Guest Collector: I'm From Barcelona
Wed, 15 Oct 2008 12:54:47
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With over 20+ members stuffing its ranks, I'm From Barcelona is a veritable melting pot of musical tastes. Helmed by chief songster Emanual Lundgren, the band of Swedish troubadours offered one of 2006's most elating sleeper hits with their debut, Let Me Introduce My Friends.
After this quirkily endearing introduction, the crew are paying us another visit with their sophomore outing, Who Killed Harry Houdini?. The album finds the group venturing into uncharted sonic territory and expanding the eclectic palette that has made them so captivating. On the eve of the album's release, we caught up with eight members of the mammoth collective to get a cross-sample of the influences that have come together to pose the imperative question, Who Killed Harry Houdini?
Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years
I once realized that I know almost every lyric on this album, and I didn't even know that I liked it so much. It kind of sneaked up on me. This record taught me that a saxophone solo can be cool.
Prince - Dirty Mind
One of my absolute heroes. This is the ultimate party record, with songs like "Dirty Mind" and "Uptown". And when you hear "Sister," you know that Prince really HAS a dirty mind.
Tom Waits - Closing time
I know that it's cooler to like the later stuff of Waits, but I'm not that mature. This is the soundtrack of me and my headphones returning home late, late nights.
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Of course what is my favorite album varies over time. There are a few that I always return to though, one of which is Loveless with My Bloody Valentine. It is totally unique both in composition and sound. The massive and yet delicate wall of sound penetrates my soul with both joy and sadness, both light and gloom. I couldn't mention a single favorite song from the album though, it has to be enjoyed in its entirety.
Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis Have no mercy Duffy, this is the real deal.
Dusty sings her heart out and takes yours with her.
I found Dusty about ten years ago, and since then, she has helped me through many tears and laughter. After reading the biography Dancing with Demons, I couldn't listen to her for a couple of months because it made me so sad. But I missed her too much and soon again she gave me just a little lovin.
Depeche Mode - Violator
Although being tempted to select something more contemporary like Glasvegas or the amazing Swedish electropop act Nicolas Makelberge, I realized that I can't select any other album than Depeche Mode's "Violator" if I want to be completely honest. Cause it's still pure magic and really the reasonwhy I got interested in music in the first place.
Brad Paisley - Who Needs Pictures
I could have picked any of his five albums, but this is where it all started.
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Why is it my favorite? Because when I hear it, my feet are going wild, they're dancing across the room. If I could be something or someone from that album I would like to be the eggman. Coo-coo-ca-choo
Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
Best voice. Best beard.
Lou Reed - Berlin
He's the best songwriter in the world. And this album has one of the best drum fills ever.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff