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 Nobody Wave, a duo from LA whose homeless-lookin’ surf-pop has had them (wait for it) making waves in and around their native LA, all down to the fact that we gave them the famous LBYB bump (not true). I owe the guys an apology though, when I initially asked them to do this for me they were more than forthcoming, sending it over within a couple of days….well, that was back in February and I’m only just getting around to posting it, so six thousand apologies to Nobody Wave.
Unfortunately the guys have parted ways and Nobody Wave are nobody more, however they are playing a farewell show this Summer in Thousand Oaks and singer Chris is working on releasing new music from a new project in the near future. Yay!
1. Deerhoof – “L’ Amour Stories”
I first heard this gem back in high school when I was going through a brief Internet radio phase — the moment those choppy chords kicked in, I was a Deerhoof fan for life. It’s a key island tune because of the way the dual guitars interact, racing against each other and finishing the other’s sentences. There are so many Deerhoof songs that I love, but this was the first.
2. Black Dice – “Things’ll Never Be the Same”
I’d definitely need an experimental jam for the island that’s both trance-inducing and wild, so I could get some excess energy out every once in a while. This song has the most amazing and messed up vocal track of anything I’ve ever heard — it’s like “The Great Gig in the Sky” as done by a drugged-out former hardcore band. Sometimes I would bike around my suburban hometown and listen to this, wondering what the world would be like if Black Dice was popular.
3. Respira – “Thinning Threads”
This one’s a hometown favorite — Respira was a Thousand Oaks local band that taught me so much about tasteful guitar riffs and musical community. They succeeded in being both melodic and dramatic without venturing into melodramatic emo territory. Sadly, the dudes broke up before anyone outside of Ventura County really caught on. They never got the recognition they deserved.
4. Flying Lotus – “Do the Astral Plane”
Although this pick is pretty new, I’ve been listening to it on repeat since last April. Cosmogramma was far and away my favorite record of 2010, and this song’s future disco habitat has so many layers and playful rhythms. If I’m ever rescued from the island years later, “Astral Plane” is still going to sound ahead of its time.
5. The Beatles – “Tomorrow Never Knows”
I definitely need a Beatles song on the list, and this track was my gateway to years of Fab Four obsession. It all started when my good friend Kai played it at band practice back in middle school, and listening to it now still conjures up strange visions. Proof why John is the man.
6. Madvillain – “Raid”
The beat on this song is so sick. I love everything about MF Doom and Madlib; when combining forces, they’re unmatched. Bizarre rhymes, obscure vintage samples and no traditional choruses, just stream-of-consciousness flow.
7. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Love Comes to Me”
One of my favorite acoustic songs — Will Oldham pairs hopelessness and love in a beautiful way. The lyrics, melody and Oldham’s vocal performance with Dawn McCarthy comes together so naturally. I’ll play this one when I feel bummed out on the island and want a bummer of a song to make it official.
8. Electric Light Orchestra – “Turn to Stone”
And for the opposite effect, I’ll take ELO along because listening to “Turn to Stone” will make the worst island scenario seem fun. It’s a classic pop song and you can’t stay in a bad mood after listening; it just reeks of positivity and 70s silliness.