Off Topic: In The Rotation

Your requested follow-up: Music picks…

Don’t worry this post is buried under a soccer one.

Can’t really do a top ten list or anything here and I’ll try to stay away from those already popular. Some of those likes include David Gray, Mos Def, Jurassic 5, Eddie Vedder, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley, Jose Gonzalez to name a few.

Let’s just throw out some more on the mellow or muffled pop front to get us going here for a Friday mini-feature.

Jesus Navas Class: Silky smooth moves coming off the wing or up top. Hooks and lines at you like step-overs.

Includes: MC’s, Instrumental, more

• People Under The Stairs

The pride of Los Angeles, most people think they’re from the Bay Area. Great hooks, like to maintain their underground status. Almost a little too much.

Fans of: Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Blackalicious


El Ten Eleven

Atmospheric and instrumental band that you’d be surprised to learn is also from Los Angeles. They’ll hang around.

Fans of: Ratatat, Air


• Ziggy Marley

If El Tel Eleven’s My Only Swerving is a Sunday morning walk tune, then this is your sunny Sunday afternoon hanging out in a private spot with your buds at the edge of Long Island. Like Montauk State Park.

Fans of: Sun, Bob, and those sorts


Same Khedira Class: Artists and bands that don’t blow it out, but at the end of the game you’re giving them a 9 or 10 rating. Understated while still bringing some oompf. They do enough to just get you excited.

Includes: Mostly indie pop and singer-song writers.

• Mumford & Sons

This band is finally making radio waves in the States right now. Straight out of the clubs of London with a little bit of twang. Hard not to like them.

Fans of: Lyle Lovett, Blitzen Trapper


• Patrick Watson

For the Sacha Kljestan in you. Straight hipster. Wait, this band is the anti-Kljestan. It straight delivers the goods without telling you that it will…or hollering at the ref. Perhaps the most accomplished artists on this list.

Fans of: Jeff Buckley


• Frightened Rabbit

Terrible, terrible name that does not do this Glasgow-based band any favors. Hopefully they won’t go the way of Coldplay (their 1st album is still incredible) and sellout so they can play stadiums as their vibe has some serious anthemic potential.

Fans of: The Strokes, Old Coldplay.


Etienne De Rocher

Hands down my favorite artist across any genre. And likely will always be…and have been for quadruple digit moons.

Just read the story on the man here, it’s worth the time. First artist I saw when I moved to San Francisco at Edinburgh Castle.

Fans of: Stevie Wonder, Mofro, Rufus Wainright

Others: The Sea and Cake (Sam Prekop), The National, Arto Lindsay

That’s all for now…

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cory on 2010/10/22 at 12:37 PM

    People Under The Stairs! “Acid Raindrops” is a classic, though I might have gone with “The Breakdown”

    I have tons and tons of recommendations, and I couldn’t stay with a top 5 so I expanded it to a Top 10.

    In no particular order:

    Modest Mouse
    Minus the Bear
    Elliott Smith
    MF DOOM (including Madvillain, Danger Doom, etc.)
    Sage Francis
    Talib & Mos Def
    Third Eye Blind
    Saul Williams (mostly for his spoken word/poetry, his hip hop is OK too)


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/10/22 at 12:38 PM

      Don’t know Sage Francis. Already makes this column worth it.

      If you like Minus the Bear, you’ll probably TV on the Radio as well.


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