Here we are: our fourth installment of “For the Record,” wherein we highlight some of the staff’s personal favorites from the Sub Pop catalog, wax hyperbolic on same, and then deeply discount the title(s) in question for 48 hours. And this time Carly Starr is making this feature her own by choosing not one, but two Constantines records. So perhaps this is our first “For the Record(s)”? Let’s get into it!
The Constantines are one of my favorite bands in the entire world.
Everything about Shine a Light and Constantines is perfect. How do I know? Because right now I’m listening to them (no, not at the same time) for the one billionth time and I still turned my speakers all the way up—which is what you do when you’re listening to a great fucking rock album. And that is what Shine a Light and Constantines are: amazing rock albums filled with sweet bass lines (yes, I sure did just say that!) and hand-claps all fronted by undeniable voices that you cannot resist singing along with.
I started to list my favorite songs but then I ended up with more than half of the album tracks. But really—“Arizona,” “Shine a Light,” “Young Offenders,” “Nighttime / Anytime (It’s Alright),” “Justice,” “Young Lions,” “Little Instruments,” “On to You”… SO MANY JAMS!
At the old (and what now seems really small) Sub Pop office we used to blare Shine a Light simultaneously on three stereos around 4 PM on Friday afternoons. Those were good days (who even has a stereo, besides me, at their desk anymore?).
If you ever get a chance to see this band play live you have to. No BS excuses. YOU MUST SEE THIS BAND PLAY LIVE. They might even throw you an instrument to play.
I’m not going to choose which album is my favorite so I’m picking both. I would suggest you do the same and just buy both. Play these albums really effing loud and don’t be afraid to let it out (not that).