- Elise Tippins
- In the Mirror Mode
Warming up for a cross-country tour with his new Lotus Plaza
album, Spooky Action At A Distance
(out April 2 via Kranky
), Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt makes a rare hometown appearance with Lotus Plaza’s current live incarnation, which includes Dan Wakefield (guitar) and Allen Taylor (keyboard) of Mirror Mode, along with Frankie Broyles
(drums), and TJ Blake of Lyonnais
“I don't think many bands are comfortable saying in what genre their music belongs, but if you were going to stick a term to what Mirror Mode does, you could say synth rock, or electronic rock, or something like that,” Wakefield says. “Standard rock/pop format but with various electronic implements that replace what you normally find in a conventional rock band (like, say, a rhythm section) and textures that take more from the Blade Runner soundtrack than an AC/DC record.”
Today, Wakefield has put together a list of six albums (in no particular order) that changed his life.
1) Sparks: Number One In Heaven
— This is one of the first records that made [me and Allen] realize we should obviously be friends. I love pretty much every Sparks record but this one is most applicable to this list, plus it has Giorgio Moroder all over it. Every song on here is amazing, which I can say about .01% of albums I can think of, but they're working from an advantage because there are in fact only six songs. And as always they have a killer sense of humor, which you can't learn no matter how much your band practices or how good at your instrument you are.
2) Yellow Magic Orchestra: Solid State Survivor
— Again, this is one of those things where when Allen and I started hanging out I saw these guys in his record collection and realized at some point we would start a band. This particular album is my favorite, if only for their warped cover of "Day Tripper." Crazy to think that these guys are like national heroes in Japan (they inspired their own haircut at the peak of their fame!) but so few people know of them here. I saw a video of them on Soul Train during their failed attempt to break into America and you know they totally threw Don Cornelius (R.I.P.) for a loop.
3) A Sunny Day In Glasgow: Ashes Grammar
— Kind of breaking the "nothing-from-the-past-ten-years" rule but this is seriously my favorite album of the past short while. I feel like these guys are largely slept on today but future generations are going to go nuts when they find their records, which are consistently amazing. This is their most fully realized one for sure, and it's just a production masterpiece. I can make a lot of neat noises, but I haven't figured out how to make my synthesizer do the "angelic choir of female vocals" thing.
4) Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark: Architecture & Morality
— This is kind of an obvious one, like "Oh cool, you want to make a movie about dinosaurs? I guess you must like Jurassic Park
then," right? I know it's one of Allen's favorite records for sure, and I must have listened to the song "Souvenir"
a thousand times when I was in high school. Pretty sure that if Allen had never heard this back during his formative years he might be a bus driver or something today.
5) Gary Numan: Telekon
— He has other albums that are technically better, but for sheer nostalgia's sake, I have to say this one. I got it on a whim when I was 12 with Christmas money, this and an Oasis b-sides collection from Ye Olde Sam Goody. Needless to say, I don't really listen to the Oasis one anymore. This sounded really alien to me (which may have been the point) but I made myself listen to it. It's probably the first music I heard that you can directly trace the me of today back to.
6) New Order: Substance
— If you have a drum machine in your band, chances are you've spent some time with New Order. Their singles are generally great, which is precisely why I listed their singles compilation. Allen was pushing for Power, Corruption & Lies
, but I'll go on record myself as saying that New Order has a lot of songs I can't really get into. Now, when they hit, they hit, but I feel like their whole career can be boiled down to this collection, which is kind of undeniable.