My favorite songs are the ones you feel in your bones, the ones that bubble up effervescently with that passion which has to explode out your extremities in the form of claps, stomps, and other forms of bodily percussion.
A few months ago, fellow blogger Adrian and I started knocking around the idea of a Stomp/Clap mix with all the best samples of these songs. This has been an absolute joy to assemble (with suggestions from you guys) and is the perfect late-Spring soundtrack. While everything outside is coming back to life, these songs are the essence of vibrancy and propulsive joy.
They range all over the map, from the old Delta blues of Son House, to Frightened Rabbit from Scotland (my favorite song on their new album), to the fantastic version from Brooklyn’s Elizabeth & The Catapult covering Leonard Cohen. There’s the song from Good Old War that kept me going all winter with its hopeful lyrics about birds up in the sky (and I thought of those words when a flock of seagulls soared silently over my head on the beach Saturday evening), and the Joshua James tune still frequently finds itself on repeat in my car for a dozen times or more.
The handclap + stomp combination was the earliest way that we humans punctuated our songs and kept our beats, and the preponderance of newer artists on this mix heartens me. Music is joyful again.
THE FUEL/FRIENDS STOMP-CLAP MIX
(This one’s so massive, I’m calling it a Double-CD/Gatefold LP supermix)
Before This Time – Ollabelle
Coal War – Joshua James
Catch My Disease – Ben Lee
Airline To Heaven – Billy Bragg & Wilco
Scar That Never Heals – Jeremy Fisher
Before I Knew – Basia Bulat
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb (alternate version) – Spoon
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
But For You Who Fear My Name – The Welcome Wagon
Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare – Matt & Kim
Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel) – Local Natives (more)
Heart It Races (Architecture in Helsinki cover) – Dr. Dog
Twenty Five Miles – Edwin Starr
Five Years Time – Noah and the Whale
Coney Island – Good Old War
I’m A Pilot – Fanfarlo (more)
The Loneliness and the Scream – Frightened Rabbit
My Love – The Bird and The Bee
If You Need A Friend – James Murphy
Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen) – Elizabeth + The Catapult
When U Love Somebody – Fruit Bats
Grinnin In Your Face – Son House
I Woke Up Today – Port O’Brien (more)
Boy With A Coin – Iron & Wine (more)
Running Wild – Matt Pond PA (more)
Dokkoise House (With Face Covered) – Anathallo
Welcome Home, Son – Radical Face (more)
First Person – Jenny Owen Youngs
My Body’s A Zombie For You – Dead Man’s Bones (more)
Sea Lion Woman – Feist
Jackie Wants A Black Eye – Dr. Dog
Canceling Stamps At The University of Ghana Post Office
I recently made a different mix for a drummer friend of mine, all based around songs with percussion I love — and I think this mix just eclipsed it. This might be my favorite new mix ever.