Pod Picks for Jan. 10, 2013

January 11, 2013 

This week we recommend some smack, some clap and some sun-hatin’ for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming to liven up your playlist or personal media device.

"Jilly’s on Smack" by Primus

A band that has spent almost 30 years defying genres, Primus should be held just below Rush as the greatest trio ever. They have juggled members through the years but the umbrella of weirdness Les Claypool projects has brought in interchangeable parts, preserving the sound quirks we all have come to expect. This is a song from the 2011 album, “Green Naugahyde,” recently getting the video treatment as a single. It’s a fine example of why the band continues to entertain – A masterpiece in creepy instrumentation with Claypool’s voice lost and screaming to get out of the track.

"The Magic Clap" by The Coup

You may recognize the singer from the super-group, Street Sweeper Social Club. His name is Boots Riley and The Coup is his day job. The band is super funky and political, but the funk comes first. As the title indicates, there’s a lot of clapping going on. Riley changes speeds – rapping and singing. The whole sound grooves into smart verses and catchy choruses. The band has been around for more than 20 years but sounds brand new. If you’ve somehow missed this group for the last two decades, make a move and check it out today.

"Sunloathe" by Wilco

This is another single off a 2011 album getting new life after a new trippy video. The video features doodle animation and a bit of a puppet show. The song is atmospheric but not a droning, lost-in-the-muddle atmospheric, more like one of those Beatles’ tunes that floats on a somber mood. But Wilco has made a rich career out of finding a mood and diving into it with both feet, examining every corner before letting go to find a new mood. This time misery is the mood and hate for what the rising sun brings. The music moves ironically against the lyrics and you begin to feel the warmth before it’s all done.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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