Playlist of the Week: July 4, 2014

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

“Rollin’ And Tumblin’” — The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem is back with a vengeance and if “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” proves anything to first time listeners, it’s that the group sure can write one heck of a chorus. This brief, chugging single hits its stride at the 1:25 mark, as front man Brian Fallon’s gruff yet buttery voice finds new ways to tug at the heartstrings. These Jersey rockers’ highly anticipated fifth album, “Get Hurt,” will be available on Mercury Records on Aug.19.

“Suits” — Pleasure Leftists

July 16 marks the beginning of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s free summer concert series, Summer in the City. Pleasure Leftists will perform live alongside Nights, Obnox and Seafair on a local, star-studded ticket presented by Cleveland record label and entertainment blog Cellar Door. “Suits” is an excellent example of what makes Pleasure Leftists a must-see live act, balancing shimmering pop guitars with the punkish, banshee-like wail of lead singer Haley Morris. The free show begins at 7 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m.

“Gimme Something Good” — Ryan Adams

“Gimme Something Good” is the latest offering from the angsty and brash singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. The song’s dark, shuffling guitar riff establishes itself as the clear star early on, accompanied by the low hum of a Hammond organ, sparkling acoustic guitar and Adams’ swaggering voice. The mix off these elements make “Gimme Something Good” a dense and remarkably nuanced single, suggesting strong things to come on Ryan Adam’s latest, self-titled album due out in early September.

“MTLOV (Minor Keys)” — A Sunny Day In Glasglow

A Sunny Day In Glasglow has created an indie-pop masterpiece with “MTLOV (Minor Keys).” This song is like something out of a dream, with the gorgeous drizzle of keyboards falling softly upon the velvety falsettos of singers Jen Goma and Anne Frederickson. Magic like this makes the group’s latest album, “Sea When Absent,” one of the best and most interesting under-the-radar releases in recent months. Sprint to the nearest record store you know and pick this up; you will not be disappointed.

“Sunday’s Cool” — Turn To Crime

Tumbling drums and thin, echoing guitar start off “Sunday’s Cool,” one of the many hypnotizing highlights that can be found on Turn to Crime’s debut LP “Can’t Love.” This tune has a sort of rickety, sunny appeal that makes it much catchier than experimental rock really should be. Fans of Kings of Leon, The Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth are recommended to check out “Can’t Love,” out July 1 on Mugg & Bopp Records.


Retro Pick of the Week:

“California Dreamin’” — Bobby Womack

Robert Dwayne Womack passed away last week at the age of 70. A soul music giant, Womack served as the frontman for the Valentinos, played guitar for Sly & The Family Stone and penned songs for the Rolling Stones, all before embarking on a brilliant solo career. His cover of “California Dreamin’” is a fitting song to remember him by; a stunning, gospel-flavored re-imagining of The Mamas & the Papas classic that incorporates the fresh sounds of flamingo guitar and uplifting horns. Thanks for all the grooves Mr. Womack. You will be sorely missed.


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.