Seattle does not have AC in most places. This has proved tough this summer as it has topped 90 a few different times. For someone who loves 40 and cloudy, the sweltering heat slays me. Luckily, music and a cold shower can keep me going on these hot days.
1. “Cecilia and the Satellite” by Andrew McMahon
The former lead singer of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin released his solo album last October. He’s definitely matured since he wrote songs like “Punk Rock Princess” and “If U C Jordan.” This song is the single off the album, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness and it is awesome. It has the catchy hooks of his former projects with the maturity of someone who survived cancer. Cecilia is the name of Andrew’s daughter.
2. “Riley” by the Corin Tucker Band
Speaking of solo albums, Corin Tucker’s two records are both pretty amazing. I will admit they sound a bit different without Janet and Carrie, but Corin’s songwriting is on point. I am a big fan of this song.
3. “Celebrated Summer” by Hüsker Dü
The 1980s weren’t just female pop stars, hair metal, arena rock, and new wave. The 1980s also housed bands that fucking rocked. Hüsker Dü is one of those bands.
4. “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama
Straight up cheeseball pop from the 1980s, “Cruel Summer” has become a rallying song between me and my two sisters, Amy and Xiola.
5. “That’s Entertainment” by the Jam
A song that I am not too familiar with makes this list because after a Facebook discussion regarding people’s favorite songs, this song made two peoples’ list, our own Sara H and my good friend Stephanie. The Jam is one of those bands that I am finally starting to explore.
6. “Thought @Work” by the Roots
News leaked this past week that John Kasich once bought a Roots album because he had heard good things and he wanted to branch out musically. This cracks me up so much. Apparently he listened to one song, stopped on the side of the road, and threw the album out. He was apparently really offended by Black Thought’s lyrics. Well soon to be failed presidential candidate Kasich, this song goes out to you.
7. “Carry the Zero” by Built to Spill
A brilliant song by a brilliant band. Thanks to Greta for making me go listen to it again.
8. “Go” by Common
Another song off of Be, Common and Kanye lay down a fantastic track. Common’s lyrics are on point in this song. It makes sense why it was released as a single. Kanye’s beats flow so well with Common.
9. “Organ Donor” by DJ Shadow
Probably my favorite electronic type music song of all time. I really love turntablism because the DJs use a lot of what makes hip hop so special. Layering samples over original creations create some amazing songs.
10. “Laughing in the Sugar Bowl” by Veruca Salt
The new single off of the new album is great. Veruca Salt is back kicking ass with the original lineup. They seem to be channeling “Volcano Girls” on this entire album. They have recaptured this spirit. The whole new album is really awesome.
I hope someone out there in P-Mag land has AC at least. Stay cool everybody!