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!