Diego Garcia,musician under
Diego Garcia creates lyrical pop ballads that defy easy categoriza- tion. Born in Detroit to Argentinean parents, he was weaned on great
Latin balladeers. “I didn’t like them when I was
young,” he says. “I thought they were so cheesy.”
Instead he turned to the likes of David Bowie and
Iggy Pop. He played Lou Reed’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror” while learning how to play the guitar. Now
all grown up, he’s figured out how to tune in to
his myriad inspirations, as evidenced on his latest
album, Paradise. Here he lays out a playlist of
favorite songs from favorite influences.
1 | PIERO: “MI VIEJO” (“MY Old Man”)
I highly recommend Piero as a sort of gateway
into this lost world of psychedelic folk Latin
music, which inspired so many different artists
from Devendra Banhart to Ariel Pink.
2 | JUlIO IGlESIaS: “POR Una MUJER”
(“FOR a WOMan”)
He’s everything. I want to specify this is early
Julio Iglesias, before the tan. He just sings
about romance but in a smooth, cool way.
3 | ROBERTO CaRlOS: “dETallES”
I love the simplicity of his songwriting, combined with the sophisticated arrangements.
That’s what really draws me to his music.
4 | lEOnaRdO FaVIO: “FUISTE MIa Un
VERanO” (“YOU WERE MInE OnE SUMMER”)
I take from Favio his delivery, his sincerity, his
total commitment to character, whether it’s
real or just for dramatic effect. He was a man
singing about love lost, and it was just so real.
5 | nEIl dIaMOnd: “SHIlO”
When he started, he was, in my opinion, one
of the greatest songwriters ever. How good
do you have to be to sing about an imaginary
friend and make it sound cool?
6 | SCOTT WalKER: “IT’S RaInInG TOdaY”
I’ve been consistently playing it when I sit
down with my wife for dinner. It’s one of the
richest-sounding recordings I’ve ever heard
in my life.
7 | JOSÉ FElICIanO: la COPa ROTa (“THE
This is on the most brilliant album ever; it’s
all boleros. It’s really dark and dramatic and
crazy on every level.
8 | aRIEl PInK’S HaUn TEd GRaFFITI:
I came from an indie background, with my band
Elefant. I still wake up and check Pitchfork every
day and see what the new cool indie band is.
This song sounds like an old jam from the sixties.
It blows my mind that he can do that.
9 | daVId BOWIE: “WHERE aRE WE nOW?”
The obvious would be to reference the classics,
but I have to go with the last record he put out.
I was on a train going from Philadelphia to New
York and I listened to this song on repeat for
two hours. It was the most beautiful soundtrack
for that trip. —Lisa Rosen