Much like the classic mixtape, Tracklisted presents a collection of songs under a selected theme, which you can check out below. Click on the provided Spotify playlist and listen to this week’s arrangement while you read a few words about the selections.
Belmar, NJ four-piece Toy Cars crafts indie-minded pop songs that both hiss and howl. On their forthcoming EP, titled Sleeping Patterns, heartland rock’s gritty boom is greeted with a goofy sensibility that churns out odes to Bjork at the same rate jaunty shout-alongs (such as that on “Stone,” streaming below) threaten to rattle the rafters of a DIY basement. The guys in Toy Cars have helped MV rev up our first guest Tracklisted, serving up a selection of favorite tracks for tour (dates here) and for multipurpose fun and introspection — much like their September 16th release.
(We also asked Toy Cars to tell us about their favorite record stores, a storytelling journey you’ll be able to follow later today.)
Ryan Adams — “Kim”
I had a really cool opportunity to work at a huge festival at the Bowery Ballroom last year, where all the artists were covering Neil Young songs. Brian Fallon, Norah Jones, Ryan Miller and Butch Walker played. So many big names. Also on that list was Ryan Adams, who I unknowingly hung out with for an hour. Now, here we are a year later and he is one of my favorite artists, with this song in particular being a highlight. This whole record has a cool sound, and his band manages to make it sound like it’s from the ’80s by using lots of reverb, airy guitars and straight forward drum beats. I guess I like newer music that sounds like it’s from another, older era.
Bon Iver — “Re: Stacks”
Justin Vernon is one of my all time favorite musicians and this song is one of my top picks from his discography. It features very simple instrumentation but the lyrics and vocal performance are really what makes the song special. While this whole record is full of great songs, “Re: Stacks” just stands out to me. The lyrics in this song are very important to me and have changed meaning for myself in various times in my life. I think Justin will go down in history as one of our generation’s greatest songwriters.
Spoon — “Rent I Pay”
This may be one of the best opening songs I’ve ever heard on an album. I love how gritty this track sounds while keeping it still clear and slightly hi-fi.
Bad Books — “The After Party”
Bad Books is one my all time favorite bands. How could you not like a Manchester Orchestra/Kevin Devine collab? This song is just a straight ripper. Big choruses with big drums and big guitars. I love how this record as a whole keeps a slightly vintage rock ‘n’ roll vibe throughout its duration.
Toy Cars’ latest EP, titled “Sleeping Patterns,” is available on vinyl via Counter Intuitive Records and Sniffling Indie Kids. The run is limited to 300 total copies, split evenly between orange and transparent purple 7″ wax. Vinyl will ship in mid-October past the release’s September 16th street date, and can be pre-ordered here.