The wait has been long and hard…but patience shall be rewarded.  Behold, THE DOUBLE LIST!  That’s right you fine followers of food and song, twenty-four cuts to feast upon as you bask in the last remnants of summer.  In in the interest of changing things up…I’m forgoing the normal intro in favor of a track by track breakdown.  However, I will make special note of the opening track by Ithaca, NY’s own Joshua Hatcher: friend to the Stovetop and all around fine gentleman.

  1. “East End District, Rochester, NY, March 2009″ – Joshua Hatcher – The dude plays a bevy of instruments, but this gorgeous piano solo echoes the great Keith Jarrett and thus, I thought it would be a fantastic prelude for this playlist.  Please check out his groovy new album, Neuroses, at joshuahatcher.org.
  2. “I Might” – Wilco – I’ve been playing this one on repeat ever since I heard it on the radio.
  3. “Take Off Your Shirt” – Bibio – A surprisingly rockin’ track from the normally electronic driven group.  But like all their other stuff…super hooky.
  4. “N**as in Paris” – Jay Z and Kanye – On an album of hits and misses, this is one is the grand slam. Like Chazz Michael Michaels says, it gets the people going.
  5. “Baby Missiles” – The War on Drugs – This super-tasty, Springsteen flecked cut is a standout on Drug’s excellent new album, Slave Ambient.
  6. “Caffeinated Consciousness” – TV on the Radio – Like all the best of their stuff, it’s odd, brash, and head bangingly awesome.
  7. “The Words That Maketh Murder” – PJ Harvey – Yet another fantastic entry from one of the most underrated artists of the past 20 years.  This one is off of her stellar 2011 album Let England Shake.
  8. “Towers” – Bon Iver – A critically acclaimed debut album can often be a harbinger of a disappointing sophomore album…no such worries for Justin Vernon, as evidenced by this infectious little number.
  9. “Go With You” – Toro Y Moi – One of the dreamiest selections of the summer.  The perfect song for lying out at the beach or by a pool…preferably with a cold adult beverage.
  10. “People Change” – Sin City – This one is special to me.  Sin City are Malcom Barrett and Brandon Scott, who I’ve known since our days at NYU, and this is a sample of all the deliciousness to be found on their groov self-titled LP.  Show them some love.
  11. “How Can You Luv Me” – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – The debut from this Portland trio has quickly become one of the most frequently played records in my kitchen this summer.
  12. “Endeavors for Never” – Shabazz Palaces – This track absolutely blows my mind…haven’t heard anything like it since Tricky’s Pre-Millenium Tension
  13. “The Daily Mail” – Radiohead – The band I obsess over more than any other released a new album this year.  However, as much as I love said album, my favorite track from the recording sessions that yielded The King of Limbs isn’t actually on the album.  Rather it was debuted on Nigel Godrich’s (Radiohead’s producer) show From the Basement…needless to say, it’s frickin’ sweet.
  14. “Bad Things” – Cults – I love this track.  For some reason, I imagine a gritty, modern noir movie playing in the background when I hear it.
  15. “Parentheses” – The Antlers – Spooky and ethereal…plus, you gotta love the nasty guitar that cuts in.
  16. “Rich Kids Blues”- Lykke Li – I wasn’t as crazy about her first album as most critics, but she totally won me over with her 2nd effort, Wounded Rhymes.  The whole album is stellar, but I keep coming back to this song.
  17. “I Can See Through You” – The Horrors – These cats were already on my radar ever since they worked with Portishead’s Adrian Utley, but this more upbeat track (at least melodically, if not lyrically) off of their new album is perfect for the end of summer.
  18. “Cat’s Eyes” – Cat’s Eyes – So totally weird…but so totally wonderful.
  19. “Santa Fe” – Beirut – This album came out today.  I’ve only had time to give it one full listen, but I’ve already played this track three more times…and no, it is not a cover of the song from Rent.
  20. “Georgia” – Yuck -  Were you sitting there thinking to yourself about how it would be so awesome if Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine and Pavement had a baby?  If so, then I have only one thing to say to you: Yuck.
  21. “You Yes You” – Tune-Yards – I was recently listening to this while walking the streets of NY on a hot summer day and it was pretty damn near perfect.
  22. “Holdin’ on to Black Metal” – My Morning Jacket – This is song is absolutely ridiculous but I just don’t care.  I’m a sucker for a kick-ass guitar hook…with horns.
  23. “White Rune” – Iceage – Warning…this one goes to 11.
  24. “All Die Young” – Smith Westerns – It’s got the gauzy warmth of a slightly psychedelic, 60′s rock ballad and it’s one of the best songs I’ve heard all year.