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Summer Songs Part 2

The hot sun is beating down and we're busy waxing our surfboards. Jim and Greg share more of their favorite Summer Songs.

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Jessica Hopper

Senior Pitchfork editor and music critic Jessica Hopper joins Jim and Greg in the studio for a discussion of her new book The First Collection of Criticism By a Living Female Rock Critic. This career-spanning anthology includes Hopper's controversial pieces on pop icons Lana Del Rey and Miley Cyrus, her famous Village Voice article on the R. Kelly controversy that emerged after an interview with Jim himself, and other notable reviews by the accomplished critic. Hopper discusses her start as a fifteen year-old fanzine writer, the challenge of separating the art from the artist, and the significance of the female voice in music criticism.


Summer Songs (Part 2)

Back in 2006, Greg and Jim put out a playlist of their favorite summer songs. Now they give you the long-awaited part 2 of their hot summer mixtape.

Featured Songs

  1. Babes in Toyland, Sweet '69, Nemesisters, Reprise, 1995
  2. Bikini Kill, Rebel Girl, Pussy Whipped, Kill Rock Stars, 1993
  3. Lana Del Rey, Radio, Born to Die, Interscope, 2012
  4. Miley Cyrus, Adore You, Bangerz, RCA, 2013
  5. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Summertime, Summertime (Single), Jive, 1991
  6. Yo La Tengo, Little Honda, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, Matador Records, 1997
  7. Seals and Crofts, Summer Breeze, Summer Breeze, Warner Bros., 1972
  8. Annette Funicello, Beach Party, Annette's Beach Party, Disney, 1963
  9. The Cool Kids, Swimsuits, When Fish Ride Bicycles, Green Label Sound Records, 2011
  10. Best Coast, Summer Mood, Crazy For You, Mexican Summer, 2010
  11. Chicago, Saturday in the Park, Chicago V, Columbia, 1972
  12. The Hold Steady, Constructive Summer, Stay Positive, Vagrant / Rough Trade, 2008
  13. Martha & the Vandellas, (Love is Like a) Heat Wave, Heat Wave, Gordy, 1963
  14. Robin Ward, Wonderful Summer, Wonderful Summer (Single), Dot Records, 1963
  15. Len, Steal My Sunshine, You Can't Stop the Bum Rush, Work, 1999
  16. Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew, The Show, The Show (Single), Reality, 1985
  17. The Violent Femmes, Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes, Slash, 1983
  18. Jamie XX, Far Nearer, Far Nearer / Beat For EP, Numbers, 2011
  19. ABBA, Ring Ring, Ring Ring, Polar, 1973
  20. Hop Along, The Knock, Painted Shut, Saddle Creek, 2015
  21. Black Mountain, Don't Run Our Hearts Around, Black Mountain, Jagjaguwar, 2005
  22. Angel Olsen, Forgiven / Forgotten, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Jagjaguwar, 2014
  23. Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell, Cleveland International / Epic Records, 1977

Footnotes Jessica Hopper Jim & Jessica in the Village Voice Summer Songs Part 1