Pod Picks for April 18, 2013

April 17, 2013 

Download (legally, of course) or stream these new tracks we’ve sussed out for you - trust us, we’re not the government.

"We No Who UR" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Their newest album, “Push the Sky Away,” features members of the Bad Seeds who haven’t recorded with the band since the ‘80s. Cave has also been venturing in other directions before coming back to his long-term relationship with his original Australian-based band. Since the Bad Seeds’ last album in 2008, Cave released an album with his side-project, Grinderman, and has done the musical score for half-a-dozen films. This track is barebones - Cave’s voice in the midst of a meditation. An echoing piano meanders down a path cut by the bass-line. Vocal harmonies follow Cave’s lead like ghosts. It’s all so spectacularly haunting.

"Brand New Cadillac" by Low Cut Connie

This band is parts Birmingham, England, parts New York City and parts Philly. But it sounds like 1950s rock ‘n’ roll on steroids. Last year, the band offered its second self-released album, “Call Me Sylvia,” and it would seem, the group has honed its brand of rockabilly party music. A blast of dirt floor adrenaline, the band stomps and throws vocals at anything that sounds like a hook. It doesn’t matter what era or style of music they choose to play, it’s their energy that’s so damn contagious.

"Ingenue" by Atoms for Peace

Here’s the thing about supergroups - the group as a whole is always being compared to its individual parts. That’s a tall order for this one with parts containing vocalist Thom Yorke of Radiohead, bassist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, longtime producer/sixth-member of Radiohead – Nigel Godrich on keyboards, drummer Joey Waronker who has played with Beck and R.E.M. and Brazilian instrumentalist Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark. Their first experiment in converging noise, “Amok,” is not too far away from Radiohead-fare and this song has a richness to its tone, a new pen for Yorke’s vocals to roll around in. Because it is a wallowing of digital and organic sounds washing against each other and if you could just figure out Yorke’s lyrics, it’s probably pretty profound.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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