Although it’s probably going to be rainy for the remainder of May and a hefty portion of June, Portland summers kick ass. From porch parties to Rontoms outdoor shows- an Oregon summer is hard to beat. Rip City Review wants to take a moment to honor the weeks of heat passing. A toast to Richmond-area Mom’s lathering sunscreen over their toddlers and everyone who packs up their Subaru’s for day-trips to the Gorge. We wanted to devote a playlist to the deadbeat days of summer, once the allure of buying watermelon and tiki torches passes. RCR thought long and hard about a list that would truly capture a lazy summer day, whether that involves tranquility or inebriation. This is a playlist dedicated to falling asleep at 2 p.m. on a hammock, a swan song to getting drunk at Colonel Summers Park in high school, a lamentation to winter ales and a celebration of outdoor seating. HAGS.
1) “We Like the Weather”- Giant Drag, Waking Up is Hard to Do
Annie Hardy’s Giant Drag is an L.A. based project that sings in “We Like the Weather,” about how California is better than other states because it’s so goddamn warm. Well. Fine. But Portland and Giant Drag can both agree that warm weather is a good thing.
2) “Heatwave”-Ash Reiter, Heatwave
Ash Reiter, a San-Francisco lo-fi indie pop band, sings in this sweet surfer-jam “Heatwave” about the groovy aftermath of global warming! (And wearing sunglasses in early spring, which is something Portland knows a little too much about.) Consider this also part of our “summer romance” playlist.
3) “Asleep on the Bus”- The We Shared Milk, Lame Sunset
Portland rock-titans The We Shared Milk can sing about hating themselves and wanting to die and still make us feel like we’re at a picnic. In this track, “Asleep on the Bus,” lead singer Boone Howard croons about falling asleep on a bus and potentially waking up in Gresham- and it still feels like we’re in the seasonal aisle of Fred Meyer buying a beach ball.
4) “Night Summer Sunning”- Ah God, Ah Fuck
Noise band Ah God sings about being love buzzed on a summer night. Dreamy.
5) “Island Raiders”- Thee Oh Sees, The Cool Death of Island Raiders
San Francisco group Thee Oh Sees is Jonathan Dwyer’s kick-ass brain child. The sweet and simple track “Island Raiders” will make you want to pick daisies and put an umbrella in everything you drink.
6) “No Waves”- The Shivas, Whiteout!
It was hard to chose just one song from the Shivas, but in “No Waves”- we get that lazy simplicity of a Beach Boys hit while still maintaining the psych-rock sound the group is so praised for.
7) “Doing As I Do”- The Beets, Let the Poison Out
What makes this track by The Beets so deserving of a spot on the RCR “lazy summer mix” is this line: “Don’t be afraid, you will not die/ And if you die / Whatever.”
8) “Killing the Vibe”- Ducktails, Arcade Dynamics
If this song doesn’t make you push someone into a pool, I don’t know what will.
9) “Eye of the Storm”- Bevelers, Be Your Own Creature
Portland cherub-crooners Bevelers sing about tough times and animals and love- and in this peaceful track “Eye of the Storm” the ladies sing about “puddles turning dry.” The dreamy strumming is like falling asleep in a Victorian garden.
10) “If I Had a Van”- White Fang, Positive Feedback
Portland dudes of White Fang sound like they recorded “If I Had a Van” in a basement of a beach house in San Diego. Maybe the did?
11) “Get Lost”- The Babies, Our House on the Hill
“I wanna get high with you.”
12) “Higher”- Amenta Abioto, Opening Flower Hymns
Amenta Abioto isn’t like anything else on this list, with vocal instrumentation and a beautiful, high-ranging voice, “Higher” sings about no place being better than high in the sky with you. Let Amenta Abioto entrance you.
13) “To June”- Ganglians, Monster Head Room
You can hear the forest creatures in this one.
14) “No Good”- Sex Ghost, Sex Ghost EP
Sex Ghost is a new and sexy Portland band that reminds us why waking up earlier than noon is just stupid.
15) “Summer Cum”- Avi Buffalo, Avi Buffalo
Most likely all the members of Avi Buffalo are younger than you are, so they remember what it’s like to be in love with someone and be a little bummed that it’s summer because that means they can’t stare at them in fourth period anymore. Young yet extremely successful, members of Avi sing, “I waited for your love / I got lost in your summer cum / Leave all your stains with me,” which may be the perfect lines to end our tracklist to a lazy summer.