This week’s Midweek Mixtape is the creation of legendary Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn!
Below, enjoy Wynn’s ‘10 THINGS I’M DIGGING: TODAY, THIS HOUR, RIGHT NOW!
'Los Angeles,' Phosphorescent
This song has been a mainstay of my listening pleasure and inspiration for the last couple of years. I just keep going back to it. It’s like easy, syrupy medicine. Goes down easy and leaves you feeling better and slightly drugged.
'Rated X,' Miles Davis
Sometimes you gotta splurge, sometimes you gotta let go and click that dreaded Amazon button. I have been putting off buying the Miles Davis “On The Corner” box set for a while now—I already had much of the contents on other CDs and collections. And then I saw it was out of print. Holy shit. I had to act fast. I’m glad I have it now. This is some disturbed, joyous, confrontational stuff.
'Avant Gardener,' Courtney Barnett
In the footsteps of Joni Mitchell, in the footsteps of Liz Phair, in nobody’s footsteps but her own. Transparent, poetic and catchy.
'Under the Pressure,' The War On Drugs
There’s no shortage of press and hype on this one right now. And all deserved. But I don’t understand why most of the ink (okay, no ink these days but you know what I mean) talks about Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Huh? This is like the lost track from “Avalon” by Roxy Music with Mike Scott guesting on vocals. And is there anything wrong with that? Most certainly not.
'Highway 61 Revisited,' Bob Dylan
I was at a family dinner last night. The conversation turned to Abraham, Isaac and the man upstairs. I realized that my knowledge of said event comes largely from the first verse of this song which I recited word for word as the main course was served. You can learn the bible in church, you can learn the bible from Dylan. It’s all good.
'Foot of Pride,' Lou Reed
Speaking of Bob Dylan. I’ve been covering a lot of Lou Reed songs lately (look for it on our upcoming tour). Just seems like the right thing to do right now. Guess what? He was pretty damn good. But sometimes I think that his best of many great vocal performances was on this cover of an obscure Bob Dylan song that he recorded at a Madison Square Garden tribute show. And he’s reading off a teleprompter. Who knows? Maybe that’s the key to a great vocal.
'Staying Alive,' Bruce Springsteen
….speaking of covers. Pretty damn great version of a pretty damn great song.
'Heart of the City,' The Strypes
I know, I know. What would Public Enemy say? Don’t believe the hype? Well, okay. They push all the right buttons but at least these kids know where to find the buttons. And if you want to rip off Wilko Johnson’s guitar stylings, that’s all right with me, not to mention being hip enough to throw a Rockpile cover into the mix.
'Driver,' Perfect Pussy
Sounds like so many of my favorite records (Husker Du, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine)—but here’s the twist. It sounds like all of them being played at the same time.
'Happy,' Pharrell Williams
Hey, it’s been played to death. Hey, you’re sick of it. Sure. But it might be the best overplayed song in the last decade. And for my book, Pharrell, has turned out the best 3 pop singles of the last year. So, play on, play on.
**The Dream Syndicate return to Europe next week for a string of dates in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, and Spain. Visit the band’s Belmont Bookings artist page here for a full list of dates & more details.**