Speedy Ortiz just released Real Hair, their excellent new EP for Carpark Records, and everyone seems to have a band they think it sounds like, so we've invited them to set the record straight and put together a playlist for our 'Under The Influence' series. Some of their choices will make total sense to you, they're clearly fans of crunching guitar after all, and then there's some fun to be found in the left field, a dash of their newest infatuations and a touch of comfort classics. It reflects their evolution from a solo project to a for-real-band, still different in certain ways but bonded by a mutual love of music. They even learned a little bit about themselves, and luckily, they were kind enough to let us listen in.

"We love putting together mixtapes and playlists for each other. Often, our selections gravitate towards what's new and exciting--the musicians we're just getting invested in, the up-and-coming bands we want to introduce to our friends. Putting together a playlist for Under the Influence flexed a different kind of muscle, however: one more deeply connected to nostalgia. Though our individual tastes have never aligned neatly, it was fun to see how many of our selections applied to more than one bandmate, proving that despite our disparate favorite flavors-of-the-week, we've got some musical DNA in common."

1. The Nerves / 'Hanging On The Telephone / The Nerves EP

There's something therapeutic about a several-day sulk-in, and The Nerves' 'Hanging On The Telephone' has soundtracked a handful of my 48-hour locked-in-the-bedroom sessions. Despite a fairly straightforward plot, it manages to paint several shades of emotion into the typical landline lurk. There's sadness ("Oh, why can't we talk again?"), paranoia ("I heard your mother, now she's going out the door / Did she go to work or just go the store?"), and even a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel (or wall jack, what have you) when the protagonist finally gets his girl on the line. Just the right kind of muddled optimism to get anybody through whatever bummer de semaine. (Sadie)

2. J Dilla / 'Lightworks' / Donuts

I was introduced to J Dilla about 6 years ago, and since then he has become one of my most listened to artists. His masterpiece, Donuts, is hands-down the greatest beat tape I've ever heard. 'Lightworks' has an especially warm spot in my heart because it samples a song by Raymond Scott, who scored one of my favorite shows, Looney Toons. (Darl)

3. Sonny Sharrock / 'Portrait of Linda in Three Colors, All Black' / Black Woman

What starts as a tuneful vamp suggesting Latin rhythm in the major key quickly devolves into a post jazz freakout impeded by description. I think it's safe to say that Sonny and Linda taught me more through Black Woman than was possible through my first two years of university! (Matt)

4. Dr. Octagon / 'Blue Flowers' / Dr. Octagonecologyst

'Blue Flowers' is the centerpiece of one of the rare hip-hop releases where every song and skit is not only amazing but essential. Back in the 60s when bands like Small Faces, The Moody Blues and Zappa were all about "blowing people's minds" with their "concept albums," Dr. Octagonecologyst (a.k.a. The Dali of hiphop) is really what they should have been aiming for. "Your insurance is high but my price is cheap." (Mike)

5. Autolux / 'Future Perfect' / Here Comes Everybody 7"

Carla Azar's one of my all time favorite drummers, partially for her mastery of that slightly-behind-the-beat stutter she exhibits so well on this track. Her fills lead perfectly into guitarist Greg Edward's suspenseful chorus swells, and Eugene Goreshter's barely asserted refrain, "I change my head so my friends don't call me / I change my head so no one can fault me." Between its playschool toy piano introduction and the dark melodics that ensue, 'Future Perfect' can't seem to decide whether it's sinister or rosy, and so it winds up both. Neat. (Sadie)

6. Minutemen / 'Two Beads at the End' / Double Nickels on the Dime

In middle school, my guitar teacher insisted on me listening to Minutemen. It took me a few years to start getting into them, but since then I can't ever get them out of my brain. One time when I was in Columbus, OH, I had a dream that I was going to see the Minutemen play, and heard this song from the distance. Unfortunately I woke up and never got to meet dream Mike Watt. (Darl)

7. Chris Weisman / 'Saved in Chats' / Fresh Sip

I blind bought Chris Weisman's 2010 release Fresh Sip and pulled over the car to shed joyful tears that brilliant music like this existed, nevertheless locally. 'Open Tuning' served as my real first glimpse into Chris's world but it is not available on youtube. 'Saved in Chats' works as a fine substitute. (Matt)

8. Ween / 'Baby Bitch' / Chocolate and Cheese

'Baby Bitch' is partially remarkable since Ween ended up inadvertently paying homage to Elliott Smith (probably) years before ever hearing any of his music. This one also stood out among most of their catalog up until that point as a surprisingly sincere jam completely devoid of the 4-track tape manipulation that had become their calling card. (Mike)

9. Big Star / 'Back of a Car' / Radio City

Although many of their songs can be extremely depressing, there is no greater cure for the blues than Big Star. Right after a break-up, I always find myself listening to them on repeat. Their songs encapsulate what it means to be an emotional teenager, and this song in particular always reminds me of the good times cruising around in high school. I miss you Alex Chilton. (Darl)

10. Aaliyah / 'More Than A Woman' / Aaliyah

The most jammable jam on the entire Now That's What I Call Music! 51 (UK Series) double-disc, this was also the first Aaliyah single released after Baby Girl's tragic death. 'Rock The Boat' was a bigger hit that year, but its dark imagery and underwater shots always seemed too eerily reminiscent of her fatal plane crash. 'More Than A Woman', on the other hand, is triumphant fun and undeniably hot--a perfect example of Timbaland and Aaliyah at their strongest. Every couple years I go through a phase in which I can only listen to 'More Than A Woman' for weeks at a time, and it's also my karaoke go-to. Her performance sounds effortless, but it's a tough song to sing decently, and a reminder of just how muscular Aaliyah's voice was, though she never resorted to showiness. (Sadie)