WIDR Top 5 Pick of the Week – 7/4/13
Happy 4th of July, everybody! WIDR is out of the office today and relaxing after a really exciting week of new tunes and events.
This weekend, we took a trip to the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, MI; and it was a BLAST! Super Tall Paul, The String Cheese Incident, Empire of the Sun, Flosstradamus, and Rosin Coven were just a few among the names we saw. We even got to meet some of them!
More reporting, news, and pictures are well on their way. But for now, here’s what we’ve been jamming to:
1) Booker T. Jones (and friends) – Sound the Alarm
The great, multiple Grammy-winning Booker T is back with a new record, and it is just lovely. With each beat comes every ounce of R&B, hip-hop, blues, gospel, and Hammond organ that your funky heart could possibly desire. Produced in partnership with the Avila Brothers, this album really has it all. Every track features a musical guest, including performances by Vintage Trouble, Gary Clark Jr., and Michigan’s own Mayer Hawthorne opening with the first song. Here’s a taste.
2) Daughn Gibson – Me Moan
Somewhere between Americana and trip-hop, this record is the truck driver’s dance party. Complete with lap steels and electronic drum machines, singer/songwriter Daughn Gibson’s second album is expected to stock shelves this Tuesday.
3) Montag – Phases
Phases features a collection of scattered previous releases from songwriter Antoine Bédard over the recent year. Some of it is catchy, straightforward synth-pop; other songs will take you on a confused acid trip.
4) Alela Diane – About Farewell
After spacing out, crying, and eating ice cream to these beautiful fingerpicked guitar progressions, gorgeous harmonies, and poignant lyrics, I think Alela Diane is my new favorite songwriter. As you travel from tracks one to ten, Diane takes you in detail through her recent divorce and other romantic experiences.
5) Moon Hooch – Selt-titled
Ever find yourself in strange scarcity of saxophones? Fear no more–Moon Hooch can probably fill your niche better than anyone with their two saxophonists, drummer, and nothing else. These weirdos played several sets a day while in Rothbury, and boy can these guys party. Stream the full album here.