All of the songs listed below were personally chosen by the artist or blogger above. I got in touch with a lot of artists and bloggers who were all kind enough to get back to me and take part in Desert Island Discs. If you’re unaware of the concept behind Desert Island Discs, check out the basic pitch I gave the artists and bloggers I got in touch with. If you’re an artist or blogger and want to take part, just send your submission with the eight pieces of music (not the actual mp3s) and some words about each one to admin (@) listenbeforeyoubuy (dot) net.
Today’s Desert Island Discs is brought to you by the letter Kisses. When I wrote about the duo from L.A. a few weeks back I said “It’s yet another summer-sounding onslaught with tight hand-clapped beats backed by ethereal synths and waves of background sounds” and nothing has changed since then. Jesse (singer) was extremely fast in getting back to me for this so huge thanks to him for doing this for me (and you).
0. Kisses – “Bermuda”
1. Sufjan Stevens – “Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Higland, Illinois”
Whenever I turn on Illinois this track immediately sucks me in. It’s such a beautiful and simple song with a fantastic piano part.
2. David Bowie – “Sound and Vision”
“Low” is a fantastic record and this is probably my favorite song on the album. The drum sounds Bowie and Eno were getting on this record are great and the guitar lick and vocal takes on the track are equally impressive.
3. Belle & Sebastian – “If She Wants Me”
This song reminds me of studying abroad in London and drunkenly stealing a massive “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” poster on the streets of Madrid with my friend Erin. Although I love “If You’re Feeling Sinister”, I feel that this record is one of their most underrated.
4. Arthur Russell – “Make 1,2″
Although I love many Arthur Russell song’s I appreciate this one for its playability during dj sets. The beat is simple and hits hard and the vocal lines have great emotion and intensity.
5. The Blow – “Parentheses”
Parentheses reminds me of my senior year in college and working at Force Field PR. We were working this album and I remember being so excited to be associated with a company that was working on the record. The track is beautiful and sentimental in all the right ways.
6. The Tough Alliance – “Neo Violence”
Although The Tough Alliance are constantly being named dropped by artists, I am not sure if their music translates to a wider audience. During DJ sets people complain about the vocals being whiny and grating. I feel that their production and songwriting prowess is unmatched in their specific genre and I personally am a fan of the vocals. This track has a killer video as well.
7. Erlend Oye – “Every Party Has A Winner and A Loser”
This song reminds me of when I first started dating Zinzi, my junior year of college. We were in London at the time and she played me this track. I will always have fond memories of it and Erlend’s beautiful voice.
8. Lou Reed – “Street Hassle”
This song is poignant, dramatic and cool all at the same time. Many of Lou Reed songs make you feel cool but only a few make you actually feel something emotional and this is one of them. The string parts are fantastic.