Five Summer Jams of 2009

Seeing as summer is in full swing here, I figured I would post five summer jams that have come out this year. 2009 has been a great year for music thus far, and there is no lack of great tracks out there to soundtrack your summer. Something about the summer lets us put our pretentious ways aside and relax a little. A great summer jam will get people out of their seats and out on the (proverbial) floor. You will notice all of these songs are upbeat and easy to sing along with. So roll down your windows, turn up the volume, and try not to sing along to these five summer jams. I dare you.

YACHT - "Psychic City (Voodoo City)"
Electronic duo, YACHT, puts out a pretty straight-forward pop song with speak-sing verses and a refrain that you will not be able to get out of your head.

Discovery - "Osaka Loop Line"
Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles make up the electronic/R&B duo, Discovery. Sounds crazy, but it works. The group's whole debut album, LP, is made for the summer, but this track in particular has a sort of Postal Service meets the effervescent production of Vampire Weekend thing going on.

Animal Collective - "Brother Sport"
The obvious summer jam picks off of AC's 2009 release, Merriweather Post Pavilion, are probably the stellar "My Girls" and (the more appropriately titled) "Summertime Clothes". However, I think the main summer number here is album closer, "Brother Sport". In true AC fashion, this one is all over the place with looping beats and synths that build a thick wall of sound. At about the three-minute mark though, when you think your Ipod is stuck, the noise clears out and AC shut it down with some of their classic Brian Wilson-esque harmonies (on repeat, of course).

Japandroids - "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
I know this is the second time this track has shown up. That should be enough explanation of why you need to check it out. Straight-forward two piece rock and roll outfit turns up the distortion and the lays down the hooks.

The Very Best (ft. Ezra Koenig) - "Warm Heart of Africa"
Yet another Vampire Weekend alum showing up here. This time it is lead-singer, Ezra Koenig, guesting on The Very Best's "Warm Heart of Africa". It is the East Coast charm of VW meeting the West African pop of The Very Best half-way in the middle.


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Grizzly Bear - "While You Wait For The Others"

Not really sure there is much I can add that will do this clip justice. Just check it out. Spectacular track from a spectacular album (Veckatimest). Have listened to this particular song about 40 times (the album, in full, about 25 times) in the past month and those harmonies floor me everytime. Gonna be a battle for album of the year this year. Lots of great bands putting out great albums.


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