Pod Picks for Oct. 3, 2013

October 2, 2013 

We’ve sussed out the following smoking tracks, so you don’t have to, so trust us, download (legally of course) or stream ‘em to your iPod, iPad, iPhone or other personal media device - you won’t be sorry.

“Hold Yourself Up” by The Polyphonic Spree

Who could’ve ever thought a symphonic choir was capable of this level of pop. With its first original music since 2007, the Spree hasn’t lost any of its optimism over the years. The band of more-than-twenty robed members mix a million classical elements with rock and pop. If this song is any indication of the rest of the material on the new album “Yes, It’s True,” then the waterfalls of sound continue that have dictated the group’s early years. The chorus dips in and out of the jangly cheerfulness, and lead singer/pop composer Tim DeLaughter pushes the song into danceable territory.

“Do I Look Worried” by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Following their debut album (which won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album), the husband-and-wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi journey in new explorations of the blues on their new album “Made Up Mind.” They’re really a power couple – Trucks being a guitar prodigy and Tedeschi is no slouch, spending almost 20 years belting soulful blues. Together it’s a nice push-and-pull, weaving through his ripping guitar solos and her rusty, but sweet, croon. They also incorporate a big blues sound with horns. It’s all so compatible.

“Chum” by Earl Sweatshirt

This 19-year-old rapper from Los Angeles comes onto the scene with some well-deserved hype. Joining the L.A. rap collective Odd Future in 2009, he produced his popular and free mix tape “Earl” in 2010. His debut studio album “Doris” came out this year, and on it he holds tight to his underground sensibilities. He lets the beat drop and he talk/raps around it – catching the rhythm when he needs to and walking away from it when it conflicts with what he wants to say. His lyrics feel thick and personal. He’s young, but he seems to have a command of where he wants his music to go.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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