Mixtape Monday

Mixtape Monday: Summertime Sadness Vol. 1

It’s been a while since our last Mixtape Monday. For some reason, summer always makes me in the mood to listen to the weirdest music. Sometimes it’s cheesy 90’s country that I grew up on, sometimes it’s blaring Sublime at all times of day, and sometimes it’s sad indie music.

Right now, it’s definitely the latter. Sad indie music always takes me back to the summer after high school when I had infinite time to scour last.fm for the latest music releases & spend lazy days off at the pool with my friends before heading off to college. Now, my sumertime sadness playlist fills me with sweet nostalgia to get me through my brutal commute & battle my insomnia. I hope you love these tracks as much as I do.

Mixtape Monday, 7/17, Summertime Sadness: Vol. 1 {Click to listen}

  1. “Thirteen” – Big Star: I first learned about Big Star from the book “Love is a Mixtape”by Rob Sheffield. While I was reading it, I put on the music he was writing about it and it made for a beautiful, yet heart-wrenching emotional journey through the book about love and loss. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest checking it out. But have tissues handy.
  2. “City Love” – John Mayer: I don’t know what it is about John Mayer, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for him. Especially the album “Room for Squares”. The whole album is fantastic, but “City Love” is my current favorite. Other highlights are “Neon” & “83”.
  3. “Fresh Feeling” – Eels:  The first time I heard this song was during a season 1 episode of Scrubs called “My Hero.” In the scene, J.D. visits Dr. Cox and tries to get him ‘back in the game’ & I was feeling all the emotions my little 13-year-old heart could handle.
  4. “Summer Girl” – Family of the Year: I used to work at Ticket Alternative & Atlanta Music Guide. I found out a lot about smaller bands there & one of those bands was Family of the Year. “Summer Girl” is perfect for this playlist, but their song “Hero” was featured in the movie Boyhood and is definitely worth checking out.
  5. “You Wouldn’t Have to Ask” – Bad Books: I don’t have much to say about this one except that I have the seemingly unpopular opinion that Bad Books is better than Manchester Orchestra.
  6. “Spiders” – Lovedrug: This has been one of my favorites since ~9th grade. I first heard it on my crush’s MySpace page & I immediately started listening to it so I could seem into the same bands as him. We’ve all been there. The boy is long since forgotten, but the love for Lovedrug still lives on.
  7. “Primitive Girl” – M. Ward: I got into this song back when I was still picking singles to listen to based on song names. This is faster than the others on this playlist, but still hits me with that rush of melancholic fueled nostalgia.
  8. “The Dress Looks Nice On You” – Sufjan Stevens: I’ve always loved this song, but I really want to learn to pronounce his name. Does anyone know how?
  9. “Black Hole Sun” – Copeland: This cover has always been hauntingly beautiful to me, but with Chris Cornell’s recent death, I think it’s even more so. It’s a great tribute to the original.
  10. “Oh! Sweet Nothing” – The Velvet Underground: So this song isn’t really “indie” in the way that the rest of these are, but I got into it during my “I’m-too-cool-to-listen-to-top-40-phase” in high school while researching Andy Warhol. It never ceases to make me feel contemplative and relaxed all at once.


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