“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”—The Flaming Lips Feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever The Ghost & J. Mascis
In a move of either sheer brilliance or pure blasphemy, The Flaming Lips have released a cover album of the most important record ever. With a little help from many of their musical friends, the Lips approach their take on this classic track with the same reckless, rule-breaking spirit of The Beatles. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is a schizophrenic work of psychedelic romp, electronic stupor and face-melting guitar (courtesy of J Mascis). Pick up this record for a journey into the eerily familiar, bewitchingly wild and truly horrifying.
“Bury Our Friends”—Sleater-Kinney
A reunion few saw coming, cult-heroes Sleater-Kinney are back with a vicious blast of guitar pop. Most notable in “Bury Our Friends” is the all-female group’s dual guitar attack, adding a sonic complexity to this song that shows why Sleater-Kinney are one of the most important feminist punk rock bands of all time. Look for this cut on “No Cities to Love,” due out on Sub Pop Records this coming January.
“Do It Again”—The Ting Tings
Chances are you remember the obnoxiously catchy Ting Tings from their 2008 summer-smash “That’s Not My Name.” Back to make a statement in 2014, “Do It Again” proves that times have changed for the British duo. This track is a dramatic reversal of the bratty punk melodicism that defined many of the pair’s earlier songs, sporting a streamlined, club-ready brand of sophisticated pop led by a heavy disco guitar hook reminiscent of “Shut Up And Let Me Go.” Look for this tune on The Ting Tings’ latest album, “Super Critical,” which came out October 27 on Finca Records.
“Gone Gone Gone”—French For Rabbits
The idea of rabbits speaking French is an utterly perfect representation of this New Zealand indie-folk duo’s sound: nonsensically twee, but also dainty and delicately beautiful. “Gone Gone Gone” is perhaps the strongest cut off French For Rabbit’s debut album, “Spirits,” conjuring up the comforting sounds of a strong cup of tea, a favorite sweater or the joy of gazing out a window on a cold autumn day. “Spirits” was released on October 28 on Lefse Records.
“In the Corners”—Francisco The Man
Every note that Francisco The Man plays on “In the Corners” has been played one thousand times before in the history of rock and roll. The noisy guitar riffs, the overextended fuzz, the irresistibly strong melody; any of these elements can be copied, but to conjure like this quartet does takes a special kind of magic. There’s a lot to love on this track, and the group’s debut record, “Loose Ends,” is well worth a listen if only for that reason.
Retro Pick of the Week:
“Werewolves Of London”—Warren Zevon
In honor of Halloween, Warren Zevon brings us the less-than-spooky stories of well-groomed, hungry werewolves running amuck for this week’s Retro Pick. His only major hit, “Werewolves Of London” is a pop treat that won Zevon the audience his darkly comic music always deserved while showcasing his piano-playing and lyrical talents.
Teddy Eisenberg is a third year programmer at WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland. He hosts The ’59 Sound, an exploration of rock music, every Thursday morning from 8-10 a.m. and co-hosts the variety talk show Max and Teddy in the Morning at Night (Sometimes) on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. The crackle of vinyl warms him on cold Cleveland nights.