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What are you listening to? (Mat Shoare)

Vocal/guitar/piano, the Empty Spaces

Mat Shoare of The Empty Spaces

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Mat Shoare, who released his first full-length album, “The Empty Spaces,” in 2010, recently sat down to outline 10 songs that have captured his attention.

For more information on Mat and his music, go to theemptyspacesband.com.

“Man We Was Lonely” by Paul McCartney

“My newest obsession is Paul McCartney’s solo records right after the Beatles breakup. Some of his best stuff. This track is a perfect mix of quirky and catchy.”

“Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” by Leonard Cohen

“My favorite kind of Leonard Cohen song. Soft, quiet and incredibly personal. The lyrics make you feel like you know a story without ever specifically telling one. He paints little nostalgic pictures with his words.”

“Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)” by Broken Social Scene

“One of the bands I play in, Everyday/Everynight, just wrote a new song, and my guitar part was heavily inspired by this song. Not to mention it being one of the most epic songs the band has.”

“Apeman” by the Kinks

“I’ve been jamming to this song since I bought what I think is the best Kinks album. Didn’t know about this song until I delved into the album.”

“I Like to Stay Home” by R. Stevie Moore

“Everyone should know who R. Stevie Moore is. The king of DIY. His style of recording and releasing records inspires me greatly. This is one of his best, and the video is awesome.”

“Blow Away” by George Harrison

“Probably the most corny of my selections. This is a great late-’70s Harrison track. The chorus just makes you want to move. Another ridiculous music video, too.”

“Dang Me” by Roger Miller

“Roger Miller is the drinking music for my band, the Empty Spaces. This is one of my favorites. I can relate to the lyrics.”

“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” by Paul McCartney

“This song is crazy. It is almost four different songs rolled into one. The second half of the song is where it picks up.”

“Heartattack and Vine” by Tom Waits

“Classic Waits. Gritty and drunk.”

“Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette

“I’ve loved this song since I was young. Just started listening to it again. I love Tammy Wynette’s yelpy vocal.”

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