Jason Mantzoukas’ Top Five ‘Beach’ Records

With Independence Day in the US upon us, summer is officially in full swing. Fresh off his role in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, actor/comedian Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, How Did This Get Made?) is here to help us get by with his favorite literal “beach” records. Little known fact: Jason is an accomplished jazz drummer and has a solid collection of jazz records.

Jason Mantzoukas Shares His Top Literal “Beach” Records

It’s summer, baby! Here are five literal beach records that you should play as the perfect day at the beach soundtrack.*

1. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

These guys are one of the many great bands coming out of Philadelphia the last bunch of years (The War on Drugs, Swearin’, Hop Along). Put this record on while you’re making coffee, packing the car, and driving. It’s going to be a great day!

2. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Not much to say except that this record is perfection.  Play it all day in between all the others and your life will be better for it. Just listening to it now, while I write this list, has vastly improved my mood, from pervasive melancholy to now merely grumpy. GREAT WORK PET SOUNDS!

3. Beach Fossils – What A Pleasure

You just got out of the ocean, it’s time for a game of paddle ball, a PB&J sandwich, and this record. This is your midday record. Full of jangly guitar lines and near whispered vocals, this record has your midday beach vibes covered.

4. Neil Young – On The Beach

When the the sun starts going down and it gets a little chilly, put on a sweatshirt and this record. Start building a bonfire while Motion Pictures (For Carrie) plays.

5. Beach House – Bloom

This is your sitting around the fire, drinking your drinks, sharing your secrets, and making out record.  When the 16 minute closing track Irene hits you should be on the road, wiped out, windows down, music cranked.

* While this all sounds lovely, I fucking hate the beach.

In honor of Jason’s days of drumming in Jazz combos… Dig into some excellent records by Elvin Jones and Art Blakey here!

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Jeffrey Smith is the Director of Communications and Partnerships at Discogs. Prior to joining Discogs in 2017, Jeffrey founded the boutique music PR firm Crash Avenue in 2004.

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