April 19, 2009

Three Songs You Need To Hear

The New York Times ran an article on the Detroit punk rock trio Death last month. It's a great story and the music's even better. Fellow Detroit-raised musician Jack White of White Stripes-fame gave his first impression: "The first time the stereo played ‘Politicians in My Eyes,’ I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn’t make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time."

Mike Vogel's remix of the Bruce Springsteen track "Tougher Than The Rest" is as relaxing, soothing, and spacious as a song gets. A repeated percussion loop and layers of soaring synths give the Boss an unusually textured platform for his single off the 1987 Tunnel of Love album. 

A friend recommended I take a listen to Rhode Island's Low Anthem. It was good advice. According to Spin, the three band members combined to play 27 different instruments on their 2008 release Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, including pump organ, Tibetan singing bowl, and the zither—a stringed instrument that dates back to 433 BC. The bluesy and preachy "The Horizon Is A Beltway" is a scorching foot-stomper with influences ranging from Tom Waits to Josh Ritter and every rickety, harmonica-fueled folk rocker in between. 

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