Written by Erika Owen
You might know Chris Lachky from a lot of different places. Not only is he one of the biggest local music supporters I know, he's also a bassist for Des Moines band Love Songs for Lonely Monsters and all-around good guy. You also may recognize his name from his recent review of Fury Things and introspective dive into the idea of a successful show in our 80/35 coverage. Either way, trust me when I say that you want to be in on his playlist. That over-achiever even gave us an extra must-play with his list, but they're all so good we couldn't choose one to part with.
Check out Chris' top nine songs of the moment below and remember: Subscribe to the playlist on Spotify! We have a new eight-song soundtrack for your day every Monday.
Kiev // “Ariah Being"
“Now this is what Jam music should be. Not just mindless noodling on an E-based 12 bar blues structure. Kiev moves intensely thru the second half of this song with explorations on a central theme that showcase their talent without a drip of pretension or irony. First class.”
Kanye West // “Lost in the World/Who Will Survive in America”
“When My Dark Twisted Beautiful Fantasy came out in 2010, the words that were tossed around were “brilliant," “masterpiece” and “genius," which I did nothing more than roll my eyes at. To me, Kanye was nothing more than Gold Digger and that Daft Punk song. Recently, I revisited this album with no pre-conceptions, and…fuck. Genius, man. Genius.
Lost in the World—the finale of the album, starts with an auto-tuned Justin Vernon of Bon Iver—adds layers, strips them away, is all at once intense, uplifting and tragic, and finishes up with Gil Scott-Heron. I could write about the subtle changes West throws at the listener with each bar, but that could take a while. Just listen. “
Elvis Costello & The Attractions // “The Beat”
“There has been a habit that some music critics have fallen into lately, and it has to do with the fact that if there is a new band that comes along that rocks while also maintaining a heavy pop sensibility, the immediate knee-jerk comparison is Pavement or Blur or the current chic 90’s nostalgia band. Uh-uh. Nope. They’re wrong The correct answer is The Attractions, and this song, off of 1978’s This Year’s Model, I have become convinced, is the genesis.”
Little Dragon // “Shuffle A Dream”
“I could go with something off of their latest album Nabuma Rubberband, which was released in May, but their previous release, 2011’s Ritual Union just hits me right in the sweet spot. Those chords that hit on the 3rd beat in the chorus? That noise is an old hammock that I want to sleep in.”
Astro // “Coco”
“Chillean indie synth pop? Yes, please.”
Twins // “Babe City”
“Remember when I told you all about Elvis Costello like three paragraphs ago? Yeah, Twins f’n rocks.”
Jogger // “Gorilla Meat”
“TJ Wood, bartender extraordinaire, turned me onto Jogger about three years ago. I literally have not stopped listening to this album since. It’s so bad that there have been times when TJ saw me come into The Lift, and we would go over the the iPod and put this album on because he knew it would only be a matter of time until I requested it.”
Warpaint // “Go In”
“My favorite album of 2014 so far. Just the right amount of haunting wistful charm. Also, Annalibera got to open for them in Iowa City earlier this year. Bastards.”
The Replacements // “Left of the Dial”
“I could go into deep, deep detail about how and why The Replacements are my absolute 100% most favorite group ever, but that would take a while, and none of you are my Psychiatrist. Oh, and if my shrink is reading this, I hope you’re not going to charge me by the word for this.”