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.
Michigan’s CryFace would’ve found themselves at home in the 2000s, as “rock” became less of an umbrella term for guitar music and more of a winking homage to its fuzzy, love-locked roots. As indie burst out of Brooklyn bars (prior to some arena-size explosions), it cleanly toed the intersection between white-boy blues, funk, and a crisp, classic aftertaste brought on by the faint malaise of a new millennium. Suds, this band’s 2017 sophomore LP, offers a similar sensory overload, as does their playlist below, which offers a time-agnostic journey through their chosen genre’s spacious history.
…from Levi Makula
Prefab Sprout — Hallelujah
This song kicks in about midway through Prefab’s album Two Wheels Good with dancey confidence and funky vigor. It’s headed by breezy backing vocals and a sternly flamboyant guitar track, along with tasteful, swooning vocals from Paddy McAloon. This album is full of hits, and this one hits the hardest. The jazzy and unpredictable chord changes during the verses, and the “fire” intro/outro makes this song super irresistible. I love this band’s seemingly unique weird vibe.
Pavement — Rattled by the Rush
This song fucking slaps: a righteous introduction to one of my longtime favorite bands. A shivery song; you can actually feel it “rush” through you with every transition. Also, it still contains one of my favorite dual guitar solos of all time. I have been a fan of theirs for so long and I never tire of their tunes, and good luck finding a looser, wackier, crankier, and lackadaisical vocalist then Stephen M.!
Fugazi — Reprovisional
My friend Joseph and I have been on a heavy Fugazi kick lately, and this is one of the more pungent songs on Repeater. It sticks out especially as an anthem, wary on deception in politics. Obviously, it’s pretty darn relevant today given our situation in the States. A lot of covering up has to be done, mouths have to be sewn because “that’s the price to pay for hoping every slip’s not a slide.” Ian MacKaye’s vocals are especially excited and angry on this tune which is excellent, and the guitar breakdown before the final verse is voluminous. A great and smart punk track!
Talking Heads — Electric Guitar
As a guitarist, this song is fucking scary true: “Someone controls electric guitar.” I was talking with our producer Brent Bryan recently about how this song really holds so much more weight as a guitarist than a non-guitarist. Being the manipulator of a wailing, piercing, energizing beast can (and should) be crazy and unnatural. This song really embodies the tension of that relationship. That power is frightful and is worthy of fear. Also the the run-up lick is so tangy and tasteful!
…from Ian Cotter
David Bowie — Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise) (Live)
T. Rex — Back From the Moon (Back From the Moon)
Frank Zappa — Fifty-Fifty
Mac Demarco — Passing Out Pieces
Rush — The Spirit of Radio
The Velvet Underground — Venus in Furs
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — The Lord of Lightning
And finally, we have a song that, honestly, is just an absolute blast to listen to. King Gizzard is always upping the ante on their psychedelic prog rock style, and I feel like this is what it’s all been building up to. It’s just a fun tune! And it utterly blew my mind when I first heard it. It’s kinda similar to “The Spirit of Radio”; it’s just a bunch of incredibly talented musicians making incredible music. They even have that slight Dungeons and Dragons dorkiness about them. But in a cool way. Like, the COOLEST way possible.
…from Robert Neyrinck
Willie Nelson — Highwayman
This was my mother’s favorite song growing up. It’s all about reincarnation, cowboy stuff, and has Johnny Cash talking about flying a starship through the ether. So, basically, “Highwayman” lists off my goals in life.
Fuzz — Earthen Gate
I’m a bass player, man… enough said.
Electric Light Orchestra — Mr. Blue Sky
Turnover — Dizzy on the Comedown
I come back to Peripheral Vision so often nowadays; this song is my favorite off that album. I consider it a soundtrack to dating and love in a person’s twenties.
“Suds” is available now via Big Love Records.