The Ledge #529: Summer Songs

We may be entering the last month of the summer, but it's never too late to put together a show of songs about the hottest months of the year. Rock and roll has always had a fondness for the sun, and everything else that goes with the season. So tonight you get nothing but songs about not only the season, but girls, bikes, surfing, and the beach.

It's also almost a complete set of recently released material. The vast majority of these songs have been put out in the last six months, although there's always room for some old tracks that have caught my attention. This is why there's some great oldies by The Hold Steady, The Scientists, The Muffs, and M.I.A. And you really can't have a summer show without the greatness of 50's visen (and South Dakota raised) Mamie Van Doren! By the way, if you haven't seen the cult classic, Untamed Youth, you should rent it tonight!

I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. And if you buy these records directly from the artist or label, please let them know you heard these tunes on The Ledge! Let them know who is giving them promotion! You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher...or


1. Superchunk, Endless Summer

2. Liquor Giants, Summer School

3. Chime School, Get a Bike

4. THE LEN PRICE 3, She Came from Out of the Sun

5. Steve Conte, Dog Days of Summer

6. The Hold Steady, Constructive Summer

7. Hoodoo Gurus, Hang With The Girls

8. The Checkered Hearts, My Best Friend's Girl [The Cars]

9. The Muffs, Fancy Girl

10. The William Loveday Intention, Girl From '62

11. The Gashounds, Glad Girls

12. The New Brutarians, The Prettiest Girls Sing The Saddest Songs

13. Satanic Togas, Tits On The Beach

14. Kurt Baker, Weekend Girls

15. The Linda Lindas, Tonite

16. Jennie Vee, Beatnik Beach

17. The's, Surfing And Spying

18. The Swongos, Broken Glass Beach

19. Mamie Van Doren, The Bikini with No Top on the Top

20. Beach Rats, Bikes Out!

21. Beach Rats, Summers End

22. Beach Rats, Beach Talk

23. Best Bets, Wrong Side Of The Sun

24. Chronophage, Summer To Fall

25. Night Court, Surfing Iona

26. Hakan, Bike Life

27. Cheap Cassettes, Endless Summer

28. Cheap Cassettes, One Black Summer

29. Oceanator, The Last Summer

30. Oceanator, Beach Days (Alive Again)

31. The Monsters, Electro Bike Asshole

32. PLOSIVS, Pray for Summer

33. Mala Vista, Summer Weekends

34. Little Murders, Wait ’til the Summer Comes

35. Red Red Rockit, Summer in the City

36. The Scientists, Hell Beach

37. THA RETAIL SIMPS, Summertime

38 M.I.A., California Dreamin'


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