By: Derek Moore
Have no fear, LI$Teners; after a relaxing week off to enjoy our wonderfully American tradition of overindulgence, Iâ€™m back with another batch of tracks. As always, feel free to skip straight down to the playlist link below if youâ€™re just here for the tunes – just note that the last song on this LI$T is NSFW. For the rest of you, hereâ€™s the scoop on why I think these should be shared:
- â€œDivisionary (Do the Right Thing)â€ by Ages and Ages will leave you feeling uplifted with its huge anthemic chorus containing a positive message. I bet you canâ€™t guess what that message is in advanceâ€¦
- I consider Andrew Bird to be a genius of our time. He just released a new EP, and this is the title track from it.
- Angel Olsenâ€™s voice is as unique as they come, and her Halfway Home LP from last year was a personal standout. This track, â€œForgiven/Forgotten,â€ is the first glimpse sheâ€™s given us into her follow up LP, which is due out February 18th, 2014.
- Jake Bugg is rockabilly/blues/rock. â€œThereâ€™s a Beast and We All Feed Itâ€ is the opening track off his freshly released Shangri La LP.
- Future of the Left is new to me. This track is hard-hitting and has some operatic qualities about it. Youâ€™ll either love it or hate it. I donâ€™t know if thereâ€™s much room in between.
- To cool your jets from the previous track, Iâ€™ve strategically positioned â€œMaxonâ€ by Minor Alps in this slot.
- If youâ€™re into the psych-rock throwback movement, Back to Land by Wooden Shjips is the album for you.
- Cupid Deluxe by Blood Orange is an album thatâ€™s so hip, it almost hurts. While that can be a bit of a divisive factor at points, I still recommend giving this album a spin if you appreciate early â€˜90s R&B. â€œYouâ€™re Not Good Enoughâ€ serves as a good taste test of what to expect.
- *The verbal content of this song is NSFW.* If you havenâ€™t noticed, I donâ€™t delve too deeply into hip-hop (and thatâ€™s just due to personal taste). If this has been an issue for you in the past, maybe JonWayneâ€™s â€œFind Me in the Futureâ€ will be the solution to that problem.
That wraps it up for me. Iâ€™ll see you all next week with a new collection of tunes.