Summer jams, round 1

by Jessie O’Brien

We asked Fort Lewis College Community Radio KDUR (91.9 FM and 93.9 FM) DJs for two or three song suggestions off their essential summer playlist. Having them narrow it down to two was a challenging request, but the end result is an eclectic, laid-back compilation of tunes to play at your next backyard BBQ. Listen to part one of the playlist here, and check back next week for part two. Be sure to follow DGO on Spotify while you’re at it. [video:1]

Stephanie MilnerHost of Lovely Day Radio on Tuesday from 6-8 a.m.I can’t stop listening to the first track on Million Miles’ new 4-song EP, “Ice Cream & Cigarettes.” The title pretty much sums it up – no explanation needed. “Here Come the Girls” is featured on Trombone Shorty’s latest album, “Parking Lot Symphony.” A cover of a 1970s tune, it is upbeat and dance-able – everything I want in a good party song. Bill Withers ALWAYS goes on my playlists. My favorite line from “Harlem” is “Sunday morning here in Harlem/Now everybody’s all dressed up/The heathen folk just getting home from the party/And the good folk just got up.” [video:2]

Carter SolomonHost of In Defense of the Genre on Thursdays from 8-10 p.m.Hinds’ garage-pop sound on “Bamboo” has a delightful, summery swagger that’s perfect for a river float. Off “Clean,” my favorite album of 2018 so far, Soccer Mommy romanticizes what cool (maybe unhealthy) persona the narrator could adopt in “Cool,” and summertime is apt for daydreaming. With “River” by together PANGEA – you’re drinking and having fun, but the fun dries up and you’re still in the same place, watching the river running, moving, changing … unlike you. Happy existential crisis, reader! [video:4]

Renee MorganHost of The Listening Room on every other Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m.Recently, I’ve been listening to “Vitamin C” by Can. This song at high-volume only maximizes the catchy percussion and the bass lines – two instrumental components that I’m a big fan of. It’s a good addition for a road trip compilation with an open sunroof and an open highway. As a product of the ’80s, I have to include something from my beloved new wave genre: “Don’t Cha Stop” by The Cars. I’ve been revisiting this album as a whole, but “Don’t Cha Stop” is the gem of this debut record. It’s different – it’s sharp and edgier compared to the other crooning songs on the album. Hey, “if it makes you feel good/ don’t cha stop.”


Jon E. Lynch, KDUR Program Director Host of Audience of One on Mondays from 12-3 p.m.Literally, anything off of the album “Sunkissed” by Bad Weather California is a necessary addition to a summer playlist. This was my record of the year in 2012. It is a complete summer album from start to finish. The Zombies’ “Summertime” is a classic summer jam, done by many, perfected here. Hüsker Dü’s “Celebrated Summer” encapsulates the summer experience and teen angst to a T. C’mon. Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu-Tang Forever” was released at the beginning of the summer in 1997, and “Reunited” was in constant rotation, literally wherever I went.

Other Lynch picks: “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys, “Summertime Rolls” by Jane’s Addiction, “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks, and “Backwater” by The Meat Puppets.

Jessie O’Brien


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