Playlist to Stream: JM Drygoods’s Summer Songs for Cooling Off (Plus a Mini Guide to Austin)


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

  1. “Lucky Man,” Courtney John
  2. “Summer Madness,” Kool & The Gang
  3. “A Message to You Rudy,” Grant Phabao, The Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston
  4. “Summer in the City,” Quincy Jones
  5. “I Want You to Want Me,” Cheap Trick
  6. “Shining Star,” The Manhattans
  7. “Summer Wind,” Frank Sinatra
  8. “Sunny Afternoon,” The Kinks
  9. “Spanish Harlem,” Aretha Franklin
  10. “Vacation,” The Go-Go’s
  11. “Hearts and Bones,” Paul Simon
  12. “Cool Down the Pace,” Gregory Isaacs
  13. “No Woman, No Cry,” Fugees
  14. “Far Away Eyes,” The Rolling Stones
  15. “Goodbye,” Emmylou Harris
  16. “Even After All,” Finley Quaye
  17. “Castles Made of Sand,” Jimi Hendrix
  18. “Dos Gardenias,” Buena Vista Social Club
  19. “Slow Dance,” John Legend
  20. “Holiday Road,” Matt Pond PA
  21. “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” Roy Ayers Ubiquity
  22. “Bionic Rats,” Lee “Scratch” Perry
  23. “Flying Pizza,” Swearing at Motorists
  24. “Parted Ways,” Heartless Bastards
  25. “Didn’t I,” Darondo
  26. “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!”).

Follow these local creatives: Garza MarfaEl Cosmico MarfaChelsea Fullerton Jones.

Stream the playlist here and shop our assortment of JM Drygoods™ here.

Photography by Angi Welsch.