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Indie Rock Summer Mix VI: Pains of Being Pure at Heart, South Ambulance, Dr. Dog, Electric Tickle Machine & More

The response to the summer playlist series on IRC over the past three months has been so remarkable, that we figured to add one more as the last blast for the summer of 2009. Don’t give up on summer just yet.

Kicking off this final summer mix is a wonderful noise pop song from The Pains of Being Pure At Heart from their critically acclaimed debut, self-titled album. One of the reasons for highlighting this song is not only because it’s a great summer song, but also because there is news to go along with it. The band’s label, Slumberland Records, is set to release the new EP on September 22. Stream “Higher Than The Stars” via Pitchfork. In the meantime, check out the third single from their new album, “Come Saturday.”

Next up is a fantastic new song from Swedish band South Ambulance. With a catchy title like “Davy Crockett,” it might not sound like one of the best new indie tracks making the rounds, but once most people hear it, that all changes.

Following South Ambulance is the irresistible, summer-feeling Dr. Dog song, “The Old Days.” The song’s melodic, mandolin plucking and hi-fi vocals build up into a crescendo of synths, choruses and guitar licks. Although it was originally released on Dr. Dog’s 2008 album Fate, it seems to have become one of the underground summer anthems of 2009.

Other songs in this mix feature a suave, Talking Heads-sounding tune from Fanfarlo‘s newest album, a jangly pop track from Electric Tickle Machine, a catchy, melodic track from the band Little Tybee, and the infectious summertime indie classic, “Nothing But Time,” from OpusOrange (featured in July on IRC to a huge response from readers).

OpusOrange is also credited with the fun, somewhat defiant pop song, “Roll On By,” heard by many people this summer on a popular TV commercial. Vampire Weekend: Eat your heart out.

Also, check out new songs from Podington Bear, Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle, Camera Obscura, Cool Devices, Wheels On Fire, Coma League, The Decks, Amazing Baby, The Color Turning, Roadside Graves, The Sweet Serenades and Paul Oakenfold. Enjoy the waning days of summer.

“Come Saturday”Pains of Being Pure At Heart from s/t debut (2009)

“Davy Crockett”South Ambulance from EP #4 (2009)

“The Old Days”Dr. Dog from Fate (2008)

“Harold T. Wilkins”Fanfarlo from Reservior (2009)

“Part of Me”Electric Tickle Machine from Blew It Again (2009)

“Glass Brigade”Little Tybee from I Wonder Which House The Fish Will Live In (2009)

“Nothing But Time”Opus Orange, unreleased web debut (2009)

“Ebullience”Podington Bear from The End (2009)

“Huntsville.CA”Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle from Havana Winter (2009)

“My Maudlin Career”Camera Obscura from My Maudlin Career (2009)

“This Is Not A White World”Cool Devices from Cool Devices EP (2009)

“I’m Turning Into You”Wheels On Fire from Get Famous (2009)

“Pros and Cons”Coma League from This Could Be The Night EP (2009)

“What You Said”The Decks from Breath and Bone (2009)

“Bayonets”Amazing Baby from Bayonets (2009)

“Marionettes in Modern Times”The Color Turning from Good Hands Band Blood (2009)

“Far And Wide”Roadside Graves from My Son’s Home (2009)

“Die Young”The Sweet Serenades from Balcony Cigarettes (2009)

Here’s one for the time machine:

“Starry Eyed Surprise”Paul Oakenfield from Bunkka (2002)

Get all five of the previous 2009 summer mixes.

Yesterday’s MP3 indie playlist: New songs from The Raveonettes, Why & Themselves, Paper Route, These United States, Datarock and many more.

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