The Weekly Airwave returns, as promised in the last episode. It’s in a different format from previous incarnations – I knew I wanted to just present the track without audio commentary, but I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to make it a part of the podcast feed or just link to the track. I decided on the latter, for various reasons which I won’t go in to now.
This week’s track: Hang Loose by The Alabama Shakes. Originally from their debut album, Boys & Girls, Hang Loose is a jangly track that just puts a smile on my face. You may be more familiar with their track, Hold On, which is probably the best on the album, but that’s not saying that the rest of the album is utter crap.
Quite the opposite – Boys & Girls is a fantastic album, and they recently released a follow-up: Sound & Color. I’m listening to it right now as I write this, and I’m pretty confident in saying that it’s a definite improvement over their debut.
It pleased me to discover that the Free Music Archive had a track from the Shakes available for download; I was merely content to find an artist similar in sound. This particular version of the track was performed live @ KEXP. You can download it directly from the FMA here – or stream it below. (FMA-Limited License)