July 2, 2009

Late Nights and Longboards: Fuel/Friends Summer 2009 mix


Before you head off on the long 4th of July weekend of merriment and BBQs (mostly for my US readers, but heck, it’s a good idea wherever you live), I have finally completed my annual summer mix for 2009: Late Nights and Longboards“! I don’t surf, I just pretend I’m one of those girls in the picture up there – with the especially foxy swimsuits.

These are twenty tunes that will be soundtracking my summer, the porch swings and lemonade (okay, Fat Tire), the volleyball and sunburns, the roadtrips with the windows down because my air conditioner is broken. Maybe even the mosquito bites and seemingly inevitable summer broken hearts.

Fuel/Friends Summer 2009 Mix
Storia Di Un Corazon – Jovanotti & Jarabe de Palo

Spanish and Italian and salsa dancing and sweat. Move your hips.
Song Away – Hockey
I’m still addicted, and this still sounds fantastic driving fast.
Kissing Like It’s Love – The Voyces
Marvelous marvelous! “You smell like every summer should, my favorite time of year, like Coppertone and firewood — how am I supposed to steer?”
I Was A Fool – Roman Candle
I can feel the summer twilight heat emanating off this slow charmer. “Out in the evening past the bridge and below, frogs and cicadas left and right growling low… “
Folding Chair – Regina Spektor
Feet buried in the sand, and the sea is just a wetter version of the skies.
We’re All Stuck Out In The Desert – Johnathan Rice
Miami vacations, desert journeys, salt and sand in this (damn catchy) tune from Jenny Lewis’s boyfriend.
How Can I Love You If You Won’t Lie Down? – Silver Jews
All shiny and chimey with a faint banjo, electric guitar, and lyrics like “fast cars, fine ass, these things will pass and it won’t get more profound.” No, no it won’t.
Bowl of Oranges – Bright Eyes
Citrus seems summery, but really this is just my personal anthem of the summer and a favorite Bright Eyes song. What we’re all looking for.
Harold T Wilkins – Fanfarlo
Wow, this song still explodes into a billion technicolor sparks every time I hear it.
Sleep All Summer – Crooked Fingers
The original is different than that fabulous cover floating around, but just as bittersweet once you get used to it.
California (All The Way) – Luna
I can see the sun glinting hard off the Los Angeles car windshields, blinding me, when I listen to the guitar melody here.
July 4, 2004 – Jason Anderson
It’s not a summer mix ’til someone starts handclapping.
Fireworks – The Whitest Boy Alive
Half of the Kings of Convenience secured his place on this mix with the first second of this perfect song. Not lying.
My Radio (AM Mix) – Stars
“Hot sun on skin, that crimson dress too thin.”
Where Do My Bluebird Fly – The Tallest Man On Earth
You know how endless quiet afternoons can pass in August, laying on your back looking at clouds? This is that song – “You’re just a riddle in the sky…”
Wasted & Ready – Ben Kweller
Sweet Summer Night on Hammer Hill – Jens Lekman
Even though Jens has the swine flu, I still hope he can find a day like this one this summer, all flirty brass and shout-out-loud clapping down on the corner.
The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks
Personally, my summers always require the Kinks to be present and contributing.
Play Until The Streetlights Come On – Rabbit Is A Sphere
From their new free EP, this interlude makes me think of running home barefoot on warm asphalt.
We’ll See The Sun – Houses
This song has two sublime moments in it that make my insides expand – when the drums come in at the two-minute-mark, and when the Wurlitzer explodes like fireworks at 3:27. Give it time to build and you’ll be rewarded. We will see the sun.


It all fits on one CD. Let’s go!


  • Yay, this is awesome! Thanks Heather!

    Neil — July 2, 2009 @ 10:21 am

  • Looks like a great mix! (And I know where you stole that photo from, too….)

    Greg — July 2, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  • i stole it off a google image search. lame! if you have a photog credit, let me know, i didn’t see one. thanks!

    browneheather — July 2, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  • I’ve been sandwiched in between The Kinks and Houses and can now die happy. Thanks for the inclusion and for the mix. I’m gonna listen to it while I swing in my hammock and pull blades of grass from the lawn with my toes.

    Rbt. B. Rutherford — July 2, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

  • Great mix, have a happy 4th of July. I espescially love the Jonathan Rice track.

    Stian — July 2, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

  • Thanks for this (and for everything else!). We don’t get your 4th July over in the U.K. (Can’t think why!!), but tomorrow we’re gonna see Kasabian & The Hours, so I’m still HAPPY. P.S. – RIP Brian Jones (1969) & Jim Morrison (1971) XX

    Davo — July 3, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  • Thanks for the great mix, Heather! I’m a longtime lurker, and a big fan of your blog. I’ll be listening to this mix on my favorite beach, sipping on a lemonade. No BBQ, but maybe some grilled sardines will accompany it.

    Rita — July 3, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  • Hi,
    great mixtape!
    You’re welcome to check my Saturday mornings mixtapes in my (Hebrew) blog : http://www.smalltownromanceblog.com

    This week :4th of July mixtape – Nothing American In Particular : http://www.smalltownromanceblog.com/?p=178

    Yair Yona — July 3, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

  • Excellent mix! found it just in time for the 4th…thanks

    Charlie — July 4, 2009 @ 6:48 am

  • Thanks for the mix.

    btw. I saw counting crows last night in St. Louis. Awesome show, high energy, fun set list. It was just them in STL, but they are doing an interesting tour this summer with Augustana and Michael Franti and Spearhead. Kind of a Bob Dylan sorta traveling circus show. Each band plays some songs seperately, others all together. Should be interesting.

    Kev in STL

    Kevin — July 4, 2009 @ 8:46 am

  • Wow! What a fun listen. The BBQ this 4th will be rockin’ thanks to Fuel & Friends!

    Sixdab — July 4, 2009 @ 8:47 am

  • Great mix! Happy 4th to you and yours.

    spookycat — July 4, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  • Hi Heather.

    Just wanted to let you know how much my sister and I love your blog. You always have such a great mix of music and provide a showcase for some of our faves (umm… The Avett Brothers?!)

    We’ve been listening to this mix non-stop the past couple days; it’s a real winner (I especially love July 4, 2004!!)

    Keep up the great work.

    Jenny — July 5, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  • Hey Heather, what’s the word on this band Houses? I really dug the song you have on this mix but when I went looking for more on them, the mystery began. Their website seems abandoned. News points you to a record company website that doesn’t exist. MP3s don’t play. Their myspace page doesn’t have any info on it or songs to stream. A google search of their album brings up nothing. Where can i find more music? Indie bands shouldn’t be this inaccessible!

    Eightiesologist — July 5, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

  • WOW!you realy did cut out Pearl Jam. How can you have a long board CD with out PJ?

    PJ — July 6, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  • Sweet, thanks for posting!

    Neva — July 8, 2009 @ 7:51 am

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  • Hello bro.

    zedendoft — July 6, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

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