For the Fourth of July we decided to use a hackneyed theme to make a decent mixtape. Every song has something about America or the USA in its title or artist name, they’re all songs you’ve probably heard, and there are thirteen of them to represent the colonies. Is it groundbreaking? Nope. Is it perfect for grilling in the sunshine and starting the USA chant? Indeed it is. Mixtapes|Heartbreaks presents to you: True American.
01| Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
02| American Woman by Lenny Kravitz
03| Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World
04| Lump by The Presidents of the United States of America
05| Ventura Highway by America
06| Never Meant by American Football
07| My Paper Heart by The All-American Rejects
08| So American by Portugal. The Man
09| USA by Yellow Ostrich
10| American Hearts by Piebald
11| American Girl by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
12| American Boy by Estelle f/Kanye West
13| Party & Bullshit in the USA by DJ Crazy J Rodriguez
Allah-Las – 501-415
“501-415″ puts Allah-Las in full retro swing. The video’s editing and hi-jinks make us think the band is The Monkees’s cooler, older brother…from the future.
Sean Watkins – Wave As We Run
I’ll admit it: this video is pretty boring in and of itself. Why post it? Because you won’t care about the video after hearing this song from Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek). Like the video, it’s bare-bones, but the lovely picked-out guitar line and Watkins’s sweet high notes make it a stand-out track.
Twin Peaks – Flavor
Screwing around in the summertime with your buds, splish-splashing and listening to some rock and roll – take a page out of Twin Peaks‘s book (we recommend a legal one because we’re total squares) and seek maximum enjoyment this summer.
Buffalo Sunn – By Your Side
It all comes back around in this video from Dublin’s Buffalo Sunn. The song sounds like something we’ve heard before, echoing on the radio on a station whose songs feel too new too be so old.
crash – High Wall
The reedy sway of crash‘s voice will pull you in, come hell or high water. Lamenting the loss of his native New Orleans home, crash simultaneously presents himself with strength and vulnerability. Everything he knew and loved may have been lost to the flood, but he rises above and lets the beauty float up and out from the earthy guitar and slow dance of slogging through loss.
Cold Specks – Absisto
Al Spx (Cold Specks) has a way of running her icy finger down your spine that’s unlike anyone else. She can carve an empty space into your heart and have you looking over your shoulder for the ghosts you were sure you left behind. In “Absisto” we’re shown the usually unseen forces at play as a soldier departs this mortal coil. It’s a scene you won’t soon forget.