New Mix: Death Cab For Cutie, Rhye's Milosh, La Luz, More
On this week's edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen is caught in a funk, and the only cure is copious amounts of saxophones and surf rock. To soothe his ailments, Bob introduces Moon Hooch, a group that was banned from New York City's Bedford Avenue subway stop in Brooklyn due to its danceable squeaks and squawks.
Also on the show: Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism celebrates its 10th anniversary by releasing demo versions of every track from the record. It's a fascinating look at what would eventually become a revered album. We've got an early, heartbreaking version of "Title & Registration."
Later in the program, co-host Robin Hilton checks back in with director Jim Jarmusch's band SQÜRL (first featured on All Songs back in May). This time the group performs a sludgy cover of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Plus surf-rock from La Luz, a new solo album from Rhye singer Milosh, and the band Swearin', fronted by Allison Crutchfield, the twin sister to Waxahatchee singer and songwriter Katie Crutchfield.
The members of Moon Hooch describe their sound as "cave music." The band is comprised of two saxophone players and a drummer, a crazy idea that somehow works. "Number 9" is a funky, supremely danceable wailer from the group's self-titled debut.
Better known for his music-filled films, director Jim Jarmusch's side project is the band SQÜRL. From the group's second EP, this Hank Williams cover of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a sludgy dirge.
Death Cab for Cutie
Bob Boilen calls this demo version of Death Cab for Cutie's "Title and Registration" a perfectly poetic and depressing story of nostalgia for an old love. It's from a new 10th anniversary edition of the revered album Transatlanticism.
La Luz in Spanish means "the light," which is an appropriate title for this group of four women that makes twangy, shimmering surf rock.
Led by Allison Crutchfield (whose sister Katie fronts the band Waxahatchee), this Philly band makes fuzzy intense rock. "Dust in the Gold Sack" is a chaotic, melodic burst of fun.
Before becoming the lead singer for Rhye, Michael Milosh released some lush electro-pop records. Jetlag is his most recent solo album, and the first since 2008. He wrote it with his wife about their world travels. The title track is both romantic and joyful.