This week we recommend some spanking new summertime jams for freshening up your playlist, mix tape or reloading of your iPod or other personal media device.
"2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)" by The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
The Flaming Lips aren’t a conventional band – Wayne Coyne and the boys recently recorded a song that lasts 24 hours and they deliver music to record stores inside of gummy fetuses. They’re like Dadaism Pop or Abstract Art Rock – a symphonic collision of sounds. On the Lips’ new album, “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends,” they bring in friends and admirers for collaborations. This one features Ke$ha and she pours F.U. attitude all over the chaotic track. No, this Ke$ha tune won’t get any Top 40 spins but listening to her treat a microphone like a naughty phallus is worth some attention.
"Dance All Night" by The Dirty Heads
A handful of good bands grew from the root of the reggae/dub/ska/rock/punk/hip-hop that Sublime planted about 15 years ago. None of these bands can match the raw magic Brad Nowell could produce. That doesn’t stop The Dirty Heads from trying. Their efforts continue on the sophomore album, “Cabin by the Sea.” Bringing in the Hassidic reggae superstar, Matisyahu, the track drives with a ska beat. The lyrics catch and hang in smooth summertime melodies. No, it’s not Sublime – hell, the reformed Sublime with Rome isn’t even Sublime – But it’s a nice soundtrack when the sand is under your toes and the beer is in your hand.
"That Time is Gone" by The dB’s – Finally, a dB’s reunion. What’s that you ask? Who are the dB’s? The answer is easy enough. They’re a bunch of guys from North Carolina who went to New York and formed a band in 1978 that made a few very good records, full of jangle pop which critics loved but nobody bought, then they broke up in 1988. After 30 years, this is the first time that all of the original members have recorded together. The jangle of youth is gone, replaced by mischievous rockabilly guitars, tambourine high-hats and wise words that took three decades to deliver.
Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge