by Dan Gibson
Following up on the tracks from yesterday, here are five songs hand-selected by our music writers for your enjoyment, including tracks by Zombi, Wooden Shjips, Roy Head, Timber Timbre, and Wilco.
Zombi, "Night Rhythms":
From the Pittsburgh instrumental outfit Zombi, "Night Rhythms" is the closing track on their prog/space/drone sophomore album, Surface to Air. Taking Goblin, John Carpenter, Phillip Glass and "Signals" era Rush and throwing them all into a Delorean going 88 MPH, "Night Rhythms" is the perfect soundtrack for your next visit to an Altered States isolation tank, or at least your next Dungeons and Dragons game night. Somewhere, someplace, on some distant plateau in another astral plane, Carl Sagan is listening to this and smiling.
Along with Thrill Jockey label-mates Arboureteum, as well as The Entrance Band and Black Mountain, Wooden Shjips have nicely crafted solid slabs reminiscent of late-60's heavy psychedelia while smartly avoiding sounding like a tribute band. The lead-off track from their latest album "West" comes right out of the gate with some Tony Iommi fuzz and then settles into a nice slow burn that adds layers of throaty vocals, organ, and reverb-drenched guitar soloing. Hard NOT to dig.
The audio is terrible on this clip (turn it up!), but the footage is so priceless that it doesn't much matter. Roy is busting some slick moves left and right from the get-go, but really finds his groove when he somersaults off the stage at the 1.28 mark and goes into full freak- out mode. James Brown himself might even have been impressed with this. This is, most likely, the devil's music, designed for maximum teenage agitation. He must have been fighting them off backstage after this.
Timber Timbre, "Lonesome Hunter"
This song makes me weak in the knees. I could tell you other details about it, like the fact that this track is from Timber Timbre's 2011 release Creep On Creepin' On, or that the band is Canadian, but none of that matters. What you need to do is meet a beautiful stranger in a dive bar, pray this song is up next on the jukebox, and count the seconds until you lock lips.
Wilco, "Born Alone"
"Born Alone" sounds not exactly like a track left off Summerteeth, but a song from that era re-written to play with the new lineup. In other words, amazing.