Music Monday, Vol. 24: Grinderman, Roxy Music, Lost in the Trees, and more (with video)

The 2011 return of Music Monday, where the Creative Loafing music team reveals what we're jamming to break through the Monday malaise and rocket launch the work week… Click here to check out previous entries.

Grinderman, Grinderman 2 (2010)

I feel pretty dumb for listening to this after I built my top 10 of 2010, because Grinderman 2 certainly deserved a spot. If you dug the sexy ruckus of the first album from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ seedy underbelly, you’re in for more of the same. Cave seduces a housewife in “Kitchenette” and in the phallacious “Worm Tamer,” he brags, “My baby calls me the Loch Ness Monster / two great big humps and then I’m gone.” More like nine slices of raw, sometimes experimental rock that often explores Cave’s inner lech. As he warns on “Heathen Child,” your husband, your wife, your children, your government, your gods – they can’t protect you from Grinderman.

Gabe Scott Walker, Sings Jacques Brel (1981)

This compilation was released in the early 1980s but date back to the early 1970s as they were culled from Scott Walker's initial batch of daring solo recordings. After leaving the Walker Brothers, a three-piece outfit that elicited near Beatlemania hysteria in the UK in the mid-1960s, Walker stepped out on his own and branched off in a most unexpected route. He'd become fascinated with the style and wry humor in the songs of Belgian-born composer Jacques Brel and decided to cover a significant chunk of Brel's music, predating David Bowie's foray into Brel's catalog. Walker's dark torch-like delivery was no doubt the catalyst and inspiration for the vocal stylings of Nick Cave, Antony Hegarty, Marc Almond and Bowie himself. Highly recommended listening.