|Donnie and Joe Emerson|
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We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, picking apart, hating or turning people on to. Sometimes, these things even all happen at once.
Ryan Taylor and Dugan Connors of Dallas' Oil Boom relayed what they're listening to right now. See them August 4 at the Double Wide, when they celebrate the release of their new six-song EP, Gold Yeller.
"Lately, I've spent a lot of time with Dreamin' Wild, an obscure 1979 blue-eyed soul album recorded by a pair of 17- and 19 year-old brothers, Donnie and Joe Emerson. It was just reissued by Light in the Attic last month. Donnie and Joe's dad, who had little interest in or knowledge about music himself, built his sons a home studio on the family farm in rural Washington and even a stage to play shows on.Â They recorded and released a limited run of the record themselves, it more or less went nowhere and the family farm almost went under as a result.
"For the last month I haven't been able to stop listening to Steeple, a rather unknown 2010 record by British rockers Wolf People. This record reminds me of what I love about British '70s blues-psych rock via Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. Never at any point does it seem like they are trying to refresh or reboot these qualities, but dwell on the spirit that makes this rock seems timeless."