1. Coma Cinema - Tour All Winter
One of the last songs I warmed up to on Blue Suicide, but very likely my favourite on the record. Coma Cinema forever.
2. Casino Versus Japan – Untitled
Rolling washes of synthesizers and delicate and effortlessly beautiful electronics. Helps to calm the soul and clear the mind. I’m eternally grateful to the gods for allowing me to discover this musician on Soulseek around the time I was 13.
3. Wonder Bear – Reverend
I recently had the pleasure of seeing these guys perform in New York, opening for Memoryhouse. It was definitely the highlight of the entire tour for me and seeing them play this song in particular gave me the chills. Incredible youth energy.
4. Balam Acab - Oh, Why
No words, this is just incredibly touching.
5. Happy Trendy - Losing It
Dylan and I are veteran tour-mates, long-time friends and collaborators. Seriously of the sweetest and most talented people I know. Glad to have this track to remind me of what a virtuous musician and human being he is.
6. Raw Moans - Rose Bath
I want to live inside Joseph Vorachack’s voice. He knows to make anything perfectly weird and hauntingly beautiful.
7. Stereolab - One Small Step
I’ve always loved Stereolab’s ability to juxtapose pretty and boutiquey instrumentals with heavy, political-laden lyrics, and I think this demonstrates that pretty well. Thanks to my friend Pedro Sousa for turning me onto this album in particular.
8. Yimmy Yames - My Sweet Lord (George Harrison cover)
My bandmate Evan played this over the car stereo on our recent mini-tour of the east coast. While nothing can really hold a candle to the original recording by George Harrison, this particular take on this song really struck a chord with me. The multitracked vocal harmonies make me melt all over the place.