Summer Music Mix

This Saturday Dan and I are going to our second U2 360º Tour concert.  This time we’re in the Red Zone.  Up close so we can see Bono’s and Edge’s nose hairs.

You can never have too much music, right?  And it’s always fun to hear someone else’s idea of a good mix.  You may not agree with all my selections, but here are 20 incredible tunes.

Either you can watch the videos linked to each song, or you can stream them at the bottom of this post.  Your choice.

Enjoy!  Grab someone.  Dance close.  Dance wildly.  Sip lemonade.  Call a friend.  Lie there.  Whatever the song calls for.

Video links:

1. Bon Iver — Beth/Rest
2. Adele — Someone Like You
3. Brandon Flowers — On the Floor
4. Brett Dennen — Follow Your Heart
5. Sam Phillips — All Night
6. Chris and Thomas — Take These Thoughts
7. John Prine — The Glory of True Love
8. Josh Ritter — You Don’t Make It Easy, Babe
9. The Civil Wars — I’ve Got This Friend
10. Tom Waits — Long Way Home
11. Laura Gibson — Hands in Pockets
12. Matt Nathanson — All We Are
13. Mika — Any Other World
14. OneRepublic — Lullaby
15. Lenka — Bring Me Down
16. James Vincent McMorrow — From the Woods
17. Over the Rhine — The Laugh of Recognition
18. Farewell Milwaukee — Find Some Grace for Me
19. The Avett Brothers — The Ballad of Love and Hate
20. Damien Rice — Cold Water

For streaming:

There.  What are some of your favorites right now?  Do share.

Recap of my Wild Goose talk on “The Role of Doubt in Faith.”  The three podcasts (each about 6-7 minutes) are complete now.  You can access them, in order, using the links below.

Episode 20: What is the Difference Between Belief and Faith?
Episode 21: What is the Role of Doubt in Faith (Part 1)?
Episode 22: What is the Role of Doubt in Faith (Part 2)?

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  1. Jen N.
    Jul 19, 2011

    Great list! The Civil Wars are my favorite find of the year– I’m still kicking myself for not seeing them when the played at The Varsity Theatre. I’ve been listening to the Brandon Flower’s cd a lot since you recommended it awhile back.

    Do you listen to A Fine Frenzy at all? Your list makes me think that you’d like her stuff.

    Have fun at the show, I’m sure U2 will be a-mazing!

  2. Elissa
    Jul 19, 2011

    LOVE A Fine Frenzy. Hmmm…sadly, yes, I don’t have her on this list, but she’s on my iPod at home…

    Thanks, Jen!

  3. terry
    Jul 20, 2011

    Love love love playlists! Thank you! Just went to the beach with my girls so I’ve been listening with to…hip hop. Sigh. And Avett Brothers 🙂

  4. Elissa
    Jul 21, 2011

    Ooh, hope you like it!

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  6. Joan
    Aug 16, 2011

    Great list although I’d add a little Janglin by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

    Red Zone – I’m jealous although I can’t complain about my seats. Was a great show despite the rain.

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