To me, the best part about spring is driving around with all the windows rolled down blasting some hot jams for the world to put up with. This mix was made with precisely that activity in mind, and all of these songs are definitely best enjoyed in good weather at excessive volumes, with excessive speeding optional, but recommended.
1) M.I.A. – Sunshowers
This song and Belle & Sebastian’s “Another Sunny Day” (found on Zack’s Mixtape) on
and endless loop is a perfectly serviceable spring mix; the chorus of “Sunshowers” somehow captures that “awh yeah spring is starting” feeling perfectly.
2) The Beach Boys – I Get Around (link removed. Come on, you should have the song already)
Though I prefer the Beatles in general, when it comes to spring music I have to respectfully disagree with Zack and say that it is actually the Beach Boys that require inclusion on a spring mix. This might be the best song ever for driving fast with the windows down.
3) Of Montreal – I Was Never Young
Of Montreal is firmly entrenched in my holy trinity of springtime indie bands. Since Zack used the other two, Belle & Sebastian and Architecture in Helsinki, in his mix, I’ll stick with Of Montreal here, with probably the most spring-ready track from their latest, 2005’s fantastic The Sunlandic Twins.
4) Cascada – Everytime We Touch
I’m sorry, I am absolutely unashamed for including this song. You know what? I’m not even sorry. Look for this song on my end-of-year best list.
5) Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco – Touch The Sky
This is a certifiable jam. It’s catchy and it’s feel-good, the two main prerequisites of a ‘springtime song’, and this track lyrically offer some insight in to the youthful stages of ‘Ye’s overwhelming, yet strangely endearing, arrogance.
So, thats my five-song contribution. I hope you are all looking forward to Austin, Adrian & Ryan’s mixes as much as I am, but until then, I hope you enjoy these songs, and more importantly, I hope you have a fantastic spring. I love you all. Goodbye.