The Dodos‘ fifth full-length album, Carrier, is out today! To mark the occasion, percussionist Logan Kroeber (above, on the right) compiled a little playlist of music for us (and you, by extension), and we compiled it into a mixtape, and now you should listen to it. Be careful not to burn yourself because this thing is hotter than a snake’s ass.
Logan: It’s a pretty loose theme, but I’m going with: “From Day To Night”. Put this on before the sun goes down and you should have yourself a nice evening.
1. The Mantles – “Look Away”
Easing into things. The sound of the guitar in the beginning is the sonic embodiment of getting your lazy ass off the couch and into the kitchen. I couldn’t get this song out of my head when I first heard it and it still periodically plays on the jukebox in my head.
2. Gary Stewart – “In Some Room Above The Street”
Since The Mantles decided to pick up the pace at the end there, we’d better keep this party going. Just listen to those guitars. The first time I heard this song I had to sit right down and learn those guitar leads or I was gonna go crazy. I can’t believe I had never heard Gary’s music until 2012.
3. Sonny and the Sunsets – “Dark Corners”
Sonny has tried his hand at country before so I think he’d appreciate being butted up against Gary. Makes sense to me at least. There’s something about the sound of the synthesizer on this track that always keeps me coming back for more. “I can’t wait to find my little place in your weird world.”
4. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Reminiscences”
Speaking of great synth sounds, here’s this track. I wish Ariel would make a whole record that sounds like this and get Dam-Funk to produce it.
5. Myron & E - “Turn Back”
These guys are pretty new to me. They’re playing in Oakland before we leave for tour and if they sound as good live as they do on record I think that’ll be a good send off. Nice Delfonics-style haunting strings in the background.
6. Aaron Neville - “She Took You For A Ride”
Heard this for the first time recently (thanks Josh) and it’s so nice to find a new favorite from an artist I thought I’d heard the best from already. The Nevilles need to write a combined memoir in the style of Motley Crue’s The Dirt. Their musical history is heavy.
7. Shuggie Otis - “Aht Uh Mi Hed”
I love hearing the live percussion play against the drum machine. And the eagle sample? Shuggie smacking his lips between phrases. Everything has this relaxed feeling that is the perfect counter balance to the insistent drum machine.
8. Charles Mingus - Montage
Hard left into jazz territory, but the meandering yet assured quality of the melody fits in with the last track.
9. Sandy Bull - Memphis, Tennessee
More meandering than assured, this extended track still manages to overflow with charm. Sandy liked to dabble with opiates and as much as I’m sure that ruined his life, I like to imagine this song is what it sounds like to be in the full swing of a carefree opiate daze.
10. John Fahey - “How Long”
My dad gave me this record. Eternally grateful for that. Rewired my brain for the better. Through appreciating Fahey I was able to get into Meric’s fingerpicking. So who knows where I’d be if I had never heard this song?
Anyways, by this point your evening should be off to a good start I hope. It’s up to you from here. Thanks for listening.