Like a Christmas stocking full of things that don’t actually go together — chap stick, hedge clippers and a half-dozen mini vodkas from a hotel honor bar — today’s Prime Cuts Playlist consists of three cuts just tossed into a sack at random. But it just so happened we like them all: a bedroom studio maven from the UK, an Irelander who plays 10 instruments and an encore from band we dig in spite of our confusion.
Rob McCormack is a bedroom recording artist from Cambridge, UK who goes by the name Destruction Junkie. He took the name from a song on his album Sonja and the Funk Fish (also a name that could’ve been a band).
McCormack has been working on all kinds of material over the years including a project with a cat named P.J. Benson called Sadistic Chicken. (Can this dude pick a band name or what?)
This little number from his Little Acorns and Mighty Oaks album sounds like an early 70s Bowie song melded into John Hiatt‘s Crossing Muddy Waters stomp.
Out of Northern Ireland comes Daniel Duke, a 21-year old multi-instrumentalist times ten whose familial connections include James Duke of Jupiter Saves The World and Paddy Duke of Eighty Seven.
At the bottom of our musical stocking we find an encore performance from the Dog Days. As was the case when we first introduced them (him?) over the summer, we’re not letting a lack of biography stand in the way of offering up one of their (his?) songs as a Free MP3.
The delicate finesse we likened to Luka Bloom remains intact here as “Dog” sings a delicate, childlike number over twinkling pianos, the sounds of rain and pound of a hammer. To us, it evokes the sound of kids in a tree house, taking a fantastic voyage away from their neighborhood and back.