The Weekly RecommNeds: Zeus / The Darcys / Cookie Duster

One of my favorite bands of the last 10 years was Broken Social Scene. Sadly they called it quits last year (until the inevitable, first-of-many reunion show, of course). Thankfully, they’ve left behind a legacy of former members, a unique sound and a bustling label and this week’s batch explores them all.

Zeus: Busting Visions

Zeus started as a backing band for former BSS member Jason Collett but have found great success on their own. Their sound is a Beatles-y mix of stellar songwriting, nice harmonies and good old fashioned rock and roll. The opening track on the album, Are You Gonna Waste My Time?, is one of the better rock songs you’ll hear this year. The rest of the CD (on the Arts and Crafts label) follows it nicely: a throwback to when great rock bands made great albums top to bottom.

MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/65426201
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B007K7HRM0

The Darcys: Aja

Perhaps no band elicits a stronger range of emotions than Steely Dan – some claim them as one of the best ever, an equal number hate them and plenty just shrug and say “whatever.” Into that dynamic, it’s a bold move for an upstart band to cover (or “interpret”) an entire Dan album, but that’s what The Darcys (also on Arts & Crafts) have done, and quite impressively at that. Their version pays deference to the originals to satisfy the die-hards (I hope, at least), while finding enough wiggle room in the material to breathe fresh new life into it – an excursion here, a reinvention there. Personally, perhaps sacrilege to say so, I enjoy it more than the original, but let me know what you think.

MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/62886255
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-darcys/album/aja
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B006P8KAWE

Cookie Duster: When Flying Was Easy

While Kevin Drew was undoubtedly the brains behind Broken Social Scene, bassist Brendan Canning was perhaps their beating heart. Cookie Duster is a sorta new/sorta revived band with Canning at its fore, with plenty of his signature BSS musicality permeating through it. The album is full of twists and turns, catchy bits that get flung out into the ether never to return. It’s not the Broken Social Scene, but, for this fan, at least, it feels like it takes that as a point of departure and explores some new pop universes. Plenty to sink your teeth in until that hypothetical reunion comes about.

Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/cookie-duster/album/when-flying-was-easy-sqe
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/67254373
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B007ZAXZ7I

Related Content

3 Responses

  1. I have been following Zeus for a few years now. While their records really are pretty damn nice, nothing and I mean NOTHING compares to their live shows. They absolutely destroy live. See them live at all costs.

  2. @migel – no argument here, they’ve crushed it all the times I’ve seen them. Returning to New York first week in August, can’t wait…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Posts

New to Glide

Keep up-to-date with Glide

Twitter