Happiness is indeed a warm EP, so says reader Russell in his entry (one of 90) on my Ryan Adams contest to win the new EP Follow The Lights. I’ve randomly drawn 2 winners (I couldn’t possibly pick based on the “best” answer for this one) and contacted lucky readers Matt C. and Jon from Dance Hall Hips. Congrats guys, and I absolutely loved reading all the entries.
Follow The Lights (streaming clip)
My Love For You Is Real (streaming clip)
Now onto this “favorite EP” madness from the contest. Guess what, I made you a mix. These are lots of your suggestions, all songs that appeared on great EPs. One listen through this bad boy and you’ll see why I celebrate and love and adore the EP format.
“HAPPINESS IS A WARM E.P.” MIX
Feeling Better – Sugar [from Beaster EP]
Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) – R.E.M. [from Chronic Town EP]
Lush and Green – Grandpaboy [from Grandpaboy EP]
Shocker in Gloomtown (GBV cover) – Breeders [Head to Toe EP]
Gimme Shelter – Keith Richards [from Eileen EP]
Twisting By The Pool – Dire Straits [Twisting By The Pool EP]
Michigan – Josh Rouse [from Bedroom Classics Vol 1 EP]
Stull (Part 1) – Urge Overkill [from Stull EP]
Meet Me In The City (Junior Kimbrough) – The Black Keys [from Chulahoma EP]
Stranger Than Fools – Jesse Malin [from The Wendy EP]
Nothing – Pedro The Lion [from Whole EP]
Bad (live) – U2 [from Wide Awake In America EP]
Come See About Me (Supremes cover) – Afghan Whigs
[from Uptown Avondale EP]
Sugar Pill (demo version) – Ambulance LTD [New English EP]
Passenger Side (live) – Wilco [from All Over The Place EP]
Butterfly Nets – Bishop Allen [from May EP]
Panama – Casados [from Passages EP]
I Got Id – Pearl Jam (with Neil Young) [from Merkinball EP]
Cosmopolitan Pap – M. Ward [from To Go Home CDS]
Round Are Way – Oasis [from Wonderwall EP]
Woman King – Iron & Wine [from Woman King EP]
Last Nite (early version) – The Strokes [from Modern Age EP]
Technicolor Girls – Death Cab For Cutie [Forbidden Love EP]
The Man – Pete Yorn [from Westerns EP]
Just A Memory – Elvis Costello [from New Amsterdam EP]
Black Star (live, Radiohead cover) – Gillian Welch
[like the one on Black Star EP]
Born To Run (live, acoustic) – Bruce Springsteen
[from the chill-inducing Chimes of Freedom EP]
WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T ZIP HAPPINESS?
(zip only re-upped)
For a full and robust appreciation of the impact these EPs have had in our own little corner of the music ocean, you gotta read the original comments from the readers who suggested them. And there were enough suggestions for a full second mix – sorry I couldn’t fit all of them on here. Maybe someday.
Rock on, in compact 4-to-7 song packages.