Pod Picks

August 1, 2012 

Oil up your iPods or other personal media devices and get them ready as we recommend another batch of bitchin’ new music for downloading (legally) or streaming.

“Oh Love” by Green Day

Goodbye to the weighty, political finger-pointing – welcome back to the foot-stomping power pop that made you famous enough to start finger-pointing in the first place. But don’t be too disappointed if you wanted more politically charged Green Day.

The trio plans to release three albums in four months starting on Sept. 25. This single is from the first that will return to the punky-pop of the “Dookie” days of the mid-‘90s. The second album will be a raw garage jam releasing in November and for the third, an about-face to recent form with an epic, full-bodied flavor in January. For now, let’s enjoy the easy-listening sounds of 1994.

“Charmer” by Aimee Mann

Mann has come so far since ‘Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry.” She’s released eight albums as a solo artist but you’d have to be a big fan to know that because most of the material has been acoustic and mellow songs involving big issues.

In 2008, she came out with, “@#%&*! Smilers,” which connects a more pop-friendly sound with her rich lyrics. This cheerful, little ditty continues in this new direction. She lets the synthesizer give the song an illusion of joviality. But Mann’s voice is an honest instrument and cuts right into the dualities of charming people.

“Countermeasure” by Dub Pistols

Oh, to the land of dub and big beat – the swing of a horn section, the catch of sampled beats and looped vocal tracks. Now, lay down a rap with loads of shout-outs on top of that. Dub Pistols have been doing this since ’98 but the sound on the act’s latest album, “Worshipping the Dollar,” is more organically funky with live bass and drums.

In this new funk, there’s fun to be had but also urgency. The urgency of the music translates to the vocals and gives the whole affair more weight to throw around.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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