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Yo DJ Turn It Up!

So I’m a few days in from my trip last weekend to good ol’ Chi-town (WHAT UP SHTOOPH?!)

And gurrrrrrrl, did I get a taste of the hot, sticky Midwestern summers of yore. Back sweat and BBQs were on the menu for me all weekend… which was a fantastic combo, btw.  And one thing was fer sure – the good people back in the Midwest are READY, after a looooong, brutal winter, for the start of summer.  Amen.

(Deb Schwedhelm Photography, via Pinterest)

With that in mind, I’ve created a fun new playlist o’ ditties for a good beginning-of-summer jam session.  Steph, enjoy this for your runs by the lake, and I’ll enjoy this while running by the beach and sweating out the 6 lbs of pulled pork I ingested last weekend.  Enjoy!:


Ellie Goulding – “Lights”:   By now you might’ve heard this Londoner actually performed at William and Kate’s reception. But now this UK sensation has surfaced in the US and her electro-folk-pop sounds on this song are part Bjork, part Robyn.

Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”:  My fave hip hop trio is BACK and I’m oh so excited, cause their first single from their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, is RAD.


Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”: Have you guys SEEN this video?!  I can’t take it. Could Sasha Fierce get anymore, well, FIERCE?!  And PS, do me a favor and check out her Billboard Awards performance immediately right here.

Mann – “Buzzin”: Any song that samples one of my and Steph’s favorite classics, Nu Shooz’s “I Can’t Wait”, well… I’m a big fan.  By the way, for any Muncie folks reading this, Nu Shooz’s “I Can’t Wait” = soundtrack to a Gibson’s roller skating party.  “I I I can’t wait!”

Cascada – “Evacuate The Dance Floor”: I’ve been loving this song for a hot minute now.  Cascada’s kinda like the Queen of club tunes in the UK and whenever I’m there for work, inevitably I’ll flip on the telly at 2 AM suffering from jetlag and come across a video of Cascada jumping up and down and singing her little club hits.

Lupe Fiasco ft Trey Songz – “Out Of My Head” – Also been liking this for a bit. My fave skater-turned-rapper Lupe is en fuego right now!

Dr. Dre ft Snoop and Akon – “Kush” – Rollll up wait a minute let me push kush up on it.  What does that even mean?  I don’t know and I don’t care.  The Dr. is back and this song is hot!

Kaskade & Deadmau5 – “Move For Me” – Thank you, Genius Bar, for the recommendation.


LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem” – Never before Coachella would I have EVER enjoyed a song like this.  I would’ve changed the station so fast.  Three words.  Coachella.Pool.Party.

Britney Spears – “Hold It Against Me” – I don’t give a hoot n’ hollar if her voice is auto tuned to heck.  This song is, again, a byproduct of 8 straight hours of techno/electro in a pool in – you guessed it – Palm Springs.

Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks” – Yup, it’s in HEAVY rotation and the fun’s almost over.  But not quite.  Forget that it’s about someone going apesh*t on a bunch of people and mowing them down.  Woopsie.

Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand” – Love the video, love the beat, love it, love it, love it.


Erasure – A Little Respect – This throwback’s for my gurl Stephie poo.

I’m off to Florida now for my teensy lil’ brother’s high school graduation (!).  How did this happen?  Love ta love y’alls and have a wonderful weekend!


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