My Music

with Carrie Gates

Carrie is a Saskatoon-based multidisciplinary artist and all-round force of nature who counts music, visual art, photography, fashion and more as creative outlets. Here are five songs she considers favourites. /Gregory Beatty

“Silver Rocket”
Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation (1988)

This is a killer song about the power of music. Sometimes the music you love feels like gasoline thrown into the fire of your heart, but you control it. I’ll admit that I’m often guilty of putting too much value on a person’s perspective about this album when dating.

“The Way I Move”
Jody Breeze
Eezy Breezy Beautiful (2010)

This influential cover of Sade’s “Cherish the Day” track (1992) is an oddly slow and romantic classic in the footwork and juke music scene. Juke and footwork music comes from the Chicago breakdance and rave scene, and is designed to inspire dancers to show their fanciest footwork at battles.

“4:33”
John Cage (1952)

This is an experimental composition that instructs a pianist to sit at a piano during a performance without touching the piano for the duration of four minutes and 33 seconds, letting the sound of the audience reaction be the music. It has been covered by many artists.

“Acnecore”
Scream Club, Nicky Click & Joey Casio
Don’t Bite Your Sister (2004)

This super fun track is all about popping pimples on the one you love. Nicky Click and Scream Club are sweet pals of mine who have made so much amazing hip hop and dance music about queer identity, love, and life. This is their most playful track and it never fails to make me giggle.

“565, Where Are You?”
The Z.A.C.K.
Disco Cosmix (1979)

I found this epic Italo disco album on vinyl in the early ’90s and it was the first song I ever played on my old radio show, “Deep Nocturnal Trance Missions” over 20 years ago. GROOVY!