The Districts: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

The Districts: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Philly’s the Districts recently dropped their third album, Popular Manipulations, via Fat Possum Records. High school friends, the band formed back in 2009 while they were still strolling through those halls. A few albums and lineup changes later, and the band has adopted a straight-forward sound that should appeal to fans of early-to-mid ’00s indie rock.

Produced by the band, along with John Congleton, Popular Manipulations has been propelling the band across a series of tour dates, from headlining stints to festivals to opening for My Morning Jacket.

The band took some time out, though, and dropped by TIDAL HQ the other day to chat about some records that changed their lives.

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The Magnetic Fields, The Charm of the Highway Strip

Rob Grote: It’s an album that I found a while ago that I really love and became important to me. It’s like country songs, but done in a very not-country way. I though it was very inspiring to see somebody doing whatever they wanted with it and not really following any rules or typical structures of how those types of songs should be played. And he’s got a very nice, low voice.

LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening

Pat Cassidy: I was shown that by a friend when I was entering high school and that’s a pretty formative time, I think. What my taste is now, I feel like it started then. The songwriting and everything really appealed to me. Lot’s of great tunes. Lot’s of cool sounds. They make electronic music that’s well thought-out and beautiful.

Sparklehorse, It’s a Wonderful Life

Braden Lawrence: It’s an album I heard the first year I moved to Philadelphia and just songwriting- and production-wise, it just really got to me. There are all kinds of distorted things with drums and vocals, which I think is really cool. It can be really heavy at times and really sad; it’s a good mix of sounds. 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Connor Jacobus: I think that was the first one of their albums that I listened to a couple of years ago. It’s the first band that I ever listened to that made that kind of music. It’s really good for long drives.

Andy Shauf, The Party

Grote (for the band): We’d been familiar with him before that album, but amongst all of our friends everyone kind of agreed that it was just an amazing record. It’s really amazing songwriting, the production’s awesome, he played most of it by himself.


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