Pod Picks for March 14, 2013

March 13, 2013 

Here’s some cool new stuff to chew on that you download (legally, of course) or stream to your MP3 player, tablet, Smartphone or other personal media device.

"Away We Go" by Coheed and Cambria

Since 1995, this New York band has mixed up a great big dose of Rush-style prog-rock with comic book fanboy fantasy. Their seven studio albums have chronicled the science-fiction Amory Wars saga which has been the basis of a comic book series and a novel. This song is from the latest album “The Afterman: Descension” and the completion of a career-long storyline. For a prog-rock band whose bread and butter has been soaring epic songs, this is surprisingly pop-based and never veers into dark areas. But it’s also cool to see a band approach songs in new ways and produce atypical and diverse tracks.

"Sight of the Sun" by fun.

The success of the HBO comedy “Girls” may have something to do with its oblivious messiness and the capturing of a generation who suffers from overt self-examination, technological isolation and attention neediness. It may also have something to do with a loaded soundtrack each week. And no one makes well-timed technological self-examination as well as the pop-centric fun. Nate Ruess’ vocals seem so at home over piano, strings and electronic chamber music. Another delicious hit from an aptly named band that even at the most maudlin, sound like they’re having a blast.

"In the Moonlight" by Pearl Jam featuring Josh Homme

For the last 20 years, Pearl Jam has done something crazy, something that very few bands do nowadays. The band honors its fans and the idea of a fan club by giving away free shit – usually unreleased music and the like – vinyl, downloads, etc. This is one of those freebies. The song is a live take on an outtake from the band’s 2000 album, “Binaural.” It was a Christmas present from the band to the members of the Ten Club and features Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme on accompanying vocals. And it makes you wonder how this song hasn’t seen the light of day until now.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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