Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.

Bobby Creekwater: "Acid Reign"

The rapper who could be king? This Georgia drawler threatens to usurp T.I.'s throne as King of the South with effortless rhymes and slow-burning brio. "I'm so far ahead of my time that it's aging me," Creekwater sighs over a shimmering piano riff.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: "100 Days, 100 Nights"

After a summer spent touring as Amy Winehouse's backing band, the Dap Kings reunite with singer Sharon Jones for a soul ballad harrowing enough to make a stint in rehab sound like an afternoon at the Aveda spa.

Eddie Vedder featuring Corin Tucker: "Hard Sun"

Aging Pearl Jam growler + erstwhile Sleater Kinney warbler = Blind Melon for the 21st century? Sure, Vedder's solo jag sounds a bit like the early '90s alterna-hit "No Rain," but Tucker's excellent vocal harmonies should ward off any traumatizing Bee Girl flashbacks.

Le Loup: "Le Loup"

This dreamy folk ditty has been fluttering across the blogosphere all summer, but its hazy charms really resonate in the dog days of August. These local troubadours obviously have a sharp understanding of the Beach Boys and D.C. humidity.

-- Chris Richards

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