Plainclothes Tracy Discuss Some Favorite Albums

The local indie-pop trio Plainclothes Tracy is finishing up recording for a five-song EP that should be available in January. In the meantime, they're playing a locals-only after-Thanksgiving show at Preservation Pub this weekend.

Ramona Falls, "Russia," from Intuit (Barsuk Records, 2009)

I love Menomena and I was way excited to find out that Brent Knopf had a side project. So cool to see someone play around with the "tone poem" concept of using music to express an idea or action. Such a tasty song—really, the whole album is great. (Kym Hawkins)

Leonard Cohen, "Chelsea Hotel #2," from New Skin for the Old Ceremony (Columbia, 1974)

I've been working on a project lately with this one here. I plan on writing a "parallel"—a song in the same key and tempo made to be played on top of it. Every now and then the words even line up. I've written out a good bit of it, but I've still a way to go. This is something I'd like to do more of! (K.H.)

Dr. Dog, "My Old Ways," from We All Belong (Park the Van, 2007)

Such a classic sound these guys have! That nearly flat piano is just great. This song keeps my feet dragging on. (K.H.)

Jessica Lea Mayfield, "We've Never Lied," from With Blasphemy So Heartfelt (Polymer, 2008)

This song is gorgeous. A friend told me this lady was only 17 or 18 when the song was recorded. I think people like this are just here to put us all behind! (K.H.)

Taylor Brown and Company, "I Should Have Shown" (

Rarely do I enjoy an artist's music so much that I make it a personal endeavor to seek him out and date him, but I feel that this behavior is okay when kept to a minimum. You can get this song for free at (K.H.)

Joey English, "You Are on My Mind," from Joey English (self-released, 2009)

This song is on his debut, which is one of those truly enjoyable-from-beginning-to-end type of albums. Joey and the crew play around here in Knoxville quite often so I advise everyone to check these guys out before they get signed to a major label. (K.H.)

Blink 182

Favorite band ever! (Trey Trowbridge)


Every release Interpol puts out is solid and I love the dark tones featured in most of their work. I love the driving bass and drum lines because they are so powerful and flow beautifully with Paul Banks' voice. (T.T.)


The beauty of Mogwai's music is impossible to describe. If you can listen to "Take Me Somewhere Nice" and not cry, you may be a robot! My favorite album of theirs is Happy Songs for Happy People. (T.T.)

The New Pornographers

First off, this is the best supergroup to ever form, period! Power pop has always had a place in my heart and the indie feel to it makes it delicious. (T.T.)

Asking Alexandria, Stand Up and Scream (Sumerian Records)

I love heavy music and boy, is this heavy. The breakdowns and vocals are beyond sick. Definitely one of my favorite releases of the year. (T.T.)

Page France, Hello Dear Wind (Fall Records/Suicide Squeeze, 2005)

Hello Dear Wind has been a huge part of my life lately. Michael Nau is not only a master at crafting lyrics—he has also perfected the art of heartfelt delivery. The music itself is colorfully coordinated and catchy like no other. I love listening to this album after I eat steak because it puts me in a better mood. (Eric Grass)

Anathallo, Floating World (Artist Friendship, 2006)

I had the opportunity to see Anathallo in Nashville last spring. I was on a first date and I would up crying because the music was so moving. "Hanasakajijii Four: A Great Wind, More Ash" is my favorite song by them. You don't even have to be able to pronounce the song titles to fully appreciate the eloquence of this band. My favorite time to listen to this album is when I'm riding my horse Maple, she really likes carrots. Oh, and that first date? We're still going strong, sirs. (E.G.)

The Appleseed Cast, Mare Vitalis (Deep Elm, 2000)

Mare Vitalis is better than roller skating. With its flowing vocals, textured guitars, syrupy bass, innovative drumming, and climatic buildups, this album proves to be a timeless listen. The album has been called everything from atmospheric to experimental-indie—I call it essential. Although intricate musicianship separates each song from the next, this is a concept album that is tightly woven together. I love listening to this album while I'm scrapbooking because it helps keep my mind off the little things like the economic crisis and flossing. (E.G.)

Mama Cass Elliot, Bubblegum, Lemonade... and Something Sweet for Mama (Dunhill, 1969)

Say what you want, I'm a sucker for pop. You really do have to make your own kind of music and sing your own special song. It was only a short time ago that I got turned on to the 1969 release Bubble Gum, Lemonade... and Something Sweet for Mama. I'm not going to lie, the first time I heard this song was while watching Lost. For obvious reasons, I always listen to this album while making a batch of lemonade and reading the funnies on Bazooka gum. (E.G.)

Sleeping at Last, Keep No Score (self-released, 2006)

Keep No Score is a beautiful album. The lyrics are tasteful, guitars melodic, percussion driving, and the keys are prominent. This masterfully produced record is among the most genuine and emotional selections I own. I enjoy listening to this album when I prune trees. (E.G.)