Friday, July 18, 2014
Summer Mixes, Best of the Best of Lists
Someone said to me the other day, "I can't believe summer is almost over!" Pshaw. As far as I'm concerned, we are just getting into the swing of things. These are the dog days of summer. The hot, humid, long, sunny days. If there's a summer time for summer music, now is that time.
One of the best times of year in musicblogland is when there is an abundance of "Summer Mix"-slash-"Best Songs of the Year So Far"-slash-"Best Albums of the Year So Far" lists. Now is that time.
While many of the Summer Mixes were released back in June, I wanted to wait a bit to post all of the lists in one handy-dandy place, along with the "best of" lists that have been released so far. Check back as I'll continue to update this list as I discover more (add your suggestions in the comments or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org). I'll have my own mix out next week.
Summer Mixes 2014:
NPR's The Mix: The Songs of Summer - Not a 2014-specific list, but more like a look at summer songs from 2014 back to 1964. A sure thing to get you in a summer mood.
KEXP Video Roundup: Summer Solstice
Music For Ants: Summer or What it Sounds Like Vol 5
World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape
Best Songs of 2014 (So Far) Lists:
Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2014 So Far
NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)
Songs For the Day Favorite Songs of 2014
Music For Ants' Best Songs of 2014 (ongoing)
Best Albums of 2014 (So Far) Lists:
Stereogum's 50 Best Albums of 2014 So Far
NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums of 2014 (So Far)
Music For Ants: Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)
Songs For the Day Favorite Albums of 2014