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23 July 2006 @ 01:25 am
The Ultimate Summer Songs
Ok!  Finally finished the summer songs mix.  33 excellent songs for you to download about summer or in the spirit of summer.  The order of the tracks is only tentative - it finally drove me so batty I decided I had to leave it as is.  Many of you probably won't download the whole mix, but if you do please feel free to shuffle the songs even before you listen.

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The Summer Sends Its Love - Sherwood
The summer sends the love to you / The same as every year / But this year I will send mine too / And wish that you were here

Oceans from the Rain - Seventh Day Slumber
You make oceans from the rain / Breathing life into this place / And I will drown inside your love / Until I see your perfect face

California - Phantom Planet
Pedal to the floor / Thinkin' of the roar / Gotta get us to the shore / California here we come / Right back where we started from

Beautiful Day - U2
It's a beautiful day / Don't let it get away

Dusk and Summer - Dashboard Confessional
And she pulled you in and she bit your lip / The grasp of dusk and summer

Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow
I'm gonna soak up the sun / Gonna tell everyone / To lighten up

The Boys of Summer - The Ataris
But I can see you / Your brown skin shinin' in the sun / You got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on, baby / And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong / After the boys of summer have gone

Girls of Summer - Aerosmith
When winter hearts turn summer pink / In half the time it takes to blink / But it all depends on what'you think / About the girls of summer

It's Been a Summer - New Found Glory
I'd know when you would come back / It's been a summer / It's burning up in here / Even though the bed is cold on your side / I'd rather die than spend this night here without you

Passenger Seat - Death Cab for Cutie
I roll the window down / And then begin to breathe in / The darkest country road / And the strong scent of evergreen / From the passenger seat as you are driving me home

Ocean City Girl - Ivy
Staring out into another world / Tide is rising, but time is standing still / Ocean city girl / Is smiling

It Was Summer ... (Baby Steps) - October Fall
And it was summer / Don't hide your sunburn / Wear that shirt that's cut so low

Walking On Sunshine - Jump5
I'm walkin' on sunshine whoa! / And don't it feel good?

Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard
There's a place on the corner of Cherry Street / We would walk on the beach in our bare feet / We were both 18, and it felt so right / Sleeping all day, staying up all night

Summer Skin - Death Cab for Cutie
On the night you left I came over / And we peeled the freckles from our shoulders / Our brand new coats so flushed and pink / And I knew your heart I couldn't win / Cause the seasons change was a conduit / And we left our love in our summer skin

Steal My Sunshine - Len
And of course you can't become if you only say what you would have done / So I missed a million miles of fun

We're at the Top of the World (To The Simple Two) - The Juliana Theory
We're at the top of the world / You and I / We've got alot of time and it sure feels right

Hands Down - Dashboard Confessional
Hands down this is the best day I can ever remember / I'll always remember the sound of the stereo / The dim of the soft lights / The scent of your hair that you twirled in your fingers

Sunsets and Car Crashes - The Spill Canvas
And in case you were wondering, you are like a sunset to me / You're all kinds of beautiful as you end my day / And you sweetly retire as the stars chase you away

Sunshine (That Acid Summer) - Everclear
We were wasted and happy / We were laughing in the sunshine

Photobooth - Death Cab for Cutie
And as the summer's ending / The cold air will rush your hard heart away / You were so condescending / And this is all that's left scraping paper to document / I've packed a change of clothes and it's time to move on

Summer '79 - The Ataris
"We Are the Champions" playing out on the radio station / Everyone sing along with these anthems of our generation / Cruisin' down Pacific Coast Highway / Put the top down, crawl into the back seat / Let's create anthems of our own tonight

Ocean Breathes Salty - Modest Mouse
The ocean breathes salty, won't you carry it in? / In your head, in your mouth, in your soul. / And maybe we'll get lucky and we'll both grow old.

Hail To Whatever You Found In The Sunlight That Surrounds You - Rilo Kiley
Hail to those who have come from the sunlight that surrounds you / Pray for those who have gone from the sunlight that surrounds you

Hurricane - Something Corporate
You don't do it on purpose / But you make me shake / Now I count the hours 'til you wake / With your babies breath / Breathe symphonies / Come on sweet catastrophe

Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch / Who watches over you / Make a little birdhouse in your soul

Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The sun may rise in the east / At least it settles in the final location / Its understood that hollywood / Sells californication

Edge of the Ocean - Ivy
Oh, we can begin again / Shed our skin, let the sun shine in / At the edge of the ocean / We can start over again

From California - The New Amsterdams
Mapping it out like a master plan / Something to do with my idle hands / Write you a letter addressed from California

Staring at the Sun - TV on the Radio
(You're staring at the sun) / Oh my own voice / Cannot save me now / (standing in the sea) / It's just one more breath / And then I go down

You're So Last Summer - Taking Back Sunday
The truth is you could slit my throat / And with my one last gasping breath / I'd apologize for bleedin on your shirt

Back to California - Sugarcult
Leave it all the fights and all / Summer’s getting colder / Drive all night to hold you tight / Back to California

Motorcycle Drive-By - Third Eye Blind
Summer time and the wind is blowing outside / In lower Chelsea / And I don't know what I'm doing in this city / The sun is always in my eyes

Thanks to my awesome flist for all the help!

I was browsing through iTunes, when on the Phantom Planet Celeb Playlist I found this:
"I got started on this iTunes Playlist trying to make 'The Perfect Mix Tape.'  I hope the idea of the mix tape isn't lost on the next generation of music listeners -- how about 'Mix Flash Memory Card?'  When I was younger a good mix symbolized much more than just a bunch of songs put together.  Giving someone a mix tape was giving him or her an insight into who you were as a person.  It was also a way to gauge the degree of compatibility between two people.  The mix tape existed when and where words and physical action could not."

I know I'm super-kooky trying to make illegal music sharing sound profound, but Alexander from Phantom Planet has it right.  And these are our new mix tapes.  I'm not just sharing these songs with you because I want to make fans of you, but to see how you'll react to certain songs, to share a tiny piece of myself, and see if we'll make a connection.

Ok, I'm officially a dork.  Still ... enjoy!

amanda: [firefly] love my captainmorbidmuse on July 23rd, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Excellent mix. I took the Spill Canvas song. And I personally agree with your interpretation of the modern mixed tape. Using the internet to create mixes is the only way to get them now. And they can be important, in their own way.
Elisabeth: vm. sunsets and car crashes.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks and great song choice!
pro bono pro bongo: pb // sarathismidnight on July 23rd, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Ahh, awesome mix! I'm taking a few of the songs I don't already have. I love it! :D
Elisabeth: vm. sway.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks so much!
polyhimniapolyhimnia on July 23rd, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
Great mix :) And one day, I will get around to dl-ing all the everclear stuff (remember going to see them at the fair senior year of hs??) And I totally agree about making mixes. I don't actually do it for people that often, anymore, but in my head I'm always making lists of songs for moods or people, or being reminded of them when I listen to certain things.
Elisabethkissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
How could I forget our awesome Everclear excursions? I was actually thinking of you guys when I posted those. :)
effulgent something or othereffulgentnida on July 23rd, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
taking 2 songs, thanks for this :D
Elisabeth: doc. pretty when you smile.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!
i'm not broke but you can see the cracks.___agentorange on July 23rd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I think that this was an awesome idea and it must have took you forever to do it all. I'm snagging it all, and I appreciate you posting it. Thanks!
Elisabeth: lost. happy emilie.  /ashleyr388kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for downloading and making the effort worthwhile!
junior miss tough chick of the universe: impossibleplanetyourfavoritesky on July 23rd, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
I think this is a really awesome idea for a mix! I'm totally snagging the zip. Thanks alot!
Elisabeth: doc. always.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
demi; that's DE-mi, not de-MI.: demi/writing: the writerla_victorienne on July 23rd, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
picked up beautiful day, and also wanted to say that within one of my theatre groups, of which i am a planning member, we're doing a real, live, mixtape exchange. some people are making mix cds, some are making zip files, some are making mix cassette tapes - but all of them are because we agree with alexander from phantom planet, and i truly appreciate your sharing his insight.

keep mixing.
Elisabeth: ot. a perfect song.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
That is a truly wonderful idea. I'm glad to hear the mix tape era is far from over. :)
saiane on July 23rd, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Have a couple of the songs already, but took the zip file anyway. Easier to delete the few I have duplicates of than try to download them all one at a time. Thanks. <3
Elisabeth: bsg. i saw stars.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
I usually wind up doing the same thing. Thanks for downloading!
fandomjenn on July 23rd, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
What a fabulous mix! Thank you so much for sharing it! I'm downloading all the songs and putting them into a playlist to listen to as you intended.

And I absolutely agree with your explanation for fanmixes. Mixtapes were so important to my generation when we were growing up and I'm glad that even though cassettes have left the music landscape, the concept has not.
Elisabeth: doc. happiness.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thanks so much!
That first step was the hardest: My girl says crazy things sometimesspringandsummer on July 23rd, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Such a clever idea :)
I had some of these songs, and I took a few of them. I sort of hope that you'll do one next season, too ;)

<-- is named Autumn
Elisabeth: lost. happy emilie.  /ashleyr388kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
With the reception this has gotten, I'll definitely keep it in mind. Thanks!
Jules: [SN] Dean dreamhaltlos on July 23rd, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
If you're a dork then I'm one too. I'm such a lyric whore and music means so much more than just distraction.
The idea of this mix is wonderful and you chose awesome songs. *downloading*
Elisabeth: 4400. boy who healed the world.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Being a music dork isn't such a bad thing. Thanks for downloading. :)
Jenny: hula girlssunfish60669 on July 23rd, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Awesome! This is going to be my new driving soundtrack. ;)

Thanks for posting it. Downloading the zip.
Elisabeth: ff. innocence in springtime.  /stormwindkissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
I have to have music constantly when driving, so I need to burn this myself. While I was working on it it was my work-out soundtrack. Thanks!
幼虫注意: Doctor Who: I love youlilotelasserie on July 23rd, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Took the They Might Be Giants, The Ataris, Death Cab, and Rilo Kiley songs.

I agree with Alexander too. It's always semi-nerve-wracking when I burn CDs for my friends, because I feel like if they reject my music, they sort of reject a part of me.
Elisabeth: vm. shine on.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I'm always nervous when I post these or when I hear a friend didn't like a song I posted. Still, when the opposite happens there's hardly a better feeling. :)
Coryslantedsunlight on July 23rd, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
ok, first of all, you've obviously put a ton of effort into this. It shows! I really appreciate that you linked the songs individually. It's really considerate, especially considering how much work it takes. (and for twice the usual amount of songs on a mix!) Thank you so much!

Second, I love the idea of making a fanmix for a season or feeling. It really is sharing a piece of yourself and your views with everyone. That quote is brilliant. :)
< /fangirling>
(and thanks again!)
Elisabeth: vs. finally free.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!

Your comment kind of made my day. :)
(no subject) - slantedsunlight on July 26th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Christy: Veronica Mars - LoVe - Tonicangelzucchini on July 23rd, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
snagged the full mix! I can't wait to pop it the cd player in my car!
Elisabeth: vm. love & snark.kissingdaylight on July 26th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
I love bopping along with music in my car in the sunshine. :)
Thanks for downloading!