Since his self-released, self-titled first album came out in 2007, Steve Gunn has been extremely prolific, putting out a full-length record (and often more than one), either alone or in collaboration with other artists, in each year since. In June he released Eyes on the Lines, his first album for Matador Records, and as one of the strongest and most varied of his career so far, it shows an artist continuing to grow in his craft. Gunn and his band are currently touring in support of the album, and they recently came to play DC at the Black Cat backstage.
In the musical West Side Story, as tensions and temperatures rise, Riff advises the Jets to be "cool" in a jazz fugue for the ages. Nothing cools like jazz. As political tensions and summer temperatures rise all around the country, we all need some jazz to cool our own jets. As you begin your sweat-soaked commute or a sweltering evening at home, here are 15 hand-picked tracks to air condition your soul. So smear the condensation from your drink on your brow, light the mosquito-repellent candles, and be cool. - Patrick