UofMixtape: Here Comes The Sun

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:16pm

It’s supposed to hit the high 50s this weekend which means I’m gonna wear my fucking Vans like it's 70 and sunny and get drunk in the afternoon to honor the occasion. I’m going to need some music to do this, and so are you. And as luck would have it, I created a playlist consisting entirely of songs with the word "sun" in the title. Some songs will make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside; others, hot and frantic on the outside. Here are a few tracks to look forward to:

“Sun Medallion” — King Tuff

Kyle Thomas worked with the likes of J Mascis and Ty Segall before releasing his own solo material in 2008. And thank God he did. “Sun Medallion” is damn catchy; with its infectious melody and mean-ass guitar solos, this is what rock ‘n’ roll sounds like in the 21st century, and I’m not upset about it.

“Another Day of Sun” —  “La La Land” Cast

I’d be un-American if I didn’t include this.

“Sun Models” — ODESZA

Basic as fuck, but also catchy as fuck.

“Sun King” — The Beatles

Okay, I’m going to say something sort of inflammatory. I know everyone touts George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” as their favorite sun-centric Beatles song, but the Lennon-McCartney “Sun King” might just eclipse its Abbey Road counterpart. Its layered harmonies and lush melodies make it one of the most subtlety decadent tracks on the revered album. But obviously “Here Comes the Sun” is on here; come on, it’s a classic.

“Closer to the Sun” — Slightly Stoopid

You best believe this song is on here. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

“Island in the Sun” — Weezer

See previous statement.

“Sunday” — Earl Sweatshirt

This one’s a bit of a stretch, but it does have the word sun in it, as well as a yung Earl fresh out of hiding from Somao and newly-minted Grammy-winner Frank Ocean post-Channel Orange. The duo utilizes that tension to create Doris’s own “Super Rich Kids” and probably my favorite opening line, ever: “I know it don’t seem difficult you up / but you’re not passionate about how the shit that you into / and I ain’t havin’ it.”

“Love Like A Sunset Pt. 2” — Phoenix

Has anyone not cried to this melody before? Asking for a friend.

So, enjoy the sun and the alcohol-induced stupor that I’m sure will accompany it.