This week 96.1, WKZQ-FM deejay Mason DJ Mase Brazelle returns to the Pod Picks guest chair, fresh off of a trip to SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas and recommends the following new tracks for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming that he was turned onto in the live setting at the massive music festival.
Jubilee Street, by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
One of the perks for me going to SXSW is that sometimes my birthday lands during it. This year was one of those years. A few years ago I was lucky enough to see Motorhead on my birthday there...this year is was none other than the Neil Diamond Of The Dead...Im talking about Mr. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. What can I say about the new album? If you like Nick Cave you will love it. If you dont know if you like Nick Cave...its time to find out. Make a point to at least find this video on the Interwebs.
Soothe My Soul, by Depeche Mode
I get it...I am very very lucky when it comes to seeing amazing shows. 2013s SXSW proved that. On my last night there I was lucky enough to see Depeche Mode for my first time. Oh yeah...it was me and 599 other people. Really, something like 600 people at this show. Of the new songs they played during their 10 song set, "Soothe My Soul" was the one that really took me back to old Mode. I dont mean "Violator"...I mean "Some Great Reward". OK...not THAT 80s, but its exactly what I wanted from Depeche Mode.
Breezeblocks, by Alt-J
Not totally sure what to say about this band and/or song. Straight up...they are an acquired taste. I didnt really get it until I saw them play on "Later...With Jools Holland" on Palladia (If you havent seen this show...do it!) Again...I am lucky...but I saw Alt-J play at the Warner Sound party with Atlas Genius, Joy Formidable and Flaming Lips. No, you dont want to know how many people were there...you would be mad. Thats not the point. "Breezeblocks" is the song that we get the most "who is that?" and "whats the name of that song?" calls. Not to mention that they are just nice guys.
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