Written by Erika Owen
Lucky for me, Anna Stodart was one of the first musically inclined people I met once I moved to NYC. We had emailed back and forth when I was still based in the Midwest and mentioned getting together if I ever made it back out to the city—which, obviously we did. Since meeting her at a Briar Rabbit show a while back, she's provided countless music recommendations (all of which I've loved) and introduced me to a number of international musicians. Needless to say, the girl is connected—and uber genuine/friendly to boot.
The Australia has found herself a spot among the ladies at Golightly Media—a NY-based publicity group made up of the most well-versed music fans you'll ever meet. Golightly works with a few names you may be familiar with: Alice Boman, Boyfriend, and up-and-comer (and recent Curve magazine feature) Sofia—all must-listens if you aren't familiar. I wrangled Anna into sharing her top eight most-played. Considering she gets paid to listen to music, it's safe to say her curated picks are spot-on. Read/Listen on and enjoy:
"Morals" // iceage
"No-nonsense punk from Denmark. Got to catch these guys play at Glasslands in BK just a few weeks ago—it was messy, sweaty and no one had any idea what was going on. It was great."
"Cold" // The Cure
"If only every song by The Cure rocked this hard."
"Home By Now" // Bombay Bicycle Club
"Having spent a lot of time with Bombay Bicycle Club's previous albums, I was surprised when 'So Long See You Tomorrow,' didn't immediately resonate with me at first. Now, it's now one of my most played albums this year and choosing a track from this release was a bit difficult so... I listened to it...again."
"OK Cathedral" // Violent Soho
"Hailing from my hometown (Brisbane, Australia), Violent Soho's 'Hungry Ghost' is a another one of my most played albums over the passed 6 months. 'OK Cathedral' is a slower and more intimate track from the release that takes me straight back to long (albeit traffic ridden) drives through the Western suburbs en route to a house my roommates and I had affectionately coined, 'Montrose, and I am kind of bummed I wasn't in Australia to see these guys blow up the way they did. If you like your punk that airs on the side of alt and makes you want to drink goon from a Hills Hoist, then this is for you Hell Fuck Yeah.'"
"Leave The Lights On" // Mainland
"Glittering indie rock that screams of youth and the NYC streets. It's impossible to be sad while listening to Mainland."
"Loro" // Pinback
"I wish I had been more acquainted with Pinback in high school, because this is the shit that would've been littered across my mix CD's, nestled comfortably in between Jimmy Eat World and Brand New, all of which I cried violently over."
"Four Provinces" // The Walkmen
"A record that has been permanently fixed in high rotation since it came out in 2008, I'm really not too sure what to say about 'You and Me,' by The Walkmen because it won't do it justice. I'll start with 'deeply haunting, and heartbreakingly honest and nostalgic.'
"Toyota Music" // Big Sean