Erin Lucas' Gotta Hear It Playlist [Video]
July 25, 2011
By: ERIN LUCAS
I have serious ADD when it comes to music. I hear a song I like, maybe an entire album once in a blue moon, and I play it over and over and over again ... until I am beyond sick of it. I can't remember why or how I started this terribly annoying habit, BUT throughout the years I have acquired quite an awesome music collection.
My caterpillar-sized attention span has also proven to compose some pretty random playlists. That said, here are eight of my favorite songs this week. Some old, some new, all epic. Hope you enjoy!
Givers, "Up Up Up"
This Louisiana based band is about to blow up! They just released their debut album, In Light, in June of 2011. "Up Up Up" has been on repeat in my house ever since. In March, they were named one of TIME magazine's "Ten Acts That Rocked South by Southwest", and on June 14 they performed "Up Up Up" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." These guys are definitely going places. Listening to this song first thing in the morning is the best way to start your day!
Washed Out, "Amor Fati"
In mid-2009, Ernest Greene's debut EP, Life of Leisure, was released by Mexican Summer, a Brooklyn based label representing bands like Best Coast and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. In early 2011, Greene signed on with Sub Pop. He just released his first full-length as Washed Out, Within and Without, in July. I love the drowsy, distorted, dance pop feel of his songs.
Dirty Gold, "California Sunrise"
Believe it or not, these three are still in high school! Hailing from San Diego, brothers Lincoln and John Ballif, and their friend, Grant Nassif, wrote and recorded their five-song EP, Roar, in February. Playing in their school's jazz band and leisure jam sessions eventually led to the formation of Dirty Gold. Their self-proclaimed subgenre, "Beachwave", is the perfect tropical combination of Afro-beats and dreamy guitar lines. This song makes me want to roll around on the beach and make sand-angels. Having already been featured in Interview magazine and Teen Vogue, it's hard to believe they only have 170 myspace friends! Show 'em some love, people!
Terry Reid, "Dean"
My dad turned me on to Terry Reid as a young girl. I love his music so much. This song was recorded in 1973 and still stands the test of time, the truest test of a great album. He would have been much more popular had he accepted the position as lead singer for the New Yardbirds in 1968. Instead, it went to Robert Plant, and they went on to become Led Zeppelin. He had some promising gigs but his career never took off as he had hoped. Nevertheless, he is one of my all-time favorites!
Class Actress, "Keep You"
Philadelphia native Elizabeth Harper spent many years as a coffeehouse singer/songwriter before she began focusing on electronic music in 2009. After hearing one of her songs remixed by producer Mark Richardson, she decided to relocate to Brooklyn and fused her pop songs with Richardson's sampled drumbeats and synthesized instruments. He eventually joined the project, and in 2010 Class Actress made their studio debut with Journal of Ardency - a repeat offender in my house for many, many months. "Keep You" is the first single off of their sophomore album, Rapproacher, coming out this October. It can't come soon enough!
Unkle, "With You In My Head"
Unkle is by far another all-time favorite. School friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy founded the group in 1994. Lavelle, founder of Mo' Wax Record Label, launched the mid-'90s breakbeat revival, eventually termed trip-hop. I had the pleasure of meeting the band at a recent concert in Los Angeles, and it was all I could do not to shit myself. I am such a fan. To boot, they couldn't have been cooler. This song, featured on the 'Twilight: Eclipse' soundtrack, has been on repeat - and a year later, I'm still not sick of it. Not even a little bit.
Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend"
Robyn makes my booty groove, full stop. This song goes out to all my Gays! I so admire her steel balls. This girl has had a hard ride, but despite repeated problems with labels that halted her career's momentum, Robyn has proven herself a true international pop star. In early 2005, she decided to leave Jive Records to start her own label, Konichiwa Records. The label's aim was to artistically liberate Robyn, and to that I say - Hell Yes! She toured with Katy Perry this summer and both shows were so so much fun.
Home, "The Sun's Revenge"
This was my dad's old band! He used to rock sequin bell bottoms, platform boots and long crazy hair. I think it's absolutely hysterical! They were such hippies! All jokes aside though, I really do love this entire album. This genre of music is definitely making a huge comeback.