By: Derek Moore
Have no fear, LI$Teners; after a relaxing week off to enjoy our wonderfully American tradition of overindulgence, I’m back with another batch of tracks. As always, feel free to skip straight down to the playlist link below if you’re just here for the tunes – just note that the last song on this LI$T is NSFW. For the rest of you, here’s the scoop on why I think these should be shared:
- “Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)” by Ages and Ages will leave you feeling uplifted with its huge anthemic chorus containing a positive message. I bet you can’t guess what that message is in advance…
- 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 Olsen’s voice is as unique as they come, and her Halfway Home LP from last year was a personal standout. This track, “Forgiven/Forgotten,” is the first glimpse she’s given us into her follow up LP, which is due out February 18th, 2014.
- Jake Bugg is rockabilly/blues/rock. “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It” 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. You’ll either love it or hate it. I don’t know if there’s much room in between.
- To cool your jets from the previous track, I’ve strategically positioned “Maxon” by Minor Alps in this slot.
- If you’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 that’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 ‘90s R&B. “You’re Not Good Enough” serves as a good taste test of what to expect.
- *The verbal content of this song is NSFW.* If you haven’t noticed, I don’t delve too deeply into hip-hop (and that’s just due to personal taste). If this has been an issue for you in the past, maybe JonWayne’s “Find Me in the Future” will be the solution to that problem.
That wraps it up for me. I’ll see you all next week with a new collection of tunes.