Jacob Jones feat. Brittany Howard, "Play It Loud, Ray!"
Recently premiered over at American Songwriter is this brand-new collaboration between local songster Jacob Jones and frontwoman Brittany Howard of the freshly Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes. Recorded at Andrija Tokic's Bomb Shelter, "Play It Loud, Ray!" — an obvious tribute to The Genius — is a feel-good, up-tempo, dance-along number that features some wonderfully loose, swinging playing, plus howling, boogie-woogie vocals from Howard and Jones. Hear it above or via Soundcloud. It's a hoot. The track is featured on Jones' forthcoming LP Good Timin' in Waynetown, out Jan. 29.
David Condos, Christmas Carols
You may know David Condos as a member of the local outfit Milktooth, or as a solo performer who landed that primo Kmart ad a little ways back. Well, he's also got the Christmas spirit, as he recorded a pair of re-imagined nocturnal yuletide classics — "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night," to be specific. "O Holy" is a pretty straight-ahead acoustic reworking, whereas his autoharp'd version of "Silent" gets a little more dreamy with it. Hear those above or purchase them for a buck apiece at Condos' Bandcamp page.