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Play favorites... with Ryan Holladay of Bluebrain

BluebrainLocal group Bluebrain just released its debut album, "Soft Power."

Every Wednesday Click Track finds out what the city is listening to with Play favorites -- a weekly column where we ask a Washingtonian what's been been getting heavy spins on their stereo.

After enjoying his gentle, harp-centric, new-agey DJ set at the D.C. Record Fair on Sunday, we decided to ask Ryan Holladay of local duo Bluebrain what else he's been listening to. He came up with a playlist of pop, techno and drone -- selections that shouldn't surprise anyone who's heard "Soft Power," Bluebrain's latest collection of buzzy, post-Bowie rock gems. On to the list:

Adriano Celentano, "Prisencolinensinainciusol"
"I can’t pronounce the name of this song. [He proceeds to spell it out.] I don’t even know who the artist is. [It’s Italian singer and television personality Adriano Celentano.] This song is ridiculous. I don't even remember how I found it. Endless trolling on the Internet, I guess. It’s the most ahead of its time sounding thing I've ever heard."

Jonsi & Alex, "Howl"
"I just discovered this a week ago. I heard it in a record shop [Crooked Beat on 18th Street NW] over the speakers and thought, 'I have to have it.' Remember back in the day when you actually had to ask what it is?"

(Wintry mixes, Auto Tune and gateway tracks, after the jump)

Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Energy Flow"
I discovered this song when I was on a serious Erik Satie kick. I was looking for anything that sounded like that... It’s a great winter song.

Vampire Weekend, "California English"
I think this is actually one of the better uses of time compression and Auto Tuned vocals I've ever heard. It’s integral to how the song works out.

Modeselektor, "Sucker Pin"
A great song! I saw them a few months back and they didn’t play this song and I was really hoping they would. You know when you find that first song on a record that sort of explains the rest of the record to you? This was the gateway track.

By Chris Richards  |  February 17, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
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