by Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 21 May 2008

We’re launching a new weekly email newsletter in a couple of weeks called My Secret Playlist, in which we invite a different guest musician each issue to write about eight of their favorite songs or albums right now — giving us the inside word on their guilty musical obsessions. It only takes a few seconds to sign up to receive the newsletter. And this is what you’ll be sent each week: this particular Secret Playlist has been compiled and written by Eric Pulido from Midlake.

The Czars — Goodbye/Goodbye: A label mate (Bella Union) and amazing talent, John Grant of The Czars breaks my heart with each syllable he croons. It’s hard to choose one tune, but this one is beautiful indeed. I cannot wait to hear what he does next. I’m sure it will be brilliant.

Liam Finn — Second Chance/I’ll Be Lightning: I was pleased to find that Liam’s pop sensibility didn’t fall far from the tree (son of Crowded House’s Neil Finn). But after listening to the album more and seeing him live, I’ve realized that he has a voice of his own and it is amazing.

Rufus Wainwright — I Don’t Know What It Is/Want One: I think that Rufus Wainwright is one of the most important artists of our time. I would encourage everyone to buy his whole catalogue of music, not to mention, see him live. He is beautifully flawless.

Radiohead — Weird Fishes/In Rainbow: What can I say? They epitomize where most would love to be as an artist. They continually put out quality songs, sounds, and live performances. I’m always curious as to what they will do next and greatly revere who they are as artists.

The Band — King Harvest (Has Surely Come)/The Band: Probably my favorite band of all time, The Band embodies the true idea of a musical group (so their name is quite fitting). I became quite enamored by the members, songs, and story of this band some years back, and am constantly moved and inspired by their music.

Cat Stevens — If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out/Footsteps in The Dark V.2: This song first appeared on one of my favorite movies of all time, Harold and Maude. I listen to a lot of Cat Stevens when away from home and its very comforting. Something about his music puts me in a peaceful state of mind.

Steeleye Span — Thomas the Rhymer/Now We Are Six: Bands like Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention of the British-folk era have been very influential to us in writing and recording our album-in-progress. The sounds and arranging of this song are really great and voices like Maddy Prior and Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) are golden.

Genesis — A Trick of The Tail/Entangled: Definitely not the most popular or critically acclaimed work of Genesis, this album came out in 1976 and was the part of their vast discography that I enjoy the most. This track stands out to me as an absolute masterpiece.

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