Pod Picks for July 11, 2013

July 8, 2013 

This week we recommend some industrial rock, shock rock and Americana for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming to your iPod, iPad, iPhone or other personal media device.

"Came Back Haunted" by Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor owns the realm of industrial rock. After a five-year void between albums, this song is proof that NIN intends to return to form – the thud of that fuzzy bass, the intoxicating open chords of the synthesizer, Reznor’s erratic whispers, his sudden outbursts. It’s all part of the evolution of Reznor since NIN’s debut, “Pretty Hate Machine,” in 1989. So much of this holds to the original sound, but it’s different now. It’s intentional aggression. This is the first single off the new album, “Hesitation Marks” which drops on Sept. 3, and let this track be evidence that the fall sounds promising.

"You're so Vain" by Marilyn Manson

A bonus track on his 2012 album, “Born Villain,” this one was produced by Johnny Depp and features Depp’s talents on guitar and drums. Yes, it’s a Carly Simon cover but no, this Pod Pick’s not about her. This is about clouds in Manson’s creepy coffee. It’s about Manson taking a break from touring with Alice Cooper on their “Masters of Madness: Shock Therapy Tour 2013” to bring his style of shock rock to the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on Sunday. Manson can hold his own on a festival stage, but his act was made for the theatre atmosphere of a stage like HOB’s.

"Central Time" by Pokey LaFarge

And now, for something completely different, LaFarge is an anomaly in today’s music scene. He recently signed with Jack White’s Third Man Records, and it’s a great match. With his backing band, the South City Three, LaFarge churns out ragtime blues. It doesn’t feel natural for this kind of authentic Americana to be coming out of a 30-year-old guy. But this dude mixes washboards, cornets and clarinets into his stand-up basses and jazz acoustic guitars and guitjos and lap steels – what other performer is doing any of that? LaFarge has caught a lightning bolt in a mason jar. It’s a big statement made in a rustic tone.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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