“What kind of music do you like?” is a perfectly reasonable and polite question, but it usually makes me a bit panicky. What kind of music do I like? Well, it’s kind of iffy, to be honest. Unlike every other contributor to this site, my ear is distinctly un-cool, un-hip and if you saw the kind of music I listen to when I’m alone, you might suspect that I’m a retired shopping mall Santa who is now supplementing his income on a gay cruise ship.
So imagine my horror when Bobby tells us three months ago that we should start contributing to a monthly playlist for the site. I felt like it was inviting judgement into an arena where I already felt an excess of judgement, highlighting my lousy eardrums. So I added a few songs from bands that I knew were passable as cool and started scouring Rdio for new music. I found a bumper crop of new bands that I sincerely enjoy and ones that I think are cool enough to share with all of you. If you’re curious what this sounds like, I’ve started this playlist as a way to force myself to get rid of the anxiety I’ve attached to my musical preferences for so long.
But what I really want to talk about is an artist that hasn’t yet found his way onto the Rdio universe: Chris Rubeo. That’s a photo of him at the top that I found on his Facebook page. I first heard his cover of “Lovers Spit” in the phenomenal webseries The Outs. (Fair warning: don’t watch any episodes from the series at work.) Chris’s first EP is called Ships of Sticks and Twine, and he is currently recording a second album. He has recently released a song from the upcoming album to give everyone an idea of what it might sound like, and he’s also posted a cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” I can only hope you’ll like listening his music as much as I do. You can listen to some of it below.