5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening to is a collection of our newest favorite songs. And Every week we ask an artist that we love to tell us about the music they love.
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1. Superorganism picks “(Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t A Problem)” by Car Seat Headrest
For the first song of the week, we always ask one of our favorite artists to tell us about one of their favorite songs.
Today we are talking to Orono Noguchi, lead singer of Superorganism. A group comprising of people from all around the world, including Japan, England, and New Zealand. Last year they released the song “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” On March 2nd, they are releasing their self-titled debut album.
Justin Barney: What is one song right now that you can’t stop listening to?
Orono Noguchi: I have not been able to stop listening to… it has a really long title like “Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Doing Drugs,” or something, by Car Seat Headrest.
Justin Barney: Yeah!
Orono Noguchi: Hell yeah! It’s so good. I saw him a couple of months ago in London for the first time and, to be honest, I haven’t really listened to him before I went to the show.
Justin Barney: Sure.
Orono Noguchi: The most memorable song of the show was that song because it’s so catchy. For some reason, I’ve been listening to that song a lot lately again. I have it on repeat, honestly.
Justin Barney: Right on. I did the same thing when that record came out.
Orono Noguchi: It’s so good!
Justin Barney: It is so good, seriously! It makes sense for me, in my mind, you would be listening to that song. I think you have a vocal delivery that is in similar realms, you know?
Orono Noguchi: Yeah, kind of like that lazy 90’s kind of thing. People would ask me about my vocal style and people compare it to that girl, Kimya Dawson, and stuff like that. But I more as I’m ripping off what Stephen Malkmus sings like. When we were working on the album I was listening to a lot of “Pavement”. I was just like “I’m going to sing like Stephen Malkmus. It doesn’t really sound like Steven Malkmus but that’s what I think in my head.
- This song was released on Car Seat Headrest’s 2016 album, “Teens of Denial.”
- Listen if you like: Pavement, Silver Jews, Stephen Malkmus
- CHECK OUT THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
2. Caleb Giles – “Wondering” with SOTC
Giles is rapper, but he’s also the saxophone player in a New York City jazz collective and it shows in this song. There’s audible pops and hisses that make it sound like he just pulled a dusty jazz record off the shelf and we caught him in a moment where he is singing to himself as it plays in the background.
- Giles new album, “There Will Be Rain” is now available on Bandcamp
- Listen if you like: rappers with real lazy deliveries, milo, Rhythmn Lab
3.BORNS picks “Boredom” by Tyler, The Creator
Today we are talking to Garrett Borns, better known as BORNS, from Grand Haven, Michigan. This is his third time on 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To. BORNS has been playing on 88.9 since his first single, “10,000 Emerald Pools.” His new album from 2018 is “Blue Madonna,” including the track “God Save Our Young Blood.”
Justin Barney: Garrett, what’s one song you can’t stop listening to?
BORNS: Can’t stop listening to “Boredom” by Tyler, The Creator.
Justin Barney: Why?
BORNS: Well, everyone can relate to boredom, but it’s just the irony of the song is that it’s an extremely catchy song that makes you want to move about. So, it’s not a very boring song.
- “Boredom” was released last year on Tyler, The Creator’s album, “Flower Boy”
- Listen if you like: Odd Future, laid back hip-hop, Frank Ocean
4. Cody Gaisser – “Wish There Was A Way”
Every year, we have this event called Sound Bites at the Iron Horse Hotel. Restaurants all around town are paired up with DJs from here at 88.9. They pair a dish with a song. There is also an auction, which Bridget Flynn won and is our guest today for our 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To segment.
Justin Barney: Bridget, what is one song that you can’t stop listening to?
Bridget Flynn: I had to find something that, 1, I didn’t think you would know, 2 would…
Justin Barney: Not a prerequisite, but okay.
Bridget Flynn: I wanted it to be sort of a sad song, so my pick is Cody Gaisser, “Wish There Was A Way.”
Justin Barney: Okay, so I don’t know it. Good. We’re on the right track. Tell me more about it.
Bridget Flynn: So I met Cody probably 15 years ago, and he’s a singer/songwriter out of Florence, Alabama. It’s fun, but it’s a little sad.
Justin Barney: Do you remember hearing it for the first time?
Bridget Flynn: I do. He used to come in and do open-mic nights at the place I worked. The first time I met him, he was just this little 16 year-old guy. He pulled out a guitar and no one really thought anything of it, and he opened his mouth and I was like “Oh my God! My life is changed.” He’s got this crazy voice that I just love.
- “Wish There Was A Way” was released in 2002 on Gaisser’s “Good As Velvet” EP.
- Listen if you like: Kyle Craft, Van Morrison, gritty vocals and guitar
- Get tickets to Sound Bites here.
5. Sex Park – “Dignity”
Despite the bands unfortunate band name, Sex Park makes some pretty good music. The genre, surely up for debate, I’m gonna say is post-punk. Punctuated by dark synthesizers, a pedal heavy guitar that never really stops, and a vocal that sounds like it was recorded from the other side of the room that fits just under everything in the mix. Post-punk, kind of started by bands like Wire and perfected by Joy Division, continues here in 2018 with multitudes of subgenres that each give the genre something different.
“Dignity’s” synths are thick, and the drums are propulsive. Like the best in it’s genre, it gets your head to turn off everything that’s around you and live in the song.
- Sex Park’s new album, “Atrium” is available now on bandcamp.
- Listen if you like: Joy Division, shoegaze, post-punk