Pod Picks for Feb. 13, 2014

February 12, 2014 

Knock the ice off your playlist with these hot tracks we recommend for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming to your iPod, iPad, iPhone or other personal media device.

“Are You Satisfied?” by Reignwolf

There are plenty of reasons why you should listen to Reignwolf. But here are three. One, Reignwolf is an awesome moniker for Jordon Cook – a one man band – who plays guitar and drums and sings all at the same time. Two, he’s opened for Black Sabbath and the Pixies, even though he doesn’t have an album out yet. And finally, the singles he’s released are kickass. This Canadian transplant to Seattle harnesses fuzz blues, burrows down into large hollow drums, burns up the frets of his Gibson, and throws unexpected hooks and time changes. He hollers back to summon the likes of Sabbath and Deep Purple, and yes, we are satisfied.

“To Love Somebody” by Lydia Loveless

How to describe Loveless’ sound? It could be called punk-tonk or punktry, or the boring old, country/rock. Whatever you want to call it, this 23-year-old is certainly making a name for herself with her outspokenness and her prolificacy. She’s produced three full-length albums and an EP in her short career. She must be coming of age on her third full-length album, “Somewhere Else,” because it’s definitely more accessible. But is that a good or bad thing? She still packs plenty of edge and directness on this track, but it rocks along on the border of pop.

“Yarmouth Road” by Mike Gordon

You may know Gordon as the bassist for Phish, but he’s also released four solo albums. His most recent, “Overstep,” is due later this month. This single stays away from the 14-minute jams that Phish is known for, and instead goes for a fun four minutes of reggae jam. The lyrics are quirky. There are plenty of the lush harmonies Gordon is famous for, and he builds on his multi-instrumental resume by using a Banshee pedal that makes that cool talk box sound. Gordon has always been laid back, and on this song, he’s bringing the summer boat tunes early.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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