- “Wake Up” by
ArcadeFire (Funeral) One day my kids will be jealous that I saw them at the 9:30 Club, that’s how good this band is.
- “Nowhere Again” by The Secret Machines (Now Here Is Nowhere) Originally from
these guys are an arty psychedelic rock band. They’re creating a sound that I just don’t hear from anyone else today. Texas
- “Staring at the Sun” by TV on the Radio (Desperate Youths, Blood thirsty Babes) Cool and quirky.
- “Jesus Etc.” by Wilco (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) This song was written before 9/11, but the lyrics always make me think of the Towers. The whole album meant a lot to me then, and still does today.
- “NYC” by Interpol (Turn on the Bright Lights) Yet another great
band. There are a bunch of bands out there who try to sound like them now, but these guys are still better. New York City
- “Say Something New” by The Concretes (The Concretes): If this sounds familiar it’s because it got used on a Target commercial. For the record I owned the album before it was on the commercial. The band is from
59th Street” by Amy Correia (Lakeville): She is a little known singer-songwriter but I love her voice. This is from her second and most recent album. Last summer I got to see her open for Josh Rouse in , a dream show for me. Annapolis
- “Directions” by Josh Rouse (Home): If I was forced to name my top 5 all-time artists this guy would have to be considered (along with Dylan, Springsteen, Wilco, Radiohead and a few others). I like him that much. His recent work is more in the vain of 70’s singer-songwriter pop (think Carol King), but this is still my favorite tune by him.
- “Penelope” by Pinback (Blue Screen Life): A poppy harmonic
band. Their latest album is even better than this one. They also have a faux-metal side project called Goblin Cock with songs like The Revenge of Snufalufagus. San Diego
- “Free Salute” by Little
Barrie(We Are Little Barrie): If I told you these guys played at you’d believe me, they’re total throwbacks. Woodstock
- “Bullet and a Target” by Citizen Cope (The Clarence Greenwood Recordings): This guy is incredible, part hip-hop, rock and folk. He was raised in the DC area and is based out of NYC now, but plays DC all the time. He’s one of those guys I can’t believe hasn’t gotten huge yet, though he did have a song in a
commercial recently. So he’s got that going for him. Pontiac
- “From a Balance Beam” by Bright Eyes (Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground): Bright Eyes is one guy from
. He gained notoriety recently by touring with Springsteen, Fogerty and REM on the Vote For Change tour. Omaha
- “Devastation” by Matthew Ryan (Concussion): A singer songwriter that has slipped through the cracks. This is a duet with Lucinda Williams. I love the last line “devastation junkie”.
- “King’s Crossing” by Elliott Smith (From A Basement On The Hill): From an album that was released posthumously. Knowing how he died (he stabbed himself in the chest…..twice) makes the album fairly disturbing.
- “Banquet” by Bloc Party (Silent Alarm): A fun British band. The first time I heard them I realized I’d never heard a band quite like them before. They’re big in
these days. England
- “The Rat” by The Walkmen (Bows + Arrows): An angry song from a band with DC roots.
- “Secret Meeting” by The National (Alligator): Uncut Magazine named Alligator as their favorite album of the year, I ranked it #2 behind My Morning Jacket’s masterpiece Z.
- “A Wolf At The Door” by Radiohead (Hail to the Thief): Radiohead is the best band on the planet. That’s a fact. This lyrics to this song “someone else is gonna come and clean it up, someone always does” is my AIM buddy icon.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Hops' Celebrity Playlist
Today a co-worker asked me to make him a mix CD of some bands he might not be familiar with. Here is the track listing of the CD I made for him. It should give a decent idea about what my musical tastes are: