Pod Picks for June 13, 2013

June 12, 2013 

Check out this eclectic grab bag of new tunes we recommend for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming to your personal media device.

"Usurper Bastard’s Rant" by Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals

If his first single is any indication as to the tone of his new solo record, “Walk Through Exits Only,” it’s clear that Anselmo aims to recapture the pile driving sound of his past. He growls over thumping double-bass drums. He roars alongside a grind so dirty it’s apparently been greased with the angst of his bad decisions over the years. He’s sung with a dozen bands through the years, Pantera and Down and super-groups and side projects, and they’ve been heavy, but this feels hard and personal.

"Diane Young" by Vampire Weekend

The title is a play on the words, “dying young,” and the song has a split personality – part of it is the bouncy/biting pop you’ve come to love from Vampire Weekend, part of it is the confident strut of Elvis and part of it is studio noodling with the vocals and the drum track. All of it is Vampire Weekend’s new sound that moves away from the Soweto-pop of the band’s first two albums. It dives playfully into dark waters and splashes around until it drifts into the uncharted.

"When You Get to Asheville" by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

The song starts off by Brickell singing sweetly over Martin’s banjo, “When you get to Asheville, send me an e-mail.” It’s a fine mix of old and new. Martin has been making a solid statement by using his golden years to explore the finer elements of banjo and bluegrass music. Just like when he decided to go from stand-up comedian to actor to screenwriter to director to author and playwright – he doesn’t do anything half-ass. His new album, “Love Has Come For You” is a collaboration with Brickell and it sounds extremely natural. The two will join the Grammy winning band, Steep Canyon Rangers from North Carolina on tour this summer.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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