This Friday, Brooklyn post-punk band Kissing is a Crime releases their self-titled, debut album. Matt Molnar, band founder and who also played in Soft Black and Friends, shares with us today an eclectic playlist in celebration of the album release. Be sure to check out the new record, out this Friday on Don Giovanni Records, and enjoy the playlist!
-Keenan Kush, Talkhouse Marketing Manager
Jerry Jeff Walker – “Mr Bojangles”
I used to hear the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cover of this all the time as child in my mom’s car. Hearing the original was a life altering discovery. The story of the song still fascinates me. I often listen to it while doing the dishes every week.
Bobbie Gentry – “Papa Won’t You Let Me Go To Town With You”
No music transports me to another place like Bobbie Gentry. She really made a whole universe out of her childhood in Chickasaw County Mississippi. Often, when I can’t get out of town I put on her songs, and they make me feel like I’m anywhere I want to be.
Sharon Van Etten – “One Day”
The line “You Don’t See Me Now, I Don’t See You Back” pulls something in my heart that no other song lyric ever has. I’ve listened to this song on repeat more times than any other song.
Empress of – “Hat Trick”
If only more songs could be this perfect. It feels like beauty and sadness and summertime. Due to global warming, spring time is coming early in Brooklyn. I’m biking to a tree covered park in Queens and this is what I’m going to listen to.
Caged Animals – “A Psychic Lasso”
Vin, Caged Animals mastermind, is one of my best friends, and he’s incredible at creating characters to inhabit his songs. “A Psychic Lasso” is stands among his best. This one has a beautiful mood. A synth-pop gem.
Warehouse – “Reservoir”
My favorite song of last summer. Whatever the song did to me the first time I heard it, it’s still doing to me now. The imagery of the lyrics and the crescendos of vocals from states of intimacy to intensity make the song a thrilling journey.
Parquet Courts – “Borrowed Time”
It sounds like a long lost SST Records band from sometime around 1984, but it’s something even more than that. “Light Up Gold” is a masterpiece album, seeing them live in a Brooklyn Deli when this record came out was a kick of fire in the face. I’m still feeling the burn four years later.
Navy Gangs – “Mondays”
This is exactly the kind of music and song I love. “sometimes you win, sometimes you lose”. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The Fleetwoods – “Come Softly To Me”
This makes me long for car rides in the quiet parts of New Jersey. Sounds best on an AM car radio as sunlight is fading.
Vampire Weekend – “Step”
A song defending the songs and music one loves. It encompasses elements of so many genres so effortlessly. This song feels like autumn and spring simultaneously.
Kelela – “Rewind”
Every time I hear this song it makes me happy. It feels seamlessly classic and like a visitor from the future.