The first really hot weekend is before us, time to blast the Hold Steady’s Constructive Summer:

We’re gonna build something this summer
 Summer grant us all the power
To drink on top of the water towers

With love and trust and shows all summer
Let this be my annual reminder
That we can all be something bigger.

Waitress by Hop Along is my first big hit of the summer. It has everything for driving with the windows down or walking through a too busy city with the headphones on: Jangly guitars, dynamic progression, a big climax – but non-cliched lyrics and a certain edge. I love this song (which I heard first on Bitch Magazine’s podcast Backtalk) The corresponding album Painted Shut is pretty terrific, too.