Sugarland Preview

I think my Dad is in love with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, which may have something to do with why he jams Sugarland so loud in his car – but it could also be that the country duo (which also includes multi-instrumentalist Kristian Bush) is rather great, as “Stuck Like Glue” off their last album, 2010’s The Incredible Machine, illustrates. Its guitar-and-scatting intro segues into a poppy verse accented by Nettles’ Georgia twang, and the song features a borderline reggae bridge but is centered on a downright countrified hook. Country music fans love Sugarland because they write country, but music fans dig them because they’re pretty and fun.

This article can be found here, as originally published in Creative Loafing.


Adult Swim Singles debuts a new track from Flying Lotus with special guests

So what do you get when you put together a producing mastermind who specializes in ambient beats and an 18-year-old rapper fresh out of a therapeutic retreat for at-risk boys in Samoa? I’m still not quite sure, actually.

“Between Friends” is the newest single fromFlying Lotus, the experimental multi-genre producer behind much of the pre- and post-commercial electro bits on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The track features Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt as well as a new mystery voice in Captain Murphy.

The song was released as part of 2012 Adult Swim’s singles program on Mon., July 23, and it’s created a modest internet stir most notably in conjunction with the return of Earl Sweatshirt. After the release of his 2010 debut album Earl when he was just 16, Sweatshirt basically disappeared for two years. Rumors swirled that he’d been sent to boarding school after his Mom heard his vulgar lyrics, but he’s been pretty quiet about the whole thing in interviews since his return, and his elusiveness is fascinating.

The rest of this article can be found here as originally published in Creative Loafing.