As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every Wednesday we ask an artist to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.
As Capitol Hill residents either skip town, batten down the hatches, or coordinate day-to-day outfits, the Pike/Pine corridor is being readied to take a musical pummeling this weekend at the 2012 Capitol Hill Block Party. In spite of our own Eric Grandy's strong opinions on this year's lineup and featured acts Fitz and the Tantrums and The Lumineers, there's a good variety of tune-age represented, from Janka Nabay, whose music has been described as "frantically-paced electronic dance music with ancient, magical origins" to the wild vibes of Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, who sound "like early Green Day meets The Wipers." We've also got The Lumineers, who Grandy pegs as "a fedora-and-suspenders busking disaster gone big-time" on the line as well.
What are your thoughts on the CHBP bill this year? While you ruminate, here's what a few bands might be pumping on their headphones before they hop on stage this weekend.
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang perform at 8:15 p.m. this Friday (7/20) on the Vera Stage. Here are his top three tunes:
"Natural Mystic," Bob Marley: I like it because he is a natural mystic. That is the answer of it. The song is natural, and you are listening to it, it takes you on a cloud. People need to listen.
"Human Nature," Michael Jackson: The time the song come out, and right now, when the music play, my soul, my lungs, my brain, goes inside the song. The song take me to sleep, the song can wake me up, if that song is very low it takes me to sleep.
"Sweet Mother," Prince Nico Mbarga: I grew up with "Sweet Mother," that's my favorite growing up before I come to be a musician. I knew about Michael Jackson and Bob Marley when I was already a musician, but this was before. It happen again, Prince Nico was the first international artist I ever perform with. I was lucky because my sister brought him to town. Everyone was crazy for him in Sierra Leone, and he was Nigerian.
Dylan Baldi shares his top three most played iTunes songs. He and his band Cloud Nothings play the Main Stage Sunday (7/22) at 3:30 p.m.
"Dead Moon Night," Dead Moon: Dead Moon is about as D.I.Y. as they come--they even built their own house from scratch. Cool people, cool music.
"Youth Of America," The Wipers: The middle section of this song is about as far out as punk rock has ever gone. Huge influence on the newest Cloud Nothings record, should be a huge influence on more records, really. Music would be better.
"Outdoor Miner," Wire: My favorite Wire song and also one of my favorite songs ever. The chords during the chorus give me goosebumps every time.
"Just Like Heaven," The Cure: I had this on a playlist in college and it just sorta became habit after a while. It always puts me in a good mood.
"On A Sunday Afternoon," A Lighter Shade of Brown: This early nineties jam is a must for any Sunday afternoon that hopes to be any fun.
"Celebrate," Dark Dark Dark: I had this song on repeat shortly after a friend sent me the Wild Go album. So dreamy.
"Blake's View," M. Ward: I love this song. And everything this man does. He's an incredible musician.
"Welcome To the Jungle," Guns N' Roses: I've been told that upon entering a bar, I beeline it for the jukebox and throw this ditty on.
"Sold," OC Times: The coolest barbershop quartet around.