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Ryan Russell
As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person

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Against Me!'s Andrew Seward Lets His Daughter Rule The Radio

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Ryan Russell
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 or band 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.

After a recent tour supporting The Cult, Florida-based punk band Against Me! is back on the road for a brief West Coast tour before continuing work on the follow-up to their fifth studio album, 2010's White Crosses. The frenzied pace is par for the course for the busy band, a tight knit crew who hardly skipped a beat when singer Tom Gabel, now Laura Grace, recently came out as transgender and announced her decision to start life as a woman. Amidst the touring, recording, and gender-bending, bassist Andrew Seward stole a few moments to share his top 10 most-played iTunes tracks, and was quite surprised his daughter's faves didn't top the list. He says:

This is all completely honest, and I'm actually a bit baffled by it. I love all these songs, but damn, what an odd mix. I think it's a mix of my "Going To Sleep" mix that I play and forget to turn off, a pre-show mix, and who knows what else? I was expecting for the top two to comprise of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend and Goyte's "Somebody I Used To Know." These are my daughter's songs that she screams for at the top of her lungs.

Against Me! play El Corazon tomorrow (9/6) with Andrew Jackson Jihad and Joyce Manor.

"Deer," Manchester Orchestra: I listen to the album "Simple Math" all the time. Amazing record from start to finish.

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"Assumption Army," Roll The Tanks: Probably one of the catchiest records I've heard in the past three years. Essential driving music.

"Broke Til Midnight," Roll The Tanks: This isn't a plug, I swear. You wanted an honest Top 10! See description above.

"Don't Prey On Me," William Elliott Whitmore: Cover of the Bad Religion song from a Daytrotter session. William has one of the best voices out there. I think he eats gravel for breakfast.

"Love Like A Sunset Part II," Phoenix: See "Going To Sleep" mix, for sure.

"Hot Rain," Ninja Gun: I made a video for this song in my off time. Logically, this song is in my Top 10 because I had to listen to it a million times for the video. They're also one of the best bands you may have never heard of. Now remedy that, please.

"Don't Give Up," Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. No further explanation needed.

"Incomplete And Insecure," The Avett Brothers: On the top of my "Need To See Live" list. They haven't made a bad record. My daughter also loves watching them on Youtube.

"Fearless Heart," Steve Earle: One time Steve Earle was playing acoustic in front of the student union building where I went to college. I had no idea who he was and kept walking. I am an idiot.

"Faded," The Afghan Whigs: I've been listening to The Afghan Whigs since I was 15. I have never wavered in my absolute love of this band. One of the best, and I hear they are killing it live on their reunion tour.

 
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