Summer Love Mixtape Contest

When I think of summer love I think of the beach… boardwalk nights, roller coaster rides, and late night swimming in the ocean. For everyone, the memories are different, but we all probably have songs that bring back memories of those warm days and carefree nights. In our May catalog and second short film, Roshambo: Rock, a heartbroken Sheila goes to Rio with her best friends to take her mind off of Chris. My favorite moment of the short film takes place when she runs back into the party to dance with Diego, and the song – Youth Lagoon’s “July” is a big part of that moment. In honor of summer loves and music, it’s time for another mixtape contest!

summer love mixtape contest

Here’s how to enter:

Create a mix of 5 – 10 songs around the theme of summer love.  All you have to do is go to our RDIO page and add 5- 10 songs to our collaborative playlist, Summer Love Mixtape Contest.” I’ve started it off with some songs below. Once you’re finished adding songs, come back and leave a comment on the blog listing your songs – be sure to include your email address! We will review all submissions and select a winner in one week –  the winner’s mix will be featured on the blog and they will also receive a goodie bag of amazing accessories (pictured below)!

If you aren’t familiar with RDIO, you can register for free – then simply click on the link above to our mix, and click on the button that says “collaborate on this playlist.” You will be able to search for songs and add them to the playlist right there on the page.

Enter to win a goodie bag of summer essentials pictured below!

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Hey hey!
I feel like these songs incorporate the feeling of summer, a bit of lovin’ and good groovy feelings :)

You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac
Then I Kissed Her – The Beach Boys
Do You Love Me – The Countours
Love Man – Otis Redding
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Night Moves – Sam Morrison and Turn The Page / Bob Seger Tribute
Tiny Dancer – Elton John

avidsenses [at] gmail [dot] com :)


Can you please use a music provider you don’t have to pay for to listen through :)


Can you please use a music provider other than rdio that you don’t have to pay for to listen through :)


Here are the songs I added!

Tennis – Take Me Somewhere
My Morning Jacket – Mahgeetah
The Avett Brothers – At the Beach
Little Joy – Brand New Start
Noah and the Whale – 5 Years Time
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl


1. Grease Soundtrack ‘Summer Lovin’ MEGA Mix
2. “On my Balcony” by FLUNK
3. “Playground Love” by AIR
4. “Love Fool” by the Cardigans
5. “Myth” by BeachHouse
6. “Gulag Orkestar” by BEIRUT
7. “Whole Lotta Love” LED ZEPPLIN

I LOVED MAKING THIS LIST – Thanks for the Awesome Contest xoxosmooches

eep! And here’s my email:


Yeah, I forgot my email address too! :)


What a fun contest! I picked songs that I think, whether in sound or theme or the feelings they evoke, are reminiscent of long summer days and feeling either really happy or really sad (or both) about someone.

1. “Wakin on a Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile
2. “The Earthquake of ’73” by Fruit Bats
3. “EmmyLou” by First Aid Kit
4. “Calling Me Names” by Good Old War
5. “Little Numbers” by BOY
6. “40 Mark Strasse” by The Shins
7. “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix
8. “Eat Yourself” by Goldfrapp
9. “Mexico” by The Staves

my email is

Molly B.

“Chocolate” – The 1975
“Trip” – Vacationer
“Burning Man (3:16 PM)” – Jhene Aiko
“Brat Pack” – The Rocket Summer
“Forever” – Haim
“Fifteen” – Goldroom
“Forever and Ever Amen” – The Drums
“This Must Be The Place” – Talking Heads
“A Real Hero” – College
“We Found Love” – Rihanna
“Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second” – Strfkr


Summer Wine – Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
I’m Writing a Novel – Father John Misty
The Right Place – Monsters of Folk
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
American – Lana Del Rey

Emily Somma

1. Good Rain – Trevor Hall
2. Anywayican- Walk the moon
3. Good Girls- Cris Cab
4. Delicate Few- OAR
5. Saturday Night- 2AM Club
6. Here I Am- SOJA
7. Man Who Lives Forever- Lord Huron
—————Happy Summer!


Here are the songs I added:

1. “You’re So Good To Me” – The Beach Boys
2. “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Jerry Butler
3. “By Your Side” – Beachwood Sparks
4. “Get Free” – Major Lazer Feat. Amber Coffman
5. “A tout a l’heure” – Bibio
6. “Bop Bop” – Mean Lady
7. “Needle” – Born Ruffians

Songs a bit about love, mostly I think they are about devotion and I think they’d all be perfect to listen to on a sunny summer bike ride!

Emily Somma

I forgot to put my email in the comment above :)


Here are the songs I added:

1. “You’re So Good To Me” – The Beach Boys
2. “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Jerry Butler
3. “By Your Side” – Beachwood Sparks
4. “Get Free” – Major Lazer Feat. Amber Coffman
5. “A tout a l’heure” – Bibio
6. “Bop Bop” – Mean Lady
7. “Needle” – Born Ruffians

Songs a bit about love, mostly I think they are about devotion and I think they’d all be perfect to listen to on a sunny summer bike ride! **

**forgot my email the first time, SORRY! :

Sophia Castano

1. “Bloodshake” – Peace
2. “Anything Could Happen” – Ellie Goudling
3. “Another Sunny Day” – Belle and Sebastian
4. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead
5. “Lay Me Down” – The Dirty Heads
6. “Be Easy (Acoustic)” – Radical Something
7. “Blessed” – Brett Dennen
8. “Blister In the Sun” – Violent Femmes
9. “When U Love Somebody” – Fruit Bats
10. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” – Jet

Bonus Track: “Rhythm of Love” – Plain White T’s (I couldn’t resist)

Sophia Castano

^ I want my playlist to be an eclectic mix that makes you want to be a fool and yell out loud or just smile and nod to in the middle of the hottest summer day.


This is what I added to the playlist :)

1. Girl- Beck
2. Sugar Magnolia- The Grateful Dead
3. I’ve Just Seen a Face- Jim Sturgess (could not find the Beatles!)
4. Cabron- Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. She’s a Rainbow- The Rolling Stones
6. Till I Kissed You- The Everly Brothers
7. Nantes- Beirut
8. Summersong- The Decemberists
9. I Found You- Alabama Shakes
10. Dream A Little Dream of Me- The Mamas and the Papas


1.) Sonny and the Sons-Too Young to Burn
2.) Animal Collective-Fireworks
3.) The Morning Benders-Excuses
4.) Tennis-Marathon
5.) Mungo Jerry-In the Summertime
6.) Best Coast-Summer Mood
7.) Alexander-A Million Years
8.) Cat Stevens-If You Want to Sing Out Sing Out
9.) My Morning Jacket-Wordless Chorus

Playlist contests are my favorite. Summer playlists? YES. Here are my additions:

1.Fall Right In – Beach Fossils
2.Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John
3.After The Moment – Craft Spells
4.It’s Real – Real Estate
5.I Am The Lion King – PAPA (you will LOVE this band.)
6.Houseboat Babies – Reptar
7.Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
8.House of Cards – Radiohead
9.Doing the Wrong Thing – Kaki King

My email is

10.) Wilco-California Stars*

Josephine Suhs


1. “Wagon Wheel” -Old Crow Medicine Show
2. “Summertime Clothes” -Animal Collective
3. “She Belongs to Me” -Bob Dylan
4. “Anna Sun”-Walk the Moon
5. “You Make my Dreams Come True” -Hall and Oats
6. “Say Yes! To Michigan”-Sufjan Stevens
7. “Summer Girls”- LFO
8. “Doin Time” -Sublime
9. “Sunshine” -Atmosphere
10. “You and I”- Ingrid Michaelson

this was fun! here are my additions :D

summer breeze- seals and croft
indian summer- the doors
crazy love- van morrison
melissa- the allman bros.
uncle john’s band- grateful dead
sugar mama- the deep dark woods
thunder road (live)- bruce springsteen
san fransisco- foxygen

1) “Jenny and the Summer Day” – The Avett Brothers
2) “Something in the Water” – Brooke Fraser
3) “Firecracker” – Ryan Adams
4) “Kiss Me Slowly” – Parachute
5) “Shy That Way” – Tristan Prettyman ft. Jason Mraz
6) “1,000 Ships” – Rachel Platten
7) “Summerlong” – Kathleen Edwards
8) “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
9) “Paris (Ooh La La)” – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
10) “Wicked Way” – Benjamin Taylor ((yes, this is James Taylor’s son!))

That was too fun.


Songs that make me want to dance under the stars:

Bat For Lashes – Daniel
Empire of the Sun – We are the People
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Grimes – Oblivion
MGMT – Time to pretend
Amazing baby – Headdress
The Raveonettes – Aly, walk with me
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion
Franz Ferdinand – Jaqueline


I’m so excited to listen to everyone else’s song suggestions!

Here we go..
Mountain Sound – Of Monsters & Men
Song For Zula – Phosphorescent
DreamBIG – Gramatik
Lazuli – Beach House
Dissolve Me – Alt-J
Teenage Crime – Adrian Lux
Cannons – Youth Lagoon
Beast Of Burden – The Rolling Stones
Get Free – Major Lazer