Tunes From ITunes_The End Of Summer Mix

Summer, it turns me upside down
Summer summer summer
it’s like a merry-go-round

-The Cars

It’s the end. The end of baseball season. The end of days at the pool and at county fairs. The end of cookouts in 100 degree heat. Now it’s time to watch the leaves change, watch some football and hunker down for the big snow. Well…at least that’s what we’ll be doing here in MY part of the world. As for music, I imagine the Katy Perry pop songs will give way to new rock and some songs about heartbreak and headaches. But before we go getting all somber and stuff, let’s check out one more listing of stuff I’ve been downloading that is sure to keep a smile on your face and the sun shining in your heart! (For the record, I have no idea what I’m talking about here. I just made that up and it seemed to work so…I’m going with it…)

Stereoside – “Life Goes On” (rock)
Sounding more like Nickelback than anything else, this standard rocker fits the bill if you need something to crank up! Guaranteed to be on my favorite list this winter…

The Weepies – “How Do you Get High” (pop)
Answering that age old question…this little ditty is classic Weepies. Not too hard but a little more uptempo than what you normally hear from them! I like it!

Los Lobos – “On Main Street” (rock)
It’s like a stroll down…well…down Main Street. Kinda sauntering along, this band has been around for years and it shows on this tune. They know how to take it slow and make it sound fresh!

Robert Plant – “Monkey” (rock…kinda)
Very subtle and eerie, not your typical Plant vocal. He takes us on a low-key ride that is really more about the guitar than the vocal…but it’s still vintage Plant!

Linkin Park – “When They Come For Me” (rock)
You’re not gonna find a better rocker than this one for your workout mix. With a scattered drum and a thunderous encore, this track is HAWT!

Kanye West – “Power” (rap)
Coupled with “When They Come For Me”, you got yourself a strong twosome that have similiar styles. Kanye bounces back from that ridiculous situation with Taylor Swift and he seems to be a little angrier than ever…which is ALWAYS better than a fat cat rapper who has lost his edge.

Ne-Yo – “So Sick” (pop)
Apparently this song has been around for a while but I must have missed it. Reminds me of old school R&B pop of the 80’s. You could cue up just about anything by New Edition and it sounds like this! I dig it!

Maroon 5 – “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” (pop)
It’s my opinion that this pop band was borderline boring until they enlisted mega-hit producer Mutt Lange to amp up the wattage. This track isn’t rockin’ but I love the flow of it and finally the ship seems to be righted for Maroon 5!

My Darkest Days – “Porn Star Dancing” (rock)
I can only imagine this track is gonna be HUGE at strip bars across America! Typical rocker that is straight outta the Nickelback playbook. The added touch is having Ludacris show up and liven it up a bit!

The Ruse – “Down In A Hole” (alternative)
I like the guitar in this one, very subtle yet makes this a little different than the average, plodding alt-pop single. But besides that…it’s really not much.

Cee Lo Green – “Forget You” OR “Fuck You” (R&B)
Depending on the age group that might be in your car, this is a throwback to the 70’s R&B you grew up with…with a little bit of a kick. Might wanna watch the younger ears if you go with the better (and more vulgar) mix, but it’s worth it. Nice track that’s IN YOUR FACE!

Interpol – “Success” (alternative)
Know that plodding alt-band music I was talking about in my intro? Well…this is it. Good track though!

James – “Crazy” (alternative)
Really more pop than alternative, but I remember when this band was a relevant  alternative force. Now they just seem to be bored. Not a great track and I’m a little disappointed that there wasn’t something a little more groundbreaking done.

Bruno Mars – “Liquor Store Blues” (pop)
With a reggae twist, Bruno Mars swings in a different direction from his huge hit “Just The Way You Are” and does something a little different! It’s a good ending to the summer…

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