Your Not Entirely Patriotic Fourth of July Playlist

07/04/2012 9:31 AM |

Hotdog cupcakes! More of this, please!
  • Hotdog cupcakes. More of this, please!

Every burger-flinging, popsicle-melting, suntan-inducing July 4th BBQ needs a solid soundtrack. This probably isn’t the one. (If you’re in the market for something that pairs well with grilling, we suggest a steady alternation between Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” and that “Call Me Maybe” song.) But for a geographically savvy twist, we cobbled together a playlist dedicated to the cities, states and regions that make up America. Funny how Best Coast can love a place so much and EMA wants to tell the same place to fuck itself… but that’s ok! Some of these songs paint their subject matter favorably while others don’t; it’s the patchwork of experiences that gives this country color, right? Yes! Check out the tracklist below and listen here on Spotify. Point is, happy Fourth of July (also, wear sunscreen and register to vote).

1) NYC-Gone Gone – Conor Oberst
2) California Girls – The Magnetic Fields
3) Louisiana – The Walkmen
4) Indiana – The Samples
5) Ohio – Damien Jurado
6) Blue Ridge Mountains – Fleet Foxes
7) Blame It on the Tetons – Modest Mouse
8) Omaha – Counting Crows (sorry)
9) Monongah, WV – Weekend
10) Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ – Titus Andronicus
11) California Commercial – Ty Segall
12) 212 – Azealia Banks, feat. Lazy Jay
13) Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend
14) Drinking in L.A. – Bran Van 3000
15) No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
16) Prince of Tacoma – BOAT
17) Carolina Moon – David Dondero
18) California – EMA
19) New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down – LCD Soundsystem
20) Sante Fe – Beirut
21) The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
22) Michigan Sun – I’m Turning Into
23) June on the West Coast – Bright Eyes
24) Georgia – Yuck
25) Florida – Princeton
26) Massachusetts – Ra Ra Riot
27) Anchorage – Surfer Blood
28) Montana – Youth Lagoon
29) Chicago – Sufjan Stevens