Defining Five is a series at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, where, each month, four people/groups from the Louisville music community pick five songs that have moved, inspired or impacted them and then play them during a DJ set. After each event, LEO Weekly will publish an interview with all four people/groups to get some context as to why each song was selected. ( Stay tuned to Haymarkets Facebook page for updates.)
Mark Kramer (musician, Tender Mercy)What Am I supposed To Do by A Flock of Seagulls from the album Listen It was a song that really introduced me to deep cuts that bands didnt have just one-hit wonders, they had actual albums, with songs other than the hit.
By Design by Rites of Spring from the album Rites of Spring I just really dig that song. I really dig this whole album. I just picked this song because it was one of my favorites off of there.
The Evidence Lungfish from the album "Pass and Stow" I like it because its just vocals and guitar and they, generally, are a band. They rarely do that. They are one of my all-time favorite bands also.
Ice by Daniel Lanois from the album Acadie It was a song that got me into listening to ambient music.
How Great Thou Art by Elvis Presley from the album How Great Thou Art It introduced me to Elvis religious music, which I think is better than his secular music.
Mark Evans (Holy Carp Productions)Deviled Egg by Danielson Famile from the album Tell Another Joke at The Ol Choppin Block I picked that song because it was sort of the intro to weirdness. When I was really young, I wasnt allowed to listen to secular music and so I had to listen to the alternative Christian music and Danielson was there for me, and they were pretty crazy. So I could identify with them, when I was a young buck.
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans by The Smashing Pumpkins from the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Its was hard to pick a song off that album, because its probably my defining album, but that one really embodies the sound, the production, of the whole album. Its really beautiful, its epic and big.
Liberation by OutKast from the album Aquemini The song just speaks to me. The groove is really great, but, the lyrics: Its about having the choice to be who you want to be, and you cant worry about what other people think. Its about how liberating it is to be yourself and I think thats important.
The Stallion Pt. III by Ween from the album Pure Guava Its one of my favorite songs of all time. I like the lyric, I am the one who controls the sun. Other than that, I have no idea what that songs about. Its completely absurd. But, for some reason, it moves me in a way that no other song can.
Impossible Germany by Wilco from the album Sky Blue Sky To me, its just a perfect song. The opening guitar riff is really pretty and then it ends with a really huge guitar solo and Im a sucker for dual guitar solos and it has the two harmonizing and a third in the background just going crazy. Its a solid, big-sounding, beautiful song.
Bobby Schraffenberger (Kindred DJs)Minerva by Deftones from the album Deftones When I got into music originally, I was listening to terrible music, and Deftones was my gateway, I suppose, into music that is a lot more atmospheric, music that actually has meaning behind it, as opposed to the stuff that I had been listening to.
Small Change by Tom Waits from the album Small Change Tom Waits is my favorite singer-songwriter of all-time, especially during the 70s jazz period, every track he paints this vivid picture that you can see. Hes easily one of the best storytellers of all-time, and he chooses his words really carefully and I like how he remains an enigma hes always been an enigma, so you believe him. With Small Change its a murder and everybody is a witness and not just people the marquees, the mannequins, the gumball machines, his headstone. You get this image in your head every time he says a word and its beautiful.
My Ma by Girls from the album Father, Son, Holy Ghost Girls was a short phenomenon. They only had two albums, but what I love about them is that you can take even the heartbreaking lyrics away and you can still feel the message that they are trying to convey. You can feel everything about their music, from the way they make the guitar weep to the bass carrying the song to the haunting background gospel vocals. I challenge anybody, really, to listen to a Girls album and not be moved by it.
Archangel by Burial from the album Untrue Burial is how the Kindred DJs got their name. Hes got a song called Kindred. What I love about Burial is that hes one of the current artists that continues to progress everything that he does is brand new and completely different from the last thing that he did. That inspires me, along with Chris and Kindred DJs. We want to constantly grow. We dont just want to spin vinyl. We dont want to be sole entertainers. We want to grow. We want to see what this turns into.
Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem from the album LCD Soundsystem When I heard that for the first time, not only did I immediately take a liking to James Murphy, and the fact that he is a true underdog he was a 40-year-old man making dance music, which is unheard of it has the message that he is trying to get out: that he is losing his grip on the cool happenings, hes an aging hipster, unable to keep up anymore. But, what I took away from it, is it is a music history lesson in an entire song. I learned about so many artists and bands through one song that helped me grow and the fact that it can start out as this simple beat and turn into a gigantic, awesome dance song.
John King (Gallery Singers, Louisville is for Lovers)Palace Brothers I Am A Cinematographer from the album Days in the Wake At the end of the song Will Oldham says, If you were alone, you could walk away from Louisville. And as a young 19-year-old, I took that very seriously and went to California and realized my people were here and not there and ended up hitchhiking from Mexico to Canada just to get out of California. Should have realized at the time that I shouldnt take songs so personally. But it took a while to learn that lesson.
Just Be Simple by Songs: Ohia from the album Magnolia Electric Co. That song came after a very difficult breakup with someone and I was having a lot of emotional distress and, actually, someone, who I didnt know personally, who was a fan of Louisville is for Lovers, would send letters periodically, tried to convince me to use music as homework. I always thought that certain songs mean a lot because you can relate to that emotion thats in the song and you feel less alone. And I was interested to find songs that represent what I was going through. And Just Be Simple was one of those songs.
Leave The City by Magnolia Electric Co. from the album What Comes After The Blues A couple of years after the breakup, I was still having issues. This song helped me come to terms with that I do love this city and Im engrained in the city, but its time for me to take a break. And I went to Eastern Kentucky for five years.
Aint So Lonely by Lucero from the album Tennessee Common knowledge: Years and years ago, I had to walk away from drugs and alcohol and grow up and be a big boy. And, for a brief moment, I relapsed and that song made me think that I could do that easily without causing too much trouble. Theres a line, Cold coke and pills on a long drive home and I aint so lonely. Theres another line: Its been awhile since I was 19, its been awhile since Ive seen myself act like such a fool. And I was like, Its maybe time I take a little break from responsibility. Boy was that a mistake.
Rollin and Tumblin by Babyface Leroy Trio I heard this song in different incarnations many times, but this version is so different, not only in that it convinced me to learn how to play the harmonica, but they dont sing any of the lyrics; instead they howl out the sounds of the words. It was so bizarre to me, and it made me realize at 13 or 14 that genre is only a slight road map, but you can go off the road.