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Ultimate Mixtape: Summer's Best (Legal) Downloads

A right-click, save-as guide to all your summer songs, most of which will be turning up on albums timed to drop just when the Kids return to campus flush with summer-job cash, hearts freshly squeezed by the sweet tug of long-distance romance and the insistent beat of new-thrill dorm-suite attractions. Befitting an uber-mixtape, this one's bookended by standalone mixtapes that you can probably cut down to size and sprinkle in amidst the indie-pop faves. If you download nothing else, you'll be sorry for not picking up Eddy Current Suppression Ring's instant maximumgaragepunk classic "Which Way To Go," but that's just a random fave: that Fucked Up is severely radical in that it might actually get Terror fans to listen to the Soundtrack of Our Lives, the Don Cab is less a return to form than a realization of the metal band they always should've been, and this season's blogrock is heavier on songs than it is on style in a year where style could use a breather.

  1. Kid Cudi, A Kid Named Cudi Mixtape [via Fools Gold]
  2. Fucked Up, "No Epiphany" [Matador]
  3. Conor Oberst, "Danny Callahan" [Merge]
  4. Jeff Hanson, "If I Only Knew" [Kill Rock Stars]
  5. Santogold, "Starstruck (Diplo Mix)" [Mad Decent]
  6. Interiors, "Ghosts" [54-40 Or Fight]
  7. Bowerbirds, "In Our Talons" [Secretly Canadian]
  8. Birdmonster, "Born To Be Your Man" [FADERlabel]
  9. TK Webb and the Visions, "Teen Is Still Shaking" [Kemado]
  10. Stereolab, "Three Women" [4AD]
  11. The Girls, "Transfer Station" [Dirtnap]
  12. Flowers of Doom, "Spring On Fire" (feat. Tim Presley of Darker My Love) [Black Iris]
  13. Cold War Kids, "Something Is Not Right With Me" [RCRD LBL]
  14. Izza Kizza featuring Nick Catchdubs, Kizzaland Mixtape [Timbaland's new dude]

BONUS TRACK: Night Ranger, "Sister Christian (Live)" [SpecialOps]

Oh, and note that the Girls are no relation to the Boston punk-era band of the same name (nor any other non-Boston punk-era bands of the same name): incidentally, though, if you run into some old-timer punk rock dudes from Boston, they will tell you that those Girls were pretty badass. Roger Miller saw them the first night he moved here and decided he was in the right place. The Girls linked above are from the LA scene that has produced a bunch of bands competing to become the Sha Na Na of New Wave. This might just take the cake. We try not to compare bands to other bands we like, since all such comparisons tell you more about the critic than they do about the band and are thus fairly useless to anyone else. Just saying: Turbonegro meets Jets To Brazil.

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