What’s on your iPod?

Micah Paisner

Ed. note: Micah is a new writer for the Arts & Entertainment section, so here’s an informal introduction to him and his taste in music.
1. “Empire Ants” by Gorillaz
This is my favorite track off of “Plastic Beach,” the new Gorillaz album. About halfway through the song, when the Swedish band Little Dragon comes in, is just fantastic. It’s almost impossible to not listen to this song on repeat.
2. “Millstone” by Brand New
Brand New is my favorite band, and this might be my favorite song of theirs. This song, so different from their others, shows why Brand New is such a great band. The way they can almost effortlessly change their sound every album is amazing.
3. “Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway (Again)” by Wilco
This song makes me wish that Wilco would release another pop album like “Summerteeth.” I know you have it in you, guys.
4. “Labor” by Aesop Rock
The opening track off of what I feel is Aesop’s best album, “Labor Days.” In my opinion, Aesop Rock is the best rapper around. Look for his new CD to come out sometime this year.
5. “Old Cold River” by The Growlers
I saw these guys open for Dr. Dog and was blown away. If you get the chance to see them live, do it. The lead singer will dance the entire time, and by dance, I mean sway back and forth with his hips while holding his belt.
6. “ONE” by Yeasayer
Who would’ve thought that Yeasayer would release an album that sounds so much like ’80s pop music? The whole album is fantastic, but this song is the standout track. The last minute and a half of the song is perfect.
7. “Hair Don’t Grow” by Annuals
I love the opening guitar riff. These guys are one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen. I would recommend all of their music. Check out their new EP “Sweet Sister,” which was released a few weeks ago.
8. “Start Wearing Purple” by Gogol Bordello
This is a great song. Gogol Bordello play the best gypsy punk songs around. The lead singer, Eugene Hutz, seems like one of the coolest dudes. I would share a bottle of wine with him – he drinks wine from the bottle during their live shows.
9. “Don’t Make Me A Target” by Spoon
The instrumental middle section of this song is amazing. It is the perfect opening track for a nearly perfect album, 2007’s “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.” I saw these guys on New Year’s Eve and it was the perfect way to bring in the New Year.
10. “Modern World” by Wolf Parade
The second track off of Wolf Parade’s 2005 album “Apologies to the Queen Mary.” These guys are an awesome band. The members are all in other great bands, as well, such as Handsome Furs and Sunset Rubdown. Their new album had better be good.