Songs To Wake Up To
By Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor
Parts & Labor’s new album, Constant Future, is due out on March 8, via Jagjaguar.
1. Liars – “Rose and Licorice”- Listen here
Beautiful Oneida cover from the Liars/Oneida 2002 split. Listen and be healed.
2. Albert Ayler – “Omega”- Listen here
Three minutes and twenty seconds of ecstatic horns and harpsichord. Harpsichord kinda nails the whole waking up thing.
3. Sunroof – “Machine”
Twinkling synths, bubbling drones, sunny chimes (BJ used this with an MP3 alarm clock for a while to fantastic results.)
4. Th’ Faith Healers – “Sparklingly Chime”
Sweet, underrated, 90s shoegaze/kraut rock from the UK, emphasis on rock.
5. Can – “Future Days”- Listen here
Slow building, peaceful, classic, hugs.
6. Kemialliset Ystavat – “Kajastusmuseo” – Listen here
Playful Finnish psych experiments. Sounds like a brain starting to work.
7. Terry Riley – “A Rainbow in Curved Air”- Listen here
Mystical 60s electronic jams. 18+ minutes long. Possibly the perfect choice.
8. Chet Atkins – “Swedish Rhapsody” – Listen here
Try and have a bad morning. Seriously. Step out of bed into a puddle of cat puke. It’s cool.
9. Godflesh – “Spite” – Listen here
90s industrial riff destruction. The day cowers before you.
10. Deerhoof – “This Magnificent Bird Will Rise” – Listen here
One of my favorite opening tracks of any record. Use it to start anything.
11. Rashid Ali and Frank Lowe – “Duo Exchange – Part 1”
WAAAAAKE UUUUUUUP!!!!!! WAKE UP!!! WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!!!!
12. James Brown – Any of the high speed instrumental interludes from Live at the Apollo
Well, or any of the rest of it.
13. Swans – “Half Life” – Listen here
Possibly the strongest recorded argument ever for just staying in bed. Ambition is senseless. Learn from Experience.