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Sep. 6th, 2009 | 09:11 pm
location: Jason's roof deck - Philly
mood: indulgent

I drove about 6600 miles this summer, not including air travel or city driving. I was kind of all over the place. So I spent a hundred-plus hours in a car in large chunks, listening to CDs through a 1994 Discman hooked up to a tape adapter. So I now consider myself an expert on driving music.

I probably spent 50% of those hours listening to musical theater and 90s grrl rock and only 10% trying to get into new music. The rest was basically filled by the five songs below - my top five driving indie singles of the summer. Criteria included catchiness, singalong potential, and repeatability.

5. French Navy - Camera Obscura

Even my dad loves this song. Old-fashioned girl meets boy meets catchy summer pop, with literal sad violin flourishes.

4. Cosmic Love - Florence and the Machine

What is with great breakup albums? (My personal favorites are all from adolescence and oh my god I cannot believe I can talk about that period of my life like it's far in the past. See Jagged Little Pill, Rumors, Pinkerton despite the misogyny, Whatever and Ever Amen, Transatlanticism) In any case Cosmic Love is as grand as Within Temptation --meaning amazing-- but without the metal-influenced drums.

3. This Tornado Loves You - Neko Case

Meant to be heard over the backdrop of the night wind. Once I got over the fact that I never capitalized on my concept album about natural phenomena, and then after I got over the fact that Neko Case kinda sucked at Bonnaroo, I played this song for at least 45" on repeat every time my drive took me past sundown. My heart still starts pounding every time every time the banjo picks up.

2. Betty Wang - Hospitality

Fun to try to learn, over and over again, despite the WTF-irony inherent in my drooling over a lo-fi song about an exoticized Azn in the city, no matter how tongue in cheek. Too catchy not to have you practicing the off-tempo lyrics and belting out "sous chef, zoo chef, zooshe, ZOOSHA!"

1. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

This song is the crack cocaine of electronic dance. They just try so much harder than anyone else! (Who samples harps and gets away with it?) The song has like five distinct hooks that are all hot and perfectly mixed. Shocker that I don't care that the lyrics and basically unintelligible.

Runners up: Knotty Pine - Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Introducing Palace Players - Mew, Choo Choo - Arctic Monkeys

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the rev. clorby

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from: lightlytoasted
date: Sep. 7th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
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sleepyhead is the best single of the summer by at least one order of magnitude.

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the dirtiest hurricane of a friend

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from: ladrona
date: Sep. 11th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
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little secrets is better and i am unhappy with you because of this.

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 11th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
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I knew you'd be upset with me AS I WAS WRITING IT.

Call me soon I miss you! Get settled and then we will catch each other up.

And yeah, I forgot about Give Up because Daniel Wells stole it from me :(

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the dirtiest hurricane of a friend

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from: ladrona
date: Sep. 11th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
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also, give up is the best breakup album.

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