With blue skies, cold drinks and hot days, summer is in full effect here in Toronto! To celebrate the greatest season of the year (don’t @ me) we thought we’d share some favourite tunes that have accompanied us through BBQs, park hangs and patio drinks. It wasn’t easy, but someone’s got to do the hard work. Here are the Indie88 announcers’ favourite summertime albums:
VIOLENT FEMMES – 1983
Don’t know if this is my absolute favourite but it’s an album that brings me back to the days of grade 9 when cutting curfew and smoking drugs were cool. This entire album is a masterpiece and I just found out they are coming back to Toronto. Every time I listen to this I feel like I’m Olivia Newton John wearing the black leather pants. I’m so cool aren’t I?
MIAMI HORROR – ALL FUTURES POSSIBLE
My summer records would probably either Avalanches album or Miami Horror’s All Possible Futures. They are all records with few duds, –and who wants to get up to switch songs when you’re 8 Labatt Wild Cats deep?!
BORNS – DOPAMINE
My favorite summer album is Dopamine from Borns. It’s full of big melodies and bright synths that sound like what I imagine summer would sound like if a season could make music. It’s the type of album you can put on while driving around with the windows down, or while you drink a few afternoon beers with your buds.
BEACH BOYS – GREATEST HITS
My fave summer music is anything by the Beach Boys. I have a summer ritual where I start at the first album and over the course of the summer I listen to every album. And since we’re keeping score, my besters LP is 1965’s Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) and favourite song “Help me Rhonda”.
OTIS REDDING – LIVE IN EUROPE
Otis Redding Live In Europe is perfection on my turntable all summer long. It covers all the moods and nothing compares to Otis’ voice. Plus, there’s some sweet covers: Sam Cooke’s “Shake” and The Beatles “Day Tripper”? Yes please! Others in high rotation: Born Ruffians Uncle, Duke and The Chief and I never tire of Robyn’s Body Talk Pt 1, 2 and 3.
I have 2 bands that I listen to anytime the sun is out, I’m on vacation somewhere warm OR it happens to be warm in Toronto for once. I know I’m supposed to pick 1 but I DON’T PLAY BY THE RULES, OK?
MAC DEMARCO – 2
Mac DeMarco, you could listen to any of the chill, noodley tunes this guy has to offer but I always have 2 on my turntable. His entire vibe is perfect for a quiet beach day or a summer back yard BBQ rager. The best of both worlds.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND – VAMPIRE WEEKEND
Vampire Weekend, as if you need an explanation as to why this is appropriate for summer time. Their debut album is essential for any sort of sunny day. It’s impossible not to have a smile on or do some sort of super lame looking shoulder shimmy while listening to it. Most of my favourite summer hangs had a track from this album on at some point, every song has a fun, warm memory to it.
AGAINST ME! – NEW WAVE
I’m going with New Wave from Against Me! in 2007. This record automatically puts me in a good mood and is best observed with the sun shining, your windows down and the volume cranked. I have the best memories of seeing this band live during the sweatiest summer shows both crammed into music halls and at festivals like Lollapalooza. I have two copies of the CD because I wore the first one out pretty bad and scratched it up. I have the record on highlighter yellow vinyl and everything is signed by the band! Other summer favourites of mine include Dan Auerbach’s latest Waiting on a Song, and the classic debut from Sublime, 40 oz. To Freedom.