Playlist: A Summer Can Last A Decade – An Enduring Paradise

At long last, and just in time, I’ve completed something that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time: a summer-themed post. Sitting in my drafts since 2016 has been a post entitled “The Enduring Paradise of a Great Summer Album”, with a few ideas getting things started, a few albums listed that I return to each year when the temperatures go up, but nothing concrete. I’ve written/posted about seasons before, so this should have been no problem. In 2012 I made a downloadable summer mixtape (downloads still work, btw!) and in 2015 I posted 15 Essential Autumn Albums which people seemed to like (don’t ask about 15 more essential autumn albums… it is definitely NOT collecting dust in my drafts section!). But the motivation for a summer albums post never came, so it was repeatedly tabled.

I was confused with what I wanted to do, and also a bit self-conscious, since summer music is something that inspires more gung-ho feelings in people compared to those conjured by fall music. Tingly autumn feelings are primarily reserved for bookworm type-B introverts and that is pretty easy to match up music-wise (or at least that’s the stereotype in my head, with albums from Mazzy Star, The Microphones and Yo La Tengo being featured on my 2015 autumn albums list).

Summer, on the other hand, is all over the place. It’s all about music that makes people feel good in the freedom of having less clothing on, (usually) less responsibilities to deal with and energetic distraction from the heat. Music for relaxation, music for exercise, music for rooftop parties, music for laid back kickbacks, music for driving with the windows down, music for the beach, music for hikes, the list goes on. The styles to cover – indie rock, hip hop, pop, electronic, garage, folk, country, R&B, funk, ambient… the list,  again, goes on. Everyone has their own summer jams. My sensitive resolve shied away from the thought of trying to conquer a summer playlist for others to enjoy… until now.

Read more to get the Spotify link and full track list –>

Working in the frame of this decade, I compiled a 100-song, sequenced playlist comprised of songs that I’ve returned to during the summers, along with those that I remember being satisfying jams at the time. They range from electronic, to rock, a dash of folk, some pop, some hip hop, some R&B; all hopefully sequenced in an order that makes sense while listening through. This is also not a playlist of the most underground cuts I could find – these are pretty basic indie Pitchfork baby tunes. Not trying to be subversive here. Didn’t really go for mainstream pop because I really didn’t listen to a lot of that, so sorry to my “Old Town Road” fans. I also asked for suggestions after I had a playlist of about 80 songs in it, so I apologize to those that offered up songs that didn’t make it in. On top of that, I had about 10 or 20 songs in the original list of songs I wanted in the playlist before I sequenced it that I had to cut because I couldn’t find a place for them without it being awkward. That includes songs like Real Estate’s “It’s Real”, Japandroids’ “The House That Heaven Built” and Mitski’s “Nobody”. Sorry y’all, maybe I’ll make another extended playlist?

One additional challenge I gave myself was that I wasn’t allowed to put two songs from the same year next to each other (catch the years in the track list and the full year-by-year breakdown below the track list). This allows the playlist to really show the versatility of tunes that were released throughout the decade. Or maybe rather that everything in this playlist sounds the same. Who’s to say? I also made this within iTunes instead of Spotify, as I’ve been using my iTunes library since 2011 and have up-to-date personal play counts, old summer mix CD playlists, and release dates embedded in each song’s metadata to help make the building process easier. Making it in my iTunes library caused one slight problem when bringing it over to Spotify, in that there are some songs that just aren’t on the streaming platform. To remedy this, I just added other songs in their place, as you can see in the track list below. I linked the iTunes-only songs in the track list with YouTube/Bandcamp links in the meantime. The substitute songs are also heavily considered and are part of the sequence, along with following the rules of no same years touching.

With that long monologue over, I hope you enjoy this playlist in the last month and a half of summer 2019. This playlist is INTENTIONALLY SEQUENCED – feel free to shuffle, but it would make me feel better if you tried to start in one place and continue downward accordingly. I know it’s six and a half hours long. You don’t always have to start at the top! It’s just a suggestion. Also, I’m sure there are missing songs that will throw you in an existential tailspin, so please let me know so I can maybe make another playlist so I can make you feel better. That’s all I’m here for: making you feel better.

A SUMMER CAN LAST A DECADE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

  1. Jamie xx – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)” [2015]
  2. The Avalanches – “Because I’m Me (feat. Camp Lo)” [2016]
  3. DJ Koze – “Pick Up” [2018]
  4. LCD Soundsystem – “One Touch” [2010]
  5. Disclosure – “You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle)” [2013]
  6. Kaytranada – “LITE SPOTS” [2016]
  7. Ford & Lopatin – “Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me)” [2011]
  8. Big Boi – “Shutterbugg (feat. Cutty)” [2010]
  9. Little Dragon – “Ritual Union” [2011]
  10. Major Lazer – “Get Free (feat. Amber Coffman)” [2012]
  11. Mr Twin Sister – “Echo Arms” [2018]
  12. XV“Swervin’ (Clams Casino Instrumental Remix)” [2012]
    // How To Dress Well – “What You Wanted” (Spotify) [2014]
  13. Domenique Dumont – “Comme Ça” [2015]
  14. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Quand Vas Tu Rentrer?” [2012]
  15. Tame Impala – “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?” [2010]
  16. TOPS – “Dayglow Bimbo” [2017]
  17. King Tuff – “Bad Thing” [2012]
  18. Dusk – “Eyes In Dark Corners” [2018]
  19. Hiss Golden Messenger – “Sufferer (Love My Conquerer)” [2013]
  20. White Denim – “Our Get” [2010]
  21. Snail Mail – “Heat Wave” [2018]
  22. Alvvays – “Next of Kin” [2014]
  23. Washed Out – “Great Escape” [2013]
  24. Heathered Pearls – “Personal Kiosk (feat. The Sight Below)” [2015]
  25. Lemonade – “Neptune” [2012]
  26. Carly Rae Jepsen – “All That” [2015]
  27. Blood Orange – “Best To You” [2016]
  28. Yaeji – “Passionfruit” [2017]
  29. Grimes“Genesis (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)” [2012]
    // Clams Casino – “Back To You (feat. Kelly Zutrau)” (Spotify) [2016]
  30. Vince Staples – “Big Fish” [2017]
  31. Hudson Mohawke – “Ryderz” [2015]
  32. Solange – “Stay Flo” [2019]
  33. Shabazz Palaces – “Shine A Light (feat. Thaddilac)” [2017]
  34. Erika de Casier – “Do My Thing” [2019]
  35. Channel Tres – “Topdown” [2018]
  36. Hot Chip – “Huarache Lights” [2015]
  37. Georgia – “About Work The Dancefloor (Edit)” [2019]
  38. Yeasayer – “O.N.E.” [2010]
  39. Friendly Fires – “Blue Cassette” [2011]
  40. SOPHIE – “Immaterial” [2018]
  41. Danny L Harle – “Super Natural (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)” [2016]
  42. Anamanaguchi – “Planet” [2013]
  43. White Reaper – “Last 4th of July” [2015]
  44. Radiator Hospital – “Blue Gown” [2014]
  45. Tennis – “Traveling” [2012]
  46. The Babies – “Meet Me In The City” [2011]
  47. Beach Fossils – “Shallow” [2013]
  48. Omni – “Cold Vermouth” [2016]
  49. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Julie’s Place” [2017]
  50. Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang – “Feba” [2012]
  51. The Drums – “Let’s Go Surfing” [2010]
  52. Seoul – “The Line” [2015]
  53. Yuno – “No Going Back” [2018]
  54. Sylvan Esso – “Could I Be” [2014]
  55. Ice Choir – “Afar” [2012]
  56. Natalie Prass – “Short Court Style” [2018]
  57. Mikal Cronin – “Weight” [2013]
  58. Cults – “Go Outside” [2011]
  59. Best Coast – “Our Deal” [2010]
  60. Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me” [2016]
  61. Hatchie – “Sleep” [2018]
  62. Beach House – “Sparks” [2015]
  63. Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” [2017]
  64. Washed Out – “Eyes Be Closed” [2011]
  65. Frank Ocean – “Nights” [2016]
  66. Kali Uchis – “Tyrant (feat. Jorja Smith)” [2018]
  67. Shabazz Palaces – “Are you… Can you… Were you? (Felt)” [2011]
  68. Laurel Halo – “Moontalk” [2017]
  69. Carly Rae Jepsen – “No Drug Like Me” [2019]
  70. Still Corners – “Berlin Lovers” [2013]
  71. Sneaks – “Look Like That” [2017]
  72. Tame Impala – “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” [2015]
  73. Babes – “ATMO” [2014]
  74. Vampire Weekend – “Unbelievers” [2013]
  75. Dirty Projectors – “Impregnable Question” [2012]
  76. Tennis – “I’m Callin'” [2014]
  77. Kacey Musgraves – “High Horse” [2018]
  78. JUCE – “(H)ours” [2014]
  79. Jessie Ware“Running (Disclosure Remix)” [2012]
    // Robyn
    – “Hang With Me” (Spotify) [2010]
  80. Drake – “Get It Together (feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith)” [2017]
  81. Ricky Eat Acid“In my dreams we’re almost touching” [2014]
    // Mr Twin Sister – “In The House Of Yes” (Spotify) [2014]
  82. Yumi Zouma – “Alena” [2015]
  83. The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love?” [2011]
  84. Postiljonen – “Supreme” [2013]
  85. M83 – “Midnight City” [2011]
  86. Delorean – “Stay Close” [2010]
  87. D.R.A.M. – “Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)” [2016]
  88. Smith Westerns – “Weekend” [2011]
  89. Chance The Rapper – “No Problem (feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)” [2016]
  90. Tyler, The Creator – “EARFQUAKE” [2019]
  91. Yaeji – “Feel It Out” [2017]
  92. Jessy Lanza – “Kathy Lee” [2013]
  93. Kornél Kovács – “BB” [2016]
  94. Frank Ocean – “Lost” [2012]
  95. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” [2015]
  96. Craft Spells – “After The Moment” [2011]
  97. Barrie – “Geology” [2019]
  98. Roman a Clef – “The Prisoner” [2015]
  99. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” [2011]
  100. Amen Dunes – “Freedom” [2018]

YEAR BREAKDOWN:

2010: 9
2011: 12
2012: 12
2013: 10
2014: 9
2015: 13
2016: 11
2017: 10
2018: 12
2019: 6

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