Talkhouse Playlist: Gabriel Rodriguez (Hideout) on Fuzz, Synths and Coffin Lids

Find out which song Gabriel Rodriguez listens to when he's feeling trapped in the subway.

Today’s playlist comes from Gabriel Rodriguez of the New York City based alt-pop group, Hideout. Hideout is a collaboration between Gabriel Rodriguez (Cults) and Cory Stier (Mrs. Magician). Their sophomore album, So Many Hoops/So Little Time, was released last month on Small Plates. The making of that record helped Rodriguez cope with the passing of his brother. 
-Keenan Kush, Talkhouse Marketing Manager

Elyse – “Houses”
One of those songs I can’t help but sing along to when it comes on. Love how the timing shifts, and the vocals are perfection. It also has Neil Young fuzzing out over the acoustics.

Neil Young – “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”
From Elyse directly to Neil. The fuzz guitar on this song is the archetype every time I’m recording. It sounds like it’s exploding out of the amp. I know he’s obviously known for this, but it’s a constant challenge trying to emulate it.

Sibylle Baier – “Tonight”
Great track to listen to alone. Actually the whole record is. When you’re lonely it’s like spending time with an old friend.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Where the Wild Roses Grow”
This track was important to me because of the vocals. Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue singing in unison on the chorus (“They call me the wild rose”) inspired a lot of vocals while I was recording.

Kate Bush – “Running up that Hill (A Deal with God)”
One of my favorite Kate Bush tracks. I love the way the drums almost sound like they’re in a delay loop. It got me experimenting with putting long delays on the drums. The opening line also always gets me: “It doesn’t hurt me/Do you wanna feel how it feels?”

Fleetwood Mac – “That’s All for Everyone”
This track always feels like it’s swaying in the wind. Never really goes anywhere and I like that, it doesn’t ever need too. Just back ‘n forth, back ‘n forth. It’s a song I listen to when I’m feeling trapped in the subway.

Wire – “Men 2nd”
I love the way the bass and guitar play together; it brings on a feeling of anxiety. Each instrument is pushing the other further along. The intro guitar also always struck a chord with me. I record mainly at home without an amp. The opening guitar sounds like it was plugged in without an amp. That inspires confidence, ha.

Harmonia – “Watussi”
All the synths sound like they’re bouncing off the wall. I don’t use a lot of synths for Hideout, but for this record I really wanted them all to bounce like this. Like they’re tethered to the song but trying to escape, looking for an open window.

Women – “Locust Valley”
One of my favorite bands, and this song particularly always hits. I love the guitar picking and the subtle repetition of the vocal when he says “unkind.”

Timber Timbre – “Bad Ritual”
The lyrics, the sparse piano and the haunting backing vocals are perfection. Right before the vocals come in there is an amazing sound, almost like a squeaky metal door being slammed… or a coffin being closed in a warehouse.