Jack Name is an interesting character. If that seems like a fake “name,” you would be correct. John Webster Adams is the man behind the moniker, and he’s been making music for awhile under a bunch of different psudonyms, mostly because he can. Jack Name is the latest of these, and his record Light Show came out a little over a week ago on Ty Segall’s God? Records. It’s fitting that Name is signed to Segall’s label considering that Segall himself has a bunch of different music projects and bands under different monikers too. Name’s new album also sounds a fair bit like Segall’s recent Sleeper album, which traded in his loud fuzz rock ethos for acoustic psychedelia. Of course Light Show is a bit more than that, and has rather large ambitions on the whole – it’s by and large a rock opera. There’s a plotline about a dystopian Los Angeles of the future where everyone is under strict orders to live and behave in a certain way that keeps everybody peaceful and in line. Of course somebody has to come in and disrupt all that. It’s a whole thing that’s best explored when you’ve got some serious time to focus on the record. Beyond the Segall reference I can also hear bits of Deerhunter, Thee Oh Sees, Brian Eno and of Montreal floating around in the ether as well. If that sounds appealing, I encourage you to not only check out the album, but go see Jack Name on tour. My fellow Chicagoans, he’ll be at the Empty Bottle this upcoming Tuesday, February 4th, playing a show with Dent May. Tickets are only $8 in advance and you can buy them here. As winter rages on, trust me when I say that going to see some live music can go a long way towards kicking the snowy weather blues to the curb. Also helping matters is your daily dose of Pick Your Poison. Great tracks today come from Ava Luna (covering Icona Pop’s big hit), Forsthays, Jasmin Kaset, Lucky Once, Okapi Sun, and The Soon-Another. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Habibi, Jamaican Queens, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra and Yumi Zouma, among others.
Angel Haze ft. Sia – Battle Cry (MK Remix)
Habibi – I Got the Moves
Jamaican Queens – Wellfleet Outro
Sam Smith – Money on My Mind (Le Youth Remix)
Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra – Take Away These Early Grave Blues
Yumi Zouma – A Long Walk Home for Parted Lovers