Larry Gus (Panagiotis Melidis) is set to play a Halloween show at Palisades AND a very sold out gig with YACHT at Rough Trade next week (and if you’re in DC, you can catch LG with YACHT at U Street Music Hall on Saturday November 7th); as a result of all his upcoming show dates, we’ve got a good old fashioned LISTENING PARTY in which Larry Gus gives six songs that inspired I Need New Eyes (which is out NOW on DFA, and which you should def-o download IMMEDIATELY), so give all of those tunes a listen, grab tickets to the show(s), and also be sure to follow Larry Gus on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. HERE WE GO:
Scott Walker – The Seventh Seal
I bought Scott 4 around 17 years ago, after Scott 4 the band. I can’t decide between Scott 3 and Scott 4 or Tilt, but, yeah, I definitely want more Scott Walker movie song recaps in the vein of Seventh Seal. Ideally, a YouTube channel of him recapping TV episodes every week.
Joe Crow – Compulsion
When I first moved to Milan, Giuseppe Ielasi played in his car this early Cherry Red single to me on our way to Bologna, and that is almost 4 years ago. It’s such a simple song and everything works perfectly in it.
David Bowie – Blackout
Well mostly for the lyric, “I’m under Japanese influence and my honour’s at stake”, but in general, I got really locked onto Station to Station and Heroes while working on INNE, and https://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/ really really helped following all different threads around those albums.
Caetano Veloso – Gente (from Bicho)
Him and Jorge Ben are two constant sources of inspiration, and in fact I really want to make an album at some point that would sound like a combination of Big Star’s Radio City and Jorge Ben’s Africa Brazil, but here, that Caetano song helped me change a lot my approach with regard to basslines, drums and the timing of chords when writing songs.
Blonde Redhead – Pink Love
Well, that’s almost self-explanatory, but what is there not to love here? Cascading arpeggios? Almost non-sensical lyrics? Misery is a butterfly and melody of certain damaged lemons are my favourites, and maybe it has to do with the fact that Guy Piccioto produced those.
Missa Luba – Kyrie
Vocals and percussion, percussion and vocals.