“I Found A New Way” — Twin Peaks
Hailing from Chicago, these young psych-rockers released their second album, “Wild Onion” on Aug. 5. “I Found A New Way,” that album’s opening tune, is not as much a demonstration of new things as it is a masterful execution of classic rock sounds. Drawing on the drunken romp of the Rolling Stones and trippy art-rock of Lou Reed, it’s easy to find many, many ways to love this track. Twin Peaks will be in Cleveland on Aug. 9 to promote “Wild Onion” at the Beachland Tavern. Tickets are $10; the show starts at 8:30 p.m.
“Lady, You Shot Me” — Har Mar Superstar
“Lady, You Shot Me” could easily pass for a hit released in the heyday of Motown records, recalling many of their greatest artists in its warm horns, crisp production and soulful, show-stealing vocals. Har Mar Superstar is the stage name for blue-eyed soul crooner Sean Tillmann, the eccentric 36 year old who co-headlined a free concert with Cleveland’s “Nowhere” at the Rock Hall on Aug. 13.
“NEW DORP. NEW YORK” — SBTRKT Feat. Ezra Koenig
Putting the issue of whatever a “dorp” is aside, the musical world is definitely a better place with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig in it. As he raps, scats and croons his way through SBTRKT’s latest, banger of a single, “NEW DORP. NEW YORK,” Koenig invites the listener into a mesmerizing mix of electronic pulses and funky drums. “Baseball bats will never hit home runs,” he sings, but Koenig’s voice definitely can.
“Back To The Shack” — Weezer
“Sorry guys, I didn’t realize that I needed you so much,” sings Rivers Cuomo on Weezer’s latest single. After a couple of lackluster records, “Back To The Shack” reminds us why we need the powerful guitar and catchy pop hooks of Weezer in our lives too. No one does power-pop better. Weezer’s ninth album, “Everything Will Be Alright In The End,” is set for a Sept. 30 release on Republic Records.
“Just One Of The Guys” — Jenny Lewis
There’s something inherently relaxing about the first few notes of the Beck-produced “Just One Of The Guys.” In one of the most thoughtful and straightforward alt-pop singles of the summer, Jenny Lewis’s twangy voice is as sharp as ever, recalling the familiar sounds of Neko Case, Stevie Nicks and Emmylou Harris. This shimmering song is a highlight from Lewis’s newest album “The Voyager,” released on July 29.
Retro Pick of the Week:
“19th Nervous Breakdown” — The Rolling Stones
“19th Nervous Breakdown” is a personal favorite in the Stones’ expansive canon of work, recalling the authentic sounds of the British Invasion’s early days. Featuring hypnotic guitar work by the late Brian Jones that pays tribute to the group’s hero Bo Diddley, the dive-bombing bassline that starts at 3:29 is one of the group’s best moments. Indeed, this tune is a prime example of what makes The Rolling Stones not only one of the most popular rock bands ever, but one of the very best.
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.