Pod Picks for Sept. 6, 2012

September 4, 2012 

Oil up your iPod, iPhone, iPad other personal media device, because we’ve got another batch of killer tunes we recommend for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming.

“One Lonely Day” by Citizen Cope

Singer songwriter, Clarence Greenwood aka Citizen Cope, has been rolling out his brand of laid-back rock and soul for almost two decades, but he wasn’t signed to a major label until 2002. Now he’s on his own label, and this song solidifies his loyal tradition of making music that matters to him and his stronghold of fans. A ballad about coming together as a community after a tragedy, told simply with an acoustic guitar and a four-piece orchestra. His stage name fits the content well as his voice carries a tenor of humility and earnestness.

“Lincoln Continental” by The Felice Brothers

Think Woody Guthrie’s tattered voice barking out stream-of-conscious folk. Now think Bob Dylan weaving a story through a song, choruses giving emphasis to punch-lines and morals. That’s The Felice Brothers starting point and this band from upstate New York builds up from there. This song comes from the new collection of unreleased material and tradition folk songs, “God Bless You, Amigo.” The band has only been around six years and already releasing previously unreleased material? Some songwriters are just prolific, whatever the case, this is far from a tossed-aside track – it’s an upbeat swing of a tune, covering one of folk music’s favorite topics – the American automobile.

“Hara-kiri” By Serj Tankian

Whether he’s fronting System of a Down or an orchestra or he’s doing a solo project, Tankian’s vocals are distinct and powerful. On his most recent effort, “Hara-kiri,” he delivers his trademark soaring pipes mixed with chaotic music and his usual vocal tricks. This single with the same name, is more melody than manic and it could have come off a System of a Down album. It’s almost a political power ballad. For those of you who can’t get enough of Tankian’s voice, in the near future, he will be releasing a jazz album, an electronica album, another orchestral album, and System of a Down recently regrouped to play several shows. So Serj is surging.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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