Songs That People Should Really Listen To (with links)

So I did these on my last blog, so might as well continue the tradition!

It doesn’t “burn” much hotter than it does on James Supercave’s latest. The Southern Californian trio are smoldering on new single Burn, a dizzying, kaleidoscopic dance rock meets psychedelic pop number full of frisky dalliance. Burn’s funky spring and muggy warble overflows with soulful passion. The track comes from James Supercave’s debut album, Better Strange, out February 12th.

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Better Strange by James Supercave

Just the thought of new James Supercave leaves my heart beating wildly with excitement. The trio takes sultry slinking dance rock and funky warbling psych pop to sublime extremes on tipsy intoxicating Esther Reed, a song named after a famous con artist who was a genius at stealing identities. This nebulous emulsion requires some dreamy spinning around the room by candlelight. If only I could play it off vinyl and watch the record spin around with me. 

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James Supercave’s Better Strange begins with a wonky smoothness that immediately lured in the part of me that’s eternally in love with Metronomy. As the song breaks out into lurching beats and catchy but quirky hooks, I’m also reminded of Oscar & The Wolf’s baroque style of music. The Echo Park musician unleashed a mashup video for the psychedelic alt pop song today, created from a short named Half Wet by acclaiemd UK animator Sophie Koko Gate. James Supercave will be releasing a highly anticipated debut album early next year on Fairfax Recordings. Better Strange is available now on iTunes.

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We’re celebrating 5o years of Vans all over the world on March 16th. If you’re going to SXSW in Austin, TX get into this show with Erykah Badu, Neon Indian, Kelela, Hinds, and more using your festival badge. More details and other show locations: houseofvans.com

World Cafe Playlist 2/15/16

On today’s show we celebrate the 2016 Grammy nominees with music from My Morning jacket, Florence & The Machine,  Wolf Alice, Jason Isbell, and others. We revisit as session with Courtney Barnett and introduce you to World Cafe: Next artist James Supercave

Hour One
Chris Stapleton - “Tennessee Whiskey“  - Traveller
D’Angelo - “Really Love” - Black Messiah            
Mark Ronson - “Uptown Funk” - Uptown Special          
Alabama Shakes - “Don’t Wanna Fight” - Sound & Color            
Kacey Musgraves - “High Time” - Pageant Material  

World Cafe Session with Courtney Barnett

Florence And The Machine -  “Ship to Wreck” - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
Elle King - “Ex’s and Oh's” - Love Stuff
Taylor Swift - “Blank Space” - 1989
Lee Ann Womack - “Chances Are” - - The Way I’m Livin’

Hour Two
Buddy Guy - “Born To Play Guitar” Born To Play Guitar

World Cafe Next: James Supercave
James Supercave - “Better Strange” - Better Strange
James Supercave - “Burn” - Better Strange      

My Morning Jacket - “Compound Fracture” - Recorded Live for the World Cafe  
Wilco - “Random Name Generator” - Star Wars
Punch Brothers - “I Blew It Off” - Recorded Live for the World Cafe  
Bill Frisell  - “Bryant’s Boogie” - Guitar in The Space Age
Wolf Alice - “Moaning Lisa Smile” - Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Lianne La Havas - “What You Don’t Do” - Recorded Live For the World Cafe
Jamie XX - “Loud Places” - In Colour
Jason Isbell - “24 Frames” - Something More Than Free
Houndmouth - “Sedona” - Little Neon Limelight
Patty Griffin - “There Isn’t  One Way” - Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Monsieur Perine - “Nuestra Cancion” Recorded Live on The World Cafe