Talkhouse Playlist: Stay Hydrated with Sam Evian

Music for riding tidal waves or endlessly re-watching Casablanca.

Sam Evian is a one-stop-shop kind of musician, recently writing, recording and producing his debut record for Saddle Creek, Premium. To celebrate the 9/30 release, Sam and his bassist Brian Betancourt put together a playlist around the theme of hydration. So sit back, let this refreshing playlist wash over you, and make sure to check out Sam Evian on tour with Whitney and Teenage Fanclub!
–Dave Lucas, Marketing Manager

Beach Boys — “Surf’s Up”
Surfs up, aboard a tidal wave, come about hard and join the young and often spring you gave. One of the best from The Beach Boys and a nice way to start hydrating.

Cibo Matte — “Sugar Water”
I found this CD on the side of the street when I was living in LA. I spent those days flipping through the used CD racks at amoeba and tirelessly re-watching Casablanca.
Claude rains: ‘And what in heavens name brought you to Casablanca?’
Bogart: ‘My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.’
Rains: ‘The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.’
Bogart: ‘I was misinformed.’

Antonio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina — “Aguas De Marco”
I recently saw Serpentwithfeet play this song in a church in Williamsburg. The whole performance gave me chills.

Here We Go Magic — “Over the Ocean”
This one always kills me.

Simon & Garfunkel — “The Only Living Boy in New York”
From Bridge over Troubled Water. Its fall in NYC which means I will walk around Central Park listening to Simon & Garfunkel until I cry a little.

Scott Walker — “It’s Raining Today”
“A deeply disturbing piece of music…. jilted and at odds with itself” – YouTube commenter, kuriousorange22.

The Frogs — “Golden Showers”
Probably one of the top 10 prettiest songs on the subject. I once played this on WFMU and had to vouch that it was cuss-free. They wouldn’t believe me. RIP Dennis.

Relatively Clean Rivers — “Last Flight to Eden”
I was at the apartment of a serious collector friend and asked him to play me the most valuable record he currently owned and he pulled out this super rare (though recently reissued) private press, featuring a mind-bending tape warble that I assume was not intentional (though it often is these days)

Spaceman3 — “So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears)”
This one is pretty heavy so I’ll let it speak for itself.

Captain Beefheart — “My Head is My Only House Unless it Rains”
The Captain at his most tender. It’s amazing that someone with such a unique gift for deconstruction and playfulness can also break your heart into a million pieces.