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Tape Tuesday: Summer’s Gone (A Flashback)

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The summer between middle school and high school was a time of change (#cliché). Yet despite all of the changes, a few things remained constant. One of these constants was my friendship with Josh. We started hanging out in 7th grade, and by the summer after 8th grade, we were ready to make a movie together. The concept was simple. Summer’s Gone would be a coming-of-age story about two young filmmakers who created and submitted a film to a big festival. In the end they would get rejected because “being accepted would be too obvious,” and because they would end up “learning a valuable life lesson from the whole experience anyway.” We had this vision, and we went for it. Kind of. We made a kick-ass trailer for the movie and then moved on to another project.

When people think about the “Wonder Years” they either think about the TV show or their childhood. But for me and Josh, that summer before high school epitomized our wonder years–when we could be carefree and creative and have the time to do whatever we wanted to do. I’m sitting here in my dorm room typing this, which might be sad. But the purpose of me typing all of these words is to say that the wonder years aren’t over until you forget about them. The songs on this mix are from around the time Josh and I started making Summer’s Gone (some of them were even on the official movie soundtrack). I made this “flashback” mixtape as a way of eternalizing that summer before I forget about it, and hopefully these tracks will remind you of something important that you hope to never forget.

It feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel too.

  1. Jack’s Mannequin – Holiday from Real
  2. Nada Surf – I Like What You Say
  3. Bowling for Soup – Almost
  4. Eve 6  – Inside Out
  5. Something Corporate – Drunk Girl
  6. Ben Kweller – Sundress
  7. Augustana – Boston
  8. Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me
  9. The Killers – Read My Mind
  10. Keane – Spiralling
  11. Aqualung – Brighter Than Sunshine
  12. Griffin House – The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind
  13. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  14. Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Teenagers Remix)
  15. Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
  16. Spoon – You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
  17. Nada Surf – If You Leave (OMD Cover)
  18. City and Colour – The Girl
  19. Matthew Perryman Jones – Save You

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Tape Tuesday: #Roadtrip

Tape Tuesdays will be a biweekly feature on Sunset in the Rearview. I will be compiling a new playlist every other week, with a new theme each time. My advice: stream the music on MixPod, listen to the songs, and if you’re a fan, put them together on your computer or iPod as a playlist. My shorter playlists are always better than the longer ones because they seem to have a consistent flow; larger playlists tend to get overpacked and diluted. Every tape will be short enough to fit on a single CD, so if you feel so inclined, burn one and put it in your car or something. So listen, hopefully enjoy, and let me know what you think. Drop any playlist theme ideas in the chat to the side!

Hell yeah, roadtrip! Right? All roadtrips start out with a little gusto, in excitement to get to your destination. Ya know, like “Eff it, we’re going to NYC even if it’s going to take us 9 hours in this packed, little car! Yipee!” While that excitement almost always ebs and flows, that’s how these trips almost always start. Unless, of course, you’re traveling to Idaho or some fly over state with your entire family. That just sucks, and you’d probably be playing emo music. Sucks. Let’s get to it. Hit the jump for entire tracklisting and download link.

Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats

“Let’s dance to joy division/ and raise our glass to the ceiling/ Cause this could all go so wrong/ but we’re so happy”

Make it last all night? You talking about making the drive last all night, Tom?

American Girl – Tom Petty

“Well she was an American girl/ Raised on promises/ She couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life/ Somewhere else”

I spent a fair amount of each summer in Nantucket, so this song is usually ironically relevant. Especially the summer before last, where I left Nantucket to sail in Mystic Seaport, then back to Cape Cod, then back to Nantucket. Also relevant because I have vampire like fangs. #truestory

Walcott – Vampire Weekend

“The lobster’s claw is sharp as knives/ Evil feasts on human lives/ The Holy Roman Empire roots for you”

So at this point that original gusto has subsided and you’re like, “Damn, this is going to be a long ride.” So you kick back a little bit, and listen to some calmer tunes. Like Jason Schwartzman’s, for instance.

West Coast – Coconut Records

“And if you shake her heart then she will appear/ Tonight I think I’ll be staying here/ and you never did like this town/ I’ll talk out loud like you’re still around”

I had some of the best times of my lives, with my best friends (Bryan T, MM Head, Devon K, Thead, etc) listening to The Killers. I can relate to a lot of this song, and a great song to rock out to. Beautifully nostalgic.

Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers

“And someone is calling my name/ From the back of the restaurant/ and someone is playing a game/ In the house that I grew up in/ and someone will drive her around/ Down the same streets that I did”

Wish You Were Here – Incubus

“I dig my toes into the sand/ The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds/ Strewn across a blue blanket/ I lean against the wind/ Pretend that I am weightless/ and in this moment I am happy”

I honestly think this next one is the best roadtrip song there is. No matter what mood you’re in, you can relate to it. Unbelievable instrumental, and more power to them for recognizing the fact that it was too beautiful instrumentally to write lyrics over-let the sounds speak for themselves.

Pacific Theme – Broken Social Scene

Another great instrumental song, this next one has a similar quality. Really unique sounds, I don’t know what makes the harmony over the top although I assume it’s a guitar.

My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven

Homecoming King – Guster

“The sooner you leave the sooner you’re home/ Back in Massachusetts/ To your golden age/ Where they tuck you in at night”

Man I love Xaphoon Jones (the producing half of Chiddy Bang). He’s got really eclectic influences, and that certainly comes through in his sound. Great remix to a great song.

Radar Detector (Xaphoon Jones Remix) – Darwin Deez

“You are a radar detector/ I drive 1,000 miles an hour/ I won’t go on and on/ But you are always looking out for me”

Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear

“Would you always/ Maybe sometimes/ Make it easy/ Take your time”

Gotta throw some rap in there to kick back to, nothing better than a little laid back J. Cole.

Leave Me Alone feat. Kevin Cossom – J. Cole

“Hey dear Mr. Policeman/ Hey am I wrong or ain’t you supposed to keep the peace man?/ I coulda swore I was driving pretty peaceful/ So why the hell is you pullin’ over me fo’?/ Is it this black Mercedes?/ Or cause I’m black? Hmmm, maybe”

Soundcheck – Tayyib Ali

“And it’s the best feeling ever man/ No more rainy days under the umbrella man/ Cause when I’m outside I run into hella fans/ I love the top floor and I want this forever man”

This one is an absolute classic. Probably one of my top 50 songs ever, if not top 25. Grew up with this. Jam.

You Get What You Give – The New Radicals

“Fri-enemies, who when you’re down ain’t your friend/ Every night we smash their Mercedez-Benz/ First we run and then we laugh till we cry/ But when the night is falling/ And you cannot find the light/ If you feel your dream is dying/ Hold tight”

Amsterdam – Peter Bjorn and John

“Oh it’s a kind of stupid groove/ That you can’t ignore/ Oh it’s a kind of natural fact/ Sometimes you’re just left to be alone”

Turn into Something – Animal Collective

“Oh blissful bleed I came out peaking/ and leaked out like a wet clown/ My tears rolled down and arms went round”

The Kings of Leon are unbelievable, to put things simply.

Pyro – Kings of Leon

“Everything I cherish/ Is slowly dying, or it’s gone/ Little shaken babies/ and drunkards seem to all agree/ Once the show gets started/ It’s bound to be a sight to see”

The Way We Get By – Spoon

“We found a new kinda dance in a magazine/ Try it on, it’s like nothin’ you’ve ever seen/ You sweet talk like a cop, and you know it/ You bought a new bag of pot/ So let’s make a new start/ and that’s the way to my heart”

Destination reached. Feelings of glory ensue. Couldn’t be a better song for that than this one. On a sidenote, they were unfuckingbelievable at Lollapalooza. Out of body experience really. Truly, ridiculously majestic is the only way I can put it.

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

“Just stay there/ Cause I’ll be comin’ over/ While our bloods still young/ It’s so young, it runs/ Won’t stop til it’s over”

Dream Big

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