Playlist of the Week: July 18, 2014

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

“Trainwreck 1979” — Death From Above 1979

“I was born on the highway in a trainwreck, with a heart that was beatin’ outta my chest,” howls Sebastien Grainger, frontman of Death From Above 1979. “Trainwreck 1979” is world-class rock and roll; a rebirth every bit as eventful as the one described in the song’s first line. Sporting a huge, trembling riff and an even bigger chorus, Death From Above 1979 stand poised to take names and melt faces after nearly a decade of silence. For fans of rock music, their return is a very, very good thing.

“Can’t Do Without You” — Caribou

Built around a quiet motif of drums, synth pad and vocal samples, “Can’t Do Without” is the latest shimmering single from Caribou’s forthcoming album “Our Love.” This track is a gorgeous, rave-ready jam that swells and grows from a hushed intimacy into a glowing wall of euphoria. In a world full of dubstep remixes and tasteless dance tracks, it is refreshing to hear such artful electronica. Recommended for fans of Daft Punk and Calvin Harris alike.

“World Peace Is None Of Your Business” — Morrissey

Buckle up Smiths fans. Morrissey is back, and on his 10th studio album “World Peace Is None of Your Business,” he returns to the “Meat Is Murder”-style moralizing we know and may not necessarily love. However you feel, the title track is vintage Morrissey, as the master of melancholy informs us of the corruption of world governments, the futility of voting and the brutality of police, all in his signature croon. The most interesting thing about “World Peace Is None of Your Business,” however, is the music: The song’s densely fuzzy bassline, crystalline piano and killer guitar solo are all faintly Muse-esque and reward repeat listens.

“Fall Forever” — Honeyblood

“Fall Forever” is the impressive track of Honeyblood’s self-titled debut, with a gleaming guitar sheen and mature songwriting that make indie rock newcomers Honeyblood sound like veterans. “Honeyblood” is the first and latest album by this Scottish duo, released on FatCat Records July 15. Honeyblood will be in Cleveland promoting their album on July 25 at the Grog Shop. Tickets are $8; the show begins at 9:00 p.m.

“Eyes of the Muse” — King Tuff

Just like fine wine or a pair of jeans, King Tuff is improving with age. Kyle Thomas’ grating whine and profanity-laden singles are gone, leaving the terse garage-rocker “Eyes of the Muse” in their place. Electrifying from start to finish, this tune starts out with a jangly, T. Rex-like guitar riff that shuffles its way into a thundering, Led Zeppelin style bridge. “Eyes of the Muse” is the first single off “Black Moon Spell,” due out on Sept. 23 on Sub Pop Records, and is an indication that this album may be well worth pre-ordering.


Retro Pick of the Week:

“Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” — Ramones

Retro Pick of the Week is not meant to just be an obituary for dead rock stars (as it has been for the past couple of weeks), but the loss of Tommy Ramone is simply too great to go unmentioned. It is the end of an era. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” is co-produced by Tommy Ramone and serves as a sad reminder that none of the original members of the Ramones remain. As a member of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone helped kick start the punk rock movement in America and his legacy will continue to inspire generations of drummers and musicians to come.


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 a.m. – 10 a.m. and co-hosts the variety talk show Max and Teddy in the Morning at Night (Sometimes) on Mondays from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. The crackle of vinyl warms him on cold Cleveland nights.