June has been a strange month in Los Angeles, with Lindsay Lohan crashing rented Porsches and the Kings winning the Stanley Cup. But nothing was as rare and fleeting as the situation the co-hosts of the Hollywood Prospectus Podcast found themselves in last week. Not only were we in the same place at the same time, but fellow cultural scribbler Rembert Browne was there to boot. So we did what any three able-bodied young men would do in a similar situation: We locked ourselves in a studio with David Jacoby and argued about the annual phenomenon known as the summer jam. As you'll hear, the qualifications are a little vague — something about car windows and barbecues and a deep sense of pre-nostalgia — but all three of us had strong opinions about our picks for the song of the summer of 2012. Was Chris right about Gaslight Anthem? Has Rembert tapped into the human condition with his love of Meek Mill and Justin Bieber? And is Andy trying to have it both ways by hyping both the mainstream The-Dream and the as-yet-unreleased Twin Shadow? (Answer: yes.) Only time — and the delicate passing of the seasons (tear!) — will tell.
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