It’s time to say au revoir to summer. Well kind of anyway.
Seasonal playlists are my favorite to make because they can soundtrack certain events, holidays, or even days. They can evoke sentiment years later when we stumble upon them or just songs that remind of us times gone by. That sounds pretty eloquent, but I can’t tell you how many times I hear Yeah! by Usher and remember the summer of 2004 (for better or worse). Summer just has a much happier vibe to it and playlists really reflect that. Playlists also offer us an escape from the radio (aka hearing Despacito for the 6,000,001th time). There’s so many different playlists to make for summer. Ones to soundtrack BBQs, road trips, and even floating around the pool doing absolutely nothing.
Summer is winding down which makes me feel a little low key #blessed. No more looking like a sweaty tomato all the time. No more feeling uncomfortable in my own skin because I can layer upon layer my clothes. But no one wants to hear about that so onto the music. I set out to make another blissful summer playlist, but just didn’t have the heart to finish it. It just never felt right when I would listen back to it. So instead I went with a trusted go to: what I’m listening to right now.
If I had to choose one of my favorite bands of the last 15 years, Arcade Fire would probably be one of those bands. Okay just kidding. They are one of those bands. So forgive me if this post gets a little wordy or in-depth. Once you pop you just can’t stop sometimes.
Arcade Fire was formed in 2001 in Canada, and they rose to prominence with their 2004 album, Funeral. They have a core group of members who play a variety of instruments including guitar, drums, piano, xylophone, and even glockenspiel (among others). They have created a short film to accompany their album, The Suburbs, and even contributed a song to the Hunger Games soundtrack. Arcade Fire have won plenty of awards for their music and other technical/creative aspects. These include Brits, Grammys, and two members (Will Butler and Owen Pallett) even received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score for Her. Everyone surely has heard of Arcade Fire or at least their most popular song Wake Up. Wake Up was featured in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are and commercials for the NFL in 2010.
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.
More than half the year is over which has completely taken me by surprise. I can’t think of where the time has gone. It seems like just last week I was starting a new semester and contemplating having my wisdom teeth removed. Now its July. My semester went amazing, the wisdom teeth are freshly removed (yikes), and now we’ve reached the point of the year where everything begins to move faster than a snowball rolling down a mountainside. I must admit I’m hopeful for the rest of the year and I hope things begin to go a bit more my way, but I must remain cautiously optimistic about the whole thing.
At the end of every year I try to pick my favorite songs from the last 365 days. It’s always a challenge because it’s nearly impossible to recall all of the songs released towards the beginning of the year. So borrowing an idea from one of my favorite music bloggers and one of the mixtapes posted to the mixtape club I belong to, I decided to try something new: a playlist. The idea is simple: a running playlist updated occasionally with music I’m really into. The hope is that at the end of the year I have a pretty sweet collection of tunes that hold memories for myself of the year gone by, the songs that I will remember forever, and some new all time favorite songs.
If you’re interested, you can follow along with the playlist on my Spotify. Right now it’s currently filled with a lot of hidden indie gems, but I can guarantee it will spread out in the coming months to include a bunch of different stuff. Hopefully you’ll find something that tickles your fancy if you choose to give it a browse. If it’s not your thing, feel free to check out or submit a playlist to the Tweeter Mixtape Club on Tumblr. It’s a really cool mix of music lovers with a lot of diverse tastes.
Check out the Best Songs of 2017 on Spotify
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.