Stereogum’s Independents Day Party Mix

You guys. America is so great! It’s basically The Very Best (Featuring Ezra Koenig). Can you name another country that has a holiday where the sole intention is to celebrate the contribution independent record labels have made on the shape of pop music? Pretty much only the USA. These colors don’t run too much.

“Don’t tread on me” – James Hetfield.

To help with your civic duty of taking stock of the past year in MP3s, we’ve assembled a mix of the sunnier side of 2009’s highlights. As always, these tracks are totally free, just like America. This weekend isn’t just about celebrating music, though. It is also about celebrating the right to drink on roofs with good friends in good weather. So this mix isn’t a mood-spanner. It’s upbeat! And sequenced for consumption on a cloudless day, with a crew, buddies, BBQ, and booze. Or a patriotic jog. A perfectly timed soundtrack, really, since it never rains these days.

01 tUnE-yArDs – “Sunlight”
02 YACHT – “Psychic City”
03 The Very Best (Feat. Ezra Koenig) – “Warm Heart Of Africa”
04 Dirty Projectors & David Byrne – “Knotty Pine”
05 Ganglians – “Hair”
06 Woods – “To Clean”
07 Hospitality – “Betty Wang”
08 Micachu & The Shapes – “Golden Phone”
09 Super Furry Animals – “Inaugural Trams”
10 Phoenix – “1901”
11 Dinosaur Jr – “I Want You To Know”
12 The Thermals – “Now We Can See”
13 Suckers – “It Gets Your Body Movin'”
14 Swan Lake – “Spanish Gold, 2044″

Grab ‘em all with this .zip.

Happy birthday, America!

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