Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2013, Part 2
In no particular order, I've selected the favorite tracks from 2013's playlists for our twelfth annual Choice Cuts end-of-year mix. I'm revealing them throughout the week. The next four:
5. Kangaroo Court -- Capital Cities
Of course we still can't get enough of Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound," including the wonderful music video shot at downtown's Los Angeles Theatre. But the follow-up, "Kangaroo Court," is catchy in its own right, and Blogger Kid 2.0 is even more enthralled with this video (perhaps it's because of the disturbing end).
6. Trouble (Mr Bird Remix) -- Jose James
Jazz musician Jose James, known for infusing hip-hop into his sounds released his first CD this year on the famed Verve label. Says Billboard: "James grew up in Minneapolis, the son of a Panamanian saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, and by his early teens was a fixture on the local jazz scene, performing with a variety of lineups and players. He attended the jazz program at the New School, studying with jazz elders Junior Mance and Chico Hamilton. But it was a chance encounter with Gilles Peterson, an influential U.K. radio personality and crate-digger with a knack for discovering raw talent, that helped move his career into high gear."
7. Recover -- CHVRCHES
It was a big year for Chvrches, which hit mainstream alternative big this year with "Recover." Funny enough, they were also known this year for covering Haim's "Falling," another one of our Choice Cuts 2013 selections.
8. Dance Apocalyptic -- Janelle Monáe
Go ahead, get up and dance. Janelle Monáe commands you to.
Tomorrow: The next four!
Also on Franklin Avenue:
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2013, Part 1
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2013, Part 3
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2013, Part 4
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2013, Part 5