I spent the week traveling with (and without) friends to NYC and Toronto. This resulted in a lot of time on trains and a lot of exhaustion, but it ended with a mix that knitted itself together effortlessly. Looking out the window will do that for you.
- Patti Smith Group – Easter
- Bell X1 – Sugar High
I clearly have a weakness for songs that rhyme New York City with pretty.
- Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Death And Rats
Buses and traffic lights and tourists with subway maps and you and those blinding lights.
It should be noted here that I saw two rats in Toronto and zero in NYC, where I spent twice as much time and did a whole lot more moving around.
- The Strokes – Juicebox
Why won’t you come over here? We’ve got a city to love.
- Big Audio Dynamite – I Turned Out A Punk
I think I’ve had this in my head since watching the Coachella live stream. This goes out to the guy I saw earlier this week on St Marks Place yelling into a cell phone about how he didn’t care too much about anything anymore.
- Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm
It takes more than fucking someone you don’t know to keep warm.
Frightened Rabbit is my new favorite band ever. This helped push me over the edge, though I was super close before that. I’m hoping I’ll get to see them sometime soon in a way that doesn’t involve Death Cab For Cutie or the word ‘amphitheatre’.
- Elvis Costello & The Attractions – New Amsterdam
- David Bowie – Move On
- Frank Turner – The Road
My sole purpose in taking a 16 hour trip to Toronto (plus 10 hours of travel time) was to see Frank Turner. It was totally worth it.
- Bright Eyes – Ladder Song
I know now, how it’s gonna turn out
You’ve got to calm down or I’ll lose my place
Got to get to the center, got to get to the concert
Run off with a dancer, gonna celebrate