A No Bummer Summer Soundtrack

It is officially SUMMER. Our favorite season since we were in grade school for it meant no class, no waking up early, driving to the beach in your convertible mustang, an endless beer and margarita diet, and the only important decision you had to make that day was how much sunblock to apply or which taco stand you’d visit for your breakfast burrito. Sadly, as we become adults (ick) Summer isn’t as leisurely as it once was, but we can still capture some of those carefree moments (like on the days we call in sick to work) and this super fun soundtrack will help you do just that.

Enjoy bbz!

No Bummer Summer Twenty Ten

Tame Impala – Alter Ego [playing 6/29 @ Silverlake Lounge. come say hi!]

The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

Neon Trees – Animal

Broken Social Scene – Texico Bitches [10/19 @ The Wiltern]

Cults – Go Outside [7/22 @ The Bootleg Theater]

Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes

Oberhofer – o0Oo0Oo

Islands – Jogging Gorgeous Summer

Delorean – Stay Close [6/11 @ The Echo]

Hot Chip – One Life Stand

Beach House – Lemonade (Gucci Mane Cover) [9/26 @ The Hollywood Bowl]

The Hood Internet – Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) (R. Kelly vs Major Lazer)

Muscles – Ice Cream

Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk [11/2 @ The Fonda]

AND just because I know you all listened to this in high school: Taking Back Sunday – You’re So Last Summer

You can download the entire playlist here (you may have to move “Texico Bitches” to it’s rightful spot as track 4, it is the only track that doesn’t seem to be complying with my order)


sidenote: for more exciting summer playlists check out treeswingers!


Pop music is a funny thing, right guys? It’s a term that can mean anything and nothing depending on its usage, which is always a notable feat in linguistic terms. I like to think of Pop music defined as “Hey That’s Catchy!: The Genre.” It’s, for good or worse, something accessible enough to get lodged in your temporal lobe for an extended period time. Now that we’ve gotten over the Webster confrontations, let’s get to Oberhofer.

Brad Oberhofer, a former resident of the greater Seattle/Tacoma, WA area, has a pretty stellar grasp of “Hey, That’s Catchy!: The Genre” and at just 19 years old, he’s primed to make you smile with bitter envy for years to come. His songs are pure, sunny-side-up pop with an infectious cacophony of fluid harmonies, pounding drums, rollicking synths and odd ball vocal melodies with the secure knowledge that full on freakouts sound a whole lot sweeter when backed by sturdy songwriting. You’re sure to find some similarities with your favorite, most blogged about indie darlings, but Oberhofer has charming personality all his own. Faux exotic drink companies agree.

Mr. Oberhofer is just starting to get some serious coverage and, for the time being, is unsigned. That won’t last for long but until then he has graciously provided his o0Oo0Oo EP free for download here. He was lovingly making copies and mailing to all who requested it but, due to increased exposure, you’ll have to catch a flight to NY to grab a copy at one of his shows.

Find Oberhofer on Myspace and Facebook

Listen to Oberhofer right here, kids!

Oberhofer – I Could Go

Oberhofer – ooOooOoo