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#8 - Time For August

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01. Summer Camp - Pink Summer
02. Julie London - Time For August
03. Drowners - Luv, Hold Me Down
04. The Drums - Saddest Summer
05. Young the Giant - In My Home
06. DIIV - Human
07. John Martin - Anywhere For You
08. High Highs - A Real Hero
09. Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)
10. Vacationer - Good As New
11. Yuck - Middle Sea
12. High Highs - Open Season
13. Miami Horror - Holidays
14. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Until The Sun Explodes
15. The Other Tribe - Skirts
16. Blackbird Blackbird - Rare Candy
17. Lenno & Zak Waters - Show More Love
18. Peace - California Daze
19. Lana Del Rey - Brooklyn Baby
20. Heavy English - 21 Flights
21. The Maine - Happy
22. Rilo Kiley - August
23. Nat King Cole - That Sunday, That Summer
24. San Cisco - Wild Things
25. Avicii - Lay Me Down
26. Movement - 5:57
27. Temples - Colors To Life
28. Dark Bells - Wildflower
29. George Ezra - Stand By Your Gun
30. Four Year Strong - Living Proof Of a Stubborn Youth
31. Rise Against - Tragedy + Time
32. FIDLAR - Stoked And Broke
33. Los Campesinos! - What Death Leaves Behind
34. La Roux - Silent Partner
35. Bondax - All I See
36. Foxygen - San Francisco
37. Weezer - Island In The Sun
38. Young the Giant - Daydreamer
39. Angel Olsen - California
40. Lykke Li - Heart Of Steel
41. Graffiti6 - Stare Into The Sun
42. Rhodes - Your Soul
43. Disclosure & AlunaGeorge - White Noise
44. I’m From Barcelona - Treehouse
45. The Vaccines - If You Wanna
46. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Dreamer
47. Overdose - Maudlin Strangers
48. Arcade Fire - We Exist
49. St. Lucia - Closer Than This
50. Bleachers - Like A River Runs
51. Kaleo - Pretty Boy Floyd
52. Savages - Shut Up
53. Canterbury - Get Out
54. Kensington - Don’t Look Back
55. The Mowgli’s - Your Friend
56. Dan Croll - Hello My Baby
57. The Horrors - So Now You Know
58. Jessie Ware - Imagine It Was Us
59. Grouplove - Chloe
60. Glass Animals - Pools
61. Dan Croll - Ever At Your Side
62. Cazzette & The High - Sleepless (Remix)
63. Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday
64. FIDLAR - Awkward
65. New Found Glory - Summer Fling, Don’t Mean a Thing
66. Ingrid Michaelson - Be OK
67. MØ - Slow Love
68. Kodaline - Love Like This
69. Kakkmaddafakka - No Song
70. Camera Obscura - The Sweetest Thing
71. Kelly Rowland & Beyonce & Michelle - You Changed
72. Banks - Beggin For Thread
73. alt-J - Left Hand Free
74. Bahamas - Stronger Than That
75. Young Rascals - A Place In The Sun

the best offense is a good defense

1. Quicksand - The Story So Far
2. Don’t Let Me Cave In - The Wonder Years
3. Loose Ends - Real Friends
4. Rare - Man Overboard
5. Everything Must Go - Knuckle Puck
6. Everything, All At Once - Sleep On It
7. How It Used To Be - State Champs
8. Silver Lining - Neck Deep
9. High Regard - The Story So Far
10. Logan Circle - The Wonder Years
11. Drown - Front Porch Step
12. A Part Of Me (ft. Laura Whiteside) - Neck Deep
13. I’ve Given Up On You - Real Friends
14. Clairvoyant - The Story So Far
15. Stick Around - State Champs
16. Island of the Misfit Boy - Front Porch Step
17. Gold Rush - Knuckle Puck
18. Late Nights In My Car - Real Friends
19. Empty Space - The Story So Far
20. My Last Semester - The Wonder Years
21. In Orbit - Man Overboard
22. Elevated - State Champs
23. Floorboards - Real Friends
24. Give Up - Knuckle Puck
25. Bottom Of The Ocean - Sleep On It

shoutout to my buddy jakesonaplane and sleeponitband

Everyone Loves Jens: Ross Koebel on “Small Talk”

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As promised, during the week we’ll be checking in with a few devoted Jens Lekman fans. The third walk down memory lane comes from Ross Koebel who took on a topic I admittedly didn’t even think to bring up—Jens’ communication with his fans. Ross can be found over at Radio K where he’s the music director. He also makes music as Aubades

Smalltalk is Jens’s blog, yet it feels a series of one-sided personal letters. It’s not a Tumblr. You can’t link to individual posts. You don’t get a notification when it updates. He occasionally encourages correspondence, but always through email. It’s a simpler place on the web, a perfect vessel for an artist like Jens. I’ll admit to having read the entire thing front to back more than once. There are a lot of great “easter eggs” (for lack of a better term) to be found, such as his description of the air as smelling like “popcorn and perfume” on November 12th, 2007 (five years before he would use the same phrase in “Erica America”) or February 10th, 2009’s recounting of images that later appear in “The World Moves On”.

Anyway, the primary reason I’m bringing up Smalltalk is that through its pages, Jens has used the name-dropping of songs (or, in its first three years, a “now listening” section) to craft a mixtape of sorts for his Smalltalk readers. Last summer, I would spent my nights post-horrible-retail-job assembling the fullest possible list of music mentioned in Smalltalk’s decade of existence, and later set about making a Spotify playlist. The computer I was using actually died before I could finish making the playlist, and therefore the Spotify playlist is incomplete. However, is this any reason to remain unsatisfied? No, because what I managed to compile still lasts for over seven hours. Hopefully y’all can enjoy it as much as I have!

One day, I hope to track down that incredibly thorough file (it’s backed up somewhere!), which went so far as to transcribe all the songs played on guest DJ sets he had done on a couple European radio stations. Of course, the incompleteness of the Spotify playlist should only encourage one to read Smalltalk for themselves and fill in the missing pieces: his summer mixes, gems like this that aren’t available on Spotify, or gems like this that aren’t even music at all!

I have so much I could say about Jens and his influence on my life, but I’ll leave that to Laura and y’all and your own lives. Shout out to “I Saw Her at the Anti-War Demonstration”, the first Jens song I ever heard. Shout out to Jens dismissing the concept of guilty pleasures at the end of his Boys II Men cover. Shout out to the incredibly thorough RapGenius annotation I felt implored to leave on a Jens song. Shout out to the persistent hope that maybe one day Jens will show up in Minnesota again. Shout out to everyone else whose lives have been touched by this beautiful, wonderful songwriter.

Cuando me muera y me tengan que enterrar quiero que sea con una de tus fotografías, para que no de miedo estar abajo, para que no se me olvide como es tu cara, para imaginar que estoy contigo y sentirme un poquito vivo.

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