Pod Picks for Oct. 4, 2012

October 2, 2012 

We’ve polished off the Pod Picks Guest Chair for Switchfoot guitarist Drew Shirley, who recommends the following classic tracks for inclusion in any serious music-lovers’ e-collection or personal media device playlist.

“When the Levee Breaks,” by Led Zeppelin.

This is an essential song for every iPod. The mysteriously recorded bombastic drums that opens the track have been sampled many times across many genres. The swampy guitars and harmonica mix together with an almost prophetic vocal. The groove is infectious and can put the listener in a trance. This is a classic song and a classic recording. 

“I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,” by U2

I think this song speaks to the soul of every honest person who ever lived. The lyrics are filled with a beautiful longing that matches the wide open landscape of the music. Edge's signature delay sound and the driving rhythm section mix with this gospel-type lyric to create a classic for me. 

“Yesterday,” by The Beatles

This has to be one of the most beautiful top line melodies I know. The vocal glides along effortlessly expressing the hope of things in the past. It reminds me of the innocence that we all once had and calls us to live in light of it. I love this song and could listen to it once a day for a thousand years.” 

You can catch Drew Shirley playing guitar with Swtichfoot on Friday at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheDrewcast.

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