Hey, I’m Samantha and I’m new to writing for All Things Go, and I’m pretty excited to be doing so. I’m 16 and a junior in high school in the city of Laurel, Maryland, a lovely suburb of DC. I enjoy the simple things in life, like waking up and walking around the house naked while drinking coffee (Fair trade coffee). It would be helpful to give readers some insight into my musical tastes, so naturally, I’m posting a ten song mix that represents my tastes. The music I like tends to be more on the eclectic side, rather than something that I could simply define in a few words.
Karate – With Age
Karate is just one of the few bands that can pull off guitar solos in every single song that I can actually enjoy. Karate broke up late last year (or early this year) and Geoff Farina is off doing his own solo thing that I haven’t been able to get into yet.
The Decemberists – Los Angeles, I’m Yours
This song has sentimental value, as it was the first “indie” song I ever heard. They also happen to be one of my favourite bands to see live, and I’ll be seeing them yet again when they come to DC in late October.
Kings of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance With You
All songs with anything orchestrated are always a great idea. Piano can also upgrade a song as well. Anything different then the simple guitar, bass, drum pattern is willing accepted in my book.
Spoon – The Way We Get By (The Devil’s Dishes Rarities)
The Way We Get By is hands down my absolute favourite Spoon song, and since the original version of The Way We Get By has already been posted, I’ll just post this [much better] version. It’s a rough version, but the more rough, the better it is.
Interpol – Slow Hands (Britt Daniel’s remix)
I’m probably partial to this song because of a. Britt Daniel; b. added in piano made this song infinitely better; and c. there is a killer bass solo. I think ‘a.’ explains it all, but, who knows.
Jose Gonzalez and The Knife – Heartbeats
This is most likely the greatest idea for a mix ever. This song is stunning with either the Knife’s version or Jose’s. Jose has a talent like no other musician I’ve ever heard to take any song and make it even better than the original.
Swan Lake – All Fires
Essentially this song ties together my love for Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, and Swan Lake all in one lovely piece.
Lo-fi or die? Jason Anderson is an amazing musician who used to bang the drums for Microphones and then went solo. Personally, I think it was a brilliant idea, because his lyrics are so simple, yet moving.
May I bang like this? We Tigers is the song most likely to be heard in my car, and the most likely to annoy whichever car is next to me at a red light. Animal Collective is a band I couldn’t stand for the longest time, and now I am obsessed with everything they do. I try not to be close-minded when it comes to music, but it will sometimes take more than a push to get myself to like something.
Sufjan Stevens – Borderline (Live at Judson College 11-19-03)
It’s Soof! ‘Nuff said.
I love that Swan Lake track as well, and I have to agree that “The Way We Get By” is hands down the best Spoon track ever made. Nuff said.
Nice tunes. Great to see great music choices from the next generation. Cheers Samantha.
I was just looking for that Sufjan song. Thanks!
José sure has the talent to make a song better – did you hear his live version of Massive Attack’s Teardrop?