May 18 Reviews / Favorite summer albums...

This weeks Uusitalo podcast was probably the most difficult I've done to date. For anyone who speaks Finnish, I apologize if my pronounciation isn't the best. I really did try my best...

I ran the opposite question last year when it was starting to get cold, but now that it's starting to get warm again (supposed to be 90 fahrenheit here this weekend), we'll have another weather-related question. What are your favorite summertime albums?

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LL
I would have to say I agree with most of the above but my top summer albums are

1) Sloan- Navy blues
2) Beulah - when your hearstrings break
3) Apples in stereo - fun trick noisemaker
4) Jessica fletchers - less sophistication

Michael
One More...

Sebastian Tellier's "La Ritournelle"

Reminds me of last summer when you couldnt escape this song and its fubky bassline

Michael

"Who Loves The Sun"/ Velvet Underground
"On The Road Again"/ Canned Heat
"Eastern Glow"/ Album Leaf
"The Purple Bottle"/ Animal Collective
"The Crystal Lake" / Grandaddy


Struggling for more....
Most of the music i listen to is cold and wintery!!!
"Epic" / Faith No More
"Midnight Marauders"/ Fat Freddy's Drop


Alex
I'm with 'chups, I don't really tie the music I listen to with events, seasons, etc. But I'll throw a couple out there:

Why - Elephant Eyelash
Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
Trans Am - Red Line ("I Wanna Play in the Summer!")

kid_A
shellac - 1000 hurts
the shins - chutes too narrow
velvet underground - loaded
wilco - yhf
impossible shapes - tum

richie
Bubbachups:

Funny how differently people perceive music... to me, that Yo La Tengo album is very wintry. But then, I purchased it and listened to it in the winter, so maybe that has something to do with it. I'm sure a lot of my seasonal assosciations with music are coincidental like that.

Also, I'm sure the CD by Islands will turn out to be a good summer album.

richie
some that come to mind:

Belle And Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap
Iron And Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
Adem - Homesongs
Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret
Manitoba - Up In Flames
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi
Clue To Kalo - Come Here When You Sleepwalk (and probably his new one, I just haven't heard it in the summer yet)
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Mum - Finally We Are No One (I assosciate it with a trip up to Vancouver in the summer...)
Grandaddy - Sumday
Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Massive Attack - Mezzanine (perhaps on a hot summer night.)

That's all I can think of for now...

Bubbachups
Difficult question. I never think about these things. Why I listen to certain stuff and whether there's some linkage between that and something else going that's going on like the current season, the weather, my personal mood, etc. But not to spoil the fun I pictured myself sitting in the backyard on a pleasantly warm day with nothing much to do and decided I would pick the following records:

Cannonball Adderley - Things Are Getting Better
Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank The Craddle
Kammerflimmer Kollektief - Absencen
Red House Painters - Ocean Beach
Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

peter
both of elastica's full lengths (s/t & the menace) are fantasical summer albums.

Chris
I still haven't heard Pet Sounds. My shame knows no bounds. Wow that was cheesy for some reason. I didn't expect it to rhyme. Anyways, on with the Summertime breezy-ness:

The Zombies - "Odessey & Oracle"
Animal Collective - "Feels"
Blur - "Parklife"
Edan - "Beauty and the Beat"
The Go! Team - "Thunder, Lightning, Strike!"
Of Montreal - "Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies"
Elvis Costello - "This Year's Model"
The Lucksmiths - "Why that doesn't surprise me"
The Flaming Lips - "Clouds Taste Metallic"
The New Pornographers - "Electric Version"
The Kinks - "Village Green Preservation Society"
Pavement - "Slanted and Enchanted"
Ben Folds Five - "Ben Folds Five"
Super Furry Animals - "Guerrilla"
Built to Spill - "There's Nothing Wrong with Love"

Well that was way longer than anticipated. I guess the summer is cool like that. Er, hot. You know what I be saying.

almostcool
Oh yeah! "Century Flower" by Shelleyan Orphan is a must! Great pick.

Also;
Blanket Music - Move ('Shut up and sway your hips')
Avalanches - Since I left You ('That boy needs therapy')
Cut Copy - Bright Like Neon Love (One of the more under-rated summer albums of the past 5 years!)

peter
Oh, and even though it is barely a year old now, Sufjan Steven's "Illinois".

weis
yes...bring on summer. got my juices flowin' for the summer brews and the BBQ's!!
For some reason my summer default record for back deck gatherings and softball games in the park has always been Sonic Youth's Dirty record. Not so sunny, but good for the Chicago summer landscape. Plus, every song's a jam.

Neil
These are good, and some work better than others...

Cocteau Twins - "Victorialand"
Tim Buckley - "Happy Sad"
Flying Saucer Attack - "Further"
Global Communication "76:14"
The Cure - "Disintegration" (strangely effective in the hot summer nights)
Labradford - "Mi Media Naranja"
Shelleyan Orphan - "Helleborine" & "Century Flower"
Adem - "Homesongs"
Mercury Rev - "Deserter's Songs"
Grandaddy - "Sumday"

Chris G
Fennesz - Endless Summer

andreas
great topic!
some summertime albums i like:

helen love - radio hits vol.1
the kinks - the village green preservation society
komeda - what makes it go?
augustus pablo - east of the river nile

and i'm sure i will listen a lot to the new juana molina album "son" this summer, such a great record!.

Fred
Apart from the Beach Boys, the band I associate the most with summer is Teenage Fanclub, especially the Grand Prix album. I've listen to this album so much in my car, windows rolled down, during the summer. I still put it on regularly when the sun comes out. Teenage Fanclub are generally looked upon. It's true that their music isn't really that original and avant-garde. But there's a good vibe and a warm feeling in each of their songs. As they sing in Sparky's dream : "That summer feeling is gonna fly, Always try and keep the feeling inside"

peter
I will second "Pet Sounds", no foolin there. But otheres I will throw out include "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia" by the Dandy Warhols, "69 Love Songs" by the Magnetic Fields, "Anniemal" by Annie, "Berlinette" by Ellen Allien, "Emergency & I" by the Dismemberment Plan, "Connected" by the Foreign Exchange, "Hearts of Oak" by Ted Leo, "Low Level Owl" by the Appleseed Cast, "Middle of the Road" by Bus, "Since I Left You" by the Avalanches, "Very Emergency" by The Promise Ring.

To name a few...

Fruitbat
Hands down for me, it's "Last Splash" by The Breeders. It's right there in the lyrics: "Summer is ready when you are."

Jon
To be honest, "Aeroplane" came to mind immediately when I thought of a summer album. I was always oddly fond of that record but then last summer (late...I know) I became obsessed with it while in West Texas. Though I have never associated it with deserts the landscape really seemed to play the music for me; but in any case it absolutely came alive more than it already had for me.

The Decemberists' "Castaways and Cutouts" really evokes summer for me; again it being an album that I listened to heavily in the summer. At points it really does have that 'lazy summer' feel to it I think, perfect for a hot afternoon.

Summer sure does bring out the smart-eccentric quirky pop type in me...which is so uncharacteristic. I have a feeling that this summer might be rife with Beirut, actually.

almostcool
It'll probably be a popular choice, but I really enjoy "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys.

Another favorite is the self-titled album from The Circulatory System, as well as "In An Aeroplane Over The Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel (who am I kidding, this album is good anytime, but seems better in the warm weather).

A couple more recent releases that remind me of warm weather are "Up In Flames" by Caribou/Manitoba and "Suburban Shore" by Camping.

I'm sure I'll think of more.