This week on the Talkhouse Weekend Playlist, Stewart Bronaugh of Lionlimb takes us on a walk down memory lane with powerful stuff from John Prine, pure magic from Cass McCombs and more. You can check out Lionlimb’s full-length debut, Shoo, here via Bayonet Records.
Leonard Cohen — “Famous Blue Raincoat”
I lived in San Fransisco briefly in 2012 and was pretty much exclusively listening to Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate. I would get up at 6 a.m. every day and take the train to my job moving furniture. It was certainly a romantic and transitional phase that was exaggerated by these songs.
Bill Evans — “Peace Piece”
So delicate but so heavy at the same time. Definitely a fave.
John Prine — “Lake Marie”
There’s so much life in this song, thinking about it makes me want to cry. The first time I heard it we were on tour driving from Madrid to San Sebastián. Powerful stuff.
Miles Davis — “Black Satin”
I love how chaotic this record is. I was in New York City when I first got into it and walked from my friend’s place in Manhattan to Bed-Stuy listening to it. It was one hundred degrees outside — the perfect atmosphere for some sweaty, paranoid Miles. Turn it up
Nirvana — “Pennyroyal Tea”
In Utero was the first tape I ever got. I was in fourth grade. My musical tastes started out really strong. I was obsessed with Nirvana, Michael Jackson and Destiny’s Child. Then my musical taste got really bad. And now it’s OK again. Nothing beats your first cassette, though.
Thursday — “Cross Out the Eyes”
Here’s where I went wrong, but I still love it.
Mellow — “Shinda Shima”
Growing up, the only way I had to find music was from skateboarding videos. Heath Kirchart is my favorite skater of all time. On top of that, he always had the best music in his parts. This one is from his classic part in This Is Skateboarding. I always love how he pairs tranquil music with the gnarliest shit.
Cass McCombs — “You Saved My Life”
Pure magic. And the production is perfect.
Angel Olsen — “Creator, Destroyer”
I first heard this song in 2011 in Chicago. My friend Dave was working at a cafe with Angel at the time and he played it for me. I was totally blown away. There’s something new that jumps out at me every time I hear it.
Lambchop — “Up With People”
I’ll close it out with a hometown fave and a hugely underrated band. Live and on record, they are some of my favorite musicians ever — on top of that Kurt’s songwriting is a massive influence for me. They all have killer side projects, too.