Long-time readers of this blog know that four of our favorite things are the AV Club, Merge Records, coffee shop-style love songs, and the city of Chicago in summertime. As part of the AV Club's "Summer Undercover" series, indie-rock veterans Crooked Fingers (who covered other songs earlier in the series) played their song "Sleep All Summer" on the roof deck of the Tribune Tower, in downtown Chicago. The song, from their 2005 album Dignity and Shame, is a beautiful, summer-specific love song that just kills me every time I listen to it.
Bonus Track: Crooked Fingers plays "Sleep All Summer"
As a side note, how great are Crooked Fingers? They've made several contributions to the indie rock canon, and yet they aren't very well known outside of indie rock circles and college towns. I had even forgotten that they were on Merge Records. It says a lot about that excellent record label that a band like Crooked Fingers is probably not among their ten most-influential contributions to the music scene.