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, each week 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.
After splitting with seminal riot grrrl band Sleater-Kinney and laying low to raise two kids, Corin Tucker's wailing vocals haven't lost their punch. The songwriter's second album with her band, Kill My Blues, reignites that Sleater-Kinney fire with feminist anthems like "Groundhog Day"--on the subject of her hiatus from music--spitting the lyrics, "Gonna move things forward for us and women 'round the globe/Awake now, outside it froze." Asleep she may have deemed herself, now Tucker's renewed lust for music is reflected through the powerful female voices rocking her iPod, and her charging new album indicates there's no stopping her anytime soon.
The Corin Tucker Band play the Crocodile this Friday (10/12) with Houndstooth and Dude York.
"Werewolf," Fiona Apple: This album has definitely been my soundtrack on this tour. I got to see her live in Portland, and was blown away. What an incredible writer and singer.
"Back to Black," Amy Winehouse: I love this album, great production and playing, and Amy's voice and lyrics are singularly raw. What a great loss to music.
"You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb," Spoon: Such a fun record, really great production on this.
"Good Fortune," PJ Harvey: I'm a huge PJ Harvey fan. I love all her records but I don't have them all in my iTunes. I return to this one time and again.
"I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight," Linda Thompson & Richard Thompson: I've always loved this song, I just love it more every time I hear it.