Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child

Record Shopping with Emily HainesI just love everything that Willie represents and his voice is a rough diamond. I actually covered 'Always on My Mind', such is my appreciation for the man. He’s a dusty crooner of the highest pedigree and I could only hope to have a career of such scope and longevity. Wish me luck Willie!

Robert Wyatt - Comicopera

Record Shopping with Emily HainesMy father was a poet who wrote the lyrics for Carla Bley’s 'Escalator Over the Hill' and a very adventurous listener who introduced me throughout my life to rare and unusual music. He and Robert crossed paths at some point and formed a deep friendship expressed in letters and cassettes and I had the incredible privilege of growing up with Robert Wyatt’s music playing as the soundtrack. When I first started writing my own songs, I would send them to Robert, and he would give me notes and words of encouragement that I still draw on to this day. After my father died, he was one of the few to consistently call my mom and offer solace. So yes, in addition to being one of the most original songwriters in the world with an astounding voice and moral spirit, the man is also incredibly kind and generous. This album, all his albums, I cannot recommend it enough.

Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

Record Shopping with Emily HainesI was introduced to Wolf Alice by Justin Meldal-Johnson, he produced our new album Art of Doubt and he produced their most recent album too. I was actually in London the night of the Mercury Prize awards ceremony and got to see their performance on the show and their big win. They are so completely themselves and they remind me in some ways of the early days of Metric. I can’t wait to hear more from this band in the future!

Interpol - Marauder

Record Shopping with Emily HainesThis band will always have a place in my heart going back to our time in NYC in the late nineties/early 2000s. It makes me happy that they are still making records and touring despite the lineup changes and other challenges. Little known fact: I’m the girl in the video for the song 'Games for Days' from Paul’s solo album!

LIARS - 1/1 (Original Film Soundtrack)

Record Shopping with Emily HainesI was introduced to Liars’ music in that same early 2000s era in NYC, they lived briefly at our loft. I love all their albums for different reasons but had no idea they composed this film score! I had the pleasure of seeing them play last year at Desert Daze Festival in California, they are so good live it’s insane. Angus is such an imposing figure on stage, but in person he’s just a lovely guy.

Watch the video for 'Legend of the Wild Horse' below to get an idea of what to expect with Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton's most recent album, Choir of the Mind, which is out now. And as always, a massive shoutout to Rough Trade East for their generous hospitality.

Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines
Record Shopping with Emily Haines