- David Atkinson
Essential Saturday night listening: I take the Potato Potato fry factory to Storybook Brewing on Saturday nights. I’m all over the map with music, but Follow the Leader by Eric B & Rakim, Elvis Costello (with The Attractions, naturally) and Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? by The Unicorns all get heavy rotation these days. I feel bad for Storybook’s patrons having to listen to me butcher Rakim’s lyrics.
Essential Sunday morning listening: Jeff Buckley’s magnificent and tragic debut album Grace is always welcome on the stereo. For the last couple of years, my wife and I have enjoyed the more intimate solo albums from Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff (The Night Sweats are good, too). Right now, it’s Frazey Ford’s Indian Ocean. She’s a total badass.
“Wish I’d written these” songs: “Bath” by Harry Nilsson, John Lennon’s favorite songwriter, is short, sweet and shows Nilsson in top form as a vocalist. Big Star’s “The Ballad of El Goodo” propelled the seminal power pop outfit’s 1972 debut album to greatness. Also Bob Mould, who took up the power pop mantle for a while in Sugar; their debut album’s track “The Act We Act” just opens wide when it arrives at the chorus.
Artists more people should know about: If you like the heavy proto-metal of Black Sabbath, Britain’s Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are a lesser-known group that exploit fuzz-tone and a sinister aesthetic to menacing effect. Bandleaders Jay and Mark Duplass are now big-time famous, creating television and film projects at a dizzying pace. I also want to plug Mark’s band Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! from the early 2000s, and to publicly beg that they reunite.