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Music Tuesday: Depeche Mode, Nakia, Beans on Toast & More…

Depeche Mode

More music picks for your Tuesday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

With new Depeche Mode, I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed “Angel” off of Delta Machine. In fact, when it first came on my iPod on shuffle, I didn’t even recognize it as Depeche Mode. I have no idea why–in retrospect, Dave Gahan certainly sounds like himself. But sometimes the coffee just isn’t working as well as it should. This is them Live on Letterman, but somehow they’ve skipped the awkward Dave intro and outro. Note: for about $2 more, you can get CD and MP3 both. So. (Amazon: CD/MP3; MP3.)


Even I, who don’t really watch television, had someone show me the video in which Nakia came onto The Voice with his balls in a wheelbarrow and proceeded to sing a Cee-Lo Green song in front of (or, rather, to begin with, behind) Cee-Lo Green. But even then, I didn’t catch the name…so even stumbling upon this song I didn’t put two and two together, although I knew I knew him from somewhere. On his album cover, he looks like Shane Smith of Vice for crying out loud. But anyway, his badassery continues. I dig the hell out of this. It’s a live take on “Make Up With a Gun” from this year’s SXSW. It’s from his Drown in the Crimson Tide EP. (Amazon: CD; MP3.)

We’ve mentioned Beans on Toast, aka Jay McAllister, before. And prolific guy that he is, he’s got a new album, Fishing For a Thank You, coming out stateside June 11th. This is “Beer and a Burger,” and while I normally seek out a live performance, preferred over a music video or just the audio…this video about the demise of the British pub is both touching…and it makes me very, very hungry. And desperate for a beer. Well. More than I was before I watched it. (Amazon: cough…the album’s already out across the pond and you can get it for a decent price, apparently…)

I’m not sure what to say about this next video except that if you’ve ever wondered what the Earth-3 version of Enigma might sound like…well, may I introduce Ghost B.C.. The album is Infestissumam and the track is “Year Zero.” And it’s gloriously bizarre. Not to mention quite NSFW due to copious boobage. Enjoy. (Amazon: CD; MP3; Vinyl.)

Another band that I ran across from the label Indies Scope. It’s Poletíme? (Fly?) and the album is called Skupina dobre vypadajících muzu (Group of Good-looking Men). The genre is described on the Czech Wikipedia page (which is always správný) as both “banjo punk” and “turbo chanson.” And a chanson–my new thing to learn for today (now I can go back to bed) is “in general any lyric-driven French song, usually polyphonic and secular.” No, I’m not sure I understand it either. Regardless, the track is “Duch” (“Spirit”) and I do dig it. (Amazon: CD; MP3.)

Again, as I try to catchup on music I missed last year, I’ve run across Field Music, probably about three years behind my music podcast co-hosts. Based on listening to last year’s album, Plumb, they come up with pop rock that mines the history of music, though the vein that seems to run throughout is there always seems to be, waxing and waning, a lot of XTC. And that’s never bad. This is the free download they made available first from the album, “(I Keep Thinking About) a New Thing.” (Amazon: CD/MP3; MP3; Vinyl.)

Here we have a lovely remix of “Medicine” by Daughter from their The Wild Youth EP. They hail from London and Chainsmokers, the duo that provided the remix, are out of New York City. Want it? Just hit download from the embed below there. Enjoy. (Amazon: the EP as MP3 or Vinyl/MP3.)

And lastly, a brief ditty from West Australian Louis Inglis: “The Night.” It’s from his EP Lemons. And can you deny lyrics like, “There’s a cold wind blowing through the abattoir and the jungle gym”? No. No, you cannot. (Amazon: MP3.)