years back for their eclectic sound and harmonies. Their Sun Giant EP and self titled album gained plenty of attention from the likes of Pitchfork and other music critics. Their second album Helplessness Blues was released in 2011 and shortly after Fleet Foxes took a break. Josh Tillman left in 2012 and began recording as Father John Misty, and Robin resurfaced as a college student at Columbia University. Finally, after a 6 year hiatus, back in March they announced their new album, Crack-Up, would be released this summer. And there’s your mini-catch up on Fleet Foxes.
I’m really excited by all the new music coming out lately. Every day it feels like I have something new to check out. Most of the time it feels like I’ve traveled back in time to 2010 or 2011 with all these new releases from Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, and Phoenix. I’ve heard the Fleet Foxes but need more time to fully absorb and process it this week when it officially comes out. Maybe I’ll have to write about some new music to check out later on.
For now I’ve made another volume of songs I’m listening to a lot lately. It’s mostly music of the indie persuasion, but there’s a couple other things in there worth knowing about. And yes, most of them are new releases.
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I may have a love/hate relationship with summer, but one thing I do consistently is make 10,000 mixes during the season. I’ll find any reason to make one. I’m not sure if I’ll share them all here, but I might share a couple at least.
This one has a very intentional chilled out vibe to it. The other day I surprised myself when during a conversation I admitted I love just doing nothing during the summer. What I mean is give me a pool, a nice adult beverage, and I don’t mind sitting still doing literally nothing. This might be the only time I truly am not doing something. So I made this playlist with that idea in mind. What songs could I turn on while relaxing by the pool and not get utterly annoyed by or want to change. The general idea was to be able to be floating in the middle of the pool without being able to touch any electronic device whatsoever. Just be in the moment and thoroughly relaxed.
I’m not sure how this tradition began but many years ago I began making playlist for my birthday. They don’t contain music I’m currently listening to at whatever given age I may be turning (which actually sounds like a better idea). Instead they take a glimpse back into past years almost like a nostalgic road trip.
I try to choose a relevant year and look at the music most popular during that time, but this year I issued myself a little challenge. The formative years of life where we begin shaping who we are range somewhere between ages 8 to 18. We develop quite a bit before then, but this is the time we really try to explore who we are, what we like, and the world around us begins to dictate more influence on ourselves. Finding music that essentially defined me during that time turned out to be really difficult. There are so many sources and it changed so much over time no one but me could possible ever listen to a playlist like that.
So the playlist I ended up coming up with is filled with 90s music that I listened from like 3 to 13. I did this entirely from memory trying to recall what CDs and cassette tapes I once owned, what my parents listened to frequently, and what takes up significant space in my brain. That said because music comes from many places there is tons missing from this. I didn’t want to self-disclose too much so there are a lot of personal songs missing because it became way too long (2 hours is already getting a bit long and it used to be about 4). No one is that nostalgic for the 90s.
Thanks to my parents for their influence, years of cheerleading routines, 90s teen movies, and the obscene amount of time I spent watching MTV for helping shape my musical taste during these years. While it seems wildly inappropriate for a child to listen to any of these songs, I’m pretty sure they made me the sparkling ray of cynical sunshine I am today.
Tracklist & Links below
Monday’s are rough. Sure, it’s almost over but who doesn’t love a nice tune to listen to? Or in this case a few tunes. These are just a few songs I’m enjoying right now. A couple are brand new and others I just listen to quite a lot.
Music is definitely going to keep me going through the 4 papers I have to write this week. Yikes…
For the first time in a very long time I’ve actually embraced spring break. As an adult I find spring break a completely strange concept since I rarely go on vacation. Most of my school provided “spring breaks” are spent working or catching up on school work. This year I finally chose to do…..nothing. A bit scary but also a bit fun. Okay so maybe I opened my Hinduism textbook once or twice just so I don’t feel like I’ve fallen behind, but other than that I’ve done the minimal for the past few days.
Living in Arizona has its advantages. During this time of the year the weather is amazing so going outside is a must. It’s going to be 90 this weekend and I can sense some pool time in my future. Growing up I always embraced spring break as a time to watch crappy television (aka MTV Spring Break) and hang out with my friends for hours. Usually it just meant driving around, lounging by the pool, and living on a diet of popsicles (for whatever reason). But music is such a big part of these adventures because I use them to recall memories later in life. This is why I attempt to make seasonal playlists at the very least.
You may ask yourself “how can you soundtrack a week of nothing?” Well, I don’t plan on doing a ton of nothing. I still have to leave my house to run errands, spring cleaning, and the inevitable pool time, duh. Plus you’ve probably got better plans and need a soundtrack to last all spring. This playlist contains a mixture of genres and pairs nicely with adult beverages garnished with decorative umbrellas.