I’ve had Amber Webber on my short list of most amazing women in rock since her voice sent undulating tingles up my spine that gathered up in my skull and blew my mind at a Black Mountain show a couple years ago. Her work with Lightning Dust is absolutely stunning too.
Now and then I ask a musician what she’s listening to “right now” and then catalog it here. It could be an iPod playlist or the pile of records closest to the turntable, as long as it’s what they’re listening to now, not their most carefully thought out vanity list of all time coolest records. These lists may be somewhat revealing of the musician’s own work, but more importantly they’re snapshots of taste — at first of a particular musician, but over time of a larger cultural moment.
Or maybe they’re just lists of artists, you don’t yet know about that you might want to check out. Amber recently left her iPod on a plane and has had to reconstruct her digital music library from band-mate Joshua Wells’ collection. If you found an iPod on an airplane full of dope 70’s shit like Amon Duul II, Slapp Happy and Sabbath, it’s probably Amber Webber’s. You should listen to it from start to finish, count yourself lucky, and then return it to her.
Here are ten of her “most listened to tracks,” first five embedded. Take my advice and crank this track by Amon Duul II, preferably for the whole office/cafe to hear, and just blast the hell out of your Friday.
Amon Duul II – “Archangels Thunderbird”
Black Sabbath – “Changes”
The Sugarcubes – “Deus”
Slapp Happy – “The Drum”
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang – “Troublesome Houses”
Joanna Newsom – “Jack Rabbits”
Archie Fisher – “Mountain Rain”
Skip Spence – “All Come To Might Her”
Jay Z – “Death to Auto tune”
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – “Hammer Song”
Black Mountain’s third full length record, “Wilderness Heart” is is due out September 14th on Jagjaguwar.