The musical equivalent of a summer breeze, straight from our favorite Austin-based boutique.
Just in time for high summer—when everyone sticks to their car seats and the ice cubes in your chilled coffee don’t stand a chance—we asked Michelle Teague, owner of boutique JM Drygoods, for an audible cooldown. Think Cheap Trick with ’80s power pop, Aretha Franklin’s Spanish-Motown mash-up, Paul Simon’s soft guitar picking and way more.
JM Drygoods’s Summer Songs for Cooling Off
- “Lucky Man,” Courtney John
- “Summer Madness,” Kool & The Gang
- “A Message to You Rudy,” Grant Phabao, The Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston
- “Summer in the City,” Quincy Jones
- “I Want You to Want Me,” Cheap Trick
- “Shining Star,” The Manhattans
- “Summer Wind,” Frank Sinatra
- “Sunny Afternoon,” The Kinks
- “Spanish Harlem,” Aretha Franklin
- “Vacation,” The Go-Go’s
- “Hearts and Bones,” Paul Simon
- “Cool Down the Pace,” Gregory Isaacs
- “No Woman, No Cry,” Fugees
- “Far Away Eyes,” The Rolling Stones
- “Goodbye,” Emmylou Harris
- “Even After All,” Finley Quaye
- “Castles Made of Sand,” Jimi Hendrix
- “Dos Gardenias,” Buena Vista Social Club
- “Slow Dance,” John Legend
- “Holiday Road,” Matt Pond PA
- “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” Roy Ayers Ubiquity
- “Bionic Rats,” Lee “Scratch” Perry
- “Flying Pizza,” Swearing at Motorists
- “Parted Ways,” Heartless Bastards
- “Didn’t I,” Darondo
- “You Can’t Blame Me,” Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr
Find yourself in that Austin heat IRL? Michelle shared her list of the “most Austin” things you can do.
Get the ceviche at Clark’s Oyster Bar.
Hit up the Micklethwait food truck.
Caffeinate at Jo’s on South Congress.
Catch a live show at The Continental Club.
Paddleboard along the Colorado River.
Browse the biannual antiques market in Round Top. (Says Michelle, “They have everything from chandeliers to cowboy boots, antique kilims to vintage jackets. The people watching is amazing!”).
Photography by Angi Welsch.