Playlist – Maine
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
2. Joshua Radin featuring Patty Griffin – You Got Growin Up To Do
Patty Griffin was actually a performing artist at the first Lilith Fair concert, and in 2007 she won both “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” at the AMA Awards. She’s also from a town called “Old Town, ME”, which probably describes the town to a tee.
3. Frank Churchill – Whistle While You Work
Think of all of the great old-timey songs from your favorite classic Disney movies. Frank Churchill most likely wrote them. He composed the songs for Disney’s first three successful animated movies, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Dumbo, and Bambi.
4. The Baltic Sea - to Seychelles
An indie band from Portland, named after a Scandinavian body of water, singing about islands off the coast of Africa, and who’s immensely popular in Spain. This band is all over the map!
5. Gunther Brown – Hello Tonight
Not to be confused with some random German man, “Gunther Brown” is actually the name of the band, which has been described as putting out “Americana music”.
6. Holy Boys Danger Club – Kindest Regards
Known for their unrelenting live sets, the “Holy Boys Danger Club” also makes you wonder. Choir boys gone bad? Or maybe just good church going dudes who also rock it out? You decide.
8. Zach Jones – Things Were Better
Lead guitarist for the band for track #1 of this playlist, Zach Jones took the solo route in 2010, playing the Wurlitzer and the piano this time. Here’s the title track from his most recent album.
9. Doris Day – That Jane From Maine
“That Jane from Maine” is featured in the movie “Twinkle and Shine” originally called “It Happened to Jane”. The movie focuses on Jane Osgood, played by Doris Day, who runs a lobster business in Maine, resulting in photo shoot opportunities such as this:
10. Jeremiah Freed – Rain
The members of Jeremiah Freed met in high school, a time when they were all preparing for college. They all had been accepted to their schools of choice, but declined the offers to pursue music.
11. Sparks The Rescue – We Love Like Vampires
This five person band from Maine has replaced 4 of its original members. What does this say of the love of vampires?!
12. Rustic Overtones – Let’s Start a Cult
How about these credentials? Rustic Overtones was the first band to perform live on XM Satelitte Radio AND has the fastest-selling local album ever in the state of Maine. Looks like they already have a little cult.
13. Phantom Buffalo – Bad Disease
Not only do they boast one of the best band names ever, Phantom Buffalo has created a video game to go along with their album Tadaloora. The album tells the story of an ancient island nation called Tadaloora. The band members have created maps, paintings and models to illustrate what a life on Tadaloora might have been like. You can watch out a demo and play HERE.
14. Ingrid Michaelson – Far Away
“Far Away” comes as a recommendation from Penobscot Maritime Museum’s own, Cipperly Good. “Far Away” tells the tale of a woman who dreams of living as a lobster man’s wife. We imagine the food in this fantasy home would be spectacular.
15. Howie Day – Collide
Howie (no relation to Doris), hails from Brewer, Maine. While Day has had some troubles with the law and been in rehab, he seems to be on a healthy path. Day released a new EP last year and just finished up a tour in Australia in May.
According to Spotify, 11 of my friends joined it this week. This one’s for you: Maine