Sunday, June 19, 2011

"it's a summer day, not a cloud in sight..."

You know it's summer when your jeans start to glue to your legs, when you have a constant craving for iced coffees and frozen yogurt, when you wonder how life was possible without AC, when you get cranky and sweaty from a mere 10-min walk, and when all you want to do is sleep through stormy rainy days...

Summer's supposed to be all sun and fun, but it just seems to have lost its appeal ever since my school days have passed and summer is no longer attached to word vacation. And in this sticky melting weather, the only things that keeps me excited are the summer playlists and new albums that keep rolling out this time of the year. Nylon's annual Music issue is something that I look forward to every summer; it's like an A-Z guide to up & coming bands and is especially great for discovering emerging indie talents complemented with its usual beautiful fashion editorials (thus making the front man look even more charismatic than he already is). If you have an iPad, go download Nylon's summer playlist for free now! That's 20 freebie new songs to add to your summer selection. One of my personal favorites is the Seattle based six-piece The Head and the Heart, which is part folklore and part pop and totally refreshing (hence also included in my new mix tape below).

I'm no music expert, but like most people, there's nothing more exciting than having discovered a new band or getting your hands on that much anticipated album from your favorite group. My vol. 3 mix tape features songs from both of the above, and more: new songs from old favorites and simply great songs from all-time favorites. It's mostly chillaxing with a bit of punch thrown in just in case you needed to shake off that summer heat. Me thinks it's perfect for any lazy summer afternoon on the porch as it is for the road trip you're gonna take in your convertible. So sit back, relax and stay cool!

Song List:
French Navy - Camera Obscura
I can Hear Music - The Beach Boys
Call Me Back - The Strokes
Daylight - Matt & Kim
Black Treacle - Arctic Monkeys
Heart of Glass - Blondie
The Air that I Breathe - The Hollies
StayYoung, Go Dancing - Death Cab for Cutie
Lost in my Mind - The Head and the Heart
Safari - Catpeople
Face in the Crowd - Cat’s Eyes
Ghost of this Town - Cavalcade
Battery Kinzie - Fleet Foxes

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