As hard as being the DJ at the party is, it’s even more difficult to curate a consistent, lengthy playlist that pleases everybody in the crowd. Luckily, you stumbled across eight albums that can be played all day and night.
Grateful Dead – Cornell 5/8/77 (Live)
It’s no secret that the Dead is, quite possibly, the best summer time band. As decades pass, their music grows wiser, more colorful, and somehow, even more genuine. It’s sun splashed jam rock that was born years before jam bands were cool. On Cornell 5/8/77 (Live), the boys dive deep into their discography, while also pleasing the novice Deadhead. Playing the hits such as “Scarlet Begonias”, “Fire On the Mountain”, and “Morning Dew”, they strike old fans and new, but as the show progresses, they go deeper and deeper, making for the perfect day of drinking, sun burns, and lake side living.
Real Estate – Days
It might come as a big surprise to see Real Estate on a list of partying and drinking as their music appeals to indie sad boys and critics alike, but within their melancholic attitude lies sunny chords, drunken rhythms, and feel good melodies. Summer time in the midwest, stereo blaring, taking in the (few) good days of sunshine.
My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves
Much like the Dead’s iconic live release, My Morning Jacket transformed from indie darlings into live show legends, as their sets have ran as long as four hours. From the moment you press play, It Still Moves swallows you whole with angelic vocals, soaring guitars, astronomical jams, and some of the best alt-country songs ever written. It’s no surprise for the Jacket to make the list, let alone their magnum opus. It may not be as sunny as the ones mentioned previously, but it sure does bring the heat.
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
Quite possibly the ultimate party album, Sound of Silver is one size fits all. 3 A.M. club bumps, out of control boat days, or good old fashioned house parties all fit the mood for this god like album. It’s dance punk feel gets everybody’s blood pumping, and is sure to bring a good fucking time. The best part? It’s not just for music snobs such as myself. You’ll find neo-hipsters, frat boys, ravers, and anybody in between bumping their head to James Murphy’s brilliance.
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
The brain child of indie superstars Killer Mike and El-P, Run the Jewels’ follow up to their self titled is another example of a crowd pleaser. It’s obscure enough for the snobs, bumps enough for the party boys, but might scare the girls away (maybe). Their bombastic flows and near-perfect production makes for quite a fun day in the sun.
Wavves – King of the Beach
Judging from the title, Nathan Williams most acclaimed album to date is the best fit for a sunny day and a case of Natty Lights. It’s sun soaked to say the least, but holds enough energy and attitude for any day drinking session.
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Not only is this a day drinking favorite, but it’s also a favorite of my dad and I’s – that’s a thirty year gap. What does that tell you? Lost in the Dream is, from start to finish, a completely wholesome record, that can fit any party, night or day.
The Fugees – The Score
Often regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop records to come from a group, The Fugees’ The Score is as historically accurate as it is enjoyable. From bumping hits like “The Mask” to serenading Lauryn Hill vocals on “Ready or Not”, The Score is mellow enough for the daytime, and 17 songs full of some of the greatest beats of all time.