Wichita Recordings 15th Anniversary Playlist
22 Oct 2015
This month, the wonderful Wichita Recordings turned fifteen years old. We asked Ben Wileman to put together a playlist of fifteen songs, one for each year of existence. As you can imagine, it’s quite the concoction. There's Bright Eyes, Les Savy Fav, Bloc Party, My Morning Jacket, Simian Mobile Disco and more - a song for every occasion. Listen below and be sure to read Ben's band breakdown:
1. Bright Eyes - The Calendar Hung Itself
From our very first release, the only way this playlist could start. Conor will always be part of the Wichita family.
2. Her Space Holiday - Key Stroke
And another gentleman who jumped on the Wichita bus at an early stop. Marc Bianchi is such an under-rated dude (except in Japan where he gets the love he deserves).
3. My Morning Jacket - Lowdown
Often imitated, never bettered. The Jacket. What a band!
4. The Bronx - They Will Kill Us All (Without Mercy)
And speaking of amazing bands… The Bronx… what can you say?! Truly one of the greatest. For a long while my very favourite live act. A sad loss to our roster.
5. Bloc Party - This Modern Love
The reason I was brought into the label (Dick and Mark realised there was going to be a lot of work to do…) I’ll never forget the night I got back home from a trip to the wrong gig in Archway with Mark (long story) with a copy of Silent Alarm and listened on repeat until 4 or 5am.
6. Espers - Dead King
Their debut was my favourite album of the 2004 and in 2005 I started working for Wichita and we licensed and released that album in Europe. It’s a fantastic record from a magical band. This is from the second (and even better) album though. I’m still keeping the hope for Espers IV alive.
7. Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing!
Before we signed LC!, I took Tom Campesinos! and Gareth Campesinos! to see The Mountain Goats play the Old Blue Last and we all sang “Hail Satan!” at the top of our lungs at the end of “The Greatest Death Metal Band In Denton” – and I’ve been singing along to this indie-disco classic at their shows ever since.
8. Les Savy Fav - Raging In The Plague Age
The legendary Les Savy Fav. I’ve had so many good times with this band. And then there was the time after one of the two NY release shows for this album that I woke up on the sidewalk by the Williamsburg Bridge on a fresh piece of cardboard. Yep, good times!
9. The Cribs - City of Bugs
Shout out to the Jarman brothers. It was exciting to see The Cribs grow and grow – both their fanbase and as musicians. And then Johnny Marr joined the band. Who’d have thought it??
10. Peggy Sue - I Read It In The Paper
We were big fans of this band’s live shows, so we signed their publishing, giving them the cash to fund recording their debut album. We liked that album so much we signed them for records also. Then a couple of years later, they needed management so we added them to our management roster also. Peggy Sue are a Wichita Triple-Threat.
11. Spectrals - Luck Is There To Be Pushed
I fell in love with this band the moment I saw them play for the first time at The Stags Head. Louis writes amazing songs. I’m still sad that Louis decided to stop doing Spectrals. I hope he gets it going again one day.
12. Simian Mobile Disco - The Dream of The Fisherman’s Wife
Another act who we have partied with a lot over the years – ha! So many (very blurry) memories. James and Jas are Wichita family forever. Supremely talented dudes, making music a cut above the rest.
13. FIDLAR - Max Can’t Surf
We needed some no-BS punk rock in our lives and FIDLAR arrived at exactly the right time. So many tunes!
14. Cloud Nothings - Pattern Walks
Another phenomenal live band and a trio of gentlemen very close to our hearts. On record they’ve stepped things up every time, so I’m very excited about the prospect of a new Cloud Nothings record coming sometime in the not-too-distant future.
15. Waxahatchee - Poison
And finally Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee. Another act whose records simply get better and better, and whose live shows are incredibly powerful whether solo or in the current five piece, triple-guitar configuration – which you can see at Islington Assembly Hall on the 29th October!
The Los Campesinos! show at Scala is SOLD OUT. Waxahatchee plays Islington Assembly Hall on the 29th October and tickets are available here.