Friday July 11th 2008, 5:23 pm
Seven Songs Shaping Our Summer
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Tag, we’re it. Our good friend Rachel over at A Material World just tagged us with a type of blog chain letter called the “Seven Songs Shaping Your Summer.” Here’s the deal:

“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.”

So, Jenna and I have accepted the challenge and without further ado, we present to you our “Seven Songs Shaping Our Summer” (as well as our 7 victims) after the jump!

“Seven Songs Shaping Our Summer”

Jody’s Picks:

1. Badfinger- Day After Day
This song has been following me around for the past week. Every time I turn on the radio, it’s there! Now, I’m not complaining. I love this song. It’s just I literally can’t get away from it. 

2. Townes Van Zandt- Be Here To Love Me
To be honest, I hadn’t really listened to Townes Van Zandt until this year. Sure, I knew his songs like Poncho and Lefty, but it wasn’t until I saw Heartworn Highways and got myself a couple of his records that I truly realized his genius. 

3. Dolly Parton- You’re Gonna Be Sorry
One of Dolly’s lesser known songs. She is so amazing to me. So much piss and vinegar wrapped up in one little blond package. 

4. The James Gang- Walk Away
If you happen to pull up next to my car on a hot, sticky summer’s day, chances are this is what you will hear blasting out of my speakers. I plan on singing this next time I do karaoke, although I might need a couple of drinks before I do to get that right rock and roll snarl in my voice. 

5. Bob Dylan- Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
“Throw my troubles out the door, I won’t need them anymore.” Sing it Bob, sing it!

6. Liszt- Les Preludes
When I’m in the mood for something a little different, I choose Liszt’s Les Preludes. I used to spend my summers at an arts camp up in Northern Michigan, and this was the piece that they played every year at the closing concert. This song always makes me think of pine trees and lakes and what it feel like to be inspired by something. 

7. George Jones- She Thinks I Still Care
Following with the last song’s sentiments, do summer’s make anyone else way too sentimental? Oh George Jones. 

Jenna’s Picks:

1. Panda Bear- Comfy In Nautica
This is my morning song, it eases me into alertness and by the end I’m fully awake. When I listen to this track, I think of a massive herd of people marching up and over a hill as the sun rises behind them. Some of these people are in matching grey suits while others are colorfully decorated with feathers and beads. 

2. Illinois- Screendoor
This particular song I enjoy for the catchy melody and crazy musical blend. Its good peppylicious fun, I’m always listening to it in my car. Once in a while I have the windows down and I hope that the people standing on the corner outside feel the compulsion to dance along when they hear it. 

3. Phosphorescent- When We Fall
Piano, Tambourines and Clapping, whats not to like? This song makes me think of a big family or group of friends jamming together out on the porch, like that scene in “The Jerk”. This track is perfect for a bouncy walk around the neighborhood on a sunny day.

4. The Dodos- Men
The melody puts me in such a serene dreamy mood, really good medicine after a stressful day. I’ve been obsessed with this band for quite some time, the vocals are lovely, the drummer’s amazing. I also listen to this album in my car, swaying in my seat while singing along and drumming my fingers against the steering wheel. 

5. Fleet Foxes- White Winter Hymnal
Love Love Love. Beautiful, Rich, Whimsical, Spiritual. Twas a trip hearing them on Indie 103.1, of course this is ages after When You Awake had raved about them. They’re receiving the sort of buzz and increasing hype Sea Wolf and Silversun Pickups had last year. And like Sea Wolf, they deserve it. 

6. Okkervil River- Unless Its Kicks
The opening of this song actually reminds me of a few British artists I’ve come to know and love, at first I thought Jack Penate. There’s a good energy to this song, keeps me going during a long day 

7. Salt & Samovar- Swallowed a Pill
The sun’s going down as the end of the day approaches, but the party continues as people parade in the dark. I first heard this song a year or two ago on KCRW (bless that Nic Harcourt). I love how the song opens like a whisper, the gradually builds to this glorious hymn. These guys would be amazing live, maybe pair them with Fleet Foxes and Phosphorescent for the ultimate harmony showdown. 

Oh…and our victims are as follows:
Benny and Kelly
Clara Jungman
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
Four oh Five
On The Natural
Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers

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Smokin’ list. Both of you have great selections! Love that I looked deeper on the site. I loved the other list, too! You beautiful women rock!

Comment by Chris 11.01.09 @ 8:35 pm

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