Twenty Top 5s with Davey Jones


HEY! Welcome to Twenty Top 5s. I (Tyler) have been sending out questionnaires to some of my favorite musicians and asking for their top 5 in every category. I’ll be publishing them every Thursday for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this lets you get to know some of your favorite musicians a little bit better, and I hope it distracts you in these trying times.

Today's Twenty Top 5s participant is Brooklyn-based musician Davey Jones. He is the man behind Lost Boy ?, a garage-y punk project whose albums often feature Davey on every instrument and vocals. Lost Boy ?'s music is characterized by gigantic hooks and fuzzed-out guitar with Davey using his signature first-person lyrics to explore various characters by walking in their shoes. Davey is prolific. He's released three EPs and two singles this year alone, including "FEEL LIKE SHIT (All of the Time)" in which he embodies COVID-19 itself. The video is, of course, produced by Davey, as he is both a talented artist and animator.




Davey has had a tremendous influence on me since the first time I saw him perform. He and Luke Chiaruttini (of Bueno) performed an absolutely brilliant "karaoke set" in which they alternated performing their songs with nothing but the instrumental track blaring in the background. There were probably less than ten people in that basement, but Davey and Luke performed as if it was a packed stadium show. I've seen Lost Boy ? five or six times since then (usually with a full band), but that one always sticks out. You're lucky to get the chance to rock, so take advantage of the opportunity every chance you get. Davey embodies this attitude better than anyone I know.

recording artists when you were in high school

Modest Mouse

Rage Against the Machine

Beck

Radiohead

Underworld


Instrument influences

Jimi Hendrix (Guitar)

Dave Grohl (Drums)

Paul McCartney (Bass)

Iggy Pop (Vocal)

Kim Deal (Bass)


Songwriting influences

Memoirs

NYC

Personal Shit

Pop Culture

Drugs


Karaoke songs

Right Said Fred - "Im Too Sexy"

Marcy Playground - "Sex & Candy"

Prodigy - "Scratch My Itch Up"

The Cure - "Boys Don't Cry"

REM - "Crush With Eyeliner"


Junk foods

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Cheese

Beer

Ice Cream


Places to eat in New York

Sunnyside Pizza (Queens)

Yun Nan Flavor Snack (Sunset Park)

Awash (NYC)

Punjabi (NYC)

Jesse's Coffee Shop (Brooklyn)


Movies

Trainspotting

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Kids

Good Time

Hackers


Role models

My Brother

Boatz

Chris Elia

Adam & Nora

Neil Young


Songs you’ve written

Feel Like Shit

Sandman

Dialogue Runner

Never Left You

Chew


New York bands

Sharkmuffin

Dan Francia

Tall Juan

Gustaf

Def Grls


Productive ways to pass time during corona

learn things you always wanted to know or do (on the web or in a book)

meditate

bike

demo

wash your hands


Unproductive ways to pass time during corona

drink

eat

drink

eat

drink


Songs right now

Raekwon - "Knucklheadz"

NIN - "March of the Pigs"

Tricky - "The Only Way

Tim Presley - "I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk"

Quavius - "New Me (Who Is This)"


80s pop jams

Madonna - "Lucky Star"

The Cure - "Close to Me"

Prince - "Raspberry Beret"

Van Halen - "Unchained"

The Stranglers - "Golden Brown"


Books

William Burroughs - "Junky"

Patti Schemel - "Hit So Hard"

Richard Hell - "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp"

Brix Smith Start - "The Rise, The Fall and the Rise of.."

Deborah Spunden - "And I Don't Want to Live This Life"


Albums that changed your life

Jimi Hendrix - "Are You Experienced"

REM - "Monster"

Onyx - "Bacdafucup"

Wu Tang - "36 Chambers"

Breeders - "Last Splash"


Pizza toppings

olives

peppers

onions

tomato basil

eggplant


Cities you’ve visited 

NYC

London

San Francisco

Miami

New Orleans


Condiments

Duck Sauce

Soy Sauce

Jalapeños

Pickles

Yellowbird Hot Sauces


Fictional characters

Darth Vader

George Costanza

Jackie Brown

Spud

Royal Tenenbaum



Written by Tyler Gallagher (@TylerGallagher8)
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Twenty Top 5s with Pierce Jordan


HEY! Welcome to Twenty Top 5s. I (Tyler) have been sending out questionnaires to some of my favorite musicians and asking for their top 5 in every category. I’ll be publishing them every Thursday for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this lets you get to know some of your favorite musicians a little bit better, and I hope it distracts you in these trying times.

Today's Twenty Top 5s participant is Pierce Jordan, frontman of Philly-based hardcore band Soul Glo. Soul Glo's newest album, THE N**** IN ME IS ME, perfectly encapsulates everything the band is, all in under 20 minutes. The music is chaotic, veering rapidly between straight-forward hardcore, noise-rap, and screamo, often within the same song. At the forefront is always Pierce's signature howl and cutting lyrics about being black in America. Sometimes Pierce's lyrics read as a nuanced dissertation on race relations; sometimes they read like he's shouting in your face. Soul Glo's music is designed to make you uncomfortable, and Pierce's shrieks will do just that.


The first time I saw Soul Glo was at a house show in South Oakland (I believe it was People's Warehouse AKA Cafe Verona), and it was legitimately one of the best live performances I've ever seen. An incredibly tight hardcore band with a seemingly possessed frontman is always a recipe for success, but Soul Glo is unmatched when it comes to lyrical content and experimentation.

recording artists when you were in high school

System of a Down

M83

The Mars Volta

The Number 12 Looks Like You

Between the Buried and Me


Songwriting influences

Stanley Clarke

Prince

Circle Takes The Square

System of a Down

Young Thug


Instrument influences

Stanley Clarke (bass)

Prince (everything)

Mike Kuhn (drums)

Angela Gossow (vocals)

Young Thug (vocals)


Karaoke songs

Throw Some D’s by Rich Boy

Hot Nigga by Bobby Shmurda

Prison Song by System of a Down

Freakum Dress by Beyoncé

What a Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers


Junk foods

Mozzerella Sticks from the bodega on 20th and Tasker

7/11 Hot Wings aka Tyson’s Anytizers

Ben&Jerry’s Salted Caramel Core pints

Taco Bell’s Quesarito

Weed cereal bars, lately I’ve been fuckin w Honey Bunches of Oats


Places to eat in Philly

Que Chula es Puebla

Han Dynasty

Andy’s Chicken

El Taco

Night Owls and Brandywine Pizza have a fire veggie burger

also honorable mention to the bodega on 7th and Master w the fire $2 fries chicken thigh and drumstick no lo corte


Movies

The Science of Sleep

Hitch

Good Burger

Friday

When Harry Met Sally


Role models

My parents


Soul Glo songs

Mad new shit whose titles I can’t reveal sorry


Philly bands

Ghösh

Loose Nukes

Mother Maryrose

Irreversible Entanglements

HIRS


Productive ways to pass time during corona

Getting money

Writing

Therapy

Reading

Acquiring materials for recording music


Unproductive ways to pass time during corona

Jerkin it

Overeating

Smoking until I can’t walk straight

Getting drunk

Staring at the wall


Songs right now

HD by Based Savage

Blinding Lights Remix ft.Chromatics by the Weeknd

literally every Savage remix I’ve heard including over the beats for Bossy by Kelis and Intl. Players
Anthem by UGK

Element by Pop Smoke

The Contract by Conway the Machine


80s pop jams

uhhhhhh


Venues you’ve played

De Onderboek in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Cousin Danny’s in Philly

Ottobar in Baltimore, MD

Golden Tea House in Philly

Archer Ballroom in Chicago, IL


Albums that changed your life

Stanley Clarke-Self Titled

Circle Takes The Square-As The Roots Undo

System of a Down-Toxicity

Beyoncé-Dangerously In Love

M83-Before The Dawn Heals Us


Pizza toppings

Black Olives

Jalapeños

More cheese than a human should eat

Calamari

Buffalo Chicken


Cities you’ve visited

Montréal

Budapest

Honolulu

Oakland

Nijmegen


Condiments

Hot Sauce

Horseradish

Ranch

Brown Mustard

Honey


Fictional characters

Spongebob

Clarence

Georgia Nicholson

Andy Kaufman

Paris Hilton



Written by Tyler Gallagher (@TylerGallagher8)
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Twenty Top 5s with Julia Carbone


HEY! Welcome to Twenty Top 5s. I (Tyler) have been sending out questionnaires to some of my favorite musicians and asking for their top 5 in every category. I’ll be publishing them every Thursday for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this lets you get to know some of your favorite musicians a little bit better, and I hope it distracts you in these trying times.

Today's Twenty Top 5s participant is Julia Carbone. Julia sings and plays keys in Pittsburgh self-described "seltzer punk" band Swither. Generally speaking, Swither makes bouncy pop songs; sometimes they're punk, sometimes they're anthemic, sometimes they're both. Swither is always fun though, particularly their energetic live performances. Julia's vocals and keys are the perfect "oomph" for Swither, doubly so when she sings lead on songs like "Sharpshooter."



In addition to her work in Swither, Julia is a talented visual artist (she's done work for The Alternative) who makes dope clothes and food. Her cannoli cupcakes are to die for. TODAY IS ALSO HER BIRTHDAY. So here's Julia's Twenty Top 5s, send her all of the gifts and gifs you can find.

recording artists when you were in high school

Brand New :(

Say Anything

Four Year Strong

New Found Glory

Green Day


Songwriting influences

Bikini Kill

Bratmobile

The Runaways

Hole

Mannequin Pussy


Instrument influences

Screaming Females

Bikini Kill

Sheer Mag

Angel Dust

The Slits


Karaoke songs

Love is a Rose- Linda Ronstadt

Love Shack- B52’s

Man I Feel Like A Woman- Shania Twain

I Love Rock And Roll- Joan Jett

These Boots Are Made For Walkin- Nancy Sinatra


Junk foods

Zebra Cakes

Pizza Fiesta

Peach-o’s

Cookie Dough

Browie Sundaes


Places to eat in Pittsburgh 

Spak

Thai Gourmet

Pizza Fiesta

Hug Thai

Double Wide


Movies

Labyrinth

The Last Unicorn

Heaven Knows What

Mouse Hunt

Julie and Julia


Role models

My Auntie Mal

Kathleen Hanna

Joan Jett

The lady that runs the Friendship dog show

Ari Up


Swither songs

Sharpshooter

Christmas

Orange Peels

Helter Seltzer

Maniac


Things to cook at home

Broccoli Alfredo

“Eggies in a Cup” (ask me about it sometime)

Mushroom Risotto

Lasagna

Egg Noodles


Productive ways to pass time during corona

Sewing

Painting

Makeup

Jamming

Workin on a zine


Unproductive ways to pass time during corona

smokin grass
sleeping/depression napping
cutting my hair
bleaching my hair
eating pizza fiesta


Songs right now 

Double Dare Ya- Bikini Kill

Some Mutts (Cant Be Muzzled) - Amyl and the Sniffers

Sick Beat- Kero Kero Bonito

Chick Habit- April March

Lola- The Raincoats


80s pop jams

Heartbreaker- Pat Benatar

Notorious- Duran Duran

Girls Just Want To Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper

I Want Candy- Bow Wow Wow

Tainted Love- Soft Cell


Venues you’ve played

Lavender Town

Glove World

Howlers

Mr. Smalls

Cafe Verona


Albums that changed your life 

Bikini Kill- Bikini Kill

Everclear- Sparkle and Fade

The Runaways- The Runaways

Neil Young- Harvest

The Presidents of the United State of America- The Presidents of the United States of America


Pizza toppings

Green Peppers

Mushrooms

Onions

Buff Seitan

Broccoli


Cities you’ve visited 

Dublin

Eagle Bay, NY

Albany, NY

Cancun, Mexico

Punxsutawney, PA


Condiments

Honey Mustard

Sriracha Aioli

Ranch

Maple Syrup

Mayo


Fictional characters 

Jareth The Goblin King

Tony Soprano

Carmella Soprano

Hello Kitty

Bart Simpson



Written by Tyler Gallagher (@TylerGallagher8)
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Twenty Top 5s with Luke McGowan


HEY! Welcome to Twenty Top 5s. I (Tyler) have been sending out questionnaires to some of my favorite musicians and asking for their top 5 in every category. I’ll be publishing them every Thursday for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this lets you get to know some of your favorite musicians a little bit better, and I hope it distracts you in these trying times.

Today's Twenty Top 5s participant is Luke McGowan. Luke is a prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from right here in Pittsburgh whose work spans many genres and styles. Most recently Luke has been getting a band called the Original Citrus together before Covid ruined all of our musical plans, but in classic Luke fashion, he used this time to release an entire album, Ode to Monotony. Ode to Monotony is a fuzzy, psychedelic pop album reminiscent of some of the earlier Flaming Lips albums, and boy, does it bop. Luke played all of the instruments and produced it himself, an amazing feat anytime, but especially when so many of us artists are sapped of creative energy.



Luke was also the original drummer/singer/guitarist of the Zells, whom I currently play with. We are all thrilled to have him back in Pittsburgh creating again, and we eagerly await the live and recording debut of the Original Citrus. Until then, keep checking back on Luke's bandcamp, as the man simply cannot be stopped when it comes to writing and recording everything from fuzz-rock bangers to introspective electronic music.


recording artists when you were in high school

Bruce Springsteen

The Clash

Conor Oberst

The Avett Brothers

Neutral Milk Hotel


Instrument influences

Piano: Daniel Johnston (His modernist ragtime on Songs of Pain is where I aspire to be)

Bass: Gary Tallent (Any time I sit down to write a bass line it ends up sounding like either the intro to Born to Run or Fire)

Guitar: Kevin Shields (I’ve never been too technical on the guitar, so I like to make big, droning, yet somehow melodic sounds whenever applicable)

Synth: Al P (girlsareshort really knew how to turn a subtle synth melody into something really memorable)

Guitar: Stephen Malkmus (Again with talk of melody, but the guy is an expert on drawing structure from the absurd. Melodies cut through noise like light in a crack in the foundation of my basement.)


Songwriting influences

Robert Pollard

Stephen Malkmus

Jeff Mangum

Bruce Springsteen

David Berman


Karaoke songs

Margaritaville (the one, true redemption song)- James Buffett

Hungry Heart- Bruce Springsteen

Tiptoe Through the Tulips- Tiny Tim

Surrender- Cheap Trick

Death or Glory- The Clash


Junk foods

Smoked oysters on Chicken in a Biskit crackers

Bite sized round tortilla chips with roasted red pepper hummus

Crab chips

Popcorn with an inordinate amount of butter

Olives at the bottom of my martini


Places to eat in Pittsburgh

Merchant Oysters

Muddy Waters (really anywhere that has oysters on the halfie)

Thai n’ Noodle Outlet (they deliver to my house in under 20 minutes and they have insane goons and dumplings)

Park Pizza and Cream

Franktuary (probably not actually, but I’m craving hotdogs right now and also most of the time)


Movies

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

The Royal Tenenbaums/ The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou/ The Darjeeling Limited

Shrek (I don’t fuck with the sequels)

The Wind Rises

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Role models

Grandpa Phil

Howard Hays

Bruce Springsteen

Abe Lincoln

Franz Kafka


songs you’ve written

Zero Gravity and Other Drugs

High in Dupont Circle Listening to "Heroes" by David Bowie

Sleepless, Silent Nights

Drip Me a River

Beach Things


Pittsburgh bands

Panther Hollow

String Machine

The Zells

Rave Ami

One Hundred Year Ocean


Productive ways to pass time during corona

Write music

Hack some ramen

Teach your roomba some cool tricks

Learn how to draw hands

Work on sock puppet movie


Unproductive ways to pass time during corona

Pick up a good book. Set it down before you finish your first page

Pacing (I’m glad to have a long, skinny house)

Buy into virtual capitalism via Animal Crossing

Ask yourself, “what is that smell?” in 5 minute intervals and then realize the smell is still you.

Consider whether or not we are living in a simulation (it really doesn’t matter if we are, but we almost certainly are unless this is truly the end times, in which case it is a crapshoot)


Songs right now

The Boy- Shannon and the Clams

Good Bad Times- Hinds

Hair- Porches

As You Are- Onodera (FFO of Mr. Rogers-induced nostalgia)

Volver, Volver- Vicente Fernandez


80s pop jams

Come on Eileen- Dexy’s Midnight Runners

You Make My Dreams- Hall and Oates

99 Luftballons- Nena

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper

Karma Chameleon- Wham!


Bruce Springsteen albums

Nebraska

Born to Run

Greetings

The Wild, The Innocent, The E Street Shuffle

The River


Albums that changed your life 

The Monitor- Titus Andronicus

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea- Neutral Milk Hotel

Yellow Submarine Movie Soundtrack- The Beatles, George Martin

The Clash- London Calling

Guided by Voices- Bee Thousand


Pizza toppings

Onions

Sausage

Roasted Red Peppers

A fuck ton of cheese

Big Mac ingredients (it was a thing at my high school)


Cities you’ve visited

San Juan

Mumbai

Philadelphia

New York

Blacksburg


Condiments

Ranch

Mayochup

Chik-Fil-A Sauce

Mustard

Garlic Aioli


Fictional characters

Legolas

Jimmy Neutron

Nute Gunray (Star Wars)

Grimace (McDonalds)

Violet Baudelaire



Written by Tyler Gallagher (@TylerGallagher8)
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Twenty Top 5s with Gab Landrum


HEY! Welcome to Twenty Top 5s. I (Tyler) have been sending out questionnaires to some of my favorite musicians and asking for their top 5 in every category. I’ll be publishing them every Thursday for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this lets you get to know some of your favorite musicians a little bit better, and I hope it distracts you in these trying times.

Today's Twenty Top 5s participant is Gab Landrum. They are a Philly-based renaissance person of sorts, a talented musician, comedian, and tattoo artist. Gab sings and plays ukulele in Lenny and Carl, a laid-back pop act where their bouncy songwriting is showcased over top can't-help-but-dance instrumentals courtesy of Lenny and Carl counterpart, Matt McMenamin. Lenny and Carl's music is released under Gab's own record label, Okay Records, as if they weren't busy enough creating the music itself.


Gab is another one of the many talented artists to come from my high school. They are one of the funniest people I've ever met (seriously, @bigbabypokes is an incredible Twitter account), and their art is incredible. Definitely check out Lenny and Carl, and definitely check out Gab's art and tattoos (@bigbabypokes on Instagram). Maybe one day they'll be able to give you a My Chemical Romance-inspired tattoo like they did for me!

recording artists when you were in high school

Imogen Heap

Nirvana

OutKast

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Kimya Dawson


Instrument influences

Kimya Dawson

Fiona Apple

Nirvana

Metric

The Front Bottoms


Songwriting influences 

Imogen Heap

The Front Bottoms

Alabama Shakes

Kimya Dawson

Metric


Karaoke songs

Int’l Players Anthem by UGK

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

Crazy on You by Heart

Sugar We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy

Criminal by Fiona Apple


Junk foods

Pickle chips

Spicy Doritos

French fries

A beautiful onion ring

deviled egg


Places to eat in Philly 

Tattooed moms

Morimoto

Terakawa Ramen

Bing Bing Dim Sum

POPE


Movies

Dumb and Dumber

Austin Powers: Int’l Man is Mystery

Kubo

Eternal Sunshine

Ginger Snaps


Role models

God

Jesus

Christ

The Lord

Guy who guards gates of heaven


Lenny & Carl songs

Spit

For Real? (demo)

Come On

Baby

Cute


Philly bands 

The Ire

Zorn

Alien Birth

Positronix

Trap Rabbit


Productive ways to pass time during corona

Play music

Draw

Tattoo myself

Art commissions

Clean


Unproductive ways to pass time during corona

Fortnite

Animal crossing

Lay down

90 Day Fiancé

Stare into the abyss


Songs right now 

Venetia by Lil Uzi Vert

Dancing Nancies by Dave Matthews Band

Sweet Tooth by Cavetown

Don’t Dream It’s Over (cover) by Sixpence None the Richer

Black Qualls by Thundercat


80s pop jams

No Reply at All by Genesis

Private Eyes by Hall and Oates

I Can’t Go For That by Hall and Oates

Alone by Heart

Take on Me by Aha


Tattoo artists

Cake @tattoosbycake NY

Ben Phan @heartfuzz Philly

L Hammel @mathgoth Pittsburgh

Log @log_tattoo Seoul, Korea

Diana Leets @dianaleets


Albums that changed your life 

Circle in Square by Stevie Wonder

Channel Orange by Frank Ocean

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance

Fallen by Evanescence

Be The Cowboy by Mitski


Pizza toppings

Uncured Pepperoni

Mushrooms

Black olives

Red onion

Fresh garlic


Cities you’ve visited 

Florence

Chicago

New Orleans

NYC

Toronto


Condiments

Cholula

Sriracha

Sriracha Mayo

Ketchup

Horseradish


Fictional characters 

Bugs Bunny

Scott Pilgrim

Millhouse

Pauly D on jersey shore (can’t be real)

Goofy



Written by Tyler Gallagher (@TylerGallagher8)
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