Book Club: Summer music

Jason Harwell

Men with(out) sunglasses

It’s sweet, sweet summertime, and that means a many splendid things: heat, sunshine, sweat, swimming pools, swimsuit, chaise lounges and sunglasses. And, it seems, in music, there are two primary camps. There are the Corey Harts and Tracey Ullmans, donning sunglasses both during the day and the night, and then there are these guys. And they’ve got a message for you. Take off your damn sunglasses, square!

Pretty melody:

1. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, “Take Off Your Sunglasses”

I became intimately familiar with Ezra Furman & the Harpoons during my internship at SPACE my freshmen year. I guess plastering their faces all over our promos worked – I can’t help but sing along.

2. Jason Harwell, “Why Do Girls Wear Big Sunglasses?”

Jason Harwell is such a doll. The Athens musician and artist stole my heart with “Katie Secretly Married at 8,” but this track is just as wondrous.


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