When I conceived of this blog, I did not anticipate an unfortunate side effect: I listen to a lot of bad music almost every day. Couldn’t I live a much happier life only listening to the Rolling Stones?
Creating a Top Ten Rolling Stones playlist was no easy feat. For days I was wracked with indecision to the point of paralysis as I pondered the question of what self-respecting Stones fan would snub “Street Fighting Man”?
Because it so masterfully explores every seam in the bedrock of American music and then transcends them all in fashioning a new art form, Exile is the quintessential (and hands down best) Stones record.
In that highly-charged moment, I needed to hear Springsteen’s Nebraska album. Why? Why did I run headlong towards that record like a masochist to the lash?
Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham’s 2014 record Salvation Town is an exceptional fusion of rock and Americana.
For each sappy love song, I have added a counterpoint, a tune that approaches the concept of love with, shall we say, a jaundiced eye. Because the most powerful love songs, like all the most powerful art, are not happy occasions.
Trigger Hippy’s self-titled debut album mixes rock, blues and country. The musical combinations at play create a sound that is both fresh and classic.
Some music just sounds better in certain settings. Like seeing an animal in its natural habitat instead of in a zoo. Over time, I have developed a musical geography of sorts, mapping the places where I hear certain songs more clearly and which, as a result, have become inextricably bound up with those songs in a way that is now impossible to untangle.
This Playlist is a sampling of tunes on my musical map, songs that have become inextricably linked with certain places.
To immunize your child against pop, play this mix late at night while the infant is nursing. For best results, repeat often.