Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! Today’s the day we celebrate not being ruled by England anymore. It’s a whole thing, we had parent issues and a rebellious phase that’s been going on for quite some time. Each year we get together with family or friends to fire up some grills, sit by the pool and launch plenty of fireworks. With that also comes the inevitable firework safety video, in which mannequins get their limbs blown off to illustrate the dangers of fireworks. So that’s always fun. I hope you enjoy your holiday, if you’re American and celebrating. If not, I hope your Wednesday is good regardless. If you’re throwing a party, some of the mp3s featured below could help make your soundtrack just a bit better. New stuff from Azealia Banks, Dylan LeBlanc, Railbird, Shark?, Truckstop Darlin, World Blanket (with a song especially effective today), and Zachary Cale. In the Soundcloud section, streams of songs by Allo Darlin’, Dinosaur Jr., and The June Brides will hopefully inspire you too.

Azealia Banks – Nathan (ft. Styles P)

Battleships – Your Words

theclosing – Box

Dylan LeBlanc – Part One: The End

Eluusif – I Love My Daft Punk

Frank Rabeyrolles – Instable Drive

Houndmouth – Penitentiary

Idjut Boys – Going Down

Matt and Kim – Let’s Go (Team Bayside High Remix)

Noah and the MegaFauna – We’ll Sail Above This (ft. Kat Edmonson)

Railbird – Jump Ship (ft. Sean Rowe & Sarah Barthel of Phantogram)

Shark? – Down Low

Sick Figures – Never Change

Truckstop Darlin – Same Old Story

Van She – Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix)

World Blanket – The Holiday Song (For No Holiday in Particular)

Zachary Cale – Love Everlasting


Allo Darlin’ – Europe

Dinosaur Jr. – Watch the Corners

Friends – I’m His Girl (AlunaGeorge Mix)

The June Brides – A January Moon

Log Across the Washer – Shredding Heads of Baby Dolls

Maybe Vultures – Hollow (Demo)