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.
Yeah, Brooklyn duo Crushed Out have a White Stripes thing going on with their bare bones garage rock, her on drums, him on guitar. But where the White Stripes channel the more stylized elements of the genre--in everything from aesthetic to their visceral bluesy twang--Crushed Out seems as though they've been washed in the Southern California surf. Moselle Spiller's drums add a hippie kick to guitarist Frank Hoier's gravelly solos, and songs like "Weigh You Down" and "Black and Purple" recall the breezy pop sounds of Lou Reed and Buddy Holly. Wouldn't you know it, Frank Hoier carries a torch for the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. The pair is currently touring in support of their first full length Want To Give.
Crushed Out play the Comet Tavern this Friday (11/9) with Estocar, Blood Orange Paradise, and Gibraltar.
"Rock & Roll," The Velvet Underground: Loaded was a huge influence on our upcoming album, Want to Give. The crazy dynamics of the band, that weirdo voice singing about a little girl in her room, the guitar solo, Lou's very NY delivery and the dreamy weirdo bridge. So much to love about this song. This is actually the song that really got me into The VU--60's guitars and the "bah bah bah bah's, it's alright now, oh bay-bay!"
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," Jerry Lee Lewis: This is one those early rock n roll songs that we all think we've heard a million times. Yet they all become brand new with every generation. It's all about where you are in your life that determines how a song will hit you. It was last year that we dug into Jerry, and the more we listen, the more we love. An astounding talent, and an absolute maniac. This song, along with "Great Balls of Fire," feel like perfect recordings. Amazing to realize in these days they were recorded totally live in one take.
"Ooh! My Soul," Little Richard: Little Richard is one of the direct driving forces of our band. That crazy voice, that energy that seems to have infinite spirit. His "WOOO" is the sound of rock n roll for us above any guitar or piano sound. How can one man be so manly and so feminine in a two-minute recording?
"I Saw Her Standing There," The Beatles: Very glad this is in here. This is actually my favorite Beatles era, the very beginning, when they rocked. They really do sound like kids who happened to be excellent singers, writers, and performers. The sound of these recordings to me is incredible, I'm not sure you can ever improve on it. The gear and techniques of recorded music don't get better, they just change.
"Dreams Come True Girl (live mp3 from Golden West Cafe)," Cass McCombs: Moselle found his video for this song one day back in 2009. We bought Catacombs and went to a show, and we have been huge fans ever since. This is such a lovely and honest song. The more I've dug into Cass's work, the more intrigued I become. His singing, his melodies, his lyrics and the way he lets songs breathe live. He sometimes just jams on a few chords and looks around at the band as if to watch what will come out of them. I believe he is one of our greatest songwriters right now. I love every album but I think Catacombs is an absolute must have.