the most wonderful time of the year

Festival season on the West Coast is upon us; a sure sign that Summer is here (that and the permeating smell of smoke as the hills around me are on fire… again). Yesterday, the annual Fuck Yeah Fest, based in Downtown Los Angeles, and the Treasure Island Music Festival, which takes place in San Francisco released their line-ups and tickets, respectively. Throw in LA’s Sunset Junction Festival, HARD Summer, Culture Collide, and SF’s Outside Lands and you’ve got yourself a pristine way to spend your Summer and early Fall, albeit some are greatly more worthy of your cash flow than others. If you’re jumping out of your skin for the FYFfest line up, go here to get your early bird pass for only 20 bucks. 20 fuckin dollars to see Lipstick Communism favorites like Panda Bear, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, The Rapture, Cold Cave, Washed Out, Delorean, Best Coast, Cults, etc. I’ve already got mine, so hurry up and get yours. Treasure Island, although more than a hop, skip, and a jump away from me and about 5 times the cost, has some to-die-for acts on its bill like Broken Social Scene, The National, Belle & Sebastian (high school me is dying), LCD Soundsystem, Miike Snow, Surfer Blood, and so on and so forth.

So what better way to celebrate my favorite season (we are all assuming here that Coachella is lumped into the same continuous festival season) than to issue yet another LC mixtape, revolving around our favorite acts at these upcoming gatherings of happiness.

Tracklist and download available after the cut –>

“Tis the season for overpriced beer and awkward tanlines” mixtape:

1.  Cold Cave – Life Magazine
2.  !!! – The Hammer
3.  The Rapture – Olio
4.  Deadmau5 – Moar Ghosts n stuff
5.  Miike Snow – Plastic Jungle
6.  LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
7.  Dead Man’s Bones – Pa Pa Power
8.  Man Man – Van Helsing Boombox
9.  Best Coast – Boyfriend
10.  Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
11.  Broken Social Scene – KC Accidental
12.  Delorean – Real Love
13.  Washed Out – New Theory
14.  She & Him – In The Sun
15.  Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
16.  Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap
17.  Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Janglin
18.  The Strokes – You Only Live Once
19.  The National – Fake Empire
20.  Wild Beasts – We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues
21.  My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part 2
22.  Empire of the Sun – Standing On The Shore
23.  Phoenix – Too Young

DOWNLOAD here (right click +save)

Bonus: Panda Bear – Bros (mp3)

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