There’s a lot of things I love about the simple concept of inviting artists that I admire to make personal mixes for my readers. First off, I’m supremely curious to know what some of my favorite artists are jamming to (who wouldn’t want to know?) and secondly, it exposes artists in a new context – they become regular people – real music fans that like sharing the music they love just as much as we do. I truly believe in all of the artists in this group and The Lumineers are no exception.
The minute I heard “Ho Hey” I knew it was something more than a catchy tune. It was the same feeling that I got when I heard Spirit Family Reunion for the first time. There’s something inviting about their sound – like they want you to participate and lend them your own ‘hos’ and ‘heys’ and foot stomps and such. And they’re still something of a secret often being referred to as “upcoming” or “hypeworthy”, with a debut LP on it’s way in early April – they’ve yet to be ruined by indie music! Although I doubt that’s their direction. I’m really excited to watch this band grow, I don’t think I can ever get enough of that rootsy folk sound. Read their thoughtful descriptions below and imagine yourself jamming to Queen right along with them.
The Lumineers’ Mixtape:
10 songs that can make touring in a soccer-mom-minivan feel like you’re riding in a Delorean.
We’re about to head off on tour, our 1st EVER – DEBUT CD-Release International Tour (Canada!), and we have been traveling up to this point in a Silver Ford Windstar with the vanity plate “LUMINRS”… although humorous, these plates may have also led to us getting robbed of most of our instruments in LA a few months back. so the joke was
on us. haha (tear drop).
But, despite being cramped in a minivan with all our gear for most of the past year, there were songs that made us forget we were traveling in a beat up minivan, and tricked us into believing, momentarily, that
we were riding in style… at 88mph with michael j. fox, the flux capacitor, and einstein (the dog) all packed inside.
1. Take off your sunglasses – ezra furman and the harpoons
a friend of ours played this for us on our last tour, repeatedly, and
it grew on me like a fungus. a very very very attractive fungus. and
now i’m hooked and can’t get enough – check out the daytrotter – it’s
violent femmes meets bob dylan.
2. the whitest boy alive – burning
this album is one of best produced albums for it’s simplicity and
bare-bones arrangements – the songs are simply Bad-Ass, and unlike a
lot of other bands, these songs are not apologizing for being stripped
down – like a beautiful woman without makeup on. wow.
3. brmc (black rebel motorcycle club) – shuffle your feet
it’s hard not to feel good about yourself with this track blasting and
an arm out the window rolling through a small town, like you know
something everyone else in this one-horse town does not.
4. bruce hornsby – changes made
one of the most dynamic and well produced pop songs ever. blast it
and enjoy the ride.
5. tv on the radio – staring at the sun
this one feels like the a kettle boiling quietly at first and then
boiling over. the tension builds and then the sweet release.
6. black keys – long gone
from the beginning of the song, the tone is set when Dan Auerbach says
“Yea ?”, seeing if the listener is ready for his swagger… the chorus
riff is sick.
7. kid cudi – wake and bake
i used to mop floors in the morning, hungover, and one of the cooks
would blast this whole album, but this was the one that always got me.
i was an inspired mopper with this song on, and when i was through
with the floors, you could see your reflection in em.
8. gorillaz – welcome to world of the plastic beach
everytime we would play this song on the road, jer would recognize it
by the first note of the synth horns, less than a half a second into
the song. snoop. sick. anything he says could sound cool, and does.
9. kings of leon – trani
i heard bob dylan asked the kings what this song was about at an
awards show – the article deflty pointed out that dylan had once been
asked that same question, and his response was, “some of my songs are
about 4 minutes, some 5, one of em is about 12mins”. the lyrics are
incredible, and the guitar solo… such a payoff.
10. queen – don’t stop me now
put this song on and try not to feel good. absurdly good.
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