October 18, 2007

Happiness is a warm E.P.

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.

Wanna hear snippets of the two “new” songs on the Ryan Adams EP?

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.

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]

(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.


  • The best E.P ever is Pavement’s Watery, Domestic Ep. It has “Shoot the Singer” and “Frontwards” AND “Texas Never Whispers” and some other cool song on it. It fucked me up for life.

    lets us not forget Merkinball

    thelegendaryboomboxg@yahoo.com — October 18, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

  • todzilla by grandaddy is also a wonderful e.p.

    and that is the best version of BAD there is – awesome choice.

    but nothing from radiohead? iron lung, airbag etc…?

    motovres — October 18, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

  • Well done for including Pearl Jam’s “I Got Id”. I can hardly bear to listen to PJ anymore, but Neil Young’s lead guitar on that track is just outstanding.

    And I’ve been looking for it for a while since my vinyl copy went “missing”.

    Anonymous — October 19, 2007 @ 2:56 am

  • What a wounderful idea “Happiness is a warm E.P.”
    Thanks from Germany

    Anonymous — October 19, 2007 @ 5:47 am

  • Not sure all those will fit on an EP, Heather. ;) Great choices!

    Love the new RA songs. My Love For You Is Real is beautiful, a lot lusher sounding than the original version.

    Anonymous — October 19, 2007 @ 5:53 am

  • Great Oasis choice!

    FrankieLee — October 19, 2007 @ 8:17 am

  • wow. I saw Sugar play a song from that EP at the Ogden Theater in Denver when I was in high school. My best friend and I sat out on Colfax for the entire day in December for absolutely no reason. No one else got in line till about an hour before the show, and small as we were, we got squeezed out of the front row pretty quickly. We met Bob Mould that day, though.

    I gotta agree about “watery, domestic”, though the “Young Liars” EP from TVOTR has a simlar you’ll-never-feel-the-same effect

    JoeyC — October 19, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  • nice post i’m going to put some of these on our radio station


    thanks I love your blog.

    Anonymous — October 21, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

  • looks like another great Mix Heather. Thank you. Not sure if you are a Norah Jones fan, but I’ve seen you mention M. Ward a couple times here. She placed on Austin City Limits recently, and M Ward came on to sing a couple songs with her, including a Willie Nelson cover. I guess they had been during together. Also, I know there is a nice boot out there of a M. Ward concert where he opened up and then played with Beth Orton, which is really good. If you have not listened to Beth, she is well worth the time.

    Kev in St. Louis

    Anonymous — October 21, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

  • The links for the zip, and the individual files are all dead at the moment. Is this a permanent condition? Thanks Heather.

    Ted — October 24, 2007 @ 12:52 am

  • it all seems so amazing, I really love your reviews.. but I cannot get the zip *cries* =( I love many of the bands featured on this list.. is there any way to get to the zip?

    sharyn — October 24, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  • These all look like great songs, would it be possible for you to reup the zip? Thanks!

    Anonymous — October 26, 2007 @ 8:19 am

  • please please please fix the zip!

    Anonymous — November 3, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

  • Please fix the zip!!!!

    Anonymous — November 3, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

  • The zip only has been re-upped. Happy Thanksgiving!

    heather — November 19, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

  • Slow Down Summertime by Datri Bean, she gets compared to Billie Holiday, but all originals. She’s out of Austin and her album features Stanley Smith on clarinet. Stanley is the only clarinetist that blows my mind. Datri is great live too. Either I-Tunes or Emusic has samples.
    R. Kane

    Anonymous — May 6, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

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