This week we've got a tape curated by lovable Liverpoolian rockers The Wombats, who may or may not have raided my iPod to bring you this playlist. Seriously, GET OUT OF MY HEAD!
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BONUS TRACK: 1. "Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)" - The Wombats
Before we hear from them, get a taste of the band's style via the first single from their new record, This Modern Glitch
. No it's not an homage to Twilight
2. "Hey Jane" - Motorpsycho - Trust Us
Creatively this band has been my biggest influence. This track is probably the closest Motorpsycho ever got to write a single and not to sound geeky, but the bass line on this track is amazing! Check out the entire double album, Trust Us
- it is a masterpiece.
3. "Liberation Frequency" - Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
This track is from Refused's final album The Shape of Punk to Come
which came out in 1998 and got me into hardcore music, although I didn't hear it til a few years later. It really changed the sound of hardcore/punk to come and even today, this album sounds futuristic and "new" to me. The dynamic differences make this a standout track. The chorus blowout is the most energetic thing I've ever heard!
4. "1979" - Smashing Pumpkins - Meloncollie and the Infinite Sadness
Being a youth in the 1990's I used to love the alternative rock/grunge scene,and Smashing Pumpkins was one of the bands that stood out to me.
5. "In The Garage" - Weezer - The Blue Album
Weezer's Blue Album
must be one of the best debut albums ever recorded, and was the album that made me wanting to play in a band, and learn to play bass.
6. "Everything In It's Right Place" - Radiohead - Kid A
was the album that made me like and experiment with electronic music. This track is the most magical moment on the record.
7. "Boneless" - The Notwist - The Devil, You + Me
Taken from the melancholic German electro poppers' 2008 release The Devil, You + Me
. Check out the rest of the record as well -it's awesome!
8. "Waltz #2 (XO)" - Elliott Smith - XO
One of the most soulful singer/songwriters in the 90s/ early 2000, Elliott Smith released this single in 1998 (as a part of the album XO). Beautiful song, and a must have album!
9. "Too Young" - Phoenix - United
"Too young" was the first song I ever heard from the French band's first album United
, and fell in love with it immediately. The track was also featured in the film Lost in Translation
which is one of my favorite films!
10. "When You Sleep" - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
This track is taken from the MBV record, Loveless
, one of the most influential records for me personally. The dreamy sound/vibe of this record and the subtle melodies is really inspiring. It makes me want to create music straight away and it's the perfect cure against writing-blocks!
11. "Such Great Heights" - The Postal Service - Give Up
I found this track when I first moved to the UK, and reminds me of being a student in Liverpool. I was into a lot of punky hardcore stuff at the time, and this tune and album had the same intentions, but was wrapped in a synthy package with electronic beats. A unique combo!