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The Hook mixtape is compiled through a series of music related questions. Each artist who fills it out can answer as many or as few of the questions as they wish, and elaborate on their choices, or let them speak for themselves.
Emily Cross, Dan Duszynski, and Jonathan Meiburg
Loma met whilst they were on tour with their bands Cross Record (formed by Emily and Dan) and Shearwater (Jonathan). Their debut album captured the attention of Brian Eno, who ended up contributing to their second release, Don't Shy Away.
"The whole transmission feels less like a battle of human bravado against the wilderness than an attempt to suss out the boundaries between natural, artificial, and supernatural." Pitchfork
The last piece of music you paid for (streaming doesn’t count)
JM: Rocks and Waves Song Circle (issued on vinyl by Light in the Attic records)
Your favourite place to listen to music
JM: The 1989 Tioga RV which Dan gutted, renovated, and let me live in, bless him.
A song which reminds you of your childhood
DD: “Desperado” by the Eagles. My mom used to play it on the piano when my brothers and I were going to sleep. I don’t think we understood the lyrical content at the time.
Your go-to karaoke song
EC: “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia, or “Thank you” by Dido
A song which could change the world if everyone heard it
JM: “Four Women” by Nina Simone
A song you’d rather never hear again
JM: “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
A song which reminds you of someone you don’t see anymore
JM: “Lungs” by Townes Van Zandt
A song which gets you in the mood (for dancing)
JM: “Double Dutch” by Malcolm McLaren. Also “Double Dutch Bus” by Frank Smith. I promise I don’t have a rope fetish.
EC: Rosalia “Malamente”
A song which gets you in the mood (for romancing)
JM: “Kanga Roo” by Big Star
The soundtrack to your last holiday
JM: “Jogging” by Richard Dawson
A song which has changed your mind
JM: Piano and String Quartet by Morton Feldman
A song which makes you cry
JM: “Anio no mba hisoka” by Mme. Rajory & Ravao (collected in The Secret Museum of Mankind compilation). A recording from Madagascar in the 1930s. The sound of sadness being transformed into joy.
EC: “Kalimankou Denkou” by Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir
DD: “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. Heard it at the start of the George Floyd protests and just lost it.
A song which makes you laugh
JM/DD: “Going Out” by Dinner. This song cheered us up so often we recorded a version of it.
A song which gives you goosebumps
JM: “Co’dine” by Buffy Sainte-Marie
A song which makes you feel empowered
JM: “Kooks” by David Bowie
An artist you regret never having seen live
JM: David Bowie
An artist you hope to see live soon
JM: Who are we kidding?
A gig you’ll never forget
DD: Sub Pop’s SPF 30 festival. One of those shows where everything worked. We’d been on tour for a while and the songs flowed out of us.
An album you know by heart
JM: Laughing Stock by Talk Talk
A cover which is better than the original
JM: “Sam Stone” (by John Prine), covered by Swamp Dogg. Soulful, graceful, harrowing.
A song you first heard on a film soundtrack
DD: Elliot Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” on the Royal Tenenbaums S/T. I liked it so much I went and bought all his CD’s at Best Buy.
A song you love in a foreign language
An instrumental song you love
JM: “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny. It’s used so often in films that it can be hard to supply your own images. But try.
DD: Cross Record has a version of this somewhere...
A song which gets stuck in your head
JM: “You’ll Lose a Good thing,” by Barbara Lynn
A recent musical discovery
JM: “Tiger is Coming” by the Korean band LEENALCHI. I don’t want to ruin the surprises of this song; just listen.