- Jacki Vitetta
“Wish I’d written that” song: Cave In’s “Programmed Behind.” It’s intense, passionate. It has melody and discord. It’s like a screamo version of Metallica’s “Ride the Lightning,” but way cooler. The singing is off-key, and the recording is unpolished. I just wish I had been hanging outside of the classroom the day Stephen Brodsky was asking people to start a band with him.
“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. Nobody would have heard this song had it not been for some makeup commercial, and the lyrics are terrible: “Feel the rain on your skin, no one else can feel it for you” — of course they can’t, It’s YOUR FUCKING SKIN!
Essential Sunday morning song: Lately, it’s gotta be Feist’s “Baby Be Simple.” It’s very mellow and unobtrusive. I used to kick off my Sunday mornings with frantic screaming and blast beats, but now I’m a father of two; that’s how my entire day is going to sound, so why start it that way?
Artist more people should know about: Blind, The Thief. Every time I see those guys I think to myself “holy shit, they live here?” I’ve always liked math rock, and I think they’re nailing it. They have this cool sort of groove that I think is often forgotten in that genre, so although you get interesting time signatures and guitar work, heads will still bob.
Guilty pleasure: Crash Test Dummies’ God Shuffled His Feet. I’m so ashamed of this one, I won’t listen to it unless I’m alone. I do think it’s a great album though. It’s a really crisp recording and the songs are thoughtfully dorky. It has great melodies and makes you feel like you’re either jumping in a caravan to hit the Renaissance festival, or donning your off-sage corduroy vest to hang at the local coffee shop where you’ll hopefully strike up a conversation with a girl who looks remarkably like Blossom about art history class during your freshman year at college.