Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Playlist: Blackberry Jams

Sorry Paul, but I didn't want to wait.  It's been unseasonably chilly in New York this June, and I'm trying to do my part in bringing on the sunshine.

When I was a kid there were blackberries that grew in the woods behind my house, and one summer my mom and I picked about a million of them and made jam. It was the BADDEST ASSEST JAM of all time.  We and everyone we knew ate like kings for an entire summer.  This playlist represents my audiological recreation of that experience.

Cover image was jacked from  Sweet original content theirs; janky modifications my own.


1. Journey Without You (3LAU & Acetronik Mashup) – Journey & David Guetta feat. Usher
Allow me to usher you into this journey with a mashup.  I can’t claim to know who 3LAU and Acetronik are, but this song is so brilliant I don’t actually care.

2. Jumanji – Azealia Banks
My favorite filthy-mouthed New York rapper rants in lyrical circles about everything summer’s all about: steel drums, cabanas, and a long weave out the limo.  Nyeah, nyeah, nyeah.

3. Summerscent – Kids These Days
This one’s a little on the nose for a summer playlist, but the dippy, jazzy instrumentals on this track blow through the frenetic lyrics like breeze through a break dance circle.

4. This Head I Hold – Electric Guest
Electric Guest gives you something to bop to at your next block party.  Try to keep up with the handclaps, and ignore the lyrical lamentations about how empty you’re gonna feel tomorrow morning.

5. High For This – Ellie Goulding
Another drug ballad!  This song is off the Weeknd’s first mixtape from two summers ago, but Ellie Goulding takes the foggy, predatory lyrics and flips them into something deeply sexy.

6. Jungle – Emma Louise
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.  Emma Louise is from Australia, a country with spiders the size of dinner plates.  If she leads you into the jungle, bring extra mosquito netting.  And a bat.

7. Golden Train (Royal Palms Mix) – Penguin Prison
This song is the audio equivalent of pastels and popsicles and San Francisco in the late ‘80s.

8. Closer Than This (Viceroy Remix) – St. Lucia
Fun fact: St. Lucia is actually from Brooklyn.  Also, synths are cool again.

9. Back – Frank Ocean

10. Ray Ban Vision (feat. CyHi da Prynce) – A-Trak
Full disclosure: I have little respect for CyHi “different exotic fishes” da Prynce as an artist, but this A-Trak collaboration is hilarious.  It is for serious all about sunglasses.

11. Treading Water – Alex Clare
It’s hot out there!  Let’s go for a dubswim.

12. Wedding Crasher – Terius Nash
Summer weddings are supposed to be joyous, but The-Dream has something to get off his chest.

13. Je Pense A Toi – Amadou et Mariam
Amadou and Mariam are a blind couple from Mali.  They have been thinking about you.

14. It Feels Good to Be Around You – Air France
Air France has been thinking about you too, but they're a bit too summer-sleepy to get into detail.

15. Sun Is Shining (Brand Blank Dubstep Remix) – Bob Marley
A new take on a classic.

16. Next to Me – Emeli Sande
Sometimes summer love has staying power.  Let’s end on a high note.


  1. I, for one, am PSYCHED about this. Thanks!

    Remind me to tell you about the time I stepped out my side door and OVER a 1.5m King Brown snake. Don't tell Paul, though, or he'll never visit me.

  2. Also, I have an ENORMOUS blackberry bramble at the edge of the property. MOTHERFUCK, so thorny. I am, however, unable to resist the lure of free fruit.

    Made a ton and a half of blackberry jam and was a bit... meh.

    Plum and port, however...

    Enough about me, how are you?

  3. Because I'm awesome and I clearly have an exciting life, I'm at work on a Saturday, and I'm playing this mix to make it bearable, and I'm really enjoying it.

    #9 is a ripper.

  4. So glad you're enjoying it! I am well and I also battle vermin on the regular without telling Paul. He does not visit me either. I have not made blackberry jam since the 80's. Might be out of style at this point.