Cruel Summer: Stereogum Summer Jams 2010

Welcome to summer, welcome to free and legally downloadable summer jams. Time to CELEBRATE on ROOFTOPS. But you know, oil spills. And crazy people waiting in lines for phones for hours. And poorly officiated soccer games. The world’s topsy turvy, and so then is this mix, to reflect its time and place. It’s America’s weekend, so both volumes begin patriotically: DOM’s “Living In America” kicks off Vol. 1, HEALTH’s “USA Boys” the next.

But it’s also in honor of a rollercoaster of a summer, kicking off upbeat and euphoric (AS IT SHOULD), popping bottles on tabletops (Le Chev’s “Lifted Remix”) in order to celebrate the days of our lives, to go outside, to come with me. Fun! By the second volume it’s a dance party, though soon enough you’re dancing on your own, wishing he was your boyfriend, scarred for life even if it worked out. All this won’t last forever. All around and away we go. Washed out thoughts about you and I. Then you go away, look ahead down a long hall. Things get melancholic, but remember: it’s still summer. There are still summer girls. Stop. Reset. It’s still Independence Weekend, and it’s still sexy to be living in America. Until the flood in 2012, anyway.

Download links, tracklist:

Cruel Summer: Volume 1 (.zip)
01 DOM – “Living In America”
02 Cloud Nothings – “Didn’t You”
03 Restless People – “Days Of Our Lives”
04 Lemonade – “Lifted (Le Chev Remix)”
05 Japandroids – “Younger Us”
06 Sleigh Bells – “Tell ’Em”
07 Toro Y Moi – “Leave Everywhere”
08 Cults – “Go Outside”
09 ceo – “Come With Me”
10 BRAHMS – “Brought It Out”
11 Buke & Gass – “Medulla Oblongata”
12 The Acorn – “No Ghost”

Cruel Summer: Volume 2 (.zip)
13 HEALTH – “USA Boys”
14 Dominique Young Unique – “Show My Ass”
15 Chromeo – “Don’t Turn The Lights On”
16 Javelin – “Oh! Centra”
17 Robyn – “Dancing On My Own (Buraka Son Sistema Remix)”
18 Best Coast – “Boyfriend”
19 Blonde Redhead – “Here Sometimes”
20 Male Bonding – “Franklin”
21 Mr. Dream – “Scarred For Life”
22 Twin Sister – “All Around And Away We Go”
23 Washed Out (Feat. Caroline Polachek) – “You And I”
24 MNDR – “I Go Away”
25 Baths – “Hall”
26 Magic Kids – “Summer”
27 ARP – “Summer Girl”

Happy Independence Day everybody. It’s gonna be OK! Maybe!

Comments (20)
  1. Nice playlists! I actually just made my SUMMER JAMS mix a few days ago!
    Some notable 2010 summer jams from mine:
    “Power” by Kanye West
    “Ghost Train” by Summer Camp
    “Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy (Summer throwback jam)
    “Vacation” by Beach Fossils
    “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)” by Tokyo Police Club
    “REVOFEV” by Kid Cudi
    “Down By the Water” by The Drums (Summer slow jam)
    “Shine Blockas” by Big Boi
    “Wouldn’t It Be Bad” Lady Gaga & Ke$ha VS. The Beach Boys by DJ Clive$ter (Summer mash-jam)

  2. Not often all about a Sterogum mix, but this one is especially good. Whoever/the group of whoever compiled this, great job, thanks, have a bitchin’ weekend!

  3. I should push my own summer mixes too, I guess.

  4. Very nice, I am stuck out in the middle east for the rest of the summer, this along with the new MIA album will really help past the HOT summer days.

  5. Think you should have included “Bermuda” by Kisses. Just a great summer track.

  6. Awesome! Thanks, Gum people!!

  7. This will sound great at my Tailgate Party!

  8. pitchfork who?

  9. Wow, this is really good.
    There’s also a mix in two parts at Starsky’s if you wanna try. A crack side and a weed side, 100% dope music for the summer.

  10. Let the mix pimpin’ continue.

    A mix of summer bangers I made v. recently –

  11. Dope MIX!!!

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    Add the New Single “LoVe Grenade” to your set.

  12. Sweet mixes. Big thanks to whoever made these. A lot of artists on here that I’ve been meaning to check out.

  13. i signed up to comment just to say thanks for this. the best shit. srsly.

  14. also signed up, just to say how dope this and well thought out this mix is. Hope there is more to come!

  15. love all tracks. kind of you. Thxs

  16. Good stuff and free! Thanks and keep them coming!

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