In the grand tradition of Twitter's infamous hashtag, our #MusicMonday column is designed to kick off the week with the latest in local music and more. Each week we offer up five quick-hit items for your listening pleasure with music from local and regional artists and share some of our favorite tunes from across the Internet. Here's what we're listening to this week:
1. I'm a Truck "Necesary"
Coming to us from two staples of the Myrtle Beach Music Scene — a group we'll lovingly refer to as the "Aging Scenester's Club" — I'm A Truck is collaboration between longtime local musicians Drew Jacobs and Michael Wood.
The track "Necessary" is a fun and funky mashup of electro-jungle beats, robot voices and a sort of exaggerated call and response-type vocal from Jacobs who delivers gems such as "Damn the man/He don't care!/Rock and Rock is Necessary!"
The two first dreamed up this off-the-wall project back in 2005, but are planning to pair up once again with a show together on Oct. 26 at Cool Daddy's Bar & Grill on 9th Ave North in downtown Myrtle Beach. It's just one of a slate of shows Wood, a longtime local promoter, has planned for Cool Daddy's including Grave intentions, Bamboo forest and Hollywood Water Rats on Oct. 15 and Wicked Gift and Georgia-based band Turf War on Oct. 22.
LOCAL ALBUM RELEASE
2. Wahoo Creek Band "It's About Time"
After a big summer as one of the area's most active country acts groups, the Wahoo Creek Band recently put out a six-track album called "It's About Time." Released in Early September, the album features a mix of live recordings the group and as well as a couple studio tracks
Of the studio songs, the laid-back "Baby Baby Baby" stands out for it's peppy bassline and sax-driven melody, while "No Place To Hide" is a more traditional Country effort. Travelin' tune "Southern Bound" headlines the live recordings with its strong Southern soul and is followed closely by the Allman-influenced "I'm Gone" put together by the band's Georgia-native frontman Tim Thompson and his band.
3. Tye Dye "Scorpio Session"
Talented young MC Tyler Davidson — known to some as one half of electro-pop/hip-hop duo The Technicolor Void — has begun to expanding his reportoire lately with a number of new ventures including this most recent mixtape release and work with local hip-hop collective the Stoop Boyz.
"Scorpio Season" features Tye Dye deftly drifting over beats provided by Stoop Boyz associate Nick "Khaki" Sedota and features a number of guest verses done by the group's other members Breon "DeBre" Tucker and Jake Love.
In listening to this, I was prepared for the skillful, quirky and cocky delivery which Tye Dye brings to tracks such as "Bruce Lee Stance" and "Spongebob Swagpants," but a pleasant suprise was Sedota's unique production.
The beats were at times understated and filled with laid-back soundscapes — tracks such as "Driftin'" and "Scorpio Flow" showcase this style — while at other times Sedota verged toward more hyped up, almost Crunk-based tracks with bits of funk, electronic-pop and even dubstep thrown in for good measure.
Much like many mixtapes — especially those done from artists who are still in high school — there are some throwaway tracks here, but overall "Scorpio Season" shows a lot of potential for Tye Dye and his Stopp Boyz brethren.
4. Local electro
Each week here, we'll choose a genre or theme and provide simple links to six songs/artists which fit the bill. This time around check out new tracks from these local electronic acts:
- Jest*R - Apologies: Drumstep track from Tyler Hinkleman (aka Surora, aka Jestah).
- With Authority - Close My Eyes 2.0: Composition from young North End Dubstep producer Ethan Marsh.
- DJ Keith Nasty - John (Remix): Remix from Mix 97.7 and local club DJ Keith Crolley.
- Kesas - Live At Bourbon Street Undergound: Footage from Soul Beat Boutique's monthly event.
- Boosh - Boosh to Ashes : New Mix from Lowcountry Dubstep Member.
- Ronin - Tribute: Recent House mix by local DJ Brian Bourdage
CAST YOUR VOTE
5. Cocky-N-Conceited contest
One of our favorite local hip-hop groups, Two of a Kind, continues to try and find new ways to build a buzz for its upcoming "Speak of teh Devil" mixtape. This week they're asking local music fans which of two singles they like best to be the next leaked release from the album. Check out "Came Up" and "Fake Em Out" below and then get over to http://cockynconceited.com/ and tell them which you liked best.