Pod Picks

June 13, 2012 

This week we recommend some atmospheric rap, some Jersey roots rock and a shiny new (Fiona) Apple for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming to your personal media device.

“No Evidence” by SpaceGhostPurrp

There’s something to be said about bands that are made to work for their fame – traveling around from bar to bar, grinding it out on the road, playing their songs night after night until their work-in-progress becomes a standard in the set. The same is true of rappers. SpaceGhostPurrp is a seasoned 21-year-old because of his production background and his tireless efforts to make mix tapes of his songs and get them out to his grassroots fans. His first studio album for a real record label was released this week. This track is slick and atmospheric. He tunes his raps to the mood and doesn’t go crazy trying to dazzle. Instead, he allows the music to do the talking.

“45” by Gaslight Anthem

There is an ingredient of rock bands that hail from New Jersey. It’s a type of roots rock that can only breed in the barrooms of The Garden State. Let’s call it the Springsteen Principle – any music coming from here since 1980, be it punk or hair metal or R&B, has all been touched by the Springsteen Principle and is therefore coined as, The Jersey Sound. On Gaslight Anthem’s new release, there’s also plenty of influence from The Clash and The Replacements but “45” is a slice of Jersey roots rock.

“Every Single Night” by Fiona Apple

Rarely, is there a pop artist with a big fan base when said artist has only released four albums in 16 years. And add on the fact that Apple is a bit of a media brat, unpredictable and an eccentric. But it’s these attributes that make Apple’s music so great. Her small collection of recordings consist of precious gems – pressurized by erratic anger, quirky time signatures and a voice that sweetly drips with a coy, artistic genius. This song is all of those things. And who cares, if even her biggest fans can’t remember her new album title – “The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do” – Yes, Apple is a kook but she’s also kind of awesome.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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