Your ultimate summer music playlist

A few months ago the weather was pretty decent, at least for the end of winter. I remember thinking, I hope that’s it. I hope we’re in the clear now. I’m not normally an anti-winter or snow person. Just last year. Last year I wasn’t feeling the winter one bit. I do love to see my friends having fun hitting the slopes and enjoying mountain area activities. It’s been a bumpy few years for our winter business, so you like to see them have it go their way a little bit each year. Last year, I was not in winter wonderland mode at all.   

As the weather stayed, decent, for most of March and April; I also remember thinking that we’re gonna pay for this. Easy winter must make lame start to the summer. We can’t have it all, right? And so it is. The weather has sucked recently! I’m not expecting 85 degree days every single day, nor do I really want that ever, but I’ve had a friggin’ jacket on most of the last two weeks.  

Well, one thing is for sure, we can’t do nothin’ about the weather. Mother Nature isn’t taking requests. We can, however, build a little fire of inspiration and anticipation for the good stuff that should be happening with more consistency. I asked a few local music friends to shoot me a summer kick off playlist. Ten songs you’d put on a mixtape/playlist to fire up some spirit of summer! Which will be coming soon, I think.

I’ll start off things with this blend. 

Jr. Walker & The All-stars “Shotgun”

Cheap Trick “California Man” 

The Blueskins “Stupid Ones” 

The Clash “Clampdown”

Otis Redding “Satisfaction” 

The Strangeloves “I Want Candy”

Lou Reed “I Love You, Suzanne” 

The Who “Run Run Run”

J. Geils Band “Night Time”

Curtis Mayfield “Move On Up”

The Smiths “Panic” (bonus track)

Kris Rodgers (musician, Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems)

The Role Models - “Radio”

The Beach Boys - “Girl From New York City”

Corin Ashley - “Little Crumbles”

The Casanovas - “Born To Run”

Jeremiah Freed - “Don’t Go Hungry”

Holy Boys Danger Club - “City Kid Town”

Biters - “Hang Around”

Bullet Proof Lovers - “I Am My Radio”

The Wildhearts - “I Want To Go Where The People Go”

The Hellacopters - “Before The Fall”

Bri Lane (musician, singer/songwriter) 

Arcade Fire - “Everything Now”

The Shelters - “Rebel Heart”

Roosevelt - “Fever” 

Alt-J - “Left Hand Free”

Aurora - ”Running With the Wolves”

Sigma feat. Birdy - “Find Me”

Lorde - “Green Light”

Pacific Air - “Float”

Coldplay - “Strawberry Swing”

Broken Bells - “The High Road”

Jeff Beam (musician, singer/songwriter) 

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - “Farewell American Primitive”

Mac Demarco - “Freaking Out the Neighborhood”

Jaw Gems - “Graymalkin”

Deerhoof - “Scream Team”

Broadcast - “Pendulum”

Chris Cohen - “As If Apart”

Shuggie Otis - “Strawberry Letter 23”

Grizzly Bear - “Southern Point”

Big Thief - “Masterpiece”

Ruth Garbus - “Certain Kind”

Tom Long (owner, Long’s Board Shop) 

Mariachi El Bronx - “48 Roses”

NERD - “Rock Star”

Warpaint - “Disco//Very”

Operation Ivy - “Soundsystem”

Box Car Racer - “I Feel So”

Beastie Boys - “Flute Loop”

311 - “Stealing Happy Hours”

Walking Concert - “Animals”

Transplants - “California Babylon”

Jane's Addiction - “Summertime Rolls”


Nick Lavallee (comedian, musician “Donaher”)

Theo Katzman - "As The Romans Do"

Spose - "King Of Maine"

Big Grams - "Fell In The Sun"

Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "Noise Brigade"

The Menzingers - "Your Wild Years"

The Hold Steady - "Constructive Summer"

A Tribe Called Quest - "Can I Kick It?"

Fountains of Wayne - "Radiation Vibe"

Weezer - "Holiday"

Donaher - “Heather”

Myles Bullen (hip hop artist, teacher, motivator, peace maker)

Earth Person - “Flower Honey Bee”

Ayla Nereo - “It's Okay” 

Erykah Badu - “Honey”

Watsky - “Strong As An Oak”

Anderson Paak - “The Bird”

Kendrick Lamar - “I” (music video version)

Chance The Rapper - “Blessings”

Shane Reis - “Smile”

Robert Glasper - “Thinkin ‘Bout You”

Janelle Monae - “Q.U.E.E.N”

Tim Patrick Emery (musician, genius at Buckdancers Choice)

The Beatles - “Here Comes the Sun”

Eddie Cochran - “Summertime Blues”

The Ramones - “Rockaway Beach”

The Trashment - “Surfin' Bird”

Mungo Jerry - “In the Summertime”

Desmond Decker and the Aces - “The Israelites”

The Beach Boys - “Fun Fun Fun”

Kiss - “Shout it Out Loud”

Edgar Winter Group - “Frankenstein”

The Beach Boys - “Sail On Sailor”

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