Pod Picks for Jan. 30, 2014

January 29, 2014 

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

“Expecting to Fly” by Neil Young

This is just one of hundreds of tracks being released in Young’s Archives Performance Series. For this edition, “Live at the Cellar Door,” Young recorded six shows at the Washington D.C. venue in 1970. Originally this song was a Buffalo Springfield tune, but here it’s Young alone on a piano. And it’s all you’d expect from him, the warble of his voice – the warts of his playing. But it’s more than that. The fragileness of his tone is especially sharp. His bangs on the piano keys are especially emotive. This is a special piece of music that’s been packed on a shelf for more than 40 years.

“1Question” by 7 Days of Funk

Here we have a funkalicious collaboration between the rapper Snoopzilla, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus if you’re his mama), and modern funkster Dam-Funk aka Damon Riddick. This track also features Steve Arrington, the front man from the ’70s funk band Slave. This is not some shrouded way for Snoop to deliver his rhymes. This sound recalls the heyday of funk – a thumping bass and smooth vocals. Snoop is dealing with his age and his stage in the game by diversifying.

“Sorry and Sad” by Patty Griffin

Known for her humble approach at Americana and gospel, this song is a bit of a curveball with the waves of distorted guitars, the driving bassline, the swaying background singers and Griffin ranting these vengeful lyrics. The tone can probably be attributed to this album, “Silver Bell,” actually being recorded back in 2000 by super-producer Glyn Johns in a New Orleans’ studio owned by another legendary producer, Daniel Lanois. Over a decade, five albums and a Grammy Award later, her shelved third album finally sees the light of day. And the music on it continues to show Griffin’s range as an artist.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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